As you journey across Azeroth in Season of Discovery, you may have found these uncommon items that you’ve looted across different mobs. These are called the Waylaid Supply Crates.
As of time now, so far, you’ve only been able to carry one in your bags at a time. But there’s going to be a hotfix going out later, which is going to allow you to carry multiple of these crates in your inventory.
But what are these things? How do they work? In this guide, I’ll be breaking down what these things exactly are, what they’re used for, and why you should be completing them when you find them.
What Are Waylaid Supply Crates?
Let’s first begin with what they are.
The Waylaid Supply Crates are a part of an entirely new system, and it’s all part of this new reputation grind called the Azeroth Commerce Authority.
This new reputation comes with a bunch of new rewards that I highly recommend you grind out because not only can you get some XP, but you can also get some runes for every single class. For example, if you play a Rogue and you’d like to tank as a Rogue, that rune comes from being Honored with this faction.
How Do Waylaid Supply Crates Work?
Next, let’s talk about how the system works.
First, you will go out and, as you’re journeying through Azeroth, you’ll kill mobs and you’ll loot one of these supply crates off said mob. And it’s completely random, whichever ones you guys find when you’re looting mobs.
As an example, let’s say that you looted the supply crate that is for Copper Bars, which means you would have to either craft 20 Copper Bars or you just buy them off the Auction House.
Once you get them, you click on the item to combine them, and it turns into a supply crate, aka a Supply Shipment.
Once you’ve got your Supply Shipment, you’re going to head over to one of the NPCs to turn it in. There are six NPCs in the game to turn these into, 3 for each faction.
- Elaine Compton is in Stormwind.
- Tamelyn Aldridge is in Ironforge.
- Marcy Baker is in Darnassus.
- Jornah is in Orgrimmar
- Dokimi is in Thunder Bluff
- Gishah is in Undercity
And it’s really just as simple as that. You go out, complete your quests and kill mobs, and then you loot these off the mobs, and then you just complete whatever it is required and turn it in.
So, now let’s actually take a look and see what the rewards are.
For reaching Friendly with the faction, it will unlock the purchasing options of:
- The Small Courier Satchel, which is a 10-slot bag
- The Provisioner Gloves. These are cloth gloves that are 3 stamina and 3 spirit.
- The Courier Threads, some leather boots with 4+ agility
- The mail waist is called the Hoist Strap, which is a 2 strength and 2 stamina mail belt.
And then for reaching Honored is where you get the really good stuff - the runes:
- For Mage, you’ve got Arcane Surge.
- For Paladin, you’ve got Rune of Beckoning Light.
- For Warlock, you’ve got Everlasting Affliction.
- For Shaman, you’ve got Rune of Healing Rain.
- For Hunter, you’ve got Rune of Serpent Spread.
- For Warrior, you’ve got Rune of Single-Minded Fury.
- For Druid, you’ve got Rune of Skull Bash.
- For Rogue, you’ve got Rune of Teasing.
- For Priest, you’ve got Tenebrous Epiphany.
And then there’s also two patterns here for professions. You’ve got the Phoenix Bindings and the Mantle of the Second War.
Just keep in mind that currently, the two patterns are actually bugged. So apparently, what happens is when you purchase them and then you learn them, they actually don’t show up as learned under your professions tab. So, I don’t think they’re worth getting right now, but I’m sure this will be hotfixed at a later time.
Now, let’s talk about a couple of tips for using this system.
Apparently, there are reports going out that when it comes to the amount of reputation you get for turning these in, you actually get more rep for turning in ones that require crafted items over gathering items.
So, for example, if you get a shipment and you turn it in that requires an item that you get from gathering, you get about 300 rep. However, if you turn in a shipment that calls for an item that is something that’s crafted, you actually get 450 rep.
Just be mindful that when you are turning these in, the crafted items are definitely going to be more expensive if you’re not actually crafting them.
And if you are trying to get these done while you’re leveling, you’re probably not going to have a lot of SoD Gold for buying your spells. So, I would say definitely try to focus on these once you hit Level 25, the level cap for this first phase, instead of doing it while you’re leveling.
Another important tip to remember here is that, again, there’s the level 10 items and then the level 25 ones. So, once you actually get to Friendly reputation, the level 10 Supply Crates will no longer give you reputation. So, once you get to Friendly, you’re going to have to just grind the level 25 Supply Crates.