Similar like the warlock thread.
Lots of classes have their ways and niches to make gold. Mages aoe the shit out complete dungeons. Rogues pick pocket mobs like gypsy's in the Ramblas plaza in Barcelona. Locks, hunters badger instances like DM.
But what do ferals be it full tank, full cat, or Hotw/NS spec have going for them?
I just run dungeons with my buddies. I pick up whatever vendor trash I find, maybe I get an orb or two, maybe I skin some dead things, and I come away with 40-50g at the end of the night. I usually have 500-600g in my bags. I also won a greed roll on an ace of beasts a week ago and sold it for 1300g.
I hate farming and don't do it. I just hang out with friends and the gold takes care of itself.
But getting that sweet sweet warden staff will cost a pretty penny.
How does one afford that as a feral? Thats the question !
Herbing or Mining, or get an alt.
They're not that expensive, the Warden Staff isn't a pair of edgemasters. I borrowed 150g at the time when I was level 51 or whenever it was that I bought my staff, and I paid it back in a few days. I bought mine for 271g, and that was 7 months ago. On my server now they can be had for half that much. We also don't really have to spend much gold crafting gear, so it's not like we're saving for a lionheart or titanic leggings. Nor do we need to run BRD 400 times to get a savage gladiator chain. All of our blue stuff pretty much comes from dungeons, and our purple stuff comes from raiding. Some of it comes from battleground rep, but even then we're not really buying gear like other classes do. I'm sitting on over 2,000g in the bank right now and I don't farm jack shit. Other than raid consumes, I also don't have much to spend it on as a bear tank. I just tank dungeons for buddies, don't reserve anything, roll greed on everything that drops, vendor it all at the end of the night and post whatever mats and stuff I collected on the auction hall. Can easily pull in 50g per night doing that, sometimes a lot more.
Are you level 60 yet?
Besides, I just thought of this as I sit here waiting for my instance lockout to expire so I can run another 5 gnomer dungeons in a row - as a Feral Druid, you're going to be farming enough crowd pummelers to not want to farm anything else. If you're a raid tank, then you're probably an off-tank and you won't need many pummelers. I get by with about 3-4 per week, typically one on raggy, one on baron geddon, and one for Ony. But if you're cat DPS then you are going to use an obscene amount of pummelers every week to keep up on DPS. Farming your weekly 16-20 or whatever crowd pummelers is going to drain the will to farm right out of you. I try to stock up on as many pummelers as I can all at once and do it once every few weeks to maintain a stockpile in the bank.
Unless you really need a big number of gold right away for something urgent, just don't even worry about it and let is accumulate on the side as you play.
Nope. Just finished renovating the second floor including the room that has become my gameroom/office.Are you level 60 yet?
Quite pleased with the result I might say. Allthough it took quite some time.
Going to order a new desktop this week and than I hope I can start with my furry friend (or a rogue or lock. That doubt still gnaws at me)
Yeah, don't worry about making gold yet then. Your time is much better spent making your way to 60. Your gold making ability is severely limited until that point. The gold just starts piling up at 60 even from just running dungeons and vendoring stuff.
1-60 journey the gold wont be a problem. Its after 60 what i fear as a feral.
As a hotw-ns druid jou need shitload of gear sets and the according pots as well.
Sorry man, I think you're looking for one of those 'one weird trick that makes fat loot that other classes hate' situations which we don't really have as Druids. If you're really set on grinding out a long solo farm then this isn't the right class for it. Level up a mage and use it to AOE farm. Or you could do gathering professions. People ignore skinning because it's not as flashy as mining for crystals or herbing for lotus, but tbh I can't be assed to run around looking for mining nodes or herbs but I do find myself constantly surrounded by things to skin. I can skin up a solid 20-25g just from black dragonscales and rugged leather from a single UBRS run with zero additional effort and I find it a solid way to tack on a chunk of gold to the nightly dungeon runs with my buddies. I had herbalism for 6 months and didn't go out a single time looking for herbs.
I've got over 2,000g in the bank as a full feral raid tank chugging every consume I can get my hands on with zero farming. 2-3 nights in dungeons with friends can net you 100g pretty easily, which is more than enough to cover a week's worth of raid consumes.
And I do mean chugging every consume I can get my hands on - For reference these are my typical buffs heading into raid nights:
I'm not skimping on consumes and I can afford this with zero solo farming. I just grab some friends, run some dungeons, and vendor the trash and sell the BOEs that I win. Though I don't normally use flasks, those are out of my budget so ignore that one... that was for a special occasion speed run push.
