Making Gold With Alchemy In Warlords

Draenic Philosopher's Stones
Draenic Philosopher’s Stones

As we start the run-up to Legion, many players are looking to top-up their gold stash to enable them to get off to a good start when the new game is released in September or to buy themselves more game time with the purchase of a WoW Token. Over the many years of playing Warcraft, I’ve always had an Alchemist or two in my army of alts to help me make gold across all the major expansions, and Legion will be no exception. In this article I’ll show you how I’ve been making gold with Alchemy towards the end of WoD.

 

Potions, Elixirs and Flasks

Potions, Elixirs and Flasks are the mainstay of gold making for any alchemist.  They are classed as a consumables, which means that players will keep coming back for more, resulting in steady a demand. Potions, Elixirs and Flasks of the current expansion are normally the most popular, but don’t forget items from previous expansions, such as Potion of Luck and Potion of Treasure Finding that are still popular and which sell at a premium.

Alchemy Popular Potions and Flasks in Warlords
Popular Potions and Flasks

 

Transmute and Prosper!

Transmutation provides another revenue stream for the Alchemist. A popular transmute in Warlords is Savage Blood which requires 50 Alchemical Catalyst and 7 Crescent Oil. However, the price of blood has dropped so much over the past few months that it is no longer profitable to craft.

Instead, I’ve been been buying up Alchemical Catalyst below market price and using it to transmute Sorcerous Air to Sorcerous Earth. Sorcerous Air on my server sells for below 40-50s per item, while Sorcerous Earth sells for between 4g – 8g per item on my server. Providing you can source cheap Alchemical Catalyst, there is great profit to be made from this transmutation.

Sorcerous Earth
Popular Elemental Material by Volume

 

Source Cheap Material

Making gold with Alchemy depends on your ability to source cheap material on your server. I’ve been buying  items like Alchemical Catalyst in bulk for around 1g 50s per item and flipping it at market price for 4g per item as well as using it for my transmutes. The same goes for the sourcing of cheap Herbs for the crafting of consumables. It’s here that addons like Tradeskillmaster (TSM) can be a great help by setting up shopping lists and regularly scanning the Auction House for cheap items.

PopularElemental
Most profitable items to sell (Dark Blue) by volume (area)

 

Don’t Forget To Vendor Items

One last tip for any Alchemist in WoD is the crafting of Draenic Philosopher’s Stone. These items are BoP so can’t be traded on the Auction House; however, they can be vendored. Providing you can source cheap material for their crafting (5 x Alchemical Catalyst 1 x True Iron Ore) then you can make a profit.

JMT gold Guide
Journal of Marcus Ty – Warlords Edition

How to Make More Profit From Your Gold Making Markets

JMT Professions Guide
JMT Professions Guide

I’ve always said that the Professions are the powerhouse of the Warcraft economy and crafting items to sell on the Auction House is a great way to make World of Warcraft gold. But competition can be fierce and to be successful with this gold making strategy, players need to carefully research all aspects of the market for the items they are trying to sell to ensure they can compete on price while still maximising their profit.

As an example, let’s look at the Profession of Alchemy and the selling of Living Steel. Those of you with this profession will know that Living Steel is a transmutation item with a 24 hr cool-down. This helps create demand for the material which is widely used in many of the other Professions. However, price competition can be fierce on most servers so it helps to be able to craft this material as cheaply as possible to maintain a reasonably profit.

So how many ways are there to craft Living Steel?

Normally, it takes the transmutation of 6 Trillium bars to create 1 Living steel (Ignoring the method using Spirit of Harmony):

1. 6 x Trillium Bar -> Living Steel

But an Alchemist also has the option to transmute Ghost Iron Bars to Trillium:

2. 60x Ghost Iron Bar -> 6 x Trillium Bar -> Living Steel

Now, if you have the Mining you have the option to smelt Ghost Iron Ore to Ghost Iron Bars:

3. 120 Ghost Iron Ore -> 60 x Ghost Iron Bar -> 6 x Trillium Bar -> Living Steel

But Miners will know that they can smelt Trillium Ore to Trillium Bars:

4. 12x White Trillium Ore + 12 x White Trillium Ore -> 6 x Trillium Bar

Summary of Living Steel Crafting Options

Material Quantity Market Price Crafting Price Profit
Ghost Iron Ore 120 2.3 276 74
Ghost Iron Bar 60 4.3 258 92
Trillium Ore 24 7.5 180 170
Trillium Bar 6 40 240 110
Living Steel 1 350 350 0

*All pricing are in gold (g). The pricing of Trillium Ore is an average of Black and White.

From the table above you can see that the crafting path to Living Steel is cheaper if you are able to utilise both Mining and Alchemy and by comparing the market pricing for all possible combinations of crafting material. It highlights the power of having complimentary professions (what, you didn’t think Alchemy and Mining were complimentary?).

