Let’s face it: running around the World of Warcraft is horrible. Here’s the good news: it’s easy to have 100 gold by level 40 so you can purchase your first mount as quickly as possible.
Check out our tips and tricks below for making enough gold to purchase your first mount in Vanilla World of Warcraft / WoW Classic.
1. Loot everything
As you journey through Azeroth, you’re going to kill a lot of monsters. Loot everything that drops. All gray items can be safely sold to a vendor. Any items with white or greater quality may be useful to players and possibly could be sold on the auction house (see step 2 below).
2. Invest in Bigger Bags
You have to spend money to make money. Buying bigger bags sooner rather than later will enable you to pick up more loot and thus more items to sell. Unfortunately, bags can be pretty expensive on the Auction House, especially for a new player. Don’t fret– there are a number of quests that reward bags. Make sure you complete these as you level!
Quests that reward Bags
- [Explorer’s Knapsack] (Cortello’s Riddle – Swamp of Sorrows, Dustwallow Marsh, The Hinterlands) [Both]
- [Thawpelt Sack] (The Platinum Discs – Uldaman) [Both]
- [Ooze-covered Bag] (Digging Through the Ooze – Wetlands) [Both]
- [Deviate Hide Pack] (Deviate Hides – Wailing Caverns) [Horde]
- [Gunnysack of the Night Watch] (The Night Watch – Duskwood) [Alliance]
- [Old Blanchy’s Feed Pouch] (Poor Old Blanchy – Westfall) [Alliance]
- [Handmade Leather Bag] (Carry Your Weight – Durotar) [Horde]
3. Sell useful items on the Auction House (see also: why you should make a bank alt)
Now that you know to loot everything (see tip #1), you’ll have a lot of items in your bags. Any item that is white quality or greater may sell on the Auction House. How do you know what will sell well on the auction house? Trade goods and green quality (or better) items will almost always sell on the Auction House. See our Auction House guide (coming soon!) for more information.
4. Gathering Professions
If you’re trying to maximize your gold while leveling, your best choice of professions will be Skinning and Herbalism.
Why Skinning? Skinning is incredibly easy to level up while you are leveling your character. The leather that you skin will almost always sell on the Auction House (albeit not for much, but hey– it’s free gold!). Even if you don’t want to take the effort to sell the skins on the Auction House, you can simply vendor them for a significant amount of extra gold.
Why Herbalism? The herbs that you gather through Herbalism are used to create potions and flasks which are used at end-game for raiding purposes. The demand for herbs is constant and high– you will almost always be able to sell herbs for a good price on the Auction House.
Tip: For players level 30+, try farming Fadeleaf and Wild Steelbloom in Arathi Highlands. For players 35+, try farming Fadeleaf and Blindweed in Swamp of Sorrows. All of these herbs sell for great money.
Why not Mining? Mining is a viable profession for making money and absolutely a decent choice if you enjoy it. The ore gathered by mining has less demand on the Auction House and is therefore less likely to sell at a good price.
5. Fishing (seriously)
Serious money can be made at low levels using Fishing. It’s not unrealistic to make 100g+ in one day once you have your Fishing skill at a moderate level. Here’s the moneymaker: [Stonescale Eel]
Fishing is a common method for level 19 and 29 twinks to earn money if they do not have a main character to farm with.
Stonescale Eels can be fished in many locations and often sell for upwards of 1 gold per eel. One spot that has a great yield of Stonescale Eel pools is Steamwheedle Port in Tanaris.
If Stonescale Eels are heavily farmed on your server, there are alternatives such as the Deviate Fish.
Check out our Fishing 1-300 guide (coming soon!) and our Making Gold with Fishing gold guide.
Another option for making gold is to just grind. Of course, you can grind anywhere in Azeroth to sell the items you loot for gold. For specific locations, check out our Grinding for Gold guide.