[Updated 11/19/2016 3854 nodes]
Here are some preliminary results from picking flowers in North Ithilien. Sample sizes are small, especially for less common flowers.
Some flowers produce a single kind of extract, either one or two each:
|Produces 1||Southron's Crown||Dwarfsbeard||Elfspear|
The two-extract flowers are the most common. Bell-o-dales and Larkspurs are adjacent to water. Drakeworts are at the bottom of cliffs, such as to the east of the road from the Crossroads north or around the large unclimbable hill between Henneth Annûn and the Camp of the Host. Buckthorns are near structures. Rock-roses are on flat rocky spots.
Bell-o-dale and Drakewort flowers have around a 10% chance of producing a sapphire or amber extract, respectively. They also yield an average of almost 3 common extracts of different kinds, whether or not you get the rare one. Other flowers can produce sapphire or amber extracts on occasion. I got amber from 1.5% of the common flowers, sapphire from about 0.5% of them, but the numbers are small so the rate could be off. There are many locations for Bell-o-dales on the landscape, so 3/4 of my sapphires came from Bell-o-dales. Drakeworts are less common and the drop rate from common flowers is higher for amber, so I got 3/4 of my ambers from common flowers.
Buckthorns, Larkspurs, and Rock-roses give an average of over 4 common extracts of different kinds, but so far no amber or sapphire.
Larkspurs share spawn locations with Bell-o-dales. Always pick Larkspurs as well as Bell-o-dales to increase the availability of Bell-o-dales. They seem to have about equal likelihood of spawning.
Dwarfsbeards and Southron's Crowns seem to have a higher rate for sapphire and amber than the flowers that give two extracts. Elfspears have a substantially higher rate (5% sapphire, 2.5% amber). If correct, it more than makes up for one less extract. These flowers are less common, so I have fewer samples.
by Michaleo on 2016-11-09 05:50:05
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