I was looking for the cheapest source for end-game mana replenishment (dungeons etc.). There are 2 recipes you can get from Cooking: South Island Iced Tea and Starfire Espresso. Unlike the Sauteed Gobi of pre-Cata times, there doesn’t appear to be gatherable sources to make mana drinks as both the aforementioned recipes require vendor items.
South Island Iced Tea^
92307 mana/30sec + gets you drunk :: 9g 28s/stack of 20*
96000 mana/30sec + makes you sober :: 5g 12s/stack of 20*
The third option is to buy Highland Spring Water from vendors.
Highland Spring Water
96000 mana/30sec :: 4g 40s/stack of 20*
Surprisingly it would seem that the cheapest option is to obtain the springwater from a vendor. Plus you don’t get drunk/
grumpy sober. Pretty expensive considering the gobi was health + mana for free (just needed to fish it up and cook).
I guess the only other option is to strike a deal with a mage to conjure you a supply of mana cakes everyday for a set price per month. Perhaps this is Blizzards way of allowing mages to generate even more monies. Ports and food. Aren’t they just a little bit greedy :p
Hopefully mana drinks won’t become such a dire issue once they buff the crap mana regeneration rate of holy pallies.
^ Tropical Sunfruit can be bought at Uldum or Twilight Highlands. I bought mine at Uldum from ‘Umi’ (co-ord: 50;38 @ the docks southwest of Ramkahen)
*Prices are reputation dependant; these are based on Org rep Exalted, Ramkahen rep Honored.
Edit: Patch came out on 08/02/2011 and changed stuff. See this post.
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