The 5 Best Ways to Make Gold in World of Warcraft

Updated on August 6, 2017
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Tips on Earning Gold in World of Warcraft

No matter if you are a new or seasoned player in World of Warcraft, you need to earn gold to stay at the top of your game. The five tips below tell you exactly how to do that.

World of Warcraft Auction House Window

Auction house in World of Warcraft, where gold can be made.
Auction house in World of Warcraft, where gold can be made. | Source

1. Play the Auction House

The auction house is one of those hidden gems that can help you earn lots of gold in WoW. The basic premise is buying low and selling high. The other thing to do is to corner the market. Buy up all of an item (usually a trade skill item - herbs, metal, etc.) and resell them at a much higher price. It requires some constant commitment though.

To get the flow of gold going, you will have to let your items expire and re-list them immediately. You have to find new items to buy depending on what is the demand at the time, so ensure you keep up with the trends of what item is needed at any given time. A new patch can throw the market in chaos, which is the best time to pick up a lot of gold or a lot of items cheaply.

One of the best mods out there to help in your new enterprise is Auctioneer. That mod has many options so you can tailor it to what you plan to buy and sell. It's also fun when you see yourself buying an item dirt cheap, and turn around and selling it for thousands of gold.

Keep in mind you will lose money sometimes and you won't be able to sell every item. There are times you need to cut your losses and move on!

Making Gold in the World of Warcraft Auction House

2. Be a Tank!

Being a tank is the best way to earn a lot of gold. Tanks currently control the grouping landscape in Warcraft. Earning the extra rewards by doing random instances when tanks are needed is a great way to earn unexpected, and sometimes random, amounts of gold. Besides getting in an instance right away, the reward bag can contain gold and other items. One of the items that always sell well are the companions. At one point I was given the Firefly pet from my bag, which sells for thousands of gold for the server I am on.

The other advantage is that players will actually pay tanks to queue in a group with them just so they can get in instances much faster. You can also use this to charge people to tank in their raid, which could net thousands of gold. Lastly, you can even have your guild charge players to run them through the harder raids. It could still net your guild gear while you get a good amount of gold.

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3. Max Out Tradeskills

As risky and costly as it might sound, having two crafting skills will pay off in the long run. Besides the fact that you have two tradeskills to upgrade your gear, you will have two skills to choose from to make gold with. In every expansion, or even patch, some tradeskills swing from being stagnant to in-demand. Having two crafting skills will let you take advantage of the situation. You may pay a lot for materials, but you could also craft items using supplies provided by people, which people tip plenty for.

On the flip-side, having two gathering skills is virtually all profit with no loss. With a lot effort and time, you can have a lot of resources to sell off on the auction house. Just ensure you follow tip one so you get as much money as possible. It's debatable on what those skills should be, but Mining should be one of them. Ore has always proven to be one of the most valuable resources to sell. With a lot of hard work you can become rich in no time.

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4. Hunt for Rare Mobs

Rares are very plentiful in the game now. Not only can they drop gear, they can drop bags that have various resources in them that you can sell on the auction house. Rare hunting is a challenge but is a lot of fun to do. For example, Pandaria has many rares, including rares that must be defeated using multiple players. Even though it's old content, it still can prove to be profitable. Many more benefits await if you pursue the full opportunities that rare spawns provide.

You can also do some of the older dungeons and raids to pick up rare items to sell on the auction house. With transmogrification, older gear can usually sell for a lot of gold. Plus there are pets, mounts, and other goodies to be had in the older dungeons and raids. Just make sure to read up on them to ensure you can solo them. Some of them are still hard, even for the most advance players.

World of Warcraft Rare Spawn Farming

5. Be a Better World of Warcraft Player

Do all you can to be a better player. It will save you money in repair costs, but more importantly, you won't be wasting time. The faster you progress through content, the more money and items you will earn. If you wipe on a raid boss over and over, you will just be losing money and time. Do what you can to learn the content, master your class, and be a better player. You will also make friends and get yourself into a good guild, thus helping you save more gold. The point of of earning all of this gold is to get what you want. Being a good player is the best way to do that and the biggest piece of advice I can give.

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A Final Warning: Avoid Gold Sellers in World of Warcraft

There is no need to buy gold from gold sellers in World of Warcraft. It's very easy to earn gold. You can even use Blizzard's in-game store to buy tokens with real-life money which you can sell for gold.

If Blizzard finds out you are obtaining gold from a gold seller, then you will get banned. Not only will you lose all of the gold you purchased, but you will lose your account as well!

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      Mark 3 months ago

      Actually author, it cannot be said about this comment. This is just outdated really bad. You are posting things that worked in Warlords of Draenor, since there was already Legion, and most of them is useless right now

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      David Livermore 5 months ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      The same could be said about this comment! But you are entitled to your opinion. If you feel there are better ways, then please let me know so they can be considered.

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      me 5 months ago

      Not a word of useful advice in this whole article. Utter bullshit.

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      Kuan Leong Yong 19 months ago from Singapore

      I used to sell cloth etc, which was hardly very lucrative as you'd probably know. Then I realised I actually do not need that much gold, as long as I don't obsess over mounts and gear. Nowadays, I just sell whatever green/blue stuffs I get while grinding rep.

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      David Livermore 4 years ago from Bakersfield, California, United States

      Funny that's when I'm doing on one of my characters right now. It hasn't been too difficult yet. I know mining is very profitable, even at lower levels.

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      Bobby 4 years ago from U.K

      I've combined my mining and jewelcrafting trades and since becoming journeyman in both of them I really noticed the gold starting to flow. Sometimes it's just a struggle to find the materials necessary to get it going and it does take a lot of time.

      I've tried out the auction houses yet but it is on my to do list.