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It's time to visit Outland to pursue another gold making opportunity involving primals.

Intro

The guide involves grinding in Outland for primals and the priority of primals to farm should be determined by your realm's price.

Prices were taken from Illidan-US.

Obviously Primal EarthPrimal Earth is super cheap, that's why I should prioritize Primal AirPrimal AirPrimal FirePrimal Fire and Primal ShadowPrimal Shadow. Transmuting Primal EarthPrimal Earth to Primal WaterPrimal Water via Transmute: Primal Earth to WaterTransmute: Primal Earth to Water wouldn't be a bad idea though.

Engineering

If Engineering is your profession, you can use the Zapthrottle Mote ExtractorZapthrottle Mote Extractor to extract motes from nearby clouds. They will appear on the minimap.

Alchemy

If you're an Alchemist, you can transmute less valuable primals into more valuable ones. Most of the recipes require Revered with the Burning Crusade reputations, like Recipe: Transmute Primal Water to AirRecipe: Transmute Primal Water to Air. Timewalking commendations are best to catch up with the Burning Crusade factions.

Mining

Mote of EarthMote of Earth can be mined from all Burning Crusade nodes.

What Are Primals Used For?

Primal FirePrimal Fire and Primal ManaPrimal Mana are used for Tome of Illusions: OutlandTome of Illusions: Outland. You need all primals for Primal MightPrimal Might which is a material for weapons such as DirgeDirge or Felsteel LongbladeFelsteel Longblade. Most of the gear and weapons are purchased for transmogs.

Farming Spots

The best spot to farm Primal FirePrimal Fire is to kill Incandescent Fel Sparks located in Throne of Kil'jaeden (Hellfire Peninsula). Most of the time they will drop 1-2 Mote of FireMotes of Fire and they have a fast respawn.

Throne of the Elements (Nagrand) is another great spot to farm primals. The best thing is you can farm Primal FirePrimal FirePrimal AirPrimal AirPrimal WaterPrimal Water and Primal EarthPrimal Earth at the same time.

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The best area to farm Mote of ShadowMote of Shadow without having to leave Nagrand is around the Oshu'Gun Crystal (31, 66 to 43, 72). You will find plenty of Voidspawns there.

Most of the fungal creatures in Zangarmarsh will drop Mote of LifeMote of Life. There's no specific spot. You can kill Fungal Giants (30, 64) or Withered Bog Lord (82, 42). Whenever there's a place full of bog lords and various fungal mobs, you can be assured they will drop Mote of LifeMote of Life.

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1 hour ago, Ginger said:

Being someone that never experienced BC as current content and being ignorant of the Primal mats, why are these so valuable currently?

Because very little players care to farm it and it's several expansions old. This doesn't apply only to primals, but also ores, like Wrath's Saronite OreSaronite Ore. Such items are great gold makers.

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19 hours ago, Ginger said:

Being someone that never experienced BC as current content and being ignorant of the Primal mats, why are these so valuable currently?

Being used for the new tomes for Enchanting Illusions has also helped bring them back into the fold outside of just levelling. 

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      At first I mostly went for achievements that awarded something, then achievements that indirectly rewarded something (like reputations), after that I kinda picked a category and worked my way through it as much as I could. So for example when I decided it was time to do fishing I’d only do fishing achievements until they were all done.
       
      When a new expansion comes up, do you actually play it “normally” just to enjoy it for a while, or do you head straight into the achievement hunt? 
      I think doing the achievements is playing the game normally, they guide you towards doing all the different activities the game has to offer, and as I don’t have a certain preference to what type of content I play the game for it is normal for me to just do everything that is on offer. They don’t take you that far off the beaten path. I usually never prepare beforehand when a new expansion or patch comes out, I like going into it and figuring out what I want to prioritize and focus on while it’s live. It would probably be better if I did prepare but I don’t think it’s that worth it.
       
      What were some of your favorite achievements to do (and not just the really easy and fast ones ? )
      It kind of depends, achievements that I was able to do while watching a show or something were the ones that felt the most satisfying to do because it was almost like I wasn’t even playing the game while finishing a long achievement. Others were fun to do just due to how hardcore I went about doing it, like doing 4000 daily quests in 2 weeks by figuring out which daily quests were the fastest ones to do on as many characters as possible each day, and then just bruteforcing the 10000 daily quest achievement.

