Today, I'm going to help you make the most out of your questing experience. The most gold, that is! Quests often reward hard-working Azerothians with items that are useless to them.
The items are usually peddled off to a vendor at a price of their choosing.
When given a choice of rewards, how do you decide which item to select? Some players pick at random, or because the item has an interesting name or looks cool. Some think that they have figured out the rules, and always pick plate over mail and weaponry over armor.
What the average citizen doesn't know is that there's a complex, hidden system. It's practically a Goblin-Vendor cover-up, but I'm here to end all that.
Goblin Rules of Acquisition, subsection K4, under the heading, Quest Rewards.
The first rule is very simple. It is so simple, that it sounds a bit dim-witted.
The heavier the armor, the more it is worth. Plate is heavier than mail, then leather and cloth follow. Some plate items are heavier than other plate items, and so on. This is important to note because heavy mail items might actually be heavier than a light plate item.
To make this easier to understand, I will arrange items in tiers, from lowest to highest. For our purposes, I am only comparing plate and mail. Lower tiered items are lighter in weight than higher tiered items.
- Tier 1: Cloaks, necklaces and rings.
- TIer 1.5: Bracers, belts and gloves.
- Tier 2: Boots, helms and shoulder armor.
- Tier 3: Chests and pants.
A mail T2 item will be slightly better than a plate T1.5 item.
To memorize this rule, you could also try picturing the size of the items. As long as you crumple up the cloak, the weight rule could also become the size rule.
This tier system is not known to many people, who always choose plate over mail, and so forth. If you're looking to make more gold with no extra effort, then this rule is for you.
Weaponry also has a hierarchy. Generally, the more DPS a weapon has, the more it is worth. Knowing this rule will help you choose between, for example, three two-handed weapons.
Usually, items follow this pattern, from most expensive to least:
Two-handed > One-handed > Wands, guns, bows and crossbows > Shields (a shield is used as armor and as weaponry by some classes) > Trinkets > Thrown and off-hand.
Sometimes you will be given a choice between some weapons and some gear. Weapons are generally worth more than gear, but it does depend on the weapon and how "heavy" the armor item is.
Here is the complete cheat sheet, from items that sell for the most, to items that sell for the least. These rules will not hold true in every situation, but offer a solid guideline.
- Two-handed weaponry.
- One-handed weaponry.
- Wands, guns, bows and crossbows.
- Plate chestpieces and pants.
- Mail chestpieces and pants.
- Plate boots, helms, and shoulder armor.
- Leather chestpieces and pants.
- Mail boots, helms and shoulder armor.
- Thrown weapons and cloth chestpieces and pants.
- Leather shoulders, boots and helm.
- Off-hands, necklaces and rings.
- Plate bracers, gloves and belts.
- Cloaks, cloth shoulders, helm and boots.
- Mail bracers, gloves and belts.
- Leather bracers, gloves and belts.
- Cloth bracers, gloves and belts.
Cheat Sheet Rules:
- Chestpieces and pants are very heavy items, and are worth more than other items that are made of a substance that is one "notch" heavier. Plate is one notch above mail, which is one notch above leather, with cloth at the bottom.
- Accessory items are not worth much.
- Two-handed weapons are worth more than anything, with one-handers coming in second.
- The higher the DPS on an item, the more gold it is worth.
- Cloaks are generally a poor choice if you can choose mail or plate items instead.