WotLK Classic Alchemy Profession and Leveling 1-450 Guide

Last updated on Oct 09, 2023 at 20:04 by Wrdlbrmpft 3 comments

Players with Alchemy can create many important consumables in WotLK. Further, Alchemists can transmute items. Without these transmutes, many other professions could not craft their best items. This guide explains to you how Alchemy works in WotLK Classic, shows you all Alchemy recipes, and where to get them.



Alchemy is a very useful profession to have in WotLK Classic, as with it you may craft powerful Potions, Elixirs, Flasks, and perform Transmutes to create reagents for other professions. The power gap between Alchemy and other professions during TBC Classic has been closed in Wrath of the Lich King, as all professions now give roughly the same bonuses. However, depending on your class, other professions might still be slightly better for you. The consumables created by Alchemy are considered to be very important for any kind of competitive PvE or PvP content. In addition, a new perk added in WotLK Alchemy are the new Alchemist stones, Indestructible Alchemist's Stone Icon Indestructible Alchemist's Stone, Mercurial Alchemist Stone Icon Mercurial Alchemist Stone, and Mighty Alchemist's Stone Icon Mighty Alchemist's Stone, which can make a good pre-raid trinket or can even be used out of combat between pulls to gain more Mana/healing from Mana and healing potions. These trinkets also serve as a Philosopher's Stone Icon Philosopher's Stone.



Potions, such as Runic Mana Potion Icon Runic Mana Potion or Potion of Speed Icon Potion of Speed instantly grant you a variety of benefits, and may have their effects linger for a short time. Using a potion triggers a 1-minute cooldown, however, and can only be used once per combat. Potions also usually require the least amount of materials to create. There are also Protection potions, such as the Mighty Shadow Protection Potion Icon Mighty Shadow Protection Potion, which can be produced with two Crystallized elements and one Imbued Vial Icon Imbued Vial. In comparison to TBC, the cauldrons are gone. A new feature of WotLK are the Endless Healing Potion Icon Endless Healing Potions and Endless Mana Potion Icon Endless Mana Potions, which are not consumed but have a lower effect. This can be useful for leveling and dungeons. Potions are not affected by Mixology IconMixology.



Elixirs, such as Elixir of Accuracy Icon Elixir of Accuracy or Elixir of Mighty Fortitude Icon Elixir of Mighty Fortitude typically grant you a useful 1-hour buff to increase stats beneficial to your class. Elixirs usually require a small or moderate amount of materials to create in comparison to flasks, but their usefulness depends completely on your class. In WotLK Classic elixirs are still categorized under the Battle and Guardian types. You can be under the effect of only one elixir of each type at a time. Compared to flasks, effects of elixirs are removed upon death. The new Mixology IconMixology passive of Alchemy grants you a higher effect and duration from the elixirs you can make yourself.



Flasks, such as Flask of the Frost Wyrm Icon Flask of the Frost Wyrm provide you a 1 hour buff that is improved through Mixology IconMixology as well. Further, two flasks are now produced instead of one in order to compensate for the duration being lowered compared to previous expansions. Please note that Flask of the North Icon Flask of the North, the endless potion equivalent for flasks, is unaffected by Mixology IconMixology.



Transmutes, such as Skyflare Diamond Icon Skyflare Diamond and Transmute: Titanium IconTransmute: Titanium are very sought after by players other professions. In later phases of Wrath of the Lich King, Alchemists can even transmute Epic gems, such as King's Amber Icon King's Amber, Majestic Zircon Icon Majestic Zircon, or Cardinal Ruby Icon Cardinal Ruby from Rare gems and eternals. All WotLK Alchemy transmutes share a 20-hour cooldown, while transmutes from Vanilla have no cooldown.


Materials needed

Most of the Alchemy crafts in WotLK Classic require herbs. Some, for example Transmute: Earthsiege Diamond IconTransmute: Earthsiege Diamond, require Gems and/or Eternals to be created. Combining Alchemy with Herbalism to gather your own herbs, Mining to gather gems from ore deposits, or Jewelcrafting to receive gems from prospecting ores can be beneficial.



An addition to Alchemy, introduced back in TBC Classic, are three specializations:

Each specialization grants roughly 20% extra potions/elixirs/flasks/transmutes. How exactly these specializations work and how they can be learned will be covered in the specialization section of this guide.


Alchemy Training and Trainers

Skill levels 1-300 (Apprentice to Artisan) are taught by trainers in the capital cities of each faction. Talking to any city guard will open a dialogue window which can lead you to the profession trainers by showing a red flag on the map and an arrow on the minimap.

Skill levels 300-375 (Master) can be learned exclusively in Outland. Alliance players learn the Master Alchemy skill from Alchemist Gribble in the tower of Honor Hold, Hellfire Peninsula. Horde players learn it from Apothecary Antonivich, who is also in a tower, but in Thrallmar, Hellfire Peninsula. Both factions can also learn the Master Alchemy skill from Lorokeem in Lower City, Shattrath.

