Farming Chaos Orbs, Is it Possible

Hi all

So as I mentioned in my Profit and Loss Week 24 and 25 post I’ve managed like many others to collect enough tokens of the World Tree to open up the vendor for the Blacksmithing recipe’s through the Additional Armaments quest.

Now currently I have all the materials to make all of these recipe’s bar the Chaos Orbs, previous to getting the recipe’s I had been running heroic’s to get them but I didn’t have much luck with the RNG rolls. What I have found is generally in a 5 man group on average you will be rolling against 2 other people so you have a 33% chance per heroic run to get one.

Now the other night I was talking on vent with a couple of guildies and when they run heroics on their characters that need Chaos Orbs they have found a similar pattern. So after a general chat about heroics in general, it got me thinking can you farm for Chaos Orbs through heroics ? Is It Possible ?

Firstly you can only run a maximum of 5 instances per hour, if your going to try farming somewhere you want a place with few bosses or places you can skip and instances without many gimmicks. Ideally you want to be a class that can tank or heal if you or doing it through the Looking for group tool, or at least have guildies, friends who are willing to work through these instance’s with you. That could be for monetary gain or just to have a shot at the orbs too.

If we look at the heroics we have in cataclysm their split in to two tiers by ilvl required to enter them

Tier 1

-BlackWing Caverns 5 Bosses
-Grim Batol 4 Bosses
-Halls of Origination 7 Bosses
-Lost City Of Tol’vir 5 Bosses
-Shadowfang Keep 3 Bosses
-The Deadmines 6 Bosses
-The Stonecore 4 Bosses
-The Vortex Pinnacle 3 Bosses
-Throne of the Tides 4 Bosses

Tier 2

-Zul’Aman 6 Bosses
-Zul’Gurub 6 Bosses

So if we look at the heroics available to us we can count out several of them straight away, the Tier 2’s because of the amount of bosses in each and gimmicks on boss fights. From the tier 1’s we can count out The Deadmines bosses and poison event. Halls of Origination, Lost City of Tol’vir, and Blackwing Caverns all have too many bosses. Grim Batol all depends on the DPS knowing boss gimmicks and the dragon run for how much trash you have to clear. The stonecore could be possible but I have seen many pugs fall apart on the first or third bosses.

That leaves us with three possibilities, Shadowfang Keep, The Vortex Pinnacle, and Throne of the Tides. From these three I would say Shadowfang keep would be the hardest one to complete and probably take the longest time wise. The Vortex Pinnacle and Throne of tides are both quite large but they don’t have to many trash mobs and really have fairly simple boss mechanics in them. I have in the past run these with complete random’s and completed them with CC were needed and interrupts without any fuss or even any talking really apart from the obligatory “ Hello and Goodbye ” in under 20 minutes and runs with guildies rarely take longer than 20 minutes through these two heroics, even though where chatting and not pushing the pace.

So if you want to get the maximum number of Chaos Orbs per hour you need to be making a dungeon run in 12 minutes. At this current time if you were twinked out in Firelands raid gear and with a focused group I’m sure you could get times close to this. But if you’re in ilvl 346 Justice point or Valor point gear it would be a bit trickier maybe you would manage 3 or 4 runs in an hour. Which would still be a respectable amount.

Now currently it is impossible to re que for the same heroic after you’ve run it once, but you can enter the same one through choosing the random heroics choice. So that would mean if you choose the three easiest heroics you could probably knock them off in 45 minutes to an hour with three Chaos Orbs as your possible reward. Then still have the possibility of more through randoms.

Aswell as the chaos orbs that drop you would get the currency that drops from mobs vendor trash, cloth and armour and weapons that can be disenchanted for dust essences and shards. Volatiles, leather, herbs and ore are also possibilities.

So there you have it that’s how I’d go about trying to farm up some Chaos Orbs do you think it’d be possible ? would it be worth the time and effort ? If you tried it what would you do differently ? Have you considered the logistics to farming Chaos Orbs ? Have you tried it before ? Please let me know what you think.



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  1. #1 by Alex Torres on 26/08/2011 - 5:25 pm

    Actually I find Halls of Origination to be quite short – you only need to kill three of the bosses: Temple Guardian Anhuur, Anraphet; and Rajh (so long as you don’t have PUGs whining about JP)

    • #2 by wragstoriches on 26/08/2011 - 5:37 pm

      Yes I realised that but I still find it fairly long with the four mini bosses and troggs event, if I run it with guildies we normally only do the minimum, with pugs they usually want the extra bosses

  2. #3 by Cold on 26/08/2011 - 10:49 pm

    Yeah, I vote for Throne of the Tides as the fastest / easiest / quickest to farm. I like to queue up for that one first, then start the randoms.

    Great post breaking down the options!

  3. #4 by Holywarrior on 30/08/2011 - 2:09 pm

    I’m currently trying to collect my 5 orbs for my BS weapon, this post has been very useful. Cheers 🙂

    • #5 by wragstoriches on 30/08/2011 - 2:23 pm

      I’m glad you enjoyed it please come back and let me know how it went for you.

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