Want a new main but dont have the time


Exactly my point, this xpac is not ult friendly at all, now i have to grind from green concentrated flame and i have to do it all over again


Unfortunately I don’t really have any suggestions about how to switch mains without this frustration!

I’m not a min-maxer and I don’t do any very high level content, so there’s not really any need for me to have high ranks of essences. I’ve also not seen any noticeable difference in performance after getting the next rank of an essence (again, I’m not really looking at meters so others probably would notice), so logically having rank 1 or rank 3 wouldn’t really matter for a player like me.

It’s easy to get caught up in the “everyone must have this” and “everyone who’s anyone must have that”, so perhaps it’s worth thinking about whether it is really necessary (for you and the content you do) to rush through and grind, or just take things more slowly and comfortably whole playing something you enjoy more?


I got all the essences on 4 chars on rank 3 (except raid one) and the grind does suck but really you should try to enjoy the journey and don’t mind them, I did push a bit with my Druid and Warrior but mostly I was just doing the content and got them all eventually.


I feel you, when your main have all rep Exalted, essence farmed etc, and you get bored of it is the worst thing ever.

I will probably just suck it up and have it ready for 8.3.

(Looksmaxxed) #11

I can understand it too. He is kinda lazy, or at the minimum averse to doing stuff again.

Idk, I have no magic suggestion, except that I bit the bullet when the current patch came out, I did 2 weeks of naz/mech on mage and dh at the same time. I did nothing else, m+ was worthless because it was the period just before it gets harder, so I did just that on those two chars, but it was all going towards pathfinder anyway so I guess I didn’t feel it as hard.

Or if this reasoning is better: I didn’t mind grinding it, because I was working on several fronts towards advancing my chars: flying, professions, essences it all came out of those two weeks…
After a month or so I started on disc and resto druid, didn’t bother with mechagon on druid, did it on priest because I found value in the health redistribution essence. But these two chars were literally 20 minutes a day each. Aight maybe 30, but that’s together with herb farming on druid, as it is the supplier for 3 chars.

Now I have this new alliance dh that I put in really just basics of “work” because primarily I wanted the horse horde gets for completing war campaign on both factions. I played it until that point, now I just log it and don’t do much on it.


Yes, unfortunately “suck it up and try to enjoy what you can” does seem to be the best solution at the moment.

If you’re doing content anyway (e.g. running m+) then you’ll eventually get the essences from those activities. With the anniversary bonus rep, at least rep-based essences are slightly easier at the moment too, so doing some WQs each day gives you more than it did before. If the “best” essences for your class/spec/role are locked behind activities that you don’t enjoy, it’s worth considering whether it’s better to take the hit of not having them than to make yourself miserable!

I just want to say thanks, Looksmaxxed - I’ve got a horrible habit of looking at things like getting essences as a much bigger task than it really is, so thanks for reminding me that really it’s not that big of an ordeal!

(Looksmaxxed) #13

If I’m completely honest, the second round of obtaining essences…was…idk…a welcome somewhat brainless daily activity after I had enough of “super serious” m+ push runs where everyone expects you to be at 110%.

(ßubbletea) #14

Im shocked at how fast I got my alt rogue to 440 ilv and all rank 3 essences of the essences I need ! If you put the time you can do it before 8.3 hits, now is a perfect time for alts think of it this way you dont need benthics if you will start raiding in Nyalotha !


Actually the perfect thing is to farm but wait for 8.3 to hit before buying essence.

Mechangon one will be cheap af in 8.3 compared to now.

So for now suck it up for a month, play an incomplete alt and get on par as soon as 8.3 hit.

(Lepanto) #16

It’s frustrating no doubt. But it takes two weeks to get rank 3 essences on a new char?


Depends on which ones really, some classes do have it easy.

(Punyelf) #18

Just work on whatever essences are key on the alt, a bit at a time. It’s not like you need them all :slight_smile:


I’m pretty(.) sure the song goes “Gotta catch them all!”

(Dejarous) #20

This expansion is ridiculously alt friendly.

I mean at this stage on your main you’ve done 4 lfr and 3 normal bosses and some 9’s on M+. Do you need good essences to do that level of content?


Just doing the boring intro BFA quests again and again before you even get to essences is ZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzz and long…

They really should of made more BFA design systems ACCOUNT WIDE…

Horrible expansion even more so for alts…

(Hoisho) #22

Yeah, fully understand here, it’s not the levelling something from 1-120 or 20 to 120, it’s the do stuff all over again from scratch such as a profession, reputation and so on that is gated even now.

This game needs to bring in more account wide stuff such as this to unlock things that you’ve managed to work hard for on your main so that alts can be used in case some patch or hotfix changes something that makes you have to change a class and/or spec to be able to continue on without having to try and play catchup.

That’s what WoW needs now, Account Wide linked stuff, far more of it than is given.

(Bigkeg) #23

After 2 days 11 hours /played at level 120 on my mage alt I managed to get decent ilvl and essence collection. I’m not switching main not really pushing that toon so it could be better. If my guild would be alive then it would be significantly easier (M+ and raid help). Had to get help from one of posters from here when trying to time a +7 (as good/experienced/geared players have close to no reason running less than 10… until it’s dungeon quest week).

They aren’t bound to account but some are given from quick sources like magni questline, M+, Raid, islands etc. plus 8.3 adds new so you can focus on very specific content to get your essences.

Are you sure? if you aren’t doing every possible high end end-game you don’t really need much from the essences. Also the game does want that people stick to like one character if they want to progress further into the game so that people get better at their characters instead having constant influx and death of bad characters. After 2 days 11h on my mage even if I make wowanalyzer somewhat happhy my DPS is at best a green parse, close to a grey one. I would need way more practice, gear, gear simming etc to make it a valuable character that can hold it ground on simple things as +10 key or HC EP at such very old state.

(Laineth) #24

I am currently farming rep with Piligrim(now over) + Darkmoon Faire buff on my alt to prepare it for Nyalotha HC…
The amount of times I cried while doing the content all over again and having a headache to grind the mats to get the essences is enough for me to hate alting this expansion.

(Dottie) #25

Buy shadowlands, get a free 120 boost and you have a level 50 neck and 380, well just under that.


Switching mains especially if you to higher level content is daunting.

If I switch my char (ilvl 443 or something) It takes month to reach that ilvl unless very lucky.
450 ilvl azerite garbage needs already 9 Weeks if you doing m+ every week above lvl 10.
Filling item slots with 440+ pieces is usually limited to the weekly chest which is completely random and easy to get garbage or double pieces.
Grinding your heart up to lvl 65 takes quite a while even with the reduced AP required now.
Getting some of the essences required for some specs to perform well requires several weeks as well.

To catch up to my main would take me probably around 3 Month

thats stupid honestly. Yes you can run +10s or whatever with lower gear, but higher than that you will have to wait till you play catch up