I made this Vigil's Torch farming guide to help out players who want to farm the herbs instead of buying them from the Auction House.
There are no herb ranks in Shadowlands, so the only thing that will affect how many herbs you gather is your herbalism skill. You can farm Vigil's Torch with Shadowlands Herbalism skill 1, but you will get more herbs with higher herbalism skill.
Below you will find a few tips that will help you gather herbs faster.
Unfortunately, there are no new Stirrups or Leather Barding recipes in Shadowlands, so gathering herbs will be a lot harder for most classes.
How to avoid getting dismounted
One of the most annoying things in WoW is getting Dazed. Every mob has a chance to daze you when they are in hitting you from behind, but there are two ways to prevent getting dazed.
- If your class has a tanking spec, you can switch to that while farming. Tanks are immune to daze, so you will never get dismounted.
- Equipping a Comfortable Rider's Barding in your mount equipment slot prevents you from being dazed while mounted. (doesn't work with druid forms)
Gather herbs while mounted
- Druids can gather herbs in travel form.
- The Sky Golem mount lets you gather herbs while mounted. (this mount doesn't benefit from mount equipment)
Shadowlands Gathering Enchant
You can enchant your gloves with Enchant Gloves - Shadowlands Gathering to increase the speed of gathering in the new Shadowlands zones. (works with mining and skinning too) The enchant brings gathering time down from 1.5 seconds to 0.5 seconds. This is a must-have enchant if you gather while mounted because mobs can still interrupt your casting, and daze you, so you want to grab herbs as fast as possible.
Farming Vigil's Torch in Ardenweald
Vigil's Torch is a zone-specific herb, it only grows in Ardenweald. Below you will find the two farming routes that I use for farming this herb.
World Quests and Phasing
Some of the World Quests replace mobs at certain areas along both routes, making it a lot harder to kill/avoid mobs. It's usually best to just skip those parts until the world quest expires. Also, some world quests like the A Matter of Stealth actually removes all herb nodes from the quest area and also replace some mobs with elites.
I gathered the most Vigil's Torch by just simply doing a giant loop in the whole zone. There are a few dangerous parts with a lot of mobs, so if you don't have the Sky Golem mount, or you are not a druid, I would recommend trying Route 3 instead of this one.
This is also a good route, but I got a bit fewer herbs overall. The Sky Golem mount is highly recommended here too.
This route avoids almost all hostile mobs, I recommended this farming route for players without Sky Golem mount or players with bad gear. There is only one part where you might pull a few mobs, but most of the time you will be going through only neutral mobs.