I went through and stealthed around all three of the instances a bit, to see what I could get. There were five herb spawns in the steamvaults, and two of them were herbable by a solo stealther. The other three were unaccessable to anything less than a 5 man group.
The Slave Pens had 4 herb spawns that I could find before I ran into stealth detecting mobs, will need a small stealther group to acquire the other 3-4 throughout the rest of the zone. 3 of those 4 were herbable by a solo 70 stealther.
The underbog had 4 herb spawns up until the hydra boss, which means a 3-4 man group will be necessary to get any more out of the instance. Was able to herb all 4 spawns before then.
These spawns were fairly static over 3 resets of each instance.
I have found several of these from "skinning" Fungal Giants (and similar mobs) in Zangamarsh. Of course you must be an herbalist to have this ability. It's a good way to gather these, while also collecting plenty of Unidentified Plant Parts (
) for Cenarion Post rep, and many other miscellaneous herbs and vendor trash.
The Slave Pens can be farmed for Ancient Lichen by any level 70.
You can get 2-3 lichen nodes per reset, along with usually 1 node of Felweed, Ragveil, or Flame Cap.
The patrol paths are fairly simple and you can figure them out fairly quickly. You can go all the way from the first room, through the hallway, and into the next large room.
I can usually get ~20 lichen before I have used up my 5 instances and "have entered too many instances recently".
Oh man this plant does really suck. Sell it early because the price will drop soon. Two months ago it was 20g stack and there were a lot. Now you just find it at 5g stack... and even though no one wants them. Useless pots with this...
As a warlock, I can solo the elite giants in Skettis. I highly suggest farming those; as they pretty much guaruntee motes of life and some good herbs. I farmed a primal and about 17 ancient lichen in maybe 10 minutes or less.
In SP in the first large area one of these keeps spawning on top of the big green area that I can't seem to get on top of. Anyone?
"Looks like Burning Crusade took a &*!@!"
the video posted by itreehorn is great, found it very useful.
After doing these solo runs for about two hours, i'd like to add a few things to the posts already here
You WILL occasionally grab aggro, especially if u mine as well, the adamantite node is an aggro magnet, kind of difficult to get the timing down.
What i started doing, was running it naked, with all my equipment in the bank. That way, if died, i could rez at the graveyard, and fly back a lot faster than if i had had to run as a ghost. Also, it wouldnt have cost me anything in repairs. Just a thought, worked well for me.
sgibber3's comments are by far the most helpful. Soloing the giants is not too hard and as I was farming herbs for my epic flight form I not only scored all 10 ancient lichens but 10 dreaming glory and 10 fel blossom in 15min killing 4 or 5 giants.
If you level up only by doing instances you should end up with 5-6 stacks of Ancient Lichen before lvl 70. You'd also find it difficult to benefit from the said herb since nobody wants to buy it.
The person who said no one wants to buy this herb is obviously not an Alchemist. As mentioned on other parts of this site, it's used in at least nine recipes and I was trying to buy some right before I wrote this.
None in the AH, so I set out to try the giant elites in Skettis as was previously suggested.Now that comment was submitted long before Cata came out and lots of stuff has changed.
The mobs in question are located around the lake in Skettis and they are lvl 71 elites, the Talonsworn Forest Rager. There are not many-I saw one roughly every five minutes. They dropped vendor junk and when they were "herbed" dropped the typical Trekkor Forest herbs. The fifth one I got dropped four ancient lichen at once.
So after an hour I had eight lichen. Figured that was enough in that place and decided to try my old favorite, the Underbog. Came out of there with six more.
Thanks to the changes to the alchemy specialization quests, Ancient Lichen has become largely irrelevant. As such, it has decreased significantly in value across the board.
I suggest you use what Ancient Lichen you find to level Alchemy or Inscription as you would any other Outland herb.
needed some of this , i am lvl 90 went to Slave Pens , less then 8 minute runs and was getting 8- 10 per run , Happy Hunting!
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