A few tips for farming AP
KEYS KEYS KEYS! Mythic plus Keystone dungeons are amazing for AP and gear, the cache at the start of the week calculates the reward based on the previous weeks highest completed dungeon. currently the highest rewards come from successfully completing (Note, timer can run out, just kill all bosses and mob percentage) a mythic plus 10 level dungeon, that will change sometime in the future to a 15. The AP awarded and item level of the gear inside is based on what you completed, so its super important to run keys. Will attempt to pull together some groups or maybe organise a night for pushing keys to their limit. You also obtain a key one level below the dungeon completed the previous week, so complete a 10, get cache reward of rank 10, get a new key level 9.
Flying is important, if you havent already got flying attempt to complete that soon,
however the new zone Argus doesnt require flying yet.
A few addons can help with farming AP, World Quest Tracker will show the types of world quests on the map and allow you to highlight specific types so you can quickly eyeball the map and plot a route. World Quest Group Finder is another useful addon that will allow you to quickly search for a group for world quests in case some are more difficult to complete due to boss strength, or horde aggression, more on that later.
As you follow the questchain to unlock argus you will unlock the ability to see and complete more world quests in the 3 different zones. The storyline quest is important in unlocking the Netherlight crucible, so it should be your main priority and the AP from the quests is quite nice too.
As far as world quests go, they are usually simple enough to complete and the net gain of AP to time spent isnt too bad. Dont neglect the invasions in argus either, completion of an invasion grants approximately 150-200 million AP at Artifact knowledge 43, and they are fairly quick to complete and you need not worry about not being able to loot, a recent hotfix came in so the loot is automatically awarded into your inventory, try to have some room in your bags.
Speaking of Argunite crystals, these are the new currency used to buy relinquished tokens in Argus and drop from the rares that unpack at a base item level of 910 and have a chance of unpacking as a legendary for that slot, so check your loot specialisation before unpacking the item if you are attempting to obtain a specific legendary.
Thats as far as world quests go, the other main source of AP is from raids and dungeons, if you complete a raid of previous tier on normal/heroic/mythic you get an AP token from each boss but only once per difficulty. If you open the group finder and search the Raid section for Emerald Nightmare/Trial of Valor/Nighthold you might be lucky enough to find a speedrun group that will blitz through the raid in under an hour, its a bit of time investment but it adds up to the 'bad luck protection' for legendary drops. Note, LFR only awards AP from completing the last boss of that wing whereas Normal/Heroic/Mythic will award AP from each boss, but only once per difficulty per week.
Apart from Raids, completing all the Dungeons once per week on Mythic 0 (zero, as in No Key) will also award AP tokens and more chances for legendary drops. Some time investment required, groups running all usually take an hour or more to complete. You can space it out over the week, or grind them all out in an afternoon with the raids. Correct posture is required.
In short, if you want more AP (and legendaries) do all the things. If there isnt much time, do the Daily Emissary, Argus World Quests and Argus Invasion points and complete a Mythic Plus dungeon, the higher the better.
A note on Realm Hopping
There may be times when you want to do a world quest in peace and the Horde are just unwilling to keep the peace. When times like this occur (and times I cant be bothered with shenanigans) I turn to the addon World Quest Group Finder (WQGF) and the in game Premade Group finder. You can only activate WQGF when you enter the area that a WQ is triggered to activate however you can access Group finder at any time and search for the name of the World Quest or zone through there. A quick dirty guide to hopping to a different realm using the in built group finder would be to open up the Group finder, select Premade Groups select the Questing button and Find a Group and then in the search box fill in the zone you wish to quest within (usually from that zone) note the names of the servers of the groups listed and apply to the groups in that zone on servers you might wish to visit (seems like lots of work to avoid roaming gank squads but bear with me) and then apply to those groups. If you get passed lead when a world quest is complete and the group delists with others still in group, quickly open up the group finder menu, and in Premade groups > custom relist with any name you can type quickly, im fond of 'aaaaa', but any combination of keyboard spamming works just as well then Start a group.
The idea is to relist whilst on another realm to remain in that realm, and you do this quickly so that there is still a group as they automatically disband groups that are a party of one :foreveralone: Can be useful to get some questing done in peace if you land on a PvE realm.
Notable realms. Saurfang/Caelstraz/Nagrand/Aman'Thul/Dath'Remar/Khaz'goroth are oceanic PvE realms, Frostmourne is an honorary PvE realm due to the 20k alliance to 1k horde population. Servers to Avoid are Barthilas (Reverse Frostmorune) Thaurissan/Dreadmaul (worse Horde to ally than Jubei/Gundrak) and Tichondrius (The horde here are so feral they will attack at the 'Jump in the Vat' world quest. Most uncivilised, even our horde dont stoop that low) Ragnaros can be a crapshoot, but its South American so el mundo latencio Lagfiesta.
You can also use a realm hopping addon if you want to farm certain mobs/resources in one densely packed spawn area, like pickpocketing the mobs on the Isle of Quel'danas for ravenholdt rep, or mining Empyrium ore in Krokuun North of Destiny Point.
Some suggested addons are
World Quest Tracker
World Quest Group Finder
Daily Global Check