Money does make the world go around and for the world of Tyria, this is no exception. Gold is the main currency of the game and you can buy almost everything with it one way or another.
So obviously there are many ways to obtain gold, but everyone wants the most effective ones! This is the main purpose of this article; checking the most efficient ways of gold farming, how to do it and what does it require.
We will try to make this guide as newb-friendly as possible, in order to be easy to apply for new players! We will also try to keep it as much updated as possible!
Some might require having a specific expansion or a certain character level. Worry not, as we will point out all of them! We are gonna divide our methods to farming and things you can do every day. Let’s begin:
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Silverwastes is one of the most classic maps for farming. The most common is through RIBA and Chestfarm (CF for short).
RIBA stands for (R)ed, (I)ndigo, (B)lue and (A)mber. Those are the names of the four fortresses of the map. Let’s take a look at what we farm and how do we make gold out of it.
To find a map for RIBA farm use the LFG tool (press Y on default controls). Then check under the Squads category like the screenshot below.
Then join the squad and move to their instance.
The items you farm at Silverwastes include containers (bags) that contain gear and materials.
There are three types of these bags:
In order to open Lost Bandit Chests, you will require Bandit Skeleton Keys which you can buy from the vendor at Camp Resolve, in exchange for Bandit Crests (rewarded for Event completion in the Silverwastes, found in chests).
Now don’t rush with opening the bags as they need to be opened on a character of a specific level. That is because some lower tier materials cost more than higher ones, hence make more profit.
Prices for materials tend to change over time and it can be a little difficult to keep track which ones are the most profitable. Thankfully, there’s a website called Silver Wastes! This website will keep track of the prices and indicates the level that it is the most profitable to open the bags.
So make sure your character is at the proper level to open the bags from Silverwastes. Then salvage the gear dropped from the bags and sell the materials on the Trading Post. Preferably put on a sale instead of selling instantly to maximize the profit.
RIBA works better in a certain order of actions: People take the fortresses, one by one, starting from Red and then moving to Indigo, then Blue, and last but not least, Amber. Capturing by this order will cause defense events to spawn at the same order so the players can run around, “tag” the events then move to the next.
Essentially in order to farm these events, you will have to go around the fortresses on this order and kill 5-6 mobs, in order to get the max participation from the defense event.
For example: If you kill 5-6 mobs at the Red fortress defense event then move on to Indigo and you just repeat the process.
In between, you will notice dolyaks on the map. Dolyaks will need an escort from one fortress to the other. Helping them move when they are attacked will get you a bonus event that will speed up your farm. Check the screenshot above for dolyak routes.
Once the bar on the side is filled, after the successful defense of the fortresses, the meta-event will commence.
At the first phase, you will split into groups and fight a boss at each fortress. After successfully defeating the bosses, you will enter a two-minute break and then the second and final phase will begin.
There are 3 lanes on the west side of the map. Each lane will push a ram to open the way to the boss, starting from the bottom, then middle and last top. Defeating all three bosses will bring the meta-event to a successful closing.
Keep an eye out for the loot of the meta-event boss. There is an ultra-rare chance that you get an account bound jewel. Now that jewel is worth nothing, but it has an infusion attached to it which costs thousands of gold.
After the meta-event, there’s a 20-minute break when a commander is usually leading a chestfarm. You will go around the map opening Lost Bandit Chests. As we mentioned earlier, in order to do this lots of Bandit Skeleton Keys are required, which you buy with Bandit Crests, so be sure to have a lot on you all the time.
Keep following the commander and you will have no problem finding and opening the chests. After the 20 minute break is over, you will resume to RIBA farm and repeat the whole process.
For this farming, we are gonna need only two maps. Bitterfrost Frontier for farming Winterberries and Ember Bay to buy Mabgic-Warped bundles.
The first step is to gather Winterberries. When consumed, Winterberries return Unbound Magic, which is the currency needed to buy the containers that will give us that sweet gold.
Winterberries are materials that can be found specific to Bitterfrost Frontier. Following the map below is a good route to ensure you won’t miss any.
Now for maximizing your Winterberry and Unbound Magic income, you should do this route with every character you have up to level 80. The same route applies for every character and the Winterberries reset daily.
Afterward, when you have enough Unbound Magic (I’d say around 50-100K) go to Ember Bay.
