Which herb provides the highest chance to mill Misty Pigment?



  • Misty Pigment is a reagent gained from milling the new herbs added in Mists of Pandaria required to make Starlight Ink, which is used in high level inscription for the creation of Scroll of Wisdoms and Darkmoon Cards, amongst other things.

    Each of these herbs has a chance to mill down into Misty Pigment, in addition to the usual Shadow Pigment. Which herb provides the highest chance to mill Misty Pigment?



  • From milling thousands of Cataclysm herbs, I have discovered that Whiptail returns twice as much rare pigment as Cinderbloom.

    Specifically, 100 mills will return (on average)

    Herb              RarePigments CommonPigments
    Low Quality (CB)  25           250
    High Quality (WT) 50           300
    

    Cata Herb Comparison

    Similarly in Mists of Pandaria, Fool's Cap (the only high quality herb) gives twice as much rare pigment as the other MoP herbs.

    Unfortunately, due to the high cost of Fool's Cap on my server, I have only milled it 16 times, which is not good enough to show the difference. If you have Fool's Cap and want Misty Pigment, you'll get more Pigment if you sell the Fool's Cap and buy any other MoP herb that costs less than half the Fool's Cap. However, you will have to mill twice as many times - if you are time limited instead of gold limited, mill the Fool's Cap.



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