*Disclaimer: I have been known to make math errors! If you think I have made an error, please ping me with an explanation and I will look into it. I will be testing & evaluating some of the noted assumptions more carefully in the future, but I want to provide this guide in "beta" for anyone interested.*

Time is treasure! When exalting for profit, you typically want to earn treasure as fast as possible. Here, I present a strategy for doing so.

The derivation for these numbers is given in the post below. Please note that "fastest treasure gain" is not equivalent to "maximum treasure gain", just as "fastest car" is not equivalent to "longest distance traveled".

**What is your**

__average fodder price__?We need to know this in order to determine how much profit you will make when exalting a dragon.

If you're just buying and leveling fodder, then this is an easy question-- look at the lowest adult dragon prices in the AH (aka the "fodder floor").

If you have some fodder of your own (price=0) to level before you start buying, you will need to adjust this downward. For instance, if I have 5 of my own fodder and also plan on buying and leveling about 10 more at 6kt each, then my average fodder price would be around (60kt total spending / 15 total dragons ) = 4kt per dragon.

(Technically, if you

*just*want to get the highest treasure per time from dragons which cost nothing, you exalt 'em without leveling. But this is not usually the "real" best strategy, because it cannot be maintained over a long time-- you will run out of dragons. This guide assumes you're trying to optimize a block of grinding time large enough that you will burn through any free fodder you might have, and move on to the AH.)

__How high should you level__before exalting?If your average fodder price is higher than the left column in the table below, you should level your dragons to the value in the right column, for max profit per time investment.

For instance, if your average fodder price is 6500 t, you should exalt at level 5.

If your fodder price is right near the borderline between two levels, I suggest using the higher one, due to the extra time involved in buying, exalting, and switching out dragons (which is not accounted for by this analysis.)

Get rich quick! wrote:

Fodder
price above ______ 2951* 3981 5010 6039 7068 8097 9127 10156 11185 12214 13243 14273 15302 16331 17360 18389 19419 20448 21477 22506 23535 24565 25594 26623 |
Level to ______ 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 |

* Numbers are not great for very low levels. In actuality, the level 1 fodder exalt payout would probably make you lose money for e.g. 2800t fodder price. However, it is included here for completeness and as a "sanity check" to show that the level 2 threshold is in fact near the level 1 exalt payout.

** High levels are included just for completeness. If you are buying fodder at 26kt for profit exalting, you are having a bad problem and will not go space today...