New for Mists of Pandaria

Step by Step instructions for profiting


Background to the Mysterious Essence Shuffle

In Wrath of the Lich King we had the saronite shuffle.

In Cataclysm we had the elementium shuffle.

In Mists of Pandaria I see three shuffles so far:

  1. The Spirit of Harmony Shuffle
  2. The Ironpaw Shuffle
  3. and the Enchanters Shuffle.


[box type=”info”] A shuffle is when you do something to an item to make it more valuable. For example, if you exchange Spirit of Harmony for 3 Golden Lotus. (There’s a tip right there!) The traditional shuffle involved changing ore into gems, those gems into jewellery, then disenchanting the jewellery.[/box]

Mysterious Essence and the Enchanters Shuffle sounds a lot like a new Harry Potter book heh.


Shut up and tell us how to do it

Step by Step instructions for profiting from the Mysterious Essence Shuffle

Step 1.

The Shuffle is based on the enchanting profession abilities, “Ethereal Shard”, “Mysterious Essence”, and “Mysterious Diffusion”.  You need an enchanting skill of 500 and it costs 2g 28s to train.

The addons you can see in this screenshot, which change the professions window, are: Trade Skill Master, Auctionator, Ackis Recipe List and Lil Sparky’s Workshop.

Step 2.

An Ethereal Shard can be made from 5 Mysterious Essence with the ability “Ethereal Shard“. Requires Enchanting (550)

A Mysterious Essence can be made from 5 Spirit Dust with the ability “Mysterious Essence“. Requires Enchanting (500)


Additionally, 1 Ethereal Shard can be downgraded to 3 Mysterious Essence with the ability “Ethereal Shatter“. Requires Enchanting (585) (As you can see, I don’t have this spell yet)

And, 1 Mysterious Essence can be downgrated to 3 Spirit Dust with the ability “Mysterious Diffusion“. Requires Enchanting (535)


Step 3. 

Look at the prices for Spirit Dust, Mysterious Essence, and Ethereal Shard.

If 5 Spirit Dust purchase cost is less than one Mysterious Essence selling price, you can profit.

Go to the Auction House, Open your Auctionator AH BUY tab, and open your enchanting.  Click this button here.


Step 4. 

Your AH window should begin to search then look a bit like this.

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Step 5.

Here we can see that the price for 5 Spirit Dust is less than one Mysterious Essence

Step 6.

Buy Spirit Dust

Step 6b. 

You can also get Spirit Dust by disenchanting all those cheap Mists of Pandaria crafted greens and green drops that are filling your AH this week.

This is from disenchanting Misthide Bracers (buy for 7-10g)

Step 7. 

Turn the Spirit Dust into Mysterious Essence

Step 8. 

Sell your Mysterious Essence

Step 9. 

You can save the Mysterious Essence search as a shopping list in Auctionator.  As you can see, I already have a ton of shopping lists, so I’m skipping this step.

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Step 10. 

Don’t forget to check to see if you can do the Mysterious Essence to Ethereal Shard Shuffle.  Here, you can do a Shard to Essence shuffle.

Buy the Shard and break it down with Ethereal Shatter for a 20g profit.  (3 x 23.99) – 51.99
Unfortunately the AH does take a cut of your profits.

Step 11. 

Send all your profits over to your main or you’ll spend it.


In Mists of Pandaria, Enchanters can change Sha Crystals, Ethereal Shards, Mysterious Essence and Spirit Dust into each other.  The shuffle will mature during the expansion to enable you to make profits at each level.


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The Gold Queen is written by Alyzande. With many level 100s, 9 years expertise in making gold, 10 garrisons, 16k achievements, 1505 days played, and over 18m gold earned. The Gold Queen blog teaches you how to make gold playing World of Warcraft using ethical trading, auction house flipping, crafting, reselling snatch lists, and farming gold making.

4 replies
  1. sjonnie
    sjonnie says:

    You do realise that going down (mysterious essence d/e into spirit dust) will give you a loss of materials? You can make a mysterious essence from 5 spirit dust, but you only get 3 spirit dust from one mysterious essence… So be careful when switching up and down…

  2. Remo
    Remo says:

    I’m profiting on this daily right now at more than double profit on the Spirit Dust, but what I don’t understand is WHY?!?

    As far as I can tell, Mysterious Essence is ONLY used by Enchanters. Wowhead shows that the only use is Enchanting recipes. Are there that many brain dead enchanters on my server that don’t know they’ll save 20g+ per Essence by buying the Spirit Dust and crafting it?

    Or am I missing something.

    • The Gold Queen
      The Gold Queen says:

      Innorite! I’m shocked that it exists, and expect the other enchanters to notice soon.

  3. Matojo
    Matojo says:

    Oh, very nice. Being able to go back and forth with all of the enchanting materials will be very profitable indeed. Thanks for another excellent post!

    Happy profiting, everybody. 😉

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