Skill levels 375-450 (Grand Master) are learned in Northrend.

  • Alliance players may learn it through one of two sources
  • Horde players need to seek out one of two other trainers
  • As in TBC, there are also neutral trainers.

Leveling Alchemy

In order to level Alchemy efficiently, you will want to craft items that appear Orange or Yellow in your Alchemy crafting window. Orange items guarantee a skill-up while Yellow have a high chance of granting a skill-up. Crafting Green items for leveling Alchemy should be only considered when you can sell the crafted items on the auction house for profits. Gray items never give skill-ups.

The tricky part about leveling Alchemy is that there is no 'right' way of doing it, as material, potion, elixir, and flask prices differ from server to server and from day to day. You can end up buying very cheap herbs from the auction house in the morning, and paying 5 times the price in the evening or during the weekend.


Alchemy Specializations

The three available Alchemy specializations for Elixirs and Flasks, Potions, and Transmutations are a feature in WotLK Classic that is returning from TBC. Each specialization will give each craft of either Elixirs and Flasks, Potions, or Transmutations a small chance to create an additional item, and the same bonus can apply to subsequent crafts. Observations have shown that on average a specialization will produce around 20% more crafted items than one would have without the specialization. You can choose to learn only one out of the three specializations.


Learning the Specializations

In Hellfire Peninsula, the faction-specific Alchemy trainers offer three quests when you are at least Level 68 and have an Alchemy skill of 325 or higher.


Elixir Master

Accept Master of Elixirs. This quest will send you to Lorokeem, the neutral Alchemy trainer in Shattrath. Once you have handed the quest in, Lorokeem offers you the quest Master of Elixirs with the same name, but a different objective. Lorokeem asks you to bring him:

This is an easy Alchemy specialization quest and upon completion, you will become an Elixir Master IconElixir Master.


Potion Master

Accept Master of Potions and travel to Lauranna Thar'well in the Cenarion Refuge in Zangarmarsh. After handing the quest in, accept part 2 of Master of Potions. Before granting you the specialization, Lauranna needs:

Lauranna will reward you with Potion Master IconPotion Master. This specialization is the cheapest and easiest of all three Alchemy specializations to acquire.


Transmutation Master

Accept Master of Transmutation and seek out Zarevhi in the Stormspire, Netherstorm. After handing in part 1, Zarevhi offers Master of Transmutation part 2. You need to bring Zarevhi:

After bringing the 4 Primal Might Icon Primal Mights to Zarevhi, he will share his knowledge of how to become a Transmutation Master IconTransmutation Master with you. This is the most expensive of all three Alchemy specializations because the raw materials of Primal Might are more expensive than for the other specs.


Swapping Alchemy Specializations

If you want to become a Transmutation Master IconTransmutation Master or any of the Alchemy specializations after your initial choice, there is a simple trick to speed up the process. By paying 150 gold to the NPC who gave you your current Alchemy specialization, you can de-specialize and learn another specialization from the three specialization trainers for free. This can be repeated and is the cheapest way of becoming a Transmutation Master, as Elixir Master IconElixir Master is chosen as an Alchemist's first spec. Opting for Elixir Master IconElixir Master and paying 150 gold is always cheaper than sacrificing 4 Primal Might Icon Primal Might, as the Primals used for Transmute: Primal Might IconTransmute: Primal Might remain expensive.


Recipes and Sought-After Crafts

In WotLK Classic, some Alchemy creations are learned from Alchemy Trainers, some exist as Recipe items out in the world, and some are learned through discovery. While Recipe items can come as drops or be bought from vendors, discoveries can only be made by crafting Alchemy items from Northrend. Each time you craft anything, there is a small chance to make a discovery and learn recipes not available otherwise. Further, Alchemists in WotLK with at least 400 Alchemy skill can also use Northrend Alchemy Research IconNorthrend Alchemy Research every 3 days to discover a random new craft. Below you will find a list of all trainable, buyable, and discoverable Alchemy crafts, along with their use or effect.


Crafts From Trainers

These creations are taught from the Northrend trainers:

