A little while ago I wrote a post that outlined farming honor in Ashran, and how it was a great way to gear up. The video from that post was pulled down by the creator, and that was too bad. It was a good video.
Now about the title of this post. Judging from the first paragraph, you may be assuming that I’m going to say that the best way to gear up is through PVP. Well yes, kinda, and no.
Before you storm off, telling me that you suck at PVP and this post obviously doesn’t apply to you, just pump the brakes on that and give me a second to explain. Okay, maybe more than a second. I don’t know how fast you read. I’m not psychic. If I was, I’d be writing this from some tropical villa and not in my frosty hovel with the heat cranked, eating toasted praline peanuts damn the calories.
Where was I? Oh yeah, the gear. I said yes, kinda, and no as far as PVP goes. Here’s where I explain that stuff.
YES – you will be spending honor to purchase gear. With honor, you can get iLevel 700 gear. One purchase, and boom! You don’t need to grind apexis crystals for days, trying to get 20000 so you can upgrade to 695 and then have the valor to bump it up two ranks to 705. Granted, that is all very valid and in the end you end up with 705 rather than 700 gear. But this is the easiest way to get some amped gear.
KINDA – You need to farm honor in a PVP zone, specifically Ashran, for this to work. Also, there may be some armor pieces that don’t have the secondary stats you’re looking for. So in some cases, PVP gear might not be the way to go.
NO – I didn’t kill any players, nor engaged them at all, to get any honor. In fact, I can’t really do anything in Ashran because my comp doesn’t process the mass groups of players sitting on top of each other throwing bombs. By the time I catch up, I go from standing in an empty space to dead.
I get my honor three ways: farming fragments from mobs, completing bonus objectives, and finding fragment treasures. I do one circuit around the outskirts of Ashran and can usually return to my base with about 100 fragments. That’s good for 300-400 honor. After a few laps I can buy a piece of gear.
I used both the route and the coordinates and let me tell you, this still works. I mix in apexis gear as well, depending on stats and how I’m feeling about farming. But I’ve used the honor gear to upgrade several pieces of timewalking gear, and in some cases, entire outfits.
This has its drawbacks though. Depending on your faction, it can take awhile to queue for Ashran. Sometimes the opposing side will run you over when you’re farming, and when you die you lose half the fragments you had on you at the time. It can be situational, but don’t let a fear of PVP keep you from this. Like I said, most of the honor I farmed came from doing simple PVE stuff in the PVP zone.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes!
With Legion maybe kinda just around the corner, people are starting to look ahead to a PVP life where Honor no longer exists. But I plan on using honor now, and I’m using it to beef up my garrison.
That’s right, my garrison.
Okay, improving the garrison is actually a side effect. What it actually relates to is getting a character to an iLevel of 675. How does that affect your garrison? That’s a future post, but it involves gold. Because of course it does. I don’t work my garrison for funsies, after all.
Honor is a great way of gearing up your character, especially this way. I’m sure I’ve posted this in the past, but SirPwnKnight recently made a video discussing this technique so I thought I’d give it a try. I had a warrior that I wanted to bump up the iLevel on, and I thought it’d be easiest to do it with some PVP gear.
Anyway, here’s the video. Check it out, and I’ll give you my feedback on it.
I went to Ashran to give this a go. Despite a gank or two, I found the farming to be easy enough and the conversion of artifacts to honor was pretty sweet. It worked out to about 100 artifacts = 300+ honor, and it took me less than ten minutes to get those artifacts. Getting decked out in short order, assuming you’re not getting your throat cut while doing so, definitely wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility.
So give this a try and let me know how it worked out for you!