The Enchanting Profession can be a great way to earn gold in World of Warcraft, but many players struggle with the task of finding cheap and readily available enchanting mats. So, I thought in this short post I’d run through the basics of making easy wow gold with the enchanting profession.
Craft Profitable Scrolls
My Enchanting alt has been relaxing of late, building up his strength for the release of Mists of Pandaria when it finally emerges from the beta. But I thought it was time to get him to rustle up a few scrolls for the Auction House to take advantage in the increase in price of some of the basic enchants on my server. So, I dusted off some old Enchanting vellum and set about gathering some enchanting mats.
There’s nothing like the smell of musty enchanting vellum first thing in the morning!
Enchanting For Profit
Now, there are two basic ways to make gold with the enchanting profession:
- Be a net supplier of enchanting mats to the market
- Craft profitable enchanting scrolls for the market
Which strategy you use will depend on the market on your server. Sometimes the supply and demand of material on your server will dictate that you sell the mats; on other occasions it will be more profitable to use the mats to craft scrolls. At the end of day, the wow gold economy will dictate the best strategy.
Finding Cheap Enchanting Mats
In truth, I sometimes play both strategies depending on how active I have been in gathering enchanting material. But where to find a cheap source of enchanting material?
I use the following strategies:
- Buy enchanting mats at below market price (that means cheap)
- Disenchant surplus crafted gear from players leveling their profession
- Craft Uncommon and Rare items using your other professions
My enchanter, when not resting, is constantly scanning the Auction House for cheap enchanting material and gear to disenchant. On many an occasion, the market for enchanting mats will crash. I then become a net buyer and place them in the bank.
Players leveling their professions are constantly dumping their crafted items below market price on the Auction House. I use the Auctioneer addon advanced search for this, setting the search criteria for the level of gear to provide me with the dust and essences I need or are in demand on the Auction House. I’ve written a detailed guide to using Auctioneer in my Auction House Secrets gold making guide if you want full monty on this.
The nice thing about using Auctioneer, apart from being very quick, is that you can be relatively sure that the search listings it produces will provide you with a profit based on the current market price of the Auction House.
If you have leveled another alt with another profession, say Jewelcrafting, then it’s possible to craft Uncommon and Rare items of gear to disenchant. This presupposes that the resulting material is cheaper than if you bought it straight from the Auction House.An example would be the crafting of Canelian Spikes to DE to Greater Celestial Essence and Hypnotic Dust.
For those that want the skinny on making wow gold using the professions, I’ve included a dedicated guide as part of my Journal Series of Gold Making Guides. For less than a small pizza you can own the complete set.