Now with the Unbound Magic that you have gathered, you will buy the rare Magic-Warped Bundles. These contain valuable materials that fetch a good price on the Trading Post.
The reason we buy these in Ember Bay is that they require only 40 silver, even though they require much more Unbound Magic.
Again, put the materials on the Trading Post on sale offer for maximizing the profit.
Volatile Magic is a currency earned on Living World Season 4 maps.
These maps are:
Volatile Magic is earned by completing events, killing mobs and gathering nodes in these six specific maps. Currently, the best and fastest way to obtain volatile magic is to farm meta-events in Dragonfall and Thunderhead Peaks.
Another way to obtain Volatile Magic is to consume any Living World Season 4 map currency, like Kralkatitte Ore, Mistonium, Branded Masses, etc. This is not recommended if you are grinding for Skyscale or Vision or anything that needs you to have lots of these materials for that matter.
After you have farmed a lot of Volatile Magic, what do we do with it? Well, we exchange it for Trophy Shipments.
Each trophy shipment costs 250 Volatile Magic and 1 gold, and they contain Tier 6 materials, and it’s highly recommended to sell the materials to earn gold. You can also check some extra ways to get tier 6 materials, on one of my previous articles.
You will approximately make double the gold that you spent to buy the containers! But don’t go and buy the Trophy Shipments one at a time. Get a good amount of Volatile Magic and buy them in bulk. It doesn’t change anything, it just feels much better to invest!
Often in Southsun Cove, you will find small groups farming Karka Shells. These materials cost around 9-10 silver, and Veteran Karkas always drop 1 or 2 of them. Smaller karkas also have a chance to drop some.
The farming is most optimal in groups of 4-5 people, in order to quickly kill the karkas without upscaling them much.
You will find the Veteran Karkas most commonly in the “brown” area of Southsun Cove.
Although it is achievable solo, it shouldn’t be the first option, as karkas are armored and it will take some time to “solo-fight” them. Of course, killing the Karka Queen world boss should be a priority as soon as it spawns, which can drop up to 10 Karka Shells.
In the maps of Heart of Thorns expansion, one of the map rewards is a Shiny Bauble. It is a junk trophy that its price ranges from 30 silver each. To find which map offers this reward, hover over the map’s name.
Doing events in the map will get you the map rewards. One of the rewards is the Shiny Bauble. Every 20th reward is dropped tenfold, that means that every once in a while you will receive 10 baubles, hence 3 gold!
It will be a little hard to farm events fast and successfully on your own, so we suggest finding a group in the LFG that is farming the events. The most common maps that this farm takes place is Auric Basin and Tangled Depths, due to them having lots of events.
After you are done, go to a vendor, press the “Sell junk” button and receive your gold. Alongside you will make some Karma and loot bags to open for extra rewards.
Completing your dailies is a 10-minute process, fact that it makes it easy to farm. Apart from the 2 gold per day reward, there’s also the 10 Achievement Points one.
The dailies you decide to do is completely up to you. Any 3 achievements will do the trick, which makes the process very easy.
Doing your daily fractals every day is a good source of income. Sometimes it can be a bit tedious, as higher level fractals are more time-consuming, but the rewards are nice.
Now remember, in order to be able to do the highest tiers of fractals you will need Agony Resistance. Don’t try to rush things, take your time doing the lower levels, learn the mechanics of each fractal and slowly make your way to the top.
Daily fractal chests will reward you withFractal Encryptions which can be unlocked using Fractal Encryption Keys. You will get a lot more chests than keys, so you either sell the remaining boxes or buy keys with fractal relics in order to open more.
Using Fractal Encryption Keys on Fractal Encryptions will generate a new container called Cracked Fractal Encryption. Opening these will grant you lots of Tier 5 Materials, but most importantly lots of junk trophies that fetch a good price at vendors.
Another great source of income is theStabilizing Matrix. Keep in mind, there are lots of recipes that require this material, so sell it only if you don’t need it.
Fractals are a steady daily source of income but don’t lose your mind if you miss a day or two.
Dungeons may have become obsolete since Fractals have taken over, but following some easy and fast paths will grant you some gold. Unfortunately, it may be proven hard to find groups, but in case you find one don’t miss the chance.
Here’s a list of the easiest paths:
In order to maximize your income, you should have completed the achievement Dungeon Master (requires doing every path and story mode of every dungeon at least once). This will unlock the achievement Dungeon Frequenter, which is repeatable and will award you 5 gold every time you complete 8 different paths. Doing the paths mentioned above will complete the achievement, reset it, and complete it again.
