Making money with companions
This is a Guide to making money through selling Companion pets (a.k.a. small pets, non-combat pets, mini-pets, or vanity pets). Due to their desirability with Achievement hunters, pet collectors, and casual players alike, companion pets can be used to make a significant amount of gold regardless of your level or faction.
This is not a guide to collecting pets, simply a guide for easy money-making by selling them.
You can sell crafted pets, pets dropped from mobs, or pets sold from vendors, on the Auction House (AH).
On most servers you should easily get 1-5 for any pet. Some pets sell for hundreds, even thousands! You just need to be smart, do a bit of travelling or farming, and be patient with the AH. Be aware that generally cute or nicer-coloured pets sell for more.
Selling pets can be done at any level! Each starting area has a nearby pet vendor, all you need is a little bit of funding to get you started. Dropped pets can also be found in areas as low-level as Deadmines. Preferably you should have flight paths to major and neutral cities, or your set to Dalaran or Shattrath to cut down on your traveling time.
There may be several reasons why somebody will buy a pet at auction, instead of directly from the vendor:
- The item is only available to one faction (see below for more details).
- The player doesn't want to travel far to get the pet.
- The player doesn't have the necessary expansion to be able to buy it themselves (for example, players cannot visit Dalaran without the Wrath of the Lich King expansion).
- The player doesn't have Faction discount, so they would pay an increased cost if they bought it themselves.
- The item may be in limited stock, or only available at certain times/events.
- The player simply doesn't know where the item is from.
Sixx sells stunning moth pets at 50. Players without the Burning Crusade expansion cannot access this vendor, so these desirable pets can achieve a high AH price. Also, as with Darnassus, most players don't wish to travel to The Exodar, due to being out-of-the-way, so you're likely to find a buyer seeking convenience.
Lil Timmy is a rare spawn vendor. He sells one item; for 50, and only ever has one in stock. Due to this kitten being 'cute' and pretty hard to find, it can fetch a profit of several hundreds, especially when sold on the neutral auction house.
Halpa is a vendor. They sell for 50 and are highly desired due to their looks.
Jilanne sells stunning Dragonhawk Hatchling pets at 50. Players without the Burning Crusade expension cannot access this vendor, so these desirable pets can achieve a high AH price. Also, most players don't wish to travel to Silvermoon City, due to being out-of-the-way, so you're likely to find a buyer seeking convenience.
Flik comes and goes with the Darkmoon Faire. He sells two frogs for 1 each. The is unlimited, but the only comes in a limited stock of one every few hours. He also runs around the faire, and can be very hard to catch up with. Holding on to these pets and selling them when Darkmoon Faire is over can be very profitable.
Magus Tirth sells for 1. This is an out-of-the-way location, especially for Alliance, so you're likely to find a buyer seeking convenience.
All races at the Argent Tournament in Icecrown have faction-specific pets available to them. Any given character must both unlock the ability to buy from each racial quartermaster for their faction, but must earn the tokens () required to buy the pet. In addition to the racial pets, the tournament factions (Sunreavers and Silver Covenant) have their own pets. Each character thus has access to 6 pets specific to their faction. Due to the rarity of these pets and the work needed to earn them, they can be sold for a sizeable amount. Whether the cost to buy them from the vendor outweighs what players will buy them for is a subjective decision.
The only pet of note here is the , crafted by engineers. This is taught by , a world drop for low-level mobs. It is pretty likely that an engineer will have it, so he will probably not ask for a large fee. The materials are very easy to obtain, making it perfect to craft in large quantities when convenient. You can make a decent profit, from 1-20 depending on your server's market. While more engineering pets are available, the materials for them are much more costly, and there's less chance the engineer will have the recipe.
Which pets to farm are entirely up to the time you're willing to devote, and the server's market. There's also the random element here, which means that you may spend many fruitless hours farming, or may get incredibly lucky and make a big profit fast. Unless you have a lot of free time on your hands, avoid seeking pets such as Hyacinth Macaw. Although they can go for upwards of 20,000 to hardcore pet collectors, their high price is not unwarranted, and the drop rate is incalculably low.
Good farming choices are:
- drops in Deadmines, which is accessible at low levels and soloable at mid-range levels. It has a 2% drop rate from Defias Pirate, so is likely to drop in a single run. The item also has a chance to drop here.
- the most common drop of the Whelpling pets, and farmed from low-level mobs.
- as this item only drops for horde, it can net a huge profit on the neutral AH when selling to alliance.
- drops from level 62 mobs in Zangarmarsh, which will also offer a significant value of vendor loot while farming. It's worth hundreds of gold in itself.
- while this does not directly teach a pet, it is necessary in obtaining the Jubling pet during Darkmoon Faire. If you know your way around Blackrock Depths, grab a few of these when the Faire comes around and sell them. Be particularly sure to advertise them in the trade channel. Explain what they do, and that the pet is only available once a month, and you're more likely to make a sale.