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TBC Classic Gold – Professions

Professions offer a different playstyle for making gold than questing and farming mobs. Non-gathering professions also have better gold per hour scaling. But there is a higher barrier to entry and not all professions are created equal. Making gold in TBC Classic with professions will depend on if you happen to have an exploitable profession already. Or if you’re willing to put in time and capital for a later payout.

Alchemy | Enchanting | Engineering | Jewelcrafting | Leatherworking | Tailoring


Review of RestedXP for Profession Gold Making

Check out the main TBC Classic gold guide for more information on gathering professions and making better sales at the auction house.

Should You Focus On Professions for Gold In TBC Classic?

There are two big factors to consider before you dive into using professions to make gold in TBC Classic.

One, do you have enough gold already to support buying mats and, if needed, recipes? Making gold with professions requires an investment in the profession itself and enough starting capital to buy the mats needed to make what you plan to sell. If you aren’t buying mats you’re spending a lot more time farming.

Two, do you have one or more of the viable crafting professions available already?

Strong gold makers:

Decent gold makers:

Non-viable professions:

The playstyle with professions is sitting around the cities, buying mats, crafting, then turning your goods into profit. Initial setup takes some time and startup gold. But once running smoothly it can be great gold per hour and scales better than other options. Crafting in bulk takes time, but you can do it while AFK and without worrying about interference from other players.

I personally made my fortune with alchemy in WoW Classic. I then doubled it in TBC Classic with jewelcrafting. So I have a strong bias toward using professions for gold-making. But what worked well for me won’t always work well for everyone.


Making gold with the alchemy depends on your alchemy mastery (aka specializations). Most elixirs, flasks, and potions sell at or near their material cost. The profit comes from the additional items created by your specialization’s proc rate. That rate is around 20%, but you need to craft in bulk to see that proc rate reliably.

If you already have a mastery you like and recipes to support it then stick with it. No mastery is superior to the others by mid-TBC Classic. That said, if you’re new to alchemy I would go with Elixir Mastery if you want to actively craft. Or Transmutation Mastery if you want a daily cooldown and done approach.

Alchemy Lab, Shattrath

Elixir Mastery

These elixirs and flasks are your best bets for good sales and making a consistent profit. Sell elixirs in stacks of 5 and 20 and flasks in stacks of 5.

Elixir of Draenic Wisdom

Elixir of Major Mageblood

Adept’s Elixir

Flask of Blinding Light

Flask of Pure Death

When buying mats your cost should be equal to or less than the average sales price x 0.95 (auction house fee). If mat cost = revenue that’s okay, you’ll make ~20% profit selling the extra procs.

Create big batches to get the best chance of evening out your proc rate. As you get more comfortable with making sales you can increase batch sizes.

Make and sell everything on the list which is profitable (except Adept’s Elixir if done with discoveries). The larger your selection the more consistent your sales.

Potion Mastery

These potions are your best bets for good sales and making a consistent profit. Sell all potions in stacks of 5.

Free Action Potion

Destruction Potion

Haste Potion

If you can’t afford (or justify) the two expensive recipes then you should really consider changing to Elixir Mastery.

When buying mats your cost should be equal to or less than the average sales price x 0.95 (auction house fee). If mat cost = revenue that’s okay, you’ll make ~20% profit selling the extra procs.

Create big batches to get the best chance of evening out your proc rate. As you get more comfortable with making sales you can increase batch sizes.

Ideally, you should be making and selling both Destruction and Haste potions to maintain consistent sales.

Transmutation Mastery

With transmutation, you just do one a day and call it done. It is important to keep enough mats on hand so you don’t miss a day. Expect the proc rate to feel hit or miss as you aren’t making big batches to even things out. But on the bright side, every transmutation should be profitable without a proc.

Primal Might

Earthstorm Diamond

Skyfire Diamond

Enchanting – A Supplemental Profession for Making Gold In TBC Classic

Making gold with enchanting mostly centers around disenchanting, not actual enchanting. The time involved in hawking your services prevents you from earning good gold per hour compared to other options. While being able to disenchant other items made with other professions will open up more gold-making options in TBC Classic.


Enchanting on any character can synergize well if you also have engineering, jewelcrafting, or tailoring on any other character. It is also nice during the leveling up of a new character or if you do a lot of open-world farming, as both see a higher number of green items drop for disenchanting. You only need to skill up enchanting to 300 to disenchant any Outland item.

Tanks & Dungeons

Tanks who run dungeons can use enchanting to make their runs more profitable. You can offer tanking services in exchange for all unwanted blue items. Either make the offer to a group looking for a tank or start your own run, advertising that stipulation. In the end, you should end up with a few Large Prismatic Shards for your effort.

