Making Money At Low Levels With One Character, A Guide

Or the - Comprehensive Guide to Making Gold No Matter What Your Level
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--> Update: October-18-2010

The original intent of this gold making guide was to help new players accumulate the gold they needed for their first mount at level 40. At that time this first mount was quite expensive when one took into account the meager gold making opportunities available. Most brand new players were genuinely unable to make the money needed on their own within those first 40 levels. It would be several levels later that they were able to accumulate the needed gold. It was a small failure in the larger scheme of things but no less demoralizing for the person involved.

The rules surrounding mount acquisition have changed numerous times since this guide was first written. As of this writing, getting your first mount at level 20 is not that hard, nor is getting the fast ground mount at level 40 very difficult. In fact it's essentially trivial. Even getting your first flying mount in Outland isn't all that hard anymore. The amount of money available to players by the introduction of Northrend game content is just about an order of magnitude larger than what came before, just like Burning Crusade content did before that. All that gold has inflated auction house prices greatly. Because of the expanding money supply, making money at low levels is very very easy. I created a mage on a new server recently. At level 15 he has 375 gold. And I only speculated on one item, a blacksmithing pattern. The rest of the money was made selling low level gatherables like silverleaf and copper ore.

Because of the mount changes and expanding money supply, the genuine need for this guide no longer exists, at least at low levels. The only somewhat difficult purchase players have anymore is getting fast flying, or epic flight. Without the reputation discount it is 5000 gold. Even in Northrend it takes a noticable amount of time to accumulate that much gold, specially if it's your first character to get there.

This guide now hopes to provide the tools any player would need to realize their goals, to give a sense of accomplishment. And hopefully allow them to keep making the gold they need when they need it, to take down at least one barrier to enjoyment of the game.

I edited the guide as a whole rather than issuing another appended update. Hopefully this will be the last whole guide edit needed. You can read the previous updates at the bottom of this guide page.

Lastly I must offer a much belated but no less appreciative thank you to all those readers that left comments below. Again, thank you for the kind words.

Now for the guide proper.

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Some people will read the following specific pieces of advice and conclude that following them will destroy the fun of the game. I agree, it can easily do just that. I'm not enough of an obsessive to even attempt to follow all of the advice listed here all of the time. Nonetheless, everyone should know about these things. You can't make the choice if you don't even know the option exists.
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Jame back to guide writing & Site updates

As you might have noticed it was a bit quiet the last few weeks around here. This is due to the load of work that Jame and me had to face in RL. Fortunately we are soon done with these obligations and will be back full time to guide writing. The site also badly needs upgrades concerning its design and structure.

Guide Projects will be:

  • Leveling guides from 60-70 Horde/Alliance
  • Guides for all new instances normal/heroic
  • Raid instance guides for Karazhan/SSC/TK/Black Temple/Hyjal
  • How to get your epic flying mount + exhalted with all factions
  • How to get your flying dragon mount
  • Tradeskill guides and much more.

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A newcomer's Guide to Warcraft - Toogie learned the hard way so you don't have to!

Hi. I decided to make this guide for fun and to kill some down time at work. I will cover many topics from character creation to strategies for making money. It's not a guide to tell you what to do but it will explain many things which should be considered when rolling your first character and many lessons I learned the hard way. I have played this game way too much so I hope this helps some people out there.

Making Your First Character

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Boston's 12-20 Alliance Leveling Guide (Westfall/Redridge)

12-20 Alliance Leveling Guide


I tried my best to make a guide for levels 12-20. This guide is focused on questing rather than grinding, though some parts you may be asked to grind. Before we begin, it is a very good idea to download a couple of mods I frequently refer to in this guide:

Titan Panel: Great mod that allows you to keep track of your inventory, money, and experience easily.

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Boston's 1-12 Dun Morogh Leveling Guide (Dwarf/Gnome)

Dun Morogh 1-12



I tried my best to make a guide for the Dwarf and Gnome starting area (other races can come here too of course) for level 1-12. This guide is focused on questing rather than grinding, though some parts you may be asked to grind.

The Burning Crusade Keys and Attunements

Eastern Kingdoms Instances

Karazhan (10 Man Raid)

A key is needed not only to open the door to the instance but also to enter the instance portal. The masters key can be obtained through a series of quests starting outside the instance. The instance is at the southern most part of deadwind pass at the end of the river.

1. Arcane Disturbances (Deadwind Pass)

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We are working on the server issues

We apologize for the inconveniences.

edit: apparently we found out where the problem was and now it should be fixed.

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Server issues

The wow-pro team wants to apologize for the server/site issues that we've been experiencing lately. What happened is that our provider put a new dedicated server at our disposition which apparently doesn't work at all or worse than what we had before. Before the recent server move we had managed to partly solve issues with server stability and the site had been as fast as it's normally supposed to be but lately everything has slowed down again which really bothers us and you of course. This is why we want to inform you that we are doing our utmost to find a solution for this problem once and for all. Though for the time being please be patient. Again we apologize for any inconveniences.

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Cataclysm Alliance & Horde Leveling Guides! (1-80)

After exhausting yourself playing Wildstar and utilizing everything you can find at Killer Guides, it might be time to go back to the classics. That’s right: WoW!

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New guide & Site changes incoming

The 50-60 Horde Leveling guide has been ready for some days now but we didn't get the time to do the final editing yet. Jame and I'll do that today and we will definitely release the guide today.

Also Drupal 5.0 has been released which will give me the occasion to rehaul the site and structure it in a clearer way. This means a little downtime and some inconveniences later this week, but I'll try to keep that to a minimum. It's definitely worth it because the navigation will be much easier.

Last but not least Jame and I didn't receive TBC yet but as soon as we get it we'll start working on 60-70 guides and new instance walkthroughs. If however you already have TBC please feel free to contribute so we can gather info for the community as fast as possible Smiling

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