Guide to Obtaining and Selling WoW Token

Guide to Obtaining and Selling the WoW Token

The  WoW Token allows players to buy game time with gold in-game, or buy game time with real money and sell that game time via a token for gold in-game. This guide covers how to buy and sell the WoW Token. Want to know the price of the tokens? Check out or “Today in Broken Isles” on Wowhead’s front page.

WoW Token Basics

  • WoW Tokens provides a more fluid way for players to obtain subscription time and gold. Players have the option to obtain subscription time via the AH for gold, or make some extra gold by purchasing tokens for money and selling them on the AH.
  • Extra gold is obtained by purchasing  WoW Token via the in-game shop for cash ($20 USD/$25 AUD/20 EUR) and then selling it on the WoW Token Auction House.
  • 30 days of subscription time is acquired with gold by visiting the “Game Time” section on the AH. It was announced that lapsed accounts with enough gold can reactivate accounts via the “Reactivate via Gold” option on the character select screen.
  • WoW Tokens are part of a special region-wide Auction House. Everything else for sale on the AH is server-wide. This means that anyone on a US server can purchase your WoW Token if you list it from a US realm.
  • The gold price for these tokens on the AH is not set by players–it is set via an internal algorithm. It will automatically increase and decrease based on supply and demand. You cannot choose what price you want to list the token for or the duration of the auction. All tokens for sale in a region will be sold for the same price at a particular moment.
  •  WoW Token (silver background) is the item that can be sold on the AH. This is different from  WoW Token (gold background) which is the item that grants you game time. This is handy as you can’t accidentally click on  WoW Token and use the item on yourself!

    Selling  WoW Token and Getting Gold

    Selling  WoW Token is a two-part process–obtaining a  WoW Token by paying money and then listing it on the Auction House.

    Obtaining  WoW Token via the In-Game Shop with Cash

    1. Open up the In-Game Shop. The in-game shop button can be accessed in four different places:

      1. On the bottom-left side of the character select screen
      2. At the top of the Game Menu accessed via “Escape”
      3. The Interface panel to the left of the Game Menu button.
      4. The Help Window that appears when the help button is clicked on the WoW Token AH display.
    2. Click on the “WoW Token” option on the left-hand side of the screen. You will have the option to “Buy Now” and preview the current auction value.
    3. The  WoW Token costs $20 on US servers. This price will not change over time.
    4. Do note that this is a different item than the one you can buy on the AH–you are unable to click on this version and learn the game time by accident.
    5. A shop confirmation window will appear showing your item, cost, and method of payment. Click the X at the top right to cancel the purchase, or Buy Now to obtain the item.
    6. The item will be delivered directly to your inventory upon purchase, with a confirmation email sent to your address.

    Selling WoW Token

    Selling  WoW Token on the Auction House

    1. Visit any Auction House and click on the “Auctions” tab. Right-click on your  WoW Token to have it show up under “Auction Item.”
    2. When the auction is set up, it will display the current fixed gold price and the estimated time to sell. If you are happy with the price, click the “Create Auction” button. You do not set the price, Blizzard does via their internal algorithm based off supply and demand.
    3. A confirmation window will pop up stating the exact gold price, that your Token can’t be refunded, and that the auction cannot be cancelled. If you are fine with this, click on “Create Auction.”
    4. The Auction is now created and shows up with your other auctions on the “Auction” tab.
    5. The seller cannot specify the Buyout price and Auction Duration for the  WoW Token, and buyers can only buyout  WoW Token, not bid. There is no deposit.
    6. You are sent the amount of gold promised to you in the confirmation window. If the price of the token has gone up or down since you listed it, that does not affect the amount of gold you will get.

    Buying  WoW Token and Getting Game Time

    1. Visit any Auction House and click on the “Game Time” option on the left-hand side of the “Browse” tab.
    2. Instead of a list of items, names, and prices as you are used to on the AH, you will see a screen just displaying  WoW Token, the current price (no negotiations), and a Buyout button.
    3. There is a help button at the top right of the AH panel explaining the WoW Token system in more detail.
    4. Click on the Buyout button to obtain  WoW Token.
    5. Pick up your  WoW Token from the mailbox, as you would with a regular auction.
    6. Click on the token in your bags, which will bring up several confirmation windows to add 30 days of game time to your World of Warcraft account. These windows are handy as they show your current and new account expiration dates.
    7. There is a cap on the amount of pre-purchased game time you can have in advance. On the PTR, we were able to buy and use 10  WoW Token, but then could not buy any more even after learning all the tokens.

