Mined from the rich earth of Azeroth and Lordaeron, this precious metal is commonly used in exchange for goods and
services. As a rare substance that is always in short supply, Gold must be dug out from the rock and soil
within the established Gold Mines. Many of these Mines were abandoned when the Orc raids began and
the workers fled for their lives. Since the beginning of the War, these sites have frequently been operated while
under the protection of military forces.
Gold is the main resource in Warcraft III. Gold is required to create new buildings, train units, and research upgrades.
Gold is also required at Neutral Buildings to hire mercenaries, buy items, or activate special Neutral Building features.
Players need to collect a steady stream of Gold to ensure their success. Whenever money is tight, expand to
additional Gold Mines.
Gold is mined in different ways depending on the player's race. Humans and Orcs use work units to carry Gold from the
Mine to their "Town Halls." The Night Elves' Tree of Life entangles the Gold Mine and drains the Gold out of a Mine
with the use of Wisp workers. The Undead uses Acolytes to mine Gold.
Five Acolytes surround a Gold Mine and extract Gold automatically using magic.
There is a "Gold tax" in place, known as Upkeep which is activated as players create more units. As players create more units, less Gold is
recovered from the Gold Mine. Try to gain additional Gold by taking over additional Gold Mines to help balance this
Creeps or other players often guard Gold Mines.
Players must decide whether risk of battle is worth the gain of
the additional mine. If another player attacks while your forces are engaged or dying to Neutral Units, you may not
have the forces to defend yourself. It's best to wait until you can afford to make an attack on multiple fronts.
The decision is a gamble; it could pay off or it may cost you dearly.
When a mine you are using is low on Gold, you will receive an advisory warning that the
Gold Mine is about to run out, and the minimap will
ping the location of the mine. You will also receive a message when a Gold Mine is depleted. A mine is considered low on Gold