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Gold Making: 3 Simple Steps to Increase your Gold

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Peelyon outlines a few key steps that can help you make more gold, regardless how much you have!

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Introduction

I wanted to highlight a few very simple things that can help almost any player increase their overall gold, as sometimes you can lose sight of the basics when grinding.  This thread is meant to be light-hearted but the tips will actually work if you stick to them.

With the Legion launch there have been a great number of returning players.  If you have had similar experiences to me, prices for items have been pretty crazy so far and I'm finding more and more players asking the simple question "How do I make more gold?"

There are more gold making "methods" than ever before but rather than going into specifics that can sometimes can be complicated and time consuming, I'm going to go back to basics.

So whether you are a returning player, a player struggling to get to grips with gold making or a gold making veteran - I hope these three simple steps will at least get you focused for making some gold.  

The 3 Simple Steps

1. Don't Spend Gold!

Not to always be taken literally!  If you're raiding you still need to have gold to repair and buy potions and flasks etc, but don't spend gold on unnecessary items.  Some examples:  

  • Buying a 20k mount when you probably won't use it more than 5 times.
  • Changing your transmog continuously (it costs more than you think - the same goes for changing your hairstyles).  
  • Paying premium prices for pets and toys that you probably won't use for a while (and you can buy at a later date when they are much cheaper).  

You get the point.  By making a concerted effort not to spend gold, as well as trying to make gold at the same time, your gold will steadily increase.  Craft what you can, use friends / guildies to make what you need for raids, gearing etc.  The less you spend the more gold in your bags!

2. Don't do anything you don't want to

There are so many gold makers that try and help players to make gold (myself included), but one of the points I make continuously on my stream is that you should never try a gold making method just because you were told to do it.  If it involves game play that you don't find enjoyable then you won't make much gold doing it.  Gold making is meant to be fun and completing tasks that tie in with the way you play the game will yield you more gold in the long run.  So combining gold making with your regular day to day activities that you like doing is better than going out farming herbs if you HATE farming herbs!

If you read / watch / learn about a gold making method but it doesn't appeal to you, find one that does.  You can make gold in almost any game play within World of Warcraft, from the basic farming materials, to crafting, even selling boosts to other players if you are a high end raider / PvPer etc.  If in doubt try a method that doesn't require much investment upfront and give it a try.  That way there is no risk to yourself and if you enjoy it you can carry on and if you don't, you try something else.

3. Motivation is key!

I have touched on this briefly in other articles but it is key to gold making - being demotivated can be the fastest way to spend your gold!  This does link in with point 2 above to some extent, so by keeping things fresh and enjoyable you will keep your motivation up and it will encourage you to make gold.

A great way to keep yourself motivated is to set yourself a gold challenge or a target.  I have set viewers simple challenges before and have found when players put their mind to it they see some great results.  Just make sure your targets are:

  • Realistic

There is no point having 120k and reaching for 1million.  Keep the targets smaller and continually set new ones when you reach them so you don't get stuck hovering around the same amount.

  • Have a set time period 

By setting a time limit it will keep your motivation up and help you grind out that gold faster.

  • Have a reward (optional)

Although you don't want to spend all the gold you earn, having a reward at the end may motivate you as well. So if you struggle with point 1 (spending your gold on non essential items) then feed your addiction with your reward rather than spending the gold in the first place :P

Wrap Up

Remember, all of my gold articles I have written so far are available here.  So if you are looking for a new method check there first (just remember point 2!) 

If you would like some more 1 to 1 advice remember I stream regularly on Twitch and I'm happy to answer your own questions in more depth there.  You can find a link to my Twitch channel here.  

Lastly - if you would like me to set you a goal challenge or a target, post below with your current gold (feel free to add in extra info such as what you enjoy, your professions and a rough amount of time you play per week).

Good luck with gold making folks and keep an eye out for more articles in future!

