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I'm looking to buy an Aetherized Hammer skin from the TP, costs around 500 gold.

Atm, I have about 220 gold.

I grind dungeons a lot as it's the best way I know of getting gold.

One run of CoF p1, can net around 2g - 5g depending on what loot you get.

I don't mind grinding dungeons at all, I'm just wondering is there any way perhaps to optimize runs to increase the gold / loot I can get each time?

UPDATE

In response to Thebluefish's comment, I'm not talking about grinding the same path over and over every day. Each path is only worth running once a day as the rewards drop dramatically after the first run.

I'm referring to an overall dungeon runner build / strategy.

  • Possible duplicate: gaming.stackexchange.com/questions/83045/… – Amos M. Carpenter Oct 17 '14 at 11:15
  • Thanks @AmosM.Carpenter, I've edited my question to be a little more specific. Now this may not be as much of a duplicate as the original was. – Daft Oct 17 '14 at 12:08
  • Aren't dungeons rewards decreased for subsequent runs in a given period of time? It might make any "optimization" a moot point. – user66184 Oct 17 '14 at 13:31
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    @Thebluefish They are indeed, but there are multiple dungeons with multiple paths available each day. – Daft Oct 17 '14 at 13:36
  • @Daft that last update is at least part of an answer and should probably be turned into one (if it's not duplicating an existing one). Remember that you can accept your own answer if it happens to be the best one! – Alex Oct 30 '14 at 14:10
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The single best way to maximize the gold you make from dungeons is to get a dedicated group with experience in the dungeons you want to run. Gather some friends or find a guild who specializes in dungeon running. Find four other people who have dungeon experience and are willing to run, say, 10 dungeons with you every day for a week or two.

If some of the people in the group don't have experience in the dungeons you'll be running, go through the guides: http://gw2dungeons.net. If everyone is comfortable skipping, learn where you can skip fights.

If you know the people you're running with, you won't have to deal with the group finder, which means 0 downtime between runs, and you don't have to worry about getting stuck with unskilled or unpleasant players. And if you run with the same people for a couple days, even a group with average skills can start working like a well-oiled machine.

You can further improve your runs by tuning your group's gear and build. The most important thing is to make sure everyone is using a build specifically for dungeons. As for gear, full berserker gear and stats will help you clear dungeons faster, provided that everyone can stay alive as a glass cannon. If not, you might save time by switching a few pieces for tankier gear. There's no shame in tuning your gear to your ability level - this is one of the great features of guild wars 2.

Finally, you can tune your group's class composition. I know the hardcore farmers love their 'zerker warriors, but don't feel obligated to do whatever's popular in the meta. Instead, figure out what classes everyone in the group has leveled up, geared up, and are comfortable playing. Then check the gw2dungeons.net guides. They have loads of class-specific advice for different areas and encounters, and you may want to take advantage by, say, bringing your mesmer to a particular dungeon for positioning, or your thief to make skipping easier.

On a side note, if you're looking for a quick, one-time infusion of gold, you might want to take a look at your wallet and bank. Depending on your habits, you can make quite a bit by selling stored materials, old minis, etc. Or by spending karma on Lost Orrian Jewelry Boxes, spending skill points on material upgrades, or spending WvW badges on seige.

  • Excellent answer sjohnston, much appreciated! – Daft Oct 19 '14 at 9:37
  • If you happen to think of anything else, feel free to amend your answer. Can never get enough helpful advice in my quest to get the Aetherized Hammer skin!! – Daft Oct 20 '14 at 8:55
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The accepted answer above covers everything pretty well, this is just something extra I picked up myself.

If you spend a lot of your time grinding dungeons, you might have a fair amount of dungeon tokens in your wallet. A handy way of turning tokens into gold is buy dungeon weapons and salvage them with Black Lion salvage Kits.

You'll get some pretty expensive components from them, ectos and such. You can easily get 2+ gold from each weapon. I made 64 gold by emptying my wallet of tokens and salvaging the weapons... serious cash!

This might be common knowledge to most people, but it's new to me!

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    +1 for useful info and for being polite - a lot of people scream and shout when we suggest edits ;) – Alex Oct 30 '14 at 14:55

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