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Hearthstone Gold making guide

How to make gold quickly as a new player, then keep the cash flowing.

Whether you want to participate in more Arena runs, or just bulk out your card collection by dipping into some new card pack purchases, there's no such thing as having too much Gold in Hearthstone. Fortunately, there are a few ways to go about getting your hands on more of this currency, and we've got the lowdown on how to get hold of it nice and quickly.

Daily Quests

Every day you'll be granted a Daily Quest that will challenge you to complete a certain objective. It might be to win a handful of games with a certain Hero, or deal so much damage to enemy Heroes. You can only have three such quests banked at any one time, however, so if you want to grow your collection efficiently, it's important to keep clearing them out.

Some of the quests actually work quite nicely together, and allow you to work towards completing more than one reward in a single match. It can be worth stockpiling such quests until you can complete them all together in one efficient binge, and Blizzard has actually provided a simple tool to help you do just that.

Once per day you'll have the option to abandon a single quest from your collection of three. To do this, you just view your current quests and then click the red X on the quest you're not interested in. By doing this you can ensure you work on only the most valuable or efficient objectives at any one time. Choose the quest you want to abandon carefully though, as you can only do it once every 24 hours.

Here's a complete breakdown of all the daily quests available in Hearthstone, and the reward you'll receive for ticking them all off the list. Note that - with the exception of Total Dominance - you can only progress each quest by participating in the Play or Arena Modes. Playing bespoke matches against your friends or the AI won't count.

Druid or Hunter VictoryWin 2 games with Druid or Hunter40
Druid or Rogue VictoryWin 2 games with Druid or Rogue40
Hunter or Mage VictoryWin 2 games with Hunter or Mage40
Mage or Shaman VictoryWin 2 games with Mage or Shaman40
Paladin or Priest VictoryWin 2 games with Paladin or Priest40
Paladin or Warrior VictoryWin 2 games with Paladin or Warrior40
Priest or Warlock VictoryWin 2 games with Priest or Warlock40
Rogue or Warrior VictoryWin 2 games with Rogue or Warrior40
3 Victories!Win 3 games with any class40
Destroy them AllDestroy 40 minions40
Only the MightyPlay 20 minions that cost 5 or more40
The Meek Shall InheritPlay 40 minions that cost 2 or less40
Spell Master Cast 40 spells40
Beat DownDeal 100 damage to enemy heroes40
Druid or Hunter DominanceWin 5 games with Druid or Hunter60
Druid or Rogue DominanceWin 5 games with Druid or Rogue60
Hunter or Mage DominanceWin 5 games with Hunter or Mage60
Mage or Shaman DominanceWin 5 games with Mage or Shaman60
Paladin or Priest DominanceWin 5 games with Paladin or Priest60
Paladin or Warrior DominanceWin 5 games with Paladin or Warrior60
Priest or Warlock Dominance Win 5 games with Priest or Warlock60
Rogue or Warrior Dominance Win 5 games with Rogue or Warrior60
Total DominanceWin 7 games with any class100

Unique Quests

As well as the Daily Quest system, Hearthstone also provides one-time rewards for new players who hit certain milestones in the game. There's no simple way of checking your progress towards each one of these unique rewards, so here's a quick breakdown for what you can look forward to as you master the game!

Chicken DinnerWin 100 games in any mode300 Gold
Big WinnerWin 1000 games in any mode300 Gold
Ready to Go!Unlock every hero100 Gold
Crushed Them All!Defeat every Expert AI hero100 Gold
Got the Basics!Collect every card in the Basic set100 Gold
One of EverythingCollect every card in the Expert set100 Gold
The DuelistPlay 3 games in Play Mode100 Gold
Crafting TimeDisenchant a card95 Arcane Dust
Enter the ArenaStart an Arena run1 free Arena entry
First BloodComplete a game in Play Mode1 Expect card pack
Level UpGet any class to level 101 Expect card pack
Arrrrrr!!!Acquire every pirate card2 x Captain's Parrot
Golden Arrrrrr!!!Acquire every golden pirate2 x Captain's Parrot
Mrglglglglgl!Acquire every murloc card 2 x Old Murk-Eye
Golden Mrglglglglgl!Acquire every golden murloc2 x Old Murk-Eye

Ranked and Casual wins

It won't make you enough to retire on, but you'll receive a certain amount of gold just by winning games in the Casual and Ranked game modes. For every three games you win, you'll be awarded 10 Gold.

Note that this caps out at 100 Gold per day, and you can't earn this extra reward by winning games in the Arena or AI Practice Mode, or when you're playing against buddies. Still, it's a nice way to slowly but surely eke out a little more cash for a bonus card pack every now and then.

Playing Arena

If you've got the Gold spare, Arena can be a great way to both increase your card collection and keep the currency rolling in. It costs 150 Gold (or an alternative real money fee) to take part each time, and while that might sound like a lot compared to the 100 Gold cost of a card pack, you're guaranteed to get a set of cards no matter how badly you do. If you win even a few of your matches, you'll even make back that extra 50 Gold, and have the chance to receive bonus cards and crafting dust as well.

Here's a breakdown of what you can roughly expect to receive for hitting certain milestones in Arena. Note that these rewards are in addition to your guaranteed card pack, and don't include the chance to receive a random additional card as a further bonus reward too.

WinsKeyRandom Reward
0Novice25-40 Gold / Arcane Dust
1Apprentice30-50 Gold / Arcane Dust (combined)
2Journeyman40-50 Gold / Arcane Dust (combined)
3Copper25-30 Gold and 25 Gold / Arcane Dust (combined)
4Silver45-60 Gold and 25 Gold / Arcane Dust (combined)
5Gold55-60 Gold and 45-60 Gold / Arcane Dust (combined)
6Platinum75-85 Gold and 45-60 Gold / Arcane Dust (combined)
7Diamond150-180 Gold and approximate 25 Arcane Dust
8Champion150-220 Gold and 25-50 Arcane Dust
9Ruby150-300 Gold and 25-70 Arcane Dust
10Frostborn150-350 Gold and 25-90 Arcane Dust
11Molten150-485 Gold and 25-90 Arcane Dust
12Lightforge150-525 Gold and 25-90 Arcane Dust

Making Gold efficiently in Hearthstone as a new player

As you can see from the above, there are quite a lot of things you can do to make Gold in Hearthstone, so where do you begin as someone with a completely fresh account? Well, to give yourself a good run at the game, consider completing the following objectives in the following order.

  • Finish the tutorial.
  • Level the Mage you begin the game with to Level 10 to get 100 Gold. Do this against AI Heroes, and move onto a new class of Hero once you've beaten each one once.
  • Unlock all of the classes by defeating each one in battle for another 100 Gold.
  • Next, focus on getting every class up to Level 10 for another 100 Gold.
  • Defeat each AI Hero on Expert Difficulty for 100 Gold.
  • Play 3 Games in Play Mode for a free Expert card pack and another 100 Gold.
  • Enter the Arena for the first time for a free run at this mode.

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