Some people collect mounts or companion pets, but I'm a rep grinding tabard collector. Right now I'm going back and working on a lot of the Burning Crusade dungeon reps. A lot of gold blogs talk about the ~gold-making mindset~. That means that even when you're doing things other than camping the auction house, you're thinking about how you could be making more gold while you're doing this. The really basic version of having a gold-making mindset is getting the biggest bags you can afford, setting up an alt just to do your banking, and turning on auto-loot.

Here are some more tips I've picked up. Some are rep-specific, others are more general.

General Tips )

More Specific Tips, mostly Outland factions. )
We're pretty far into the first part of this expansion, and that means many of us are already Exalted or close to Exalted with the new Cataclysm reputations. This means that we might not need to do daily quests for Therazane, Wildhammer/Dragonmaw, Ramkahen, or Baradin's Wardens/Hellscream's Reach. While I highly recommend continuing to do some of these dailies (especially the ones for the Tol Barad faction you're allied with), like me, you may find yourself with room to do some extra dailies.

I've been going back and doing the Argent Tournament dailies, and I think, especially if you're a newer player like me, this is really important to do. Why?

1. The Argent Crusader's Tabard. Purchased with 50 Champion's Seals, and requiring the Crusader title to purchase, this is a really useful bit of kit if you're a non-mage and too cheap to shell out for one of the Kirin Tor rings. Why? Not only will it cut out transportation costs to continue doing your Argent Tournament dailies, but it makes it much quicker for you to get to Northrend to, say, farm Northrend herbs or ore, or to swing by Dalaran to pick up vendor items to auction off.

2. Heirloom armor. I started playing last July, and had been level 80 for less than a month when Cataclysm dropped. I play a hybrid class, so I'm using my Justice Points to gear up two specs, and at this point I don't raid outside of Baradin Hold PuGs, so I feel no need to run heroics when I don't feel like it. So I don't exactly have a ton of spare JP just lying around to blow on heirloom gear. But I want to level my alts quickly to gain access to more max level professions to enhance my goldmaking. Luckily, I have access to the Crusader's quartermaster, and she sells me heirloom armor for Champion's Seals instead.

3. Argent Tournament Pets. Since a lot of people aren't doing the Argent Tournament dailies anymore, not as many people are selling the pets. (Purchasable with Champion's Seals, and do not require that you be a Crusader.) With the introduction of a new pet achievement in either 4.1 or 4.2, you can bet you'll be able to sell these. This goes double if you have a system set up to sell items cross-faction.

4. Reputation. Not only will doing these dailies allow you to increase your reputation with five of the six Alliance or Horde factions (sorry, goblins and worgen!), but they also raise your Alliance Vanguard/Horde Expedition rep. Between fully questing in Borean Tundra and doing these dailies every day, I quickly got myself to Exalted with the Alliance Vanguard. Have an engineer that you want to buy the Chopper/Mechanohog recipe with? Make them your toon that does these dailies.

5. Gold. Straight up, if you're taking the Champion's Purse instead of the Champion's Writ for the four Champion's dailies, you will be getting over 23g for each of those four dailies. The most gold you can get for any Cataclysm daily quest? The ones in Southern Tol Barad give 18g80s, and that requires that your faction have Tol Barad during your usual play time. The rest of the Argent Tournament dailies give around 13g, which is about how much you get for most of the Wildhammer/Dragonmaw dailies.
Was just looking through some Patch 4.1 PTR notes on MMO Champion to confirm some ret pally changes I'd heard about, and saw this:


Jewelcrafting
Bold Carnelian, Solid Zephyrite, Subtle Alicite, Perfect Quick Alicite, Sovereign Nightstone, Regal Jasper, Resolute Hessonite, and any cut of uncommon gem now sells to NPC for 75 silver instead of 9 gold.


That's... kind of a big deal. Not just because of how it affects jewelcrafting, but also because of its effect on ore prices, and therefore Blacksmithing and to a lesser extent Engineering. Not to mention a possible effect on the Enchanting market.

Flux at Power Word: Gold has a post and link round-up.
I don't do a whole lot in the enchanting market, but getting my enchanter to 300 enchanting was a great decision! Here's what I'm making gold on:

Materials
Even if you aren't making gold selling the actual enchants, you can always make gold selling materials to people making the enchants!

- Large Brilliant Shard: These are used for a number of the best heirloom weapon enchants, and since The Shattering changed the level of Stratholme, these aren't as frequently farmed as they used to be. Right now, the best source of these is Lower Blackrock Spire and Upper Blackrock Spire. However, if you are like me and don't have an enchanter capable of soloing level 55-60 instances, look into killing The Behemoth a few times. He drops a BoE blue that always disenchants into a Large Brilliant Shard.

- Greater Eternal Essence: The recommended source for these if you have a Blacksmith is to just craft and disenchant Enchanted Thorium Blades. (Especially while leveling BS from 300-340 or so.) Your other option is to farm UBRS and LBRS for green drops.

- Small Radiant Shard: They don't sell for as much the others, but I've found I go through quite a few of them. The best place to farm these is now Scholomance.

- The drop rates for items like Essence of Undeath and Essence of Air, used in heirloom enchants, have dropped substantially. The prices aren't particularly high on my server, but check your own and see if they're worth farming. (Essence of Undeath can be farmed in Stratholme and Scholomance, Essence of Air can still be farmed in Silithus, although at a much lower drop rate.)


