Zero to One Million Gold: Challenge Complete!


As anyone following me on twitter will now I reached one million gold on Tuesday this week! The challenge has officially been completed! I will look through some of my stats throughout the challenge this week in addition to what I did since the last update.

Going forward my plan is to continue my work on Twilight’s hammer. I will most likely just transition the challenge into going for gold cap. My plan is to do it with the same setup, but I will be leveling at least a demon hunter to get 4 professions. It’s already level 101 and I will be going alchemy/leatherworking on it. Alchemy to get access to more consumable now that Antorus is coming up and leatherworking for the shuffle.

You can find the original post here and my earlier updates here.

The Rules

  • Fresh server (Twilight’s Hammer EU)
  • No transfered battlepets
  • No transfered gold
  • One account only
  • Get to One Million Gold

Statistics (taken when I hit 1 million)

  • /played since last update: 1 hours
  • /played total: 6 days 11 hours
  • Level: 110
  • Total gold:  1 128 696 gold
  • Total AH value: 2 505 249 gold
  • Total gold Acquired: 6 079 655 gold
  • Total gold spent: 4 950 959 Gold

How did the challenge go?

It’s time for a bit of a retrospective on my challenge. It took my 6 days and 11 hours of played time over 32 weeks to go from having nothing on a realm to one million gold. I spent the first 21 weeks of the challenge getting to level 110. At that time I’d played 2 days and 23 hours, which is less than half the play time I had. I spent a lot more time per week on the challenge once I got to max and into gold making activities.

Status at 110

When I hit 110 I had 51 471 gold. That’s a very respectable number. I did not get this from pure leveling as I spent time working the Auction house all the way from the beginning. At that time I also had auctions posted for a total value of 637 000 gold. My inventory consisted of  7 BoEs and a lot of trade skill materials both from Legion and the Old world.

Some interesting stats

  • Gold earned per hour /played: 7 281
  • Largest week of sales: 1 157 298 gold (week 30)
  • Most gold spent in a week: 1 226 345 gold (week 29)
  • /played until I hit 10k: 1 day 1 hour
  • /played until I hit 100k: 3 days 16 hours

7281 gold per hour, including leveling from 1-110. The time-efficiency of crafting and flipping is quite ridiculous. Considering I spent about half the time in the challenge primarily leveling I think the gold per hour figure is surprisingly high. If you had asked me what my gph would be including leveling I would not have guessed that at all.

Graphs Graphs Graphs

Below I’ve graphed my Auction House Value and my weekly sales over time. As you can see I have a very impressive exponential graph. One my weekly sales passed about 100k my auction house value started ballooning like crazy. The same thing happened to my sales. The explosion started a couple of weeks after hitting 110. That’s the point where I could start buying a lot of BoEs and still have money left over for material flipping etc. I also got access to level 110 recipes and steady sales from crafted goods, which helped finance the shenanigans.

I didn’t plot my liquid gold as it tells a much less interesting tale. I reinvested my gold as fast as I possibly could during the challenge so it was mostly kept low throughout until it spiked to 1 million.


What did I do?

I did very little since my last update as I hit 1 million literally the day after. I just reposted all of my stock to keep it up. I got a couple of very big BoE sales on Monday including a Sameed’s vision ring for 149 000 gold that put me over 1 million. I ended up at 1,1 million so I had sales totalling 500k over two days. Pretty great!

TSM sales

At the top of the list of valuable auctions this week we can see all of my high value BoEs that sold this week. A lot of very high value items sold on Monday as you can easily see. I resold a Six-Feater fan after the challenge ended as well.

The resale summary below shows a similar story as usual. It only shows purchases done the last week on this filter, so some flips are omitted. I’ve sold quite a few more dalaran vendor cooking mats, so look into that if you need some easy gold.




As you can see I’ve begun stocking enchanting materials. I have a ton of chaos crystals, but I’m having trouble finding enough arkhana. I’ll solve it by getting a leatherworker to shuffle leather. In addition my inventory is still dominated by the BoEs. It is still the best way to generate wealth. I have truly hit the break point where my inventory is big enough that I primarily generate liquid gold now.

