When Mists of Pandaria expansion was released Spirits of Harmony was the original crafting material necessary to make high end armor and weapons. As the expansion continued different spirits were introduced (Blood Spirit, Haunting Spirit etc.). In this discussion we're going to talk about the Spirits of Harmony.
If you have done any dailies in Isle of Thunder you should have a decent amount of Spirits sitting in your inventory. While finishing my dailies I usually end up with between one and three a day. Combine this with having my farm in Halfhill producing 16 motes of Motes of Harmony I generally can end up with 5 or more per day to work with. As with any crafting mat, the higher the mob killed generally the better chance of having one of the Motes of Harmony drop for you. So at level 87 mob will probably not have as plentiful a loot table when it comes to Motes of Harmony as does the level 90-92 mobs sitting in Isle of Thunder or Isle of Giants. Now I'm sure someone will point out that this is faulty calculations because they know if they sit farming in one place for long enough they will stock up on motes. Your milage always may vary depending on what farming technique you have.
The easiest way to determine the value of your Sprit currently is based on your professions. Blacksmithing, Tailoring and Leatherworking has the most outlets to determine value. Here's an example.
Masterwork Ghost Forged Blade
(prices based from theunderminejournal.com)
This item takes
Ghost Iron Bar x 12 (88g)
Kyparite x 30 (88g)
Spirits of Harmony x 5 (to be determined).
If the sales price of this ends up being 5000g then you walk away with a profit of 4700g. Rough math would show that each of those spirits of harmony = 900+ per. Technically they aren't truly worth 900g because if you were only able to sell the weapon for 4000g that would lower the value per Spirit. Also you are not including labor time and the amount of time it cost to farm. Still this gives you a baseline value of what a Spirit would cost.
The assumption also has some difficulties with the idea that you put a sword in the Auction House and it's guaranteed to sell. Anyone who has sold on the Auction House knows this isn't always true.
Let's look a higher value item with our base calculations.
This item takes
Blood Spirit x 6 (4798g)
Living Steel x 6 (2982g)
2 Spirits of Harmony
If our sales price for this ends up being close to the mean Avg sale (22000g) then you end up with a much larger profit (14220g) per Spirit of Harmony). Again this becomes a rough calculation based on how many sales you are able to obtain. The farther along that the raiding schedule becomes, players are less apt to buy high end items instead of just waiting for looking for raid items.
Many of the new patterns that drop from the new profession mechanics also use Spirits of Harmony for their crafting. Being ilvl 522 these will be in high demand. The problem being the availability of Haunting Spirits which are only obtainable from Disenchanted 522 raid items. The Haunting Spirits aren't available from disenchanting looking for raid items which will put a kink in obtaining them for crafting.
So what sparked this expedition into simple math? It was an advertisement found in trade chat a couple of days ago. A player was advertising the creation of a Masterwork Phantasmal Hammer. The player had all the materials and was willing to pay 250g per Spirit used. This would net a profit of 250 x 5 = 1250g. Not a bad amount of profit. But if you do the simple math you can see that it isn't such a good deal. When I can take 4 of those Spirits of Harmony and craft a Bloodforged Warfist and net almost 6-7 times the profit.
Determining value for your Spirits of Harmony can be as easy or as difficult as you make it. It all depends on just how much research you put into your sales. And how much your time is truly worth.
For me, I don't roll out of bed unless 250g is involved.
Good Luck and Good Hunting
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