Ways to Earn Gold
- 1 Selling Materials
- 2 Daily Completionist
- 3 Daily Tequatl
- 4 Daily Heart of Thorns Metas
- 5 Daily Gathering
- 6 Crafting
- 7 RIBA (Silverwastes)
- 8 Istan (Palawadan/Great Hall)
- 9 Leather Farm (Lake Doric)
- 10 Daily Fractals
- 11 Fractal Farms
- 12 Daily Dungeons
- 13 Weekly Raids
- 14 sPvP
- 15 Currency Conversion
- 16 Trading Post Flipping
- 17 Gems to Gold
This guide is an overview of the best and most commonly used ways to earn gold in Guild Wars 2.
Last updated January 2019
When you kill enemies, complete events, gather nodes, and salvage loot, you accumulate a lot of crafting materials that go into your material storage. These can be worth a surprising amount of money on the Trading Post, ranging from 1 silver each for basic ore, wood, and leather, to 30 silver each for Vials of Powerful Blood. If you don't need these materials, you can convert them into liquid gold by selling them on the Trading Post.
Every day, you can complete 3 daily achievements for 2 gold. They can be any 3 achievements across any of the game modes, and you can do this regardless of your character level.
Every day, you get 2 gold from defeating the world boss Tequatl the Sunless in Sparkfly Fen. This takes about 10 minutes.
Daily Heart of Thorns Metas
You get a daily Hero's Choice Chest from each of the meta events in Heart of Thorns. You can select an Amalgamated Gemstone from these chests worth 1-2 gold on the Trading Post.
- Verdant Brink: Hero's Choice Chest (You don't have to do the full meta, you only need to participate in one of the canopy boss fights)
- Auric Basin: Hero's Choice Chest
- Tangled Depths: Hero's Choice Chest
- Dragon's Stand: Hero's Choice Chest
These meta events also provide quite a lot of loot, which works out to another few gold in profit. Overall they provide ~4 gold for 10 minutes of your time (except for Dragon's Stand, which provides ~8 gold over 45 minutes to 1 hour).
These "farming spots" provide a lot of materials when gathered, making them a good place to park your alts. They provide 30-50 silver worth of materials just by logging in and pressing F a few times.
- Malchor's Leap elder wood farm, southwest of Pagga's Waypoint (respawns every hour)
- Verdant Brink flax farm, in the valley north of Jaka Itzel Waypoint
- Draconis Mons flax farm, near the Druid's Grotto POI
If you have some more time you can waypoint around the open world and gather permanent nodes. A database of permanent nodes can be found here.
You can make a profit by crafting certain items and selling them on the Trading Post. Due to the nature of supply and demand, the most profitable items are always changing, so you'll have to put in some legwork to get the most out of this method.
A relatively reliable source of income is crafting timegated items. These items or their components can only be crafted once per day, which means they have inherent scarcity which makes them profitable to sell.
- Bolt of Damask
- Deldrimor Steel Ingot
- Elonian Leather Square
- Spiritwood Plank
- Carbonized Mithrillium Ingot
- Square of Vabbian Silk
- Blended Leather Sheet
- Composite Wood Board
- Ley-Line Infused Tool
- Clay Pot
- Grow Lamp
- Heat Stone
- Plate of Meaty Plant Food
- Plate of Piquant Plant Food
RIBA is a popular method of farming the Silverwastes to get hundreds of loot bags and Bandit Crests per hour.
The basic idea of RIBA is to run in circles around the map, participating briefly in events at each fort to "tag" them before running to the next one. You run to the forts in the order Red, Indigo, Blue, Amber, or RIBA. If you have a squad of enough players doing this, all the events can be completed without failing, and every player will get loot and participation for every single event that they tagged.
RIBA continues until The Breach happens, at which point the map will stop and do the meta event. After the Vinewrath boss has been defeated, the squad commander equips a Silverwastes Shovel and leads a "chest farm" around the map where they dig up chests for the rest of the squad to open. Keys can be bought using Bandit Crests. Once Time Out ends, the squad spreads out and starts the farming process all over again.
RIBA squads are usually advertised in LFG under the Silverwastes tab. If you join a RIBA squad, it's recommended to have either a mount or tons of swiftness and mobility skills, so that you can move between the forts faster and tag more events. You should also open all the loot bags on a level 53 character (or thereabouts). This is because the materials from salvaging mid-level gear are worth substantially more than those from level 80 gear.
If you do all this right, one hour of RIBA will net ~25 gold and ~500 Bandit Crests.
Istan (Palawadan/Great Hall)
The Domain of Istan is a popular farming map with several profitable events. By running around and tagging as many champions and trash mobs as possible, and then swapping instances, you can earn lots of Volatile Magic, Palawan Phylacteries and Unidentified Gear per hour.
The basic idea is to upscale events and metas with huge numbers of players so they spawn champions, and then farm the loot they drop (as well as gather the Supply Stashes from the Great Hall/Palawadan meta events). The events you want to farm are:
- The Great Hall meta event chain
- The Palawadan meta event chain
- Defend Akili while he recalibrates mirrors around the Astralarium
- Clear the Awakened from the graveyard
Once you have finished metas like Great Hall/Palawadan and there's nothing to do on your current map besides AFKing, try to swap instances to find a new map with a Great Hall bar or a Great Hall/Palawadan meta happening so you can keep farming instead of sitting at the AFK rock. You can try to swap instances by logging out and in; going to and leaving your guild hall; or entering and leaving PvP lobby.
