Archive for April, 2011

Making gold with very little to invest

I was tempted to start this post off as a “How to make gold on a fresh server/as a lowbie/from scratch” but too many people seem to post these kind of things anyways. Instead I will just do a few of these over the course of running my blog, and try provide a bit more detail instead of just one sentence for each thing.

Hatchling Pets:


This has always been a personal favorite of mine after getting the tip from my friend Saate who also runs a World of Warcraft blog over at www.saate.net – Massively Obsessed.

In the past farming these pets became quite popular because all you had to do was camp the Rare (“Silver Elite”) mob spawn and there were several addons out here that would help alert you to those kind of mob’s presence.

There was a patch a few months back that removed the pets from the above mentioned mobs loot tables. Instead now you had to hunt down their “nest” and loot it like a chest in order to obtain the pet. The mobs and nests both have about a 4-6 hour respawn timer but they spawn independently of each other.

I have 1 alt parked at each general spawn point area so that every morning, afternoon and evening I login, scout around for the nests and loot any I see. More often than not I end the day with 2-5 pets if not more.
The nests have 3-4 different possible spawn points in the general area, so I recommend getting an addon such as Cartographer that lets you make notes at certain coordinates. Every time you loot a nest at a new location then make a note. After a week or so you should have looted a nest at every possible location, then it’s just a matter of quickly connecting the dots.

How to spot a nest:

Their Locations:

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How not to get scammed when prospecting/DEing/Milling

Not everyone has access to every profession in game, and often people opt to have crafting professions over primary professions because they can just buy the primary professions materials and craft with them for a profit.

Let’s face it, the amount of subtle scamming that goes on like this is pretty high, especially when its something small that can be passed off as an “accidental mistake” so that Blizzard cannot easily punish the person.

Well there is a way! I use an addon called Xloot, which is actually an awesome tool for dealing with loot, especially for raid leaders.

I forgot to add in the above screenshot that “Unholyshield” is the player that is receiving the loot.

I currently have these components installed:

  • Xloot (core addon)
  • XlootGroup (minimalistic item roll frames – very nice)
  • XlootMaster (highly configurable master loot drop down menu)
  • XlootMonitor (a live monitor of loot picked up by yourself and party members)

For this specific solution, you will only need Xloot and XlootMonitor, but I would recommend getting the whole set because they work so darn nicely 🙂

Fadeout Timer:

First you will want to adjust the timeout option, basically the loot fades away over time from the list which is handy during raids because you don’t want an entire dungeon list of loot clogging up your screen. But you don’t want the items to fade away before your friend is finished prospecting or milling, etc.

Setting it to 0 will remove the fadeout timer so it won’t fadeout. (I recommend this setting for when getting things prospected or milled, etc)

Stack Threshold:

This setting allows you to choose how many items you want to be displayed at once. In a raid you might only want say 3-5 items shown at a time (typical amount of boss loot). But on for prospecting and milling you might want to set it to 10 or even 20 to be safe.

UI Scale:

Lastly the UI scale by default for this is very small so it’s not too obtrusive in your UI, but you may wish to increase it quite a bit.

Enjoy  🙂

Guest Post: Set your Hearth to Profit, A Travel Guide

Thomus from The Consortium Forums made a great post titled Set your Hearth to Profit, A Travel Guide, and I thought I would give his post some love.

I won’t spoil the post by writing about it all here, but to me the most intriguing thing was the use of a special quest in Silithus that teleports you to Blasted Lands.

So you might be thinking “Thomus, thanks for bringing up the port in Silithus, I’ll try that out, but I’ve got my hearth set to *Capital City* and I can just use the Cata ports to get to Uldum and therefore Silithus, so what’s the big deal.

Well the point here is to allow someone, like a lvl 5 character travel at great speed and distance without having to level to 83. Well, technically lvl 5… or I should say lvl 60 DK, but that’s a topic for another guide =D

Check out the original post for the full route and all these neat little tips and tricks that will improve your dull life of “Hearth to Stormwind, Portal, Do task, Heart to Stormwind, Portal, Do Task, repeat”.

