Engineering Gold with Tinker’s Gears

Mists of Pandaria EngineerEngineering has always been one of my favorite World of Warcraft professions with so many wacky items to craft and wondrous flying machines build. Yet many players shy away from Engineering when it comes to making gold, thinking it too costly to level and with too few items to craft for a profit. Now, while this was certainly true in some of the earlier expansions, Engineering in Mists of Pandaria has been given a boast with the addition of many new items to craft, providing players with a greater opportunity to make gold.

Gears of War

Having now leveled my Engineer to Zen Master I’ve found some surprising items to craft for a profit. The items in question are Tinker’s Gears. These are in fact an Engineering Socket enhancement, the latest form of the ‘Cogwheel’ in MoP; but, unlike Cogwheels, which had to be purchased from a vendor in Wraith of the Lich King, gears are simply crafted from two Ghost Iron Bars at an Engineering skill of 550.

Here are a list of current Tinker’s Gears:

Gear Enhancement
Flashing Tinker’s Gear +600 Parry
Fractured Tinker’s Gear +600 Mastery
Precise Tinker’s Gear +600 Expertise
Quick Tinker’s Gear +600 Haste
Rigid Tinker’s Gear +600 Hit
Smooth Tinker’s Gear +600 Critical Strike
Sparkling Tinker’s gear +600 Spirit
Subtle Tinker’s Gear +600 Dodge

Selling To Engineers

Now, I have a rule which says that I don’t normally sell items tied to a specific profession as players with that profession can normally craft their own. There are a few exceptions, one being the selling of various bolts to other Engineers, which they seem to gobble up on my server; the other is now Gears which have been selling like hot cakes. They sell from between 25-75g each on my server, but only cost me 7g to craft – the cost of two Ghost Iron Bars. A great profit by any standard.

Seeing More Ore

To sweeten the pot, my Engineer is also a Miner which means a steady supply or Ghost Iron at little cost (there is always the cost of time to gather the ore and as we know, time is money). Here is one last tip: make sure your Miner is equipped with a pair of Mist-Piercing Goggles. You’ll be tripping over the additional nodes of ore with these in your bag.

Marcus Ty

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Making Gold in Mists of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria has been live on servers for the past several weeks now and the various markets have began to settle down. Some markets I bet on have paid off, while others have been a complete bust. In this article I’ll review the ups and downs of the auction house in the new expansion and reveal those Auction House Secrets that have put gold in my bags.

This weeks post is part of Cold’s Gold Blogging Carnival.

On The Hording of Trading Mats

I’ve never been one for stockpiling between expansions, preferring to keep a minimal inventory. Keeping large amounts of gold tied up in mats can be a risky strategy, but there were some mats that I did buy just before the release of MoP to enable me to craft some of my favorite crafted pets, namely Maelstrom Crystals for the crafting the Magic Lamp and Globes of Water for the Tranquil Mechanical Yeti. I was betting that these markets in Mechanical traded pets would be as strong as in the early days of patch 5.04 and that patch 5.05 (MoP) wouldn’t be greatly different.

Well, yes and no.

On the Shattering of Maelstrom Crystals

Maelstrom Crystals had begun to fall in value well before the release of patch 5.04, resulting in a steady fall in the price of the Enchanter’s Magic Lamp which is made predominately from Maelstrom Crystals and Heavenly Shards. The crystals can also be ‘Shattered’ into Heavenly Shards which also reduces the price of these mats.

With players dumping crystals onto the auction house at ever increasing numbers the price crashed from 45g per crystal to 3g per crystal, depressing the price of Cataclysm Enchanting scrolls in general and a fall in price of the Magic Lamp from 1000g to around 200g.

With the release of patch 5.04, I sold out of my stock of Magic Lamps for a little over 1000g each; after the launch of MoP, the market for the Magic Lamp was greatly depressed with some players (Kolbolds) crafting silly numbers of lamps and posting them at silly prices. As for my stock of Maelstrom Crystals, I had only horded a few stacks at an initial outlay of 13g each – so I didn’t come away too badly. In this situation, it’s best to step away from a falling market until all the Kolbolds get bored crafting for nothing and leave.

On Globes of Water

This mat is still hard to farm and is a key constituent of the Engineer’s Mechanical Yeti. This has always been a good seller on my server. The crafting of this item is limited by the availability of Globe of Water which is still difficult to farm and remains in short supply. An Auction House Secret which I share with my subscribers and those who have a copy of my TSM Quick Start Guide is to set up a shopping list for those key mats required for the Yeti recipe. I then scour the auction house every playing session depriving competitors of material and enabling me to carrying on crafting this profitable pet.

On the Cooldown of Truegold.

