We’ve talked a lot about professions in the past and how some recipes like Spidersilk Boots, the Pet Bombling, and Enchant Weapon – Fiery Weapon are some must haves for easily generating gold. I’ve always said any profession can make gold, and they can all do it equally well -you simply need to determine what sells on your server. One of the keys to that is having a diverse recipe book. Very soon, those professions that can make various types of gear and weapons are going to have another reason. You might have heard of that little thing called Transmogrification.
One of the biggest knocks I’ve had against craftable gear is that a lot of the items are essentially useless for their level compared to what drops or is quest rewarded even. In some cases, that’s still going to hold true. However, if they fit a certain look someone is trying to establish, then they’ll be sought out. If people are looking for something to be made, they tend to tip. Don’t you want to be the one they’re giving their gold to?
Many people aren’t going to go through the time to track down rare drops or reputation related recipes like the Flarecore Robe. Even the ones that will use their profession to generate some gold are going to focus on end game epics. There’s nothing wrong with that, and I’m certainly encouraging that when I say expand your book, but a key to making gold is offering something others aren’t. Even advertising on your server’s forum can help with this. Yes, it will encourage other people to do the same but there are a number of factors that you should consider before that deters you. People may not have the recipes you do which means tracking them down, but also the number of players that use the forums is not as large as you might think.
If you are looking to flush out your recipes, the best thing I can suggest is to go download Ackis. I’ve talked about it before, as it is an easy addon to use. Once installed you merely open your profession book and run a scan, which takes seconds to complete. It will show you what recipes you’re still missing, as well as how to obtain them. If they’re a drop you’ll find out what mobs they drop from (unless it’s a World Drop), as well as coordinates on where they are. Another addon to consider is MogIt. It isn’t designed for professions, but you can make it work for you with a bit of digging. Find a piece of gear you like the look of and see what it is. Many have more than one skin and if someone wants the look of something like Skyshroud Leggings, you can save them farming for it by offering to make Runecloth Pants. They’re the exact same and saving them time will result in more money for you.
So it might be a good idea to start visiting those Quartermasters, hitting some instances for those BoP recipes (that are BoE gear, of course), and keeping an eye on the auction house for folks simply looking to get rid of the recipes that you’ll end up profiting from. But you’ll want to get a head start, as Patch 4.3 is likely less than a month away now. People will want their transmog gear, and there’s some holiday coming where they’ll want to do some shopping for others, too.