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This is a Guide to making money through selling Companion pets (a.k.a. small pets, non-combat pets, mini-pets, or vanity pets). Due to their desirability with Achievement hunters, pet collectors, and casual players alike, companion pets can be used to make a significant amount of gold regardless of your level or faction.

This is not a guide to collecting pets, simply a guide for easy money-making by selling them.

You can sell crafted pets, pets dropped from mobs, or pets sold from vendors, on the Auction House (AH).

On most servers you should easily get 1-5 Gold for any pet. Some pets sell for hundreds, even thousands! You just need to be smart, do a bit of travelling or farming, and be patient with the AH. Be aware that generally cute or nicer-coloured pets sell for more.

Requirements

Selling pets can be done at any level! Each starting area has a nearby pet vendor, all you need is a little bit of funding to get you started. Dropped pets can also be found in areas as low-level as Deadmines. Preferably you should have flight paths to major and neutral cities, or your Hearthstone set to Dalaran or Shattrath to cut down on your traveling time.

Cross-Faction Selling

Vendor pets may fetch an even higher price on the neutral auction house, due to the difficulty opposing faction players have in acquiring them.

You may also set up cross-faction pet selling via your realm forums, allowing the other faction to know you're selling, and assuring a buyer in the process.

Vendor Pets

There may be several reasons why somebody will buy a pet at auction, instead of directly from the vendor:

  • The item is only available to one faction (see below for more details).
  • The player doesn't want to travel far to get the pet.
  • The player doesn't have the necessary expansion to be able to buy it themselves (for example, players cannot visit Dalaran without the Wrath of the Lich King expansion).
  • The player doesn't have Faction discount, so they would pay an increased cost if they bought it themselves.
  • The item may be in limited stock, or only available at certain times/events.
  • The player simply doesn't know where the item is from.

Alliance

Official alliance mini-icon  Yarlyn Amberstill [62.2, 51] sells Inv crate 02  [Rabbit Crate (Snowshoe)] for 20 Silver . Although her location is hard to reach, the rabbits come at a very low price.

Official alliance mini-icon  Donni Anthania [44.2, 53.4] sells 4 different cats for 40 Silver each. The Cornish Rex and Orange Tabby generally don't sell well as they are both similar colour.

Official alliance mini-icon  Shylenai [69, 45] sells 2 owl for 50 Silver . Most players don't wish to travel to Darnassus, due to being out-of-the-way, so you're likely to find a buyer seeking convenience.

Official alliance mini-icon  Sixx [30.1, 33.9] sells stunning moth pets at 50 Silver . Players without the Bc icon Burning Crusade expansion cannot access this vendor, so these desirable pets can achieve a high AH price. Also, as with Darnassus, most players don't wish to travel to The Exodar, due to being out-of-the-way, so you're likely to find a buyer seeking convenience.

Official alliance mini-icon  Lil Timmy [58, 64] is a rare spawn vendor. He sells one item; Inv box petcarrier 01  [Cat Carrier (White Kitten)] for 50 Silver , and only ever has one in stock. Due to this kitten being 'cute' and pretty hard to find, it can fetch a profit of several hundreds, especially when sold on the neutral auction house.

Horde

Official horde mini-icon  Xan'tish sells 3 different snakes for 50 Silver . Due to their ease to buy directly from the vendor, and unpopular looks, they are a bad choice for resale.

Official horde mini-icon  Halpa [62.0, 58.4] is a Ability hunter beastcall  [Prairie Dog Whistle] vendor. They sell for 50 Silver and are highly desired due to their looks.

Official horde mini-icon  Jeremiah Payson [67.5, 44.6] sells Inv pet cockroach  [Cockroach] for 50 Silver . These are not popular, and may also be bought from a neutral vendor in Outland, making this a bad choice for pet sellers.

Official horde mini-icon  Jilanne [44, 71] sells stunning Dragonhawk Hatchling pets at 50 Silver . Players without the Bc icon Burning Crusade expension cannot access this vendor, so these desirable pets can achieve a high AH price. Also, most players don't wish to travel to Silvermoon City, due to being out-of-the-way, so you're likely to find a buyer seeking convenience.

Neutral Vendors

Neutral 15  Narkk [28.2, 74.5] sells a couple of parrots at the cost of 40 Silver . Selling these at the neutral AH is not wise, as many people access the neutral AH not far from where the vendor stands.

Neutral 15  Flik comes and goes with the Darkmoon Faire. He sells two frogs for 1 Gold each. The Inv crate 02  [Tree Frog Box] is unlimited, but the Inv crate 02  [Wood Frog Box] only comes in a limited stock of one every few hours. He also runs around the faire, and can be very hard to catch up with. Holding on to these pets and selling them when Darkmoon Faire is over can be very profitable.

Neutral 15  Magus Tirth [78.3, 75.7] sells Inv crate 02  [Ancona Chicken] for 1 Gold . This is an out-of-the-way location, especially for Alliance, so you're likely to find a buyer seeking convenience.

Argent Tournament

All races at the Argent Tournament in Icecrown have faction-specific pets available to them. Any given character must both unlock the ability to buy from each racial quartermaster for their faction, but must earn the tokens ( Ability paladin artofwar  [Champion's Seals]) required to buy the pet. In addition to the racial pets, the tournament factions (Sunreavers and Silver Covenant) have their own pets. Each character thus has access to 6 pets specific to their faction. Due to the rarity of these pets and the work needed to earn them, they can be sold for a sizeable amount. Whether the cost to buy them from the vendor outweighs what players will buy them for is a subjective decision.

See Argent Tournament collectibles

Crafted Pets

The only pet of note here is the Inv crate 01  [Mechanical Squirrel], crafted by engineers. This is taught by [Schematic: Mechanical Squirrel], a world drop for low-level mobs. It is pretty likely that an engineer will have it, so he will probably not ask for a large fee. The materials are very easy to obtain, making it perfect to craft in large quantities when convenient. You can make a decent profit, from 1-20 Gold depending on your server's market. While more engineering pets are available, the materials for them are much more costly, and there's less chance the engineer will have the recipe.

Farmable Pets

Which pets to farm are entirely up to the time you're willing to devote, and the server's market. There's also the random element here, which means that you may spend many fruitless hours farming, or may get incredibly lucky and make a big profit fast. Unless you have a lot of free time on your hands, avoid seeking pets such as Spell nature forceofnature  [Parrot Cage (Hyacinth Macaw)]. Although they can go for upwards of 20,000 Gold to hardcore pet collectors, their high price is not unwarranted, and the drop rate is incalculably low.

Good farming choices are:

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