Abyss Crystal Shuffle:
If you need an easy method to obtain Abyss Crystals, look no further. Today I’ll explain a cheeky little Abyss Crystal shuffle I use to craft Northrend Enchants, obtain intermediate materials via the Abyssal Shatter, or sell the Abyss Crystal(s) on the Auction House for a profit.
As with most shuffles, avoid exploiting, so I suggest not going gung-ho! Only purchase and disenchant what you deem is a fair amount.
However, I’d argue that because I’ve successfully done this for some time now, and I haven’t been warned or suspended, or the shuffle is still achievable, it may mean that Blizzard doesn’t mind. After all, if they deemed this exploiting, they could readjust the gold value, as they did with vendor materials in Battle for Azeroth and Shadowlands.
Limitations and Restrictions:
Sadly, as this content is from WotLK, there are some limitations you need to be aware of. New Hero classes released after the WotLK expansion will not work, as the armor pieces we’re purchasing are class-specific. So if you have one of the classes below, I’m afraid this won’t work for you.
- Demon Hunter
- Dracthyr Evoker (Hero Class coming in Dragonflight)
Benefits to Consider:
It’s not essential, but if you have a Blood Elf, you have the racial ability Arcane Affinity. Your Enchanting skill is increased by 10.
To get started, use the portal from your Factions major city (Stormwind or Orgrimmar), travel to Dalaran (Northrend), and visit the Enchanting profession trainer (if you don’t have the profession). You can find the trainer at the Enchanting building, coordinates: [40.41].
Speak to the trainer, and learn Northrend Enchanting. Now you can head over to the vendors.
Horde players seek out the vendor, Magister Sarien, beside the Auctioneer in Sunreaver’s Sanctuary, Dalaran, at coordinates [65.24].
Alliance players head to the vendor, Arcanist Firael, situated beside the Auctioneer within The Silver Enclave at coordinates [37.55].
Items of Interest:
The items we’re interested in are the Deadly Gladiator’s Gauntlets. If you’re accessing the vendor on a class that wasn’t available during WotLK, you will not see these items. Depending on the amount of gold you have and the space in your bags, purchase the gauntlets. Once you’ve collected a sufficient amount, leave the vendor.
Hint: To make this step easier, consider using the add-on BuyEmAll. With this add-on, we can shift+right click and buy an amount we enter in the quantity box. Alternatively, the buy max feature will purchase the amount depending on the free slots within your inventory.
I’d stick to the quantity, as the max feature may leave you without a free slot for disenchanting.
To assist you in making this part of the shuffle less tedious, we’ll create a one-button macro, which will effortlessly disenchant the gauntlets. Add the macro to your action bar (preferably action button 1).
Alternatively, you can use the destroy feature using TSM or Elvui/Tukui.
Important, as each class has different gauntlets available, may I take this opportunity to remind you to edit the name of the item within the macro to the one that is suitable to your class. My Death Knight uses the Deadly Gladiator’s ‘Dreadplate’ Gauntlets, so edit out Dreadplate and insert your brand instead.
/use Deadly Gladiator’s Dreadplate Gauntlets
The excellent part here is that if you’ve begun your journey with Enchanting, we’ll get 25 (35 if you’re a Blood Elf) easy skill points just from disenchanting. The materials we get will assist in crafting Enchants to use or sell, acquiring intermediate materials from Abyssal Shatter, or selling the materials at the Auction House.
Feel free to watch a YouTube video or a Netflix program while you disenchant them.
Depending on the number of pieces you bought, you should now have a nice stack of Abyss Crystals. As I mentioned, you can craft enchants with these or use the Abyssal Shatter to acquire Infinite Dust or Greater Cosmic Essence. Alternatively, sell these at the Auction House. The average value for an Abyss Crystal on the E.U Region is 17g each; anywhere near the 15g mark sale isn’t too shabby!
Not a bad return considering we paid just over 4g* for the gauntlets.
(*) Due to different gauntlets available, you may pay slightly more or less than me. I used a Death Knight, as plate items are usually more expensive.
As I briefly touched on earlier, we also have another process we can use to improve our profit margins. It comes in the shape of Abyssal Shatter. We shatter an Abyss Crystal, and we’ll either gain 5-10 Infinite Dust or between 3-6 Greater Cosmic Essence per Abyss Crystal.
Infinite Dust averages 10g each across the E.U region, so this looks very appealing using the Abyssal Shatter. However, Greater Cosmic Essence isn’t as profitable. Don’t forget you can right-click one Greater Cosmic Essence and gain three Lesser Cosmic Essences.
Remember, if you intend to level your Enchanting or craft Enchants to use and sell, you will need these materials anyway!
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The prices used to value materials are an average for the E.U region; check The Undermine Journal for precise valuations for materials in your realm and region.
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