Recipe Skill Recipe Skill
Transmute: Ametrine IconTransmute: Ametrine 450 Northrend Alchemy Research IconNorthrend Alchemy Research 400
Transmute: King's Amber IconTransmute: King's Amber 450 Transmute: Titanium IconTransmute: Titanium 395
Transmute: Dreadstone IconTransmute: Dreadstone 450 Indestructible Potion Icon Indestructible Potion 395
Transmute: Majestic Zircon IconTransmute: Majestic Zircon 450 Elixir of Mighty Agility Icon Elixir of Mighty Agility 395
Transmute: Eye of Zul IconTransmute: Eye of Zul 450 Elixir of Mighty Thoughts Icon Elixir of Mighty Thoughts 395
Flask of the Frost Wyrm Icon Flask of the Frost Wyrm 435 Elixir of Mighty Fortitude Icon Elixir of Mighty Fortitude 390
Flask of Stoneblood Icon Flask of Stoneblood 435 Elixir of Spirit Icon Elixir of Spirit 385
Flask of Endless Rage Icon Flask of Endless Rage 435 Elixir of Mighty Strength Icon Elixir of Mighty Strength 385
Flask of Pure Mojo Icon Flask of Pure Mojo 435 Lesser Flask of Resistance Icon Lesser Flask of Resistance 385
Transmute: Skyflare Diamond IconTransmute: Skyflare Diamond 430 Potion of Nightmares Icon Potion of Nightmares 380
Flask of the North Icon Flask of the North 425 Pygmy Oil Icon Pygmy Oil 375
Transmute: Earthsiege Diamond IconTransmute: Earthsiege Diamond 425 Guru's Elixir Icon Guru's Elixir 375
Runic Mana Potion Icon Runic Mana Potion 410 Lesser Flask of Toughness Icon Lesser Flask of Toughness 375
Endless Mana Potion Icon Endless Mana Potion 410 Ethereal Oil Icon Ethereal Oil 375
Endless Healing Potion Icon Endless Healing Potion 410 Spellpower Elixir Icon Spellpower Elixir 365
Runic Healing Potion Icon Runic Healing Potion 405 Icy Mana Potion Icon Icy Mana Potion 360
Mercurial Alchemist Stone Icon Mercurial Alchemist Stone 400 Wrath Elixir Icon Wrath Elixir 355
Indestructible Alchemist's Stone Icon Indestructible Alchemist's Stone 400 Resurgent Healing Potion Icon Resurgent Healing Potion 350
Mighty Alchemist's Stone Icon Mighty Alchemist's Stone 400

Crafts From Discoveries

These creations can be discovered by crafting and Northrend Alchemy Research IconNorthrend Alchemy Research:

Elixirs/Potions Transmutes
Elixir of Accuracy Icon Elixir of Accuracy Transmute: Eternal Air to Earth IconTransmute: Eternal Air to Earth
Elixir of Armor Piercing Icon Elixir of Armor Piercing Transmute: Eternal Air to Water IconTransmute: Eternal Air to Water
Elixir of Deadly Strikes Icon Elixir of Deadly Strikes Transmute: Eternal Earth to Air IconTransmute: Eternal Earth to Air
Elixir of Expertise Icon Elixir of Expertise Transmute: Eternal Earth to Shadow IconTransmute: Eternal Earth to Shadow
Elixir of Lightning Speed Icon Elixir of Lightning Speed Transmute: Eternal Fire to Life IconTransmute: Eternal Fire to Life
Elixir of Mighty Defense Icon Elixir of Mighty Defense Transmute: Eternal Fire to Water IconTransmute: Eternal Fire to Water
Elixir of Mighty Mageblood Icon Elixir of Mighty Mageblood Transmute: Eternal Life to Fire IconTransmute: Eternal Life to Fire
Elixir of Protection Icon Elixir of Protection Transmute: Eternal Life to Shadow IconTransmute: Eternal Life to Shadow
Elixir of Water Walking Icon Elixir of Water Walking Transmute: Eternal Shadow to Earth IconTransmute: Eternal Shadow to Earth
Crazy Alchemist's Potion Icon Crazy Alchemist's Potion Transmute: Eternal Shadow to Life IconTransmute: Eternal Shadow to Life
Potion of Speed Icon Potion of Speed Transmute: Eternal Water to Air IconTransmute: Eternal Water to Air
Potion of Wild Magic Icon Potion of Wild Magic Transmute: Eternal Water to Fire IconTransmute: Eternal Water to Fire
Powerful Rejuvenation Potion Icon Powerful Rejuvenation Potion

Crafts From Dropped Recipes

These recipes drop from mobs:

Recipe Dropped by
Recipe: Mighty Arcane Protection Potion Icon Recipe: Mighty Arcane Protection Potion Cult Researcher and Frostbrood Spawn in Icecrown
Recipe: Mighty Fire Protection Potion Icon Recipe: Mighty Fire Protection Potion Skeletal Runesmith and Umbral Brute in Icecrown
Recipe: Mighty Frost Protection Potion Icon Recipe: Mighty Frost Protection Potion Damned Apothecary in Icecrown
Recipe: Mighty Nature Protection Potion Icon Recipe: Mighty Nature Protection Potion Cult Alchemist in Icecrown
Recipe: Mighty Shadow Protection Potion Icon Recipe: Mighty Shadow Protection Potion Cultist Shard Watcher in Icecrown

Other Professions

Alchemy is just one of the many professions you may choose to level in Wrath of the Lich King Classic. To learn more about the other options available, we recommend checking out our overviews of all professions and their unique bonuses below.



  • 09 Oct. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 4
  • 07 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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