Many of my gold making compatriots told me they were stockpiling Truegold in the belief that it would hold its value. I didn’t buy this as just before the release of MoP, other players begun to dump there stock. I thought that this was a sign that the market believed the price of Truegold would fall. News from the beta was that the daily cooldown for crafting the metal would be removed. If true, this would surely reduce the price.

However, as I had a fair amount of liquid gold in the bank I was able to buy up large amounts of the dumped Truegold and turn it around at a much higher price just before MoP. As soon as a player dumped his stock, I flipped it, keeping the price artificially high and making a good profit into the bargain. As soon as MoP hit the servers I stopped buying Truegold, reducing my stock to zero. As of writing, the price of Truegold has recovered slightly on my server – but not by much.

Transmutation Alchemy of Living Steel

Living Steel is the new Truegold in Mists of Pandaria. I knew my Alchemist would become a crucial member of my gold making team once MoP went live, if only to transmute Ghost Iron bars (in plentiful supply on the auction house) to Trillium bars and Trillium to Living Steel, albeit with a daily cooldown; however, for those Alchemists that had the spell ‘Riddle of Steel’ it was possible to bypass the daily cooldown, albeit with the additional cost of 3 Spirit of Harmony. My plan was to learn the Riddle of Steel and make a fortune with the transmutation of Living Steel.

But the best laid plans of Mages was soon to be in tatters.

Farming Spirit of Harmony

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere – Surviving Mists of Pandaria – the drops of Mote of Harmony in the new expansion (patch 5.05) is very low, albeit much lower than it was in the beta. Also, Spirit of Harmony is soulbound, which means unless I move my Alchemist out of the Auction House and into Pandaria and spend many hours grinding away for motes, my Riddle of Steel strategy looks like a complete bust for the moment.

Cooking in Mists of Pandaria

I’m so pleased I levelled my Cooking before moving into the new expansion. I knew from the beta that Cooking and all the ingredients needed to level the profession would be a good money spinner. This has proven to be very true and the selling of Meats and Cooking Ingredients has been highly profitable. I have recently updated my Journal Cooking Guide with all the strategies.

I hope you have found this article useful?

Marcus Ty

Surviving Mists of Pandaria

Pandarian MonkSo, did the launch of Mists of Pandaria go well for you? I had played through most of the beta so was kind of prepared. But I always love the launch of a new expansion and I was still excited by this one. In this short article I thought I would  recall my first few hours in Pandaria and some of my surprises when compared to the beta.

Getting to Pandaria

In the beta, a placeholder portal was placed in the major cities of Stormwind and Orgrimmar. This was replaced in the live version with a quest ‘The King’s Command’ that took the Alliance to the gunship Skyfire, above Stormwind harbor and the Horde players to the Zeppelin Hellscream’s Fist after picking up the quest ‘The Art of War’. Players are then transported to the new land of Pandaria where the fun starts.

War is Hell!

As readers of this blog will know, I normally lean to the Alliance in most of my characters in wow and so it’s no surprise that my favorite Mage of Stormwind was the first to  set foot on the misty isle.

For the first few quests, both Horde and Alliance are at each others throats in a pitched battle that eventually leads the Alliance to Paw’don Village and the Horde to Honeydew Village. The point I’d like to make here is that both sides have ample opportunity to grind countless opponents. Speaking for the Alliance, I certainly dispatched a large number of Horde NPCs and a goodly number of Sha before completing all the quests in an around Paw’don Village. Now, the war may have been hell, but worse of all was that I received no drops of Mote of Harmony!

Grinding for Motes of Harmony

Now, as we know, Motes of Harmony are the new elemental material that should drop from grinding mobs in Pandaria. Combining 10 motes gives you a Spirit of Harmony. Both Motes and Spirits are required in a good amount for all the new plans and recipes in Pandaria. So, I was disappointed that none dropped.

I thought I knew the answer.

Perhaps Motes of Harmony only drop from mobs native to Pandaria? I tweeted this and most folks in the twitterverse seemed to agree. So, I ventured out from the safety of Paw’don Village and headed into the Jade Forest, a land of mist and bamboo.

Grinding for Windwool

The one consolation for the poor drops of elemental material was that the new cloth type – Windwool – dropped quicker than you can shake Hozen out of a bamboo patch. By the time I had left the village I had accumulated about three stacks. Windwool seemed to drop in abundance from both the natives of Azeroth and those native to Pandaria.

Become a Zen Master

As I mentioned in my post – Waiting for Mists of Pandaria – I made sure that I attained the level of Zen Master for all my primary and secondary professions. In the case of my Mage this was Mining, Engineering, Cooking and First Aid. I made good use of the cloth by creating Windwool bandages and leveling my First Aid.

