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Friday, December 24, 2010

Archaeology: How To Make Gold - A Guest Post By Zoxy


There’s Gold In Them Hills – How To Make Gold With Archaeology


A Guest By Zoxy of Trading With Zoxy

I need to start this post by saying unless you are an alchemist you won't be making thousands of gold from this new profession . It is a long grind to 525 and archaeology is focused on pets, mounts and BOA items for you.

So where is the gold?


 1. Vial of the Sands ( Alchemist only )

 2. Key Stones

 3. Vendors

Vial of the Sands: Are you an alchemist? Well if you are an alchemist, there is the big money maker Vial of the Sands. The cost to make one is around the 30k mark with most most of that in vendor mats but 12 of it in truegold. This is a mount the transforms you into a dragon that can carry an ally on your back. These should hopefully sell for a 10k or 20k profit depending on your server.

How Do You Get One?


First you need 525 in archaeology. Once you have reached that skill level the recipe for this mount can only be acquired by opening a Canopic Jar, but only has about a 5% drop rate. These can also only be found by doing digs in Uldum so its a long grind to get it, but worth it when u finally get there.

Key Stones


 They are not BOP so these can be sold . These count as 12 fragments for the different projects:
  • Troll Tablet - Troll
  • Highborne Scroll - Night Elf
  • Dwarf Rune Stone - Dwarf
  • Orc Blood Text - Orc
  • Draenei Tome - Draenei
  • Nerubian Obelisk - Nerubian
  • Vrykul Rune Stick - Vrykul
  • Tol'vir Hieroglyphic - Tol'vir
On my server these sell from 100 - 1000 gold depending on race. These are a random find while digging so if your looking to make some extra gold keep hold of them and sell them at the AH.

Those are the only two direct ways of making gold from the profession. You will make the easiest gold while working on your archaeology if you take advantage of all the flying around it will take to max your skill.

Vendor Recipes

On my main bank alt, I have two guild banks full of vendor recipes and make between 200g to 500g a day in these recipes. So it is not a massive amount of money, but the profit is amazing. Many of the vendor recipes are under a gold so if you can buy 10 recipes for 10g and sell for 200 gold it is a great profit .
With dig sites so far apart it requires a lot of flying and this offers you a great chance to stop off at all the vendors and pick up the limited spawn recipes and other flippable recipes from the vendor.
Summary

Unless your an alchemist you will never make thousands of gold from the profession. If you can get into the mindset of visiting ever vendor on the way to dig sites and keeping an eye out for the rare mobs as your going over an area, then you can turn a slow profession to a great source of easy passive income.

Zoxy of the Trading With Zoxy Blog

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Thanks for the post on archaeology, Zoxy!  I haven't even trained it on any of my ten characters yet.  Zoxy and I have been having some great discussions via twitter regarding the barking and selling of fortune cards.  Come follow us both on twitter and join in the discussion.

@SSmith0911  :Cold
@EUZoxy    :Zoxy

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