Of course, there is no need to do all these dungeons daily, but they are a good source of extra income.
The Legendary Ley-Line Anomaly is a boss-event that spawns in 3 different locations every two hours on xx:20.
Usually, there will be a commander for the event, so be sure to look in the LFG under Central Tyria – Squads category!
This is how the event works: A Ley-Line Anomaly boss will spawn somewhere on the map and it will start running. Players will need to use Crowd Control skills on it so it stops moving. This is Phase 1.
After you successfully break the Defiance Bar, the Anomaly will stop moving and it will spawn Coalescences that it will try to absorb. You will need to keep the Coalescences from reaching the Anomaly for 1 minute. This is Phase 2.
After Phase 2, the damage Phase will commence. You go all out during this Phase to deal as much damage as possible. In case the Anomaly doesn’t die during this phase, it will start Phase 1 again and you will need to repeat all the steps.
Now, why is this event profitable? After successfully killing the Anomaly, it will drop a junk trophy that costs 50 silver, as well as a Mystic Coin. Mystic Coins are currently sold at a high price (around 1.5 gold)! The Mystic Coin drops daily, so the optimal is to do the event only once per day.
This method works by gathering the Pact Scout’s Mapping Materials every day. The reward is 200 points of Map Bonus Rewards of the zone you are currently in. They don’t work in zones of Heart of Thorns or Path of Fire.
In short, using one of these will get you the “next reward”. Remember that every 20th reward grants you ten times more materials.
The downside is that only 6 of these can be bought every day and they cost Karma. Buying all 6 in a day costs 31.500 Karma.
In order to buy them, you will have to travel across Tyria to find 6 different Pact Supply Network Agents (follow the link to see their current location in the GW2Wiki page).
Note: Even though the items offer reset at server reset time, their location doesn’t change for another 8 hours. For example, if the server reset happens at 00:00 UTC, the location of the vendors change at 08:00 UTC.
Each week the items offered in each map change or some areas, are way more profitable than others.
The best course of action in order to maximize the profit is to wait until the rotation reaches a good week. For example, during one of the weeks of the rotation, the Rewards offered are Vials of Powerful Blood, Charged Cores, Charged Lodestones, and Obsidian Shards. Since charged cores and lodestones are quite expensive and Vials of Powerful Blood is the most expensive Tier 6 material, you will make quite the profit.
Tequatl the Sunless is a World Boss that lies in Sparkfly Fen. You can check when it spawns here.
You will find quite a lot of groups in LFG. Get in one of their maps and fight the boss. You will make 2 gold and some extra chests that have a rare chance of dropping ascended items and exotics, that can be sold for extra gold.
Each Heart of Thorns and Path of Fire map (Verdant Brink, Auric Basin, Tangled Depths and Dragon’s Stand for HoT and Crystal Oasis, Dessert Highlands, Elon Riverlands, Desolation and Domain of Vabbi for PoF) has a unique meta-event that can be done once per day (per map). You can actually do it more than once, but you won’t get rewarded again.
Now each of events will grant you a Hero’s Choice Chest upon successful completion. One of the choices is an Amalgamated Gemstone, which currently goes for about 1.5 gold in the Trading Post.
In addition, you may open each map’s containers that spawn from doing an event (eg: Airship Cargo in Verdant Brink, Exalted Chests in Auric Basin, etc.). These will provide extra materials and make a side profit.
The Path of Fire maps have more than one meta-event. For example: Domain of Vabbi has the Serpent’s Ire meta-event, which is a bit hard and requires a great amount of coordination and Forged With Fire meta-event which is easier to do. Completing any of the two events will grant you the Hero’s Choice Chest. The chest is map-bound, which means that if you do one meta, the other will not drop the chest.
The meta-events are kinda costly in terms of time, so don’t worry about doing them every day, but in case you don’t know what else to do, this will come in handy!
I didn’t list this method as a farm because there’s only so much you can gather daily, but it could quite feel like one.
For this to work, you will follow specific routes and gather specific materials:
You can grab anything else you stumble upon, but these are the materials you should focus on.
Below there are screenshots of the routes and we will talk about how we make gold from these specific materials.
Just to clarify some things:
How to make gold from the materials you gathered:
Let’s take a look at the routes by the map:
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