World of Warcraft is an endless pool of riches that players explore in various ways. Most of them are out in the open for every WoW player and they use them to their liking, based on their play style, time availability or preference. One of the less obvious gold-making strategies in World of Warcraft is the Darkmoon Faire, a monthly event that lasts for a week and visits one out of three locations consecutively. The three Darkmoon Faire locations are: Mulgore, Elwynn Forest and Terokkar Forest.
The Darkmoon Faire has two NPCs, Lhara and Professor Thaddeus, who sell exotic goods. These items (which include rare Gems, high-level Herbs, Scrolls, Motes and Leather) spawn randomly every few minutes and can be purchased for ridiculously low prices and then sold in the Auction House for a nice profit.
The most efficient way to make gold when the Darkmoon Faire is visiting is by having two accounts: a Horde character for Mulgore, and an Alliance character for Elwynn Forest. This way, you can ensure that you will always be able to purchase Darkmoon Faire rares without worrying about unpleasant surprises from an enemy player.
Lhara mainly sells Herbs. You will generally be able to purchase 5-20 items from her in one go, provided that there is no other player camping this NPC at the same time. We recommend purchasing all the high-level herbs as well as Black Lotus or Ghost Mushrooms. We don’t recommend purchasing Mana Thistle as it is usually more expensive than your AH prices. You will also be able to buy various Leathers, but in general only the level 60+ ones are sure to yield you a good profit.
Professor Thaddeus sells rare quality Gems, Motes and Scrolls. In general, it’s recommended that you purchase all Gems except Talasite, and all Motes. Scrolls can make you some profit, but the best-sellers are Scroll of Protection V, Scroll of Agility V, Scroll of Strength V as they are on high demand from high-level raiding players.
On servers with massive population, it’s likely that you will have competition. This not only affects how many items you can purchase, but also the price variations in the Auction House for the duration of the Faire, as most players who use this strategy will attempt to sell the items as fast — and as cheap — as possible. As such, it is advisable to hold onto your purchases for a while, until their prices are back to normal.
The way you sell your items in general, and the Darkmoon Faire items in particular, affect how much money you will earn by selling them. Besides using the add-on called Auctioneer (which helps you better manage and post your items, but also offers a median price for all items), we recommend posting your auctions one by one, rather than in stacks. This way you will be able to add a few silver to the price of each item and gain 25 gold for a stack that you sold in single items, instead of 20 that you would’ve made by selling them in bulk.
When the Faire is up in Terokkar Forest, you should bring your highest level character (preferably with a flying mount and some Resilience gear) since this spot is more popular than Mulgore and Elwynn Forest. Another tip is to bring two characters – a Horde and an Alliance – and if there is another player camping the NPCs, you can always log the character on the same side in order to avoid fighting or ganking. For example, if there is a Horde character buying items from Lhara and Thaddeus, you will log your Horde character and the other player won’t be able to attack you. Since this can also work the other way around, you can log your opposing faction character to kill that player and keep loot all to yourself – but be careful not to become the gankee.
All in all, a good Darkmoon Faire crop should bring you as much as 2-3000 gold within a week with little effort (you can tab out of the game and only check the NPCs every few minutes). With any luck, that shiny epic flying mount will be yours in no time or, if you already have it, Wrath of the Lich King is just around the corner and predictions say that you’ll need a good money reserve to buy the items you need in the expansion.