How to Make Gold in World of Warcraft
Sell your mats! Next expansion the vast majority of the mats you’ve collected during this expansion will be worthless. Time is running out, and this is an easy way to make money.
Just a few years ago I struggled to buy the Traveller’s Tundra Mammoth from Mei Francis in Dalaran. I was preparing for Warlords of Draenor leveling, and had joined a guild that would require us to have at least two characters prepared to raid by the release of raids. I had read having the mammoth would help me level faster, and I distinctly remember hoping it wouldn’t be a waste of gold. Earning the required 16,000 gold can now be done easily in a weekend, and I hope to help newer players earn conveniences like faster flying, heirlooms, and bigger bags with this guide.
How to Make Gold in World of Warcraft is meant to be a basic overview of how to make gold for players who do not know where to start. I am by no means the expert, and there are many helpful Youtube videos and articles that go into much more depth if one wishes to do so.
This strategy is ideal for people who like actively watching their money grow.
There are many spots one can farm, and many are “flavor of the month”. Farming spots viability can rise or fall over time as drop rates and its popularity changes. Many people enjoy farming cloth and selling bags made from it. Others enjoy farming old world content for transmog and hard to get materials. I am not a great farmer, but I did earn a lot of transmog and Spirit of Harmony while farming Throne of Thunder and the Sunreaver’s Reputation. I was able turn the Spirits into Ghost Iron Ore and sell it to help me reach 500,000 gold for the first time(which I then spent on BOAs to level Allied Races with).
This strategy is ideal for people who do content on a regular basis.
Most professions are profitable eventually. My first profession was Jewelcrafting, and after dumping thousands of gold to level it up to cap it finally became slightly profitable for me.
If you don’t care about what professions you get, I recommend a profession such as alchemy or enchanting. They can be extremely lucrative throughout most of the expansion. Preparing your own potions and flasks will not only save you a lot of money, selling them on Tuesdays(especially when new raids are coming out) is a great way to earn gold. Enchanting is similar, except that instead of buying mats to create your craft, you can simply disenchant any armor you don’t need and sell the mats for profit.
At the end of the patch or expansion, some of these professions will make you less money because many people are trying to dump their stockpiles on the auction house, which is why I recommend this strategy for people who play the game more consistently.
This strategy is ideal for people who don’t mind utilizing addons.
Install the TradeSkillMaster addon. It will allow you to shift click items in your inventory to get the Auction House to search for them, and then allow you to post them in bulk at prices just below the market value automatically.
Furthermore, if you have the desktop application, it can tell you whether or not the current price is below or above the average price the item normally sells for. This is HUGE. Many people make their gold by simply buying items they see posted below the average price and then reposting them for higher.
The deeper you go into learning how to use TradeSkillMaster, the more return you can make.
This strategy is ideal for groups of friends who are skilled at the game.
Whether it be selling Mythic 15+ dungeon runs or heroic clears of current raid content, providing services is a great way to make money provided you can minimize the number of people you will have to split the gold with.
At the end of Mists of Pandaria, when Siege of Orgrimmar was rewarding limited time BOAs and an exclusive mount not unlike the Violet Spellwing from Antorus, my guild would charge 20 people 25,000 gold each. Then, the 10 of us who carried the group would split the profit for a nice 50,000 gold each.