Thursday, October 27, 2011

How To Make Gold In WoW With Essences

Know Your Essences

There are 5 elemental essences that date all the back to Vanilla WoW.  Four of these essences drop off of elemental mobs and the 5th drops off of undead creatures.  In Vanilla WoW you would often see alchemists transmuting one essence to another because of the varying scarcity and different market values.  Many of those old Vanilla WoW methods of making gold with essences are still viable ways to make gold in WoW today in the Cataclysm era.  If you come across some cheap essences from the WoW auction house, have some tucked away in your guild bank, or collect some of them while leveling, then hopefully this post will give you some options for making gold through profession use with those essences.

The 5 Elemental Essences

Essence of Air

Essence of Air is used in 2 of the major BoA and lower level twink agility weapon enchants.  Depending on how Transmogrification turns out, there may be more demand for the Stormshroud armor set, which also takes Essence of air.  Currently, the 2 best uses of Essence of Air are:
  1. Enchant Weapon - Agility (+15 Agi)
  2. Enchant 2H Weapon - Agility (+25 Agi)
Essence of Earth

Essence of Earth is used in a lot of Blacksmithing recipes as well as a few Tailoring, Jewelcrafting, and Engineering recipes.  The best use for making gold with Essence of Earth is from another BoA/Twink Enchanting recipe:

  1. Enchant Weapon - Strength (+15 Str)

Essence of Fire

Essence of Fire is used in a ton of recipes.  A whopping 32 crafting recipes total, but few are profitable to a gold maker.  The two best uses of Essence of Fire to make gold in WoW are:

  1. Fused Wiring
  2. Enchant Weapon - Fiery Weapon
The Fiery Enchant is always a popular enchant for both twinks and leveling characters.  Fused Wirings can also be crafted for a nice profit or the Fused Wirings can also be used as a crafting component in some of the Engineering crafted companion pets.

Essence of Undeath

Essence of Undeath is the least valuable of all 5 of these elemental Essences.  The 2 best uses for making gold profits are:
  1. Enchant Weapon - Unholy Weapon
  2. Enchant Weapon - Lifestealing

Essence of Water

Essence of Water is another essence with a ton of recipes (33), but again very few are worth much to a gold maker.  The profitable options to make gold with Essence of Water are:

  1. Enchant Weapon - Healing Power (+29 SP)
  2. Enchant Weapon - Icy Chill (Also takes 1 Essence of Air)
So if you find a supply of cheap Essence check back and see if any of these profession crafting options are going to be profitable on your server.  Of all of these, Fiery is the hardest for me to keep in stock since the demand for it is so high.  Hopefully you can find an essence to add to your snatch list to give you another options for making gold in the World of Warcraft.

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  1. Hey, good tip, I knew about essences before, but this gives me a nice list with the important stuf fin one place. I was wondering how come you don't have a +1 button for google? Its pretty much the only thing I use for sharing links.

  2. Google +1 buttons added at the top of each post.

  3. Lifedream of Black DragonflightOctober 28, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    Hi guys,

    This is a good, informative article. Nice job, ty.

    Keep your hand on your coinpurse,


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