Hello to all my readers!
Today, I felt it was a good time, to revisit an old blog post, that needed updating: The Secrets of The Darkmoon Faire This was originally posted back in 2015 and I felt it was in need of some love. As with a lot of markets within World of Warcraft they’re constantly changing; especially prices and the demand for items! A lot of what I recommended back in 2015, has since changed overtime and it’s only fair that I update those changes and offer some advice that may be profitable on the realm you play on!
It’s important to point out, that this is a guide that outlines what I do, if you wish to take this information on board and incorporate this on to your realm, be sure to use all the information available to you, to maximise your profit. Helpful websites/addons posted below, that can show current/average prices, realm populations etc. I use these and they’re an important foundation to every Gold Makers success!
Now it’s important to start off by informing you, that Class Trial characters, can no longer access The Darkmoon Faire, so the exploit to farming Replica gear has been fixed. So what does this mean for us? Well, the over saturated Replica market, will slowly dry up, as the demand outweighs the quantity available and obviously has the potential to result in another rise in prices.
Alternatively, you have 2 options. Levelling DK’s through the starting area, rinse & repeating as originally pointed out by Sheyrah & Xionik or creating an allied Race character which starts at level 20 (be aware, that you cannot hand in all quest items and buy Replica items – as these have a level requirement of level 60) but you can purchase Battle Pets as there’s no level requirement.
WHAT IS THE DARKMOON FAIRE?
The Darkmoon Faire is a World event that is only available to you for one week from the 1st Sunday of each Month. To see if this event is available, simply open the Calendar in-game and you’ll see when/if it’s available.
The Darkmoon Faire has a lot to offer, from completing profession dailies, (helping you increase your profession level), fun mini-games and some rare bosses to conquer, with some decent loot, i.e. the Darkmoon Rabbit as a reward (if you’re lucky!). Most of these tasks, reward you with Darkmoon Prize Ticket which if used correctly, can be used to purchase some profitable items, which you can sell on the Auction House.
DARKMOON QUEST ITEMS:
Darkmoon Faire Quest Items, are the most important items to loot (if you’re lucky). Be sure to have the Darkmoon Adventurer’s Guide in your inventory! Now if you don’t have one, simply pay a visit to Selina Dourman who will give you a replacement. If the RNG Gods are against you, and you’re not fortunate enough to loot any/all of them, then you can purchase them, but do so before The Darkmoon Faire comes to Town. The prices sky-rocket to about *2000g each (dependant on realm)! I’d recommend buying them up mid-way through the Month when it’s closed, where you can buy these up anywhere below the *500g mark.
(*) Denotes current changes to Darkmoon Faire Quest Item prices since release of Battle for Azeroth. Check this blog post for a detailed explanation for the price changes.
As with a lot of markets in World of Warcraft, these prices greatly depend on the size of the realm you play on, and supply and demand. High populated realms, tend to have a lot of these quest items; with high competition, bring lower prices to the customer. Low populated realms, have lower competition and bring higher prices. To take advantage of all of this, just buy your quest items when The Darkmoon Faire is closed! Once we turn all these quests in, we are rewarded with some gold and 80 Darkmoon Prize Ticket!
Reminder: If you’re not exalted with The Darkmoon Faire, be sure to hit that Carousel before handing these quest items in, as you’ll receive an increase to your reputation gain.
Also: Be aware that you can only hand in one of each quest item per Month. There are 9 in total, which I’ve added below, including a TSM import string for your convenience.
Darkmoon Faire Quest Items:
Monstrous Egg (10 Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
Fallen Adventurer’s Journal (5 Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
Banner of the Fallen (5 Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
Captured Insignia (5 Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
Imbued Crystal (10 Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
Mysterious Grimoire (10 Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
Ornate Weapon (10 Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
Soothsayer’s Runes (15 Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
A Treatise on Strategy (10 Darkmoon Prize Ticket)
TSM Import String:
With the information we have above, we have 2 options, loot/buy the quest items to earn Darkmoon Prize Tickets, to purchase a range of items available from The Darkmoon Faire vendors (as outlined later) or loot/buy the quest items to flip at a later date when the demand for them is far greater (ideally the first Saturday of the Month, before the Faire is about to open).