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Alright I have been trying to earn enough gold to buy Tokens through in game mechanics so that I no longer have to spend my real money on subscriptions. I am sitting around 27k right now, I earn most of my gold selling ore (I'm a blacksmith/mining Holy Pally). I generally play 25 hours or so a week, but I am also working towards raiding. Currently sitting at 840 ilvl I am close to being able to do it, but I still do my world quests every day for the chance at epic/mythic drops from boxes and utilizing the artifact power boosts too. I will admit that I am a bit of a mount junkie too, if I see a mount I really like I either go buy it or complete the achievements to attain it. I know that mounts can eat up a lot of my gold, so that's one thing I have been cutting back on since my sub is almost up and I would like to get a token within the next week. Do you think earning 45-50k a month is reasonable while still doing what I'm doing? That gives me about 9-16k to play with towards saving up for a mount in a few months.

 

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So in my head I was being a cynic when I was reading this article, then i got to the transmog tip, I change my mog like 3 times a day XD I stopped and thought about it, if i settled on one i'd probably be able to buy a spider mount in a month XD

great tip :D

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Great article! I really enjoyed it. I'm a Ret Pally sitting at around 35K gold right now. I play casually around 15 hours a week. I am a smith and miner, but running around with the sole purpose of mining is not really my gig. I do enjoy running legacy content. I usually run Firelands and ICC every week. I've been told I need to add in a few more to that like Dragon Soul. Is it worth it? Thanks again for the great article. Have an awesome day!

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1 hour ago, Cmuny said:

Alright I have been trying to earn enough gold to buy Tokens through in game mechanics so that I no longer have to spend my real money on subscriptions. I am sitting around 27k right now, I earn most of my gold selling ore (I'm a blacksmith/mining Holy Pally). I generally play 25 hours or so a week, but I am also working towards raiding. Currently sitting at 840 ilvl I am close to being able to do it, but I still do my world quests every day for the chance at epic/mythic drops from boxes and utilizing the artifact power boosts too. I will admit that I am a bit of a mount junkie too, if I see a mount I really like I either go buy it or complete the achievements to attain it. I know that mounts can eat up a lot of my gold, so that's one thing I have been cutting back on since my sub is almost up and I would like to get a token within the next week. Do you think earning 45-50k a month is reasonable while still doing what I'm doing? That gives me about 9-16k to play with towards saving up for a mount in a few months.

 

With ore prices the way that they are (on most servers) that doesnt seem out of reach!  Keep checking the prices on the craftable blacksmith gear and make sure you have a good mix of selling the crafts and the actual raw ore at the same time.  The key to having your subscription paid through gold I feel is trying NOT to be hand to mouth every month.  The worst thing for a lot of token grinders is forever dropping back down to really low amounts of gold each and every months.  It demotivates you massively and it turns the gold making into a high pressured grind every single month, with your game time dwindling constantly.

If possible I try and tell people to only buy a token for subscription when they have 2-3 months of potential tokens left over.  That way it takes the pressure off if you have a bad month / prices drop in the markets you are in (so mining and BS) or if your game time suffers.

Go cold turkey for a little while on the mounts until you've built up that safety net first :D

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58 minutes ago, demonardvark said:

So in my head I was being a cynic when I was reading this article, then i got to the transmog tip, I change my mog like 3 times a day XD I stopped and thought about it, if i settled on one i'd probably be able to buy a spider mount in a month XD

great tip :D

It's really surprising how much it costs :P I bet most people never see the amount of gold it takes and it just whittles away without you knowing!

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5 minutes ago, DarthTido said:

Great article! I really enjoyed it. I'm a Ret Pally sitting at around 35K gold right now. I play casually around 15 hours a week. I am a smith and miner, but running around with the sole purpose of mining is not really my gig. I do enjoy running legacy content. I usually run Firelands and ICC every week. I've been told I need to add in a few more to that like Dragon Soul. Is it worth it? Thanks again for the great article. Have an awesome day!

I hate farming old raids as much as farming for ores :P

However the great thing with a lot of legacy raids is you know its pretty much the same guaranteed gold each and every run, so I totally see the appeal.  As I hate doing it I haven't ran any old instances since Legion launch and I know that the gold values have changed.  All I will say is it helps to motivate yourself if your'e going for a mount or something else (possibly completing the legendary in Firelands or the rogue daggers in Dragon Soul) - again using that opportunity to make some gold while at the same time completing some regular gameplay!

So if you still need the mount from Dragon Soul then try a few runs - see if it's worth your time.  You may find you actually get a lot more gold per hour farming ores though, so it then becomes a toss up between gauging your "fun per hour" as well as your gold per hour (which on occasion the gold can be worth you doing things you hate - sssh that goes against what I said above!)

