Legion Gold Making Preparations – Secondary Professions

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Legion Gold Making
Legion Gold Making

With just a few more weeks before the launch of Legion, I’m busily preparing my alts for the new Warcraft expansion. In this latest post I’ll explore the Secondary professions of Cooking, Fishing and First Aid to help you on your way to the Broken Shore.

Players often don’t give the Secondary professions of Cooking, First Aid and Fishing a second thought when it comes to making gold in Azeroth and beyond, but they can be powerful tools in your gold making armory. It helps to have these professions maxed out to an experience level of 700 before setting foot on Broken Shore to help you advance in the new expansion.

Demon Hunter – No Skills

If like me you’ve pre-purchased Legion, then you’ve probably been tempted to create a character of the new Demon Hunter class. After a brief – but exciting – opening scenario, your character quickly maxes out at level 100. Unfortunately, he or she has no professions, which means leveling these all from scratch.

As in Warlords, you’ll be able to start leveling your chosen Primary professions at level 1 in Legion; however, the demand for Legion material will be very high in the early days of the expansion and buying mats from the Auction House could be very expensive. So, my advice – if you have time – is to head over to Draenor and build yourself a garrison and start leveling your Primary professions there.

Cooking For Dough

For the Secondary professions, things are a little different, with Cooking being more of a problem. Unlike in Warlords which involved a World drop of the book Draenor Cooking, in Legion you revert to having to find your respective faction Cooking trainer in Dalaran. For Alliance this is Katherine Lee in the Hero’s Welcome and for Horde this is Awilo Lon’gomeba, the Filthy Animal Inn. Unfortunately, you can’t gain Legion Cooking until you reach experience level 700.

Cooking Skulker Chowder
Cooking Skulker Chowder

Fortunately, you can do this relatively quickly in Draenor. After a few quests the book Draenor Cooking should drop which expands your Cooking experience endpoint to 700. Note: you still have to reach this endpoint to pick up Legion Cooking.

The quickest way I’ve found to do this is to cook many of the fish recipes. Fish Flesh is cheap and abundant on

the Auction House and many of the recipes will award you 5 experience point up to around 600. Many other recipes will be discovered as your cooking advances, giving you more options. You’ll also find that many of the high-end cooked material sells on the Auctions House for a nice bonus.

First Aid – Blood Money

Legion First Aid
Legion First Aid

First Aid is a little different. When entering Legion, you’ll pick up a few recipes to create Silkweave bandages at level 1, but like cooking the remaining recipes require you to learn Legion First Aid at experience level 700. Also, the initial cost of Shal’dorei silk required for Legion bandages is likely to be high in the early part of expansion.


Again, the quickest way to level First Aid is in Draenor. Buy up cheap Blackwater Whiptail Flesh on the Auction House and crank out Blackwater Anti-venom to receive 5 experience points an item. You’ll quickly raise your level of First Aid for very little cost.

Fishing Raft
Fishing Raft

Fishing is one of those profession you either love or hate. I don’t mind it. The good news is that you can start fishing in Legion at level one. The generic fish type (not found in specific pools) in Legion is the Silver Mackerel. This fish is used in several early Cooking recipes and First Aid. While you don’t need a high fishing skill level in Legion, it’s handy if you wish to use Toys like the Anglers Fishing Raft for those hard to access fishing pools.



I’m happy to announce that my next upgrade to The Journal of Marcus Ty Gold Guide is out now!

Legion Gold Guide
Legion Gold Guide – Out Now!

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Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 19

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast

Journal Podcast

Welcome to episode nineteen of the Marcus Ty series of gold making podcast. In this episode your host, Marcus Ty, and Nev of the Blog Auction House Addict, go gold making by the sea shore in World of Warcraft.

Marcus has a new Mac which caused some technical difficulties but rewarded the Mage with improved graphics that demonstrate the brilliance of the Warcraft universe.

Marcus and Nev discuss the challenges of making gold at the lower levels and Marcus gives tips on how to make gold when first starting out in Azeroth.

This podcast was recorded on Saturday, 7th of December 2013.

[MP3] Episode 19 – Who’s a scuba diver, Nev?
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Show Notes

  • Welcome to the Pig and Whistle.
  • Marcus tells of his Big Mac.
  • Nev’s 15 min wonder
  • Making gold at the lower levels
  • Finding gold on the sea shore
  • Essex divers do it deeper

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

  • Contact Marcus Ty on Twitter @MarcusTy
  • Contact Nev on Twitter @NevAHaddict
  • Nev’s Blog Auction House Addict
  • Email Marcus at JournalofMarcusTy.com
WoW Auction House Guide
The Marcus Ty Auction House Gold Secrets Guide

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!


JMT Professions Guide
JMT Professions Guide


Dude, Where’s My Noodle Cart!

Noodle Cart

I was hanging out with my co-host @NevAHaddict in the Pig & Whistle this weekend, chatting about the secondary professions on the JMT Podcast when I happen to mention that I couldn’t find the quest for the new Noodle Cart on the Timeless Isle: !Noodle Secrets Long Forgotten.

Being a caring and thoughtful kind of person she just laughed and told me I hadn’t finished all the Pandaren Ways of Cooking at the Halfhill Market. Once I had ‘mastered’ all the Ways of cooking, the quest should appear.

I guess I kinda lost my Way on that one!

Now, for those that have just started cooking in Pandaria, there are six Ways or specializations of cooking, obtainable once a player reaches a profession level of 530. Pick up the quests from Sunshin Ironpaw at the Halfhill Market:

  • Way of the Wok
  • Way of the Steamer
  • Way of the Pot
  • Way of the Oven
  • Way of the Grill
  • Way of the Brew

Now, while I had started down the road on many of these specializations, I hadn’t maxed them out to a level of 600. So I set out for the Halfhill Market and and started to cook up a storm and managed to get my Way of the Oven up to 600 with some juggling of Meats and Vegetables.

A case of ‘Way to Go’!

So, if like me you’ve been searching for the elusive quest for the Noodle Cart on the Timeless Isle and still haven’t found it, make sure you’ve mastered all the Pandaren Ways of cooking and the quest should appear.

As for me it’s back to the farm. I have some Turnips to plant!



Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast – Episode 08

Journal of Marcus Ty Podcast

Journal Podcast

Welcome to episode eight of the Marcus Ty series of gold making podcasts. In this episode your host, Marcus Ty, discusses gold making with Nev of the Blog Auction House Addict. Nev and Marcus discuss some data mining of Patch 5.4 and Marcus continues digging into the TSM 2.0 Beta.

For this weeks gold making topic Marcus and Nev discuss how to make gold without the professions.


This show was recorded on Friday July 5th 2013.

[MP3] Episode 8 – Gold Without Professions
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Show Notes

    • Welcome to the Pig & Whistle, Stormwind.
    • Nev and Marcus and discuss their Week In WoW.
    • Digging in PTR of patch 5.4.
    • Nev has a new iPad!
    • Is Blizzard moving to Micro-transactions
    • Shopping in the TSM 2.0 Beta
    • What happens when you reach 999,999.99 gold?
    • Making gold without the professions.
    • Round-up

Resources mentioned in the podcast:

WoW Auction House Guide
The Marcus Ty Auction House Gold Secrets Guide