Friday, August 7, 2009

Professional Help - Part One

Dancing on mailboxes not covering those T9 repairs? Begging for gold in trade chat getting you on ignore lists instead of raid rosters? You should’ve come here first before getting the nickname “Shake ‘Em Shirley.”

I think that one of the most common tips a newcomer will get upon entering the World of Warcraft is “get a gathering profession.” There’s some sense in that advice - gatherers can start selling stacks of herbs, ore, and leather almost right away in the game via the Auction House. But I’ve got to say this: in the long run, EVERY profession can be a financial winner, with the possible exception of the enigmatic and elusive first aid.

Firstly, never pay for mats (or materials you use to craft with)...ever. Get a complementary profession on your toon - i.e., mining AND engineering, herbalism AND alchemy - or level an alt with that complementary profession. Don’t want to gather on your main? Fine, have your alt do it. I’ve found it to work the opposite way, too. For example my main has herbalism, but an alt of mine has maxed alchemy. With this method I’m always supplied with flasks and elixirs for raiding, with surplus enough to send to the AH. Beautiful how that works.

Secondly, research quests that require manufactured items that you can craft. You may be surprised at how well those items will sell on the auction house in the long run. Most people know about the Deadly Blunderbuss needed for the experience-rich quests from Pixel, but there’s also the Frost Oil needed for both Coolant Heads Prevail and A Broken Trap. Or how about the Robes of Arcana for the warlock quest Components for the Enchanted Gold Bloodrobe?

Naturally you should keep a weather eye on the trends of the Auction House - what’s selling best and for how much - but bear in mind knowing your product can help your income. Making and selling excess items that can be used by other crafters - ebonweave, for example - is always a good idea, especially if there’s a limited amount of those items on the AH.

Whatever professions you pick, choose the ones that seem the most fun, even if the selections are unorthodox. A tailoring hunter? Unconventional, but you’ll always have lots of bag space, and eventually work your way up to Swordguard Embroidery. A leatherworking mage? If you pair that with an enchanting alt (or enchant on your main), you’ll always have something to disenchant, and even if you don’t those leg armor kits can sell handsomely at level 80.

Next week I’ll be covering the “other” professions - my personal faves, cooking and fishing. In the meantime, go out and make a killing, me beauties!


  1. Hi Michelle,
    Advice you give must be top in California,I never been there except throught L.A.'s airport,
    As where I live there's no taxes when you sell your main house and buy another, so I worked on that and worked my way to financial independence making non-taxed profit on the way.
    Did you check by California's income tax set up if something similar exist.Might be worth it.

  2. Hmm, this advice probably wouldn't work too well in Los Angeles, actually - I have a feeling it'd have a better home in Azeroth. Thanks for your comment though, hon. :P