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I keep losing gold since raid started (from 120k to 50k ((and 120k is a lot for me)), and that's solely due to the price of flasks and potions (4k/flask + 1k/potion)... Can't wait for 7.1 and all those "free" plants !!

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45 minutes ago, dAwq said:

I keep losing gold since raid started (from 120k to 50k ((and 120k is a lot for me)), and that's solely due to the price of flasks and potions (4k/flask + 1k/potion)... Can't wait for 7.1 and all those "free" plants !!

Yup the cost of regular raiding has been really disproportionate compared to previous expansions!  Really crazy for a lot of players.  Try and off set as much as you can, maybe even seeing if a friend will farm herbs etc for a discount.  Just use whatever you can to get those mats and crafts done as cheaply as possible!

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I've gone from about 50k since the expansion started to about 500k(with 500k of auctions currently that sell fairly consistently) skinning initally and now selling obliterum. What markets would be a good idea to check out now that i've got a bit of capital built up?

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1 hour ago, igetdahkstoo said:

I've gone from about 50k since the expansion started to about 500k(with 500k of auctions currently that sell fairly consistently) skinning initally and now selling obliterum. What markets would be a good idea to check out now that i've got a bit of capital built up?

Seeing as your skinning already then look into leatherworking see what you can push there.  If you have an alt with enchanting as well the potential for gold can be pretty sweet when you combine the skinning , lw then the enchanting as well.  Check out my Obliterum guide for how I use LW and enchanting here

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29 minutes ago, ThomasSottiaux said:

I farm gold only to buy tokens, which is easy as cake and can be done in 2 weeks if you're a really lazy wanker like me. Am I a bad person?

Doesn't make you bad but doesn't help people either :P What do you farm? Mats or just old content?

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Honestly one of the easiest ways to make gold right now is just running Cata raids, doing the main four should net you around 3.5-4k~ I usually make that much on each toon and I even skip a few bosses. 

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16 hours ago, Peelyon said:

Doesn't make you bad but doesn't help people either :P What do you farm? Mats or just old content?

I've been a good person the other day, I really wanted to beat a pet battle world quest and bought 2 pets at the ah for 2k each. I felt dead inside dude but managed to beat the battle though.

but to answer your question, I mainly sell yellow inscription stuff and the  very occasional expensive thing I come across when I go here and there.

 

what do you do?

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well, since my post I've made just a bit more:WoWScrnShot_092916_142606.jpg

21 hours ago, Peelyon said:

Seeing as your skinning already then look into leatherworking see what you can push there.  If you have an alt with enchanting as well the potential for gold can be pretty sweet when you combine the skinning , lw then the enchanting as well.  Check out my Obliterum guide for how I use LW and enchanting here

I'll check it out, one of my other alts is 700 enchanting so i'll have to see what I can do with it

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Yep you can disenchant no problem on the alt.  If you can get a use for the Blood of Sargeras thats helpful as well :D

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24 minutes ago, Peelyon said:

Yep you can disenchant no problem on the alt.  If you can get a use for the Blood of Sargeras thats helpful as well :D

i'll get bloods on the enchanter right? it's also an alchemist so i'll be able to use the bloods for what I currently do to make obliterum, It will save me a few hundred gold per oblit since I don't have to pay off an alchemist haha

 

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On 28/9/2016 at 5:14 PM, Peelyon said:

Peelyon outlines a few key steps that can help you make more gold, regardless how much you have!

Lastly - if you would like me to set you a goal challenge or a target, post below with your current gold (feel free to add in extra info such as what you enjoy, your professions and a rough amount of time you play per week).

 

Hi Peelyon,

i have actually 735Kgold. My main character have mining + herbalism. i play usually 3-4 hours every day and 6-7 hours in the week end.

I usually spent my time to farming mine and herb when not in raid.

Have u a tips for reach the 3°stars in the gathering profession? what spot for farming are the best? and what can do my goal challeng?

Thanks and sry for my english.

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2 hours ago, Bendy said:

Hi Peelyon,

i have actually 735Kgold. My main character have mining + herbalism. i play usually 3-4 hours every day and 6-7 hours in the week end.

