Note: This article is from Kaos over at Kaos Theory of Gold Making
Today, we’ll be talking about an occurance that happens once a month in wow, yes i’m talking about the darkmoon faire that travels acrossed azeroth and arrives in a major city once a month. Now I’m sure you’re going to ask how does this have anything to do with making gold, well there’s 4 npcs there that offer repeatable quests and I’m going to tell you how to best take advantage of this every month to make metric crap tons of gold as the europeans would put it. Now the ways to make gold at the Darkmoon Fair are quite diverse but they always lead to one little item, darkmoon faire prize tokens which can be turned in for prizes at the fair. Now the 3 prizes that i would focus on if i was doing it for gold making are minor, lesser and greater darkmoon prizes which can be obtained by turning in 5, 12, or 40 darkmoon faire prize tokens to Gelvas Grimegate at the darkmoon faire.
The first npc we will be visiting is Chronos. Now chronos offers 3 quests the first being Carnival Boots, which requires you to turn in 3 embossed leather boots and it gives you 1 DMF (darkmoon faire) prize token, however you cannot do this quest once you are past 500/3000 neutral with the darkmoon faire. So i recommend that you not do this one, but it is an option for the lower level characters that are under level 40. The second quest that you can do is Carnival Jerkins. This quest requires that you turn in Toughened Leather Armor it also has a level requirement of 10. This quest gives you 4 DMF prize tokens and cannot be done past 1100/3000 neutral which is about 6 times. The last and final quest that this npc offers is Armor Kits and More Armor Kits which requires you to turn in 8 rugged armor kits. More armor kits is repeatable after you complete the first quest armor kits and awards 20 DMF prize tokens per turn in, in my opinion greater for leatherworkers who have extra rugged leather they can’t get rid of or would like to trade in for DMF prize tokens. However there is a small level requirement of level 40 which can be a barrier for some alts or even some mains depending on your situation.
The second npc we will be talking about is a little gnome who has a need for drops off of mobs out in azeroth. This npc has a total of 6 quests so i will just do a numbered list with a small description to save time for both you and myself.
- Small furry paws – this quest requires you to turn in 5 small furry paws for 1 DMF prize token. There is no level requirement on this, however you cannot repeat this quest after 500/3000 reputation into neutral
- Torn Bear pelts – this quest is available at level 10 and it requires you to turn in 5 torn bear pelts for 4 DMF prize tokens. This quest is not able to be repeated after you are at 1100/3000.
- Soft Bushy Tails – this quest requires that you turn in 5 small bushy tails for 8 DMF prize tokens. It’s a good deal but there’s a catch you cannot repeat it after 1700/3000 neutral reputation level.
- Vibrant Plumes – this quest requires that you turn in 5 vibrant plumes for 12 DMF prize tokens, however it is not repeatable past 2500/3000 neutral reputation.
- Evil Bat eyes – this quest requires that you turn in 10 evil bat eyes for 20 DMF prize tokens, but has a level minimum requirement of level 40. This is 1 of the best 2 quests that this npc offers because there’s no limits on how many you can turn in and gives the most DMF prize tokens that are available at the fair from repeatable quests. These items are usually farmed from bats and the best place to farm them is in karazhan from the shadowbats and the bat boss that reside in there.
- Glowing Scorpid Blood – this quest is the 2nd best quest from this npc. Has the same number of items as the evil bat eyes quests with the same amount of DMF prize tokens awarded. However it is loads easier to farm these damn things, just go to silithus and kill every scorpion you see there and you’re bound to come out with a considerable amount of these things. But this has 1 downside, it has a minimum level requirement of level 40.
The third npc we will be visiting is kerri hicks. Now this human npc has 5 quests that you can complete for various numbers of DMF prize tokens and also has the fabled and widely talked about dense grinding stone turn-in.
- Coarse weightstone – requires that you turn-in 10 coarse weightstones for 1 DMF prize token. This quest cannot be completed past 500/3000 neutral reputation. This quest has a minimum level of 1. I would skip this quest personally, it is not worth the 1 token.
