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Hey guys Dicci here, if you’re anything like me, you’ll find that making gold is awesome provided you don’t have to do much work. Who wants to be sitting by the AH babysitting your gems when there’s still achievements to get, reputations to grind, heroics to run? Not me, that’s for sure. I like finding simple, lazy ways to make gold while enjoying other aspects of the game and you know what? I found a few ways that work mighty fine for me!
I started with reputation grinding. I worked hard over the course of a few months, and got the “Insane in the Membrane” feat of strength. In this rep grind I found myself running Stratholme, Dire maul, and Scholomance multiple times in order to find all the large brilliant shards, librams, skins of shadow and abomination stitching I needed to get through my Shen’dralar rep. At this time I was able to get almost a stack of shards each scholo run, and therefore ended up with way more mats than I needed (please be aware this was pre-Cataclysm, read on to see new zones for farming these). This got me thinking; why not use my rep grinding to my gold making advantage? Even after Cataclysm hit, there are still some valuable grinds to do. Now, is this the best g/hr? No. However, you can still make gold while playing the game, and I’ve found there are a few different reps that can be highly profitable:
Shattered Sun- Farm Magisters Terrace to gain a mount, a pet, and bucket loads of enchanting mats like arcane dust, and planar essence. Not to mention there’s a chance to find a fun little trinket! With the extra gold you make, you can even buy yourself a lovely new title!
Sha’tari Skyguard- Farm the Skettis Arakkoa mobs in Terokkar forest to get scrolls for your rep, and a chance to get an awesome trinket from Terokk. The mobs sometimes drop greens to DE, but those extra scrolls you get are great to sell for some extra cash, not to mention the boe epics and blues that Terokk so kindly leaves to you on his death.
Cenarion Expedition- Farming the Steamvault gets you rep all the way to exalted, plus there are the usual enchanting mats and some coilfang armaments which can be sold to all those reputation whores who won’t do the hard work themselves! Another easy way for rep with the Cenarion Expedition is the repeatable quest in Borean Tundra from Arch Druid Lathorius (with D.E.H.T.A). Killing these humanoids for the quest nets you a bit of frostweave cloth, and if you’re a tailor you can increase your profits here considerably.
Hydraxian Waterlords- Get into Molten Core and farm up some rep with the Hydraxian Waterlords. With each kill not only will you get your enchanting mats, but you’ll get a few drops that can be used to increase your Thorium Brotherhood reputation! That’s two birds with one stone! Don’t forget to sell your extra fiery cores for easy gold. Also this is a raid so you can only do it once a week!
Cenarion Circle- Get out there to Silithus and farm those Twilight Cultists. The cultists drop Twilight Texts which can be turned in for reputation, and also garments which until 4.1 would allow you to summon bosses. Killing the cultists gives the chance to collect greens for dust and runecloth to sell. The texts and garments can be traded, so selling them for reputation or for RP can prove to be profitable also! There is no news yet as to when or if this windstone boss bug will be fixed.
If you’re looking to sell reputation, then some profitable rep’s include: Aldor/Scryer (Marks and signets from Outlands), Darkmoon Faire (dense grinding stones and any DMF deck), Consortium (ethereum prison keys from Netherstorm), Sporeggar (sanguine hibiscuses from the Underbog), and Ravenholdt (pickpocket mobs in Lower Blackrock Spire).
Finally, my favourite of them all: Argent tournament. This reputation is the BEST for money making. Firstly, you’re getting about 13g a quest turn in, not to mention the extra 10g from the bags in the quest reward. Second, you’re killing mobs that drop frostweave and greens, allowing for great profit on cloth and dusts. Finally, you’re getting seals from completing the dailies; these seals can be turned in for pets and sold on the auction house for around 3-5k each. You should find that prices on these pets won’t drop too much, as they’re always in demand (especially with achievements for pets out there) and dailies aren’t always the most enjoyable thing to do in game so supply rarely ever meets demand. So if you can stomach some dailies, then the return isn’t too bad!