I usually spent my time to farming mine and herb when not in raid.

Have u a tips for reach the 3°stars in the gathering profession? what spot for farming are the best? and what can do my goal challeng?

Thanks and sry for my english.

I'm pretty sure that the ranks are all just RNG based.  I've known a few players that have got rank 3 on quite a few different herb types while others have none so just keep sticking with it!  Hope you watch something like Netflix with all that herb / mining ;)

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12 hours ago, igetdahkstoo said:

i'll get bloods on the enchanter right? it's also an alchemist so i'll be able to use the bloods for what I currently do to make obliterum, It will save me a few hundred gold per oblit since I don't have to pay off an alchemist haha

 

Yup! The bloods are a small chance "proc" when you disenchant!  Sounds like a great idea for sure and means your'e using everything at every stage!  Good luck with it!

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2 hours ago, Peelyon said:

Hope you watch something like Netflix with all that herb / mining ;)

ahahah.. no im usually stay on voice chat with friends :-)

...and what can do my goal challeng?

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1 hour ago, Bendy said:

ahahah.. no im usually stay on voice chat with friends :-)

...and what can do my goal challeng?

Push for 800k - yours is a bit higher than a few I've done but take advantage of the prices before they drop! Good luck!

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      You need to keep moving, because SI:7 Agents are probably looking for Saurfang as well.
      Eastern Escape
      It's not unusual to see SI:7 spies lurking around the city, but still, something about this doesn't feel right. We need to find where Saurfang's trail picks up. The last tracks were heading east, towards Redridge. At the entrance to Redridge is Three Corners, one of the more well-defended towers the Alliance has. I have an idea, meet me there.
      The search for Saurfang continues in Redridge Mountains.
      Corner Crossing
      If Saurfang was headed in this direction, it would have been difficult for him to avoid the Three Corners watchpost. We could simply walk in there and demand information, but I have a feeling that they would not part with it willingly. So we will take another approach. I have procured this potion from our alchemists. It will turn us into--ugh-- humans for a while. We can then question the guards, perhaps someone saw something.
      Use the Humanizing Potion to turn yourself into a Human for 10 minutes and ask guards for information. After you taken on the appearance of a Human, Lyana tells you:
      You're going to approach guards and tell them you've lost a puppy. Dark Ranger Lyana goes by the name "Marion Sutton" when transformed.
      The guards were super drunk last night and they do not recall anything. It must have been fairly easy for Saurfang to pass by the Three Corner watchpost unnoticed. Now you question Darcy Parker about what happened last night.
      The search continues in Lakeshire at Inkeeper Brianna. She informs you that guards are staying upstairs at the Lakeshire Inn. After searching the room for clues, you find an Official-Looking Note from Shaw:
      Signs of Saurfang
      With the guards drunk at their posts, Saurfang would have had little trouble passing Three Corners undetected. The path splits up ahead. The back roads of Redridge are poorly-patrolled and infested with gnolls and spiders. In other words, a perfect path for an orc trying to not to be noticed. His most likely path is Lakeridge Highway, we should continue our investigation there.
      You'll find ripped webbing, ichor, and plenty of killed spiders in Lakeridge Highway.
      Defeat the Injured Bristlequeen to complete the quest.
      Ever Eastward
      All signs point to our quarry heading farther east. To what end, Im an not sure, but I have my suspicions. I am going to scout the area from the air, let's meet up at Redridge Pass.
      Tracking Tipoff
      Look there, down the hill, one of the Alliance hunters that roams the area. No one knows these pathways like them. If our quarry passed through this area, they would certainly have seen the tracks. Their dogs may even have noticed. Here is another dose of the potion. Let us question this one while he is alone.
      It's time to drink  Humanizing Potion again and question Hunter McAlister who is later killed, because his dogs notice you're not actual humans.
      Killing Hunter McAlister and his dogs makes Zappyboi appear! Zekhan offers the next quest while Lyana informs you she must return to the Warchief.
      Zekhan tells you that Saurfang's hiding at a nearby farm.
      Grim Tidings
