Maybe you’re just checking it out to see what other Goblins are doing to make their coin pouch heavier, or maybe you’re interested in exploring new markets! Either way, this guide is here to help you understand what transmog farming is, what the routine as a transmog farmer is, and how you can become one as well.‘’What is a transmog farmer?’’
you might be wondering.
Basically, you collect transmogable (Uncommon, Rare, Epic) gear and weapons, and sell them on the auction house. The main collection of these items comes from older expansions dungeons and outdoor mobs, but also current expansion (although in limited quantities).Addons
Alright so first off, you will need some add-ons before you start, otherwise it would greatly complicate things trying to find out what to auction and what to vendor, how much it’s worth and the posting process.
- TradeSkillMaster, TradeSkillMaster_AppData and TradeSkillMaster Desktop App.
This addon is pretty much a NECESSITY if you want to be a transmog farmer, without this addon, you would be spending considerably more time trying to post and find out the price of transmog. With TradeSkillMaster, or TSM for short, you will easily find out the price of that item just by hovering over it and looking at the items tooltip. There you will find its current price, its average price over 14 days, and its average price on all realms in your region (EU/NA) over 14 days. Secondly, it will also be easier to post the item you want to post with the addons AH overhaul. A guide I would recommend is Samadan’s TSM
You can find the addon on the https://www.tradeskillmaster.com/
- LootAppraiser, LootAppraiser_Challenge (optional).
This addon requires TradeSkillMaster to work. What this addon does however, is that it displays the price of items you loot in a little window. It also gives you the option of easily resetting dungeons and deleting grey items.
LootAppraiser_Challenge is optional and not something you need. The thing it does though is giving you the option to challenge your battle net friends in trying to make the most gold in a certain time limit. Just a ‘’for fun’’ addon with friends.
What this addon does is giving you the option to mark an item you receive as ‘’vendor trash’’ to easily vendor it. I use this addon to mark soulbound items I get from bosses, items that are low valued on the auction house, trivial food and water you get from looting old world mobs, and grey quality items. It makes clearing your bags so much easier.Realm Choice
Alright, so you got your addons, now it’s time to find out which realm you want to farm on.
It could be your main realm or maybe you want to switch to something new. And the tools I used to decide my realm was https://raider.io/realms/
to find out about the raiding scene, it’s population, and it’s faction majority. AH is crossfaction though.
The other tool I use to find out if the realm is for me is by using https://theunderminejournal.com/
to find out the price of some of the more known transmog items and the quantity of them. Some sets that I usually check out is Glorious, Vanguard, Jade, Ironhide, Saltstone, Sanguine, Ceremonial Leather, Mystic’s and Prospector’s.
If we look at the RP realm ‘’Argent Dawn’’ as an example, Glorious Legplates are 49,000 gold. While at the RP realm ‘’Defias Brotherhood’’, Glorious Legplates are 68,000 gold. These price differences can be because of population and competition. While a realm like Argent Dawn has a higher population with more sales potential, it has lower prices and more competition as a downside. Defias however has less competition and higher prices, while the realms population is lower and has a lower amount of sales. So basically;
Full/High Pop = Fast Sales, Lower Prices, More Competition.
Med/Low Pop = Slow Sales, Higher Prices, Less Competition.Classes; Choose your farmer
Alright so addons, check, realm, check. Now it’s time to find out which class you want to use to farm transmog with!
What we need is someone who is fast and can kill mobs on demand. This narrows it down to Feral Druid, Hunter, Demon Hunter, Rogue, Fury Warrior, Monk, and Arcane Mage.
If I were to rank them, assuming they had their current best speedset equipped, then it would be something like this:
Feral Druid > Fury Warrior > Arcane Mage - Beast Hunter > WW Monk - Havoc DH > Rogue
Keep in mind that this is just my personal opinion and you’re allowed to disagree.
So what do you need on your farmer besides on demand AoE and Speed? More speed!
Azerite Armor with the Longstrider trait, +speed gear and sockets, speed enchants and speed food (Bear Tartare for lvl 54 or lower, Fried Bonefish for lvl 55 and above) will increase your movement speed a bunch.
