Category: Engineering

So you roll a Deathknight? Your main of another class has 2 gathering professions. Skinning and mining. You want to tank so you make your DK a leather worker and a blacksmith.

Wait this is not how it began…

You open your box, spend some time with the install disk, then spend minutes installing a giant game. You never heard of Wowhead or Wowinsider. You don’t even know what class to pick. You just know your friends told you to play horde on a specific server. You roll a toon, play it a bit, give up because warlock pets are so damn ugly.

Log out…

The next day you log back in and notice the dwarf with the bear on the Vanilla trailer. You like that. Log back on and play on your warlock. Level up some tailoring and enchanting give up.

Log out…

You decide to not to play with your Horde friends and roll a dwarf.

You run thru the snow your first 10-15 levels then meet some random dude in Wetlands. He tells you to level because WotLK is coming out. You are like “WotLK?”

Reroll on a different server because this guy just scared you by talking about some undead invasion and all that reminds you of are the zombies from the first Resdient Evil game.

Reroll your dwarf on one of those new player servers. You pick red hair this time and a long comfortable beard.

You level at your own pace. Don’t even hit level 70 until after WotLK comes out. You buy the collector’s edition because your Horde friend tells you to and your new guild is bad ass because everyone is online at the same time and everyone is leveling.

You decided to level Engineering because you are a Hunter and you can make your own bullets and range weapon. You also like the look of googles. Pre-transmog. You pick mining to help you level Engineering. You start a blog on WordPress to help you keep track of all the resources and blogs you discover.

You did not get 2 gathering professions on your first toon.

Min/Max is now entirely pointless.

A list of quality of life improvements for your engineer. These are the items I miss when I am on my non-engineering toons.

Ghost Iron Dragonling
BOE trinket that has 3 cogwheel slots. Must have trinket for leveling level 87 alt.

Moll-E
Portable mail box good for farming engineers. Farm mats, then when bags get full mail it to alt.

Jeeves
Vendor, repairs, and a bank

Scrapbot Construction Kit
Summon when Jeeves is on cool down. Sell vendor greys and armor repair.

Gnomish Army Knife
See post

Teleporters
For traveling convenience.

Kalimdor
Dimensional Ripper – Everlook (Goblin Engineering)
Ultrasafe Transporter – Gadgetzan (Gnomish Engineering)

Outland
Dimensional Ripper – Area 52 (Goblin Engineering)
Ultrasafe Transporter – Toshley’s Station (Gnomish Engineering)

Northend
Wormhole Generator: Northrend

Pandaria
Wormhole Generator: Pandaria

Motorcycles
The first 2 person mount. Good for Battlegrounds and questing in Pandaria.

Alliance
Mekgineer’s Chopper

Horde
Mechano-Hog

Mist-Piercing Goggles
Good for the herbalist and miner for them extra minerals and herbs.

Electrostatic Condenser
For the mining, skinning, or herbalist engineer. This item allows you to collect extra Volatile Air while farming.

Zapthrottle Mote Extractor
The gas cloud sucker for them Outland and Northend Gas Clouds that produce extra mats for extra gold or crafting.

Thermal Anvil
The perfect item for the Blacksmiths, Engineers, and Miners. It basically lets you craft and smelt anywhere. There is no level requirement so anyone can use it. Especially good for your low level alts while you are leveling their professions.

Loot-a-Rang
Let’s you loot from a distance. A good time saver, you don’t have to run up to the corpse to loot. Especially useful for range dps or packs of mobs. Loot and mount then move on.

Blingtron 4000
You don’t really need to have this item as a Engineer. In fact, he is a little useless because the drop rate for the good stuff is so low. I do recommend seeking him out, don’t go out of your way, just check Stormwind or that City in Pandaria depending on your level, and do the daily.

The Blingtron 4000 Quest Package has a chance to drop a Fire Spirit that increases your skill of your primary professions by 4 points. Over the corse of leveling to 85, my rogue I got 8 free skill points in Blacksmithing and Engineering.

Well this should complete the list. Good luck farming the mats to craft these useful items.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

New stuff will be floating around the web, if you haven’t heard the NDA from the press conference has been lifted and the MoP Beta is out.

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New Glyphs
Glyph of Marked for Death and Glyph of Mirrored Blades look the most useful.  I hate having to apply Hunter’s Mark to the target after I kill a mob.  I am also glad we will be able to make our Deterrence do something useful.  Now make glyph that allows us to attack while using Deterrence and we will be set for the expansion.

Glyph of Animal Bond
While your pet is active, all healing done to you and your pet is increased by 10%.

Glyph of Aspect of the Pack
Increases the range of your Aspect of the Pack by 15 yards

Glyph of Disengage
Increases the distance you travel when you Disengage.

Glyph of Freezing Trap
When your Freezing Trap breaks, the victim’s movement speed is reduced by 70% for 4 sec.

Glyph of Lesser Proportion
Slightly reduces the size of your pet.

Glyph of Marked for Death
Your Arcane Shot, Chimera Shot, Kill Command, and Explosive Shot abilities automatically apply Hunter’s Mark.

