Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Cooking and Fishing in Pandaria

I really enjoy Pandaria thus far, have I mentioned that yet?

Anyway, I write this post as I'm working on cooking and fishing for some more achievements. Yay cooking and fishing! What used to be two of the most annoying professions in the game are a heck of a lot less annoying. So, after I finished all of my dailies (it took me about 2-3 hours to do all of my dailies while I was working on laundry and stuff at the same time), I said "now what?" I worked on other professions, like my best friend enchanting, for awhile (I hate enchanting. Engineering's a pain too). Then, I decided to get back on my faithful main, Fari, and go for fishing and cooking.

The addition of the Tillers and the Anglers have made the whole cooking and fishing thing a heck of a lot more exciting. No more making food that you sell for beans on the auction house or vendor or just shove them in the guild bank... speaking of which, our guild's bank person is going crazy trying to keep it all organized... you can give certain foods to certain people and earn reputation with them!

Here were some of the highlights of my day.

Going around and cooking food for your "friends". Like I said above, you don't have to feel like you're wasting all that food anymore! Every day, there are 8 "friends" associated with the Tillers that you can offer delicious food that you've cooked. And then, you get 5 valor points per daily and Lesser Charms of Good Fortune.

Can I say, the whole "friend" system is cool. You go from "stranger" to "best friend" by giving them food and gifts. There's a neat guide on who gives dailies for what food and what gifts each person likes best on WoWhead, which is how I figured out what my new friends like! I can't wait to see if and how they expand on it in the future.

Fishing doesn't take as long to level. Oh my word, remember when you'd take 5-8 casts in order to get a level of fishing? No more! Each of the three Anglers' quests (which I'll talk about below) give you 1 point of fishing each, and, while I've been fishing, it only takes 2-4 casts to gain a point. So much better, in my opinion.

The Anglers' dailies are fun and quick... and they give you fishing skill. Like I said above, these help your fishing get to maximum level as quickly as possible. And they're really fun; they aren't necessarily "go fish up this." I've blown up sting rays, killed a giant crab and fished up a giant sea monster (yes, similar to The Lurker Below in Serpentshrine). They're fun and engaging, and I probably spend less time with the Anglers every day than any other faction; took me about 15 minutes to do all three quests this morning.

Cooking is actually challenging! Yes, I know this sounds stupid. But the Pandaren make it easier for you to take your cooking to 525 (go to Halfhill in order to find out how!) but the craziness from 525 to 600 is actually fun and challenging. Between earning Ironpaw Tokens daily, gathering crops at your farm and trying to get to 600 cooking skill in 6 different "specialties" of cooking, it's a lot of fun to try and get to the top of your game.

Can I be honest? I was totally and completely skeptical about what people call "Farmville" with the Tillers reputation, but it's a lot more fun than I expected! He needs a straw hat though, which I'll get eventually!

Have fun out in Pandaria! Until the next time I decide to ramble... have a great day!

Well Met!


  1. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed farming too. x_x I just haven't had any damn TIME because lol time to get raid ready before today. Bleh!

    I love cooking and fishing, too- which is funny because they used to be my very least favorite. I hated them with a passion!

  2. Love the new cooking and all the other end game stuff. Great to see Blizzard leading the way again that not all end game needs to involve the gear treadmill! I think pet battles may rob my life.