If you think this is an isolated example you would be wrong. There are many more examples hidden in the crafting tomes of the Professions. Start digging and you’ll find more. Alternatively, save some time and invest in The Journal of Marcus Ty, Gold Making Guide and obtain the complete guide to making gold with the Professions.

As I’ve always said: ‘The Professions are the powerhouse of the Warcraft economy’. But they’re also the key to making a great profit.

 

JMT Professions Guide
JMT Professions Guide

Nat Pagle Fishing Legend

Nat PagleIf you’re serious about fishing in World of Warcraft, then eventually you’ll come across the NPC Nat Pagle. Walk into any bar in Stormwind with a fishing pole and in your hand and you’ll hear fellow anglers murmur his name. Truly, Nat Pagle is a legend in his own pond.

So, who is Nat Pagle and why should you get to know  this NPC? In this short post I’ll give you some of the history behind this fishing aficionado and explain how you can profit from getting to know him a little better.

Who is Nat Pagle

As a Mage in my early levels I had heard of Nat Pagle. He hung out on a dock in Dustwallow Marsh on his own little Island, due west of Theramore’s piers. Nat was responsible for providing the quest ‘Nat Pagle, Angler Extreme’, required to advance your fishing experience to Artisan Fishing. As of patch 3.1 onwards this quest is no longer needed to advance Fishing experience, however, you can still find Nat hanging out in Dustwallow Marsh (as of patch 5.4) where he’ll give you the same quest with the reward Nat’s Lucky Fishing Pole (Skill bonus: +25, Experience required: 225).

Roll the sands of time forward and we can now find Nat hanging out at the Angler’s Wharf, in the Krasarang Wilds, blissfully playing with his pole under the shade of a huge parasol. It’s at this location that you can now befriend Nat, similar to the NPCs of the Tiller Faction. Gaining ‘friendship’ with Nat earns you: Stranger, Pal, Buddy, Friend, Good Friend, and Best Friend status.

Earning Nat’s Friendship

Increasing ‘friendship’ with Nat is fairly easy: just hand in any of the three fish below:
 

Fish Primary Location
Flying Tiger Gourami Krasarang Wilds, Jade Forest
Mimic Octopus Krasarang Wilds, Jade Forest
Spinefish Alpha Kun-Lai Summit

 

You’ll catch these fish relatively easily – especially if fishing ‘Fish of the Day’, the location of which is obtained from Ben of the Booming Voice.

Nat’s Goodies

Now, while Nat acts as the Anglers Quartermaster, it should be noted that friendship status is not linked with this faction’s reputation, although handing in one of Nat’s fish will increase your rep with this faction. Increasing your friendship with Nat allows you access to some of his goodies, notably:

The nice thing about Nat’s Hat is that it adds +5 to your fishing skill and can be ‘used’ to add an additional 150 fishing lure to your pole.

Nat’s Fishing Journal is also very handy if you have a number of alts with the secondary profession of Fishing, adding +50 experience up to a maximum of 600.

So, the next time you happen to be fishing down Krasarang Wilds, seek out Nat Pagle and become his friend.

Marcus

 

Fishing for Gold with Ben of the Booming Voice

Ben of the Booming VoiceI’ve always said that there’s gold to be made in the secondary profession of Fishing. Love it or hate it, all players should add it to their list of gold making strategies – especially if trying to level Cooking.

If you follow this blog you’ll know that I’ve been madly leveling the Ways of Pandaren Cooking in an attempt to acquire the elusive Noodle Cart quest on the Timeless Isle. Many of the Way recipes require fish as an ingredient:

 

Fish Cooking Way
Emperor Salmon Steamer
Giant Mantis Shrimp Wok
Jade Lungfish Grill
Jewel Danio Steamer
Krasarang Paddlefish Oven
Redbelly Mandarin Grill
Reef Octopus Pot
Tiger Gourami Wok

Don’t Forget Your Ironpaw Tokens

When leveling the Ways of Cooking, I found myself using up my stash of Ironpaw Tokens which are needed primarily to buy items such as 100 Year Soy Sauce, Black Pepper and Rice Flour from Nam Ironpaw (Stockmaster) in Halfhill Market. I also used my tokens to buy bags of ingredients to make up the many Cooking ingredients required when leveling the Pandaren Ways.

Now, the easiest way to obtain Ironpaw tokens is to complete the quest ‘Replenishing the Pantry’ by filling grocery containers with Meats and Fish in stacks of 20 (doing this with vegetables takes too long). Nam Ironpaw will then reward you with a token and a little gold.

Note: This is true of all fish except Golden Carp which require a stack of 60 to complete a grocery container.