Glyph of Mirrored Blades
When attacked by a spell while in Deterrence, you have a 100% chance to reflect it back at the attacker.

New Scopes
Remember Hunters are the only ones who are going to be able to use range weapons to do damage.

Mirror Scope
Permanently attaches a mirrored scope to a ranged weapon, sometimes increases critical strike rating by 400 for 10 sec when dealing damage with ranged attacks.

Lord Blastington’s Scope of Doom
Permanently attaches Lord Blastington’s special scope to a ranged weapon, sometimes increases Agility by 200 for 10 sec when dealing damage with ranged attacks.

That’s it for now, maybe we will find out more stuff later.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

I just did a few target dummy test with a Synapse Springs and Ricket’s Magnetic Fireball macro’d into my shots and without.

#showtooltip Arcane Shot
/use 10
/use 13
/cast Arcane Shot

#showtooltip Cobra Shot
/use 10
/use 13
/cast Cobra Shot

#showtooltip Kill Command
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Charge
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Rabid
/cast [target=pettarget, exists] Bestial Wrath
/use 10
/use 13
/cast Kill Command

I did 16k dps in about 2 mins with them macro’d to Arcane Shot, Cobra Shot and Kill Command.

Then did 17.5-18k dps in about 2 mins with them only macro’d to Kill Command.  So I got about a 2k increase in DPS by changing my macros.  I need to run more tests but I thought my initial test results were astounding.  I think we need to do more testing and brain storming on how to improve our DPS.  Especially BM since I tested this as BM.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

This is my new defense macro.  You could use it when you are getting low on health and help out the healers. /use 6 is your belt enchant.  You could tinker Grounded Plasma Shield to your belt and use that to absorb some damage.  It helps in boss fights like in Blackwing Descent when you tackle Chimaeron and he deals Massacre to your whole raid or Halls of Origination when Anraphet does his AOE Omega Stance.

#showtooltip Stoneform(Racial)
/cast Stoneform(Racial)
/cast Deterrence
/use 6
/cast [target=player] Master’s Call

Tinkering Synapse Springs or Tazik Shocker to all your shots is standard.  /use 10 is the macro line needed to use either of these tinkers.  The cool down for Synapse Springs is 1 min so you could use it twice during the time you use a trinket like Unsolvable Riddle,

#showtooltip Arcane Shot
/use 10
/use 13
/use 14
/cast Arcane Shot

Not sure if there is any reason to have macros for some of the other on use items.  If I figure it out I’ll post them later.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

4.0.6 EDIT:  Added in Synapse SpringsGnomish Gravity Well and Big Daddy!

4.0.3 EDIT:  Added in Elementium Dragonling.

From Northend

First off, Northend and the Wrath of the Lich King expansion gave us wonderful new abilities through items and tinkering. With patch 4.0.1 engineering tinkering stacked with regular enchants and patch 4.0.3 dropped the stat increases from tinkering. For Cataclysm we are going to still be using our valuable on use items and tinkering.

  1. Jeeves, Scrapbot Construction Kit, Gnomish Army Knife and MOLL-E will still be in our bags. Engineers will still be using Wormhole Generator: Northrend to return to Northend for Cobalt and Saronite in Cataclysm for the still useful Tinkering abilities.
  2. For rocketchuting the Flexweave Underlay and Nitro Boosts will be useful for running away and cliff diving. Mind Amplification Dish and Frag Belt will still be fun for PVP. Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket, Hyperspeed Accelerators, and Reticulated Armor Webbing will be useful for DPS and soloing while leveling to 85 or until you get your engineering to 525.
  3. Goblin Beam Welder will be useful for healing our new Elementium Dragonling.
  4. Personal Electromagnetic Pulse Generator will still be there for us while we farm Mechanicals for engineering items.

Engineering 450 and beyond

  1. Handful of Obsidium Bolts will be used to level engineering and do damage until you max out the profession and get to level 85.
  2. Electrostatic Condenser will always be in our bags and will help us collect Volatile Air which we need for Electrified Ether.
  3. R19 Threatfinder and Safety Catch Removal Kit will be our first set of scopes we will be able to make. They will increase Hit or Haste and the one you use will depend on what you need at the time.
  4. Volatile Seaforium Blastpack will be there for us when we encounter lock boxes.
  5. High-Powered Bolt Gun will consume Handful of Obsidium Bolts to do damage. Too bad it doesn’t help us build large buildings.
  6. Lure Master Tackle Box and Heat-Treated Spinning Lure will allow hunters to stack on fishing supplies and farm fish for more gold.
  7. Elementium Toolbox help us carry around all our new engineering stuff.
  8. Elementium Dragonling will help us bring in the boss kills.  I macro’d it in my Kill Shot.  The 252 mastery is what really helps.  Plus the mats aren’t terribly hard to come by.
  9. Loot-a-Rang will make Dwarf hunters more fat.
  10. When engineers hit level 83 we want to be sure we can make our first engineering range weapons, Finely-Tuned Throat Needler or Volatile Thunderstick.
  11. Depending on if you are a Gnomish or Goblin engineer you can get Gnomish Gravity Well (as of patch 4.0.6 it is broken) or Big Daddy ( a new bomb).
  12. The replacement for Fish Feast is now a engineering made item called Goblin Barbecue.
  13. Hunters finally get a weapon enchant that procs with their range weapon called Gnomish X-Ray Scope.
  14. The new belt enchants, Cardboard Assassin, Grounded Plasma Shield, Invisibility Field, Quickflip Deflection Plates and the new glove enchant Spinal Healing Injector will help you level and solo content. The Tazik Shocker or Synapse Springs will be there for you to help kill new bosses in 5-mans and raids.
  15. Kickback 5000 and Overpowered Chicken Splitter will be our next set of range weapons from engineering. Pick the weapon that best compliments your racial ability. Dwarves hunters please use the gun over the bow. If you use a bow as a dwarf consider yourself a noob.
  16. Deadly Bio-Optic Killshades will be used until we get our Tier 11 helm. The best thing about these is that they can be socketed with Fractured Cogwheel, Quick Cogwheel, Rigid Cogwheel, and Smooth Cogwheel depending on what you need. Use a spreadsheet like femaledwarf.com to figure out which works best for you.  Here is a comparison between the 2 helms.

