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Were you looking for the Black Market in the Underbelly of Dalaran?

The Black Market Auction House (or "BMAH") is a new type of Auction House that gives players access to bid on items normally not sold by NPCs. It is located within the Tavern in the Mists at the Veiled Stair.[1] The Black Market is run by the mysterious IconSmall Pandaren Female Madam Goya <Leader of the Black Market>.[2]The plan is that the market will not be a safe zone, making it an extremely dangerous place for those playing on a PvP realm.[3]

The items for auction vary by server, as other servers are able to bid on various items.[1]

Bids start in the 10,000-20,000 Gold range and there is no buyout option. The sky is the limit when competing against other collectors for items.[2] Mounts seem to start at 20,000 Gold , armor at 10,000 Gold , companions/pets at 10,000 Gold , and misc items at 10,000 - 15,000 Gold .[4]

The auctions last for more than 12 hours and return your gold to you when outbid or the item upon winning. After winning, another item is not added to the auction house immediately. The number of items that are up for auction is not the same across all servers.[4]

Requirements and issues of note

From Wowjuju:[5]

  • You'll need the Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria expansion.
  • Get to the Veiled Stair, a level 87 area.
  • You need a lot of gold, as the lowest bids start at 10,000 Gold .
  • Be prepared for a contested zone, so you can expect a lot of ganking on PvP realms.

How does it work

From Wowjuju:[5]

  • There are about 10 items in the auction house at all times. This is how it currently works on the Beta realms at least.
  • There is no buyout option. This means that if you really want an item you will have to win it by bidding on it.
  • The bids start at 10,000 Gold and can go up to 999,000 Gold (perhaps 999,999 Gold ).
    • Mounts bids start at 20,000 Gold .
    • Companions bids start at 10,000 Gold .
    • Gear items start from 10,000 Gold .
    • Vanity/misc items start between 10,000 Gold and 15,000 Gold .
  • The bidding works similar to the other auction houses bids.
  • All auctions last for more than 12 hours.
  • After an item is bought by someone, another item is not added to the auction house immediately.
  • The items you might find in BMAH are realm-based.

Some items

Some items seen so far:[1][4][2]

A sample of items for auction
Armor sets Armor - Back Armor - Neck
Armor - Finger Armor - Waist Armor - Wrist
Companions Mounts Recipes
TCG Weapons  

Some NPCs

Most auctions are posted by various well known NPCs, depending on the item type:[2]

Gear up a character

#310 - Black Market is starting to go too far | 2012-06-19 12:34 | Zarhym
No one should count on this even being close to a viable option for gearing up a character. If you can raise that kind of gold in the game, you're going to have much better success paying your way into raids for gear than hoping the right items appear for you in the black market AH (which doesn't include set pieces), hoping you can afford to outbid everyone else on your realm, and hoping you're the last one to bid before the auction ends.

Sure, it'll have some of the best rewards for sale. But that doesn't mean it'll be remotely reliable for one person to gear up quickly. It's the black market, after all. :)

Ultimately the system is going to benefit the extremely wealthy and the extremely lucky. But in all likelihood the benefits won't at all be consistent, even for those who can pony up the gold.

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  1. ^ a b c chaud 2012-05-12. Mists of Pandaria Beta - Build 15689. MMO Champion.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p perculia 2012-07-03. Mists of Pandaria: Black Market Auction House. Wowhead News.
  3. ^ Blizz Nethaera 2012-06-05. The Future of PvP in Mists of Pandaria. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US)
    Many players on PvE realms are concerned about being forced to PvP or take part in World PvP when they don’t want to, what can you say to them about the plans for this?
    Blizz Tom Chilton - There are no plans to force PvP on players who are on PvE realms. Their experience shouldn’t change and they’ll have the same opportunities for PvP (if they wish to take part) as they do now. It’s also worth noting that the Black Market Auction House has the potential to become a world PvP location for those on PvP realms. Just like the name implies, these are goods being sold out in shady locations away from the prying eyes of guards in the cities. They are not in neutral or safe zones. For PvE realms, it’s not going to have that same risk for placing a bid as on a PvP realm (aside from being outbid).
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i chaud 2012-05-13. Black Market Auction House Items, Diablo III Information Recap. MMO Champion.
  5. ^ a b Luci 2012-07-28. Black Market Auction House - All you need to know. Wowjuju.

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