An undead warrior, resplendent in his full Cata, reined his horse in beside a mailbox. He withdrew a dozen stacks of 100g, and a couple of others for 350g. His arm grew weary as he withdrew dozens of smaller piles. He entered the queue for a battleground, and then set out on his flying mount, to one of his favorite gold-farming spots.
The Silmyr Lake to the northeast of Shattrath is a great vacation spot, especially if you’re hunting Shimmerscale eels in the lake there, for motes of water. When you have gathered 10, combine them into Primal Water, and put those in the auction house for 75g. The eels will spawn while you play, and you can hunt them while in queue. They are concentrated most in the center of the lake.
To get there, it’s not necessary to hire a mage. In Northwest Orgrimmar, in the Valley of Spirit, there is a portal you can take to Blasted Lands. It is under one of the huts that are on top of wooden, spiraling staircases.
When you zone in, go directly to the portal in front of you. When you have zoned through that, go down the stairs to the right to catch the flight master.
Shattrath is on that flight path. After getting a few Primal Waters, go get some Essence of Air from the Elemental Plateau in Garadar. This is just to the northeast of the Throne of the Elements. The Motes of Air that you get from “storming” mobs combine to make Primal Air, which sells for 100g-130g.
These are used in Primal Might, which you can buy and resell, if you have the funds. Also used in this Primal Might combination are Primal Earth and Primal Fire. If you are buying and reselling Primal Might, or similar player-made items, corner the market on the needed components, as well. Primal Might is used in creating one of the rods for enchanting, among other things, and sells well.
Put a few of those on the market, then head to Tol Barad to get some Azshra’s Veil. The herbalism profession takes no cash to max out. In fact, you can sell the herbs you get by leveling, and the herbs take very little investment for auction. The side effect of herbalism is Lifeblood, a minor heal and haste buff, which you can add to your burst macro. These sell well, depending on how you price them.
Try listing them for 80-100g a stack and they will move immediately. Be sure to list some singly, at a slightly higher individual price. These herbs are used in the flasks, such as Flask of Titan Strength, that players use during raids. Water walking abilities really help when you are collecting these, since the herbs are underwater.
The collection route is simple – follow the river around the peninsula, until you reach the bay. Make your way around the bay, avoiding the shark named Tank, then travel across land, back to where you started. The herbs will have spawned again.
If you have plenty of Primal Air and Water on the market, and stacks of Veil, or if you cannot collect the Veil due to ally player killers, you can farm the Hellfire peninsula “Ramparts” instance for some cash. The rune cloths and other cloths sell well, and you occasionally get BOE (Bind on Equip) blues. Just be sure they are soul-bound before you sell them. Take plenty of large bags to carry the loot in. Some of the Bind on Equip items have a really nice look, and sell for 3k to 4k gold.
If you have excess honor or justice points, buy and sell the Greater Celestial Essences from the trade vendor in Orgrimmar. This is, by far, the largest bottleneck in player enchantments. If you happen to be an enchanter, buy the 950 point offhand purple items instead, and disenchant them for a maelstrom crystal.
When you put your farmed items up for sale, only list a few at a time, at just under market value, and let the resellers buy some. The resellers won’t realize you have a large quantity until after they have bought a fair amount. The more something costs, the less of it you put on the market. Example: you have five items, each worth 3k to 4k. You put one up to move it fast, for 2500g. A reseller buys it, and lists it for 4k. You put the next one out for 3k. He buys that too, thinking it’s his lucky day. Then you put another out, and he doesn’t buy it. Someone else does. You put the next one up for 3500. At this point, the resellers realize you have many, and they won’t buy any more, as they know they won’t be able to move any. This is an age-old trick that works – let the resellers work for you for a change.
A person most interested in Primal Might components is an alchemist. Other professions have their own favorite combinations that sell well. There is a value in farming components used in these combinations. When someone sells components ridiculously low, buy them. Then put them up for sale, over time, at the regular price.
Using the above methods, you will rarely run out of gold. Ah, in fact, the mailbox is sagging again from the weight of the latest deposit. This author hopes these tips help you acquire all the gold that you need for those epic gems and enchantments!