F2P Guide to Shadowruby Band Crafting (An Alternative Way of Obtaining Chaos Crystals)

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  1. Jaska

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    1. Introduction

    Hello, guys.

    After doing all the possible Legion content on my level 20 paladin (zone quests, dungeon quests, rare mobs) I was only rewarded with 7x https://www.wowhead.com/item=124442/chaos-crystal. To say the least, it left me very frustrated, as I was aiming for at least 12x. I was looking for alternative methods of getting the crystals and most guides and fellow players recommended BoE farming. It felt like a long shot. I was not motivated to farm something with only a glimmer of hope that it would drop. Therefore, I continued my research with a simple goal – find an item that could be farmed by well-constructed method, rather than pure luck. That is how I discovered https://www.wowhead.com/item=136713/shadowruby-band. Since we are only going to need 3 of the 6 existing tier 2 Legion gems for this specific ring, a certain amount of luck will be involved. However, this guide will help you to reduce the “RNG” part to the minimum and you will be able to rely more on the method of your choice, rather than blind luck.

    2. Disclaimer

    Before you begin reading the guide or farming the rings, please keep in mind that for the duration of the farm, you will have to hold on to Legion Mining + Legion Jewelcrafting. If you are following the profession rotation presented in the Shadowlands F2P Baseline Guide, I HIGHLY suggest doing this straight after you get your first enchants (namely, after the Tailoring + Enchanting stage of the rotation). This way, you will be able to drop Mining, get Enchanting to disenchant the rings that you have crafted, enchant your neck, and after that - forget about Enchanting for a while (picking up Legion Enchanting again will cost you 1000g). Now that we got that out of the way – let us begin.

    3. The Design

    The rank 1 design (https://www.wowhead.com/item=137861/design-shadowruby-band) will be sold by https://www.wowhead.com/npc=100500/jabrul after you finish the Legion Jewelcrafting quest chain. You will be able to pick it up at the Legion Jewelcrafters straight after you learn the profession. It took me roughly an hour, but I bet you can do it faster. After that, you MUST run Neltharion’s Lair to unlock rank 2 design (https://www.wowhead.com/item=137864/design-shadowruby-band). THIS PART IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT!!! Rank 2 design will cut the cost of https://www.wowhead.com/item=130181/pandemonite in half. It is the rarest gem of the 3 that you will need for crafting, because it can only be prospected from https://www.wowhead.com/item=123919/felslate. The other two gems (https://www.wowhead.com/item=130183/shadowruby and https://www.wowhead.com/item=130180/dawnlight) can be prospected from https://www.wowhead.com/item=123918/leystone-ore, which is much more common than www.wowhead.com/item=123919/felslate.

    4. Farming Ore

    Now that you have unlocked the rank 2 design, you can begin farming ore. Legion Mining is interactive, which means that you will be getting upgrades as you will mine. In other words, every mined ore gives you a chance of upgrading the specific mining technique, which in turn means the more you mine - the more ore you will get in the long run. Level 20 Basilisks will be spawning randomly as well, which will award you additional ore. You can farm ore in every Legion zone; however, I highly suggest Azsuna and Val’Sharah. Highmountain and Stormheim also have a decent supply of deposits and seams for ore mining, but the zones are rather difficult to navigate through without a flying mount.

    As you will begin farming, you will notice that both Azsuna and Val’Sharah have tons of deposits and seams, which you can mine for ore. There are no specific routes that you should follow. Basically, just begin at a certain point of the zone and try to move upwards or downwards. Proceed in a circular fashion. In time, you will have certain routes memorized.

    A very important, yet optional part of your ore farming will be this thing: www.wowhead.com/item=140217/boon-of-the-salvager. Enchanting your shoulders with it will give you random drops of https://www.wowhead.com/item=140225/salvaged-armor from any Legion mobs. Sometimes it may contain junk, but you can get up to 50x of each ore. I can confirm this, as I got over 40x of both ores in some of the armor caches. You will need Revered with Valarjar to unlock this enchant. After finishing the main questline, you will be Honored. To increase the reputation, you will be running Maw of Souls or Halls of Valor. This will reward you 275 reputation per instance. I highly suggest Maw of Souls, as it takes around 10 minutes to fully clear. You can cut this in half by asking a higher level to boost you. Personally, I did it via RDF with someone who had Chromie access. Took me roughly 12 hours.