    If you have a lapsed account and enough gold, you can buy  WoW Token directly from the character select screen. Gold will be taken across characters on your selected server. Just click on the “Reactivate with gold” button.

    If you have a WoW Token for sale on the AH, you cannot buy one at the same time. The following error message appears: “All WoW Tokens bought from the Shop must be sold before you can buy one from the auction house.” This is account-wide, so if character A has a token for sale, character B cannot purchase one.

    Selling WoW Token
    Selling WoW Token
    Selling WoW Token
    Selling WoW Token

    WoW Token for Balance

    The ability to redeem one WoW Token for $15 of Balance went live on February 6, 2017 on US realms.

    Selling WoW Token

    This was initially teased during the BlizzCon 2016 Q&A:

    Will we ever have the WoW token be able to be bought with currency for race changes, server changes, and more?
    Yes. When we designed it, it’s meant to be useful for all the services. We launched it smoothly with just the subscription, but we will expand it. It will be able to be balance.

    Below are the datamined strings related to the WoW Token. You can find a full list of 7.1.5 strings at the end of this post.

      Add %s to your Balance?
      2. Redeem it for 30 days of game|ntime (or %s of Balance).
      Use: Adds 30 days of game time to your World of Warcraft account or %s to your Balance.
      %s will be added to your Balance. You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
      %s will be added to your Balance.
      %s Balance
      |cffff2020You can’t choose this option because your Balance (%s) is near or at the maximum.|r
      Current Balance: |cffffffff%s|r|nNew Balance: |cffffffff%s|r
      WoW Token
      2. Redeem it for 30 days of game|ntime.

    How Balance Works

    • Balance, as described on the official site, “is an electronic balance players can use to purchase Blizzard Entertainment games and services.”
    • You can use your balance to purchase the following:

      • Digital versions of Blizzard games including Digital Deluxe editions.
      • Character services like realm and faction transfer.
      • World of Warcraft mounts, pets, cosmetic helms from the in-game shop.
      • Hearthstone card packs and adventures.
      • Heroes of the Storm Heroes, skins, and mounts.

    Blue Posts

    Originally posted by Blizzard (Official Post | Blue Tracker)Collapse


    Update: The WoW Token will be going live in the Americas region (North America, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand) on April 7 when maintenance concludes, at approximately 10 a.m. PDT. The WoW Token will be available for $20 USD/$25 AUD from the in-game Shop, and will be set at a starting price of 30,000 gold in the Auction House across the Americas region. From that point forward, the gold price will automatically fluctuate based on player supply and demand. To start we’ll be limiting the number of Token purchases to 10 within a 30-day period, but this limit may be adjusted over time. While Tokens will be available immediately from the Shop, please note that there may be a delay before Tokens put up for sale on the Auction House become available for purchase with gold.

    We’ll announce additional regional details closer to the launch of the WoW Token in other regions.

    Originally posted by Blizzard (Official Post | Blue Tracker)Collapse


    Selling WoW Token
    Coming soon to an Azeroth near you: the WoW Token, a new in-game item that allows players to simply and securely exchange gold and game time between each other.
    Players will be able to purchase a WoW Token through the in-game Shop for real money, and then sell it on the Auction House for gold at the current market price. When a player buys a WoW Token from the Auction House for gold, the Token becomes Soulbound, and the player can then redeem it for 30 days of game time.
    The WoW Token was created to give players with lots of extra gold the option to use it to help cover their subscription cost, and give those who want to purchase gold a way to do so from fellow players through a secure, easy-to-use system. The Token will be making its debut in an upcoming patch—in the meantime, check out the FAQ below for details on how it works.