Mining Ghost Iron Ore

The one material that hadn’t changed much in terms of its distribution in the beta is Ghost Iron. The nodes in this area of Pandaria are very abundant and I soon mined about three stacks of ore, simply from casual gathering. No other players seemed to be mining? I smelted the ore bars and used my Engineering to craft the first few recipes, which in my case was Ghost Iron Bolts and High Explosive Gunpowder.

For those camping out in the Auction House, Ghost Iron Bar were in good supply in the Auction House, but unless players leave and grind for Motes of Harmony (remember they are soulbound), there is very little a player can do to level a profession at the level of Zen Master.


So there you have it. I made it through the first few hours in Pandaria and was able to level a few professions. Windwool dropped richly, which is good news for Tailors, and was in abundance on the Auction House. Prices should remain competitive if drop-rates stay the same.

The same is true for Ghost Iron Ore. I was able to find nodes sprouting from every rock which meant that ore was cheap and in good supply.

But the the big disappointment was the rarity in drops for Mote of Harmony. Despite grinding hordes of Hozen, I came away with just a few Motes. Leveling the professions in MoP just got a lot harder.

Marcus Ty

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Waiting For Mists of Pandaria

Deathwing's Head This post is part of Cold’s Gold Blogging Carnival.

There’s a lull of activity in the World of Warcraft. Hostilities between Horde and Alliance have run their course and the history of Deathwing has been diminished to footnote in my Journal.

Azeroth is waiting.

This is the lull before the coming storm that will pitch Horde and Alliance onto the shores of a new adventure in the latest expansion of the Warcraft series called the Mists of Pandaria.

Now as a long time player of World of Warcraft the one certainty that I can predict about the game is that the need for gold in the new expansion will be greater than the last. It’s the way of things. I can bore the pants off you with tales of gold inflation in the wow economy, but take it from me, you’ll need to fill your bags with gold on a daily basis to get you from level 85 to the new MoP level 90 in a reasonable time. But there are plenty of things that you can do in the current lull to benefit your gold making now and in the future MoP expansion.

Hone Your Auction House Skills

The one constant throughout all the expansions of World of Warcraft is the need to trade. The buying and selling of items on the Auction House by players is what keeps gold moving through the wow economy. Take advantage of the current lull in wow to hone your Auction House skills. If your trading is a little rusty, read my article on 5 Goblin Principles of Auction House Trading.

Learn the Advanced features of your Addon

I use very few addons in my game but there are two I consider essential to help with my daily gold making routine:

  • Auctioneer
  • Postal

Auctioneer has been my preferred Auction House addon for many years. It’s been consistently maintained by its developers and contains lots of advanced features that can make players a ton of gold – providing they have the time and knowledge to exploit them.
Take advantage of the lull and learn some of the advanced features of Auctioneer. If you struggle with some of the advanced filters and searchers, then you might want to try my Auction House Secrets guide.

Postal is a nifty little addon used my many players to help with the daily collecting and posting of mail. Life without this addon was a chore. Go get it!

Level Your Professions

Take this opportunity to max out as many professions as you can. The more professions you have at Illustrious Grand Master the more gold making opportunities will be open to you. This will mean leveling additional alts to learn and advance new professions. You’ll also be able to exploit the ability to ‘shuffle’ material between alts with different professions. An example would be an alt with Jewelcrafting shuffling rings and neck pieces to an alt with Enchanting for DE to dusts and essences. If you are unfamiliar with this type of strategy then read my post Enchanting for Profit.

Continue to Level Your Alts

To reach Illustrious Grand Master of a given profession, a player must have reached at least level 75. But don’t stop there. You’ll need to get to at least level 80 before you can start to utilise material from the MoP. To survive in the MoP, you’ll need to be close to level 85.

Don’t Forget the Secondary Professions

In particular, don’t forget the secondary professions of Cooking and Fishing. I predict both will be big money spinners in the MoP expansion. Use this time to max out these professions it you can. There is still a ton of gold to be made from cooking. Read my post on World of Warcraft Cooking.

Learn to Trade Pets

If I had to give a gold making tip to both new and experienced players it would be to learn to trade pets. Many of the professions can now trade pets, but Engineers have this market cornered. The pet battle system in MoP will create a huge demand in crafted and non-crafted companions. Learn how to trade pets in the article The Trading of Pets.

In Summary

Don’t hang around the Pig & Whistle or the Darkmoon Faire during this time between expansions. Get out and practice these key gold making skills:

  • Hone Your Auction House Skills
  • Learn Advance Auctioneer Features
  • Level Your Professions
  • Continue To Level Your Alts
  • Level Cooking and Fishing
  • Learn The Trading of Pets

Marcus Ty
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