After that we get some niche abilities. When you finish a dungeon, you will want to get back to the start to go at it again as fast as possible. Druids and Monks have their order hall teleport to get out quick, and using it again will take you straight back to the instance (don’t forget to reset before leaving your order hall). Other classes can use the LFG tool, by creating a group and leaving it while inside a dungeon, a 1 minute timer will start that will take you out to the nearest graveyard. Try to time it so you get teleported out right after you finish a run.
Rogues and Mechagnomes will be able to unlock locked chests in a dungeon. Other classes can use keys from Blacksmithing, Jewelcrafting or Inscription to unlock chests.Your poster/bank
After your farming character has been created, you need a character whose job is to post your items. You can post on your farming character, but I like to keep it seperate so your mailbox doesn't get so cluttered. You can also take this to another step by having 2 wow accounts up at the same time. One for farming/playing the game and the other whose job is to post, undercut and cancel all day! This will get a bit grainy on your enjoyment and time so it’s not really recommended at the beginning. Just put these bank characters next to the auction house at your faction capitals auction house, or you can place them at the neutral hubs like Shattrath, Gadgetzan, Booty Bay and Everlook.
A little trick I came up with recently is having a mailbox character, whose job is to hold mail. Basically, if I have too many of the same items, I can send them over to the mail character, and it will be kept there for 30 days and then later sent back to the posting/bank character automatically. If I sold that item, I can restock it easily, and if it hasn’t, I can send it back for another 30 days.What Dungeons
You’re all set now, and you want to start farming. And where should you farm you’re probably wondering.
These dungeons will help you fill up your transmog stock. They have great greens, great dungeon specific blues, and there’s lots of them, start here.
- Blackfathom Deeps > Maraudon > Dire Maul (I prefer west wing, east wing good aswell) > Wailing Caverns > Razorfen Kraul > Razorfen Downs > Zul’Farrak > Mana Tombs and then Blackrock Depths.
After that, you’ll want to spread out to some other dungeons (can’t put all your eggs in the same basket). These dungeons, while not as great on the greens like the previous ones, do have some really good dungeon specific rares and epic transmog.
- Gnomeregan > Lower Blackrock Spire > Scarlet Monastery > Scholomance > Shadowfang Keep > Temple of Atal’Hakkar (Sunken Temple) > Uldaman > Pit of Saron Heroic > AQ20 > Karazhan > Sunwell Plateau.
If you do around 50-100 runs of each, you’re pretty much all set. After that it’s just restocking sold items and running a dungeon you find fun. Not saying you have to do all those runs right now, you can drag it out a few months and go at a pace you find enjoyable. This brings me to the next pointYou got to be patient
It’s a slow moving market. You can’t expect to farm something and sell it overnight. To see daily sales, you will want to have a large stock to cover as much farmed transmog as possible, preferably list your items for 12-24 hours, and be patient. This is not a get rich quick type of gold making. Current expansion gathering is the best at that. But this also means, once you have your stock up, it’s fairly low maintenance. Gold will just trickle in overtime. I would try to get around 2000 transmog auctions up.Crafted Transmog
Once you have some gold, you can start investing in some professions. I would start with tailoring since it’s so cheap to level. Since first aid was removed in Legion, blizzard imported the bandage recipes to the tailoring profession. And thanks to that, leveling is cheap, fast and easy.
After that, it’s a personal choice between Blacksmithing and Leatherworking. I tend to prefer blacksmithing since they can craft weapons in addition to plate armor, but leatherworking can craft both leather and mail armor types.
Engineering has transmog recipes for guns and goggles as well, and would preferably be combined with the blacksmithing character, to save time on rep farms and BoP recipes from dungeons since they usually share vendors.
After your transmog professions are done, I recommend leveling an enchanter and alchemist since they have some materials necessary for some Tailoring, Blacksmithing and Leatherworking recipes. Stuff like enchanted leather, arcanite, truegold and primal might. Some potions, flasks and oils are also required for a few recipes. Buying them straight from the auction house can get really expensive, so having your own sources is cheaper in the long run.
When you’ve leveled your professions, I would heavily recommend, almost demand you to start working on your pandaria cooldowns, since these cooldowns will teach you transmog recipes, and as soon as you learn them, the better.
Another thing for your blacksmith and engineer, is working on the molten front dailies so you can unlock their weapon and gun recipes. This takes around 20 days, but the dailies are pretty quick, so it’s just a patient game there.Have fun, and I hope this guide was some help!
If you’re interested in more guides or posts involving transmog, please let me know!