I can't even begin to describe my feelings towards the Tol'vir artifacts. I just want my damn crawling claw.
With that said trading in panda and mogu artifacts is definetely the way to go. Sometimes I would have to dig at 6 or 7 other sites to get a Tol'vir to pop up. And the pre MoP artifacts that you complete still vendor for a nice amount, where as the panda and mogu artifacts vendor for just 1 gold.
IF you dont train arch past 525 all your digs will be in the jade forest. Which means less flying around pandaria
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I have absolutely no idea on the specific number. It was between 250-300, is all I know. It was ridiculous.
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I don't know which route is quicker (Pandaria or Kalimdor). The upside to Kalimdor is that you're farming for Tol'Vir directly, you'll earn some vendor cash and that it's easy to get around Kalimdor if you're Horde. Obvious downsides are potentially longer travel times (especially as Alliance), some of the worst digsites around and you can hit really bad streaks of getting no Tol'Vir digsites in a row (but getting several Tol'Vir sites in a row probably make up for those).
The upside to Pandaria is that you'll receive a steady supply of Tol'Vir fragments, you'll get lots of easy digsites, you'll earn plenty of achievements (and possibly a title) along the way and you can farm Pandaria rares/herbs/metals while flying. Downsides are having to convert all your artifacts and turn them in at a vendor.
Myself I've opted to farm it in Pandaria, especially because I can go to a random location in Pandaria every 15 minutes due to being an engineer. I prefer steady progress, some extra achievement points and the possibility of running into the Pandaria rares. But I'm probably biased because I absolutely hated digging in Kalimdor for so long, with it's horrible terrain and huge, oddly shaped digsites (Un'Goro -.- ).
The crates drop 5-10 fragments btw.
I still didn't get this scepter, currently sitting at 258 Tol'Vir solves. Guess that i have very bad luck.
Ponies are for little girls, deal with it.
Almost 200 solves here with no luck
I got the mount as my 4th Tol Vir rare. First the ring, then that thingy with the scarb swarm, then the crawling claw, then the mount. Probably around 75 solves? Not sure.
Missing the staff and sword (and the dwarf staff) - got all other rares - the last "epic" of them was Zin' Rokk. I think all told I solved around 700 artifacts but would have to check what "Professor" addon says
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I got it in three solves. Don't hate the playa...
This is rare, and really hard to loot
I'm over 200 solves and I've got every other rare item offered by the Tol'vir, still no mount. I'm just doing it via Pandaria arch now. It's slower, but I don't care as much as I used to.
solve 306 for my mount. 200 more and counting and no crawling claw... FU RNG. all solves except for maybe 40 are from pre-mop. it will come eventually
I'm over 100+ solves, though not sure the exact number. I've still yet to get it, no mount or claw.