|Theater of operations|
The Tillers (short for the Tiller's Union or Tillers Union) are a group of pandaren farmers who harvest and produce crops to feed their people. They were seemingly founded by a man only referred to as "the Tiller".
The Tillers are peaceful and productive pandaren, working with the land to feed the massive appetites of their people.
The Tillers have a quest chain that leads to the farming mini-game. By becoming business partners with Farmer Yoon at Sunsong Ranch, who has plenty of knowledge but lacking in physical experience, the player can earn the right to farm the ranch, through phasing, to plant seeds for cooking ingredients. Upon reaching Revered (Note that level 90 is not required), you may also plant special seeds that produce profession materials. All faction increases and dailies with the Tillers revolve around using the farm and improving it, or helping out your new neighbors. Unlocking Sunsong Ranch will also unlock the Tillers Shrine, another way to check your standing with individual Tillers, and a visual indicator of how many votes you've gotten for the two of you to join the Tillers.
Once you have unlocked four patches of soil with Farmer Yoon's quests, you can plant whatever seeds you can buy, and grow a plant that will become Ripe when daily quests reset. At level 90, harvesting a plant gives a small amount of reputation. For Vegetables, unless the next day is a bountiful time for a certain crop (you can pay Jogu the Drunk to see what that will be), or your plant becomes big and Plump, you will get five ingredients from one seed. A bountiful day will give you seven instead, and a Plump crop will give you three extra (Note you can have a plump bountiful crop). Also, harvesting vegetable crops have a 50% chance of producing 1-3 seeds of that crop, and there is a rare chance to get a Tiller gift (see Known members further down). There is also the chance that your seed will immediately grow into a Bursting plant, which can be harvested right away and can give extra if its currently a bountiful day for that crop (As predicted the day before).
Naturally, budding crops need care, whether from pests (big or small), weeds, or just making sure that the plant is healthy. As Yoon will show you, his grandpa's and can assist you with some of this. Other solutions will require a more hands-on approach, something an experienced adventurer is more than equipped to deal with. If you're not sure what to do about a status problem, Yoon can be asked for specific advice. With the problem out of the way, one only needs to wait until their Growing crop is ready for harvesting. However, if you plant something that you later want to get rid of for whatever reason, the can help you dig up the Growing plant and have that spot ready for another crop.
Reaching different levels of reputation with the Tillers will unlock a short questline to expand your farm, and a local NPC will then spend 15 minutes to upgrade the ranch by clearing another quarter section of the field. This clearing requires you to be online for it to progress. Each upgrade will give you four more patches of soil to farm. Yoon will mail you a letter to remind you that an upgrade is available, along with a .
The first opportunity to do so will be upon reaching Honored, which Gai Lan does by clearing weeds with his weed sprayer. The second is at Revered, at which Fish Fellreed will repair the Broken Wagon (and unlock the story of how it got that way), which also clears the weeds around it, and sets it beside the road. The third is at Exalted, at which Haohan Mudclaw will bring over his mushan beast Thunder to repeatedly ram the Mossy Boulder until it's destroyed.
The first and second upgrades to the farm have no special requirements beyond reputation and level 90. The third upgrade to the farm requires that Yoon and you be members of the Tillers, which requires you to have gotten all 5 votes.
When each of the three quarter sections of the field are cleared of certain obstacles, kits can be bought from Gina Mudclaw to make working the farm faster. By clearing the weeds, then fixing the Broken Wagon, and then removing the Mossy Boulder, you will unlock an irrigation kit, an anti-pest system, and a plow, respectively.
- Honored 5,500/12,000:
- Barnaby Fletcher (optional):
- Revered 4,000/21,000:
- Revered 8,500/21,000:
- Revered 12,600/21,000 (Lost Dog, optional):
- Revered 16,800/21,000:
- Revered 20,000/21,000:
- Exalted with all 16 plots unlocked
Many members of the Tillers track their individual friendliness level with adventurers, shown on their gossip windows. Such members have a preferred gift and food that will increase the adventurer's standing with them. The gifts can be found randomly in Dark Soil piles all over the Heartland, while their food can be created with Zen-level Cooking.
Each member will have a daily to turn in food, in a stack of five. Gifts can be given at any time to any member, but giving preferred gifts will reward more reputation.
|Chee Chee||,||Way of the Wok||550|
|Ella||Way of the Steamer||525|
|Fish Fellreed||x2||Way of the Oven||550|
|Farmer Fung||Way of the Oven||525|
|Old Hillpaw||, x5||Way of the Pot||550|
|Jogu the Drunk||x2||Way of the Wok||525|
|Gina Mudclaw||Way of the Pot||525|
|Haohan Mudclaw||Way of the Grill||525|
|Tina Mudclaw||, x5||Way of the Steamer||550|
|Sho||, x5||Way of the Grill||550|
To give all ten members of the Tillers their preferred meal each day, the following ingredients are required, ordered by quantity:
Other members of the Tillers track standing based on the overall faction and not individually:
The Tillers Union is controlled by five council members, each with their own duties and responsibilities. Haohan Mudclaw heads the council, but most major decisions are voted on. The council members are:
It would appear that controlling council members may appoint a replacement for themselves at their own discretion, though likely only members of the Tillers Union may be considered for the job.
When the NPCs are not visiting the market you can find them on this map:
In addition to the main Tillers reputation, your character has friendship reputation with each major Tiller NPC. There are six levels of Friendship reputation; the first five require 8400 rep to advance:
- Good Friend
- Best Friend
Chee Chee, Ella and Sho each have short, personal questlines to do once you become Buddies, which advance when you reach higher levels of friendship. Only Jogu is the exception at Acquaintance, as going through his utilizes leveling the Way of the Brew. Chee Chee needs help finding his prized sheep Sheepie, Ella is too shy to ask the other Tillers for help with her dream of becoming a top-notch brewer, and Sho assigns you to eliminate threats to the farmers in the Valley.
Upon reaching Best Friend, you'll no longer be able to hand in cooking or Dark Soil items to the NPC (as there would be no point). Once you become Best Friends with all 10 Tillers, the special seeds available from Merchant Greenfield at Revered will replace the Tiller gifts looted from food crops.
|Best Friends with
|Straw Hat#Leather (leather)||10||Vanity|
|Straw Hat#Mail (mail)||10||Vanity|
|Straw Hat#Plate (plate)||10||Vanity|
Patches and hotfixes
- Hotfix (2016-08-12): "Demon Hunters are now able to gain reputation with Netherwing, The Tillers, Order of the Cloud Serpent, Shado-Pan Assault, and Emperor Shaohao."
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.