Classic Hunter Goldmaking Guide: The Best Ways to Make Gold
Welcome to our Goldmaking guide for Hunters, where you will learn the best ways to make Gold with a Hunter in WoW Classic.
Earning gold is an incredibly important part of Classic WoW and will be very important for many things. There are large purchases that you will want to make, such as getting your epic mount or getting better gear from the auction house. You will also have lots of reoccurring purchases, such as consumables for raiding and PvP. The bottom line is that gold is important, both for quality of life and for getting important items to help your gameplay. One of the most important things to do once you hit Level 60 for the first time, or even before that, is to work to establish a gold making source.
Best Professions for Hunters
In Classic, there are no passive combat bonuses for choosing specific professions. This means that you are free to choose whatever you would like. Despite this, professions can be incredibly important for lots of things, and it is important to consider the possible benefits before choosing. Some professions are great for making gold, while some are more suited to helping you in actual gameplay.
Especially at the start, materials will be expensive. This is especially true for minerals, herbs, and skins that come from higher level zones and enemies. Mining, Herbalism, and Skinning are all great choices early on, as they allow you to farm much needed crafting materials yourself without having to buy them. This is a great way to level up a profession that uses those materials, such as going Mining and Engineering. Hunters are especially good for Skinning because of how powerful they are at soloing.
One of the single most expensive materials in the game is Devilsaur Leather from the Devilsaurs in Un'Goro Crater. This is an important crafting material because it is used to craft Devilsaur Gauntlets and Devilsaur Leggings, which are best-in-slot items for many classes, including Hunters. If you choose to go Skinning and are able to reach Level 60 quickly, you can go farm these before they become heavily contested. After more people start to reach Level 60, Devilsaurs will be farmed by many people, and it will be extremely difficult to reliably find them. If you are on a PvP server, this can be especially dangerous, due to the groups that will form to find them on both factions.
Tailoring, Leatherworking, Blacksmithing, Enchanting, and Alchemy are all excellent choices for professions and can be quite profitable. Tailoring, Blacksmithing, and Leatherworking all craft important gear that people will want, while Enchanting and Alchemy can make consumables that are important for raiding and PvP. Alchemy especially has tons of important potions, elixirs, and flasks that are high in demand.
While not a profitable profession, Engineering can be very important for PvP and raiding. The different bombs and trinkets are very strong, making the profession worth considering if you want to be competitive at either PvP or raiding. Some higher end guilds will actually require their members to have Engineering, with some even going as far as requiring Physical damage dealers to be Gnomish Engineers because of how good Gnomish Battle Chicken is.
Solo Farming as a Hunter
Hunters are one of the best solo classes in the game, making solo farming a great way to making gold. There are many enemies and dungeons that can be very profitable to farm.
Dire Maul Tribute Runs
Dire Maul North is one of the most profitable farming spots in the game, and is only possible for select classes. You can use your pet and Feign Death to make your way through the instance, not actually killing any of the bosses, performing the necessary skips and steps needed to complete a full tribute run. This culminates in you kiting and killing King Gordok, which will make all of the ogres in the instance friendly, and allow you to loot both King Gordok, as well as the tribute cache for an extra item. This is profitable in three ways. First, you can just farm this repeatedly and vendor the gear, which can easily net you 50g or more per hour. Second, you could bring along other classes like Warriors who cannot solo these runs, and sell them the potential loot drops, such as Rogues and Warriors wanting to buy Tarnished Elven Ring. Lastly, you can then use the lockout from the completed tribute run to sell buffs to raiders on popular raid nights. Once you have a completed tribute lockout, you can run through the dungeon to three different ogre bosses you skipped before, who will now give out powerful 2-hour long buffs that can be taken into raids for extra damage and health. Many raiders will pay a few gold just to be invited into your party and summoned to get the buffs. If you used this lockout on a Tuesday night when many guilds raid, you could potentially make a couple of hundred gold or more just selling spots for buffs and summoning them, although this would require a group of three with a Warlock as well.
The actual mechanics of the run are quite complex and will take some getting used to. For a full run through and guide on how to do it, check out this youtube tutorial by Draay.
In addition to having several pieces of pre-raid BiS gear, Maraudon is a higher level dungeon that is possible for Hunters to solo. There are two very profitable things you can do in Maraudon.
Firstly, you can clear all of the bosses just to vendor the gear you get. This will net you a fair bit of gold from the vendored items, and if you clear it efficiently enough, can be a competitive gold source.
The other option is to bring along melee DPS, such as Rogues and Warriors, and charge them gold for you to solo the instance and kill the final boss, Princess Theradras. She drops Blackstone Ring, which is BiS for Physical damage dealers. Because it is such a sought after item, many people would prefer to pay a Hunter gold to help them farm it, thus guaranteeing them the ring if it drops. This is an especially profitable method early on, when people are still working on gearing up for raids.
If you are interested in learning how to solo Maraudon as a hunter, we would highly recommend looking up a guide on Youtube, as it will be the best way to learn.
Tyr's Hand is an encampment in the Eastern Plaguelands that can be a very profitable farming spot for solo farmers. The Scarlet Archmages there have a chance to drop Formula: Enchant Weapon - Crusader, which is the formula for the most sought after weapon enchant that most melee use. The formula itself will sell for lots of gold, or if you are an enchanter, you can learn it to be able to use the enchant. Having the enchant is rare, enabling you to charge people decent amounts of gold to enchant their weapons. The enemies at Tyr's Hand also drop Runecloth, Major Healing Potion, and other useful items.
- 15 May 2020: Updated with DM tribute farm.
- 12 Jun. 2019: Page added.
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