Umbral Ink Shuffle

Umbral Ink Shuffle:

It’s finally here, the Umbral Ink Shuffle. You’re probably wondering, what do you mean it’s here? In Shadowlands, the primary ink we can trade is Umbral Ink. We need the valuation of Umbral Ink to be low enough to make the shuffle worthwhile, and with Umbral Ink averaging 48g on E.U, that moment is finally here.

However, Umbral Ink’s average value is 59g each for players within the U.S region. You might have to wait a little longer, but it depends on the prices compared to other inks.


What Is An Ink Shuffle:

To assist you in correctly investing your gold, check the website: The Undermine Journal for prices for inks for your realm. The idea is to purchase Umbral Ink, visit an Ink Trader, and trade for any ink you feel is profitable. Ideally, you need to be looking at a minimum of 15g profit per ink to make this worthwhile.


Increasing Your Profit Margins Further:

If you have the profession: Inscription, you can also craft Umbral Pigment via Death Blossom. If you purchase 20 Death Blossom (at 3g 40s each), you’ll get, on average, 2.8 Umbral Pigment per mass mill. Meaning you’re looking at approximately 24g per Umbral Pigment. That’s before even factoring in the value of the Luminous Pigment and Tranquil Pigment!

Although this method includes a lot of work, it has a lot of value!


Umbral Ink Shuffle Example:

The E.U average price for Umbral Ink is 48g each. If you were to purchase 200 and trade this into an Ink Trader for 200 Sallow Pigment (which values 138g each), you could make approximately 18000g profit.

This example is the top end; expect the profit margins to be lower.


You’ve Used Median Prices; why?

I’ve added Median prices to offer an average price across the region. For the best results, always check the valuations for your realm; you’ll find the prices are much lower or considerably higher.


How Long Will This Last For?

As the expansion prolongs and the materials continue to drop in valuation, it will become easier for others to get involved. If you want to participate in this market, getting involved as soon as possible is best.

As more people get involved, the market will become saturated, and the value of the ink will start to come down in line with the trader shuffle. To prolong this further, consider posting small amounts of ink to the Auction House. This method will allow other players to post inks too, and not oversaturate the market.


The Knock-on Effect:

Remember, with inks obtainable a lot cheaper than the Auction House via the vendor shuffle; there will be a knock-on effect to other crafts. Glyphs and any other crafts that use ink will start dropping in value.

As I always advise, adjust your material/craft prices regularly and adapt quickly to stay ahead of your competition.


What Inks To Trade:

Below are inks valued at E.U median via The Undermine Journal. Value your inks via your realms data for the best results!

Umbral Ink – 48g

  • Moonglow Ink – 79g
  • Midnight Ink – 81g
  • Shimmering Ink – 114g
  • Celestial Ink – 150g
  • Jadefire Ink – 109g
  • Ethereal Ink – 100g
  • Ink of the Sea – 75g
  • Roseate Pigment – 57g
  • Sallow Pigment – 138g

As you can see, you can make some considerable profit by trading Umbral Ink with the inks above.


What About Uncommon Inks?

Now, I don’t recommend trading Umbral Ink for the Uncommon Inks. The value isn’t there. It costs 10 Umbral Ink to purchase 1 Uncommon Ink. Given the price of Umbral Ink is 48g, we’d need to sell an Uncommon Ink for 550g for it to be worthwhile, and the highest valued Uncommon Ink is Inferno Ink at 165g.

If Umbral Ink falls to 10g each soon, then there’s potential, but at this time, I don’t recommend trading Umbral Pigment for Uncommon Inks.


Conclusion:

I’ve been doing the Umbral Ink Shuffle for almost a month now. The inks I’ve found profitable: Roseate Pigment, Sallow Pigment, Jadefire Ink, Midnight Ink, and Moonglow Ink.

I’ve been selling the other inks, but I’ve not seen much return yet compared to those above.

I’ve been doing the Ink Trader Shuffles for several expansions now, and I can reiterate that the quicker you get involved in this market, the better. Once other players/gold-makers get involved, the market will start to get saturated, bringing down prices of all the inks.

Have you been shuffling Umbral Ink, and how well is it going for you? Share your comments below!


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Ink Trader Shuffle Umbral Ink

Ink Trader Shuffle:

Before my extended break, you might have read a snippet from my previous post regarding the potential of using the new Shadowlands Ink Traders to shuffle Umbral Ink for Old World Inks. The prices for certain Old World Inks have since gone up in value over the last couple of weeks. The drastic changes could result from the new shuffle or players merely using Old World herbs and pigments to craft their own Old World Inks for crafting or selling.


Disclaimer:

Before I get started, the valuations used in this guide are from The Undermine Journal (TUJ) and for the region, EU. They are also an EU Median Price. Median is the average price of an item for the region, not the realm. Before you follow any advice detailed below, I urge you to check The Undermine Journal for the exact valuations for the items mentioned for your region and (more importantly) your realm. Failure to adhere to this advice will return incorrect values and incorrect profit margins. Also, consider crafting Umbral Inks for greater profit if Umbral Pigment is cheap enough.


The Ink Trader Shuffle:

If you read my post from August 2020 about the Roseate Pigment shuffle, you’d have shuffled and stocked up many Old World Inks in preparation for Shadowlands. Many who used this method might have finally sold off their inventory/stock and now use the new shuffle or alternative means. If this is the case, this could explain the increase in prices too. Roseate Pigment was as cheap as 15g on average before Shadowlands released, meaning 30g-45g (or greater) for Old World Inks was a lucrative shuffle. Now Umbral Ink is approximately 40-50g, and we’d need to sell shuffled Old World Inks at 75g or above to make this a viable/profitable shuffle too.

For the readers unfamiliar with this shuffle, here’s a brief breakdown.

Purchase/Craft Umbral Ink
Visit your nearest Ink Trader.
Option 1) Trade one Umbral Ink for one profitable Common Ink.
Option 2) Trade Ten Umbral Inks for one Uncommon Ink (*)

(*) I don’t believe option 2 to be profitable at this time.


Profitable Inks:

In alphabetical order. Price = The Undermine Journal’s (EU Median Price) Average price by the region!

Because Scribes require the above Inks for leveling Inscription and are necessary for crafting Glyphs, these would be in high demand. If these valuations concur with your realms valuations, I suggest using this shuffle, but only for the inks profitable on your realm.

Inks that could become profitable at a later date.

Common Inks:

Uncommon Inks: (remember to calculate 10x Umbral Ink for 1 Uncommon Ink with this trade)


The Importance of Supply & Demand:

If this shuffle isn’t profitable for you on your realm, please be patient. Umbral Ink’s valuation will continue to fall further as the quantity outgrows the demand, otherwise known as supply and demand. The population of your realm will also dictate Umbral Inks valuation, as outlined below.

Example:
Outland – Umbral Ink (20g) High pop
Azuremyst – Umbral Ink (219g) Low Pop

With a new patch on the horizon and potentially many players following this guide, Umbral Ink’s supply may fall and not meet the current demands, slowly increasing its valuation. I urge you to adapt to any future changes and monitor this market closely. Immediately stop using the shuffle if it becomes unprofitable.


Conclusion:

The ink trader shuffle has been a steady stream of income over previous expansions, and early signs show that the Umbral Ink shuffle in Shadowlands will be just as profitable. As more people get into this market, we may see a fluctuation in Umbral Ink’s value – the ink’s supply and demand and the emergence of a new patch will ultimately dictate this. We must monitor this market and immediately adapt to any changes in price, failure to adapt will lead us to lose gold and potentially lose any profit gained.


Credits:

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