Invest In Enchanting for Future Content

If you don’t have a toon with enchanting consider it for a long-term investment. You’ll need a level 35+ character and they’ll need to skill up to 300. That will cost you some gold, so this is more about convenience than profit in the short term. Where this will really start to pay off is in Wrath of the Lich King Classic.

In WotLK Classic you’ll start leveling again, as well as run daily events for reputation. All that means more green item drops than what you get just from heroics and raids. There will also be professionally crafted items made more valuable through disenchanting. For WotLK Classic disenchanting you’ll need to use a level 50+ character with an enchanting skill of 350.


You should pick engineering as a profession for its gadgets, whether you’re trying to min/max or just want to add some fun. But engineering does offer several good gold-making items, especially if you went with the goblin specialization. Enough so that I regularly make use of an alt with engineering to increase my sales volume from time to time.

Engineering Items

Super Sapper Charges

Cogspinner Goggles

Outland Scopes

When starting to sell scopes begin with a small inventory and make as many different kinds as you can. You want to see what sells well and offers consistent profits. Scopes are mostly bought by hunters, so your customer base is limited from the start. Luckily there are lots of hunters and they can make gold easily by farming.

Stabilized Eternium Scope

Khorium Scope

Adamantite Scope

Azeroth Scopes

Biznicks 247×128 Accurascope

Sniper Scope

Jewelcrafting – My Preferred Professions for Gold In TBC Classic

I picked jewelcrafting among the other professions before TBC Classic launched to be my main gold maker. But I was also starting out with an advantage in available capital for skilling up and picking up the most desired recipes. Making gold with jewelcrafting requires that you already have a significant amount of gold available to invest in the profession. You’ll need to have the more popular rare gem recipes, most of which are pricy world drops. You’ll also be buying ore by the thousands to keep a consistent profit margin. This is my personal biggest gold maker in TBC Classic. But I spent a lot of gold (especially early in the expansion) to create the easy profits I enjoyed later.

Prospecting Adamantite Ore

Bags while actively prospecting Adamanatite Ore

This is easily the most complicated system to make gold using professions on my list, and likely anywhere in-game. But returns are significant with the right setup and enough starting gold to do large batches. I rarely see less than 25% profit margin on any given batch and have had batches up to 60% profit.

You’ll need access to an enchanter with a skill of 300+ to maximize your profits. Also having access to an Outland-trained engineer is nice, but not as necessary.

Buy Your Ore and Prospect In Bulk
  1. Buy a large amount of Adamantite Ore. I recommend 1440 ore minimum and doing it in batches that divide evenly by 240 (1440, 1920, 3600, etc). Prospecting a bit of ore at a time is gambling, with big winners and big losers. Prospecting a lot of ore gets the law of large numbers to work for you. You have fewer outlying random events and get a more consistent average.
  2. Prospect the ore fully. I mail the resulting materials to an empty bank alt so I don’t run out of bag space and can get an accurate count on what gems I received. Keep everything, including the powder.
  3. Organize the resulting materials for sale.

Do not attempt this with Fel Iron Ore. The drop rate of rare gems is significantly lower and the powder is just vendor trash. You will likely lose gold by trying to use the cheaper ore.

Prepping Gems and Powder for Sale

Raw gems and powder from prospecting Adamantite Ore

Once done prospecting and you have your resulting materials organized you need to prep them for sale. This is what I find works best with my realm (Pagle-Alliance). Feel free to check the prices and sale rates of other options for yourself.

Uncommon Gems (except Blood Garnet)

Blood Garnet w/Engineer

Blood Garnet w/o Engineer

Rare Gems

Adamantite Powder

If you do not have access to an enchanter you can try a few other options:

We do ore in lots of 240 because it generates enough powder to create four chains, and we want to sell the shards in groups of 4.

Prospecting Spreadsheet

To help me fine-tune my prospecting system I created a spreadsheet to track my costs, gems created, and total profit. Use it to help review your costs and potential profits before you sink a lot of gold into your own prospecting business.

Prospecting Adamantitle Ore Spreadsheet

Using the spreadsheet:

  1. Open the spreadsheet, then go to the File menu and select Make a Copy. My copy is locked, but making your own copy will allow you to edit it.
  2. Fill in the white cells, using average prices on your realm and the number of items you buy and create per batch. Shaded cells are used for calculations and shouldn’t be edited. Don’t worry about auction house fees, that is calculated in the end automatically.
  3. Once you have your Blood Garnet count go through the profit difference in the red section and enter how many of each option you plan to do. That will generate your mat shopping list and total costs.
  4. Once done selling review the revenue you actually received and adjust your spreadsheet values to reflect your reality.

