|Ideal Alts Series - The Herder|
Ideal Alts Series
We've already discussed The Dungeon Farmer and The Collector, which are both excellent options for your factory of alts. If I were a new player looking to make my first alt new character today, The Collector would be the type of character I would make. It is an excellent choice for expanding into both the pet and recipe flipping markets as well as the Inscription market selling glyphs and Mysterious Fortune Cards. Both can be excellent income sources for any gold making player. Today's Ideal Alt is focusing on The Ideal AoE Farmer Alt - The Herder.
Ideal Alt - The Herder
This was once a very fun alt character for me. It was a lot of fun during Burning Crusade when this type of character was my main, before I switched to my current Deathknight main character.
Role: The Herder - is a farming character, but is a farming specialist. The Herder can round up large numbers of mobs and survive the onslaught while killing wave after wave of humanids, dragonkin, beasts and more with the AoE abilities and the healing skills that Herders possess. The Herder is the farmer that doesn't kill things one at a time. They kill things 5, 10, 20 at a time. Herders looking for locations with mobs that are closely packed together or in groups. This allows for maximum benefit for the AoE abilities they posses.
Class: Paladin is in my opinion the best AoE farmer for an Ideal Alt. Many players may choose a Mage as the best AoE farming alt, but I disagree. You can overcome one of the major drawbacks of using the Paladin, it's short range, with one of the profession selections. A Paladin has some excellent AoE abilities as well as some stacking-DoTs and has the survivability to endure the major damage received as a Herder Alt. You will be Protection specced similar to a tank, but with talents focusing on mobility as well as AoE damage and survivability. Something similar to a 0/31/10 Paladin Herder Build would be what you are aiming for.
Race: Horde - Tauren / Alliance - Dwarf
The Tauren is the ideal choce for the extra 5% base health and the AoE stun Warstomp. Dwarfs are another good option for Stoneform.
Professions: Goblin Engineering and Skinning
By giving this Ideal AoE Farming Alt Goblin Engineering, we can both further increase the AoE damage and stunning options and also greatly increase the pulling distance with the Engineer Only Rockets. The Engineer only extra shield belt attachment as well as the rocket speed boost are also excellent additions to the increased survivability and mobility that The Herder Ideal Alt is centered on.
Skinning because you are a farming character and the sheer numbers of mobs you can kill in quick order make skinning a much better farming option then mining or herbalism. Then again, you could choose Tailoring over Skinning if your main purpose was cloth farming off of humanoids. As a Tailor you would get extra cloth from your Cloth Scavenging ability once you hit Northrend.
This is really a fun Ideal Alt to play as you can herd up massive numbers of creatures, zap ones that are far away with your rocket, speed boost for faster herdings of even larger herds of mobs, and tons of other fun tricks. Creating massive trains of mobs that all stack around you is a lot of fun, especially once you start to take those massive numbers of attacks all at once. Better burn em down quick!
As an Engineer you have plenty of ways to empty your bags without leaving your farming spot either. Toss in a Traveler's Tundra Mammoth and you may never need to even go to town. If you decide to go with this Herder Alt build, you can really do some amazing things with an item like a Demon-Forged Breastplate and a Skullflame Shield. I would try to collect those 2 items for the alt before I started leveling it. Trust me, you can do some amazing pulls with built in drains. You have so many mobs pounding on you at once, that there are soo many RNG rolls for the proc that a lot of times you will visually see them procc multiple times each pull. Once you get the correct level and reputation, upgrade your shield to the Petrified Lichen Guard with a Shield Spike and it gets even nastier. Those poison DoTs stack up and inflict the many attackers that are already on your Consecration, while you Hammer them down. This build is all about letting the mobs kill themselves in addition to the AoE damage. It is possible to lose you connection and log back in to all dead mobs surrounding you.
Ideal Alt - The Herder AoE Farmer
- Protection Paladin (0/31/10)
- Survival Specialist
- AoE Specialist
- Ground and Mounted Mobility Specialist
- Massive Kills per Hour
- Independent - Engineering Services
- Engineering Portals to Northrend Farming Zones
- Loot-a-Rang - Ranged Looting and Engineering Utility
- Engineering Pet Seller
- Can Farm Anything Mob Related
- Also great option for Profitng From GlowCaps since you want the Sporeggar reputation shield anyways.
Who has a different option for an Ideal Alt that is a Herder AoE Farmer?
|Ideal Alt - Tank AoE Herder|
Ideal Alts Series
- Ideal Alts Series Intro | Wes’s Building A Better Bank Alt
- The Dungeon Farmer – An Ideal Heroic Farming Alt
- The Collector – An Ideal Vendor Flipping and Pet Selling Alt
- The Herder – An Ideal AoE Farmer Alt
- The Low Level Dungeon Farmer – An Ideal Alt For Farming Low Level Instances
- The Solo Raider and World Boss Killer