HOW TO GET GOLD FAST IN WORLD OF WARCRAFT (WoW)
Whether you’re just getting started or you’re a returning veteran player, having a decent stock of gold in your purse is essential for progression in WoW. You’ll need bags of the stuff to purchase new weapons and equipment, repair and upgrade weapons and equipment, level up in record time, and lock up investments that allow you to make more money later down the line. Put simply, without a steady flow of gold, your quality of life in WoW isn’t going to be very high. It’s a complete essential.
But where to start if your adventure is just beginning? How do you make up for lost time if you’ve returned to WoW and fallen behind other players of a similar level? Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to make sure you’re always maximizing how much gold you’re generating at all times.
Questing and Farming Quests
First – and this might seem a little obvious but stick with us – be sure to embark on plenty of quests. For new players or low-level characters, quests provide a decent haul of gold at all levels. Moreover, you’ll get a stock of new loot, such as weapons, apparel, and items that can either be used (and therefore not bought) or sold to a vendor for gold.
For higher-level players, we recommend soloing the 25-man Cataclysm Heroic raids. All of these can be undertaken solo and each net between 1000 to 3000 gold each. Bosses typically drop over 100 raw gold, and there are plenty of epic weapons dropped along the way that can be sold to vendors for gold. You can find the location for each Cataclysm raid here. Do note that these raids are not easy and should only be attempted by high-level, seasoned players.
Another 25-man Cataclysm raid that can earn you huge quantities of gold quickly is the Bastion of Twilight raid. To exploit the maximum amount of gold available, simply clear the first room, scoop up the items, then exit the room and repeat the process. Keep doing this until you have reached your maximum number of hourly instances. What you’re doing here is acquiring Embersilk cloth and Cataclysm grains. Disenchant the grains and then turn the cloth into Embersilk bolts, which can then be used to craft Embersilk bags. These bags can then be sold to vendors for a few hundred gold each.
Find, Don’t Buy Items
While consumable foods and potions are sometimes necessary to purchase, most items in WoW don’t actually need to be bought from vendors. Particularly in the early game, you should be able to find everything you need as you play through. During this time, it’s also worth considering that any gear you have bought won’t last very long, given that you’ll level past it fairly quickly. Save your gold and focus on finding loot to sell instead.
On that note, you should always be making an effort to scavenge everything you can. Most random items and weapons you find won’t necessarily be worth a huge amount, but it’s still contributing to your overall stock. Just pick up everything you see and dump it at the Auction House – it’s bound to be worth something to somebody. Or, for an even quicker buck, take it to a vendor and sell there.
Make sure you take the time to craft a decent bag so that you can carry a lot of items with you. The 16-slot Netherweave bag is a good option that is usually quite affordable at the Auction House.
Learn the Auction House
Speaking of the Auction House, the AH, as it is known, is a central pillar of the in-game market. Players can buy or sell weapons, armor, and trade all manner of items via the Auction House. There are fees and deposit costs when using the Auction House, but it’s well worth learning to use to make extra gold on the side.
Most large cities and some towns have their own Auction Houses. All Auction Houses in a realm are connected and offer the same items for sale, regardless of location or faction. Note that players on trial accounts will be able to see listed items but cannot sell or purchase anything from the Auction House.
The Auction House can be a little daunting to understand for newcomers, but there’s a trick to making it a lot easier. There are various Auction House Addons that will track pricing data, show the latest auction prices in item tool tips, and help you list items at current market prices, all without needing you to sort through for yourself. Auctionator is an example of a good Addon which is easy to start using as soon as you’ve installed it. The Addon will help you determine which items should be taken to a vendor and which you should bother taking to the AH. Remember, prices at the AH fluctuate across a given month and sometimes a certain item’s value will skyrocket, so it’s worth always checking the state of the economy via the Addon.