Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Space Between :: Carry That Weight

Time for some actual advice, I think...

So, you bought the Expansion on Pre-Order, and now you have a L90 to play with. You may have gotten yourself a bunch of lovely Embersilk Bags for taking the fast track but the first time you visit your bank? Not a single container of note, except that Grape Picking Sack (that's a Grape Picking Sack coz you can't see the white quality of that link, THAT'S HOW BAD IT IS!) that you got from that quest in Elwynn before you gave this particular character up in disgust. As it's a good bet you're not exactly rolling in cash right now, I feel this would be a good opportunity to have a discussion about free containers. Because, frankly, everyone likes something for nothing (except, of course, you'll need the time to go find all these items to begin with.) Without further ado, therefore, it is time to present:

If you have the money, you can buy bags on the AH. You can make them if you are a Tailor or you can even obtain them from vendors. There's even a lovely Guide on Wowhead telling you all about it. We're not interested in spending money. We want stuff for free. That means:

  • Bags that drops from mobs, or drops when farming other places
  • Bags that constitute a quest reward/you 'buy' using things that drop from mobs
  • Bags that exist in zones/instances

Fortunately, for the cash-strapped amongst you, the above criteria covers quite a few containers of interest. Gonna list them all for you now, and we'll go through the obtaining of them as we go.


It feels good. You knew that it would.


As each of these is Unique, it means you can only have the one, but if you snag them all it's a massive ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY SIX slots without you needing to spend a single penny. The Onyxia Bag is a guaranteed drop from the Dragon Lady herself in Duskwallow, and the Dragon Hide Bag comes from Normal plus Heroic Sartharion in the Obsidian Sanctum in Northrend. Once upon a time you'd have needed 24 mates to snag these but at least until they squish all our stats, most classes have a decent chance of soloing these two without breaking a sweat. Same is true for Magtheridon, who has his own Lair in Hellfire Peninsula and drops a decent 20 slotter for what (at least for my Hunter) is less than five minutes work. The other 22-er however is slightly more problematic. Both the Papa 'bags' have a chance to drop from Bronjahm in the Forge of Souls in Icecrown. When I say 'chance' Wowhead's calling it about 4% I've only ever seen the 22 slot once and it's still equipped on my Warlock.

However, if you're running Magister's Terrace on the Isle of Quel'Dailies for the White Hawkstrider, there's a far better probability you'll see the Sun Touched Satchel eventually. In fact four out six of these bags are attached to loot tables that also have a mount drop with them. You could do a lot worse than put this together for some HOT FARMING ACTION.

Small race, MAHOOSIVE BAG.


If the bags in the Forge of Souls aren't happening for you, these three are decent fallbacks and, if you're a boosted 90, you won't have done the questlines attached to them, so you can go sort that out at the same time. The Grummelpack's about an hour's work (if that) in Kun Lai: go find the quest 'Traffic Issues' given by Smokey Sootassle on the Burlap Trail. Seven quests in, you'll be rewarded with your 24 slotter. Job dun! The Hexcloth Bag is a reward from Zul'Aman (reward from Zul'Aman), which can still be a little tricky to solo, but as there's another mount to farm in this one you could do a lot worse than ask a mate along.

The Halaani Bag requires 80 Oshu'gun Crystal Powder Samples, which you'll need to hand into your faction's appropriate vendor in Nagrand. You'll also need Halaa to belong to your faction to do this, which is why this particular bag often gets overlooked. However, yet again, there are two mounts available for PvP in this zone. You could do a lot worse than invite some friends from BOTH factions along and make a day of it :D

Old Reliable :D


These last two are worth mentioning, because like most bags that drop from mobs in the 'Old World' they're bind-free and therefore can be swapped from alt to alt without penalty. No, they're not huge, but they are useful and drop with impressive regularity from pretty much every instance in the late 40's to early 60's. I've been farming UBRS for Dragonscale, for instance, and I reckon I see a Traveler's Backpack every other run. There's a lot to be said for these if you really are on a budget and you have the last few spaces in your bank to fill. The overriding advantage using these? Once you get a bigger bag you can either send them to your next alt or make a tidy profit on the AH. Me? I keep them for bankalts, because I am cheap and I like the idea of bind-free generally.


There you have it: eleven bags that won't cost a penny to obtain, and most have the benefit of when you're farming for them, you get FREE MONEY along the way. There are other options I've overlooked too: if you're passing through Blackrock Depths, for instance, always be sure to kill Ribbly Screwspigot as he has a chance to drop a 16 slot BoP, the Wayfarer's Knapsack. If we're still waiting for Warlords by the time Hallows End rolls around, you might even see a Jack o' Lantern drop, which is an 18 slot BoP item not to be sniffed at.

We hope you've found this useful. Stay tuned for more Cheapass Guides as we crawl our way inexorably make our way towards Warlords :D


Sykadalik said...

I got all of this while leveling up my character. The 28 slot bags are way too expensive unless you know a tailor and is a good friend so he/she doesn't make you pay for it lol

TheGrumpyElf said...

That is a nice little guide. Thanks for making it. I am sure many many people will get a hell of a lot of use out of that. I'll have to try and remember all of those the next time I level solo on a server. I got spoiled by bags, they are the most important thing as far as I am concerned when playing. The fewer times you need to stop and the more you can carry means you can have a lot more fun doing, well, whatever it is you are doing.

Again, thanks for putting this one together. Great bag guide.

Ratshag said...

At this stage of the game, the Grummlepack is one of only three questlines I do when I get a new alt to Pandaria (other two are unlock the farm and unlock the Vale). Definitely worth the time it takes.

Roneebean said...

Thanks very useful guide. Will give my lonely hunter something to after loot island dailies.

Anonymous said...

Although not completely free the city faction tabard vendors all have a very cheap 16 slot bag.

Stormwind Satchel is just one of the many city bags you can get cheaply.

Also you missed one of the bags that I consider to be free.

Darkmoon Storage Box is a 16 slot container, that you can purchase for the low cost of one Darkmoon Prize Ticket, which you can get five for simply talking to the quest giver in SW/IF/ORG/TB/DAL (not sure about the other ciites)