Cataclysm is almost here. You can almost feel the rapid heartbeats of 13 million rabid WoW fans around the world beating in tandem as they wait breathlessly for the next set of new content to finally land. But, if this is your first expansion or if you just didn’t pay much attention the last time around, you may want to know that there are a few good reasons to upgrade your gold making efforts before the new x-pac gets here and you find yourself woefully underfunded.
New Gear and Consumables
Whenever a new expansion lands there are plenty of ways to spend gold and while you won’t need much for the first 5 levels up to Level 85, you will need some big cash the second you hit 85 to buy your first raiding gear, at least if you don’t want to grind on 5 man dungeons for two months. Crafted epics can go for 1000+ gold each and yet you’ll need a bunch of them to get yourself fully prepared. Consumables are no better.
Mounts, Skills Ups, and Quests
We all know that flying in the old world is coming, but how much will it cost. And if there are new mount types, like Wrath’s mammoths, how much will those cost? The odds are that you’re going to be spending a few thousand gold developing the skills and mounts you need just to get around. And don’t forget all those early quests that you’ll get gouged on. Remember the Overcharged Capacitor. Greedy Engineers were making 150 gold a pop on those puppies last time around.
One of the first things that any Level 80+ character will want to do is to get their professions levelled up immediately. That requires a lot of gold in some cases, with brand new materials and massive demand across the board. If you’re a crafter and need herbs or ore, expect to spend thousands upon thousands of gold getting what you need to reach the new skill level cap.
The truth is that any new expansion pack is a huge gold sink, but with two already under our belts and inflation nearly out of control, you can bet that Cataclysm will push things to an entirely new level of expensiveness. Be ready for whatever may come and have some gold on hand now and you’ll do well.