This post is my entry for Markco’s December Gold Blogging Carnival over on Just My Two Copper. This month’s topic was “How To Make Gold in Cataclysm” and because I wrote a post on this topic for Zuggy’s November Carnival about fishing on day 1 of Cataclysm, I thought for this post I should try to go in a totally different direction!
I love professions and have covered them all across my 11 level 80 characters. I realize not everyone has access to every profession, but I am hoping even players without any professions will be able to profit from the data I’ve collected. My Cataclysm gold making strategy is crafting and selling Azeroth gear.
A lot of people are going to be leveling new characters, from the new race/class combos to Goblins and Worgens. All of these new characters are going to need gear, and now that average WoW players have a bit more disposable income, I’m thinking some crafted gear pieces are going to see a huge jump in demand! I wanted to find out which ones.
You’ll notice on the charts I’ll provide that there are no Shoulder or Chest items. I know not everyone has heirlooms, but the majority of players do, which is why I left these items out. Also, certain Gear Slot / Level Brackets are in blue. The majority of characters leveling in Cataclysm will be using the Random Dungeon Finder. As you know, you receive a Satchel of Helpful Goods for each random dungeon you finish and the gear contained in these bags cover the areas on my charts that are in blue. I figure there’s no sense crafting gear that most characters won’t need!
In case you’re curious; 1-25 bags contain cloaks & boots. 30-35 bags contain necks & gloves. 36-45 bags contain rings & shoulders. 46-55 bags contain boots & bracers. 55-60 bags contain cloaks & belts. 61-64 bags contain rings & gloves. 65-70 bags contain rings & shoulder.
If you’re thinking crafting the following items won’t make you any profit because the price of mats are so high, you might be right, but I’m thinking with all those new characters running around and the fact that you get so much experience from gathering professions now, the cost of materials are going to become a lot more reasonable! Even with the prices now, if you pick what you want to craft from the chart and build yourself a good snatch list (using the Auctioneer Addon), you’ll be set.
First off, I covered cloth armor. You don’t necessarily need to have one of the gear crafting professions to benefit from these charts, as any big gap presents an opportunity to anyone! If you come across uncommon or even common drops from the areas not covered by crafted items or dungeon loot bags, you could make some decent gold by posting them instead of disenchanting or vendoring them. Also, you could try finding low priced items from these areas already in the Auction House and try flipping them. For those of you who do have Tailoring, Leatherworking or Blacksmithing, I’ve tried to include only armor pieces that have simple mats, are learned from the trainers and are actually useful for leveling characters!
Cloth Armor – Tailoring : Click to Enlarge
Leather Armor – Leatherworking : Click to Enlarge
Mail Armor – Leatherworking (Blacksmithing items are in green) : Click to Enlarge
Plate Armor – Blacksmithing : Click to Enlarge
Now, I’m not suggesting you go out and make every item I’ve included for your profession, just make what you want to! Do a bit of research in your Auction House to find out what mats are readily available and what kind of gear isn’t already posted. You may think this will be more work than it’s worth, but I’ve been running a similar business for the past few months selling Engineering pets, and using that Snatch List really makes it worth my while, despite the wide variety of mats I need!
Hopefully this post can help a few of you break into the gear crafting business for Cataclysm, as I think it could turn out to be a good one! If you think there’s a piece of gear I’m missing, or if you think some of the gear I’ve listen won’t sell, please leave me a comment or fell free to just let me know what you think of my post!
Thanks for Reading!
Miss Mediocre <3