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Starter Capital: Cocoa Beans
Starter Capital is a series where we look at ways for new players as well as players new to servers to build gold quickly with little or no resources.
If you enjoy playing multiple characters on multiple servers like me than you know how constrictive it can feel to be on a brand new server with no heirlooms and no stockpile of gold to twink out your little low level character with bags and a couple thousand gold.
Today I'm going to go over one of my favorite ways to get your gold-making "pump primed" so to speak: selling Cocoa Beans. Head past the jump for more.
When you are a lowly level 10 on a new server, 1 or 2 gold is a lot of money. When you have things like bags and bank space to buy 10g can seem like a fortune. Having started characters on 5 or 6 different realms in the last few months this tip has worked consistently and paid off well.
For this tip we're going to be doing the daily cooking quest in Stormwind or Orgrimmar. We'll then be using the Chef's Award to purchase Imported Supplies from the sous chef's to obtain Cocoa Beans to sell on the auction house.
Once your character is level 10 and has learned the Cooking profession head to the daily cooking quest-giver and pick up that day's quest.
If you are Alliance you will be heading to Robbie Flay who is located just outside the entrance to The Stockades near the Inscription Trainer.
|Robby Flay <Head Chef> in Stormwind.|
|Marogg <Infantry Chef> in Orgrimmar.|
Each of the daily cooking quests is a bit different but almost all of them involve you running around the city collecting things like apples, pumpkins, alcohol, supplies etc.
Once you get good at these they should take no more than 10 mins or so to complete. If you are having issues finding the objects be sure to check your map for hints on where the items may be.
Once you have completed your daily cooking quest you will receive a Chef's Award (visable in your Currency tab inside your Character panel). We are going to use this award to purchase Imported Supplies from the Sous Chefs who reside near the quest givers.
Horde will purchase their Imported Supplies from Shazdar, Alliance from Bario Matalli.
|Sous Chefs Shazdar and Bario Matalli|
When you open you Imported Supplies you will receive some where around 40 Cocoa Beans. Head to the auction house and check current pricing on Cocoa Beans. If you get lucky you may be the only one selling them that day.
My normal price for Cocoa Beans is around 1g 75s each. I sell them in 10-stacks. If I am the only one selling them I sometimes bump my price up to 2g 75s each.
If you see lots of low-priced (under 1 gold each) competition then put your Cocoa Beans up for your regular price (1g 75s-2g 75s) as there is no reason to drop below that. They will sell. People need 91 Cocoa Beans to make 91 Chocolate Cookies to get the You'll Feel Right as Rain achievement so don't worry too much about them not selling.
Doing this one quest every day on my new servers brings in a daily income of around 50-70 gold. That isn't chump change when you're just starting out.
It's more than enough to outfit my characters with the oh-so-important complement of Netherweave Bags and perhaps even pick up a mogging to flip for even bigger pfofits.
What is your favorite way to make starter capital gold on a completely new server?
Update: Look what was waiting in my mailbox today. :)
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