    Every time you mine an ore you have a chance to obtain 1x https://www.wowhead.com/item=124124/blood-of-sargeras. You can trade this in to this NPC https://www.wowhead.com/npc=115264/illnea-bloodthorn for 5x https://www.wowhead.com/item=123919/felslate or 10x https://www.wowhead.com/item=123918/leystone-ore. I suggest always going for www.wowhead.com/item=123919/felslate, as https://www.wowhead.com/item=123918/leystone-ore is much more common.

    5. Prospecting

    Now we get to the tricky part. Legion Jewelcrafting allows you to mass prospect ore, which means that you will be able to prospect 20x ore at once, rather than the standard 5x. You will want to avoid that. It will seem much slower but prospecting manually (5x ore each) will speed up your grind massively in the long run. Let me explain why:

    Every time you prospect a Legion ore, you will receive a https://www.wowhead.com/item=129100/gem-chip. This item can be considered vendor trash, but it will be very useful to us. Basically, the https://www.wowhead.com/item=129100/gem-chip that you get will be the same color as the next gem that you will receive. If you see that the chip is yellow, it means that the next gem that you will receive is either https://www.wowhead.com/item=130174/azsunite or https://www.wowhead.com/item=130180/dawnlight. Therefore, you will be prospecting https://www.wowhead.com/item=123918/leystone-ore until you see a chip that is either purple, yellow, or green. When you see one of those colors, instantly swap to www.wowhead.com/item=123919/felslate, because not only it has a higher chance to give you tier 2 gems, it is the only source of https://www.wowhead.com/item=130181/pandemonite. You will be able to get www.wowhead.com/item=130183/shadowruby and https://www.wowhead.com/item=130180/dawnlight from prospecting https://www.wowhead.com/item=123918/leystone-ore, but I highly suggest switching to www.wowhead.com/item=123919/felslate every time you see a color of the gem you desire. If this explanation is a bit tricky, I kindly invite you to watch the video made by this lady:



    This is the video I used to get the hang of it. This method helped me craft rings much more efficiently than usual.

    6. Conclusion

    Now that I got all methods covered, we can move to the question that everyone has in mind: is this faster than BoE farming? The answer is yes. Especially if you are playing on your own. It might seem a bit slow at first, but once you get a hang of it, it will be quite easy and chill. As different gems will start accumulating, you will notice the tendencies and you will be able to distinguish which gem you are going for next. Realistically, you should be expecting a ring every 8 hours at first, depending on how focused you are on ore farming. The numbers will increase drastically as you upgrade your mining techniques (via random quests and items you get from mining in Legion) and memorize routes in the zones that you will be farming in. By the end of my personal ring farming, I was able to craft 2 rings in 4-6 hours. I believe that this is a very stable, efficient and fun way of getting https://www.wowhead.com/item=124442/chaos-crystal for your Enchanting needs.

    If you have any further questions, you can reach out to me in-game by writing a message to Donovan-DarkmoonFaire (EU) or my Discord – Jaska#6100.

    I wish you the best of luck in your farming adventure. Most importantly, make sure that you are having fun. Otherwise you will get burnt out very fast. GL & HF! :ez:
     
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    But fr I'm sure this will help people and the gem chip trick is super neat.
     
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    Wow nice I had no idea about that gem chip trick, great write up man.
     
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    What do you think, approximately, are the total amount of the required leystone ores and felslate ores in order to get a total of 12 chaos crystals? I have maximum engineering as second profession and I don't want to unlearn it.
     
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    It is impossible to tell. Most of the gem rolls are RNG, especially when it comes to the tier of the gem you're gonna get. Once I went dry for like 400 leystone and 200 felslate (not getting a single t2 gem for the rings), while the other time I crafted 2 rings (from scratch) from 200 leystone and 100 felslate. I'd say as much as possible, but also doing this without Mining and JC is gonna be horrible, as you have to pay 1k gold each time you want to re-learn a Legion profession. Engineering is listed as the last profession in every guide for a reason. Everything else can be replaced easily, apart from Engineering. You'll have to make a decision if you want to level Engineering again or just skip the chaos crystal grind.
     
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    i mean if u dont get all the way you can just fill the last few crystals with drop epics no?
     
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    Jaska

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    You have a point. This guide was made for people who got unlucky and couldn't gather 12 crystals by doing Legion quests + rares. This way, however, is more reliable than BoE farming.

