Hi all, Sarranuva here and I’m back with another tutorial!
Now, if Blizzard ever decide to announce the exact release date, Shadowlands is being released this year and there are things you can do to safeguard your gold making efforts and get off to a solid start.
As with all expansions it’s best to look at it in a way of supply and demand. What is in the game at the moment that is in abundance that may not be when the new expansion drops? I get that this is a very open-ended question so I’m gonna try to give you some ideas of what I will be looking at stocking up on ahead of Shadowlands.
I’m not saying you should go all 10IQ moves and stockpile 10,000 rolls of toilet roll in a pandemic. I’m talking about solid 10,000IQ moves that can pay off really big if done right!
If you watched my previous videos on what to stockpile and hoard before expansions and patches, then you’ll know that these are educated guesses and gut feels so I would spread yourself out a little. I would recommend not focusing on one particular market but several in-case the main one you focus on crashes and you lose your gold. I sound like a stocks and shares investment company: Disclaimer. Your capital is at risk. The value of your investment may go up as well as down.
Seriously though, these tips are pretty much nailed on to come good in future – aside from one massive gut feel tip that I have – so if you want to remember where these tips come from and come back to thank me in a few months, why don’t you follow me on twitter @Sarranuva but more importantly subscribe to the channel using the button below and hit the little notification bell if you don’t want to miss out on some upcoming content too!
So, here are the tips that I hope make you a tonne of gold in Shadowlands with as little effort as possible right now! The two things I would invest in stockpiling are:
Stocking up on materials is a great idea as there’s often an abundance of mats available at the end of an expansion. This is mainly because players are bored and are doing farming as a way to pass the time. There’s also multiboxers cashing in and flooding markets with lower-than-average mat costs. Use this to your advantage and figure out who the multiboxers are on your server and speak them and ask them to be your supplier – they want the instant gold and not have to wait for it to sell on the AH so it’s a win-win. There’s also a massive crossover with mounts when it comes to materials so it often dictates the price for items. With this in mind, why not aim for both and make it rain with gold!
Ghost Iron Ore & Mounts
Ghost Iron Ore is found in Pandaria and I have a great video on the best routes to mine Ghost Iron Ore so please check that out if you are one of those people who want to farm the mats as opposed to buying it cheaply on the Auction House.
This is primarily used to craft 6 of the main craftables mounts in the game. The majority of ore is used for the Jewelcrafting Panthers: Jade, Ruby, Sapphire and Sunstone which can be used on their own, but can also be combined to create the Jeweled Onyx Panther. These all require a Jewelcrafter to prospect the ore for the gems required.
However, the main one I would recommend focusing on is the Sky Golem – The herbalists best friend (unless you’re a druid of course ?)
The reason you want to focus on it is because of the changes to professions in Shadowlands, there may be several users changing to Herbalism as it may be more lucrative than ever before. This is why I would recommend Ghost Iron Ore.
Now, there are two ways you can go about this: stock up on Ghost Iron Ore and try to sell it at the beginning of Shadowlands or if you have ALTs with Engineering and Alchemy, you can start creating the materials for a Sky Golem now as it takes 30 days to create each mount due to the daily cooldown on Jard’s Peculiar Energy Source. You also need the Ghost Iron Ore for Trillium bars for Living Steel which is transmutable on a daily cool down as well. If you already use your Alchemist for other cooldowns such as Pyrium Bars, then you should keep an eye out for cheap Motes/Spirits of Harmony so you can take advantage of the Riddle of Steel transmute that gets rid of the cooldown for a higher cost in mats. It’s even better if your ALT is a transmute master for those extra procs.
Ultramarine Ink & Contracts
This tip is a complete gut feel, but with the current level of materials available on the Auction House this might be a nice short-term flip.
Used as part of Inscription, it’s key in reputation contracts for the factions in BFA such as Rajani, Uldum and Rustbolt Resistance which all have mounts locked behind their reputation gates so the price of Contracts may become very lucrative in future as people try to go back to old content for mounts.
There’s well as the small selection of BFA glyphs that were introduced such as the Glyph of the Dolphin may become as scarce as some of the World Quest Legion glyphs. If the price of Ultramarine is too high, pick up a handful of the cheapest BFA herbs and mill them yourself if you have an alt with Inscription.
