Prior to patch 5.3, it seemed like everyone was swearing by pet battles. Players were claiming they'd earned hundreds to thousands of Lesser Charms just killing critters in Stormwind. A hotfix eventually nerfed the drop chance for Lesser Charms in lower level pet battles, but higher level pet battles are still rewarding charms to anyone who wants to put in the time. Is it still worth it?
Patch 5.3 has also added a couple of changes to Lesser Charm collection to really mix up the equation. Level 90 creatures that are outdoors in the world now have a chance to drop Lesser Charms of Fortune, while rare spawns in Pandaria and bosses in Battlefield: Barrens are guaranteed to always drop the charms. The result of this? Hordes of players in Northern Barrens farming Lesser Charms off the new Kor'kron mobs there.
This new method works because Lesser Charms of Fortune are a shared drop, so players can farm them in a raid group and take advantage of dynamic mobs spawning (which allows near instant respawns when they're being killed so quickly). Some players have reported they're collecting between 300 and 400 Lesser Charms in an hour, and all while simultaneously stacking up additional Kor'kron supplies (e.g. Kor'kron Oil or Kor'Kron Meat) to use for the Battlefield: Barrens weekly quest in future weeks.
And for those of you who don't like pet battles, and are pretty certain the previously mentioned farming method will be nerfed before the end of the week, there's always plain old, ordinary dailies. But which ones do you do? At the start of Mists of Pandaria, the answer was pretty obvious (since certain faction's dailies just gave more coins) but now that we're three patches into the expansion there are a lot more daily quest hubs to choose from.
If you're after efficiency, you might try giving this guide from Wowhead user Werich a try. Werich timed the amount of time it took him to complete all the daily areas, and gave each one a rating for how efficient they were for collecting Lesser Charms of Fortune, as well as valor points and gold. The path he recommends for acquiring Lesser Charms of Fortune the fastest might surprise you.
What do you think? Do you have another method of collecting Lesser Charms that you think works best?