Updated Wed, Jan 04, 2012 by Mem
Let’s face it, gathering professions are where the real gold making can be seen in World of Warcraft. There is nothing like raw materials that can be made into virtually anything the buyer desires to get someone to open their purse and dish out large amounts of WoW gold. If you are one of the many players that have instead decided on a crafting WoW profession (Alchemy, Blacksmithing, Enchanting, Engineering, Inscription, Jewelcrafting, Leatherworking, or Tailoring) rather than a gathering profession, you may find yourself in a bit of a pickle when it comes to making WoW gold.
Making WoW gold with a crafting WoW profession is indeed much more difficult than doing so with a gathering profession, however, don’t get discouraged! These professions can yield quite the profit for those dedicated enough to seek it out. Below you will find some useful general tips and tricks to help you garner the most WoW gold from your crafting profession.
Alchemy is, and always has been a huge money maker and this expansion is no exception. Able to choose between three specializations: Flasks, Transmutes, and Potions all of which can turn a huge profit for those who seek it out. Each specialization procs account for as much as 20% extra so be sure to choose one. Don’t stress to much about the choice as you can always change it for a different specialization for a small fee. However, once you choose a specialization you will want Currently the best companion skill to Alchemy is Herbalism. Taking this as your secondary spec will eliminate any need for you to buy materials for your WoW profession.
Depending how much of your own materials you have to buy, the flask specialization can either be very profitable, or a complete flop. Flasks are almost strictly sold to raiders so be sure to learn the raid times and days of the top raiding guilds on your server as these will be the best days to sell the flasks you create. All flasks sell about equally, except for the current Spirit flask which is currently out of vogue. If you are not an Herbalist be sure to check out the prices of materials and choose the flask that costs you the least amount of gold to create.
If you aren’t aware, recently epic gems have become transmutable, and this is the simplest and more surefire way to make money with your transmute specialty. Transmute red gems to your hearts desire as they are the most commonly used raid gem in the game and will be sure to sell anytime you list them. Players who choose the Transmute specialty should also be sure to keep their Truegold and Living Elements transmute on cool down. These are both very profitable endeavors and is worth the effort. In the cacse of the Living Elements be aware of which element sells for the most on your server and always use the transmute to produce this element to ensure the best profit.
With the release of the Raid Finder, and super easy raid content in general, some raiders are choosing to skip over the potion. However, any good raider will tell you that they are still absolutely essential to every raid. Even though less people are using them, there is still WoW gold to be made here. Players who do use these consumables blow through them like crazy. To make the most profit see what each potion costs on the Auction House, and if the mats are low enough that you can make a profit, make that potion and list it and your profit is in the bag.
Blacksmithing is one of the more difficult WoW professions to make a profit with. However, with a little effort it can be done. As mentioned above it is essential that your Blacksmithing be max level. Low level Blacksmithing items typically DO NOT sell. Once you reach max level you will find yourself able to create some decent gear that may be appealing for both PvE and PvP players. The downside of this gear is that unless you also have Mining (the recommended profession to be paired with Blacksmithing) it can be quite expensive to make, especially the gear that requires Orbs. Check the Auction House frequently to be aware of trends in items that are selling and are therefore worth your while to make. Also seek out rare patterns that other Blacksmiths may not have when possible.
Besides gear Blacksmiths can produce one other non-gear item that has the potential to sell well depending on player demand. Belt Buckles, used to permanently add a socket to a belt, can be sold to any player who has recently acquired a new belt meaning that the market for these is almost never ending. Sadly items such as the Weapon Chain and the Shield Spike are not so lucky and are virtually untellable (at least on my server) so be sure to avoid wasting materials on items that do not sell such as those.
If you want to make money with Enchanting you must first and foremost get it to max level. Anything below max level in the world of Enchanting is pretty much free. If your guild bank looks anything like mine, it is loaded with lower level scrolls and enchants that basically just take up space because no one except a random alt will want them. Low level enchants are one of those things that you literally almost can’t give away. To make a profit with this WoW profession you will need to turn instead to higher level enchants.
Thankfully, with the introduction of the vellum, making money with Enchanting has become easier than ever. Gone are the days of watching Trade Chat and opening a trade enchanting an individual item (although money can still be made this way in the form of tips). Now players can put their most valuable enchants onto a vellum and place them in the Auction House to sell to a huge market of players. Be sure to check the Auction House and Trade Chat frequently to get a feel for which enchants are currently selling. Remember once you place an enchant on a vellum it cannot be undone and the materials will be consumed so be sure that the enchant will sell before you place it on a vellum.
The best profession to pair with Enchanting is currently Tailoring. The combination of these two WoW professions allows you to disenchant anything you create while leveling up Tailoring. This provides you with an almost constant stream of materials to level your Enchanting. Once you have maxed out your Tailoring and no longer are producing items, you will need to disenchant any item that comes into your possession. This will give you the needed materials to be able to create enchants without spending tons of money thus increasing your overall profit.