      Farming PvP WQs on 45 characters to get 90k honor per day to finish the 500 Honor Level achievement was also fun to do. It wasn’t super necessary though, as I started at 350 Honor Level the day the prepatch came out because I had done a lot of Prestige farming in Legion. I would have gotten 500 by now without doing the WQ grind anyway as I’m at 673 Honor Level as of right now.

      Achievements that no one really had an idea on how to do and having to figure it out on your own are fun as well, like Naxt Victim which by the looks of the Wowhead comment I made about it helped a lot of people out.
       
      As someone who’s spent possibly the most time dealing with the specifics of the expansion, what are your thoughts about BfA in general and what would be some of your favorite and least favorite things about it?
      BFA has been pretty bad for my motivation I feel like. Island Expeditions completely broke my will to farm things outside of achievements, the sheer amount of stuff and incredibly low drop rate just made me feel like it just wasn’t worth the time to farm, I would rather just play another game instead. Low drop rate pets and mounts from rares that just take ages to get is also something I don’t like, Soundless, Rustfeather, Arachnoid Harvester, I feel like the drop rate is too low and it just forces you to keep spinning the slot machine until you get it. Paragon reputation boxes were bad in Legion and they are bad in BFA as well, it is probably what I dislike the most about the game right now. The fact that you have to farm paragon reputation on both factions to get everything is also simply ridiculous. 

      The amount of gold sink mounts they’ve put into the game this expansion is also something I don’t like, they’ve removed all the methods I had to earn passive gold and put tons of mounts that cost a lot in, and that also made me stop caring about getting all mounts and such.

      I usually play a lot of alts and more than 50% of my total played used to be across alts, but now in BFA I’ve barely played them at all, I don’t even have all classes at 120. They made the incursions too weak compared to the Legion assaults so I didn’t feel like I had an efficient way of leveling my alts with just a few minutes every day. The corruption system is also something I dislike, mostly because I’ve been really unlucky with it. If there was an easier way to get the corruptions you wanted it would be better. Some goods things about BFA have been the essences I think, Memory of Lucid Dreams completely saved Fire Mage after they basically cut the spec in half in BFA. The raids have been pretty decent I suppose, losing master looting wasn’t that great though.
       
      Are you looking forward to Shadowlands?
      Sure. I know that if I don’t have much time to play because of other circumstances I will still probably have enough time to finish all achievements and I’ve been going for this a long time so might as well continue.
       
      Knowing how much effort it’s taken you to get here, if you could go back would you do it all over again?
      Well that’s kind of tricky. I feel like I have gotten to know myself better because I’ve done this, but also it is a lot of time invested. I’ve gotten a lot of insensitive comments about mental health and me wasting my life, but just because I have tangible proof of my “wasted” time it doesn’t mean I waste more time than others. I’ve just had a very specific goal that I’ve achieved as efficiently as possible, no one is able to be 100% productive all the time. I feel like it has helped me try harder at university and striving towards achieving my goals in life. I have not failed a single exam during my time at uni even while playing a lot. So yes, I would do it again and I’m satisfied with what I’ve accomplished.
       
      A very positive end to the interview, and we'd just like to congratulate Xirev on what he's accomplished once more and are looking forward to him getting there again in Shadowlands!
      You can also head on over, watch and follow him on his twitch and twitter pages:
      https://www.twitch.tv/xirev https://twitter.com/XirevWoW

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      The man with all the achievements talks to us about how he got there and a lot more.
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      UPDATE: We caught up with Xirev and had a chat about his accomplishment, which you can check out here.
      Xirev from Vashj (EU) has earned all 3,927 achievements that are currently available in the game. Congratulations!
      Xirev from the <Colour> guild managed to complete all achievements in World of Warcraft that have been added so far which must have taken a lot of dedication. He currently owns 484 out of 555 mounts and all battle pets.
      On reddit he joked that now he can finally play the game. Congrats!

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