    Q: How do I buy a WoW Token for real money?
    A: WoW Tokens will be available for purchase for real money through the World of Warcraft in-game Shop. You can access the Shop through the row of feature buttons next to your character’s bags.
    Q: I need gold! How do I sell a WoW Token to another player?
    A: You’ll be able to sell WoW Tokens through a dedicated Token exchange in the Auction House, located in a new Game Time section. WoW Tokens cannot be traded or sold any other way.
    Q: How much gold will I receive when I sell a WoW Token?
    A: The gold value of a Token will be determined dynamically based on supply and demand. When you put a Token up for sale, you’ll be quoted the amount of gold you’ll receive upon a successful sale. If you then decide to place the Token up for sale, that amount is locked in, and the gold will be sent to your mailbox after another player purchases your Token.
    Q: I need game time! How do I buy a WoW Token from the Auction House?
    A: When you visit the Auction House, you’ll be presented with the current market price for a WoW Token in your game region—there’s no bidding involved, and all Tokens in a game region are priced the same at any given moment. If you decide to purchase one, you’ll receive it in your mailbox, and can then immediately redeem it for game time.
    Q: How much game time do I get by redeeming a WoW Token?
    A: You’ll receive 30 days of game time when you redeem a WoW Token.
    Q: Can I resell a WoW Token after I’ve purchased it for gold?
    A: No, each WoW Token can only be sold once. After you purchase a Token for gold, it becomes Soulbound. At that point, it can only be redeemed for game time.


    Q: How much will a WoW Token cost on the Shop?
    A: Pricing details will be announced at a later date.
    Q: Why are you introducing the WoW Token feature?
    A: We’ve heard feedback from players that they’d be interested in a secure, legitimate way to acquire gold that doesn’t involve the use of unauthorized third-party gold-selling services—one of the primary sources of account compromises. We also know players who’ve amassed large amounts of gold through regular play would be interested in the ability to trade some to other players in exchange for game time, helping cover their subscription costs. The WoW Token feature gives players on both sides of the equation a secure and straightforward way to make that exchange. It opens up a new kind of payment option for World of Warcraft players, and we hope that it will also help lead to fewer account compromises and a better game experience overall.
    Q: How is acquiring gold by selling a WoW Token different from buying gold from third-party services?
    A: Buying gold from third-party services negatively impacts the game experience for everyone. The overwhelming majority of the gold these services provide comes from stolen player accounts, halting the victims’ ability to play the game and contribute to their guilds. On top of this, gold selling companies often farm resources using hack programs, sell fake product codes as a scam, and spam entire realms with ads to buy gold, disrupting the game in very real ways.
    The WoW Token allows players to exchange real money for gold in a secure and sanctioned way—together with the ongoing efforts of our developers, support staff, and anti-hack teams to stop the exploits these companies use and help players who have become victims of their operations, we hope the Token can help make World of Warcraft a safer and more enjoyable game for all of our players.
    Q: Why can’t players set their own prices for the WoW Token?
    A: The WoW Token feature is designed to facilitate the exchange of gold and game time between players in as secure, convenient, and fair a way as possible, and without making players feel like they’re playing a game with their hard-earned money. Having a set current market price and a straightforward exchange system is the best way to achieve that—you don’t need to worry about whether your Token will sell or not due to being undercut or the market shifting, and everyone receives exactly the amount of gold they were quoted.
    Q: What happens if the price quoted to me is different from what the Token actually sells for?
    A: You will always receive the gold amount quoted to you at the time you place a Token up for sale, regardless of what the current price is when the item actually sells.
    Q: How long should I expect to receive my gold after putting a Token up for sale? How does the game determine whose Token to sell?
    A: The amount of time it takes to receive your gold after putting a Token up for sale depends on a variety of factors, including the current supply and demand. When you list a Token, you’ll be quoted an estimated time based on the current Token supply and the rate of recent transactions, but the actual amount of time it takes to sell is likely to vary (note that Tokens do not expire). In most cases, Tokens are sold in the order in which they were put up for sale; however, there are some exceptions to this, such as when a Token purchase is undergoing verification.
    Q: If I buy a WoW Token from the Auction House, how long does it take to receive the Token?
    A: Just like a standard Auction House purchase, it will normally arrive in your mailbox nearly instantaneously.
    Q: If I’m buying a WoW Token for real money from the in-game Shop, how long does it take to receive it?
    A: Once you successfully complete a purchase, your Token should arrive in your inventory (or mailbox, if your inventory is full) almost immediately.
    Q: Do Tokens expire? What happens if I accidentally delete one?
    A: No, Tokens do not expire. They also can’t be deleted, so no need to fear accidentally trashing them.
    Q: Can I stop my auction or receive a refund after it was purchased (for gold or real money)?
    A: All transactions are considered final and auctions cannot be cancelled, so make sure you’re certain you want to proceed before listing or buying a Token. To help prevent unintentional transactions, you will be prompted to confirm your purchase or sale before it’s finalized.
    Q: Is there a deposit? Does the Auction House take a cut of the Token seller’s gold?
    A: There’s no deposit, and the Auction House does not take a cut of the gold for WoW Token sales. The standard deposit is designed to dissuade players from spamming the auction house with items that aren’t selling, and the standard cut is designed to dissuade players from buying and reselling items for minuscule markups. These issues don’t apply to the WoW Token, so there’s no need for a deposit or cut.
    Q: Will each game region have its own WoW Token exchange? Will everyone in a game region have access to it?
    A: Each game region—Americas (including ANZ realms), Europe, Taiwan, Korea, and China—will have its own shared WoW Token exchange. We’ll share additional details at a later date.
    Originally posted by Blizzard (Official Post | Blue Tracker)Collapse


