Just wanted to put a small intro for this section. Scale farming is a bit bigger of a selection than I thought it was going to be, so I made it separate from the leather farming. While I was researching the price averages, I noticed that they were few and far between. In fact, several items were not on sale at all! I checked again two days later; no change in frequency.
If you noitce a “?? GP,” that mean this item did not show up on my AH radar. To make up for the lack of proper info, I’ve added the recipe list for each item, so you can make the call how valuable a certain scale is.
Not to say you can’t sell “?? GP” items, only that they are a rare bid. Several things can be said for this. The items are jank/junk that make jank/junk crafts. Or, the item is so hard to get to begin with that these items are very rare to sell. In fact, they might be so rare to get a hold of that when they do sell, they sell quickly. I’ll leave that up to you to decide.
Now, what does this mean to you? In whole, the Scale Market is open. You might find that scales are hard to come by. Then make them visible. You might not know what to charge on an open market. Make it worth your while. If there is two scales selling at 20 SP each, buy them out and make the new average 4 GP each. Own that market. People with the Auctioneer addon (and those like it) will see the difference. You will find buyers, tho it might take time.
But more on that advice later.
Until next time….
–Black Whelp Scale
While not exactly a high end item, people still need to work with these scales, even if only at low level. The only place to farm these is in the Redridge Mountains by hunting down black dragon whelps. Since this in Alliance territory, the horde AH might fetch a better price.
[Black Whelp Scale Average Price: 10 SP Per Unit]
You have a choice of Coilskar Cobras and Twilight Serpents. Both have the same drop rate, but they both have a different strategy to farm. With the cobras, use the cave in the area where they are more populated. There’s plenty of Naga in the way, so come prepared. At the end of the cave is a NPC that gives you an escort quest, and some help with the farming. Be sure to abandon the quest before you leave the cave so you can re-take it again when he respawns!
For the Serpents, head to the eastern side of the Twililght Ridge in Nagrand. These are less hectic hunts because, unlike the others in the cave, you can drop in from your flying mount, kill, skin, and get back up in the air.
[Cobra Scales Average Price: 4.5 GP Per Unit]
–Deviate Scale & Perfect Deviate Scale
A very common item found only in the Barrens. If it has the name “Deviate” in it, you can get it on a drop or from a skin. You can even fish for it. This counts for both inside and outside the Wail Caverns. Now, to get the perfects, you will need to be patient. They have the same targets, but a drop rate of around 5% or less. Those rates increase inside the Wailing Caverns.
[Deviate Scale Average Price: 10 SP Per Unit]
[Perfect Deviate Scale Average Price: 1.2 GP Per Unit]
–Fel Scales & Crystal Infused Leather
Quillfangs, or any other ravager for that matter, in the Hellfire Peninsula are easy targets. They are grouped together, low level (by outland standards), good respawn, average drop rate, fast selling meat– this is what good farming is all about.
The Shard-Hide Boar, however, offer that neat two for one deal. They skin for scales and Crystal Infused Leather. That map is also below.
[Fel Scales Average Price: 4.2 GP Per Unit]
[Crystal Infused Leather Average Price: 40 SP Per Unit]
–Green Whelp Scale
Plenty of whelps flying around in the Swamp of Sarrows. Check the map below and just keep doing laps. They have a pretty good respawn time. No need to go into the cave.
[Green Whelp Scale Average Price: ?? GP Per Unit]
–Scorpid Scale and Heavy Scorpid Scale
If you want easy scorpid scales, take the back door into Uldaman and raid out the scorpids traveling in packs. There’s only a few nests in there, so go in, get what you need and get out. Rinse, wash, and repeat.
As for the heavy scales, you will need to look elsewhere. While the spire scorpid in the Blackrock Spire will net you a scale nearly every time you skin it, the hottest action is in Silithus. This whole area is crawling with scorpids, as well as other skinable delights. Stick close to Cenarion Hold for quick drop offs to the mule.
