In this farming guide I will show you the best areas to farm Akunda's Bite in Battle for Azeroth and give you general instructions on how to farm it more effectively.
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General information and preparations
Legion was the first expansion which implemented a rank-based profession system in World of Warcraft – a system that is continued in BfA. With it, you can gather almost everything from the get-go but Rank 2 and 3 of said skills are more efficient as they yield higher returns.
Akunda's Bite ranks
You can learn its first rank directly from your herbalism trainer in either Boralus or Daz'alor as it only requires a BfA herbalism skill of 1.
Rank 2 of Akunda's Bite comes from a small quest chain starting with An Unusual Mentor (both Horde and Alliance) given to you by your herbalism trainer in either Boralus or Daz'alor. It requires you to find Patu, an eccentric Tortollan living in the dessert of Vol'dun. You should note that you need to be level 120 and have an herbalism skill of 50 prior of accepting it. However, you can accept the follow up quest Foul Harvest directly from Patu prior being level 120 but you still need to have an herbalism skill of 50. The only problem is that the mobs of the quest area are always level 120 and might cause some trouble to a low-level character.
The third rank can be acquired through looting a [Fully Charged Lightning Pod] while harvesting Akunda's Bite. The item will then start a quest called What Happens Next and will certainly shook the player (I'm sorry, but the pun is too good to be left out as it is very likely that the developers put it in intentionally since the quest objective will shook the player). Note, that it is not a 100% guaranteed drop and that you will need an herbalism skill of at least 130.
How to speed up farming
Like every expansion Battle for Azeroth introduced a handful of nifty items and tools that will speed up your herb farming sessions and are advised to be crafted or purchased directly from the auction house for cheap:
- [Monel-Hardened Stirrups] allow you to gather herbs while mounted (most useful).
- [Monel-Hardened Hoofplates] increase your mount speed by 20%.
- [Coarse Leather Barding] prevents you from getting dazed.
Additionally, depending on your faction you should enchant your gloves with either [Enchant Gloves – Zandalari Herbalism] (Horde) or [Enchant Gloves – Kul Tiran Herbalism] (Alliance) to speed up your herb gathering considerably. This speed-up results in lowering the herb gathering from 1.5 seconds to 0.5 seconds – quite a decrease wouldn't you agree?
Furthermore, I highly advice on using a paladin or death knight as those two classes come with a flat-out mount speed buff of additional 20%, saving you the usage of [Monel-Hardened Hoofplates]. You should also consider using their tank specialization as tanks are not getting dazed, sparing you the [Coarse Leather Barding]. This leaves the [Monel-Hardened Stirrups] to be the most useful item in this setup especially when flying is introduced to BfA in patch 8.2.
It should be noted that there are two mounts that allow you to gather herbs specifically while being mounted making the use of [Monel-Hardened Stirrups] obsolete. These mounts are the famous [Sky Golem] and its infamous recolor [Mechanized Lumber Extractor]. The first is a crafted mount coming from Engineering, while the second is an achievement reward for collecting 300 toys.
Remember: When patch 8.2 comes around the game changes a little bit as flying is introduced on Kul Tiras and Zandalar making druids quite competitive due to their ability to gather resources while in their travel form.
Farming Akunda's Bite in Vol'dun
Akunda's Bite is BfA's only herb that is exclusive to one zone as it only blossoms in the dessert of Vol'dun.
As far as I know there are only two viable routes for its farm making it quite competitive. The white route marks the more efficient one, but it is very likely that you will compete against other players and potentially bots. The red route suggests an alternative if the white route is over-farmed by other players.
Remember: Don't forget to pick every Anchor Weed along your path!