One of the new Inscription items we’ll be seeing in 3.1 is called Technique: Rituals of the New Moon. This is a farmable drop recipe that creates an off-hand book. I like the farmable drop thing, I wish there were more of these for Scribes. Still, I’m happy to see something new for us :) Here’s the recipe:
So I set out for Grizzly Hills to find me some Silverbrook miscreants to slay. I actually remembered the mobs near the Forest’s Edge camp just south of Amberpine Lodge, so I went there instead of the camp at Silverbrook. I probably killed about a dozen mobs before I got the drop, which isn’t bad at all. I haven’t tried the Silverbrook camp, but I plan to go there when 3.1 is Live and see if the book drops there as well. I assume it will since that’s where the patch notes tell you to go.
Anyway, the drop is very farmable and I’m hopeful that it will be a decent seller. Not because the item is great because I don’t think it is. The part I’m hopeful about is the “use” effect. One of these items will turn you into a giant wolf for two minutes! Even better, there are several colors to choose from and each book you create will be a different color. I only had enough mats on the Test Realm to make 4 books, but I got two reds, one gray and one black. Here are some pics of me in my giant wolf garb (click image for larger version):
As you can see, the wolves are HUGE! This is me standing with a Belf guard in Dalaran and I’m totally dwarfing her. It’s even more obvious when you walk around how much bigger you are. From what I can tell these giant wolves have all the same emotes as a normal wolf: ground sniffing, tail wagging and random scratching. You can also do the cute little doggie dance – yay!
The books are on a ten minute, shared cooldown but that’s pretty good considering that similar items are on a one-hour cooldown. The cooldown for the book is not shared with the other “disguise items”, just with other versions of the book. I could see this generating good sales as a novelty item, since the stats themselves are not exciting. The mats are fairly easy as well, which is nice for once! I think this will be a fun addition to our Scribing arsenal, so make sure you nab it when you get a chance.
I just wanted to let everyone know that I did farm this item again after the patch went up yesterday. I went to Silverbrook proper (not the small camp near Amberpine Lodge) and killed about 28 mobs before I got the drop. Wowhead doesn’t have any drop rates posted yet, so we really don’t know what the actual ratio is, my experience would seem to indicate it’s pretty reasonable.
Now for the bad news… a guildmate of mine tried to farm the same recipe shortly after I did. When he first went to Silverbrook he was unable to target the mobs, they were friendly. I suggested he complete the Escape from Silverbrook quest, as I remembered it required you to kill the mobs there. Strangely enough, he did that quest and still wasn’t able to attack the Silverbrook mobs. He went on to complete about 10 more quests including the whole Ursoc the Bear God chain, then was able to kill the Silverbrook residents. I believe he also killed around 150 of them before he got the recipe, maybe he’ll be kind enough to pop by and correct my retelling if I missed something :)
I honestly don’t know which of these quests might be important for those who have trouble with Silverbrook mobs. I have never done the Ursoc group quest on any toon, so I’m not convinced that’s a factor. However, I encourage anyone who knows more about how these quests tie into the Silverbrook camp to share their information in the comments.