|Yes, it’s That Bloke from Tempest Keep. I soloed him. /flex|
I overheard a conversation in Guild earlier in the week, one I come across a lot. If you don’t have loads of time to farm, it’s really hard to make money in game. The joke is of course, that you need very little time to make tons of money in-game, if you know what to do. Knowledge is power, after all, and I have on many occasions pointed you good people to potential money making avenues that require the minimum of investment to see a return. This time around however, I come with something extra. Let’s go make some money by re-running old content, and while we’re at it let’s maximise our returns. Not simply in gold, but in reputation, potential mogging items and added extras. Let’s go farm Outland Heroics, shall we?
I pick Outland for many reasons: most people like to avoid it, as it’s just a place to be before you get to Northrend, but the fact remains there’s a shedload of great looking gear wrapped up in the Expansion for mogging, a ton of factions to max out for pets, mounts and other useful items, tons of recipes to pick up… and because it’s all L70 and the majority of you good people will be cheesing this at 85, IT’S EASY. Even my rubbish Bank Druid (who’s shoulders you’ll see in the screenies) could manage all this without dying as a Boomkin. If she can do it, then so can you. Let’s tell you why:
1. No, REALLY. Heroic Outlands = NOT HARD.
|This is my first time. Can you tell?|
If, like my Druid, you pretty much skipped dungeoning in your grind to 85, there’s a whole heap of Achievements missing in your list. Nothing says ‘shallow alt’ more than none of your reps at Exalted or getting the 1000g ‘Got my Mind on My Money’ achievement from a boss in LFR. If you go straight for the Heroic Outland option you’ll automatically be awarded both clears, so it makes sense to start with the ‘harder’ one first.
2. Other Quests Are Available.
|Gold is gold. JP’s soon add up as well…|
If you intend to run some Heroics in Outland, go check the Wind Traders you’ll find in Shatt’s Lower City before you start. If their Daily Normal or Heroic quest target matches the ones you’re running, pick them up, because 13g20s is more money than you’d have if you didn’t have the quest in your log. EVERYTHING contributes to your cash total. While you’re there, I’d suggest you check out the Shatt Fishing and Cookery Dailies to boot, as there’s a TON of achievements/recipes/cool items from those two that you won’t get in the current Fishing/Cookery run. I should probably make a seperate post about that, but I digress…
3. Double Reputation. Yes, Double!
|Happiness for an Achievement Lover. Two of EVERYTHING :D|
The tooltips on the Horde/Alliance Faction Tabards lie. If you wear a Stormwind Tabard in The Shattered Halls, for instance… well, that’s what you get. Double your money, and for anyone who wants to quickly raise their Home Faction reputation across the board this method beats the Legion out of the Argent Tournament or the Molten Front Dailies. I’m a great believer in multi-tasking, and this is by far the best way to get yourself quickly exalted with a whole bunch of people.
|Did not take long at all, honest.|
If you don’t know where to buy your own factions main tabards, go look next to flight masters in major capitol cities as a starting point. There’s even an achievement for wearing 10/25 Tabards to boot.
4. Mogging Items. Lots of them.
|Pretty axe. Not costing a fortune.|
Mogging has taken off in a huge way on my server. Certain items (referred to by the erudite as sassy plate/mail/cloth/leather) can command big money, and if you want to dress yourself cheaply then by far the best way of doing so is by running these dungeons. As they’re Heroic it’s mostly the same items you’ll see too. Selling your green items could make these runs go from being simply a good way to make some extra cash to turning you into a millionaire, but that’s going to depend on you and your server economy. Needless to say, if the items I picked up while running for rep sell on my AH, this method of ‘farming’ will be more lucrative than selling leather (current return: 1000g per hour) It’s up to you, folks. The instances are there, you have no competition for mobs: the only downside is, as Heroics, once you’ve completed them you’re locked out until tomorrow. Needless to say, there’s a load to choose from… ^^
5. Learn Your Lore.
If you’re lucky enough to have snagged the Legendary Caster Weapon from the Firelands you’ll know who this is. However, if you’ve never run Magisters Terrace you might not be aware of his first appearance in Lore, and the events that surround him. There’s a ton of Warcraft back story wrapped up in these dungeons, most of which is ignored as you pile your way towards 85, and taking the time to go back and rediscover the past is a great way to spend an hour while you pile up greens to mog with and rep to improve your standing. There’s also lots of fringe benefits: there’s the mounts from Sethekk Halls and Magisters, a 20 slot bag from the latter, various vanity pets available as drops or rep rewards, and if you want it, Don Carlos’ Famous Hat. Oh and don’t get me started about gathering professions…
A lot got squeezed into TBC, and most of it now goes completely unnoticed. It’s a shame, and considering the benefits that your character can gain from a bit of time ‘going back to your roots’ it’s a great time to revisit Outlands: you never know, we might be heading for some major changes to reputation come the Pandas. Some of this stuff might even disappear altogether… ^^ If you want to round out your character(s) and make a bit of cash to boot, you could do a lot worse. Plus it beats standing in a Capitol City going /afk… :D