Good to hear! I am not looking for that one pony trick to get filthy rich. Just wanna be self sufficient and pay the bills. And if possible not look like a peasant.
I just started farming for my epic mount on my main, and I’ve had very good luck farming golden pearls. You can farm them from any mob that drops clams, and on my server they are selling for 60-70g apiece. I have averaged at least 1 per hour, and this is farming from mid 40s mobs that I 2-3 shot with just white damage. Literally any class could do this, it’s mindless, zero chance of dying, and depending on what mobs you farm, there are plenty of additional opportunities for making more gold per hour, such as collocated fishing spots, leather farming, mining or herbing, etc. It’s really on you what you want to do.
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Just started playing classic and my feral is now 20 with herb, alch and cooking. I reckon i should take up fishing too!
I've made loads of gold doing Coffer runs in BRD. It depends on what you have to pay for the keys though. I usually don't bother if they're more than 25s a piece.
You can also mine in Silithus for a chance at some Arcane Crystals but rate of succes will depend on your server.
Leatherworking is also going to be a moneymaker come Phase 5 where almost every rogue will need 9 Cured Rugged Hide for AQ.
But as others pointed out, the best and not to mention most fun way to make gold is to simply play the game.
I made my druid as the farming alt for my shaman. Before 60 as druid you basically don't have to worry about gold, but the easiest way to make some is to tank low level dungeons as you level up. There are still people who don't jump on the boosting bandwagon and have a hard time to find tanks.
Since you took up herbalism, check the AH to see which low level herbs sell well on your server. My herbs of choice (going up the skill req.) would be Swiftthistle (random pick from Mageroyal and Briarthorns), Stranglekelp (always near water), Wild Steelbloom, Grave Moss, Goldthorn.
--- At lvl 60 ---
1) Farm Dire Maul East. The courtyard always has two spawns of Dreamfoil and Gromsblood and the inside of the dungeon is randomly filled with more Gromsblood and Ghost Mushrooms. All of these herbs are used for everyday consumables and are always in demand. If you also get alchemy, more profit. Any spec druid can easily kill solo mobs if the herb spawns under them, but most importantly he can stealth around mobpacks and if you carry some int gear with you, you can also kill the same bosses that all ranged classes can farm in DM:E jump runs.
2) In case you don't have a group of friends to run dungeons with, you can always spam the LFG or "world" channel offering tanking and healing services. Tanks are in high demand on my server and many groups are okay with passing you loot they don't need, reserving the first righteous orb for you, stuff like that.
3) Adding to Easycap's suggestion, BRD Coffer runs are great when you don't want to group up. It's pretty much stealth all the way, no fighting and no real danger. It makes for a very relaxing way of farming gold (albeit not super profitable).
4) I heard of ranged classes soloing Princess Theredras in Maraudon. I never tried it, but I know some people want Blackstone Ring from there, so it could be profitable.
Great suggestions by @Psojed
Oh and on a completely different note. Don't buy the Warden Staff
Yes, on paper it's your BiS tanking weapon. Yes, it's mentioned/featured in every feral tank guide. But it's not actually worth the money. The Unyielding Maul from DM Tribute run offers almost the same stats, losing 10 armor and 2 defense and gaining 1 stamina. But mainly, it feels like those feral tank guides are written with old meta in mind. With minmaxers driving dps and threat to new heights, you are forced to generate more threat to keep up, which means that being hitcapped and using more offensive weapons takes precedence over the more defensive options. Timeworn Mace + Tome of Knowledge combo and those Manual Crowd Pummelers bring much more to the table and prepare you for the one-handed weapons from Nightmare Dragons and later from AQ.
Farming, sometimes buy some gold from other players
My furry friend is now 33. I see warden staff generally go for 300g in AH.
Which is doable I guess.
With my feral druid I do most of my farming in Maraudon, soloing princess. I just vendor the blues and gather herbs. The herbs are actually quite valuable. I think that I net something like 60g an hour.
An advantage to this farm is that it's not that dull. I do it specced pure feral in random tier pieces that I've gotten. Apparently spell damage blues work too, but the 3 piece set bonus from T2 is nice for mana regen.
I'll also echo Psojed from above: don't buy Warden Staff. This is not merely because it's expensive, but because it's actually not even bis either. Unyielding Maul is a better all purpose tanking weapon. While the stats on WS are slightly better, the main difference is that UM is a mace. This means that you can use an Iron Counterweight on it. Since 3% haste is much better than 15 agi UM comes out ahead.
I bought warden staff early in my druid career, but I've recently mostly stopped using it .