Credit: attydave

This is not very revolutionary, but I just wanted to pass on a method I use for making ~2.5 to 3 gold in a 30-40 minutes..

Specifically, I told a friend that I would help him do Van Cleef the other night. I am level 31 paladin, he was level 24 hunter. Had a level 29 priest with us too. We were waiting for a couple other people to join us just outside the instance when the priest had some emergency and had to log. My friend the hunter just disappeared (turns out it was ISP problems). I was left just outside the instance all alone. The other two guys didn't want to do it since the point was to help my friend. So, I said to myself, what the hell. I'm here, I'm just going to play around in the instance for a while to see how far I can get.

So I enter the instance and start killing stuff. Try to just kill the elite mobs, which for a level 31 aren't all that difficult, but of course got aggro'd a lot by the miners and other lower level mobs. Got absolutely NO xp of course. However, taking my time, making sure I didn't aggro 10 things at a time, I was able to make it through the shredder room no problem. After killing the shredder and operator, I looked in my inventory and, wow - my backpack and 4 10-slot bags were just about full already. Checked out what was there and found 10-12 "green" items and lots of other valuable grey items. I'm sure you could get the occasional blue item even from the early rooms. I deleted a few items that I knew were just about worthless to make room in my inventory and continued on. In the next room, I killed several more mobs when my inventory "full" message came on. I deleted a couple other things, but then I got careless. I aggro'd too many mobs, inluding 5 elite mobs I think. I died.

Instead of running back and getting my body, I just rezed at the cemetary and sold everything. Total take, after repairing my items, was just under 4 gold. Now, some of the stuff in my inventory I had before I went into the Deadmines. So, between looting copper/silver and selling deadmines loot, I estimate that I made about 3 gold from the deadmines itself. Conservativley, I would think you could easily make at least 2.5 gold this way each time.

Now this amount of gold is nothing when you get to higher levels - some of the drops can sell for over 1 gold each at higher level places. However, if you are between, say, level 30-35, this is a very good way to make money with little risk of dying (at least early on if you take your time). Also it is more fun, in my opinion, to be fighting something as compared to fishing, mining, grinding anything.

Therefore, in summary, if you have 30-40 mins to kill, and if you are of high enough level (easist if at least over 30, I would guess), you can simply go to the deadmines and kill everything in sight, loot the mobs and sell everything you loot. I will do this again tonight to see if my results are repeatable.

Part II:
OK, somewhat verified. I went down into the deadmines again solo and made it to Mr. Smite before getting killed (I'm now level 32 paladin). I used bad tactics - I think I could have taken Smite and his two rogue invisible cohorts with better planning. Maybe I'll try again, but the fact I get no XP for this is unfortunate - those level 20 elite bosses don't die quickly. They are, in my estimate, equivalent to a level 34-35 non-elite.

But, anyway, since I went farther this time, I spent longer in the deadmines (maybe an hour or so) and deleted a lot more stuff to make room for higher value items. However, I walked away with a blue axe, over a dozen green items, and many other valuable items. Made about 3 gold in that hour. I haven't found a faster way of making gold yet as a level 32 Paladin/Blacksmith/Miner without grinding something. (grinding to me is the repetitive farming of the same thing over and over). Even on the occasion that I HAVE done such grinding, I didn't make 3 gold in an hour.

I think the best way to do this is as follows:

1) Empty your inventory
2) Go to deadmines solo (as discussed above, should be above level 30 probably to make this easier)
3) Kill elites outside of the instance (avoid annoying miners as much as possible - no good loot, not good money)
4) Go into instance, once again kill elites as much as possible, avoid miners as much as possible
5) Take your time - before attacking any boss, kill all the lesser mobs in the area (e.g., goblins before Sneed/shredder)
6) Destroy all low-level armor/weapons as well as cloth, food, etc. Save as much inventory as you can for green/blue/valuable items.

Good hunting! Thanks again to: attydave

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