    On the other hand, it depends on what you enjoy. I always hated killing mobs knowing they have a 0.01% or lower drop chance for an item (as most Legion epics from random mobs do, according to wowhead). If there is a specific set of professions you want to hold on to, just try your luck with BoE farming, as this is almost impossible to pull off without Legion JC + Legion Mining.
     
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    legion epics drop fairly regularly if u got some speed, you usually want 2-3 people for that tho.
     
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    Jaska

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    That's the thing though, I never saw F2P players as someone who would enjoy farming Legion mobs. Mainly because groups are harder to set up when you're F2P, and even if you end up finding a group, they will most likely go for a level 24-25 farmer, as killing mobs only for epics is a long shot. I'm assuming most people group farm Legion mobs for greens with tertiary stats, which drop as ilvl 22 for F2P players.
     
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    Considering how few f2ps have socketed epic rings or ilvl 28 rings from BfA, id say youre right. And ye 24-25s will be there but they might invite you to help speed up their farm. Yes if you farm legion you will get ilvl 22s which is garbage, but its still gonna be 1 epic every 2-4h if you got pace. Legion epics are not very rare.
     
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    Jaska

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    I can't really argue with the whole group farming thing as I never tried it, but I did go for gold cap three times now on Val'Sharah imps and I didn't get a single epic. I'll take your word for it and agree that farming in a group could speed things up, if you're able to find a group in the first place. But if you're a solo F2P player (as the majority of us are), this is the method that is reliable and considerably stable, even without a flying mount. You also don't depend on other players, as there is almost no competition for those ores, at least on quieter realms.
     
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    imps are a good gold farm but they are very poor for drops. The better farms are harder, like roof of BRH during Val'sharah Legion Invasion unless you play a tank. Yes youre dependant on other people being there and picking you up. Unless you have friends on your server to organise with with the addon.
     
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    When I was going for the crystals, I was in touch with 3 regular BoE farmers. They all agreed to invite me to a farm the next time they do it. By the time one of them did invite me, I was already done with the crystals with this method.

    That is one of the main reasons why I decided to share my insights, as this is something you can just pick up and try for yourself, without having to depend or rely on other people. It would be great if F2Ps got some love from BoE farmers though. Even if people simply announced when they're going to farm and let F2Ps fill the empty spots, I think chaos crystals would become much easier to come by and wouldn't be regarded as this horrible grind.
     
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    Ye its a good guide for getting around that farm, especially for people not worried about getting the best in slot or having an ez neck from LiiA. No arguments that guide isnt deserved. Theres definetly a use for it. Im just trying to say that legion epics arent very hard to find. And if he was to do your guide but only get to say 10 crystals its not the end of the world, getting 2 from legion epics would only take mediocre effort.
     
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    That would probably be best. Even going for 12 crystals with this method sounds crazy to be honest. Should really do quests and rares first and only then consider BoE/Shadowruby Band farming.

    If you are going for a second enchant, for example (assuming you already had 12 crystals which you used before), I would probably mix it up - some mining/jc, some BoE farming. Doing the same thing for weeks can drive anyone crazy, considering it is all for a neck enchant. PepeLaugh
     
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    If you push for a legion epic neck and a ring with sockets which is the only reason I could see someone doing 2. Youre probably gonna get enough crystals on the way to supply that.
     
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    I have managed to prospect Pandemonite from Leylight Ore today. I didn't even have Legion Jewelcrafting learned (just had the base one).
     
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    That's a nice find. They might have changed it. At the time this guide was made, it was either super rare (not even listed on wowhead) or just impossible. Might speed up the grind if any kind of gems can be obtained from Leystone ore prospecting now.
     
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    Hope this isn't considered thread necromancy, but i found out that you can easily get the gems needed to craft the Shadowruby Band by purchasing this (https://www.wowhead.com/item=187605/broken-isles-gem-delivery) from the Legion Timewalking Vendor.
    I spent 500 badges (which i previously got during Korrak's Revenge) and got enough gems to craft 7 rings (could have made more but had way too few Dawnlight).
    Just to point out, my char is F2P so it can be done w/o a sub if you got spare Timewalking Badges.
     
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    Amazing discovery, thank you for sharing. At the time of the making of this guide, Timewalking vendors weren't available to F2P players. Truly glad that the annoying parts of F2P twinking are getting a little less annoying.

    Also, I would like to point out that the vendor is only available during the Legion Timewalking event (according to Wowhead comments), so if anyone has leftover badges and you're working on the enchant - stock up on the gems and get a couple of those Legion neck enchants.
     
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