The Azure Span is a great zone for gathering Bubble Poppy, Writhebark, as well as Decayed and Frigid herbs. It’s actually the best zone in the Dragon Isles for gathering herbs with the Decayed buff. So, here’s an optimized herbalism route in this zone, focusing on the areas with the most Writhebark and Decayed herbs.
- Dragon Isles Herbalism
- Mastering the Elements trait unlocked
- GatherMate2 addon (optional)
Where to go:
The highest concentrations of herbs in The Azure Span are in the southern and western parts of the zone. This being said, a good place to start your herb gathering session from is at Camp Nowhere (63, 58).
What to do:
Start gathering all the herbs that you can find following the route above, starting at Camp Nowhere, and moving west. Some of the most important areas that you should always visit are:
- Imbu (58, 66) – many other herbalists don’t visit this location as it’s pretty far to the south, so you’ll always find at least 3-4 herb nodes here.
- Darktooth Pond (34, 47).
- The rocky cliffs NW from Darktooth Pond, at around (30, 40) – lots of possible Writhebark spawning points here.
- Brackenhide Waterhole (22, 41).
- Brackenhide Outskirts (18, 36).
- Brackenhide Hollow (14, 33).
- The area around Snowhide Camp (57, 39) at Upper Frostlands.
Save your Overload Elemental Herb ability for the Decayed or Frigid herbs. Also, you can use it on Self-Grown Decayed or Frigid Herbs.
After one hour of gathering herbs following this Azure Span route, I got the following valuables:
- Hochenblume x 623
- Bubble Poppy x 111
- Writhebark x 124
- Saxifrage x 20
- Rousing Frost x 271
- Rousing Decay x 111
- Rousing Ire x 68
- Rousing Order x 21
- Lava Beetle x 37
- Glowing Titan Orb x 1
It’s important to note here that for this session, most of my Herbalism traits were capped. Also, my Herbalism gear was a mix of blue and green – Lavish Floral Pack (T4), Wildercloth Gathering Hat, and Khaz’gorite Sickle (T5).
When trying to build up Vigor, it’s a good idea to avoid stopping for regular Hochenblume nodes. So, when you’re low on Vigor, only stop for buffed or uncommon herbs.
Before venturing into Brackenhide Hollow, it’s a good idea to fill up your Vigor bar. Also, if you don’t have 40 points trained into Botany for the mounted gathering ability, it’s best to avoid Brackenhide Hollow. Even if you can solo 3-4 elites with no problem, you’ll basically waste time doing so.
This Azure Span herb gathering route overlaps with at least the western section of the Azure Span Treasure Route that we’ve already covered here.
To increase your chances of gathering extra herbs or extra seeds, you can use Phials of Finesse or Phials of Perception. In case you don’t have Alchemy as your other profession, you can buy them via crafting orders.
If you’re using the GatherMate2 addon, it’s best to disable all the Hochenblume nodes from showing up. Hochenblume will still show up on your radar, but you won’t see their saved locations. At some point, you’ll have so many saved Hochenblume locations that you may not see properly on the radar what other herbs are up at a certain location.