Note: this post contains information on Wrath of the Lich King, although it’s not hugely “spoilery”.
In my recent introduction to jewelcrafting in WotLK I noted that there were a few missing stat combinations that we could expect future jewelcrafting cuts to fill. Read more for information on a number of new rare gem cuts, jewelcrafting daily quests and new epic gem cuts in Wrath.
Edit for visitors from Google: I have three more recent posts you might find more useful: a guide to the epic gems in patch 3.2, a quick reference sheet for all WotLK gem cuts, and a guide to the Jewelcrafting daily quests. Hope they’re useful!
Jewelcrafting Patterns From Daily Quests
Today’s build 8788 of the Wrath beta reveals where at least some of those patterns are going to come from: they’ll be purchasable with Dalaran Jewelcrafter’s Tokens. According to the latest BlizzCast, these tokens will come from completing profession-based daily quests. One can probably assume that there will be tokens for each type of profession quest, which will be used to purchase patterns for that profession.
MMO-Champion has provided a screenshot of thirty new rare-quality gem cuts, each of which cost 8 jewelcrafter tokens. You can see from the screenshot that there are some “missing” cuts in there that hadn’t previously been available in uncommon form, such as the much-loved Reckless (Spellpower/Haste) orange cut.
I’m not entirely sure why Blizzard are introducing the mechanic of requiring tokens to buy patterns – presumably it’s to prevent people having all the rare cuts on the first day, and allowing people who spend more time on their crafting to get patterns faster. (It’s also worth noting that these will probably be the core patterns for leveling up one’s crafting skill, which further rewards people who do their dailies.)
To be fair, it’s a hell of a lot better than the TBC system, where all the initially-available rare cuts were BoE world drops – now that was expensive.
Eighteen new epic gem cuts have also been implemented, as seen in this screenshot from MMO-Champion. What’s really interesting here is that all these epic cuts only use one type of raw gem – a “Dragon’s Eye”. The cuts fit the usual naming conventions – a “Bold Dragon’s Eye” adds +27 Strength; a “Lustrous Dragon’s Eye” adds +11 mp5 – but all of them fit any color gem socket. On the one hand, that will make it much easier to gem one’s gear while retaining socket bonuses; on the other hand, it may make meta gem activation more fiddly.
Also, these epic gems only include cuts that are normally associated with red, yellow and blue gems. The “hybrid” multi-stat cuts associated with orange, green and purple gems haven’t been implemented in epic form yet – and given the multi-color nature of the Dragon’s Eye epic gems, they may not be.
Edit: Muiran pointed out via the comments that these gems are BoP, which presumably means they’re intended to be the Northrend equivalent of the existing epic JC-only cuts.
Jewelcrafting Daily Quests
The Jewelcrafting quests are up on the beta server now, although of course they’re subject to change during beta testing. The quests I looked at are offered by Timothy Jones, the Jewelcrafting trainer in Dalaran. He offers six quest choices, but you can only take one at a time (presumably, one a day).
Each daily quest asks you to take three items back to Timothy – a quest drop from a Northrend mob and two uncommon-quality cut gems of different colors. For example, the “Shipment: Bright Armor Relic” quest asks for an Elemental Armor Scrap, a Bright Bloodstone and a Potent Huge Citrine. (I haven’t yet researched the relative availability of the different quest drops, as these quests are so new.) Each quest rewards 7.4g (at level 70) and a single Dalaran Jewelcrafter’s Token.
Assuming you can only complete one of these a day, and there are no other sources of the Jewelcrafter tokens, it’ll take 8 days to get each new pattern – for the complete set of thirty patterns that’s about eight months of constant dailies. That seems… excessive, but who knows? There may be other sources of the tokens, or the cost may be adjusted – it’s still in beta, after all.
Once I’m confident that the majority of Jewelcrafting patterns have been implemented, I’ll release a reference sheet for Wrath cuts along the same lines as the existing (and quite popular) Jewelcrafting Quick Reference Sheet. It’s in progress now, but there are too many gaps to release it as-is.