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Looking for the best ways to make gold in World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 8.1 in 2018? Look no further, this is your definitive wow gold guide! Back in the day there used to be a ton of relevant guides on how to make that sweet sweet gold, but it seems like most guides are no longer up to date with all the various gold making ventures in WoW. This gold guide will be continuously updated with all the best ways to make millions of wow gold.
Making a Gold Farming Character
You might be thinking that you don’t need a designated gold making character. I certainly didn’t think so as i used my Paladin for countless hours of gold making (Paladins are one of the slowest classes in the game). But then I decided to try to make a Fury Warrior with 170% base movment speed. Boy did that make a different, I run dungeons several times faster than the Paladin, hence making 3 or 4 times more gold per hour. When making a gold farming character, these are the most important points to remember.
- Bagspace: Get the biggest bags you can for your inventory and for your bank.
- Personal Guild: Make a guild for just your character, so that you can use the guild bank for additional storage. The easiest way to do this is to ask in chat, and maybe pay a small fee to get people to sign your charter, then kick them from the guild.
- Bank Alts: If you need even more bag space, consider making an bank alt.
- Movement Speed: Movement speed is often overlooked when farming gold, but it is really important. Especially when farming older content. Most classes can clear any dungeon pretty easy but some do it faster. See our WoW Movement Speed Guide for info on how to spec for speed.
- Personal Vendor and Repair: Having a vendor you can summon in some sort of way is very useful when farming so that you can sell trash quickly. One of the easiest ways of getting both a vendor and a repair guy is getting the Reins of the Traveler’s Tundra Mammoth, Reins of the Grand Expedition Yak or Reins of the Mighty Caravan Brutosaur.
- Opening Lockboxes: During farming you will be getting a lot of lockboxes as time goes by. If you don’t have a character that can open lockboxes, simply make a class trial rogue and mail all your lockboxes to him to open up.
- Potion of Treasure Finding : Can be used in Cataclysm zones for additional loot. Also works in dungeons and raids.
- Professions: Enchanting & Tailoring (for cloth scavenging) are great for farming old content and transmog. Herbalism & Mining are good for making easy gold in current content. See professions section further down for more info.
You might be asking yourself “What is the best gold farming class in wow?”. While this is not a straight forward answer, any of the classes in our movement speed guide is good for farming dungeons.
Personally I have a main that I use for current content, and a Fury Warrior movement speed twink for some dungeons transmog runs, a druid for gathering and other dungeons. Monks also work very well, and having a Rogue for opening chests and boxes doesn’t hurt either.
Gold Making Addons
When it comes to gold making addons, as most of you know, there is one that comes before all the rest, Tradeskill Master. This addon will help you make heaps of gold on the auctions house, and will give you a deeper understanding of your servers economy and the whole WoW economy. Learning how to use it well takes time, so read through all the info on their site and maybe watch some youtube videos on how to set up TSM. TSM will help you appraise items, sell items quickly on the AH and buy items that you can resell for a profit, amongst other things. Additionally the addon will help vendor and managing your mailbox, making this the only addon you need for gold making purposes. We will be coming back to TSM in the Auction house part of the guide.
Great to have alongside Tradeskill Master. Mostly use this for single high value items.
Loot Appraiser is a great addon that works with Tradeskill Master. Not only is it helpful but it makes gold farming more fun. Loot Appraiser will let you know how much gold you loot in a given session and also the value of all the items you loot.
Auto Loot Plus is a nice addon to have for dungeon farmers that allows you to instantly loot when clicking a dead mob. Without it there will often be a bit of lag when looting causing you to lose a bit of time when farming.
I mostly use this to be able to see where chests spawn. If you combine this with a Outlaw Rogues ability to see treasures on the minimap, you can basically just fly around and pick up treasures. Works well in Outland where every chest drops a rare item. See the Open World farming section further down for more info.
Picking a Realm for Gold Making
I won’t get too into what realms to pick for making gold. Generally High Population servers have lower prices but things sell quicker. Low population has higher prices but things can take a while to sell. Medium population servers are in between, and are often a good choice for making gold.
Trending BFA Patch 8.1 Gold Making Methods
2×4 farming is a very efficient way of farming mobs in open world. The mechanics of how it works is not easily explained, so I’m not going to try. Basically you will get a whole lot of loot quickly with 2 groups of 4 people, by getting mobs to spawn super fast. The easiest way of finding a 2×4 group is to open the group finder, go to custom and serach for “2×4”
Herbalism prices are still pretty high and are a good way of making gold right now. Can also be combined with mining for additional gold. See the professions section further down for more info.
