A World of Warcraft Guide
(GotWarcraft home)

GW Gold Guide

Guide Reviews
Tools and Gifts

GotWarcraft Blog

Real World WoW Cooking

Death Knight
- DK Leveling
- Blood Tanking
- Frost DPS
- Unholy DPS
- PvP Builds

- Druid Leveling
- Balance DPS
- Feral Druid
- Feral DPS
- Feral Tank
- Restoration Druid
- Restoration Healing
- PvP Builds

- Hunter Leveling
- Beast Mastery
- Beast Mastery PvE
- Marksmanship
- Marksmanship PvE
- Survival
- Survival PvE
- PvP Builds

- Mage Leveling
- Arcane Mage
- Arcane DPS
- Fire Mage
- Fire DPS
- Frost Mage
- Frost DPS
- PvP Builds

- Paladin Leveling
- Holy Paladin
- Holy Healing spec
- Protection Paladin
- Protection Tanking
- Retribution Paladin
- Retribution DPS
- PvP Builds

- Priest Leveling
- Discipline Priest
- Discipline Healing
- Holy Healing
- Shadow Priest
- Shadow DPS
- PvP Builds

- Rogue Leveling
- Assassination Rogue
- Assassination DPS
- Combat Rogue
- Combat DPS
- Subtlety Rogue
- Subtlety DPS
- PvP Builds

- Shaman Leveling
- Elemental Shaman
- Elemental DPS
- Enhancement
- Enhancement DPS
- Restoration Shaman
- Restoration Healing
- PvP Builds

- Warlock Leveling
- Affliction Warlock
- Affliction DPS
- Demonlogy Warlock
- Demonology DPS
- Destruction Warlock
- Destruction DPS
- PvP Builds

- Warrior Leveling
- Arms Warrior
- Arms DPS
- Fury Warrior
- Fury DPS
- Protection Warrior
- Protection Tanking
- PvP Builds

How to Get the Gold When You're Low Level



Low Level Gold Guide


Gold Guides

  1. Gold Guide
  2. Getting the gold at Low level
  3. Basic Gold Tips
  4. Gathering for Gold
  5. Grinding
  6. Bank Alt
  7. Networking
  8. Limited items
  9. Professions
  10. Auctioneer
  11. Addons
  12. More Gold Tips
  13. Tycoon Gold Addon Review




Everyone always says you need to be high level to make any gold in the World of Warcraft. Pfft. Now, it's true that high levels have daily quests, which pay nicely, and lots of stuff that they can farm. Certainly there are a number of them who have enough gold to be able to easily afford those 15k motorcycles and three-man mounts. You also have to be at least level 65 to get youir crafting beyond 375, so high levels clearly have their uses.

But you can make more than enough gold to get by at low levels. You gear doesn't cost much and you don't have to pay any 5k for Artisan Riding (and another 1k for the mount.)

So this page is for those who are brand new to WoW or who are starting new characters on a new server or who, for whatever reason, seem to have too little gold when starting out. Check out the other pages under "more gold guides" above for more details.

So what's low level? 20 and under, for the purposes of this page. At 20 you get your first mount and it should be pocket change, not "wallet emptying." How much can you earn if you get a litte more serious? Here's a blow by blow description of starting from zero and hitting 6,500 gold in 30 days. A lot more is possible. From zero. See here.

The Auction House

Even if you don't get into buying and selling you should download and install the Auctioneer addon. It modifies the auction view to show more items in the window and it sorts by buyout price, rather than bid. Auctioneer just makes it easier to browse the AH. If you seriously get into buying and selling then it (or something like it) is indispensible.

Auctionator is another addon that I find to be very useful.

The basic idea is that you're going to look for items that are priced too low for their own good and then buy tham and immediately repost them at a higher price.

Pricing - What I look to do is browse certain group of items and look for prices that are way too low. For example, someone posts Large Fangs at 3 silver each. I buy them up and repost at three gold each.

Another posts a hot glyph at 1g a pop. Buy them out and repost at a 40g or 100 or more.

Say Copper ore is going for 7-10 gold per stack. Someone post theirs for 1g/stack or less. Guess who buys it all up and reposts at 7-10g/stack? Yep, me. Or the other guy. Don't shoot yourself in the foot. It might as well be you getting that 7-10. However, if you want to price it really low, that's fine. Saves me the bother of gathering it. :)

Don't post in stacks of one, please. People actually skip over those and buy the larger stacks. My opinion is that you'll make more with your gatherables by posting them in full stacks even if you price them above the single item prices. As an example: Doofusdumb posts 35 copper ore, as singles, at 33 silver each. Lots of buyers will skip right over the singles and buy your stacks of 20 ores, which are priced at 40 silver per ore (8g per stack.)

Why? No one has use for 1 ore or 1 herb. They're bought in large stacks for crafting. Scribes buy tons of herbs for Inscription (and they buy more in Cataclysm because they'll need 3x more herbs to to make each glyph.) Blacksmiths buy tons of copper bars when leveling their craft. Miners will buy lots of ore to smelt, which levels their mining skill. Singles are useless, despite what some guides say, and they're annoying enough that they're often skipped by the buyers.

Scribes need herbs in stacks of 5, so if youi're herb selling then sell stacks in multiples of 5, or just sell the whole stack of 20.

Alchemists often need large quantities of specific herbs. Blacksmiths and Engineers and Leatherworkers and all the other crafters all need stacks of raw materials. Your job is to provide those stacks.

If you like this guide how about sharing it?



