Top Ways To Make Gold in Cataclysm

Money talks, even in the World of Warcraft. Learn how to get a piece of the gold action in Cataclysm.


All of us want to get rich, whether it be in real life, or in game. Thankfully, getting rich in Azeroth is achieved far more easily than it is in real life. Not to mention you can do it all from the comfort and safely of your own personal computer chair and skip all the nasty sweaty physical labor most people have to do in the real world just to earn a buck. All you need in the virtual world is the know how and a little time and you can easily become the next Bill Gates of WoW.

The gold making game has not changed much since World of Warcraft’s release back in November of 2004 but many of the profit making methods in game are still the same as they were back then. In fact you may already be engaging in a profit making method and not even realize it! Below you can find some of the more popular (and effective) methods of making gold as well as a brief explanation on how you can get in on the cash flow.

Daily Quests are often considered to be boring and repetitive and while that may be true, they are an excellent source of reliable income, even if they won’t get you rich quick. Daily Quests (as you might know) are repeatable quests that can be completed once a day by a player. Players are currently limited to 25 daily quests a day and thanks to the large amount of dailies introduced in Cataclysm, players should have no trouble filling their daily quota. To make Daily Quests worthwhile though, players need to try to fufil their 25 quest quota every single day.

For more information on daily quests including locations and walkthroughs please see our Guide to Cataclysm Daily Quests.

Working the Auction House takes guile, cunning, great knowledge, people skills, and time, lots and lots of time. And while this method of making cash will not require you to leave the comfort of your favorite major city, don’t think that this will be easy. On the contrary this could be one of the toughest methods of earning money and is not for the faint of heart. However, those that choose to play this game and win at it have the potential to make more money than they could have possibly dreamed.

There are two easy to learn methods of working the Auction House:

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Buying and Reselling 

One of the most popular methods of working the Auction House is buying and reselling items. This method requires the player to have good knowledge of the typical prices of items listed in the Auction House. If when browsing the Auction House you would happen to notice an item listed for significantly less than the normal price you would buy it and any others of the same price and relist them on the Auction House for the proper price making yourself a clean profit.

Manipulating Prices 

Advanced players can also manipulate prices, but they must first have large amounts of gold on hand to do so. Manipulating prices usually involves a buy it all then sell it all at a much higher price. For example if there are 10 stacks of Mageweave Cloth in the Auction House for 50s a stack, the player would buy all the stacks, and then repost them at a higher price. Be warned this strategy is risky and costly, however, if it works there is huge potential for profit.

Farming and Selling This is the method that most of us will take when using the Auction House. Requiring minimum amounts of money players simply need to head out, farm out or create items that are in demand and then list them on the Auction House for sale. Take note of which days the items you plan to sell tend to sell the best, and be sure to be aware of what a fair price is for the item.

Or if you would like to get in on the Auction House scene, but need a quick tutorial to get you familiar with the interface and the basics of using the Auction House be sure to check out our Guide to the Auction House right here at Ten Ton Hammer!



In the beginning of the World…of Warcraft…there were professions and they were good. Then players took a bite from the forbidden [Goldenbark Apple] of knowledge and the knowledge of how to make a profit from these professions was bestowed upon them and this was reaaaalllyyy good.

Ok so maybe that is not quite the way it happened, but it is true that since the game was released in November of 2004 players have been using professions as a tried and true method of turning a profit. The best part is with a little work and some time every single profession in game has the potential to earn a profit. Primary professions (herbalism, leatherworking, enchanting, etc.) are broken down into two main categories:

Production

In production based professions players take ingredient items (herbs, bars, cloth, etc.) and use them to make other items. These items can then be sold for profit either using the Auction House (see our handy dandy Guide to the Auction House) or by making use of Trade Chat in a major city. Players can either choose to buy the raw materials needed for most of these professions from other players, or collect them themselves with one of the gathering professions.

While players can manage to make a profit with any of the production professions if they try hard enough, there are a few that standout above the rest:

Alchemy

Players who choose to make a career out of Alchemy and wish to get the most bang for their buck will want to cater to the raiding crowd. These players tend to consume the greatest amount of potions, elixirs, and flasks of any other player type in the game. Other profit can be made on the side by doing transmutations, but overall the easiest and most effective method for making money with this profession is to create various potions,

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elixirs, and flasks and offer them for sale.

In order to successfully do this the alchemist must become aware of:

  • Raid days and times of all major raiding guilds on the server.
  • What potions, elixirs, and flasks these guilds (and the rest of the server) are most likely to buy.
  • How much said potions, elixirs, and flasks can be sold for.