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9 thoughts on “Zero to One Million Gold: Challenge Complete!

  1. First of all, congratulations on getting to 1 million gold!

    I was wondering, do you have any ideas or suggestions for a young goblin with limited / irregular playtime who would like to try a gold challenge!

    I have 1 of each class (all alliance) on a high pop RP server, 5 horde toons (DK, DH, Hunter, Monk and Warlock) on a medium pop PvE server and an alliance DK and DH on a different medium pop PvE server. I’ve been following your blog for a while now and the gold challenge looks like so much fun that I can’t wait to start one of my own,…..but I’m kind of clueless as to what would fit, and also be realistic enough to not get demoralised due to no discernible progress. Thanks in advance!…and good luckgoing for goldcap!

    1. Thanks!

      Not sure what you are looking for in a challenge, but I think I fall in the limited/irregular playtime group.

      A good challenge for a low effort test would be to setup a character with some gold in starting capital (10-20k for instance) and see how fast you could get to some number by only flipping. The goal could be auctions worth 500k based on DBmarket or to reach some amount of liquid gold 100k, 200k. It depends on how confident you are. You could obviously copy my challenge with or without the leveling.

      Hopefully that gives you some ideas! Let me know when you decide, maybe I’ll go along with you!

      1. I’m sorry for not having replied for so long, RL got in the way I’m afraid. The situation has changed quite a bit as well. I now have all classes on both realms (huge RP server – alliance & medium pop PvE server – horde) as well as more capital to work with. A friend of mine stopped playing, dividing his gold among friends.

        At the moment I have about 1 million gold on both realms, as well as all classes, so I’m tempted to do 3 things:

        1) Set up professions on all characters on both realms.

        2) Set aside a small amount of gold for fun X-realm flipping / X-realm battlepet shenannigans.

        3) Join you on the million to gold cap challenge!

        1. Major typo in #2: shenannigans was my phone’s Auto-Correct typing foto me,….it should have been sales.

        2. Sounds like a solid plan! Make sure you keep me updated on how it goes.
          I am working on improving my profession roster myself.

          1. At the moment I’m working out which professions tot give to which characters, keeping crafting professions balanced so that I can take advantage in case 1 suddenly becomes super profitable. That being said, I also like having enough gathering professions since I do a lot of open world stuff. So with all of the above taken into account, this is my plan at the moment:

            Death Knight
            Blacksmithing / Mining
            Death Knight 2
            Blacksmithing / Enchanting
            Demon Hunter
            Enchanting / Jewelcrafting
            Herbalism / Mining
            Leatherworking / Skinning
            Hunter 2
            Leatherworking / Enchanting
            Alchemy / Herbalism
            Inscription / Herbalism
            Jewelcrafting / Mining
            Enchanting / Tailoring
            Engineering / Mining
            Alchemy / Herbalism
            Enchanting / Tailoring
            Alchemy / Herbalism

            Alchemy 3x
            Blacksmithing 2x
            Enchanting 5x
            (1 of each armor type + 1 extra on my 2nd tailor)
            Engineering 1x
            Inscription 1x
            Jewelcrafting 2x
            Leatherworking 2x
            Tailoring 2x

            Herbalism 5x
            Mining 4x
            Skinning 1x

          2. Personally I would not duplicate enchanting. The most valuable professions to duplicate are alchemy and engineering for their daily cooldowons

  2. This is crazy. I’ve been using your blog as inspiration to try to get enough money to pay for wow tokens. I managed to hit my goal last month, but just barely. Need to go back and really read your 1 to 1m posts and see where I’m missing out. BoE seems intimidating still because I don’t know what is actually a good value or not. Thanks for sharing so much of your knowledge with us!

    1. Congratulations on already making enough money for tokens.

      For BoEs I don’t actually “know” what prices are good. I rely on TSM to set the posting price automatically.

      When I’m buying I look at three things. The price relative to the current AH stock (e.g. how large is the gap up to the second cheapest), price relative to DBmarket and price relative to dbregionmarket. If it looks like I can resell it for atleast 5-10k gold more than it’s posted at I’ll buy it.

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