TBC Classic Herbalism Profession and Leveling 1-375 Guide
Herbalism allows you to gather various plants and herbs throughout the world. These herbs are used for a variety of different uses such as creating both flasks and potions from Alchemy. Herbalism can be a great profession for farming gold through raw materials.
Herbalism is one of the few gathering professions available to players. This profession focuses on collecting resources in the form of herbs, rather than crafting items or consumables for use. These gathered herbs are most commonly used together with Alchemy to create various potions, flasks, and elixirs.
When you have the Herbalism skill, you can use Find Herbs to track and show the location of nearby herbs on your minimap. Make sure to keep this up whenever you are out gathering or you will have a much harder time finding nodes.
Druids make great Herbalists as they are capable of gathering herbs while in Flight Form and Swift Flight Form, saving them the time of having to mount up after gathering each individual herb.
While focused on gathering herbs, it is highly recommended to use a movement speed increase, such as Crusader Aura or Riding Crop. This will greatly help with the amount of herbs you can gather in a session as the movement speed lets you get herbs you would have otherwise missed.
You may also find that Herbalism can be used to complement your goldmaking in TBC Classic. For more information on this among other methods involving alternative professions, please see our separate guide on the topic:
How to Gather Plants
When Herbalism is learned as a profession, you will also learn a skill called Find Herbs that will show nearby plant nodes as a golden point on your minimap. This allows you to see herbs in hidden areas or off-screen so you can gather any nearby plants.
When you approach a herb, you can interact with it to try and gather the plant. However, you cannot gather all plants from the start; you will see different colors representing how hard is it for you to gather that specific plant. These colors represent the skill level needed to gather the plant and are the following:
- Red means that plant needs a higher skill level than you currently have and you cannot gather it yet.
- Orange means you can gather this plant, but your attempts may fail. Every successful attempt is guaranteed to increase your Herbalism skill.
- Yellow means you can normally gather this plant, your attempts may occasionally fail, and most successful attempts increase your Herbalism skill.
- Green means you can easily gather this plant, your attempts will rarely fail, and you will rarely increase your Herbalism skill by gathering these.
- Gray means you can gather this plant with no effort, your attempts will never fail, and they will never increase your Herbalism skill.
The skill levels you will need to train at are:
- Apprentice Level can be learned when first picking up the profession, starts from a skill level of 1, and goes up to 75. It also requires your character to be Level 5.
- Journeyman Level can be learned when you reach a skill level of 50 and goes up to 150. It also requires your character to be Level 10.
- Expert Level can be learned when you reach a skill level of 125 and goes up to 225. It also requires your character to be Level 20.
- Artisan Level can be learned when you reach a skill level of 200 and goes up to 300. It also requires your character to be Level 35.
- Master Level can be learned when you reach a skill level of 275 and goes up to 375. It the highest Profession Level and also requires your character to be Level 55.
Azeroth (1 - 300)
You can learn Herbalism from any Herbalism trainer, which are found in capital cities. When you arrive at a major city you can ask any city guard for directions, and pick the Herbalism trainer option under the professions section. This will mark its location on your map, allowing you to easily find them and get the Herbalism skill.
Outland (300 - 375)
To learn Herbalism past 300 skill level, you must travel to Outland and talk with a Master Herbalist. Alliance and Horde players can find their respective trainers at:
- [A] Rorelien at Honor Hold in Hellfire Peninsula, around coordinates (54,66).
- [H] Ruak Stronghorn at Thrallmar in Hellfire Peninsula, around coordinates (52,36).
Leveling Herbalism (1 - 300)
|Herb Node||Skill Level||Possible Loot||Zones|
|Peacebloom||1||25||50||100||1-3 Peacebloom||Low-level zones|
|Silverleaf||1||25||50||100||1-3 Silverleaf||Low-level zones near trees|
|Earthroot||15||40||65||115||1-3 Earthroot||Low-level zones near mountains|
||Low- to mid-level zones|
||Low- to mid-level zones near trees|
|Stranglekelp||85||110||135||185||1-3 Stranglekelp||All coastal areas and deeper inland waters|
|Bruiseweed||100||125||150||200||1-3 Bruiseweed||Low- to mid-level zones near houses|
|Wild Steelbloom||115||140||165||215||1-3 Wild Steelbloom||Low- to mid-level zones|
|Grave Moss||120||145||170||220||1-3 Grave Moss||Low- to mid-level zones in graveyards|
|Kingsblood||125||150||175||225||1-3 Kingsblood||Mid-level zones|
|Liferoot||150||175||200||250||1-3 Liferoot||Mid-level zones near riverbanks|
|Fadeleaf||160||185||210||260||1-3 Fadeleaf||Mid-level zones|
|Goldthorn||170||195||220||270||1-3 Goldthorn||Mid-level zones|
|Khadgar's Whisker||185||210||235||285||1-3 Khadgar's Whisker||Mid-level zones|
|Wintersbite||195||220||245||295||1-3 Wintersbite||Alterac Mountains|
||Mid- to high-level zones near ruins|
|Arthas' Tears||220||245||270||320||1-3 Arthas' Tears||
|Sungrass||230||255||280||330||1-3 Sungrass||High-level zones|
|Blindweed||235||260||285||335||1-3 Blindweed||Mostly in Swamp of Sorrows|
|Ghost Mushroom||245||270||295||345||1-3 Ghost Mushroom||Most high-level cave areas|
|Golden Sansam||260||285||310||360||1-3 Golden Sansam||High-level zones|
|Dreamfoil||270||295||320||370||1-3 Dreamfoil||High-level zones|
|Mountain Silversage||280||305||330||380||1-3 Mountain Silversage||High-level zones|
|Black Lotus||300||325||350||400||1 Black Lotus||
To start off you will be gathering Silverleaf and Peacebloom in the low-level starting areas. At 15 you can begin to gather Earthroot to help speed up the process.
