Open world farms are what many of us think of when it comes to gold farming. You find a spot, kill everything in sight, and collect the loot. You can get a combination of raw gold, vendor trash, and sellable items. Any class can do it, though those with DPS builds will do better than others. The real trick is finding a good spot not already saturated with other players. Because competition and (on PvP servers) the other faction are what can ruin an otherwise good farm spot.
Updated for WoW Classic Phase 6
Elementals Open World Farms
Elementals are a traditional vanilla WoW and WoW Classic farm target. In Phase 6 various elemental drops are still in demand and sell well.
Elemental Earth – Rock elementals in Arathi Highlands, Badlands, and Thousand Needles.
Elemental Water – Water elementals in Eastern Plaguelands, Felwood, Stranglethorn Vale, and Thousand Needles. Also found in Winterspring if an elemental invasion is underway.
Essence of Air – Air elementals in Silithus. Even better if an elemental invasion is underway as there are more elementals to kill.
Essence of Water – Water elementals in Eastern Plaguelands and Felwood. Also found in Winterspring if an elemental invasion is underway.
Mages: Frost spells won’t work well on water elementals.
Rogues: Elementals are immune to poison damage. Either bring Dense Sharpening Stones or accept the lower DPS.
E’kos Group Farms
E’kos drops from certain creatures in Winterspring and can be turned in for various buffing items (Jujus). The more popular ones are used regularly in Naxxramas raiding. They are also special in another way… when one drops everyone in the party or raid can pick it up. So farming them by yourself is okay, but can be slow. Farming them with a group of any size speeds up the kills without taking away your personal profit.
Everyone needs to have completed the Luck Be With You quest so they can collect E’kos.
The drop rates aren’t great, but again this farm favors going in with a group. You can kill more mobs faster, and everyone can share on any E’kos that do drop. Just make sure you don’t all post them to the auction house at the same time.
Basilisks Vendor Trash Farms
If you want to avoid the auction house basilisks are a good farming option. They drop a lot of good vendor trash, giving you the payout as soon as you return to town. The downside is there are no high-level basilisks in the game with even better trash.
Check out the basilisks in Blasted Lands, Stranglethorn Vale, Tanaris, and Un’Goro Crater.
Humanoids Rogue Open World Farms
Humanoids are good trash vendor targets for rogues. You can pickpocket them for bonus loot, then kill them for the good stuff.
Make a macro combining pickpocketing with your opening attack:
#showtooltip Cheap Shot
/cast Pick Pocket
/cast Cheap Shot
If you have some raid quality gear check out Tyr’s Hand in southeast Eastern Plaguelands. The humanoids there are elite with better than average loot drop rates. The archmages have a chance of dropping the rare Crusader enchant. Plus raw gold and lots of Runecloth.
You can do the same thing with oozes in Felwood. That’s right, you can pickpocket oozes. The Oozing Bags add an extra element of RNG surprise.
Felwood/Azshara Demons Farms
The satyr in Felwood and Azshara are popular farm spots for all classes.
Demonic Runes – These are BoP and don’t vendor for very much. But casters and healers will find them useful in raids. Consider it a bonus to your farming efforts.
The demons also provide raw gold, potions, Runecloth, and a decent rate of green and blue BoE items.
If you can find a camp without other players it is worth clearing out. The larger camps can respawn before you’re out of targets.