A bank alt is the toon you will be using to do all your auctioneering and banking. You will buy and sell off the AH. You will use him or her to store all profession based materials so that you may free up bag space on your main toons. You will mail mats, BOEs, transmog gear, and any profession based items to your bank alt to sell on the AH. You will mail your mats from your bank alt to your other toons to level professions. This will prevent you from going back to a main city, saving you time and allow you spend more time farming or leveling.
Besides storing loot to sell. Your bank alt will also store any Heirlooms, BOAs, and any vanity items that are not soul bound to your other characters.
Personal Bank and Bags
You will need at least four 16 slot bags. If you wish you may spend the gold on bigger bags and additional slots in your personal bank. The more slots you purchase the more bags you can use in your personal bank. Holding items will prevent you from flooding the market and decreasing the prices.
The cost of bags and additional slots will add up to a decent amount of gold but the time saved from being able to farm without hearthing back to a main city will make it up.
To start off you may obtain:
Netherweave Bag – 30 G on the AH. You could also craft the bags. If you are running Kara, Heroic MGT, and Sethekk Halls every week you could get a ton of cloth. I actually store the Netherweave cloth on my bank alt and have my tailoring friends make bags for me. I sell the bags on the AH or put them on leveling alts. You should only craft the bags if you already have the mats. This is a work mule. The whole idea is to get him or her up and running so you can start storing and selling.
Frostweave Bag – 200 G on the AH. Eventually you will want to upgrade to these bags or better.
Also keep in my mind that all items stored in your personal bank can be sold on the AH via remote AH. You are limited to 200 postings a day and you may do your auctioneering via App or from Battle.net.
The guild bank will be used to store additional materials. You will need to purchase a guild charter and get 10 individuals to sign it. You may purchase additional bank slots at your convenience. The last few slots are 500, 1,000, and 5,000 gold. I would save them for later.
The best part is you will get to come up with a nifty guild name and give your bank alt additional flavor. You will also be able to design a guild tabard. Be sure to kick out all the members who signed the charter.
Race doesn’t really matter… Wait I take that back. They do matter.
Any female except gnomes, dwarves and most of the horde races except Blood Elves are sexy in their banking attire.
Worgens get Darkflight, an additional sprint.
Night elves run a little faster while stealth.
Goblins have a vendor discount and a portable banker.
Blood elves get a bonus to enchanting.
Male taurens make your banking attire stand out.
Altoholics guide to the bank alt – Has a really good point about being able to see what transmog pieces will look like on your toon.
Do you want to Sprint, Blink, or Roll between the AH and bank? Then choose a Rogue, feral Druid, Mage or Monk.
If you want a consistently higher run speed. l recommend a Hunter, Deathknight, feral Druid, or a Paladin.
Do you want the option to wear a variety of clothes and bling? Then choose a Deathknight, Paladin or a Warrior.
Do you want a cool travel form? Then choose a Shaman or Druid.
Do you want to be a stealthy bank alt? Choose a Druid or a Rogue.
In order to obtain any useful professions you will need to level your bank alt to at least level 5. Level 10 is recommended if you want to be able to see your toon on the armory. You will still be able to do auctioneering on the mobile app at level 1.
As a engineer you can wear googles and give your bank alt a Steam punk feel. The benefit is you may ask a mage to open a Portal to Shrine of Seven Stars so you may do all your business in a convenient location. More on that later.
This will let you disenchant all low level greens and be able to tell if you can disenchant higher ones. Especially useful if you are leveling more than one toon.
I personally would level fishing for the fishing daily and a chance at the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat and other things like the ability to Find Fish. Maybe a slim chance at new fishing poles. Just more stuff to bling out your toon like String of Alligator Teeth x20.
I would train cooking for a Cooking Fire. Just more spice for your already flavorful toon. You could aim for a Chef’s Hat by doing the cooking daily. You could also give your bank alt cooking heirlooms.
Just being able to heal yourself while leveling is always perk. If you want to have American Red Cross symbols floating around your head level this profession. Then bandage your self in front of a auctioneer.
If your toon is over level 20 you may learn this profession. There really is no point since you will spend most of your time in a main city. I would pass on this one.
Shrine of Seven Stars – If you are an engineer there is a bank, guild bank, a mail box, and a auctioneer all in one spot and just a few steps away from each other. An anvil is there, too. Upstairs there are portals to every Capitol city. Don’t forget to set your hearth. Let a Mage port your low level bank alt to this location. High population
A mail box, bank, guild bank, and auction house all within one location. Close to the Darkmoon Faire.
Trade District has a high population. Dwarven District has a generally lower population.
A mail box, bank, guild bank, and auction house across from each other. Low population.
A mail box, bank, guild bank, and auction house across from each other.
A mail box, bank, guild bank, and auction house across from each other.
I will recommend a few guides. Choose what you want. A standard tux with Diamond Tipped Cane is good enough for me.
- Dress for Luxurious Success: The Complete Guide to Gearing Your Bank Alt
- Insider Trader: Building the better bank alt
- The Bank Alt | Kirina’s Closet
- The Auction House Alt – Make More Gold With a Banker
Darkmoon Storage Box – Cost only 1 ticket. Buyer beware they are unique. You may only have 1 bag.
Unusual Compass – Just in case you forget your direction or just want to change your direction.
Diamond Tipped Cane – found inside the bag from the fishing daily. Sells for a decent amount of gold. Pimp on a bank alt. The tip sparkles white.
Noble’s Elementium Signet – This ring causes your hand to sparkle.
Any fish off hand.
Lovely Black Dress – Only for the females. Please keep these away from Tauren males. Rare drop from Love is in the Air event. Sells for a decent amount but is very revealing.
Blood Elf Bandit Mask – a fun little helm. Matches well with the dress from lunar festival.
Enchant Boots – Minor Speed is really all you need.
Up to you but Disgusting Oozeling turns you green. Green = Greed
Quest items you don’t want to turn in. Gives you more flare.
Is there a rideable mount below level 20?
Altoholic - Keeps track of all the items in your bags, banks, and guild banks across all your toons.
Bulk Mail Inbox – You don’t have to wear out your mouse button.
Gatherer – Keeps track of all the mining and herbalism nodes you discover.
Auctioneer – Lets you scan the AH for prices. Use it then start selling.
‘Til next time…
/cast Sea Turtle