[PROTIP]Remember, prices will vary from server to server and even day to day, so keep a close eye on the Auction House and Trade Chat to get a good feel for what your items are really worth. [/PROTIP]

Once these questions have been answered you are well on your way to making some big money. Simply create the items that sell the most, wait for raid days/times, and post your items for sale at the appropriate prices.

Best paired with: Herbalism


Jewelcrafting

There is no doubt about it, Jewelcrafting is hard work. Hard to level, hard to get recipes for, and sometimes even hard (and expensive) to find the gems needed to make the most profitable cuts.

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However, without a doubt, Jewelcrafting is one profession that has some amazing potential to make a player rich in a hurry.

Once Jewelcrafting is leveled all a player needs to do is keep a close watch of market trends for gems on their server. They need to discover what gems sell the most on their particular server, and how much those gems are selling for. To do this players should keep a close eye on the Auction House and Trade Chat.

Once these questions have been answered the player can either buy uncut gems, or use the gems that they personally obtained via the mining profession and use the knowledge they have gained to cut the most profitable gems. With the gems have been cut place them on the Auction House or advertise them in Trade Chat. If you have done your research well you should find that you have little trouble selling gems and soon your pockets will be lined with gold.

Best paired with: Mining


Enchanting

Enchanting is the only production profession that produces it’s own ingredient materials (via disenchanting) to make the finished product making this nearly a good proof method to making money. Players who go the Enchanting route can choose to either sell the raw materials create when they disenchant an item, or use those materials to enchant scrolls that they can then place in the Auction House or offer their services first hand via Trade Chat.

Enchanters who choose to sell their enchants should be aware of which enchants are in high demand, and also become familiar with how much those enchants can and should be sold for on their particular server by watching the Auction House and Trade Chat for market trends.

Best paired with: N/A


Gathering

While there are only three primary “gathering” professions in game each and every one of them has the potential to turn some serious profit. The best part of the gathering professions is that since you are collecting raw materials, you can sell them straight up without worrying about turning them into something else, or you can combine them with one of the appropriate production professions detailed above and potentially turn even more of a profit.

The three gathering based professions are:

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  • Mining
  • Herbalism
  • Skinning

The best part of the gathering professions is that since you are collecting raw materials, you can choose to sell them as is, or you can combine them with one of the appropriate production professions detailed above and potentially turn even more of a profit. As with all other professions in order to make the most profit players must be aware of the market trends on their server. Get in touch with how much these items sell for, what days and times they appear to sell the best and sell your items accordingly.

Daily Quests are often considered to be boring and repetitive and while that may be true, they are an excellent source of reliable income, even if they won’t get you rich quick. Daily Quests (as you might know) are repeatable quests that can be completed once a day by a player. Players are currently limited to 25 daily quests a day and thanks to the large amount of dailies introduced in Cataclysm, players should have no trouble filling their daily quota.

For more information on daily quests including walkthroughs please see our Guide to Cataclysm Daily Quests.

No one likes to farm, in fact I am certain that not even gold farmers like to farm, which is why they have bots to do it for them. But since we all know bots are a big no-no, those of us honest players have to do it the hard way. This means getting out there and doing some actual work, the kind that comes as close to real physical labor as is possible in the virtual world, farming.

Farming is the act of killing mobs over and over again with the goal of collecting a certain item. While you can farm tons of things in Cataclysm, one of the most profitable is farming for Volatiles. Volatiles are elements that usually come from Elementals of the same element and are used in many recipes and patterns. Because of this, Volatiles are in high demand. However, no one really wants to get out there and farm them, leaving the perfect opportunity for those of us not afraid to bite the bullet and get our hands dirty. After the Volatiles have been collected, simply sell them on the Auction House or in Trade chat to turn a profit. Remember to get a general feel for what Volatiles sell for on your server before putting them up for sale!

Currently there are five sellable Volatiles in game:

  • Volatile Water
  • Volatile Fire
  • Volatile Earth
  • Volatile Air
  • Volatile Life

Volatiles can be found in numerous fashions including:

  • Herbing various Cataclysm herbs
  • Fishing
  • Mining Cataclysm Ore
  • Killing almost any Cataclysm elemental
  • Skinning (via the [Strange Bloated Stomach])

Remember almost none of these methods have a 100% drop rate, nor do all Volatiles drop from all of the above listed sources so be prepared to dedicate a solid chunk of time to make this endeavor a profitable one!

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