Good place to farm these in my experience are the
in Nagrand. They are easy fast kills and drop the motes at a decent rate.
Least valuable of all the varieties of motes. The primal goes for less than a gold on my server, where other primals go from 15-30 gold.
I made a quick outline of where all the best places to farm motes are. Very useful if, like me, you are farming many of them for a recipe of some sort.
(Zone) NPC name - Coordinates - % drop rate - link to page at Wohead
Mote of Air:
(Nagrand) Storming Wind-Ripper - 69.21 (Throne of Elements) - 33.9% -
Mote of Fire:
(Nagrand) Raging Fire-Soul - 69.21 (Throne of Elements) - 34.1 -
Mote of Water:
(Terokkar Forest) Crashing Wave-Spirit - 63.17 (North-Western Throne of Elements) - 33.7 -
Mote of Earth:
(Blade's Edge Mountains) Sundered Rumbler - (Basically above and all below Area 52) - 18.8 -
Mote of Mana:
(Netherstorm) Mana Wraith - 36.60 and 31.73 (Anywhere above Area 52 and more below. While you're at it, kill the Nether Rays as well, they have just as good of a chance to drop and are mostly in the same area) - 25.8 -
Mote of Life:
(Zangarmarsh) I didn't find any specific place to farm for these because the zone is just rich with them. But I would suggest farming the Bogg/ Starving Bogg Lords and Fungal /Starving Fungal Giants because they are all very close. - The Spawning Glen (SW Zangarmarsh) and East of there is the Quagg Ridge - Very similar drop rates on all 4 mobs that I pointed out, 18.2 to 18.8 -
Mote of Shadow:
By far the most commonly found mote. This is dropped in almost every zone and can be easily farmed anywhere. But there may be a few exceptional areas just because npcs that drop them are close together, non-elite, and easy to kill. Here's one spot in a few that are exceptional:
(Nagrand) Voidspawn - Again, no specific coords, but all around Oshu'Gun, the bigass crystal SW Nagrand. - 18.4 -
Keep in mind the motes are removed from most demons, and now only on the void elementals in patch 2.1, so they will no longer be common and prices will likely be rising significantly to match those of the other primals.
Theese are a hell to farm now. The drop rate is so low on the few mobs that drops them.
Wow... on the Draka server they went from 3g or less per Primal to 14g or more (Horde side). They are needed matts for Shadow Cloth and many other professions... This may make transmuting Primal Water to Primal Shadow viable since motes of water are still easy to come by.
Since Motes have a use function, you can drag them to your Action Bar to easily track how many you got while farming.
indeed these should have a higher value than what they do. farmed them for hours and only got 8 of them.
Motes of Shadow only drop off of void creatures now. This change was instated in one of the 2.1.x patches.
I have also killed the VW in hellfire. They aren't dropping them either. So....The other day I was killing VW in netherstorm, and they were giving me motes of shadow. I don't know what's going on.
Best place for farming motes of shadow is Nagrand around Oshu'gun. Drop rate is decent but you also get a lot of cloth which you could either use for tailoring if you have it or bandages...or just sell the cloth and buy more motes/primals! Win no matter what I say.
I think they may have changed the drop rate on these after patch 2.3. I killed about 20 voidspawns in Nagrand without a single mote dropping, whereas before the patch they had a pretty good drop rate, I was getting 2-3 Primals per hour before. I'm going somewhere else!
As of 2.3 Oshu'gun seems to be the way to go.
At first, you'll wonder if motes even drop at all from the voidwalkers. You can easily kill them and move onto the next mob, however, and after you've circled around a few times you'll know where to find them. Around one to two primals every cycle, just keep at it.
Well, 75% drop from Eyes and Hounds of Cuthulas isn't true....i killed 6 of them,no drop.
Best place to farm Motes of Shadow, you say? Voidwind Plateau. While it boasts a smaller population of Mote-dropping mobs than Nagrand, they have a much higher drop rate, and no one seems to realize how great this place is for farming them. Go between farming Primals and grining Consortium Rep seamlessly!
You can also gather Motes of shadow by using a
I just farmed 8 primals in about one hour yesterday
What profession/class is this used for?
I farmed for exactly 2 hours, 30 minutes, and came up with 8x
in Hellfire Peninsula's Void Ridge, with a few motes on the side.
It was nice to have all the mobs close together for Seed of Corruption,
and I was able to 3 shot the Vacillating Voidcaller with a SB+Searing+Searing combo.
Not sure if the droprates on the mobs in Voidwind Plateau have been nerfed or what, but I needed 2 Primal Shadows, so I decided to farm there for them.
In a little over an hour I killed 90 of the mobs there and received 21 Motes of Shadow. By my calculations, that's a droprate of slightly higher than 4%. A far cry from the 25% droprate listed on Wowhead.
Course I could have just been slapped with horrendous luck, but it's a caveat to anyone choosing to farm there. I had about the same droprate (10%) for the mobs in Nagrand where I farmed for 20 minutes, killed about 30 mobs and got 3 Motes. Closer to the listed droprate of 19%, but still frustrating.
