I've noticed what appears to be a monetary correlation between Exquisite Essence and Fiery Brimstone, which could mean it is possible to make money crafting by manipulating exchange rates. I assume the correlation is because folks that have high level Blacksmithing plans can directly convert Exquisite Essence to Fiery Brimstone via salvaging. I'd like to get in on that action, but I'd prefer to buy the most efficient Blacksmithing recipe off the AH, as I'll presumably never see one drop. If I'm focusing just on minimum crafting materials (and assume I'm buying them off the AH), then which recipe or recipes is the best choice?

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Short Answer: This is not economically feasible. Even with the cheapest recipe, you have, at most, a 0.3% chance to break even.

Attempting to convert Exquisite Essences into Fiery Brimstones consists of the following steps:

  • Craft an Inferno-class item. Since weapons and armor are the only things you can craft from the Blacksmith, that means we`re looking at iLvl 61+ gear.
  • Salvage crafted item and hope you manage to get a Fiery Brimstone out of the deal.

To this end, it makes sense to find a recipe that requires the least amount of Exquisite Essences. I have found the Exalted Sovereign Vambraces, which take 14 Exquisite Essences. At current Market Prices, the total crafting cost is:

  • 1288 * 14 = 18,032 for Exquisite Essences
  • 91 * 3 = 273 for Iridescent Tears
  • 1241 * 4 = 4964 for the Tomes of Secrets
  • 29,832 straight crafting cost
  • Total Cost: 53, 101 to craft

This will net you a 0.1% chance to salvage it into a Fiery Brimstone. At current Brimstone costs of 165,000, you would need to salvage Brimstones at 1 every 3 crafts just to break even. At three crafts, you have an absolute maximum of a 0.3% chance of garnering a Brimstone, which is not a very good chance at all.

Looking at any Legendary or Set crafting recipe shows that each one of these requires two Brimstones to craft, and will only salvage into one, resulting in a net loss.

A much better way to try to break into the Brimstone market is to buy as many rare Inferno-class pieces of gear you can as cheaply as you can, and salvage those for a chance at a Brimstone.

  • I see your point. Well there goes that theory. I also considered that high level crafters may just consider fiery brimstones a good alternative to trying to offload legendaries with crap affixes that won't sell well. Thus creating a loose correlation between Exquiste Essence and Fiery Brimstone, but not one I can profit off of :(.
    – EBongo
    Jul 19, 2012 at 4:00

I'm not completely sure that I understand your question - but are you referring to crafting level 60 rares, and then salvaging them for a chance at brimstone?

  • Cheapest level 60 rares cost around 25k (to be exact: 24,288g for helm or chest armor) to craft, excluding cost of the materials
  • The chance of salvaging Fiery Brimstone from a lvl 60 rare is 0.1%
  • Ergo, you need around 1000 crafts (ie, 25mil in crafting cost) on average to get 1 brimstone

So its clearly not worth it with the current prices at around 150k gold.

Note that only lvl 60 rares have a chance to salvage into brimstone. The cheapest ones are Glorious Doom Armor and Glorious Hellscape Mask, you get both simply by leveling up the blacksmith so there is no need to purchase any recipes.

  • A good answer, thanks. Gave fbueckert the check for a few more details, but +1 for the research. Looks like I'm back to the drawing board on a non-grindy way to get enough gold to buy some decent inferno gear.
    – EBongo
    Jul 19, 2012 at 4:04

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