Now, there are certainly elixirs out there that are likely better for your spec (which we'll get to in a moment), so why are flasks so popular? The answer to that is simple: progression content. When you're working on bosses that you haven't gotten on farm status yet, having a consumable that you don't have to constantly re-apply (and thus waste) each time you die is invaluable, so when you're unsure about the outcome of a certain encounter, always make sure you're using a flask rather than an elixir.
The Flask of Endless Rage requires 7 Lichbloom, 3 Fire Leaf, 1 Frost Lotus and 1 Enchanted Vial to craft. If you're an Herbalist, these materials should be relatively easy to farm up. If you're not, you may find that the raw materials to craft this flask may be cheaper than the flask itself on the Auction House depending on your server's economy. If that's the case, ask around to see if you have any friends or guildmates that would be willing to do the brewing for you.
For those nights when you're working on farm content but still want to boost your stats to improve your performance, there are plenty of Guardian and Battle elixirs for you to choose from depending on the stat you wish to improve. You can only have one guardian and one battle elixir active at a time, so choose wisely. The effects of elixirs last one hour, and do not persist through death.
For battle elixirs, there are a number of choices available to you. If you're looking for some additional hit rating to get you over the cap, the Elixir of Accuracy provides an additional 45 hit rating. The Elixir of Deadly Strikes provides 45 crit rating and the Elixir of Lightning Speed will increase your haste rating by 45 as well, which is handy if you need to get to the haste cap. Otherwise, you'll want to use either the Elixir of Mighty Agility which will give you a bonus of 45 agility or the Wrath Elixir which will increase your attack power by 90. So here are your options:
- Elixir of Accuracy (2 Tiger Lily, 1 Talandra's Rose, 1 Imbued Vial)
- Elixir of Deadly Strikes (1 Goldclover, 2 Adder's Tongue, 1 Imbued Vial)
- Elixir of Lightning Speed (1 Deadnettle, 1 Crystallized Life, 1 Imbued Vial)
- Elixir of Mighty Agility (2 Goldclover, 2 Adder's Tongue, 1 Imbued Vial)
- Wrath Elixir (1 Goldclover, 2 Deadnettle, 1 Imbued Vial)
Now, there are really only two guardian elixirs that Hunters will be interested in: the Elixir of Mighty Fortitude or the Elixir of Mighty Thoughts. If you've got points in Careful Aim, the Elixir of Mighty Thoughts (which increases your intellect by 45) is an excellent choice to help further boost your attack power. Otherwise, the Elixir of Mighty Fortitude provides a nice buff to your survivability with its health bonus and regenerative properties.Food
There are tons of different foods available to help you boost various stats, so the food you choose will largely depend on your spec and any key stats you may be short on (such as hit). Now, if you're still below the hit cap when raid time comes, Snapper Extreme
will increase your hit rating by 40. If you're already hit capped, there are several other options open to you. For example, Survival Hunters will want to be looking for Blackened Dragonfin
which increases agility (and stamina) by 40. There are a number of different foods that can help increase your attack power as well. Grilled Sculpin
, Mammoth Meal
and Dalaran Clam Chowder
will all provide a bonus of 60 attack power and Mega Mammoth Meal
and Poached Northern Sculpin
will both give you an additional 80 attack power if you've got the Northern Spices
to spare. If more crit rating is what you're after, there's food for that as well. Poached Nettlefin and Wyrm Delight will both give you an additional 30 crit rating and if you've got Northern Spices, Spiced Wyrm Burger and Spicy Blue Nettlefish will increase your crit rating by 40. So here's your list of possibilities:
And lets not forget our furry friends, shall we? There are foods that will give your pets bonuses as well. Wrather introduced Spiced Mammoth Treats
which will increase your pet's strength and stamina by 30. However, if you'd rather not waste the mammoth meat and spices, Kibler's Bits
from The Burning Crusade
will provide the same buff for less costly materials.
There are plenty of ways to help improve your performance in instances and raids, and consumables are just one part of the puzzle. If you want to give yourself every possible advantage, making sure you've got the proper consumables on hand is an important thing not to overlook. Farming up foods and potions before raid (or instance) time and keeping your picnic basket well stocked is just as important as making sure there's ammo in your bags, so don't forget to level up that Cooking skill
and pick up those potions!