They called him Dances With Fire

How to Give Away Your Gold

Yesterday I introduced the challenge of starting Mists of Pandaria with no gold.

You could selfishly fill your pockets with vanity items like I did.

Or you could give the gold back to the community, the players.

Who deserves your gold? It’s painful to imagine your money thrown away by stupid players or deleted with deleted characters or used by competitors to make your sales more difficult. Especially when it took a considerable effort to raise the gold in the first place.

Who to donate to

Your Guild

They’ve been there for you since the start, you’ve fought together, argued together, quested, dungeoned together. Heck there was one night you even… ok we won’t go there, NSFW.  Surely a chunk of gold in the guild bank would thrill them no end.  Free repairs for one last try on a heroic boss, thanks to you?

Your Friends

More than your guild, these go-to-guys have given you more than enough hugs or slaps on the backs in the hard times.  And they’re hilarious to watch when they lag out, whilst stood in the fire.

They called him Dances With Fire

They called him Dances With Fire

The Wise

Imagine the pain of giving your gold away, only to find it was spent on a very expensive vendor item you could get for 1g.  A few friendly questions can help you discover if they have an ounce of gold-sense.

  • Do you know where I can find the Moongraze Tenderloin recipe?
  • Have you got any farming characters?
  • Can you spare five minutes to help me learn TSM?

The Determined

Its not always a good idea to lurk in Goldshire, pockets full of gold, ready to spring this burden on any brand new player.

The Inspiring

I’d consider giving my gold to the best character of my class on my server, class leader in the top raiding guild.  He or she will have been an inspiration to you, and a moving target at which you can aim.

It’s also a lovely feeling to know that when they are getting their achievements, and inspiring other players, that you played a small part in that.

Do an ‘asshole test’ on them first though. You don’t want to give it away to a nasty piece of work, and some of them are very egocentric.

On the other hand, hey, you might make a friend and learn some tips.

Your Competitors

Don’t laugh!  It’s happened to me, when competitors have given up the game.  Kinda linked in with “the wise” really. You know your gold will be put to good use.


Who else would you give your gold away to?

Let me know in the comments

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The Gold Queen is written by Alyzande. With many level 100s, 9 years expertise in making gold, 10 garrisons, 16k achievements, 1505 days played, and over 18m gold earned. The Gold Queen blog teaches you how to make gold playing World of Warcraft using ethical trading, auction house flipping, crafting, reselling snatch lists, and farming gold making.

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5 replies
  1. David
    David says:

    Think it’s worth mentioning that gold is really hard to give away to the right people. If they have to think about accepting and you have to put some work in to convince them to take your cash then it’s probably the right person to give it to.

  2. Lu
    Lu says:

    Last year, along my road to riches, I held a competition for guildmates. There were about a dozen different events, with prizes for the winners of each, plus overall top 3 winners got gold. All in all, I gave away about 200k.

    Another thing I do every once in a while is buy flight training for people’s alts.

  3. blimp
    blimp says:

    I opted for the friends option. Several Vials of the Sands, Mechanohogs and various whelplings, and as I said only 30k left.

    Eagerly awaiting part 3 Your Grace. 😀

    • Skorpsy
      Skorpsy says:

      If I were ever to give my gold away I’d definitely go with the competitor option. Many past competitors have given me stuff when they quit, so it kind of makes sense.

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