How To Make Gold In Cataclysm

Posted October 23rd, 2010 by Miss Mediocre

For any of you coming here from Zuggy’s Blogging Carnival on Ways to Make Gold in Cataclysm, hello and welcome! I’m Miss Mediocre, and this is my gaming blog! Please feel free to leave me a comment, good or bad, about anything you read on my site! I do my best to respond to everything. Now, onto my post!

Thankfully I’ve had access to the beta for the past few months, so I’ve had some time to explore and plot out my approach for making some gold on the first day of Cataclysm. I’d like to point out that making gold is not my number 1 priority for that night, but I do believe I will make a decent amount simply by going after my goal!

I love fishing in World of Warcraft and have decided to try for the Fishing Realm First Achievement, Illustrious Angler. I’ve already pre-ordered a Cataclysm Collectors Edition, so I know everyone doing the online purchase and download will likely beat me into the game, but I’m still going to give it a shot! The way this is going to make me gold is as follows!

My character will be logged out in Dalaran beside the Flight Trainer. As soon as I log in, I will learn Azeroth Flying for 250g and run to Marcia Chase (the Fishing Trainer in Dalaran) to learn Illustrious Fishing. Then it’s through the portal in the Violet Citadel to the Caverns of Time. I’ll then fly straight west to Thistleshrub Valley in Tanaris where a pass has opened up leading into Uldum.

There is a river running through the Vir’naal Oasis that you will reach by continuing west. The crocolisks around the river are level 83-85, but if you fly up the waterfall to the north, there are no mobs to interfere with your fishing! You will catch a variety of Lavascale Catfish, Sharptooth and some Blackbelly Mudfish, all of which are the sole ingredient to many of the new cooking recipes.

The reason these fish might sell for crazy amounts is because of all the people who will be after the realm first Cooking achievement! I’m hoping to be one of the first to post the fish from Uldum in the Auction House and hopefully players will be willing to pay lots of gold for the fish required by the new 450 patterns! I do believe these new fish will sell like crazy though, regardless of achievements!

As one final tip for making some gold on the first few days of Cataclysm, it might be worth it to post the ingredients for the Northrend Recipe, Fish Feast. These will continue to yield points past 450, and because the Cataclysm Cooking Recipes require 3 daily tokens to purchase, many chefs will cook Fish Feasts to get as close to 525 as possible. The recipe calls for 2 Musselback Sculpin, 2 Nettlefish, 2 Glacial Salmon and 1 Northern Spice, all of which have been going for cheap (on my server anyway) as of late!

I wish you all the best of luck with all your Cataclysm gold-making enterprises and hopefully this helps a few of you fatten your gold pouches a little more thoroughly!

Thanks for Reading!
Miss Mediocre <3

20 Responses to “How To Make Gold In Cataclysm”

  1. Crusard

    Terrific strategy MM! I especially like how you are using the Beta to plot your path when the game goes live. I am quite jealous.

    I was going to sell all of my viddles but I think I will follow your advice and make Fish-Feasts for skill-ups then go from there.

    I bet you’ll look great with all your fishing gear, especially the newly pimped Arconite Rod! Have fun and keep those good tips coming. ~Crusard

  2. Zuggy

    Great Post!

    Basically read my mind for the first few hours of Cata’s launch. =)

    I like the idea of getting some valuable fish while pushing for the realm first achievement, but part of me is a little wary that if any alliance (or horde for that matter) catch word I’m out in the world fishing they might come after me.

    This sounds like a pretty got spot you’ve got though. I will have to check it out.

  3. Merithra

    Great idea!! I was aiming at the title for fidhing too, might aswell get some gold out of it too instead of físhing directly in Dalaran :p

    Any´thoughts about how much are you going to charge for the fish? What looks like a realistic price?

  4. Miss Mediocre

    Crusard : Thanks! My fishing gear does look pretty sweet, hehe the Red Workman’s Shirt looks great with the overalls! :)

  5. Miss Mediocre

    Zuggy : Thank you! :) Luckily I’m not on a PvP server, but the spot might be okay on a PvP server for the first night at least! It’s pretty secluded and unless someone’s just exploring, they’d probably never go there! :D

  6. Miss Mediocre

    Merithra : Thanks :) I am thinking I’ll sell those fish for as much as I possibly can, lol. If there’s none in the Auction House when I make it there, I’ll probably post stacks starting around 600g and see how it goes! I’m expecting to have to lower my prices quickly as others begin posting, but hopefully there are some desperate, rich players who will really really want those fish! :D

  7. Miss Mediocre

    Merithra : Thanks :) I am thinking I’ll sell those fish for as much as I possibly can, lol. If there’s none in the Auction House when I make it there, I’ll probably post stacks starting around 600g and see how it goes! I’m expecting to have to lower my prices quickly as others begin posting, but hopefully there are some desperate, rich players who will really really want those fish! :D

  8. Indy

    Sounds reasonable; I’m sure I will fish for selling again in Cataclysm, although I don’t think I’ll push for the first day like you’re planning. OTOH, with the patch I pushed comfortably past half a million, so I’m not hurting!

