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With Cataclysm finally on store shelves around the globe, millions of players are looking for ways to get ahead, wondering what it will take to once again make the most possible gold in World of Warcraft. And for those that were at the top of their game before, the new gold cap of 1 million is severely setting back a lot of players who would otherwise have started out way ahead. Luckily, you have the following five tips to help you on your way.
As long as Cataclysm is new, the best way to make gold in the game will be to farm ore and herbs from throughout the starting zones. When Cataclysm first hit the servers, players were making as much as 1,000 gold per stack of Elementium. Of course, that has dropped a bit since then, but until the game gets close to its first major patch (probably in April or May of 2011), those ores and herbs will be selling for huge gold. Plus, some professions like Engineering, Leatherworking, and Inscription just aren’t cutting it right now.
Get Your Volatiles
You can farm volatiles while farming for ore and herbs, but you can also load up on these little guys by killing elemental mobs, especially in instances like the Skywall. If you’re at level 83, get into Uldum with some friends and hit up the Skywall instances for some big time Volatile returns.
If you choose right now to change servers, almost everything you sell will be worth a fortune. Only low level players interested in going through the Goblin and Worgen starting areas (or rerolling) will start on new servers right now and you can set the prices in a fresh economy.
Old World Flying
In the last two expansions, you had to wait for a few levels to get your flying upgrade. In Cataclysm you can get it for 200 gold as soon as you hit level 80 (if you’re not there already). Take that old world flying and start looking for old world ores and herbs that can sell to players who just rerolled to check out the revamped old world. You’ll be shocked by how much gold you can make on Copper Ore or Peacebloom right now.
Use the Auction House Liberally
The auction house has always been the best way to make gold in World of Warcraft. Right now, careful training means this is still the case. So, if you haven’t yet installed Auctioneer or Auctionator and are interested in making some big time gold, load up on the add-ons, start scanning and look for good deals.
The best way to make gold in the Auction House is through steady repetition and the maintenance of a solid spreadsheet tracking what you’ve purchased and how much gold you spent on it (at what time).
There are of course dozens of other new items and hot trading tips that have made Cataclysm a gold maker’s paradise once again. The best way to get rich is to just get in there and start playing. Have fun and make sure to hold on to what you make. You never know when a good investment opportunity will crop up!