Vial of the Sands
As I mentioned before, you may have an alchemist who is transmuting pyrium bars so unless you have two like I do, this is going to be a choice you’ll have to make.
The Pyrium Bars are used as a transmute into Truegold for the Vial Of The Sands mount which has been selling extremely well since its release in Cataclysm and theres no reason why this won’t continue to be the case.
There are lots of mats that are required in the Cataclysm regions such as Azshara’s Veil, Whiptail and Cinderbloom which are needed for the Flask of The Winds and Flask of Titanic Strength. I created a How-To video on how to gather Azshara’s Veil for it was well as a How-To for unlocking the portal to Vashj’ir to help you farm them faster than ever before.
I would recommend either stockpiling the mats or hoarding a few of the mounts in a bank ahead of the expansion. Plus, anyone who gets interested in creating the mount might just need a Sky Golem to help farm herbs faster 😀
Mounts from World Drops
Group farming is quite abundant at the moment for a variety of mount drops throughout the world and I would recommend picking several of these up cheap if you can and hold on to them. They won’t set the world alight when Shadowlands launches, but give it a few months and these will more-than-likely increase in price. Definite longterm plays here, but I would recommend keeping an eye out for:
Reins of a Tamed Bloodfeaster
The Reins of a Tamed Bloodfeaster is a drop that comes from Nazmir and lets you summon the Leaping Veinseeker mount. The price of this mount has been well shorted due to farming groups so it’s fair to say that whilst this won’t be a start of expansion increase, the price of this mount should massively increase as the expansion goes on. Currently goes for around 51k gold, so a very easy investment if you have some liquid gold.
Captured Dune Scavenger
Like the Reins of a Tamed Bloodfeaster, the Captured Dune Scavenger is a mob that is farmed by groups and drops from random mobs in Voldun and is Bind On Use. It currently has an EU region price of 1.5million so definitely get them cheap if you can.
The price for Goldenmane’s Reins has been a consistent 240k across the EU on Undermine Journal, so it a sizeable investment, but one that collectors will want deep into Shadowlands – in case they don’t have enough horses of course.
Chewed-On Reins of the Terrified Pack Mule
Talking of mounts that don’t appeal to me, we have the Chewed-On Reins of the Terrified Pack Mule that currently goes for around 2million on my server so I definitely will not be investing in this one, but the EU average is about 300k, so if you see it for cheaper than that, I would snap it up as the collectors will definitely be after this in Shadowlands
Nazjatar Blood Serpent (Abyssal Fragments)
Again, a mount that is currently dominated by groups and multiboxers, the mount is slightly different in that it requires 20 Abyssal Fragments and drop from mobs in Nazmir. They currently have an average price of 20k each, so they are a great source of cash and will only increase in price with scarcity. I would recommend either picking the fragments up cheap or farming the mats yourself (although this can take several hours to achieve enough for the mount).
Reins of the Thundering Ruby Cloud Serpent (Skyshards)
Similar to the Nazjatar Blood Serpent, you can farm 10 Skyshards in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms to form a Sky Crystal in order to kill Alani the Stormborn. This is where the Reins of the Thundering Ruby Cloud Serpent drops and until recently it wasn’t able to be sold on the AH.
Unfortunately, you can’t buy the Skyshards so you do have to do the farming yourself, but there are still farming groups in LFG available so if you have a few hours spare, you might as well try. Also, check your alts for a random Skyshard in their bags – they are BoA so if you’re like me and levelled a few characters back in the Mists of Pandaria days, you might hit lucky and find a couple just sat in an alts bank bag.
One of the things that people will need to get a head start in any expansion is raw gold. How else are you going to dominate a market early on if you don’t have the capital to invest in materials etc.
You have to remember, everyone has been on a race to 5million gold to get their longboi so there may be a few players who are not very liquid at the moment.
Keep as much gold stockpiled as possible and if you’re in the Enchanting/Inscription/Alchemy business then you cannot go wrong.
So, that’s my 6 tips for what to stockpile ahead of Shadowlands. Hopefully they make you a tonne of gold or at least put you in a great position to dominate a market when it first opens up.
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