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    [MoP] Ironpaw Shuffle Basics

    This is a brief guide to switching cooking ingredients in MoP. This is relevant to anyone working the auction house, since like ore shuffles, the value of cooking ingredients are now inter-related in a way that may not at first be apparent. For further context, I've also written a guide that covers the whole of MoP Cooking (with a slight fishing bias).

    The Ironpaw Shuffle has pre-requsites to conduct yourself:

    • Level 85 with MoP. Everyone relevant to this is in Halfhill Market, in the Valley of the Four Winds, and everything is based on level-restricted quests and items.
    • Complete the introductory quests to all 6 cooking Ways (specialisations), which notably include delivering a few ingredients (details). These require 525 cooking.
    • Those unlock Nam Ironpaw's Preserving Freshness quest, which then becomes the repeatable quest, Replenishing the Pantry.


    How Replenishing the Pantry works:

    1. Take 1 stack of any one Pandarian cooking ingredient (exceptions below) and combine it with an Empty Container for that ingredient to make a bundle of groceries. Empty Containers are sold by Merchant Cheng for 1g 50s.
    2. Complete Replenishing the Pantry with the groceries, gaining 1 Ironpaw Token per bundle of groceries (1 token per stack).
    3. Use the Ironpaw Token to buy a Sack containing 5 (or 25 for vegetables) of any cooking ingredient (sold by Nam Ironpaw).


    Exceptions: Golden Carp (Pandaria's trash fish) are bundled in 60s, not 20s like other fish/meat. Vegetables stack in 100s, not 20s. Only Pandaria-level (Zen Master) cooking ingredients can be combined into groceries, not ingredients sold by Sugshin Ironpaw (for 1-525 leveling).

    So, aside from the exceptions, any 20 meat/fish or 100 vegetables can be converted into any 5 meat/fish or 25 vegetables, at the cost of 1g 50s and some mouse clicks. Note that "some mouse clicks" can become quite time-consuming/wrist-breaking if you plan to do this with hundreds of stacks.

    It follows that if, ( price of stack of one ingredient + 1g 50s ) < ( price of stack of another ingredient / 4 ), then you should consider buying the first and converting it into the second.

    Further, if you expect prices to switch over time, you can hedge into Ironpaw Tokens: Complete steps 1 and 2, but simply hold Ironpaw Tokens until you are ready to trade them in for Sacks. Clearly a very efficient use of inventory, since currency occupies no slots.

    Afterthought: I should probably add that Ironpaw Tokens can also be used to buy other things, including 3 Token-only (but trade-able) ingredients: 100 Year Soy Sauce, Black Pepper and Rice Flour, for 1 Token each, which are used in all top-tier cooked food. So price considerations are slightly more complex, since they also need to factor in the auction house price of those 3 ingredients.

    And finally there is one other repeatable source of Ironpaw Tokens - Spirit of Harmony vendors. But I can't foresee any situation in which it will be easier to gain 1 Spirit of Harmony (to buy 1 Ironpaw Token), than to gather ingredients for Replenishing the Pantry. The only case is (Ranch) farming, where the balance is 10x vegetable crops (5-8 vegetables each) vs 10x Songbell (1 Mote each), but that's only because Songbells are currently unbalanced in beta.
    Last edited by Elen; August 8th, 2012 at 08:28 AM.

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    I've been running this racket on my server for a little while now. I buyout cooking materials below 10g and sell the tokens for 250g+.

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    Going to look into this, thanks Elen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koko View Post
    Anyone have a handy shopping list?

    http://www.elsanglin.com/mop_cooking.html

    Made one myself real quick following that, "Viseclaw" doesn't work or at least i couldn't find a basket for it .

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    Veggies, Meat, Fish
    Code:
    s1@74853,74661,74662,74834,74838,75014,74833,74837,85506,74839,74847,74841,74842,74849,74844,74843,74848,74850,74846,74866,74856,74857,74860,74859,74865,74861,74863,74864$@

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    Here's a Dealfinding list with the Veggies, Meat, Fish, and Spices at their specific ratios for trade.

    Code:
    d1@74866/50000,74837/150000,74839/150000,74841/30000,74843/30000,74661/750000,74849/30000,74853/750000,74857/150000,75014/150000,74861/150000,74863/150000,74834/150000,74838/150000,74833/150000,74842/30000,74844/30000,74846/30000,74662/750000,74850/30000,85506/150000,74847/30000,74856/150000,74848/30000,74860/30000,74859/150000,74864/150000,74865/150000@

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    @Buffjob Correct. Thanks. There is no Viseclaw grocery container on live realms, although the item does exist in the Armory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koko View Post
    Here's a Dealfinding list with the Veggies, Meat, Fish, and Spices at their specific ratios for trade.

    Code:
    d1@74866/50000,74837/150000,74839/150000,74841/30000,74843/30000,74661/750000,74849/30000,74853/750000,74857/150000,75014/150000,74861/150000,74863/150000,74834/150000,74838/150000,74833/150000,74842/30000,74844/30000,74846/30000,74662/750000,74850/30000,85506/150000,74847/30000,74856/150000,74848/30000,74860/30000,74859/150000,74864/150000,74865/150000@
    @Koko does this include the previous post too? And how did you figure the prices?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gissa View Post
    @Koko does this include the previous post too? And how did you figure the prices?
    It does. The prices are by ratio, not actual prices, so 100 leeks = 20 meat = 60 special fish

 

 

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