Formulas That Drop
Don't have an enchanter, but still want in on the heirloom/twink enchant gold? Here are some enchanting formulas:

- Enchant Weapon: Lifestealing. This is farmable off the Spectral Researchers in the first room of Scholomance. The drop rate is pretty good. Generally, the formula sells for about 20g on my server. In my experience, the formula has dropped at least once every time I've gone in to clear that room out.

- Enchant Weapon: Fiery Weapon. This drops off Pyromancer Loregrain in Blackrock Depths. If you're going to be in the area (farming The Behemoth, attuning to Molten Core, visiting the vendor in the Grim Guzzler, smelting some Dark Iron at the Black Forge), swing by and kill him. This recipe has about a 15% drop rate, and both the formula and the enchant sell frequently on my server.

- World Drops. Enchant Weapon - Crusader is (apparently?) now a world drop. It is also pretty much the best BoA weapon enchant for strength-using classes. The formula now sells for tons of gold. If you're lucky enough for it to drop for you, I'd recommend selling the formula. Enchant Chest - Greater Stats seems to be a drop from high level Outland mobs.


Scrolls I've Been Selling That You Might Not Be
- Enchant Weapon - Fiery Weapon. Is it the best enchant? No, but it's cheap. It takes just one Essence of Fire (super cheap with everyone who's farming Molten Core for Thunderfury/Sulfuras) and four Small Radiant Shards. On my server, this sells for about 75-85g per scroll.

- Enchant Gloves - Minor Haste. This is wicked on extremely low level characters. (I've heard of people enchanting one pair of white gloves with this and just passing them around to all their toons.) The materials are 2 Wildvine and 2 Large Radiant Shard. If you see these items cheap on your server, or just happen to have a few lying around, go ahead and craft one or two of these to test the waters on your server.


Scrolls that aren't selling
- Enchant Boots - Minor Speed. I thought this one might sell for low-level PvP twinks, but there are so few of them, it's not worth it to craft this, and no one else really cares. (PvP twinks who are slightly higher level may prefer some Outland level enchants which give run speed and stat boosts.)

- Enchant Weapon - Healing Power. Why? With the changes to class mechanics in 4.0, this (and Enchant Weapon - Spellpower) are no longer BiS for caster heirloom weapons. (More on this below!)


Enchants I don't have, but hear sell well
I have no experience trying to sell these enchants, but I thought I'd talk about them!

- Enchant Weapon - Mighty Intellect. This is the new BiS caster BoA enchant. The formula is BoP and can be bought from Lokhtos Darkbringer in the Grim Guzzler in Blackrock Depths if the purchaser has Revered reputation with the Thorium Brotherhood. Getting this level of rep with Thorium Brotherhood is not nearly as difficult/expensive as it used to be. Completely questing through Searing Gorge and Burning Steppes should get you either Revered or close to with the Brotherhood.

- Enchant Weapon - Agility and Enchant 2H Weapon - Agility. Again, with the changes to class mechanics, these are really good enchants. These can be bought from Meilosh in Timbermaw Hold if you have Friendly(2h)/Honored(1h) reputation with the Timbermaw Furbolgs. This is actually much easier than it used to be, and can be achieved largely through doing all the Timbermaw quests in Felwood. (And maybe the ones in Winterspring.)

- Enchant Cloak - Stealth. This is basically the enchant all melee will want for their heirloom cloaks if they bother to enchant them. The formula, sadly, requires Exalted reputation with the Cenarion Expedition in Outland, which means your toon will need to be part of a 70 PvE guild, or high enough level to solo the dungeons in Coilfang Reservoir. (This is possible for nearly all 85s)

- Enchant Cloak - Subtlety. This is the enchant casters will want to put on their heirloom cloaks. It requires Exalted reputation with either Thrallmar or Honor Hold, which means your toon will need to be high enough level to be able to solo the dungeons in Hellfire Citadel. (Possible for nearly all 85s.)

- Enchant Weapon - Mongoose is still beloved, and if Karazhan wasn't largely soloable for your enchanter's class in Wrath of the Lich King, if you've leveled that enchanter to 85, it is now. (Yes, even the chess event, although that takes a bit of strategy and a lot of luck.)

- I've also heard some folks talking about weapon enchants from Wrath of the Lich King, like Berserking, being good sellers, but I have no experience with people who use these enchants.


What low-level enchants are selling well on your server?
herdingelekks: (Default)
( Apr. 3rd, 2011 01:53 am)
Hi! I'm Honorata, and I play a draenei paladin in World of Warcraft. I decided to make this blog to post about my gold-making endeavors, pratfalls, etc. in a place where the people who really could not give a darn can safely ignore it.

I have only been playing World of Warcraft since July of 2010, and right now I have only one level 85 character. I am currently just shy of 50k gold across all my toons.

So it should be obvious, but I'll say this right now: I am not an expert. This is not really a "gold advice" blog so much as "Honor talks about doing stuff, gold was made and/or lost in the process."

I do not do things that maximize my gold per hour. Sometimes I waste a lot of time in game doing stuff I find fun, or farming for stuff that doesn't sell for all that much. But I do like to make gold doing the things I find fun, and how I choose to do that is mainly, I think, what I'm going to wind up posting about.
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