  9. Miss Mediocre

    Indy : Wow, I’ve still got quite a ways to go to half a million, lol. Did you manage that with glyphs??

  10. Indy

    A fair amount was with glyphs, yes, but I’ve earned fairly reasonable amounts off of other things. The recent Glyphmas from the patch has earned me probably 150K plus, and glyphs overall have netted me, hmm… at least another 200k, perhaps. But I’ve also earned quite a bit from fishing (selling the raw fish, and some cooked, on the AH), and doing dailies. (Back when the expansion was new, I did lots of dailies for faction rep, and sometimes I did them just for fun and cash.)

    From what I hear, jewelcrafting is actually a better moneymaker than inscription. It’s not a profession I really want to play, though, and I’m adverse to the high listing fees of gems. Obviously, this hasn’t stopped me from accumulating a lot of cash; my advice is to think about what your personal advantages & strengths are, and what you enjoy doing, and find ways to use those to make gold.

    Don’t forget the importance of *saving* money, too! Remember, a copper saved is a copper earned… so repair at vendors where you’re exalted with the faction, and buy reagents there, as well! Stock up on raid supplies you’ll need when you find them cheap, don’t buy last minute for a premium.

  11. Miss Mediocre

    Indy : Hehe, it was only once I stopped buying pets that I started to actually accumulate gold! I attempt to only spend gold to make gold these days, but it’s hard to resist some of the stuff in the AH! I’m a sucker for vanity items! Perhaps fishing can be my golden ticket in Cataclysm, I do really enjoy it, so that would be awesome! I’ve also got every profession (to at least 420, save engineering, but I should have that up there by tomorrow) so I know I have the potential to be a WoW Millionaire, I think maybe sometimes I’m just a bit too cautious about spending gold to make gold, and I wonder if sometimes I just don’t spend enough! With inscription, how much do you think you spent on it approximately to make your 350k?

  12. Indy

    Hard to say, as I bought herbs whenever I found good prices on them (or inks). I did avoid all glyphs that didn’t sell for more than twice what the cost of making them was. (Just had a thought…I know one of my AH alts broke the gold earned stat (it went negative), but maybe there is a stat for gold spent on the AH… maybe I could actually find an answer there.) The glyph market has completely changed now, of course; no repeat sales, which some claim are going to sink glyphs. I don’t think I had all that many people buying the same glyphs from me, so I think I’ll still have some market for them. Depends on the server, maybe on highly raid oriented servers the demand was mainly from re-glyphing.

    When you’re looking at the material prices, think about getting them yourself… how much could you get, how long would it take, and what would you be earning doing that? If the asking price is much lower than you’d be willing to accept for spending the time farming, well, it is probably reasonable to buy them from the AH instead!

  13. Miss Mediocre

    Indy : I quoted you in my latest post, I hope that is okay!

    The reason I asked is I am considering leveling an Alliance Scribe before Cataclysm, and was wondering how much you’d put out to get that large of a return! I spent about 50g getting ready for 4.0.1 on my Horde Scribe, and made about 10k, but have been wondering if I’d spent more like 1k, could I have made 200k, lol. Perhaps I’ll start looking for good prices on herbs and inks like you did, and if I can get enough accumulated quick enough, I’ll level Inscription and hopefully have a better stockpile (this time on the Alliance) for the next big glyph boom! :)

  14. Indy

    Well… I’d been stockpiling herbs and inks for months, before we even knew glyphs were changing. At one point, a month or two ago, I had something like 10k inks and 5-10k icethorn/adders. Yeah…

    Ok, I looked at the achievements when I posted some more glyphs. It doesn’t show money spent on the AH, it shows number of auctions bought; but I’m going to try to make a rough estimate. I’m estimating 100k+, knowing the price range I bought in, and adding a fudge factor for stuff bought on other characters, and for what I used to buy COD instead of the AH. So.. could have been considerably north of that figure, too. (But I still have inventory.)

    Dealing with glyphs takes a lot of resources; I have a couple of bank alts to hold them and list (and I don’t cover all the glyphs, either). I used inscription bags in bank bag slots to hold extras crafted for the patch, PLUS I had a private guild bank that was just for ink (and more glyphs made prior to the patch). I spent hours at a time, over multiple days, just making glyphs for the patch… and I’ve got a decent stock left to keep selling. But… that’s a once in a game lifetime event.

