Tips for Power Leveling Professions in Mists of Pandaria

Try out these often overlooked tips to assist you in leveling your professions quickly and efficiently in Mists of Pandaria.

the launch of every
expansion pack there is of course much excitement. However, in the
midst of the celebration and eager anticipation is also a collective
internal groan throughout the World of Warcraft community. This
collective grown spawns from the moment when players from all over the
world realize that a new expansion means that once again they will be
forced to take on the task of leveling their professions.

Let's face it. No one likes to
level professions. Ever. Sure we all like to reap the rewards from
having maxed out professions on our various toons, but not a single one
of us will likely claim that we enjoyed the journey to get there.
Despite this, we will all find ourselves struggling to power level our
professions at some point during the Mists of Pandaria expansion to
ensure that we can turn the best profit possible from them. This of
course means hours upon hours of drudgery.

We here at Ten Ton Hammer
cannot save you from the drudgery, but it is possible that we can help
point you in a direction that will at the very least result in fewer
headaches along the way. Below you will find some helpful general tips
to power leveling your professions successfully. Enjoy!

Tips for Power Leveling Professions in Mists of Pandaria

  • Find
    a Guide
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a good guide can provide the direction you need to level your
professions quickly and cost effectively. 

Leveling a profession is hard
work, even for the most experienced World of Warcraft player. To ensure
that you level your professions quickly in Mists of Pandaria be sure to
seek out one of the many online guides. While it may seem like a silly
step, especially to the seasoned World of Warcraft player, these guides
will ensure you only make or farm the necessary items saving you time
and money while leveling your professions.

To find these guides simply
Google (or your search engine of choice) the profession you are looking
to level and tons of guides will pop up at your fingertips. Browse
through these guides at your leisure and pick one that suits you. Also
be sure to ignore any guides that want you to pay, there are plenty of
free sites out there offering the same information.

  • Hold Off on the Vendor

When we create or gather items
and then move on to other items as we level it is our first instinct to
sell those old items. This is a mistake. Before you go rushing off the
nearest vendor, check to be sure you will not need these items for
further leveling. Woe to the player who realizes to late that the Shiny
Rock they have just sold could have earned them another profession
skill point.

  • Sell, Sell, Sell

Leveling a profession in Mists
of Pandaria is probably going to cost you a pretty penny, especially if
you do it in a rush. While you probably won't make a profit while
leveling your profession, you can at least work to offset the costs.
Everything you create and/or gather can and should be sold if it is not
useful to further leveling your profession. This money can then be
placed back in your bank or be used to purchase more materials for
leveling your profession. Either way selling the items you collect
while leveling a profession is a good idea all around.

  • Level, Leveling

If you are a veteran World of
Warcraft player than you may have heard this bit of advice a million
times. However, it is pretty important so get ready for a million and
one. The best way to level any profession is to do it while you level.
This especially holds true for gathering professions but is equally
valid for crafting. Getting a start while you are leveling not only
allows you to collect materials along the way, but also seems to make
the whole process seem less daunting along the way. I for one would
rather take some baby steps than have the whole profession leveling
process thrust upon me when I reach max level in Mists of Pandaria.

  • Farm Your
    Own Mats
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your own mats for leveling your profession takes time, but will help to
prevent you from going bankrupt.  

Leveling a crafting profession
can be an expensive process. Who am I kidding? Leveling a crafting
profession IS an expensive process. Many players may even find that to
earn the highest levels they will quite literally break the bank. The
best way to offset the cost is to get out there and farm your own

It doesn't matter if you do
this with the secondary profession on your main toon with a series of
alts, it all saves you cold hard cash. Sure, this process takes time
away from your leveling of one profession and devotes it to another,
but most players will agree that the money saved here is well worth it
in the grand scheme of things.

  • Visit Your Trainer

One of the biggest mistakes I
find myself constantly making, even after all this time, is forgetting
to visit my Profession Trainer. I usually just head out into the world
whistling a little tune and expect for all the blanks to be instantly
filled in. Usually my bubble is burst when I realize that no matter how
much ore or herbs I gather I can't seem to gain a single point towards
that profession.

Visit your Profession Trainer
and visit him/her often. Not only will this ensure you have learned the
highest level of training available but will also allow you to learn
any new recipes that the trainer may provide. Access to these recipes
could potentially make leveling the profession a bit easier, and having
the highest level of training will ensure that the player never finds
themselves unable to earn levels.

  • Set a Route

When leveling a gathering
profession or collecting materials for a crafting profession in Mists
of Pandaria it may be appealing to just jump all over the map in your
search. This not only wastes time but will also likely result in the
player missing out on many of the materials found in a zone. When
collecting materials the player should set a route based on the highest
levels of collectable materials in a zone. This route should be
followed over and over again. Doing this will ensure that you have the
best chance to collect as many materials as possible from a zone.
Deviating from the path a tiny bit is not a problem, but always return
to the route in the end. Remember, time is money and every second you
spend running helter skelter from one end of the zone to the next for a
single node is money and time lost.

  • Say Goodbye to
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skills do not reliably give skill points and should therefore be
removed from the equation. 

While leveling your professions
in World of Warcraft we all know that recipes go through a series of
colors along the way. While these mostly get ignored, we simply cannot
do that when attempting to power leveling a profession in Mists of
Pandaria. When an item goes green it indicates to the player that they
are no longer reliably receiving points for farming/creating it. This
is kryptonite for those players trying to quickly level their

When an item goes green that
means in no uncertain terms that it is time to move on. While green
items may be easier to make, in the long run they will cost the player
extra time and money. Don't get sucked in by the ease of creating green
items. If you have found a guide for leveling your professions (as
mentioned above) you will notice that these guides reflect the practice
of moving on from green items without a second glance.

  • Advertise
    Your Skills

Leveling a crafting profession
in Mists of Pandaria, or any expansion for that matter, requires the
player to...create things. Creating things costs materials, materials
cost money, and so on and so forth. To potentially save yourself the
cost of materials, advertise your crafting skills in Trade Chat in
major cities. Players who see your advertisement may then message you
and provide you with the materials to create something for them. This
not only saves you money, but also the time you would have spent
collecting these materials. While advertising may be a complete wash
sometimes, it takes so little time and energy (a simple macro to spam
will do) that is is ultimately worth it. Free profession points are
free profession points. Period.

What are some methods you are
using to quickly and efficiently power level your professions in Mists
of Pandaria? Be sure to share them with the community by using the
comments section found below!

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