- 1-50 — Peacebloom
- 1-50 — Silverleaf
- 15-50 — Earthroot
Once you have reached 50 Skill in Herbalism, head to your local trainer to learn Journeyman Herbalist, allowing you to progress up to 150 Skill.
To quickly get through these skill levels, focus mostly on Earthroot and Mageroyal as they remain the highest chance to grant a skill increase.
Here players will continue their earlier pathing and continue to gather Earthroot and Mageroyal. Now you should also prioritize gathering Briarthorn as it offers a guaranteed skill-up.
- 70-100 — Briarthorn
You will want to head into higher-level zones here and keep an eye out for Bruiseweed while still gathering any herbs that offer a skill increase.
- 100-115 — Bruiseweed
You can now gather even more herbs in the area, speeding up this section of leveling.
- 115-125 — Wild Steelbloom
After you reach 125 Skill in Herbalism, head to your nearest trainer and learn Expert Herbalism.
We can now gather the higher-level herbs in the area, helping us level much faster. Keep gathering any herb that has a chance at giving you a skill increase.
- 125-160 — Kingsblood
We will need to head into a higher=level zone here and begin picking some more difficult herbs to continue gaining skill increases. These first few skill levels may be troublesome as you can run into quite a few herbs that you cannot yet gather. It may be worth staying behind and gathering some lower-level herbs for a couple extra skill-ups before changing zones.
- 160-185 — Fadeleaf
- 185-205 — Khadgar's Whisker
Before heading into the next section of herbs, head to your nearest city and train Aritsan Herbalism, allowing you to progress all the way to 300 Herbalism.
Here we recommend heading into Tanaris as you can get multiple different herbs to skill-up with at the same time.
- 205-230 — Firebloom
- 210-235 — Purple Lotus
Here we recommend heading to Felwood as you can find multiple different herbs to help you raise your Herbalism skill up all the way to 300. Western and Eastern Plaguelands is an alternative that may be easier in the early skill levels as Felwood has a high variety of plants.
Herbs to look for:
- 220-300 — Arthas' Tears
- 230-300 — Sungrass
- 250-300 — Gromsblood
- 260-300 — Golden Sansam
- 270-300 — Dreamfoil
- 280-300 — Mountain Silversage
- 285-300 — Plaguebloom
You may choose to use this alternative method of training Herbalism as it may be faster depending on respawn rates and competition for respawning herbs. Head into Winterspring and gather both of these plants until you have reached max skill level.
- 280-300 — Mountain Silversage
- 290-300 — Icecap
Leveling Herbalism (300 - 375)
|Herb Node||Skill Level||Possible Loot||Zones|
||All Outland Zones|
||All Outland Zones|
||Level 70 areas of Outland.|
Azeroth Alternative 300-345
It is possible to train Herbalism up to very high skill levels in Azeroth if you wish to do so. While this is not the recommended method, it can be useful if Outland herbs are highly contested. While it is possible to reach 375 Herbalism in Azeroth, we recommend heading into Outland around skill levels 325-345 as it will start to become much more difficult to skill-up at this point.
A few Classic WoW herbs can be found in Outland and used to skill up your Herbalism in both Hellfire Peninsula and Zangarmarsh. Keep an eye out for these as they are a large part of your early skill-ups gained in Outland. Until your Herbalism Skill reaches 325, we recommend staying in Hellfire Peninsula and gathering these herbs:
- 300-325 — Blindweed
- 300-325 — Golden Sansam
- 300-325 — Dreamfoil
- 300-325 — Mountain Silversage
- 300-325 — Felweed
- 315-325 — Dreaming Glory
For these next 25 skill levels Terokkar Forest fits our needs, offering multiple herbs with guaranteed skill increases.
- 300-350 — Felweed
- 315-350 — Dreaming Glory
- 325-350 — Terocone
For the final 25 skill levels we recommend gathering in Netherstorm, but you can easily reach the cap in any zone you wish.
- 300-375 — Felweed
- 315-375 — Dreaming Glory
- 350-375 — Netherbloom
In TBC, a few of the herbs and additional looted items found in herbs have uses beyond just crafting. Here you can see a list of all the special herbs and usable consumables that can be found throughout Outland.
- Fel Blossom — Allows Herbalists to absorb 750 to 1250 damage.
- Flame Cap — Causes your ranged and melee attacks to have a chance to deal 40 Fire damage; it also increases Fire spell damage by 80 and lasts for 1 minute. This is a great offensive option, especially for Fire-damage. casters.
- Nightmare Seed — Increases your health by 2000 for 30 seconds. These are used frequently in PvE, especially by tanks.
- Ancient Lichen — Used for many different potions and flasks. This can be rather rare since it can only be gathered in dungeons.
- Mana Thistle — This herb is needed to make every TBC flask, making it one of the most expensive normal herbs available.
- Fel Lotus — Also needed for every TBC flask. It has a chance to be obtained from any Outland herb node, making it difficult to regularly farm.
- 30 May 2021: Guide added.
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