      Ey mon, dat dark ranger, she lied to ya'! Saurfang knew they'd be comin' for him. He sent me to watch the pass, see who his assassins were, try to warn him if I could. She's not reportin' back nothin', she's goin' to kill him. Probably got a whole group of deathguards just waiting for her to give the signal. We gotta stop dem! You with me?
      Dark Ranger Lyana lied to you and she wants to kill him. Better hurry and inform Saurfang who's located in the Swamp of Sorrows.
      A Warrior's Death
      She gonna try an' take him in, and then no one ever gonna see Varok Saurfang again. Dis was never a rescue mission, dis was about power, an' control, an' Sylvanas think she be holdin' all the cards. But she didn't count on us! Let's go.
      Turns out Sylvanas actually tricked you and wants Saurfang dead.
      Completing the quest rewards a fun cloak toy - Worn Cloak. A scripted event will begin as soon as you accept the quest and you must defend Saurfang.
      Dark Ranger Lyana and her crew die, but now you must come up with something to fool Sylvanas.
      Queen's Favor
      I have two things to ask of you, and I do not ask them lightly. First, I need you to retain the favor of the warchief. She will undoubtedly have questions, and seeds of distrust may begin to grow, but she cannot lose you as an ally, not now. She would not so willingly part with one of her greatest champions. In order to do so, it will have to look like you faced me in combat, and lost. I trust you can take a hit. Second, I ask you not to follow me further. I must make this journey alone.
      Talk to Saurfang and tell him to punch you. The screen turns black for a second and you will be afflicted with the "Convincing Blow" debuff for 10 minutes.
      Finally, go to Orgrimmar and talk to Sylvanas in Grommash Hold to complete the Queen's Favor quest that rewards Artifact Power.
      The story ends here. Sylvanas doesn't know you defeated the dark ranger and her forces along with Saurfang and Zekhan. Let's see what the future holds for Varok. Let us know what you think about his story so far and Sylvanas wanting him dead.
      Characters Involved in the Questline
      Dark Ranger Lyana
      Veteran Dark Ranger appointed by Sylvanas to help you track down Saurfang. In the beginning, it all looks like a rescue mission, but further down the questline you learn that she was deceiving you all along. She's later killed by the player, Saurfang, and Zekhan.
      Varok Saurfang
      Saurfang escaped the Stockades and you find him hiding at a farm in the swamps with simple armor and without the "High Overlord" title, indicating his discontent with Sylvanas' Horde. You confront Dark Ranger Lyana and her forces as you uncover her vile intentions and learn that the rescue mission was actually a lie and Sylvanas wants him dead. He doesn't want you or Zekhan to follow him, because he clearly states that he must travel the path alone. The character of Saurfang remains the embodiment of the Horde's long-lost honor.
      Zekhan
      Zappyboi makes an appearance during the questline and fights alongside Saurfang. Blizzard did a really great job at portraying him loyal to Varok at times of need as we saw in the Old Soldier cinematic.
      Lady Sylvanas Windrunner
      Another lie has been told by the Warchief. First, she makes you believe it's of utmost importance to track down Saurfang, who recently escaped the Stockades, so that the Alliance does not kill him. Later, she accuses Varok of treason against the Horde and she wants him dead. After you kill Lyana and her forces, you fool her into believing that Saurfang did all that. Blizzard confirmed in an interview that Sylvanas will not be Garrosh 2.0 in Battle for Azeroth.
      Gameplay Video
      Saurfang-Sylvanas relations hit an all-time low in Tides of Vegeance.
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      World of Warcraft - [Horde][US-Arthas]Unhuman - Francais - Uldir 3/8M  -  www.unhuman.ca
       
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    • By Jovovich
      World of Warcraft - [Horde][US-Arthas]Unhuman - French - Uldir: 3/8M - www.unhuman.ca
       
      Unhuman is RECRUITING!
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      Raiding:
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         Leader: Fangpriest / Assistant: Pandov et Starbender
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      Unhuman is a performing raiding guild with multiple raid groups, it's one of the biggest, for not saying the biggest one, french community on World of Warcraft US. Unhuman has been created in December 2006 and will continue to live for a long time, Unhuman is trying to give to our raiders everything they need to be focus only on good progression!. Unhuman is always looking for new players of all kind, PvE or PvP, even with Battle pets or Archeologists or anything else you can do in the game....You will be sure to find your way with Unhuman!
       
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