    There’s NEVER going to be another glyph boom, almost certainly. A lot of people are saying it’s a glyph bust now; I think I can make some decent money off what I’ve stockpiled, but honestly, I’m not so sure about future profits after having to buy herbs. I suspect it’ll be a loss after Cataclysm hits, for how long I don’t know. (IE, Cataclysm herb prices are going to be atrocious.)

    I may switch to fishing to try for the million gold cap once my ink/glyph stockpiles run dry in Cataclysm.

  15. Miss Mediocre

    Indy : Hmm, perhaps I can manage to do a teeny tiny version of what you did, lol. I don’t have 100k, let alone 100k to invest in one profession! And I don’t have months to get ready either, lol.

    You don’t think glyph prices will go back up to (or at least close to) where they were when 4.0.1 hit once the Shattering happens and all the new race/class combos become available and will need glyphs? I guess there is a huge difference between the amount of new characters people will make and the amount of characters people had before 4.0.1, but I thought prices would maybe climb!

  16. Indy

    Actually, I think glyph prices (depending on server, of course) may be higher than before the patch. And possibly less profitable. Almost certainly less profitable in the early days of the expansion.

    Yes, there will be some new alts made. How many… hard to say. Most people will probably take their main characters to 85 first; and many of those who roll goblin/worgen to see the new content won’t level them too high and won’t need glyphs.

    The major factor in the coming unprofitability of glyphs is material cost. The ink requirement tripled, and only the new Cataclysm ink will be taken for trading down to other inks. So glyph prices could double from pre-patch and still be lousy to craft — and even worse when you factor in how much herbs are likely to cost.

    You could possibly stockpile some inks now, true… but herb prices are higher than they were, on my server at least. I figure inscription is a moderately high risk bet trying to stockpile now. (Let’s just say that I’m not buying any more herbs these days, with the prices I’m seeing.)

    So no, I don’t figure any huge price bumps in glyphs, unless *maybe* your competitors decide to drop out of the market. Some of my glyphs are still selling higher than they were pre-patch… but at one point, the week following the patch, half the glyphs on the AH were mine. So I’m apparently *the* major player now where I am. You may have a lot more competition.

    If you find some good prices on herbs and inks, you might want to give it a try. You’d really need to make sure to craft the glyphs before the expansion goes live, though. And don’t make any trainer based ones…

  17. Miss Mediocre

    Indy : I hadn’t thought of the price of crafting glyphs increasing because of each glyph now taking more mats and mats skyrocketing come Cata… Perhaps I will forget leveling it on the Alliance after all, and just focus on stocking up on inks and herbs to sell! I do have access to a scribe if I need one on Alliance, and I really was only going to level one for myself to make lots of money, but from what you’ve said, it seems the time for that has passed. Thank you for all the great info, it seems you may have just saved me a big gold glyph disappointment, hehe.

  18. Indy

    You’re welcome. Stockpiling inks to sell is an interesting idea; obviously try not to pay too much for the herbs. Right now I’m seeing high prices on herbs & inks. The other thing is, as I mentioned before, don’t just stock ink of the sea. If you get northrend herbs, make sure you get a good amount of them (the more herbs you have, the larger the proportion) milled into inks and exchanged for other types, so you go into Cataclysm with a variety of inks. (Since it won’t be exchangeable after the Cataclysm patch. Which could be the 4.03 patch end of November-ish, or could be the actual expansion Dec 7 patch.)

    The smaller the herb stockpile, the less important it is to do that.

  19. QuietKjun

    Thanks for the secret fishing spot Miss M. Unfortunately, since most of us dont have a shot at a realm first any other way, I have a feeling a lot of people are going to try to get one via fishing. There may be a lot of competition, depending on the realm. That also means there may be a lot of fish on the AH, which would naturally drive prices down.

    I would recommend fishing with a toon that is an engineer, for the castable mailbox, or at least have an engineer alt stationed close by. That could help keep your bags empty and they can send your catch to another alt located near the AH. That should save you some travel time.

    I was planning on tyring to get the realm first fishing on one of my toons, but I just found out I will be out of town during release week. It is highly unlikely the hotel I am staying in will have a good enough internet connection to allow me to digitally download the expansion.

    PS. Congrats on getting your lock to 70.

  20. Miss Mediocre

    QuietKjun : I am hoping that most people trying for the realm first won’t take the time to go to any of the new zones first, because you can reach 525 anywhere now! I was just going to do my fishing in Stormwind beside the mailbox, but I figure my chances are SO slim of actually getting it, that I’d take the 2 minutes to get to my secret Uldum spot and hopefully make some money on the end level fishies I’d catch there. I don’t think many people will be posting the Blackbelly Mudfish found in Uldum on the first few days. We’ll see though :)

    Thanks for the congrats! I’m working hard to reach 80 by the end of the week! :D

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