UPDATED FOR 3.2.2
Here are good tips on how to make gold for your level 60 flying mount. I added a few more tips in bold that I learned while questing in Outland and Northend. Blizzard decreased the cost for the non-epic flying mount we now need 250 gold for training and 100 gold for the mount. 350 gold total. You can find your trainer and mount dealer in Shadowmoon Valley. The trainers are Ilsa Blusterbrew for Alliance and Olrokk for Horde. As of patch 3.2 Honor Hold or Thrallmar faction discounts now apply (Honor Hold for Alliance; Thrallmar for Horde). The riding trainers and mount dealers can be found near the flight masters.
- Free up your bag space. What do you mean? If you are like me and keep other weapons with you so you can level weapon skills when you feel like it. Dump those weapons in the bank. Dump useless items in the bank. Dump your fishing pole and bait in the bank. Dump old Jungle Remedy. Keep your food and drink slots to one type of consumable. Don’t keep more than one type of food or drink that don’t stack with each other. You are just wasting space. You need the space to gather items to sell.
- Guild bank. I know I stayed away from one of old gathering places of money for a long time. When Guntitan first started gathering money for his first mount back at level 30 (before patch 3.2 the requirement was level 30). He would raid his guild bank of all valuable items that he knew he could sell on the AH. Back then they were Green Hills of Stranglethorn pages. Keep in mind he was not part of SoD at that time. If you are desparate raid the guild bank. I know it sounds bad but put it this way. Your guild mate put those items in there so that someone else can use it. Ideally leave the good armor and weapons in there. People can use those to level. But if they are items used for quests or leveling professions, by all means take them.
- Don’t stop saving money. Don’t stop when you get your level 40 swift riding mount. Keep going until level 60.
- I encourage you to buy new skills on your way to level 60. They will help you hit harder and kill faster. In turn gather drops faster.
- Buying and selling stuff you get from Outland will help. If you are a miner Fel Iron ores can be gathered in the starting zone of Outland. On my server a stack of these bars is a good money maker. Blacksmiths, engineers, and jewelcrafters need the fel iron bars to level their skill level. Jewelcrafters can use the ore to prospect it into jewels. A stack 20 Fel Iron bars can sell for about 40 gold.
- Get to Outland at level 58 or if you want wait to level 59 or 60.
- Quest. The money you get from doing quests in Outland are now at about 3 to 4 gold. Some quest rewarded items that are soulbound, but useless to you, sell for 4 to 5 gold at the vendor. Some kill quests will get you some greens or blues off corpses. You can make a +40 gold from a good run of gathering and completing quests.
- Kill stuff. Mine stuff. Skin stuff. Just get the stuff.
- Sell grays. A full stack (x20) of gray or white items can sell for 1 to 2 gold at the vendor.
- Sell everything that’s not soulbound on the AH.
- Sell everything that doesn’t sell on the AH to the vendor. I learned not everything sells on the AH at the level 60 bracket. Certain classes need certain stats and they aren’t wasting their money on level 60 stuff anymore. You might have to sell some greens or blues to the vendor but they can still get you 4 to 5 gold. I needed about 25 more gold. A guild mate offered to give me the gold. I told her to wait. I checked my mail. Stuff didn’t sell on the AH. I sold about 4 greens to the vendor and got about 20 gold. I told her I only need 4 more gold. I figured mail would take an hour so I quested instead. I got the gold from the quests and made my way back to the trainer in Outland.
- Rinse and repeat.
Questing and farming at once saved me time. Making gold and leveling probably saved me more time than just trying to buy low and sell high on the AH. I’d rather be questing and following some kind of story than sitting in front of an auctioneer all day.
‘Til next time…