[Scorpid Scale Average Price: 30 SP Per Unit]
[Heavy Scorpid Scale Average Price: 30 SP Per Unit]
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Used for: (Heavy Scorpid Scale)
Look back up to the Borean Leather section and take note of the worgs you have to kill. Well, you are in competeition with the Jormungar worms in the area. Those are the one that drop the scales. Another 2 for 1 area.
[Jormungar Scale Average Price: 6.2 GP Per Unit]
–Slimy Murloc Scale
This is one of the few scales on this list that is a drop and not a skin, so anyone can get these. For a place more suited for both Horde and Ally, hack and slash your way around Lake Falathim in Ashenvale. (It’s ok, the murlocs are used to it.) Yes, there is some quests kill required there so expect some traffic.
[Slimy Murloc Scale Average Price: 20 SP Per Unit]
–Thick Murloc Scale
Here is the other drop not skin scale. Easy spot with many murlocs awaiting their own death? Take a trip north in the Dustwallow Marsh and hit everything on the beaches and the small isle next to it. It is a bit clustered, but they are only murlocs.
[Thick Murloc Scale Average Price: 1.9 GP Per Unit]
Hands down my favorite place to farm in on the shoreline in the hinterlands. The saltwater snapjaw gives a 50/50 chance for scales. Look at Thick Leather above for more details. If this area is too populated, try the Tanaris Coastline.
[Turtle Scale Average Price: 30 SP Per Unit]
I am a big fan for 2 for 1 specials, and you can find it here, in the Blade’s Edge Mountains. The scalewing serpent has a good drop rate, as well as its cousin, forsworn scalewing, a bit north up the trail. Also, you can turn in your cooking daily with Serpent Flesh and make some nice Crunchy Serpent for the spell casters. (seek out Xerintha Ravenoak for the recipe)
[Wind Scales Average Price: 3 GP Per Unit]
–Worn Dragonscales and Green Dragonscales
The place to be is the Pool of Sarrows and the Sunken Temple. Make a lap around the pool, culling the wormkin in your way and then take a quick trip through the temple in the middle, if you can hack it.
[Worn Dragonscales Average Price: ?? GP Per Unit]
[Green Dragonscales Average Price: ?? GP Per Unit]
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Used for: (Green Dragonscale)
Defeat a world dragon, win a prize. Winna winna every time. (Emeriss, Lethon, Taerar, and Ysondre only). Second prize gets a long walk back to his corpse.
[Dreamscale Average Price: 6.3 GP Per Unit]
Best bets are the Blackwing Lair and the Blackrock Spire. If you choose not to go into the instances, brave the Burning Steppes and tackle the flame scale dragonspawn. They have the highest rates outside the instances.
[Black Dragonscales Average Price: ?? GP Per Unit]
–Brilliant Chromatic Scale
Only one place to farm these, and that’s inside the Upper Blackrock Spire. These are more drops than skin, but you only need 4. Keep your eyes open for Chromatic Elite Guards, Dragonspawn, and Whelps.
[Brilliant Chromatic Scale Average Price: ?? Per Unit]
Any dragonkin listed below will give you a chance to skin a blue scale. That being said, prepare for an ass whooping, because all the worthy hunts are all elite. Even at level 70 this will be challenging.
[Blue Dragonscales Average Price: ?? GP Per Unit]
Nearly every dragonkin in Northrend will give a chance of skinning this scale. The highest rates are in the instances. The most convenient is in Utgarde Keep with 6 dragons needing to be put down along the way. (they each have a 50/50 chance.)
[Icy Dragonscales Average Price: ?? GP Per Unit]
Do your hunting in the Blade’s Edge Mountain. Look for Dreadwings and Nether Whelps. Yes, there are some in Netherstorm, but the levels are higher and spawns are more sparse.
[Nether Dragonscales Average Price: 1.4 GP Per Unit]
Tuck away, far to the eastern part of the Wetlands, you will find several camps of dragonkin. Be cautious, they are all level 60ish elites.
[Red Dragonscales Average Price: ?? GP Per Unit]
–Scale of Onyxia
You know, I can’t tell you where everything is. Some things I’m just gonna have to let you figure out for yourself. (Hint: This drops from Onyxia)
[Scale of Onyxia Average Price: 31.9 GP Per Unit]