I really hope we get more schematics throughout the expansion. So far I’m loving the new things we are getting.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Resources

Elitist Jerks Hunter FAQ for 4.0.1
OutDPS!
Warcraft Hunters Union
Petopia
Wowhead Hunter Talent Calculator
Wowhead Pet Talent Calculator

Notes

A few reminders:

  1. Dash is broken don’t spec into it.  In order for our Hunter to use Kill Command our pet has to be 5 yards from the mob.  Spec by adding a talent point into Natural Armor and sacrificing a talent point in Bloodthirsty for Charge.  Our pets talent trees should look like this spec.
  2. Hit cap has change and its now capped at 246 Hit.  It looks like its at 30 hit per 1% of hit rating.
  3. Everyone is still theory crafting.  All specs have about the same DPS.  I am not even worried about the other specs.  If you want to play MM or SV go for it.
  4. I spec like Frost.
  5. For stat priority its Hit > Agi > Crit > Haste.  For gemming its a little different.  For blue gem slots use Hit and Agi/Hit gems, you might only need 1 depending on your socket bonus.  I like to match socket bonuses so I have 3 Glinting Dreadstone on Guntitan right now.  Here are the blue gems you could use depending on what your hit is at without gems:  Rigid Stormjewel, Rigid Majestic Zircon, Glinting Dreadstone.  When it comes to gem slots always gem Agility and use Reforging to get the hit you need.  It is cheaper that way.  For red gem slots Delicate Stormjewel and Delicate Cardinal Ruby.  For Yellow sockets you can use Deadly Ametrine.
  6. For Reforging reforge into Mastery.  Its fun and not expensive at all.  Reforge Haste into Mastery.  Reforge Crit into Mastery if there is no Haste.  I reforged some of my crit into Mastery and only lost about 3% crit.
  7. Engineering tinkering is stacking with regular enchants.  For head slot put in both Mind Amplification Dish + Arcanum of Torment.  You can’t use the mind control if your pet is out.  For the hand slot use Hyperspeed Accelerators or Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket + Enchant Gloves – Superior Agility.  For the boot slot use Enchant Boots – Superior Agility + Nitro Boosts.  For your back slot use Enchant Cloak – Superior AgilityFlexweave Underlay.
  8. Our AOE is not broken.  Use Multi-Shot with Snake Trap, either fire trap and  a Worm’s Burrow Attack.
  9. Add Killing Streak to your TellMeWhen buff bar.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Dash is broken.  Don’t spec into it.  The spell disappears from your pet’s spell book on its own.

Engineering enchants stack and armory doesn’t work so I can’t show you out of the game.  Log onto Dalvengyr and I’ll show you.  I hope this change stays because Jewelcrafter’s still get kick ass gems in Blacksmith slots.  Enchanters get all the enchants plus the ones to their rings.  Its only fair that everything would start to stack.  I really hope it stays.  Engineering deserves it.

‘Til next time…

! Guntitan

Follow the original post at the official forums.

It is 3 am so I’m adding more when I think of it on this blog post.

Gathering Robots!

Title:  Cataclysm suggestion for Engineering

Thread:

A new line of Gathering Robots. Made by engineers. Consumable. 10 min – 1 hour up time? 1 time use. Stacks x20.

Different versions. Gathers mats for you from mining nodes, skins dead beasts for skinning, gathers herbs, for fishing have one fish besides you, for enchanting have one DE when a enchanter is not present, or have another that auto loots for you while looting, the one for engineers could skin mechanicals for you. Only usable by required profession?

Maybe have them take a decent amount of mats from the professions they represent. Mostly made up of the new metals of Azeroth and a few mats from the professions for each type of gathering robot they represent. Example skinning version requires some hides to get the scent of the animals it’s skinning. The fishing version could require a high level fishing pole. They could even use some old world mats to get people farming those areas again and make them profitable.

Maybe have the ultimate version like Jeeves and gathers everything for you. Obtained through quest line after all the versions of the bots have been discovered. Only used by engineers.

Found through Archeaology?