- Heavy Grinding Stone – this quest has a minimum level of 10 and requires you to turn in 7 heavy grinding stones for 4 tickets and is not repeatable past 1100/3000 reputation with the darkmoon faire.
- Green Iron Bracers – this quest is repeatable up to 1700/3000 reputation and requires you to turn in 3 green iron bracers for 8 DMF prize tokens, but is not available until level 20.
- Big Black Mace – this repeatable quest isn’t available until level 30, but is repeatable up to 2500/3000 and gives 12 DMF prize tokens for just 1 Big Black Mace.
- Dense Grinding Stones – This quest is obtainable at level 40 and is indefinately repeatable no matter the repuation level. It is widely used as a simple and easy way to make gold because you only need to turn in 8 dense grinding stones and you recieve 20 DMF prize tokens in return. I highly recommend this one since you can just sit in orgrimmar/stormwind and poach any dense stone under 3g per stack which is about 15s per stone and then have a blacksmith, either yourself or a friend mass craft dense grinding stones. Very efficient way to accumulate DMF prize tokens without a huge time investment or gold investment.
The fourth and final npc at the Darkmoon Faire that we will be focusing on is rinling. This crafty troll has a variety of quests available for turn ins that focus more on engineering items than the other professions.
- Copper Modulator – this quest is repeatable up to 500/3000 reputation with the darkmoon faire. It is obtainable at level 1, requires you to turn in 5 copper modulators and awards 1 DMF prize token.
- Whirring Bronze Gizmo – this quest is repeatable up to 1100/3000 reputation level. It awards 4 DMF prize tokens, requires level 10 to even obtain it and requires that you turn in 7 whirring bronze gizmos per completion.
- Green Fireworks – this quest is repeatable up to 1700/3000 reputation level. It awards 8 DMF prize tokens, requires that you be level 20 to obtain it and it costs 36 green fireworks per completion of the quest.
- Mechanical Repair Kit – this quest is repeatable up to 2500/3000 reputation level. It awards 12 DMF prize tokens, requires that you be level 30 to obtain the quest and each turn in will cost you 6 mechanical repair kit.
- Thorium Widget – the last and final quest that we will be talking about is Thorium Widgets. This quest is obtainable at level 40, has no limits for turning in the items and gives 20 DMF prize tokens for each turn in, which costs 6 thorium widgets each.
This cunning goblin is the Darkmoon Faire prize token turn in vendor. He offers nine repeatable quests, however we will only be focusing on the three quests that offers the best chances to making gold.
- Minor Darkmoon Prize – This is one of the three repeatable rewards quests. It costs 5 DMF prize tokens and awards a bag which can contain various rare gear, uncommon gear, and recipes. You can find the full listing of prizes http://www.wowhead.com/item=19298#contains.
- Lesser Darkmoon Prize – This is the second of the three repeatable rewards quests. It costs 12 DMF prize tokens and awards a bag which can contain a wider selection of uncommon and rare gear and higher level recipes than the minor darkmoon prize. A full listing of what can be found inside these bags is at http://www.wowhead.com/item=19297#contains.
- Greater Darkmoon Prize – This is the most costing of the three rewards, however it also has the highest level of uncommon and rare gear along with the rarest recipes in vanilla wow. A full listing of what can be obtained from this prize token can be found at http://www.wowhead.com/item=19296#contains.
I recommend that you only focus on the level 40 repeatable quests of your choice. However if you are of a lower level the other options can be quite useful. I also recommend that you spread your prize tokens out among the three prize options that are available currently. Finally I highly recommend that you focus primarily on dense grinding stones as it is the cheapest way to get prize tokens, at least on my server.
I’m still accepting any and all requests for future blog posts about anything along the lines of gold making in the world of warcraft. I do not do this for myself, I do this for my audience (you) and I am hear because of you.
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