WoW Gold Transmog Farming
In this section we will be covering farming mostly older content for transmog and other items. Most of the items youwill be getting is transmog, but also recipes, crafting reagents and pets.
The idea is simple; go out, kill things, take their loot, sell it. In this guide we split farming into three parts, farming raids, dungeons and open world.
An important aspect when selling transmog on the AH is that it often takes some time to sell. Therefore you will make more gold the more diverse your portfolio of items is. If you only farm one tier of gear. Lets say for example gear in the 60-80 bracket. You will be limiting yourself as the demand won’t be there and you will end up with too many items. You will end up with many of the same items for things that aren’t in demand but might sell occasionally.This means that spreading out your farming across all tiers is best, as you will get fewer of each item but more different items to meet the actual demand.
A good way to think about it is to each week go farm some vanilla, some TBC, some WotLk etc. So that you end up with a whole bunch of different transmog, and increasing your chances of selling some of it, even though a lot will take time to sell or not sell at all.
6 Minute Runs
When farming legacy raids or dungeons, you want to always try to keep your runs 6 minutes or around there for optimal farming. This is because you can reset an instance 10 times per hour, so if you do a run every 6 minutes you can keep farming non stop. Having the Loot Appraiser addon is an easy way to time your runs.
Exiting a Instance Quickly
To exit a instance quickly. Create a group in the Group Finder when you are finished in the instance, then leave the group. You will then be ported out of the instance after a minute. When you got a dungeon down, you can make and leave the group around one minute before you reach the end of the dungeon and you won’t have to stand around and wait for 1 minute. This will teleport you to the nearest graveyard, on most dungeons this is right outside but on some there is a bit of a run.
Druids can also use Dreamwalk and Monks can use Zen Pilgrimage at the end of the dungeon, reset the dungeon and port back.
Farming Legacy Dungeons for Gold
Below is a list of the dungeons that I think are viable to farm for gold. Vanilla dungeons is generally best, so spend most of your time in those. The dungeons below are just sorted by level and not by how much gold you make, since that is very hard to determine, and varies from server to server.
The bulk of dungeons you will be farming will probably be classic dungeons. These have the most rare items and valuable transmog by far.
Not a dungeon you want to start of farming in, but if you have a good selection of items on the auction house, WC is worth a visit. You can either do half the dungeon up to Lord Cobrahn and then exit and reset. Or if you are very fast you can do the entire instance up until the last boss, but always skip the last boss.
Shadowfang is the twink dungeon. You can get a bunch of different valuable twink items here. When soloing at a high level though all items will be level 60, except for in chests. The items in the chests will be around level 20 and those are the ones with the most value. A level 20 Shadowfang will be worth several times what a level 60 one is worth. Bringing a Rogue or someone who can open locked chests is therefor advised.
Blackfathom Deeps is one of the best dungeons for filling up your auction house with valuable transmog. A lot of the greens from here are quite valuable, and the zone has a ton of different rare zone drops as well, most which are worth 10-50k.
One important thing to remember is to not kill Domina, Subjugator Kor’ul or the Guardian of the Deep. If you don’t kill them and then click the Fire of Aku’mai after killing Twilight Lord Bathiel, you will spawn a bunch of additional mobs. After killing these mobs you can exit the dungeon.
Gnomeregan is only really worth farming for a couple of really high value twink items. The Hotshot Pilot’s Gloves and the Caverndeep Trudges. These are zone drops but has a slightly higher drop chance from bosses, so you want to kill all the bosses as fast as possible.
There are also some more zone wide rare drops that are worth a bit here, but nothing that comes close to those two items.
Razorfen Kraul is maybe the best zone to fill up your auction house with good transmog. It has a big selection of zone wide rare BoE drops, great green drops and an guaranteed chance for a rare BoE from the Enormous Bullfrog. The frog drop a selection of around 30 rare BoEs, most worth around 1-3k. After killing him, there is only one group after that you should kill and then you can leave the instance.
When you get to the bat room, create a group in the group finder and leave it. This will give you one minute to kill the frog boss and you will be ported out, right outside the instance.
This dungeon also has a great loot table. You won’t get as many items as in Razorfen Kraul, but you have a chance at super rare items like the Pattern: Rich Purple Silk Shirt.
