Guide on Earning and Spending Gold in Shadow of the Tomb Raider

While playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider, you will come across many valuable items, but some of them can only be bought from merchants. This guide will provide you with information on how to earn gold and what to spend it on when dealing with traders.

  • How to earn more gold?
  • What should you spend your gold on?

How to earn more gold?

The easiest way to earn gold in the game is by selling crafting items. These items can be obtained during exploration, by opening containers, picking fruits, interacting with ore veins, or killing wild animals for trophies.

Once you reach any merchant, go to the trading tab and sell the extra crafting materials. It is advisable to sell only half of them to ensure that you have enough for any new upgrades that may become available in the future.

Additional remarks:

  1. Start by selling the most abundant materials first. Lara’s inventory is limited, and once you exceed the limit, you won’t be able to add any new items to the inventory.
  2. Crafting materials will respawn across the game world. When you revisit any location, you can find new plants, containers, and animals.
  3. Merchants have no limit on the amount of items they can buy from you, so you can sell everything to a single merchant.

Selling a considerable amount of materials can yield a few thousand gold pieces. The most profitable items to sell are ores (such as jade) and rare trophies from animals and plants.

Another way to earn gold is by looting fallen enemies. Each enemy will usually carry around 12 gold pieces. While this may not seem like much, it is a simple way to earn some extra gold. So, loot enemies after every battle.

What should you spend your gold on?

Buying upgrades for Lara’s equipment should be your top priority. These upgrades will enable you to access inaccessible areas and unlock treasure chests. You can find the list of merchants who sell upgrades in the “Where to upgrade Lara’s gear?” section. There are two merchants:

  1. The merchant in the market district of the Hidden City, who sells the Reinforced Knife.
  2. Moraekah from the Hidden City, who can sell the Ascender and the Lockpick.

Only after buying all the upgrades should you start considering purchasing new items. Look out for unique outfits offered by the merchants as they can provide new skills for Lara. Here are a few examples:

  1. The merchant from Kuwak Yaku sells Hide Boots of Urqu, which yield more XP from silent kills.
  2. The merchant from the Hidden City marketplace sells the Mantle of Six Sky, which provides protection from projectiles.
  3. The merchant from the Hidden City marketplace sells Satchel and Rucksack, which permanently increase the inventory capacity.
  4. Moraekah from the Hidden City sells the Crimson Huntress outfit, which yields more XP for hunting.

Other interesting items that merchants offer are weapons and their upgrades, such as a bigger quiver or a gun silencer. Upgrade your favorite weapons first, such as the bow when doing a “silent playthrough.”

Why buying crafting materials is not worth it?

According to the author, it’s not worth buying crafting materials because they can all be obtained manually. Even rare materials like ores and animal trophies can be found with the help of markers on the map.

What should you do before buying expensive items from merchants?

The author advises unlocking the Crow’s Charm skill first, which costs 3 points. This skill will give you better prices and help you save money when buying expensive items from merchants.


1. How can I get gold in Shadow of the Tomb Raider?

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, gold can be obtained by looting tombs, completing challenges, and finding hidden caches throughout the game. Make sure to explore every nook and cranny to find as much gold as possible.

2. What can I use gold for in Shadow of the Tomb Raider?

Gold can be used to purchase weapons, upgrades, and outfits from vendors located throughout the game. Upgrades to weapons and equipment can greatly improve Lara’s abilities and make it easier to complete the game.

3. Are there any specific challenges that give a lot of gold?

Yes, there are certain challenges that offer a large amount of gold as a reward. The “Keep Calm and Carrion” challenge in the Kuwaq Yaku region and the “Nam Deus” challenge in the Hidden City region both offer a substantial amount of gold upon completion.

4. Can I sell items for gold in Shadow of the Tomb Raider?

No, there is no option to sell items for gold in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. However, players can sell resources such as animal hides, herbs, and metal salvage for in-game currency to purchase items from vendors.

5. Is it worth spending gold on outfits in Shadow of the Tomb Raider?

While outfits do not offer any direct gameplay advantages, they can enhance the overall experience and give Lara a unique look. If players have extra gold to spare, purchasing outfits can be a fun way to customize their gameplay experience.

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