Cataclysm Jewelcrafting Daily Guide + Profiting Other JCs Doing The Daily

Similar to the WOTLK JC Dailies, there are several different possible quests (in this case 5), of which 1 appears randomly each day.

The quests range from crafting and handing in 3 uncommon Cataclysm gems, to killing Cataclysm mobs for item drops to running around making people sparkle.

On completing the daily you get given a gold coin reward as well as an Illustrious Jewelcrafter’s Token. These tokens then allow you to purchase JC related items and designs for new cuts.

The 5 JC Daily Quests are:

  • A Present for Lila – In this quest all you need to do is cut and turn in three Timeless Nightstones.
  • Nibbler! No! – In this quest all you need to do is cut and turn in three Solid Zephyrites.
  • Ogrezonians in the Mood – In this quest all you need to do is cut and turn in three Jagged Jaspers.
  • Elemental Goo – In this quest you need to collect 10 Elemental Goo from Elementals that are scattered all over the new Cataclysm zones and dungeons.
    • This often can be completed by simply queuing and completing your daily Heroic or Dungeon since most Cataclysm Heroics and Dungeons will contain elementals of some sort.
  • The Latest Fashion – In this quest you need to test the Stardust No .2 on 10 humanoid subjects.
    • My personal favorite because it can be completed in a matter of seconds, just run around spamming the Stardust on yourself, the quest gives in front of you, any other players doing the JC quest/standing near by and the closest pair of Stormwind Guards if need be.

Some things to note:

  • The JC Dailies are the same for Alliance and Horde, I just happened to link the Alliance quests above.
  • Minimum JC level to unlock the dailies is 475
  • The “A Present for Lila”, “Nibbler! No!” and “Ogrezonians in the Mood” quests require you to cut the gems after you have acquired the quest. You cannot pre-craft them or buy them off the AH (it only completes half the quest objectives).
  • Perfect Gems do not count.
  • Everyone on your server gets the same daily.

It should be quite clear to you now how you can take advantage of this.

  1. Keep a full stack or two of Nightstone, Zephyrite and Jasper in your bags or bank.
  2. On days that the daily is the one that needs Nightstone, Zephyrite and Jasper, be sure to throw a good chunk of yours up on the AH for inflated prices. Post most of them in groups of 3 for increase convenience of your buyers as well. Most people are willing to pay an extra 10-15g for a chunk of 3 than have to buy them 3 times.
  3. Try stock up on Nightone, Zephyrite and Jasper on days that they are not the daily (prices will be much lower) or from prospecting ore. If you follow some form of Elementium/Obsidium/Pyrite Ore shuffle, then subtracting a couple of gems here and there from your profits shouldn’t affect it too much, and you will get those profits back from selling the gems on the daily day as well.

Enchanting – Just Entered the Market

I’ve just entered a market that I have been particularly avoiding for some reason ever since the beginning of Wrath. That market is enchanting and enchant scrolls, and I must say I am finally enjoying it and definitely reaping the benefits. I will post some of my tips about my current Enchanting Strategies later on in my blog.

After just a couple days I had just over 30,000gold worth of enchant scrolls up on the Auction House and had already sold about15,000 gold worth of them. The great thing was, about half of these scrolls were made out of materials that had been sitting in my bank since WOTLK and throughout Cataclysm.

My strategy is pretty simple, I spent a couple of days studying the market and the cost prices, remembering where all the mats came from etc and then jumped right in. I have quite a solid price database in both Auctioneer and TradeSkillMaster so that is a huge help.

I setup all my TradeSkillMaster Enchanting Groups by following Zoxy’s Guide on TSM AH Profession Groups Setup – Easy Mode (basically you have a group for each and every enchant, and all that is housed under one Enchanting category).

