Cataclysm Skinning + Potion of Treasure Finding = 3000 Gold Per Hour
Quickly Farm Netherweave Cloth in Outland
Additional Farming Videos:
Uldum Whiptail Hotspot (In fresh 4.0.6 w/ rapid spawn rates)
Probably one of the most common ways people try to make gold in Warcraft is to combine a farming profession with a crafting profession. They then spend time farming materials for their crafting profession, crafting items, and selling the crafted items on the auction house. People do this because they believe that the farmed materials are "free" since they didn't spend gold on them. This, however, is not true. If you spend time farming materials you have paid for them - you just decided to spend time instead of gold. This time could have been spent doing something else - and 99% of the time that something else will be more profitable than farming. This is why farming is generally looked upon unfavorably by many gold makers.
An easy way to calculate the cost of any farmed materials is to simply see what they would sell for on the Auction House. If you spent an hour gathering ten stacks of herbs to make glyphs and each stack would sell on the Auction House for ten gold then the cost of the herbs is 100 gold. This is because even though you didn't spend anything on them you could have sold them for 100 gold - and you are giving up this 100 gold in order to craft some items. Once you know this price you should ask yourself, is there something I could have done in the hour I farmed that would have made me more than 100 gold? Usually you will find that the answer is yes - there would be a way to make more gold than farming.
With all of the above said, however, there are some benefits to farming:
- There is virtually no risk. If you farm and sell what you find on the auction house you will make gold.
- Sometimes farming is the best way to make gold (this usually occurs when a new farmable material is released)
- At the end of the day Warcraft isn't about making gold - it's about having fun and some people out there honestly enjoy farming.
So, while I generally don't recommend farming as the best way to make gold, there are times when you may want to do it. Below you will find some of the routes/areas I farm different items in.
Formula: Enchant Weapon Crusader
This formula was removed from the game when the Cataclysm occurred but was re-introduced in patch 4.1. It often sells for thousands of gold but it can be a bit of a grind to get. It drops from Scarlet Archmages who can be found inside and just outside the catherdral in Eastern Plaguelands (the area between the arrows). Be sure to kill all of the the Scarlet People in the area to help increase the spawn rate of the Scarlet Archmages.
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