Ores and Skins and Flowers

Just do it. Get Skinning and either Herbalism or Mining. (If you're a Night Elf then only get Herbalism, there's no ore in your area, though there's plenty on Darkshore. You need to be in your teens for that area.) Don't forget your mining pick and skinning knife. Send stacks of 20 to your banker (and a bit of money to pay for the auctions.)

The Blood elf area is great for skins, ore, linen cloth, small eggs, and lynx meat (also makes a buffing food.) Spend an hour or two there and you should be able to gather enough to get by for a while.

By the way. when you get higher level you'll find the best prices for your gathered stuff will be for the old world stuff. Eveeryone will be looting the new zones and the lower level ones are forgotten. You'll see 40 stacks of 20 of one herb from the new zone and 13 total of one herb from the old world. Ok, not that extreme, but you get the idea.

Other Gatherables

White items - Would you believe that white titled items, such as armor and weapons, actually sell on the Auction House? Not for much, but what they do sell for is a lot more than the vendor will give you. Send them to your banker and post them at 5 - 10 silver each. It's not much, sure, but they're free for the gathering and when you have nothing...

Grey items - Vendor these until you have enough that you aren't interested in copper. Vendoring these will get you enough to buy your starting skills and a bit of seed cash to send to your banker, especially in the Blood Elf area.

Eggs - Some areas have plenty of low level flying critters. These drop Small Eggs which you can cook up into a +2 Stam food or sell for a nice price, especially on certain WoW hoidays

Cloth - Linen cloth doesn't usually sell for much, but it sells quickly. Humanoid and Undead humanoid mobs drop the stuff. Collect stacks, get your first aid skill up, and send the rest to your banker.

Meat - Raw foods that be be cooked up into a buffing food, such as the Small Eggs into Herb Baked Egg, will sell for more than those that can't be made into such things.


Limited and Hard to Find Items

Many vendors have only one or two of some items in stock. Once gone it will be a few minutes to a few hours before they restock. Look into these. Also look into items sold by only one vendor.

Herbs - your Alchemy Supplies vendors often has a few herbs available. These are great if you're just starting on your gold acquisition. Pay a few copper for each herb and sell then for several silver each.

Recipes - most recipes will go for more on the AH that what yu pay for them from the vendor. Buy the for a couple of silver, sell them for a gold or two each (or more, if they're uncommon.) This guy, in Stormwind, sells cooking recipes. Buy a few at his low prices, post them for more, see what sells, then buy more of those.



Skip all crafting professions until you have lots of surplus gold. Cooking is the only exception since you can easily gather the mats and the buff is handy. You can make plenty of gold with the crafts, it's just that you have to be able to level the skill till you hit the sweet points.

That said, your level 1's can certainly profit from the mistakes of others. If a crafter posts her wares on the AH for a very low prices, basically dumping them, then you buy them out and price them much higher. Glyphs are my favorite example, but all of the crafting profs have items that are valuable to certain classes and specs.

If someone posts +Agility leather items for pennies, then you buy them and post them, one or two at a time, for gold. As long as they keep selling you keep bumpng the price up. If you're scanning the AH regularly with Auctioneer or Tycoon you will have a pretty good idea of what's in demand and when some person generously posts stuff too cheap for you to pass up.


You don't need any gathering skills here. Just as with the crafted items, you keep your eyes on the raw items that are needed to make items. When they're low enough you buy them up and resell them.

You can use Auctionator to make a shopping list of herbs, for example. Select a number of herbs that you want to keep an eye on and add them to your list. Make a mental note of what price you'll buy them at. Everytime you log into your bank alt you check the prices. If they're at your "buy price" then you do just that. Report them at a higher price or wat until prices climb.



You don't need to be any higher than level 1 to play the "buy and sell" game with the Auction House. You don't need to be higher than level 10 to mine a lot of copper. Level 15 lets you get endless light leather and some decent herbs. You'll be able to collect tons of cloth from humanoids and piles of "small eggs" from the bird things in the starting zones. Misc other items can be found by low levels that sell quite well.

Level 1s can get from capital city to capital city without much fuss and then buy all the limited items.

Of course, if you're a female Undead or Worgen you can dance in the cities and beg gold from people...


Learn More, A Lot More

I started a set of characters on a brand new server with nothing. I didn't by gold, join a guild, transfer 80s, or do anything like that, just a fresh start. The goal was to see how much gold I could aquire in 30 days and the initial goal was 1,000 gold. The end result was about 6,500 gold. Along the way I leveled a Rogue to 30 or so and a mage to 20. Just the thing to mine Deepholme, right? ;)

Believe it or not, I focused on leveling them and any gathering was incidental, except at the start. A couple of stacks of copper ore, some small eggs, and some skins provided some started money. Most all of the rest was working the Auction House. You can see the post series here: 1k gold in 30 days.

Now, if you're giong to find the deals mentioned above then you're going to have to do some Auction House study. You'll need to look through several pages of stuff and find the deals or just gather stuff and sell it. If you're crafting you're going to have to do a bit of study to see what's hot on your server.

Or you can check out an addon which automates all of the research for you and finds the hot deals and what the market wants. Wouldn't that make the job of acquiring a nice gold stash that much easier? Such a thing does exist. Go here to get yours and then get rich!


Get the Gotwarcraft Newsletter
Custom Search

Main Profession

Gathering Professions

Secondary Professions

Cataclysm Heroics

Outlands Dungeons

Azeroth Dungeons


Favorite Guides:

Our WoW Sites


      Site Info