I am not a “get rich quick” kind of guy. Never have been. But I stumbled upon a single aspect of World of Warcraft that I’ve been utilizing to keep my characters gemmed, enchanted, and epically flying for almost two years now.
There are two things you need to be able to do this:
- A character with Enchanting of at least 275
- To play on the dominant faction of your server.
On my server, Malygos-US, Greater Planars sell for 15g or more each, and I can get 2-3 from almost every disenchant (sometimes I get Arcane Dust or a Large Prismatic Shard, and while they sell, they don’t sell nearly as well). The Avenging Blades themselves sell for 2g from the vendor.
Even for the economically ignorant, ~28g profit each is an absolutely massive profit margin.
Unfortunately, there are a couple of catches with this trick that make it unviable for some people.
First, your faction must control Halaa for you to access the vendor. If you play on the dominant faction of your server, this will be no problem. Of the hundreds of times I’ve DE’d Avenging Blades, the Alliance has not controlled Halaa maybe a half dozen. We outnumber the Horde on my server nearly 3:1, so I really don’t have to worry about our PvP world objective dominance.
And then there’s that the blades are of limited quantity. 3 spawn on Aldraan <Blade Merchant> every hour. So if someone beats you do the blades, you’re out of luck until they respawn. But if you catch them on the vendor—which is incredibly easy since most people don’t sit and farm these like I do—it’s an easy 100g for 20 seconds of work.
Personally, I just park my Enchanting alt in Halaa. I never play him, so if you have a character with Enchanting you don’t care about and never play (or make one solely for this purpose), I suggest leaving him/her logged at Aldraan. That way, you can log in, check for blades, DE, and log back out within 1 minute. Sometimes you come out 100g richer, sometimes you don’t. It’s luck of the draw, but for 1 minute of work, I take this over doing dailies because it doesn’t interfere with my other activities on WoW. Before I start my play sessions, I check Halaa. Before I log out entirely, I check Halaa. Most of the time, I end up ~200g richer for my 2 minutes.
So far with this method, I’ve been able to get both my 80s epic flying and my level 69 Paladin can afford it as soon as he dings once more, with more than enough of a nest egg to buy dual-spec as soon as I need it. I never want for enchants or gems on my characters, and I don’t have to really be a spendthrift. Even though I’m consistently broke in WoW, it’s because I spend the gold as fast as I make it, not because I can’t make it.
So there you have it: Beej’s super awesome, incredibly easy, no work involved guide to becoming modestly and/or ridiculously wealthy in World of Warcraft.