Garrisons in 2022:
If you thought Garrisons in 2022 were of no interest, or more importantly, too much work to maintain to make worthwhile, you’d be wrong! With a specific Garrison setup (which I’ll explain later in the post), you can make some excellent passive gold income.
Many players were put off by Garrisons in later expansions when Blizzard nerfed a lot of the gold rewards from the Mission Table and Transmog from the Salvage Yard. It was understandable; many players were making a substantial amount of gold.
However, with most players opting to level new characters via Chromie Time within Draenor, players are creating Garrisons to help them level and not taking advantage of the resources/gold available from their newfound property.
Garrisons in Warlords of Draenor:
If you were like myself and many others, upon the release of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor expansion, we were excited by the prospect of new content and the emergence of player housing in the form of a Garrison. Sadly, our excitement was short-lived, as release day brought nothing but issues with accessing our Garrisons, thanks to phasing issues.
What are Garrisons?
As briefly mentioned above, Garrisons are a form of player housing, and players have the opportunity to secure and prepare a plot of land to build a Garrison. Alliance players will build theirs in Shadowmoon Valley, while Horde players will build theirs in Frostfire Ridge.
There are noticeable differences in the appearance of the Garrison between the two Factions. Alliance players will see a more human-looking Garrison similar to the architecture of Stormwind. In contrast, Horde players will have an appearance identical to Orcs and the similarity of Orgrimmar.
Here are two images outlining the significant differences in the style of each Faction’s Garrison.
Your Garrison can have many buildings within; your character level and level of your Garrison will dictate how many plots are available to build on and the level of those buildings. It’s important to remember that level 2 and 3 blueprints (to increase the level of your buildings) are locked behind these level restrictions. To purchase them, visit the Blueprints Vendor near the Architect Table.
Building your Garrison!
With the introduction of Chromie Time in Shadowlands, we can access our Garrisons as low as level 10 by choosing The Iron Horde timeline. Although this guide would be better suited for players at level 40, you can still follow these instructions and slowly incorporate this guide into your setup as you level to level 40.
If you haven’t unlocked Draenor yet and are level 40 or above, go to the portal room (Horde – Orgrimmar, Alliance – Stormwind) and use the Ashran portal. Take the flight path from Ashran to where your Garrison would be if it were built.
Ideally, to get the most out of this guide, you need to be level 40 to unlock level 3 Garrison and have completed the quest chain via Pinchwhistle Point that leads to the quest: Flame On. Completing this quest rewards the Salvage Yard level 1 blueprint.
The Benefit of this Setup?
The benefit is to either gather herbs from your Herb Garden or purchase herbs from the Trading Post vendor, mill the herbs, and create work orders at the Scribe Quarters to obtain War Paints. With the War Paints, we craft Cards of Omen.
Ideally, with the Storehouse at level 3, we get an increase of 15 work orders, meaning if we have a Scribe Quarters at level 3, we can have 36 work orders. These work orders should take five days to complete, so we don’t need to babysit the production!
Once we have our Cards of Omen, we can follow the advice from Erosium, who sells the cards straight to the vendor for an average of 4g 67s each. Alternatively, post them to the Auction House if you feel there’s value.
They calculated the average of 4g 67s per card from turning over millions of Cards of Omens. I differ from Erosium because I post mine on the Auction House instead; this saves a lot of time, as someone else turns the cards over instead.
These numbers don’t look promising at first glance, but if you do this on multiple characters, the numbers start increasing exponentially. For example, if you had 50 characters churning this out and had a complete setup that you monitored every five days, you could easily afford a WoWToken at the end of the month!
Assuming you’ve unlocked your level 3 Garrison, this is the setup you want. The number in brackets is the level required for your building. The only exception is the Mines; If you want to farm ore and the Mine Carts, I suggest getting level 3. Alternatively, I ignore this.
Concerning the Large Buildings, depending on whether you need Armor/Weapon upgrades for your Followers, get the War Mill. If you don’t need these upgrades, I suggest the Stables or Spirit Lodge.
