Solo Scholomance – Ret Paladin

Soloing Scholomance

Any level 60 dungeon from vanilla World of Warcraft should be frustratingly easy to any level 80. That is why they make perfect targets for making gold.

Number one, it’s an instance, which means there is no competition for loot or mobs. Two, you can repeat it over and over if you wish (for the most part). And three, it’s fast. Clearing an entire level 60 dungeon solo as a ret paladin (or any class for that matter) should take no longer than 45 minutes. An average of about 30 minutes is good for me.

That said, let’s get down to Scholomance. This is a great dungeon for Argent Dawn reputation, as there are many bosses concentrated in a small area. And with many bosses, comes good loot…to disenchant.

Paladin Requirements

I took my level 80 Paladin alt, Brittany, who has yet to really touch anything other than herbs in Storm Peaks. The key to farming old dungeons is to do it with a character that can disenchant, and she is an enchanter. This can be done if you are not an enchanter, but it is better gold income if you are.

Bags must also be clear, as there is a ton of loot that is going to drop. I am not picky, I loot everything. You should too, even the stacks of random food items add up over time. Of course, if you run out of space, dump the food and other trash first.

Scholomance Items I Am Looking For

Going in, I know there are certain items I will be looking for as good gold makers:

The enchanting items will come from disenchanted greens and BoP blues. Anything on top of these items will be added bonuses.

The Scholo Run

My run started at 1320pm and ended at 1358pm. 38 minutes. Not too bad, given that this is my level 80 Paladin with very beginning 80 gear. Also, I was taking time for screenshots and the like, so a better estimate would be anywhere from 25 to 35 minutes, depending on your killing methods.

My loot was as follows:

  • 36g trash coinage
  • 14g vendor trash
  • 214x Runecloth – 33g
  • 1x Pristine Black Diamond – 150g
  • 1x Orb of Deception – 1000g
  • 17x Crypt Fiend Parts – 7.5g
  • 5x Dark Rune – 15g
  • 69x Bone Fragements – 6.9g
  • 8x Large Brilliant Shard – 30g
  • 16x Illusion Dust – 21.6g
  • 2x Greater Eternal Essence – 14.5g

That puts my total for this Scholomance run at 1329g!

Now, let’s subtract the Orb of Deception (which was lucky as hell) and the Pristine Black Diamond. So, 1329g – 1150g = 179g

Now, we are looking for a gold per hour here, so let’s bust out some simple math:

179/38 = x/60

That comes out to 283g per hour! These results may vary, but if you’re looking for a break from WotLK content, give this a spin and see how you do!

If you get lucky, and get a nice drop (such as the Orb of Deception), you may make much, much more!

283g per hour is not outstanding, but it’s not lacking either. Personally, I loved burying my Titansteel Destroyer into Doctor Theolen Krastinov. I think he wiped us more often than Gandling did in vanilla WoW!

Oh, and by the way, the Lightforge Helm dropped off Gandling, so I kept that for a vintage gear set!


  1. Julien says:

    Have you actually sold the disenchanted mats? Because on my server I've actually had problems doing this in the past, there is so many of them up on the auction house and for such a low price that I just vendor everything I get and I make a better profit out of it. I have to say I have a Traveler's Tundra Mammoth so it helps a lot when you need to sell your stuff from the run.

    Although I have been farming Stratholme; I'd say it's about the same gold/hour, but you get a chance at the epic mount from Baron Rivendare on top of that!

    I'm guessing everything depends on your server's economy, great post!

  2. Khor says:

    Yeah, I have a Strath post already done and it will go up later tonight 🙂

    As for the enchanting mats, I don't overfarm either instance for the exact reason you are saying. It's really easy to flood the market with these items. The easiest sellers are the Greater Eternal Essences, by far.

    I always undercut everyone to make sure my items sell, but if I farm Scholo or Strath too much, then I end up with lots of extra enchanting mats. Those end up in my bank, to use for random enchants for lower toons to help speed up leveling.

  3. kitê says:

    Farming scholomance or any undead based instance is easy regardless due to the bonuses and certian hard hitting undead spells. When it comes to the enchanting mats it really depends on the economy if you are having trouble selling them on the auction house I’d suggest getting auctioneer and market watcher, those two addons can watch the trends in your market and automate the auction and undercutting process makes farming real easy, if you have the travalers mammoth or the argent peon/squire it makes things much easier but nothing is better for farming then enginnering/enchating. With the ability to open locks (seaforium charge) sell and repair (repair bot, better repair bot (dont know name) and Jeeves) thers no comparison

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