Your profit should be taken as an estimate. It depends on your final sales being the same as the values you entered. It also doesn’t account for lost deposits from ended auctions, which are minor. The better you track your sales (TSM is a must for this) the more accurate you can make your profit projections for your next batch.

Necklace of the Deep for Large Prismatic Shards

This jewelcrafting side hustle requires you have an enchanter with at least 300 skill.

Necklace of the Deep

This craft is completely independent of prospecting. It is also the best option for a newer jewelcrafter or someone with limited capital to invest in expensive recipes.

  1. Buy materials and craft them in batches that divide by four.
  2. Send all but four of them to your enchanter to disenchant.
  3. List 1-2 of the remaining necklaces and the Large Prismatic Shards in stacks of 4 and 8.

The shards will sell fast and generate a reasonable profit. The necklaces will sell slower but can make a third more gold as a shard. You do both to generate both good income and higher profits.


Leatherworking is quite limited compared to other professions for making gold in TBC Classic. Only Blacksmithing is worse. You should only consider using leatherworking for its other in-game benefits, namely BoP gear and drums. But there are a few items you can craft for regular sales and profit.

Leg Armor

Nethercobra Leg Armor

Nethercleft Leg Armor

Cobrahide Leg Armor


Tailoring is also limited compared to most other professions in TBC Classic for its gold-making options, though you’ll have a longer recipe list than leatherworking. Still, you should be using this profession for its BoP-crafted gearing options and making gold with it on the side.


Golden Spellthread

Runic Spellthread

Mystic Spellthread

Silver Spellthread

Other Items

Arcanoweave Bracers

Primal Mooncloth Bag

Imbued Netherweave Bag or Bolt of Imbued Netherweave

Speciality Cloth Cooldowns

At a minimum, you should be keeping your specialty cloth creation on cooldown with any level 70 tailor. It only requires logging on every four days and a bit of time moving between crafting locations.

For your specialization, it should be either Primal Mooncloth or Spellcloth. Even if you need Shadowcloth for your gear specialize in one of the other two. They sell better and for a higher profit. You’re better off making and selling Primal Mooncloth and then buying Shadowcloth.

Regardless of your specialization create both Primal Mooncloth and Spellcloth on cooldown. For Shadowcloth check your cost of materials and average sales price (and account for the 5% AH fee). On some realms, Shadowcloth isn’t worth crafting unless you’re farming your own materials.

NexusHub – Research How Much Gold You Could Make In TBC Classic

NexusHub is the only functional web-based database for TBC Classic auction houses. It allows you to search auction house snapshots. In addition to seeing current and historical pricing, you get graphs on price and supply changes and can dig into crafting costs. This makes it a useful resource when comparing different professions and crafted items for making gold in TBC Classic.

No login is required, but you do need to select your realm with the menu in the upper right of the page. You can later bookmark the URL to your specific realm and faction.

Use the Heatmap to Time Buying Mats and Selling Items

NexusHub heatmaps

Search for materials you plan to buy and items you plan to sell. You can check the heatmaps for your realm. These will tell you when the market value (price) and quantities are up and down. You want to buy when the market value is blue (typically quantity is orange) and sell when the market value is orange (quantity is blue).

Check the heatmaps for both 30 days and the last 7 days. This is especially useful if a new phase has recently been launched. And be skeptical of data between 12:00 – 6:00 AM, as low population numbers can throw things off.

Use the Crafting Tab to Check Potential Profits

NexusHub crafting tab for TBC Classic professions

Search craftable items you are considering to get a profit estimate, based on current market values.

  1. Search for any crafted item you’re interested in and click the link.
  2. Below its name click on the Crafting tab.
  3. Click on the Created By tab.
  4. Click on the Reagents button.

This will show you the current market value (up to 2 hours out of date) of the crafted item and its mats. The green number is the profit based on current market values. A nice, quick way to see if a crafted item may be profitable and by how much.

The market value for both the mats and the crafted item is from the same scan time. If you buy your mats during a different time than you sell your goods the given number won’t account for that. Keep track of your own spending and revenue to double-check your actual profits.

If the reagents list of an item includes other crafted items (such as Primal Mooncloth for a Primal Mooncloth Bag) the profit estimate is assuming you bought the crafted component and not the raw materials for the crafted component. If you are buying all raw materials and crafting everything you will typically have a higher profit than the site lists. That can make many items marked as a loss on the site actually profitable. You can click the link on any reagent and see its own list of materials and cost, then re-run the calculation yourself.

When researching using new professions or crafted items to make gold in TBC Classic use as many sources as possible. NexusHub is a good one, but also check prices on the auction house yourself, as well as crafting numbers offered by addons such as TradeSkillMaster.

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