You are a brand new to Warcraft and are poor as dirt. You need some gold. What do you do?
The best way to make gold in World of Warcraft is via your two professions. But you are new to the game and don’t know which professions to take…
Abandon your old crafting professions even if you’ve put a lot of effort and money into them. Your existing professions aren’t making gold for you or you wouldn’t be having money problems. Choose 2 of these 3 professions:
These three professions are known as the “Gathering” professions. They are by far the best option for a newly minted character without many coins in your purse nor levels under your belt. They don’t just give the raw materials necessary for the other professions. They provide bonus stats, plus give XP every time you use them. Most importantly they don’t cost anything beyond talking to a trainer. All the other professions require an investment of gold to skill them up and the prices of the raw materials (mats) will be what someone who’s been playing a while and has some money.
Which two you pick depends on your class, play style, etc. There’s no “best” choice, only “best for you.”
– Hardest to power level
– Least profitable gold wise
– Harder to gather due to terrain (N/A with flying mount)
– Activated ability (Often forgotten about by noobs)
Gathering professions are not the best way to make gold (the crafting professions make far more) but you should still take only gathering professions regardless. Wait… why am I telling new players to take them if there are better options? Because you are new. Those crafting professions are just a particularly poor choice for you right now.
New players can’t make money with the crafting professions until that character is higher level and has more skill points. Skilling up a crafting profession takes money that you don’t have and requires minimum levels you also don’t have. You might want to take Leatherworking because you wear leather or Tailoring because you wear cloth. Resist that urge. “So I can craft the gear I wear,” is actually the worst reason to take a profession pre-lvl 60. They give you nothing at low levels that you couldn’t get elsewhere for less gold and for less effort. Remember… Time is Money! If you want a particular piece of gear made or some consumables don’t make them yourself. Instead ask someone else to make whatever you need. There’s a handy guild profession tab to help you find whom to ask.
Keep in mind that you can always abandon a profession and take a new one. And that’s something I recommend you do to start making some real gold… eventually. But don’t even consider picking up a crafting profession until at least level 58. (That’s when you can make a Deathknight alt.) But really you should hold off until your highest level character is at least level 75 to pick up a crafting profession on any character you actually play.
That brings us to the Bank Alt… the extra character you don’t actually play. Sit this character in a city and never bother gaining xp with it. If you don’t mind getting that character to level 5, those four levels will be handy. Pick up Enchanting but only for the disenchanting. Don’t bother buying a rod, don’t enchant anything and don’t worry about this character’s skill levels. Just mail this Bank Alt the mats and spare gear you want to sell. Most low level uncommon gear is junk and won’t sell. Disenchant it and list the dusts and essenses on the AH instead.
Slowly you’ll learn how the Auction House economy works and be able to tell the difference between a deal and a rip off. When you do, pick up Inscription or Jewelcrafting on your bank alt. Again not to craft stuff, but only for Milling or Prospecting. Later you’ll notice cheap stuff on the AH and think, “Hey, I can buy that off the AH, grind it up and relist it and make a profit…”
At that point you’ll no longer be a noob and then you’ll have the skills and knowledge to start making some real gold. And even if you aren’t a noob, been playing for years and have tons of gold… you are still better off with two gathering professions as you are leveling. Even if you throw away all of the mats you collect, the xp and the stat bonuses are still worth it. The crafting professions just don’t give enough benefit until higher levels.