Anyway, back to the topic. Gold is the surest bet when getting ready for Wrath of the Lich King. You will need it. It's that simple. To avoid burnout, I really don't recommend grinding gold day in and day out. You don't really need a bed of money to sleep on, just a simple buffer. If Wrath is like BC, you'll make a lot of money leveling, but not enough to buy whatever massive goldsink is at the top level. Don't grind too hard, because you probably won't have to, and it'll likely make it feel like a chore if you do too much. Find a very quick, very simple task you can do on a daily basis.
What I've decided to do is find five daily quests that I can tolerate, and do them every day that I have WoW time. I chose five quests from Quel'Danas. They are:
- The Battle Must Go On
- The Air Strikes Must Continue
- Keeping the Enemy at Bay
- Further Conversions
- Arm the Wards
Last night, I decided to check just how long it takes me to complete these quests. I logged in on my Resto Shaman, who is in half Karazhan
gear. This particular character only has healing gear, so these quests were done purely in that. I accepted all five quests and checked the clock: 10:32 PM. My first stop was the nearby portal to kill some demons, I mounted up and ran over to the flightmaster to do the bombing runs, then I made a pass up and down the coast killing Wretched and Robots. I made my lap around town turning in quests, and checked the clock again. 10:50 PM. I made a little over fourty gold, plus an Arcane Tome
dropped during Keeping the Enemy at Bay, along with some other various drops along the way ranging from grey to green.
Resto Shaman have it a little better than say, Resto Druids for soloing, but it won't take anybody more than thirty minutes to do these five quests. Tanks
can both do these quests fairly easily. The mobs at the portal are the most dangerous ones out of what you'll face, but if you play it safe you should never, ever die.
Let's give Wrath
an arbitrary release date. Let's say... late November. By late November, you'll have made over 5,000g if you do five dailies each day. That's pretty nice padding! Of course, you probably won't
do these every day. That's fine! You'll get plenty of drops to vendor and AH to make up for it. My Arcane Tome will sell for 20g on my server, and the couple of greys that dropped probably make up another 5g, plus the myriad of random other things. You'll probably do other things between now and Wrath
also, like dungeon runs
or utilizing your gathering profession for some reason. That's all more gold on top of the buffer you're building yourself.
All told, that's pretty good for someone barely
geared and not specced for DPS whatsoever. No need to blow gold on respecs every few days. You can do this even if you're stuck Resto/Holy/Protection for your guild or raid group. Respeccing to do ten dailies as Retribution rather than five as Holy is pretty much halving your efficiency. Not worth it at all, unless you only need to respec once every few weeks.
It's true that this will take longer on a PvP server, and you might even need to find a different 5 quests entirely. Say, in Ogri'la, Nagrand
and Skettis. The same thing applies, though. Pick 5 quests you can do easily and effortlessly. Something you could do while dinner
is heating up in the oven/microwave. Remember, the goal is not to be swimming in money at the end of the day. It's to slowly build up your stores so you're ready and not burnt out by the time Wrath
Obviously, this isn't the only way to earn money. You don't need to do daily quests at all. Be creative, look at what you have available to you. Gathering skills are incredible income, especially Herbalism. Log on for 30 minutes a day and farm Terocone
or Nightmare Vine
. If you're feeling adventurous, level 70 characters can waltz through Slave Pens quite easily picking the Ancient Lichen
nodes in the first part of the dungeon. Two or three instance resets will get you a stack of Lichen, which probably goes for anywhere from 40g to 70g on the auction house, depending on how raiding heavy your server is, and that takes almost no time at all as long as you're cautious.
We'll stop here and take this thing one step at a time. Getting the entire information dump of what you should do before the expansion can be a little intimidating, especially if you're a very casual player. I'll have more for you next week, when we talk about planning your talent specs.