Run a TSM Scan for Enchanting Profession, open your TSM Tradeskill Window and queue those suckers up. I have a good estimate on pricing so I can normally spot if the price or profit for a certain enchant looks a bit odd. I also know which enchants generally are needed the most and sell the best so can choose how many of each I want to craft.

Usually I craft 3 at a time though.

Dalaran Limited Supply Route – Under 5 Minutes = 700g cost and 1200g profit

I’ve now released my Outlands Limited Supply –  A Luctrative Market Guide and my Ironforge Limited Supply Route – 3 Minutes 32 Seconds = 7g Cost, +- 1,000g Profit Guide and they were both a big success with a lot of good feedback. Here is my next installment of the many many limited supply routes that I have lined up for you all.


As usual, I have included a nice map describing where to go as well as links to all the NPCs so that you can find them on Wowhead’s maps + items you can buy from them.

Somethings to keep in mind:

  • Not all items listed below were available for me to buy in the video, and some might not be available to you either due to them not spawning at that current time.
  • My purchase prices might be a bit lower than yours depending on your reputation levels.
  • Yes the profit IS server dependent, and they do sell differently on different servers. Generally if there aren’t any up, you should put the items up quite high because in reality 80-300g is next to nothing at level 85.
  • On a positive note, this is probably the most effective and profitable one out of my three Limited Supply Guides so far. These items seem to sell very very quickly (especially the pets and the 2 hats).

Out Doors:

Aerith Primrose <Flower Vendor>

  • Beautiful Wildflowers
    • Buy: 18s
    • Sell: 50-70g
  • Black Rose
    • Buy: 45s
    • Sell: 40-60g
  • Bouquet of White Roses
    • Buy: 1g 80s
    • Sell: 30-40g
  • Bouquet of Black Roses
    • Don’t buy, the price ins’t worth the risk/profit
  • Red Rose
    • Buy: 4s 50c
    • Sell: 30-50g
  • Simple Wildflowers
    • Buy: 1s 80c
    • Sell: 50-60g

Magical Menagerie

Breanni <Pet Supplies>

  • Albino Snake
    • Buy: 45g
    • Sell: 90-120g
  • Calico Cat
    • Buy: 45g
    • Sell: 80-120g
  • Obsidian Hatchling
    • Buy: 45g
    • Sell: 80-100g

One More Glass

Christi Stockton <Wine Vendor>

  • Wine Glass
    • Buy: 4g 50s
    • Sell: 80g
  • Red Wine Glass
    • Buy: 9g
    • Sell: 80g

The Scribes Sancellum

Larana Drome <Inscription Supplies>

  • Technique: Glyph of Lash of Pain
    • Buy: 7g 20s
    • Sell: 40-60g
  • Technique: Glyph of Mana Shield
    • Buy: 2g 70s
    • Sell: 15-25g

The Wonderworks

Jepetto Joybuzz <Toymaker>

  • Grindgear Toy Gorilla
    • Buy: 40s 50c
    • Sell: 45-60g

The Threads of Fate

Karandonna <Clothier>

Here I generally but what ever looks good, because normally I trade bark these shirts to advertise them, so it needs to make a good impression. I will just list 5.
You might want to experiment a bit first and just buy 1 or 2 to see if you managed to sell them on your server before investing too much.

  • Scarlet Filgreed Doublet
    • Buy: 45g
    • Sell: 80-90g
  • Ebon Filgreed Doublet
    • Buy: 49g 50s
    • Sell: 90-100g
  • Blue Martial Shirt
    • Buy: 33g 75s
    • Sell: 90-100g
  • Red Martial Shirt
    • Buy: 36g
    • Sell: 80-90g
  • Green Martial Shirt
    • Buy: 31g 50s
    • Sell: 90-100g

Chameli Banapash <Haberdasher>

The Violet Hat sells EXTREMELY well on my server for some reason, maybe people just have a fetish for purple pointy hats, who knows but they just can’t get enough of em!