- Storehouse (3)
- Scribe Quarters (3)
- Salvage Yard (3)
- Trading Post (1)
- Tavern (2)
- Barracks (3)
- War Mill/Stables/Spirit Lodge (3)
- Herb Garden (3)
The Storehouse is a great building to have. Not only do you get access to your personal bank and Guild bank from your Garrison, but opening level 3 allows you to increase work orders by 15; a potential 36 work orders for your buildings!
Accessing this building allows us to mill the herbs from the Herb Garden; in the process, we obtain Cerulean Pigment. We turn these pigments into War Paints via work orders. Once we have a substantial amount of War Paints, we can craft Cards of Omen.
Keep your eye’s peeled for the missions: Spy Games & The Quill is Mighty. These missions reward 2x Rush Orders for your Scribe Quarters. By using the Rush Order, it will instantly complete 5 work orders.
Either turn these over yourself, and try your luck, or post them to the Auction House!
If you can’t log in daily to gather the herbs from the Herb Garden, wait for the vendor in the Trading Post to purchase herbs with your Garrison Resources.
This building had a massive nerf post Warlords of Draenor and no longer offers most of the excellent Transmog pieces, hence why I originally got rid of it. However, this building is still a great option for obtaining Draenor trade goods and Garrison Resources, and Armor/Weapon Upgrades.
Remember, when opening the salvage, don’t spam open them; loot can bug.
You only need to acquire the level 1 building to benefit from the Trading Post vendor. The vendor of interest is Pyxni Pennypocket. She has herbs for sale at 16 Garrison Resources each; this is the best value.
Be warned, these traders no longer sell items in stacks of 5, you will only get 1 commodity for your Garrison Resources.
Purchase herbs here if you don’t want to gather herbs from your Herb Garden. If you’ve reached your 10,000 Garrison Resources cap, you can consider purchasing your herbs at 20 Garrison Resources instead.
It’s worth mentioning that if you’re considering earning Exalted with the Denizens of Draenor, consider upgrading your Trading Post to level 3. You get a 20% increase in reputation gains.
Important: You must be within Draenor when consuming the Medallion of the Legion to gain the 20% bonus!
We only need a level 2 Tavern to be able to hire a Follower.
By leveling this building to level 3, we can increase our followers by five. By default, we have a limit of 20 followers; with a level 3 Barracks, we increase this to 25.
War Mill/Stables/Spirit Lodge:
The War Mill is a good option if you need to level your followers with Armor and Weapon upgrades. However, for 200-1000g each (depending on your realm), you can purchase Frozen Arms of a Hero from the Auction House to speed this process up.
The cap for your Followers is ilvl 675. If all your Followers are ilvl 675, you’ll have a greater chance of your missions completing successfully!
Consider opting for the Stables or Spirit Lodge if you do not need the War Mill.
By leveling this building to level 3, we open up more plots of herbs to gather. Ideally, we want to collect these herbs daily for the best return. Remember, this is a passive income, so don’t feel pressured to do this, as we can also obtain herbs from the Trading Post vendor instead.
I don’t use the Mines, but if you want to improve your passive gold income, you could farm the ore and Mine Carts and sell the ore at the Auction House.
Alternatively, send the ore to an alt with Engineering to craft Goblin Glider Kits. These sell exceptionally well upon the release of a new continent or expansion where flying isn’t accessible yet.
Currencies and Items of Interest:
Here’s a detailed explanation of the currencies and items of interest available for the Garrison or to assist your progress through content throughout Draenor.
We need Garrison Resources to upgrade our Garrison, and the buildings within, and to send Followers on missions. We can obtain Garrison Resources via completing successful missions or purchasing a Huge Ogre Cache.
You can also earn Garrison Resources via work orders from the Trading Post with Draenor Trade Goods.
Huge Ogre Cache:
You can buy and sell these at the Auction House. Depending on your realm, these are available for between 500-5000 gold. These are ideal for players wanting to power-level their Garrison and buildings.
