Enchanting is the ultimate gold making profession in wow. It’s the perfect accomplice to all other professions and is a must have for anyone who is aiming to hit the gold cap.
My friends and I whom are gold capped 2 to 5 times over often debate over favourite professions – for me it’s jewelcrafting, for others it’s inscription or alchemy, but there’s one thing we all have in common and it’s that we have enchanting on one of our World of Warcraft characters.
I want to share with you a little insight as to how you can have enchanting assist you on your own journey to gold cap as it is one of the main ways I make gold other than my highest gold making techniques I learned in WoW School’s guide. I’ll cover the disenchanting side of the profession first and the scroll enchanting side second
The majority of enchanters hate their profession. They do the whole LFW 5g tip thing in trade; make a pitiful 50g-100g a day and call it quits. They’re doing it wrong. You’ll never see me in trade channel.
If you don’t already enchanting on one of your characters I highly recommend you get on that first. There is a good enchanting levelling guide on wow-professions.com.
There are very few people who have reached the gold cap without enchanting – think of it like driving your car without one of the pistons. You only need to be level 65 to reach the maximum of 450 in enchanting skill, so grab it on an alt (death knights work well!) if your main toon(s) already have good professions.
Make Gold by Disenchanting
The strength of Enchanting really lies in its ability to enhance the profitability of other professions. I’ll give a few examples here of how it can be used in conjunction with your profession, keeping in mind most of these still work with the great reduction in price most realms have seen since patch 3.3! Most people are unaware that all you need to do is simply add up the mats for these products compare them with the value of the enchanting mats created, craft them, and then disenchant them. Remember to keep your eye out for people selling mats in bulk and gobble them all up, even if you can’t use them all right away.
Duskweave Belt – Requires ~1.5 stacks of frostweave and produces 3.5 infinite dust.
Frostwoven Belt – Requires ~0.75 stacks of frostweave and produces 2 infinite dust.
The dust can then be re-used in the making of frostweave bags too.
Bloodstone Band and other such jewellery – Require 2 crystallized earth and a gem and produce 2.5 infinite dusts.
Jade Dagger Pendant – An eternal earth and some gems produces a dream shard.
Horned Cobalt Helm – Requires half a stack of cobalt bars and produces 6 infinite dust.
Notched Cobalt War Axe – Requires half a stack of cobalt bars and produces 1.5 greater cosmic essences.
Deadly Saronite Dirk – Requires 7 bars and 2 crystallized airs to produce a dream shard.
Faces of Doom – Requires various inks and a frozen orb (these are really cheap these days) and produces an abyss crystal.
Inscription also produces the vellums we’ll need for the next section!
Asking around, most people hadn’t thought of making these which shocked me. First you need vellums which you can make yourself if you have a Scribe or just buy them from the Auction House.
As for the enchanting mats themselves; depending on which is cheaper, either buy them directly from the Auction House or produce them using the above methods.
On my realm, I’ve found that the mats are cheapest on weekends so this is when I stock up on them. More people are out and about producing the stuff via their profession or through heroic dungeon farming. You’ll have to check when they’re cheapest on your realm. Before anyone tries to inform me, yes, I’m aware enchanting mats have come down in value a lot in recent times and so have the cost of scrolls. They’re both relative to each other though, and the profit margin is still present.
The majority of enchanting scrolls sell after raids as this is when people get new gear that needs enchanting. Despite the enchanters who offer their enchanting service for free or for minimum tip in trade, it’s sometimes difficult to find one that has what you want, is online, isn’t obnoxious and isn’t going to steal your mats. Some people are just in a hurry or perhaps unsocial and scroll enchants make life easier for them. Regardless of the reason, many of these sell per day for me. To begin with, I’d attempt to get into the habit of listing 3 each of 5 different scrolls, then venturing further from there. Here are the best ones:
Mongoose – Still great for tanks to use (especially druids). The enchant formula is solo-farmable from Karazhan depending on your class – add up the cost of mats on your realm’s AH, the scroll sells regularly for about 400g on mine.
Powerful Stats - Ten stats to chest is used by just about every class and spec in the game, so usually sell a handful of these every day. They’re cheap to produce and sell for 150g or so.
Berserking – A little more expensive to produce, but every time a melee class gets a new weapon it has to have Berserking on it and they have to get it from somewhere. Still sells about 350g on my realm.
As an advanced technique to make gold with enchanting, if I ever see anyone in trade channel offering to pay people for skillups, I rush to them. I take my mats and a couple of scrolls and get them to pay me 10g or 20g for clicking their button so I don’t have to. These then go on the AH with the rest of them.
The best way to sell scroll enchants is using Quick Auctions 3. I recommend creating a new category for each of the scroll types so that you adjust the threshold for each should there be a fluctuation in material costs. Set the post cap on it to 3 of each and undercut to say a silver and then just replace them on the AH as they sell. The best thing to note here is that they are free to list so if someone undercuts you, just hit the cancel button on it then post them again!
I’m also a fan of Altoholic for keeping track of how many scrolls you have in stock so you know how many more of each to make in time for your next Auction House listing. KTQ can be set to do this in a similar way to what I mentioned in my Jewelcrafting guide. Alternatively, the QA3 summary feature can assist with this as well.
Postal is hard to look past. If you’re anything like me you get 100’s of successful auctions in the mail each day, having that Open All button is very handy. Note that if you open the options menu you can bring the mail opening speed down even further.
I hope this guide has been helpful, stay tuned for the full Professions Guide E-book that is currently being created with video walkthroughs, spreadsheets and specific examples of hundreds of thousands of gold being made.
Check out how this method can be combined with the WoW Schools Guide to make the most gold an hour.