Alchemy has been a profession with very variable results in BfA. In this post I will focus on the raid related consumables, which means flasks and potions.
Rank 3 and the Tool of the Trade
Alchemy recipes are typically only profitable if you have rank 3 AND the tool of the trade. You will thus have to have alchemy on a max level character that can get the rank 3 recipes and finish the questline for the tool of the trade. The reason is of course that rank 3 adds the chance to proc extra flasks or potions, which even out to 50% extra flasks or potions on average.
The tool of the trade increases this even further to 75% extra potions or flasks on average. You can see the difference that makes from the screenshot from my spreadsheet below!
The main goldmaking crafts
The main goldmaking recipes you want to get rank 3 of are the flasks, all of the Battle Potions and the Potion of Bursting blood and Potion of Rising death. These potions and flasks represent all the Best in slot consumables that Alchemy can craft.
All of these recipes are obtained from getting to revered with the various factions on your side. For the Alliance you need to hit Revered with:
- The Order of Embers
- Storm’s Wake
- Proudmoore Admiralty
- 7th Legion
For the Horde you need to be revered with:
- The Honorbound
- Zandalari Empire
- Talanji’s Expedition
For selling flasks you want use stack sizes of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 20. This gives you a great spread and you sell roughly the number of flasks that players will need for a single raiding night. This means you can generally take a higher price than people posting in just stacks of 1. Eventually you will want to focus on some of these stack sizes as you figure out which work best on your realm.
At that point you would remove the operations that don’t work out and increase the number of auctions for the overperforming ones.
For potions players generally need a much larger quantity than for flasks. I prefer selling them in stacks of 5, 10 and 20, but you should experiment with what works on your realm.
Once again I suggest experimenting and changing the quantities around until you find something that works well for you.
The price settings
We will have two sets of auctioning settings below. It will be the same basic group in both cases, but different prices. The main factor when considering the minimum price is what percentage of your crafts are done while the buff effect from the Tool of the Trade is active. The first set of settings is for plain rank 3 settings, which means an average proc rate of 1.5.
The second set of settings assumes you craft everything with the Tool of the Trade, which means an average yield of 1.75 potions or flasks per craft.
In both cases we are assuming you hit the long term average rate, so you will have to craft a pretty large volume for these settings to work optimally.