After getting lucky on my Canopic Jar and getting the Sandstone Drake thing, I realized that I needed to focus on my Alchemy. Elgar had leveled up to 85 via his archaeology and had spent very little time in the new zones. In fact, while visiting Northrend dig-sites he picked up the Icethorn and Lichbloom and gained skill ups from herbalism. But his herbalism was low, less than 500. So when it came time to start working on Alchemy, I needed more herbs. I headed to Mt. Hyjal and Vashir to get the starter ones. I picked lots of herbs since I had a LONG way to go on Alchemy. I came back made 5 potions at a time and soon I didn’t need cinderbloom anymore, or stormvine. Instead I needed heartblossom and whiptail. Fine, I needed to go to Uldum to do some digging anyways, so I spent some time there picking herbs. I made more potions. And at 495 alchemy, I needed twilight jasmine. So I recall digging in twilight highlands and landing next to twilight jasmine only to see I needed 525 herbalism to pick it. So I’m sitting there scratching my head.
So I need to be 525 in herbalism in order to pass 495 in alchemy? That’s bogus.
I know it’s only 30 point difference, but when you have only 75 points between them that’s 40% of the leveling needs to be using max skill from the associated gathering profession. I dunno, that seems….weird?
Now granted, had I leveled traditionally, I might have had max herbalism before I needed the herbs for alchemy, but still, I would have reached this point again as I would have tried to level alchemy concurrently.
So let me think about this a little more, there’s 75 levels of alchemy, I know they want those last like 5 or 10 levels to be a challenge, okay, fine, so 65 levels of alchemy. There are 6 herbs in Cataclysm. So 10 levels per herb? But if you count that they start at 425, that actually means there are say 90 levels of alchemy (425 to 515). So 90 divided by 6 herbs is 15 levels per herb (if they were divided evenly). So MAYBE it makes sense that alchemy using the herbs when it does, but it seems to me that there’s a big difference between the herb collection level and the alchemy use level. I notice that they seem to intend for you to get the later levels through transmutation leveling, which is “okay” but I dunno, it seems like I expected to at least break 500 before being expected to use twilight jasmine. I know it’s not going to be a 1:1 leveling ratio between herbalism and alchemy, but I guess I thought it would be a little bit closer.
Okay, in summary, I’m not really sure what I am saying, ha! I guess I was just a little surprised to see that I needed to have max herbalism so early into my alchemy. I dunno, just…odd.