RFD is also very fast to run and its easy to circle back to the entrance to restart. Using a Rogue or someone who can open chests can be smart here as there are quite a few.
Not the dungeon that you will spend most time in, but well worth a few short visits. It is split in three parts, I usually skip the Capital Gardens. The Gordok Commons is good to get a few copies of A Thoroughly Read Copy of “Nat Pagle’s Guide to Extreme Anglin’.” that spawns on the floor every time, but still sells for 5-10k to lazy paladins.
The Warpwood Quarter is also good for transmog and will drop a decent amount of materials with some value that will sell quickly, click the pods on the floor for more stuff.
Uldaman is one of those dungeons you want to hit up after building up a decent inventory on the AH. You won’t see many items of value here, but if you like playing the lottery, then Uldaman is for you.
Some of the rearest items in the game drop from here including the Papal Fez, Pendulum of Doom, Miner’s Hat of the Deep and the Jackhammer. All of these are worth millions of gold. More common drops like the Ginn-Su Sword are also worth a bit.
The chest after the last boss has a chance at up to three greens and sometimes rares. There is also two other chests marked below.
ZF is another great dungeon to fill up your AH. A lot of popular transmog items drop here, like the Jade set and Glorious set. With the jackpot being the Glorious Legplates.
You can run the dungeon clockwise or counter clockwise, a bit depending on your speed. I manage to do the whole dungeon in 6 minutes and get outside. But if you are a bit slower it might be better to run it clockwise and port out after the room with the graves and zombies. Always remember to click all the graves for loot.
BRD has a good loot table and maybe the most amount of mobs in any dungeon, making it a great dungeon to fill up the AH.
Finding the best route for you can be a bit tricky because of the size of the dungeon. I will usually only do about half the dungeon, killing as many mobs as I can in 6 minutes. After 5 minutes, make a group in the group finder and leave it. That will leave you a minute to complete your 6 minutes and you will be portet out on the 6 minute mark, ready to reset and port right back in.
Lower Blackrock Spire
In LBRS you are after two things. Plans: Arcanite Champion from the last boss and Plans: Arcanite Reaper from a rare mob called Bannok Grimaxe. Transmog drops here are also decent, and the whole instance can be run in 6 minutes or less if you are fast. There are also quite a few chests in the instance.
The Burning Crusade Dungeons
TBC transmog is nowhere near as good as vanilla, but you should still farm some to diversefy your auction house portfolio at some point. Some of it is still pretty valuable and sells pretty quick. I usually only farm TBC dungeons for a few hours a week. Rare patterns and plans can also drop in TBC dungeons that are worth a lot of gold.
This is a really fast dungeon with a bunch of mobs. You can circle right back to the entrance after the last boss. You will spend a lot less than an hour to do your 10 runs here though, so I would do 10 runs then move on.
Also a quick dungeon with a path back to the entrance after the last boss. Lies right next to the Sethekk Halls so you can switch between the two.
The Underbog is another good and quick choice. You will get a lot of Mote of Life and various herbs. There are also gatherable herbs for chars with Herbalism
Wrath of the Lich King Dungeons
Like with TBC, you want to limit the time you spend in WotLK dungeons. There are some nice items to be had but you won’t be making as much as farming vanilla dungeons. Not many people farm WotLK content though so you won’t have as much competition on a lot of items from here.
Quick path back to the entrance after the last boss. Some decent zone drops like Brighthelm of Guarding. Even better if you can bring a skinner.
Enter through either of the entrances. Run the dungeon in a U shape and exit through the other entrance. Skip the last boss.
Halls of Lightning
Also has a quick way back to the entrance after the last boss. Relic of Ulduar drops a lot and will sell relatively quick most of the time.
Pit of Saron
You will only be farming this dungeon for the Battered Hilt. The transmog in here is terrible. The dropchance for the hilt is pretty low but because of the amount of mobs in the Pit of Saron, it is not that hard to get. I seem to get one in about every 20 runs.
Always farm here on heroic so don’t kill any of the bosses. Kill all the mobs around the pit, head out and reset.
For all Cata dungeons remember to get your Potion of Treasure Finding. Generally Cata dungeons aren’t worth farming much though and you should head to Firelands(see raid section below) instead.
The Vortex Pinnacle
Decent farm only if you can get good prices on Volatile Air. Slipstream will take you back to entrance after the last boss.