Frozen Arms of a Hero:
These items are great for power-leveling the ilvl of your Followers. Once your Follower reaches ilvl 600, it can be arduous to increase to their cap of ilvl 675; with two Frozen Arms of a Hero (per Follower), this is straightforward.
Expect these to value at around 200-1,000 gold each at the Auction House, depending on your realm.
Medallion of the Legion:
If you intend on using a Medallion of the Legion to increase your reputation with the Denizens of Draenor, make sure you have the Trading Post at level 3; you’ll gain a 20% bonus to reputation gains.
Important: You must be within Draenor when consuming the Medallion of the Legion to gain the 20% bonus!
Make sure you visit your Garrison every three days. If you fail to visit after the third day, you will start losing out on Garrison Resources. Your Garrison Cache has a default cap of 500 Garrison Resources before it stops accumulating.
To increase this cap to 1000 Garrison Resources and coincide with our routine, consider getting Revered with Arakkoa Outcasts and purchasing the trade agreement. Once we increase the cache to 1,000 Garrison Resources, we only need to visit the Garrison every six days.
Mission Manager Add-ons:
Add-ons speed up the process of assigning Followers to missions. You can auto-assign Followers based on the success chance or the Garrison Resource rewards at a click of a button.
The add-ons also give you a detailed glance at your Followers and all their abilities and traits.
Here’s a selection of add-ons for your consideration.
I’d highly recommend Master Plan.
There are 56 Followers available. Each has different abilities and traits. Concentrate on getting your Followers with the Extreme Scavenger, or Scavenger trait. Due to the soft cap of 20 Followers assigned at any one time, it’s your job to have 20 of the best Followers available. To increase this cap to 25 Followers, we need to have a level 3 Barracks.
If you have more than 20 (25) Followers, you will need to deactivate some Followers before you can successfully begin missions. To do this, open the Followers tab at the Mission Table and right-click the portrait of the Follower you wish to deactivate. To reactivate, right-click and select Activate.
Followers via the Tavern:
You can hire one Follower from your Tavern; this won’t affect your Follower cap. As mentioned above, you need to hire a Follower with the Extreme Scavenger or Scavenger trait; this will increase Garrison Resource rewards from successful missions.
Gold-Making from your Garrison:
As you know, I have the Reins of the Mighty Caravan Brutosaur, which means I can access the Auction House wherever I wish. As my Garrison is phased, it’s a great place to pitch up my mount and do my Gold-Making privately.
If you don’t have the mount, consider upgrading your Trading Post and collecting/purchasing the pieces required to set up the Ancient Trading Mechanism (Trading Post: Auction House).
Flipping Garrison Items:
If you no longer acquire Huge Ogre Cache, Frozen Arms of a Hero, and Medallion of the Legion, be sure to post these to the Auction House. I’ve shown on my blog that you can a lot of gold selling these items.
Moreover, there’s even a market to flip these items, so if you see these posted cheap, always consider flipping them back to the Auction House for a profit.
I’ll add a post in the coming days outlining the items I’ve flipped on the Auction House.
There’s value in doing the first quest, Unearthed Magic, as you can easily earn a bind on account Ultimate-Battle Training Stone that instantly increases a battle pet to level 25.
I’ll admit it took a lot of time, gold, and resources to get where I am today, but I see it as an investment. The longer this method lasts, the more gold I can passively make towards my monthly WoWToken.
Remember, although this is a passive, casual setup, you can increase your returns further by gathering herbs daily and assigning your Followers regularly on missions to obtain Garrison Resources, which in turn you can spend on herbs from the Trading Post vendor.
I know a lot of information is here, and I hope I have detailed everything for you. However, if you’re unsure of anything, please drop me a line in the comment section below.
I have credited Erosium, as I believe his setup was better than mine, and he has worked out an average value for his Cards of Omen, meaning he can sell directly to a vendor. On the other hand, I didn’t have the Salvage Yard, so thanks to him, I’ve adjusted this accordingly.
Also, thank you to Wowhead for use of their links, to assist you all.
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