Making money with engineering
Making money in the age of Northrend
The Mote extractor remains the Engineer's unique resource extraction tool, and so remains a source of revenue for the engineer in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. End-game level guns also remain a source of wealth.
Surprisingly, pets make a come-back as a source of income due to the pet collection achievements. While there was an early market for the motorcycle mounts (among the most wealthy on each server), this market dries up quickly. The remaining people seeking them will generally have a guild member who can craft it for them (given sufficient resources) by the time they can afford it. On the other hand, with level progression available to 80, fewer engineers are gaining the Consortium reputation required for Elemental Seaforium Charges. expanding the market for those who have the recipe. Typically, though, this will be a 'tips' market, as the engineer seeking parts for her flying machine will be able to provide all the parts for the charges.
A slight resurgence of quest-required items can be expected as people go back through low level quests while working
on their Loremaster achievement.
The Mote Extractor
Perhaps the single most useful item for engineers is the [ Zapthrottle Mote Extractor ]. With the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, several regions in Northrend have clouds containing Crystallized Air. Crystallized Water. and/or Crystallized Fire. When combined with a flying mount extracting these clouds for resources becomes practical.
Note that there are clouds of Motes in several regions of Outland as well. Market for those, though, is largely for players practicing their trade skills; end-game materials has moved on to the crystallized materials.
Guns and Scopes
As in times past, there is a market for end-game guns. There exists both a warrior -tank gun (the Armor Plated Combat Shotgun ) and a hunter weapon (Nesingwary 4000 ).
While there is some market for scopes, the speed of leveling means that scopes are often overlooked until quite late. And once a hunter has his ultimate weapon, he will typically only need a single scope.
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