If you find a instance with any of these characteristics, advertise in squad chat so people can join on your instance. Be careful to not taxi people to a map that is about to close (volunteer).
How to break the Great Hall bar:
- Kill Corpse Caravans heading to the Great Hall.
- Rotate with your squad inside the Great Hall area clearing trash mobs (just bunny up and go inside).
- Do events that spawn a lot of trash mobs like Akili and Graveyard.
Rinse and repeat until you get tired of following the tag. Once you're done, you can convert your loot to liquid gold through the following:
- Convert all your Volatile Magic to Shipment Crates using this guide.
- Sell all your Kralkatite Ore for the vendor price of 1s28c.
- Open your Palawan Phylacteries (not affected by Magic Find).
- Sell all your Unidentified Gear on the Trading Post.
- You can open and salvage them for less profit but more Luck drops to build up your Magic Find.
- If you have maxed out account Magic Find, you can go to The Silverwastes, stack Magic Find buffs, and then open the Unidentified Gear for slightly more profit. See here to know how to maximize your Magic Find.
Istan farming squads are usually advertised in LFG. A proper Istan farm will net ~25 gold per hour.
Leather Farm (Lake Doric)
This farm is fairly straightforward - just follow the squad up and down the hill killing and looting everything you see. Be careful not to lag behind, as the centaurs are very deadly if they catch you alone.
If you do this right you will net ~20 gold per hour.
Fractals of the Mists give a lot of valuable Fractal Encryptions and Fractal Encryption Keys every day. When you open a Fractal Encryption, it gives loot and valuable junk items that can be sold for gold. The Recursive Resourcing mastery is very lucrative if you plan to do fractals a lot.
In addition to the baseline loot from fractals, you can buy up to 30 Deeply Discounted Fractal Encryption Keys per day from BUY-4373. You should always buy these and use them to open Fractal Encryptions. You can buy or sell unopened Fractal Encryptions on the Trading Post.
At high tiers, fractals also drop valuable items like Stabilizing Matrices, ascended crafting materials, or full pieces of ascended gear. You can salvage and/or sell these for gold.
Each tier of daily achievements provides around 5 gold. Completing every daily fractal on T4 will net you ~25 gold for an hour of your time (down to 30 minutes if you have a good group and the fractals are fast).
Fractal scale 42 is Captain Mai Trin Boss Fractal, which can be completed in 5 minutes or less by a party of experienced fractal players. You can farm this fractal over and over to get Fractal Encryptions to sell.
Farming either of these will provide 10-15 gold per hour, with potentially more profit if you invest in fractal titles.
Dungeon paths provide daily gold and dungeon tokens. Completing 8 different dungeon paths will also give you 5 gold and a Chest of Dungeoneering from the repeatable Dungeon Frequenter achievement. With a party of experienced dungeon runners, you can speedrun a path in 10 minutes or less.
Here are some recommended dungeon paths to farm:
- Ascalonian Catacombs paths 1 and 3
- Sorrow's Embrace paths 1 and 3
- Citadel of Flame path 1
- Crucible of Eternity paths 1, 2, and 3
To convert dungeon tokens to gold, you can exchange them for rare or exotic equipment at the Dungeon Armor and Weapons vendor, which you can then salvage for insignias/inscriptions and Globs of Ectoplasm to sell on the Trading Post. See GW2 Efficiency for a detailed breakdown.
Doing a fast daily dungeon farm will provide ~15 gold for an hour of your time.
Raid bosses drop gold and a variety of valuable loot. With an experienced squad, you can smoothly clear each boss in 5 minutes or less, resulting in ~30 gold per hour (not including things like ascended gear drops). This method is restricted by the limited number of raid boss clears every week (capping out at 46-48 gold per week), and becomes much less profitable if your squad can't reliably clear raid bosses on the first pull.
Holiday reward tracks such as Wintersday or Halloween are usually more lucrative than permanet reward tracks. If your guild has access to it, be sure to maintain the Guild PvP Reward Track enhancement for even more profit.
Grinding Ranked PvP during an active season awards ~7 gold per hour, with more or less profit depending on your division, top stats, and how consistently you can win matches.
The account bound Tomes of Knowledge and Potions of PvP Reward you receive from PvP can also be informally sold to guilds, as they're needed for guild upgrades. To do this, you can arrange to get invited to the guild, deposit the amount requested into the guild bank, then get paid in the mail. This is a bit more risky than other methods as you can get scammed if the guild refuses to pay you after receiving the items.
Note: queueing for PvP does not require you to be in the PvP lobby. If you wish to use the downtime between games more efficiently, go gather materials in PvE while waiting for the next match.
If you have excess Spirit Shards, Karma, Badges of Honor, Laurels, Guild Commendations, or Black Lion Claim Tickets, you can convert them to liquid gold through a variety of methods. See GW2 Efficiency for a detailed breakdown.
Trading Post Flipping
If you have a good eye for commodity trading, you can buy low and sell high on the Trading Post for potentially massive profits. This is quite difficult, requires a lot of capital, and is generally beyond the scope of this guide.
Gems to Gold
For the vast majority of players, the best gold farming method in Guild Wars 2 is to work a full-time job and buy gems to convert to gold. The minimum wage in the US is $7.25 USD/hour which translates to 580 gems or ~120 gold per hour. Now that's efficiency!