Farming Legacy Raids for Gold
Below is a list of what I think are the best raids to farm for gold. This is mainly taking transmog and crafting reagents and such into account. Other raids can be farmed for rare pets to make gold, see the pet farming section further down for more info.
The first raid of WoW is still a decent gold maker. The trash in the area marked on the map below can be farmed, just avoid the bosses and you’ll be able to reset the instance. This area is especially good for miners as you can mine Dark Iron Ore and Blood of the Mountain, which sells for a decent amount.
You can also get Teebu’s Blazing Longsword from some of the mobs, although it’s really rare.
After you finish your last trash mob run, you can do a whole run for a chance at pets from bosses and two rare quality BoE items from Ragnaros.
Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj
AQ20 is a really nice transmog farm. The worms called Silicate Feeder are acutally the mobs with the best loot in the raids so be sure to loot them. They are found between the 3rd and 4th boss. Be sure not to kill ANY of the mobs in the room with the 2nd boss as that will start the encounter for the boss. You can go through the whole instance without killing any bosses, so you can choose to run the entire raid or exit after killing the worms by creating a group in the group finder and leaving it.
There are a whole bunch of trash mobs that can be farmed in Sunweel Plateau before the first boss. These have a chance to drop a huge variety of Designs, Schematics, Patterns and Plans (See https://wow.gamepedia.com/Template:Sunwell_Plateau_trash_drops).
Depending on your runspeed you can get all the mobs before the first boss in 6 minutes or less. If it takes more than 6 minutes, consider cutting down your route.
This raid has a huge amount of trash that can be farmed. A lot of the items that drop are quite worthless but because of the share amount of mobs, there are decent chances of getting some big ticket items like the Blade of Wizardry or other rare transmog items, if you spend some time here.
Due to the complexity of the interior of the instance, learning the farming routes are easiest by watching a video.
The Bastion of Twilight
The first room in Bastion of Twilight is pretty good for farming gold. Each run only takes a minute or so, so you will spend your 10 runs rather quickly. A lot of BoE epic gear drops here. Most of it is not worth much though, but in my experience it tends to sell pretty quickly in most cases. The Heaving Plates of Protection are the most valuable and goes for about 5k on my server. You will also get a bunch of Embersilk.
There is no point in doing this farm more than a couple of times a week at most though as you will just end up with duplicates. Use Potion of Treasure Finding for more loot.
This is a great Cata raid to farm. There is a ton of trash mobs that are easy and fast to kill. Epic BoE drops like Obsidium Cleaver as well as a bunch of Plans and Patterns are quite common. Most are not worth much but they do sell, at least on high pop servers. BoE world drops like Morrie’s Waywalker Wrap can also drop, though very inferquently.
Use Potion of Treasure Finding for more loot.
Open World Farming for Gold
Solo Open World Farms
On the Isle of Giants, north in Pandria. These drop from any mob here. A lot of gold can be made but it is a popular and well known farm so expect competition.
The Admiral’s Den – Thousand Needles
Cave to the south filled with quickly respawning ogres. Lots of transmog drop here with the big ticket being the Saltstone set. Can be done either solo or in a group.
Windshear Mine – Stonetalon Mountains (Alliance Only)
Mobs here will force spawn solo if you are quick, but having a group is better.
Tranquil Gardens Cemetary – Duskwood
This can be done with just one person, but works better with more. Kill all the Rotting Horrors around the Tranquil Gardens Cemetary for a chance at the Staff of Horrors.
Good transmog farm, especially for Monk. Can also get Tiny Crimson Whelpling here. The farm is on the road east from Greenwarden’s Grove in Wetlands, and works best as a monk if you want to force respawns quickly.
Auctioning For Parts
You’re after all the items to make the Super Cooling Module from Shadowmoon Valley, Nagrand or Talador, and the Cyclical Power Module from Frostfire Ridge, Gorgrond or Spires of Arak. Some are worth only a few hundred but I’ve sold a few for over 20k. They drop from any mob in the zone. I haven’t found an optimal spot, but all these zones have plenty of areas with densly packed mobs.
Drops of Doctor Weavil on Alcaz Island in Dustwallow Marsh
Spawns in Northern Hellfire Penninsula. Works best if you have a char you can log out here and relog every so often to check. Drops a selection of epic BOE’s like Hope Ender.
Spawns outside the Black Temple. Works best if you have a char you can log out here and relog every so often to check. Drops a selection of epic BOE’s.
