How much gold do you have?

Why does it matter?


Once you get your first gold cap.

Once you get into the swing of investing, creating, multiplying gold, then it stops being a challenge to make gold.

That’s when I started giving away or spending *ALL* my gold at the end of an expansion.  I’ve done this for the last few expansions although I think I might try something different with Warcraft Legion.


With no gold, the challenge returns.

And that’s when I discovered a gold making truth that surprised me.

It is not how much gold you have. Once you have gold, you can make more gold. Gold comes and goes.

The real test about being a great gold maker is the MAKING of the gold.  How fast you can go from zero to 100k.

Whether you can get gold … when you want gold.


It’s easy to find a method  (Vale Farming.  Firelands farming.  Bastion of Twilight. Crafting BoEs) And then reproduce that method mindlessly for months. You got some gold. Grats on your blog reading skills!


I’ve been trying to find the right words to describe this for a few months now.  I tried with my comparison to cars: You don’t buy a car because it has driven a lot of miles.  You buy it because it can accelerate from 0-60 really fast, when you need it to.


But people still don’t seem to get it. They continue to ask me “how much do you have?” and then compare it to other people.  What if I have invested it all in items like mogs, items I know won’t sell immediately, but I am sure will bring in gold.  And when I say “sure”, I mean from years of experience.  What if I have bought gazillions of wow tokens?  What if I have bought mounts for people who never thought they would afford them?  What if I see something on Black Market Auction House and buy it, just because I can? What if I’ve seen the server first drop of X item, and bought it on AH, because I’m the only one who can afford it?  How do you put a number or value on that?


Gold is just pixels.  At the end of the day, when you finally give up on Warcraft, it dies, it goes F2P, you leave, or there’s a war that destroys all Warcraft servers in existence, at the end of the day, all you have is pixels.

Those beautiful pixels, that gold.  You farm it, you yearn for it, for a reason. It’s power.  It’s power to get things.  It’s power to get the things you want, when you want.


At the end of the day, that’s what you really want.  Not Gold.

twitpiAbout the Author

The Gold Queen is written by Alyzande. With many level 100s, 9 years expertise in making gold, 11 garrisons, 17k+ achievements, 1593 days played, and over 32 million 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.

3 replies
  1. solshine
    solshine says:

    This is so true.. I have almost double gold caps on 2 servers, including my main and with all the items on AH now, the gold just seems to pour on me magically. I no longer hunt for bargains; thanks to diversity, gold just keeps coming and stuff keeps selling. TSM3 beta does wonders too dealing with salvage yard greens. All I do is log on my AH alt every 1-3 days. It’s no longer a challenge or excitement. I’m not even bothered by undercutters and competition. It is a little sad.

  2. Merak
    Merak says:

    That couldn’t be more right! I always see people bothering me with things like: “You spend your whole time sitting on AH doing nothing, this is just stupid, and blahblah”… Then, the same person spends 3 days to get from level 60-90, and I buy 6 Elixir of the Rapid Mind, and do the same in 2-3 hours, because hey, I do have gold.

    I don’t care if I spent 18k on those, I did it because I could… Like I will buy my swift spectral tiger soon, for 800k in my server. It’s just a matter of time, and doing things, because I want to.

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