Making Gold With Achievements

WoW Achievement Chocolate CookiesThis is what happens when you take a screenshot at 2:30am

I’d had what many might call a “righteously shitty week” and was hungry to achieve something just to get that jones of success.  I scrolled through the Achievements window and was drawn to Cataclysmically Delicious, probably because it seemed simple enough, but mostly because it was ten at night and I hadn’t eaten since breakfast.  “Sample the following Cataclysm delicacies,” seemed like a good idea on all fronts.

And sample I did.  Between the Auction House and various vendors, Herculano had managed to sink his teeth into just about every culinary delight offered.  Wearing his industrial strength stretchy pants, all that was left was for him to dine on was the scrumptious-sounding Unidentifiable Meat Dish and Vile Purple Fungus.    A quick search on Wowhead revealed some good news – both items were available on vendors.  However, the bad news that followed bunged up more than Herculano’s intestinal tract.  It almost eighty-sixed the whole Achievement run.

The Fungus was only available on two vendors.  One of them, Zungam, only became available after running a quest in Zul’Aman which unlocked him as a vendor.  The other vendor was Grunka who, along with Edric Downing (the vendor who sold the Unidentifiable Meat Dish), could only be accessed if you were on the twilight cultist questline in Hyjal.  If you weren’t on it, the NPC’s were hostile toward you.  So if you’d completed the Hyjal questlines and were currently doing the Fireland dailies, the ship had sailed and these NPC’s were out of your reach.  Which also meant the achievement would be impossible to complete.

As luck would have it, I had a hunter who hadn’t completed the questline yet.  I sent her in, completed what needed finishing, then loaded up on vendor goodies as soon as they were nice to me.  I sent the rations to Herculano.  Other than a case of the runs which produced a stench science hadn’t invented a name for, Herc managed not one, but two achievements –

Cataclysmically Delicious Achievement

Drown Your Sorrows Achievement

For dessert, he used some of his chef awards to buy the recipe for the Chocolate Cookies needed to bang out the achievement You’ll Feel Right As Rain (pictured above).

You may have figured out how a person could make money off of these achievements.  But for those of a more “challenged” nature, here you go.

– Go through the list of items needed for the achievement and find the ones located on vendors.  Track down the items, buy them, then put one or two of them on the AH.  Focus on the rare items like the ones listed above (which would be the Meat Dish and the Fungus) that can only be accessed through phased instances in questlines.  Most people won’t stop to pick up items from these vendors as they level through, so make them pay for it.  Both the Cataclysmically Delicious and Drown Your Sorrows achievements have items like this, so do your research and make some easy gold by vendor diving (which is not as dirty as it sounds – it’s just like dumpster diving, but with vendors).

– Provide the mats that are going to be needed for some of the foods.  Notice how many of them involve fishing?  Get the hint?  Wink wink?  Seriously though, fish up the mats and put them on the AH.  Fish will always sell.

-You can even make some gold by using the chef awards from the Cooking daily quests to buy the Imported Satchel full of cocoa beans from the cooking vendor.  That’s the only place people can access the beans needed to make the Chocolate Cookies for the achievement.  Easy Peasy!

Feliciamarie did her homework in the Wowhead comments for these achievements and took care of most of the research.  All that’s left is for you to do!

Cataclysmically Delicious Mini-Guide:

Baked Rockfish – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Algaefin Rockfish.
Basilisk Liverdog – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Basilisk “Liver”.
Beer-Basted Crocolisk – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Crocolisk Tail.
Blackbelly Sushi – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Blackbelly Mudfish.
Blackened Surprise – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Toughened Flesh.
Broiled Mountain Trout – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Mountain Trout.
Buttery Wheat Roll – Sold by some innkeepers. Innkeeper Gryshka in Orgrimmar, Innkeeper Allison in Stormwind.
Chocolate Cookie – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Simple Flour and 1 Cocoa Beans.
Crocolisk Au Gratin – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Crocolisk Tail.
Delicious Sagefish Tail – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Deepsea Sagefish.
Fish Fry – Made from cooking. Requires 3 Sharptooth.
Fortune Cookie – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Simple Flour and 1 Mysterious Fortune Card.
Gilnean White – Sold by two innkeepers in Twilight Highlands: Innkeeper Teresa and Lizzy “Lemons”.
Grilled Dragon – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Dragon Flank.
Grilled Shark – Sold by Kazemde in Uldum. If you’re too low level or haven’t done the pre-requisites, then Innkeeper Nufa in Orgrimmar and Talaelar in Darnassus.
Hardtack – Sold by numerous npc’s in Cataclysm zones. Only non-Cata zone is in Orgrimmar: Jin’diza. For Alliance(+Horde): Kazemde in Uldum.
Hearty Seafood Soup – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Blood Shrimp.
Highland Pomegranate – Sold by Innkeeper Nufa and Innkeeper Allison in Stormwind.
Highland Sheep Cheese – Sold by Miwana and Elaine Trias.
Lavascale Fillet – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Lavascale Catfish.
Lavascale Minestrone – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Lavascale Catfish.
Lightly Fried Lurker – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Striped Lurker.
Lurker Lunch – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Striped Lurker.
Massive Turkey Leg – Sold by some innkeepers. Innkeeper Gryshka in Orgrimmar, Jaeana in Darnassus.
Mushroom Sauce Mudfish – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Blackbelly Mudfish.
Oily Giblets – Sold by Edric Downing in Mount Hyjal.
Pickled Guppy – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Highland Guppy.
Pine Nut Bread – Sold by some innkeepers. Innkeeper Gryshka in Orgrimmar, Innkeeper Allison in Stormwind.
Roasted Beef – Sold by some innkeepers. Innkeeper Gryshka in Orgrimmar, Jaeana in Darnassus.
Rock-Hard Biscuit – Sold by Grunka in Mount Hyjal.
Salted Eye – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Snake Eye.
Scalding Murglesnout – Made from cooking. Requires 3 Murglesnout.
Scarlet Polypore – Sold by Kor’jus in Orgrimmar, Maegan Tillman in Stormwind.
Seasoned Crab – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Monstrous Claw.
Severed Sagefish Head – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Deepsea Sagefish.
Simmered Squid – Sold in 80+ zones. Kazemde in Uldum.
Skewered Eel – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Fathom Eel.
Sliced Raw Billfish – Sold by Kazemde in Uldum or Batamsi in Ogrimmar and Talaelar in Darnassus.
Smoked String Cheese – Sold by Miwana in Orgrimmar or Elaine Trias in Stormwind.
Sour Green Apple – Sold by Innkeeper Nufa in Orgrimmar or Innkeeper Allison in Stormwind.
Stewed Rabbit – Sold in 80+ zones. Both Chef Sizzlebang and Innkeeper Francis in Twilight Highlands.
Tasty Puffball – Sold by some Hyjal vendors. Sebelia.
Tender Baked Turtle – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Giant Turtle Tongue.
Tropical Sunfruit – Sold by Lizzy “Lemons” and Innkeeper Francis in Twilight Highlands.
Unidentifiable Meat Dish – Sold by Edric Downing in Mount Hyjal.
Vile Purple Fungus – Sold by Grunka in Mount Hyjal.
Violet Morel – Sold by Kor’jus in Orgrimmar and Maegan Tillman in Stormwind.
Whitecrest Gumbo – Made from cooking. Requires 1 Blood Shrimp.

Drown Your Sorrows Mini-Guide:

Darkbrew Lager – Created from cooking.
Fungus Squeezings – A random drop off mobs. Salty Dogs in Kelp’thar Forest have an 8 percent chance to drop one. Also sold by Grunka in Hyjal.
Highland Spirits – Created from cooking.
Murky Water – Sold by Grunka in Hyjal. Also sold by Zungam in Zul’Aman in a hut on the way to Halazzi.
Sparkling Oasis Water – Sold by most innkeepers. Innkeeper Gryshka in Orgrimmar, Innkeeper Allison in Stormwind.
Fresh Water – Sold by most innkeepers. Innkeeper Gryshka in Orgrimmar, Innkeeper Allison in Stormwind.
Greasy Whale Milk – Sold by Caretaker Movra in the Shimmering Expanse at Silvertide Hollow.
Highland Spring Water – Sold by most innkeepers. Innkeeper Gryshka in Orgrimmar, Innkeeper Allison in Stormwind.
South Island Iced Tea – Created from cooking.
Starfire Espresso – Created from cooking.

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