GW2: Griffon Gold Get

I know it’s a little late for a Halloween picture, but I took the above shot and never got to use it anywhere. I liked it too much just to leave it in my screenshots folder. So, there you have it.

So, I’ve been working on saving up for my griffon mount in GW2. I started the PoF expansion with under 100 gold, seeing that I was newly returned and didn’t have a ton of gold before I left. I learned that dailies give 2 gold a day, and that selling unidentified drops was a good source of income, so I’d been plugging away at those to bring my stash up to 180+ (after spending gold on the mounts throughout the expansion).

But I wasn’t as diligent as I should have been. Some of my other GW2 friends didn’t seem as intent on getting the griffon (mostly because of the cost) as I was. And other games and projects have been pulling my attention away from GW2 as well.

This all changed this weekend.

Mystic Coins Reserve

A Free Company friend, Bean, posted a picture of her griffin in our FC discord channel. I sent my congrats and noted that I was still working on saving up for mine. She responded, and somewhere in the conversation, mentioned that selling Mystic Coins was profitable.

“Wait…” I said to myself. “Mystic Coins? Aren’t those those things I get every week and just toss in the corner of my bank?”

I Googled and saw they were mostly used for legendary crafting, other armor recipes and some guild improvements. AKA – Nothing that interested me more than a griffon does at this point.

I checked my bank. Over all this time, I’d stashed away 300 Mystic Coins. They were selling for a little over 80 silver each. So….


I no longer have any Mystic Coins, but I now have more space in my bank and more than enough gold to get my griffon!


I wish I’d known about this sooner! Makes me wonder what else I’ve got stashed in my bank that could be worth something. I should probably clean it out sometime.

About Those Mount Skins…

All of this is pretty exciting to me… just enough to help me deal with my extreme disappointment of the GW2 Mount Adoption License mess. I meant to write about it last week, but I was pretty tired out after some real life work stuff, and never got around to it.

I’m not going to damper this post with discussion of RNG, lockboxes and gemshop greed. I’ll just say that I don’t mind GW2 selling fluff in the gem shop — I even buy things that I really like. But I don’t approve of the way ANet decided to monetize this huge number of skins in a grab-bag way.

I like a few of the skins. But some skins are either (IMHO) lackluster or too flashy. I would have ponied up for some gems if these were sold individually where I could pick what skin I was buying. But, since RNG is a part of this, and I refuse to pay for a chance at getting something that I like, GW2 gets no money from me at all on this.

Oh well. I have a griffon to work on! Right?


  1. Grats on getting the Griffin fee! Did you read my reply to your comment where I went through the full gold-making implications of keeping up your daily log-ins (and doing the dailies themselves if you have 10-15 minutes to spare). If you log in every day and log straight out again you should always be able to average around 70g a month – 130g if you do the dailies. There are a lot of other ways to make gold painlessly too – the recent Halloween event was pretty amazing for it and that went on for three weeks.

    I think the idea that it’s hard to make gold in GW2 stems from the first couple of years, when it really was. Hasn’t been like that for a long time now. I am thinking about doing a post/guide on it but I am by no means an expert. Still, when I hear that a very experienced player such as yourself didn’t know about Mystic Coins, for example, there does seem to be a chance I might know a couple of wrinkles that aren’t as common knowledge as I’d assumed.

    1. This information is very helpful, thank you! I did read your reply to me (sorry that I didn’t respond there, I ended up getting sidetracked reading all the other comments, too).

      I really don’t consider myself an experienced player in the terms of how GW2 is now. Back when this game came out, and maybe the first year or so, I was pretty knowledgeable about Tyria. But this is a much different game from the one I took a break from.

      You know that overwhelmed feeling you get when you pick a game up you haven’t played in years, and you have all these max level characters, but don’t remember how to play them or equip them? Yeah, that’s still me right now. Granted, GW2 helps because without level cap increases, a lot of the stuff I have is still relevant. So, I didn’t have to jump into a gear grind or spent too much money re-outfitting my characters. I am grateful for that!

      Any information I can get that helps me catch up and reorganize my thoughts is appreciated! Thanks for offering your tips, and for your time and help, even though we sometimes see things differently when it comes to GW2. 🙂

  2. A very well timed hint here, I came via a link from a more recent post. Now that I’ve sold all my mystic coins I’m getting close to the gold needed for the mount. Still a few more zones of achievements to do first though!

  3. I know i’m a little late here. But if you are wondering what is stashed away on your account and what you can perhaps sell use GW2 Effciency at

    To get this to work you have to generate an API key. To do that log into your GW2 account at . Go to the apllications tab after you logged in and generate an API key with all the checkmarks set. You can now klick on API key at GW2 Efficiency and enter the API key. Save the key and you can look around in your account. The ‘Bank’ and the ‘Material Storage’ tab under account will calculate what all your things are worth.

    1. I’ve actually looked at this site before, and might even have signed up for it, but I was confused on how to make it work. The API key was the missing link for me. Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know how to do this!

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