There’s a selection of Cata rares that drop various BoE items. Poseidus also drops the Reins of Poseidus BoE Mount.
Mists of Pandaria Rares
Mists of Pandaria has a few rare mobs that drop epic BoE’s. Most are in Krasarang Wilds and most drop leg slot gear. Scritch is also very good as you can get the Hozen Peace Pipe from him. The best way to farm them is to occasionally check if they’re up and kill them all in the order listed below. That way you basically just fly through Krasarang Wilds with a short visit to Townlong Steppes, The Jade Forest and Kun-Lai Summit
Class Specific / Class Trial Farms
These farms are class specific but can be done with class trials. You can only play a class trial for three hours, so before you have to remember to mail any gold or items before that. When your three hours have gone, simply make a new character. Many of these farms are very good if you can park a character at the farm, log in, farm a while, then come back and farm more at a later time.
Warlock Gold Farms
Sealed Tome of the Lost Legion
Kill rares with a Warlock on the Isle of Thunder for a chance at the Sealed Tome of the Lost Legion. Works best if you can park a Warlock here and log in every few hours or so.
Rogue Gold Farms
Pickpocketed from mobs in New Hearthglen in Dragonblight and also some mobs in Icecrown. New Heartglen is best for farming though.
Pickpocket mobs in Skorn in Howling Fjord.
Pickpocket from mobs at Maker’s Ascent in Uldum.
Mage Gold Farms
From Porcupine around Dawn’s Blossom in Jade Forest.
From bears around Agmar’s Hammer in Dragonblight.
From monkeys in Valley of the Four Winds
Open World Group Farms
If you haven’t got a steady group, use the group finder to see if there is a group available. The point of these farms is to make mobs spawn quickly through force respawning.
Silithus – Twilight Base Camp
One of the most popular transmog farms in the game. Sets like Glorious, Jade and Vanguard drop here.
Isle of Thunder
One of very few worthwhile farms in MoP. Various transmog drop here like the Bloodtusk Shoulderpads.
Stone Guardians in the cave to the north. Drops a lot of transmog, most notably the Jade set.
There are four clusters of mobs here. Three in front of the building and one behind the hill. One player needs to stay behind the hill and kill. A lot of cloth and transmog drop here. Chan’s Imperial Robes can also drop here.
STV is a good place to farm both pets (Hyacinth Macaw & Razzashi Hatchling) and transmog like the First Mate Hat. There are several places to farm here but the best ones seems to be the elemental island and the troll ruins to the north.
Twilight Highlands – Volatile Water
Farm water elementals for Volatile Water and some transmog. Works best with 5 druids. Use Potion of Treasure Finding for more loot.
Other Gold Making Methods
Alt parking is a good passive way of making gold. It can be done with normal alts or with class trial characters. This guide already has a few farming spots where you can park your alt, but I’m going to list a few here also.
- Rare mobs like Doom Lord Kazzak & Doomwalker
- Garrisons for Crates of Salvage (see below for more info)
- Areas with chests (see below for more info)
- At Vendors with limited supply items (see below from more info)
Chest farming involves flying around and picking up chests. You will have to get the gathermate and gathermate data addons so that you can import all the treasure chest locations into your gathermate.
Importing will allow you to see all chests on the map. The best way to farm the chests is using a Rogue since they can see whether a chest is spawned or not on the minimap. Other classes will have to get up close and look around while a Rogue can see if the chest has spawned on the minimap. You can use a trial character for this. Just remember to mail the items you get before your three hours has gone.
You will need to cover very large areas in order to get a few chests as they are quite rare. Vanilla, TBC and WotLK zones work best. The way I like to do it is to park one Rogue class trial in Outland and one in Northrend, then fly over the whole continent and look for chests. One whole run might only yield 3-10 chests but you will still make a bunch of gold as you are almost guaranteed rares in chests in these zones.
Crates of Salvage
Crates of Salvage from doing missions in your Garrison can be quite valuable as they can drop mats, but also transmog, and even some transmog that no longer drop in the game.
Selling boosts is also a good way of making gold. For solo players or smaller groups you can sell Island Expedition runs, but you will need a twink character. You can also sell boosts for mythic+ and raids if you have a decent group.
Farming and Selling Battle Pets for Gold
Battle Pet Farming
Disgusting Oozeling / Azure Whelpling
Hyacinth Macaw / Razzashi Hatchling
Auction House / Reselling / Investing