How to Grind World of Warcraft Gold with Your Priest
Admittedly, priests are not the best World of Warcraft gold grinders around, but given the right spec and if you know where to grind, you can actually fare off pretty well. Before World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, when “cheap World of Warcraft gold” companies started popping up like mushrooms you would see their bot grinders around Azeroth, most of which were either hunters or mages. As a priest, even a shadow priest, you would often have to struggle to earn your money and repair costs from instances and raids forced many priests to buy World of Warcraft gold, simply because it was the only way to keep them going in the game.
Fortunately, The Burning Crusade brought a lot of grinding advantages for priests and despite the fact that you’ll still be pulling your hair out if you try to grind World of Warcraft gold with a holy spec, at least the discipline and shadow specs work quite nicely (especially the latter) when it comes to grinding.
Priest World of Warcraft Gold Making Guide – Talent Build
If you check out our Priest Talent Section you’ll find several viable Shadow and Discipline builds for grinding.
If you’re going for a shadow build, regardless of which one you choose, if you want to have an easy time grinding for World of Warcraft gold you need the following talents:
Shadowform – Well this is pretty obvious, the extra damage will come in extremely handy as well as the resistance to physical damage. It’s also a prerequisite for Vampiric Touch. Vampiric Embrace and Vampiric Touch – they will greatly reduce your downtimes between battles and can save your life when you’re being mob-ganked with low mana. Improved Psychic Scream – Those 2 points spent in this talent will prove quite valuable, since your “Fear” is your main Crowd Control option and you can use it to grind several mobs at a time more efficiently. Improved Shadow Word Pain - If you want to mass grind and not single-target your enemies each time, Improved Shadow Word Pain and the two extra ticks it brings comes in very handy. Just gather up 4-5 mobs, Shadow Word: Pain them, Fear them and select a single target to nuke, then rinse and repeat.
Other useful talents include:
Silence – Your secondary Crowd Control spell, has limited use but can be very effective when you’re grinding for World of Warcraft gold in some areas that feature caster mobs. Inner Focus – This discipline spell is handy, although not essential when grinding, but it’s so low in the discipline tree that it’s almost a shame not to get it (since you’ll probably need Improved Fortitude and Improved Power Word Shield in your spec anyway, so Inner Focus is just 1 point away).
Priest World of Warcraft Gold Making Guide – Gear
When you’re off to grind World of Warcraft gold with your priest, put on the best damage gear you have but don’t cut down on your stats too hard if you have a choice. There’s an exception though. Usually, spirit is the most important stat for priests, but for WoW gold grinders it’s actually not that important, since I’m assuming you’re stacked up on Mage water or inn water.
But Intellect and Stamina are quite important as well, since the first will determine the “depth” of your mana pool and your critical hit chance, whereas Stamina will give you a higher health pool that can keep you alive in some intense grinding situations. The equation is like this when grinding for World of Warcraft gold as a priest: spell damage > intellect > stamina > spirit. Why intellect over stamina? Because a priest’s life is his mana pool and whereas you can survive with low HP but a lot of mana, you won’t be able to do so if you have full HP but no mana.
Priest World of Warcraft Gold Making Guide – Grind Areas
As a general tip, avoid areas where mobs are resistant or even immune to shadow damage. Unfortunately, several good grinding spots have mobs that have a higher resistance to shadow, which makes priests less good at grinding WoW gold from those places when compared to other classes. Here are a couple of good grind areas for priests:
Nagrand – Elemental Plateau (Motes of Air, Fire, Earth and Water) – although it’s sometimes crowded here, this is one of the best grinding spots for priests in the game. Whereas a mage will have difficulties tackling the fire or water elementals in the area, a shadow priest will be able to blast in. Gather up several Elementals, use Shadow Word Pain on each, fear them and then start blasting them into oblivion. Rinse, repeat. The rough 33% chance of mote drop from these guys means that your pockets will be dangling with World of Warcraft gold in no time.
Netherstorm – Kirin’Var Village (Motes of Mana) – this area is a bit harder to grind for a priest, due to the fact that mobs spawn fast and you’ll often be interrupted from drinking. However, with the motes of mana being some of the most expensive in the AH (an average is around 2 World of Warcraft gold per mote) and with the mobs dropping them being easy to kill, it’s worth the nuisance. Just watch out for gankers if you’re on a PVP server.
Zangarmarsh – The Dead Mire (Motes of Life) – Although motes of life are not as expensive as motes of fire, air or mana, they’re very easy to get in the Dead Mire, since the mobs there are low level and are not very dangerous (plus you can gather up several of them at the same time). I found it best to AOE grind these guys with a Power Infusion + Holy Nova discipline/holy spec, but gathering them up and DoT-ing should also work. This is definitely one of the easiest sources of World of Warcraft gold you’ll get as a priest.
Priest World of Warcraft Gold Making Guide – Grind Tactics
As a shadow priest, your main World of Warcraft gold grinding technique will be DoT-ing, Crowd Controlling and Blasting. What this means is that you’ll have to gather up several mobs (let’s say around 4-5), put Shadow Word Pain on each of them and then fear. While they are feared, shield yourself and pick a target to blast. When that target is dead, the other 4 mobs will already have suffered some damage from your Shadow Word Pain, making it easier for you to blast the next target and so forth.
If you have a mage buddy, World of Warcraft gold grinding becomes a lot more fun since you can combine AOE if you’re disc/holy spec, you can burn down a target in a few seconds if you’re shadow, or you can simply keep the mage alive while he AOEs 7-8 mobs at a time. At the end, split the WoW gold you earned and the items that dropped and both of you will be happy and rich.