Cheapest way to start gold farming
Want to start gold farming in the most cost effective way possible? If you have a decent computer, you’ll be able to start farming immediately. Those that have either a very old computer or no computer at all will need to small investment to get started.
This is meant to be a guide to farming any game for gold with the attempt to sell it. But, at the moment, World of Warcraft is the only viable game to farm and sell gold – in terms of profit.
So, what do you need to start gold farming?
1. Get a Used PC or Laptop
If you don’t have the money for a new PC, it’s time to start looking at used options. Personally, I have found that a decent PC will be cheaper and more powerful than a Laptop. You’ll need around $300 for a used PC on Craigslist.
Many sellers are selling computers with a monitor and accessories for this price.
What specifications will you need? As of WoW’s latest expansion – Warlords of Dreanor – you’ll need a computer that has the following minimum specifications:
- Operating System: Windows XP or higher
- ◦ Intel: Core 2 Duo E6600 or higher
- ◦ AMD: Phenom X3 8750 or higher
- Video: GeForce 8800, Radeon HD 4850 or Intel HD Graphics 3000 or higher
- Memory: 2 GB of RAM
- Hard Disk Space: 35 GB
Remember, these are the minimums. You will get slow frames per second (FPS) with this set-up. Always aim for more than the minimum requirements, but for the purpose of mere farming, you shouldn’t have to worry much about lag or graphics performance.
A PC will be your biggest expense.
2. Buy a Used Game Account
The one great thing about World of Warcraft is that with 10 million players, there are a lot of people that sell their accounts. These are players that are merely bored of playing the game and want to recuperate some of their money.
Back when Burning Crusades was launched, accounts were expensive. Now, you can buy them for as little as $49. These are accounts with level 100 characters, so, you can start playing right away. In fact, many come with a decent amount of gold, which is a bonus.
Start checking out accounts to buy here.
Now, there are a few bonuses to buying an account:
- You don’t have to level yourself (it will take a new player weeks or months to hit level 100).
- You won’t have to buy all of the expansions.
- You can start farming immediately.
If you were to start a fresh account, you would need at least $48.71 just to get started. This doesn’t include any of the gear you’ll need, and it doesn’t include a level 100 character. Those that have never played WoW before can expect well over 100 hours played to reach level 100 from level 1. Many people take nearly 3 months playing casually to reach max level.
It makes sense to buy an account if all you want to do is farm gold.
3. Buy Game Time
After you have an account, you’ll need game time to be able to play. Blizzard offers a few ways to pay for your game time, but I recommend starting with just 30 days of game time. This will cost you about $14.10.
Once you start making some money, you can definitely buy more game time for a cheaper price.
4. Gold Farming for $363.10
When all is said and done, you’ll spend around $363.10 to start farming gold.
Don’t worry, this is a small investment to make a lot of money. Once you start farming (more on that next), you’ll be able to sell your gold for cold, hard cash. Why do I recommend WoW? With 10 million players, you’ll sell your supply faster on WoW and for a higher price. Plus, the game is less extensive in terms of computing power than other MMOs.
Your Guide to Gold Farming
So, you have your rig – now what? It’s time to start farming.
If you’ve never played WoW before, I suggest getting accustomed to your character. Learn your basic abilities and go to low level areas to test out your skills. It shouldn’t take you more than a day to get acquainted to WoW’s mechanics.
Afterwards, it’s all about farming gold.
You’ll want to:
- Follow video guides.
- Keep a few guides handy.
- Test farming methods that work best on your realm.
Sometimes, a realm will be saturated with one farming method, so you’ll have to choose another to make gold.
Let’s talk about a few methods learned from GeekyNet’s video. I highly suggest you watch the video. The basic gist of it is:
- Get and use Potion of Luck. You can make these as an alchemist, or buy them off of the auction house.
- Go to the Isle of Giants.
- Farm, farm, farm.
This is a good spot because you’ll get:
- Gold for your kills.
- Cloth, which you can sell on the AH.
- Grey items, which you can sell for gold.
You’ll also come across green, blue and maybe purple (epic) items. Green items may or may not sell well on the AH, but they can be sold to a vendor. Rare and epic BoE (bind on equip) items will sell on the AH for much higher.
Note: Make sure your bags are empty before farming.
Remember, this is an old farming spot found in Mists of Pandaria. These spots have less competition and are easily farmed at level 100.
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BellularGaming has a newer video of making gold for WoD using a variety of methods. Let’s check them out:
- Farm old raids. Cataclysm 25 man heroic raids net 1,000 – 3,000 gold each plus epics and items you can sell.
- Follower missions. Head to your garrison and start treasure hunter missions that give you gold. This is found in your garrison. You must have characters with the treasure hunter trait.
- MoP farming. Using a Potion of Luck and a tailor, you can farm cloth, turn the cloth into bolts and make items to sell either to the vendor or to the AH. This method can net you 8,000 or more per hour.
Now, I don’t want to list all of Bellular’s gold methods, so definitely check out his YouTube video to see them all.
Once you master gold farming, you can easily sell your gold on G2G for real money. It’s fast, simple and a great way to make a passive income.