Cloth has always been a farming staple. It doesn't require any special skills, and you can begin right out of the gate. Changes to the game over the past year have put some cloth in even higher demand, making it an incredibly lucrative business.
While any cloth is worth farming, there are two types in particular, wool and mageweave, that fetch a high price. This is because, compared to the other types of cloth, they have a short window of appearance when leveling. Depending on how often you linger when questing, you practically jump straight from linen to silk, and from silk to runecloth.
To add to this, Blizzard has increased the speed at which we level, and even added bind on account shoulder armor that speeds us up even more. You can even Recruit-a-Friend for an unprecedented bonus.
The advent of achievements has also increased the demand for cloth, as people are eager to earn reputation, become pirates and then buddy up to the goblins again, and maximize professions. So how can you best take advantage of this market?
Both wool and mageweave are averaging about 8-10g per stack these days, and that's only on my server. If you are a high level, you will likely be best served by farming the appropriate dungeons, while lower level characters will have to stake out strategic spots.
- The Stockades: This is an Alliance-only dungeon, as it is located in Stormwind. If you're careful, and persistent, or lucky, you can run in as Horde.
- Deadmines, located in Westfall, is also a nice hunting spot for wool. Humanoids drop roughly 50% linen and 50% wool, and can be reached by the Horde by taking the zeppelin to Grom'gol and swimming up the western coast.
- Shadowfang Keep in Silverpine Forest has some mobs that will drop wool, but it isn't your best bet because all of the "werewolf" mobs do not drop cloth.
- Zul'Farrak in Tanaris has trolls that will drop mageweave.
- Sunken Temple actually has mobs that will drop it as well. You will find this dungeon in the Swamp of Sorrows.
- Uldaman deals with mageweave as well as silk, and is located in the Badlands.
Key Spots: Wool
- Thistlefur Hold: This is located north of Astranaar in Ashenvale. The furbolg there respawn relatively quickly.
- In the south-eastern parts of the Wetlands, you will find Mosshide Gnolls. They drop a fair amount of wool, and when you kill them, more spawn.
- The farmers in Hillsbrad drop a lot of wool, although it is a popular leveling spot.
- Bael Modan is located in the Barrens, north of Razorfen Downs, and is generally fairly empty.
- The harpies in Thousand Needles drop wool, as well as Vibrant Plumes for the Darkmoon Faire, and their caves often have veins to be mined. If you kill too quickly, or find yourself competing with others, you may benefit from changing locations.
- The first group of furbolgs that you will encounter in the early (south-western) parts of Felwood drop lots of mageweave, as well as potions and food. Unfortunately, because of certain achievements that require Timbermaw Hold reputation, they are often heavily farmed these days. Still, depending on the time of day, you might find some time to yourself.
- There are also satyrs stretching throughout the western side of Felwood, and many drop mageweave, as well as fel cloth.
- The Dunemaul Ogres in Tanaris are great to farm for mageweave, as are the pirates in the cave along the eastern shore of the province.
- The Nethergarde Mine in the Blasted Lands is full of humanoids that drop this type of cloth, and isn't generally full of other player farmers! These mobs are allied with the Alliance, and so are only farmable by Hordies.
- The trolls of the Hinterlands, especially in Jintha'Alor, drop a lot of mageweave.