SILAS’ SECRET STASH:
You can also earn Darkmoon Prize Tickets, completing the quest Silas’ Secret Stash This is a quest chain, that can only be done ONCE PER CHARACTER! To get this quest, either fish up 100 Darkmoon Daggermaw or simply purchase them from your local Auction House (you’ll need to pay approximately 25g-50g per Darkmoon Daggermaw) then purchase Faded Treasure Map from Galissa Sundew.
A great Gold-maker called OldBess, who creates awesome World of Warcraft GoldMaking content within the community, has created a great video showing you how to complete this quest chain. Please do like, share his video if you found it helpful. Also, please do subscribe to him, as you will get updates on future content, thank you!
The last alternative to gain Darkmoon Prize Ticket, are to complete the Profession & Mini game dailies on the Darkmoon Island – also not forgetting the 2 Pet Battles Jeremy Feasel & Christoph VonFeasel (which can be completed every day till the Faire closes!) and The Den Mother’s Demise!
WHAT TO SPEND YOUR DARKMOON TOKENS ON?
Now hit (C) to open your character info, and check out the currency tab, here it will show you how many tokens you’ve collected and have available to spend. Ideally, if competition is low on your realm or prices are high, we will be looking at spending our tokens on Replica Transmog, but there are alternatives with Battle Pets if you prefer.
Replica pieces can be very profitable to sell on the Auction House and are purchased from Barum & Baruma. If you wish, you can also purchase the Heirloom replica’s; these are available from Daenrand Dawncrest. For the Belts, Bracers, and Gloves, these items will cost you 50 Darkmoon Prize Ticket each and for the Helm, Chest, Legs and Shoulder’s, these will set you back 75 Darkmoon Prize Ticket each! Be sure to use The Undermine Journal, to see what the most profitable piece is, for your realm.
As a rough guide, the minimum you could sell one piece for, is approximately 40k on a medium to low populated server. On a high populated server, anywhere around the 30k mark! Now, I know many of you will be sceptical, that’s only natural… so what better way to prove it by using our trusted friend Twitter! Simply head on over to Twitter, and in the search box, add the following #Replica #Transmog this will show you all the tweets tagged with Replica Transmog! The Tweets from the top, show you recent sales/activity, during Legion, and if you scroll down, you might be lucky to see sales from previous expansions. This will outline, how drastic the prices have changed over time/expansion.
To help with posting, or maybe buying the Replica’s for flipping, I’ve added below the links of the gear sets and a link to my Replica TSM Import string at my Pastebin for your convenience.
Please click HERE for my Replica Transmog TSM Import String.
If you delve into the Battle Pet market like myself, you’ll be interested by this section. Lhara is the Darkmoon Pet & Mount Vendor and sells a collection of pets that you can cage and uncage to sell on the Auction House. These pets can be bought for 90 Darkmoon Prize Tickets each and can be sold at level 1 for approximately 10-15k each… but you may wish to level them to 25, to gain that extra 5-10k each. If there’s a pet of interest, be sure to check out wow-pets and see what the current average price for that given pet is for your realm. This is a great source of information, if you dabble in the Battle Pet market.
Reminder: Be sure to kill the Darkmoon Rabbit too, this pet still sells for a nice amount if you manage to loot one. People are posting at 30k-45k but I’ve been managing to buy them up to sell at 90k-100k still.
Again, for your convenience, you can find my Darkmoon Battle Pets TSM Import String from my pastebin HERE. This also includes, rare (and uncommon where possible) level 1 and 25 pet IDs and also the Darkmoon Rabbit IDs.
This is all the Darkmoon Faire stuff I deal in, but there’s an array of stuff, that you can do, that I’ve not even touched on. The best guide that I can recommend is from Wowhead and it’s the one I use, when I need to do profession dailies on my alts, check it out HERE! Be sure to give it a rating and leave a comment if you found it helpful!
Many thanks for reading, I hope this updated guide, helps you understand a little more of what I do within this special event and the changes to the prices and improved emphasis on the importance of realm populations to maximise your end product. Because at the end of the day, that’s what we’re all thriving to do as Gold Makers – make the most amount of gold as possible, with the least amount of effort/time.
If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter, I will do my best to help where necessary. If you’d prefer, DM me and I will reply at the earliest convenience.
Until next time… take care!