Spent all day trying to find a comfortable spot for Primal Shadow, seeing as I need a ton of them. Tried getting good rates with the Voidspawns in Nagrand but they were just too spread out for it to really be effective (and not mind-numbingly boring and painful).
Found my best bet to be using my Hunter in Hellfire Peninsula at Void Ridge (you could use The Warp Fields but that's a bit of a quest zone so it could be crowded); just put my pet on Stay/Aggressive and parked him under one of the void disturbances. It'll attack them as they spawn and if it's 70, it'll tear them apart. You'll wnt to be careful going afk since if your pet kills them with no assistance from you (very quickly with a Cat or Ravager, etc), you won't get credit for the kill and you won't be able to loot the body. Only things you really need to be careful about is toss the occasional Mend Pet if it gets low and other than that enjoy looting.
Just as mentioned before, you'll have the odd single spawn somewhere, but they'll mostly spawn in small waves of 3-5 at a time and you just tear them apart and loot away.
"In a little over an hour I killed 90 of the mobs there and received 21 Motes of Shadow. By my calculations, that's a droprate of slightly higher than 4%. A far cry from the 25% droprate listed on Wowhead."
21 out of 90 is actually about 23% drop rate. The stat is based on the mote drop rate, not the primal rate.
These are best farmed in HFP at the Void Ridge, I was able to obtain 68 motes in exactly 1 hour (2 full MotW buffs). Whereas I only obtained ~40 in 90+ minutes in Nagrand.
Both types of Void mobs drop them at Void Ridge, kill'em all!
I think that the Voidspawns in Nagrand are much better to farm than the ones at Manaforge Ultris for these reasons:
They can drop in 2's, where as the Ultris ones have only dropped them in 1's for me after 20-30 mins
They drop netherweave cloth as well: useful for those who are tailors and otherwise can be sold on the AH
They're lower level than the ones at Ultris, which means they're easier and faster to kill
And for casters, you don't have to put up with that lame absorbing-spell crap ;p
Best place to farm motes is by far in Nagrand , i can take 3 of these t a time as a hunter with ease, and as these drop in 2's , 5 primals are
farmable in an hour :)
The void spawns at manaforge ultris have a better drop rating but casters dont like it because of their spell resist but if you are a physical class (hunters, rogues, warriors etc) then it is a better place to farm than around oshu gun
Confirmed, the void ridge in HFP (south/southwest of the dark portal) is THE best place to farm motes of shadow the drop rate is amazing I managed to get 8 primals in under an hour. Just be sure to stay away from the collapsing voidwalkers when they die because they do a significant aoe on death.
what are these used for? i'm a new player so don't go all crazy if this sounds stupid
The best way to collect these is killing hounds and eyes of culuthas in Netherstorm
Differently from other primals (fire, earth...), I couldnt find any mean of breaking a primal shadow into motes (be it by specific professionals like alchemists...)...am I wrong?
A good place to farm is the Mana Forge Ulrtis in the Netherstorm. The Voidshriekers and Unstable Voidwraths drop them. Keep circling the forge and also hit the 2 void elementals inside. It takes an average of 10 minutes to get 10 motes to make a Primal Shadow. It's not bad farming at all.
The best place to farm mote of shadow is actually alcatraz in netherstorm. If u are a rogue, just stealth ur way and kill those purple mists then get out. 1 lap takes around 3 mins to complete, and u can always get at least 6 to 8 mote each lap.
All that Motes (of Shadow, of Air, of Water, ...) are a pain in the ass to farm when you need a reasonable number of Primals, so i have a tip to share If you are not in a rush to get Primals, let's say you just need it to craft some items to put on Auction House,
You can wait until the Burning Crusade Timewalk Event is rolling and then search for it on Auction House, because that week there will be a toon of people running BC Dungeons and as a side effect there will be more than usual Motes begin posted.. and normally it will be cheaper than usual. :)
I've been most sucessful farming Mote of Shadow at Void Ridge (77,68) in Hellfire Peninsula. I've farmed there a few times and average at around 180 motes/hour.
This is without serverhopping and could easily be done with any class, although I'd recommend Druid for the instant mount speed and looting while in Travel Form.
Keep an eye on the void rift things, as 5-6 voidwalkers frequently spawn there in packs.
I acquired 25x
's in Heroic
, while doing
reputation. This was within 20 mins and 4 instance resets. Making sure not to aggro any of the bosses. I also picked up 20x
which are used for a couple repeatable quests with
. This was by killing all trash. It might be quicker if you skipped most trash and went straight to the
's. I found this to be less tedious than some places. You can exit out the end of the instance and reset quickly. You could get more in this timeframe as I said I killed everything. Just thought I'd share! Good luck! :)
I got 36 motes in 20 minutes from circling around Oshu'Gun in Nagrand and killing the Voidspawns. The Voidspawns spawns fast, so you never have to stop farming. As a bonus you might even stumble across the rare
if you are lucky.
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