Fish for Groceries

Being in a bit of a hurry, I found myself running back and forth to the Auction House buying up the fish I needed for the many recipes required to level the Ways of Cooking and to complete my containers of groceries, only to find that very few fish  were listed on my server. How frustrating. So, I dusted of my rusting Big Iron fishing pole and set about the task of, well, fishing!

Now, for many, the noble art of whipping out ones trusty (or rusty) pole and waiting for your fishing bobber to, well bob, is like watching paint dry. Some find it therapeutic. It takes me a little while to get going, and then I relax into it. It turns out to be more efficient and less hectic than grinding for Meats. Not sure why more player don’t try it.

Ben of the Booming Voice

Then I remembered Ben of the Booming Voice.

Ben of the Booming Voice is a relatively new fishing trainer that hangs out beside the river that meanders past the village of Halfhill. Ben will start you on a short quest ‘No Fishing Pole Necessary’ which requires you to catch 5 Golden Carp beside the river. This takes a few minutes. Ben rewards you with 10 more Golden Carp and a little gold. If you fish for a little longer, you’ll soon have the 60 Golden Carp needed for a grocery container.

Ben will also tell you about ‘The Fish of the Day’. These are special pools teeming with fish, all of which can be used in Pandaren Cooking and to complete grocery containers for Ironpaw tokens. Ben will even mark the spot on your map!

Show Me The Money

So, how is gold to be made from all of this?

Well, one strategy is to cook the fish you catch, turning it into high buff food. These foods are greatly in demand from Raid parties and those players venturing into dungeons. Being a Mage my favorite is Chun Tian Spring Rolls, made from the Redbelly Mandarin,  that give the a ‘Well Fed’ buff of +450 Stamina. The market price for these on my server is 400g a stack.

Another strategy is to build a stash of Ironpaw tokens as described above. You can’t sell these directly, but you can use them to buy 100 Year Soy Sauce which is needed for many of the Ways of Cooking and command a market price of 80g each on my server.

Finally, you can list the fish on the Auction House. Prices vary for individual fish,  but a stack of 20 Tiger Gourami sell for 500g on my server. Not bad for a short spell of fishing!

Marcus

JMT Professions Guide
JMT Professions Guide

 

Making Gold with Sky Golum Mount

Sky Golem MountIt’s no secret that, when it comes to the professions, I’m an avid Engineer. There’s so many cool items to craft these days and with patch 5.4 well underway I’ve been looking forward to crafting the new Sky Golem Mount.

It’s a Mount Jim

There’s been quite a few additions to Engineering in this patch, not just the Sky Golem. There’s also a little cooking companion called Pierre, a late addition called Rascal-Bot (looks suspiciously like Bad Robot) and a 36 slot bag called the Advanced Refrigeration Unit. All these items require the new daily cool-down of Jard’s Peculiar Energy Source, with an equivalent crafting cost of 10 x Ghost Iron Bars.

Item Jard’s PES Living Steel Material Cost
Sky Golem 30 30 16,684
Pierre 15 15 8,340
Rascal-Bot 15 15 8,340
Advanced Refrigeration Unit 5 5 2,458

 

Now, If you’ve been listening to the Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast with my co-host Nev you’ll know that I had anticipated that the demand for Ghost Iron Bars and Living Steel. Just before the patch I had stashed away a fair amount of both. Sure enough, just after the patch and around the 30 day mark (time for players to craft enough Jards PES) there was a sharp spike in demand for these material and I ended up selling a good portion of my stash, making a great profit to boot.

Before the patch, Living Steel was selling for 350g a bar and after the patch it rose sharply to 750g a bar on my server. There were similar price spikes for Ghost Iron Bars. My assumption is that Engineers on my server were buying up material for their Sky Golem mounts and robotic companions. If I look now on The Undermine Journal, I see at least 6 players listing the Sky Golem for around the same price of 60k. Not a bad profit.

Now, I’m close to crafting the number of Jard’s Peculiar Energy Source needed to craft a Sky Golem (I’m afraid work has interrupted by crafting). So, will I be tempted to flip this mount? I don’t think so.

Let me explain.

Sell The Material Not The Mount

For one thing, this is a cool mount and I have to have it. Secondly, there’s more profit in the long term selling materials needed to craft the mount. Competition is will only increase and there’s no guarantee that my mount would sell – maybe for weeks. Conversely, I’m pretty sure my cheaply sourced Ghost Iron Bars and Living Steel will continue to sell like hot cakes – and not just for the Sky Golem, but for a whole range of crafted gear. Provided I can source cheap mats my strategy will bring in a steady supply of gold.

That’s not to say I won’t craft the odd one or two companion bots. These look to be good compromise to tying gold up in a Sky Golem. Time will tell.

Marcus

JMT Professions Guide
JMT Professions Guide