  • Purple Turban
    • Buy: 90g
    • Sell: 140-160g
  • Violet Hat
    • Buy: 49g 50s 01c
    • Sell: 120-130g

First to Your Aid

Angelique Butler <First Aid Supplies>

  • Antiseptic-Soaked Dressing
    • Buy: 22g 50s
    • Sell: 40-50g
  • Wound Dressing
    • Buy: 18g
    • Sell: 40-50g
  • Dalaran Nurse’s Gown
    • Buy: 67g 49s 99c
    • Sell: 80-90g

Talismanic Textiles

Ainderu Summerleaf <Mooncloth Tailoring Specialist>

  • Pattern: Primal Mooncloth
    • Buy: 3g 60s
    • Sell: 40-50g

Lalla Brightweave <Spellfire Tailoring Specialist>

  • Pattern: Spellcloth
    • Buy: 3g 60s
    • Sell: 40-50g

Linna Bruder <Shadowweave Tailoring Specialist>

  • Pattern: Shadowcloth
    • Buy: 3g 60s
    • Sell: 50-60g

Like Clockwork

Bryan Landers <Engineering Supplies>

  • Schematic: Titanium Toolbox
    • Buy: 7g 20s
    • Sell: 20-30g

Total Cost = +- 696g 79s

Total Sale Price = +- 1900g

Profit = +- 1203g 21s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handy Milling and Prospecting Macros

A while ago I got fed up of clicking on milling, finding the damn herbs in my bags and then clicking on them, waiting for it to mill then repeating the process. So I decided to compile a list of Prospecting and Milling Macros.

Milling Macro 1: Pre-BC Herbs

  • /cast Milling
  • /use Earthroot
  • /use Peacebloom
  • /use Silverleaf
  • /use Mageroyal
  • /use Briarthorn
  • /use Swiftthistle
  • /use Bruiseweed
  • /use Stranglekelp
  • /use Wild Steelbloom
  • /use Grave Moss
  • /use Kingsblood
  • /use Liferoot
  • /use Dragon’s Teeth
  • /use Fadeleaf

Milling Macro 2: Pre-BC Herbs

  • /cast Milling
  • /use Goldthorn
  • /use Khadgar’s Whisker
  • /use Firebloom
  • /use Purple Lotus
  • /use Arthas’ Tears
  • /use Sungrass
  • /use Blindweed
  • /use Ghost Mushroom
  • /use Gromsblood
  • /use Golden Sansam
  • /use Dreamfoil
  • /use Mountain Silversage
  • /use Sorrowmoss
  • /use Icecap

Milling 3: TBC Herbs

  • /cast Milling
  • /use Dreaming Glory
  • /use Felweed
  • /use Terocone
  • /use Ragveil
  • /use Ancient Lichen
  • /use Mana Thistle
  • /use Netherbloom
  • /use Nightmare Vine

Milling 4: WOTLK + Cataclysm Herbs

  • /cast Milling
  • /use Deadnettle
  • /use Goldclover
  • /use Talandra’s Rose
  • /use Tiger Lily
  • /use Fire Leaf
  • /use Fire Seed
  • /use Adder’s Tongue
  • /use Icethorn
  • /use Lichbloom
  • /use Cinderbloom
  • /use Stormvine
  • /use Azshara’s Veil
  • /use Heartblossom
  • /use Twilight Jasmine

Prospecting 1: Pre-BC, TBC, WOTLK and Cataclysm Ore

  • /cast Prospecting
  • /use Copper Ore
  • /use Tin Ore
  • /use Iron Ore
  • /use Mithril Ore
  • /use Thorium Ore
  • /use Fel Iron Ore
  • /use Adamantite Ore
  • /use Cobalt Ore
  • /use Saronite Ore
  • /use Titanium Ore
  • /use Obsidium Ore
  • /use Elementium Ore
  • /use Pyrite Ore

What I do then is, I put my macros on my second Action Bar (you should be able to just go SHIFT + Mouse Scroll Up/Down to switch the action bars, even on default Blizzard UI).