    Selling WoW Token
    The recently announced WoW Token is currently in testing on the PTR, and is slated for launch some time after the March 24 release of Patch 6.1.2. In the meantime, we wanted to share some additional details about the Token, including regional pricing information and more on our global rollout plans.
    WoW Token Rollout
    We’ll begin rolling out the WoW Token in the weeks following Patch 6.1.2’s release, starting with the Americas game region (including realms serving North America, Oceania, and Latin America) and then expanding to other game regions in the weeks after that. Launching the Token once Patch 6.1.2 has been live for a while will help us ensure the foundation for the feature is solid, and kicking things off with a single region is the best way for us to ensure everything’s going smoothly before launching worldwide. We’ll provide further updates on timing as we get closer to the Token’s launch in each region.
    Region-wide Exchange
    As discussed in our original announcement , each game region (Americas, Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China) will have its own shared WoW Token exchange. When the rollout begins in the Americas game region, players in North America, Latin America, and Oceania will all be able to purchase a WoW Token from the in-game Shop. In the Americas game region, the price of a Token will be $20 USD (or roughly equivalent in each local currency). We’ll share additional regional pricing details as we get closer to launch.
    Once purchased, a Token can then be put up for sale in a region-wide exchange via a new Game Time tab in the Auction House. (Note that while you’ll see the new Game Time tab in that auction house with the launch of Patch 6.1.2, it won’t be active until the WoW Token launches in your region.) While the rest of the Auction House will remain realm-based, a region-wide WoW Token exchange will provide the largest possible pool of prospective buyers and ensures everyone has access to a vibrant, active Token marketplace. In the Americas, Europe, Korea, and Taiwan, players who purchase a WoW Token from the Auction House will be able to redeem it for 30 days of game time.
    Going for Gold
    Because the Token exchange has to start somewhere, we will be setting the initial gold value of the WoW Token ourselves. The starting gold value in each region will be based on several factors, including regional in-game economies, but ultimately our goal is to select a fair and reasonable starting price. After that, the Token’s gold value will be determined dynamically based primarily on player supply and demand. Simply put, if more WoW Tokens are being listed than are being purchased, the price will automatically drift downward over time. If people are p
    urchasing Tokens from the Auction House faster than they’re being put up for sale, then prices will go up accordingly. As a reminder, to help make sure players can trade WoW Tokens confidently, once a Token sells, the seller will receive the amount of gold they were quoted at the time they listed their Token.
    We know a lot of you are excited to exchange a WoW Token or two, and we’re looking forward to making the feature available in the near future. We’ll provide additional updates on the rollout of the WoW Token feature soon.


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