WotLK Classic Herbalism Profession and Leveling 1-450 Guide

Last updated on Jan 01, 2024 at 23:12 by Abide 1 comment

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 with 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 IconFind 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 IconFlight Form and Swift Flight Form IconSwift Flight Form, saving them the time of having to mount up after gathering each individual herb.


How to Gather Plants in Wrath of the Lich King

When Herbalism is learned as a profession, you will also learn a skill called Find Herbs IconFind 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.

Training Herbalism in Wrath of the Lich King


Apprentice & Artisan

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.



To train past 300 skill level, you need to speak with a Master Herbalism trainer in either Outland or Northrend. This will allow you to train up to level 375 Herbalism.


Grand Master

To learn Herbalism past 375 skill level you must travel to Northrend and talk with a Grand Master Herbalism trainer found below. This will allow you to max your Herbalism skill out at 450.








Leveling Herbalism in Azeroth (1-300)


Skill Ups 1-50

To start off you will be gathering Silverleaf Icon Silverleaf and Peacebloom Icon Peacebloom in the low-level starting areas. At 15 you can begin to gather Earthroot Icon Earthroot to help speed up the process.

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.


Skill Ups 50-70

To quickly get through these skill levels, focus mostly on Earthroot Icon Earthroot and Mageroyal Icon Mageroyal as they remain the highest chance to grant a skill increase.


Skill Ups 70-100

Here players will continue their earlier pathing and continue to gather Earthroot Icon Earthroot and Mageroyal Icon Mageroyal. Now you should also prioritize gathering Briarthorn Icon Briarthorn as it offers a guaranteed skill-up.


Skill Ups 100-115

You will want to head into higher-level zones here and keep an eye out for Bruiseweed Icon Bruiseweed while still gathering any herbs that offer a skill increase.


Skill Ups 115-125

You can now gather even more herbs in the area, speeding up this section of leveling.

After you reach 125 Skill in Herbalism, head to your nearest trainer and learn Expert Herbalism.


Skill Ups 125-160

You can now gather the higher-level herbs in the area, helping you level much faster. Keep gathering any herb that has a chance at giving you a skill increase.


Skill Ups 160-205

You 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.

Before heading into the next section of herbs, head to your nearest city and train Artisan Herbalism, allowing you to progress all the way to 300 Herbalism.


Skill Ups 205-230

Here we recommend heading into Tanaris as you can get multiple different herbs to skill-up with at the same time.


Skill Ups 230-300

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:


Azeroth Herbs Information

Herb Node Skill Level Possible Loot Zones
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Peacebloom Icon Peacebloom 1 25 50 100 1-3 Peacebloom Icon Peacebloom Low-level zones
Silverleaf Icon Silverleaf 1 25 50 100 1-3 Silverleaf Icon Silverleaf Low-level zones near trees
Earthroot Icon Earthroot 15 40 65 115 1-3 Earthroot Icon Earthroot Low-level zones near mountains
Mageroyal Icon Mageroyal 50 75 100 150 Low- to mid-level zones
Briarthorn Icon Briarthorn 70 95 120 170 Low- to mid-level zones near trees
Stranglekelp Icon Stranglekelp 85 110 135 185 1-3 Stranglekelp Icon Stranglekelp All coastal areas and deeper inland waters
Bruiseweed Icon Bruiseweed 100 125 150 200 1-3 Bruiseweed Icon Bruiseweed Low- to mid-level zones near houses
Wild Steelbloom Icon Wild Steelbloom 115 140 165 215 1-3 Wild Steelbloom Icon Wild Steelbloom Low- to mid-level zones
Grave Moss Icon Grave Moss 120 145 170 220 1-3 Grave Moss Icon Grave Moss Low- to mid-level zones in graveyards
Kingsblood Icon Kingsblood 125 150 175 225 1-3 Kingsblood Icon Kingsblood Mid-level zones
Liferoot Icon Liferoot 150 175 200 250 1-3 Liferoot Icon Liferoot Mid-level zones near riverbanks
Fadeleaf Icon Fadeleaf 160 185 210 260 1-3 Fadeleaf Icon Fadeleaf Mid-level zones
Goldthorn Icon Goldthorn 170 195 220 270 1-3 Goldthorn Icon Goldthorn Mid-level zones
Khadgar's Whisker Icon Khadgar's Whisker 185 210 235 285 1-3 Khadgar's Whisker Icon Khadgar's Whisker Mid-level zones
Wintersbite Icon Wintersbite 195 220 245 295 1-3 Wintersbite Icon Wintersbite Alterac Mountains
Firebloom Icon Firebloom 205 230 255 305 1-3 Firebloom Icon Firebloom
  • Badlands
  • Tanaris
  • Searing Gorge
  • Blasted Lands
Purple Lotus Icon Purple Lotus 210 235 260 310 Mid- to high-level zones near ruins
Arthas' Tears Icon Arthas' Tears 220 245 270 320 1-3 Arthas' Tears Icon Arthas' Tears
  • Western Plaguelands
  • Eastern Plaguelands
  • Felwood
Sungrass Icon Sungrass 230 255 280 330 1-3 Sungrass Icon Sungrass High-level zones
Blindweed Icon Blindweed 235 260 285 335 1-3 Blindweed Icon Blindweed Mostly in Swamp of Sorrows
Ghost Mushroom Icon Ghost Mushroom 245 270 295 345 1-3 Ghost Mushroom Icon Ghost Mushroom Most high-level cave areas
Gromsblood Icon Gromsblood 250 275 300 350 1-3 Gromsblood Icon Gromsblood
  • Felwood
  • Blasted Lands
  • Desolace
  • Ashenvale
Golden Sansam Icon Golden Sansam 260 285 310 360 1-3 Golden Sansam Icon Golden Sansam High-level zones
Dreamfoil Icon Dreamfoil 270 295 320 370 1-3 Dreamfoil Icon Dreamfoil High-level zones
Mountain Silversage Icon Mountain Silversage 280 305 330 380 1-3 Mountain Silversage Icon Mountain Silversage High-level zones
Plaguebloom Icon Plaguebloom 285 310 335 385 1-3 Plaguebloom Icon Plaguebloom
  • Eastern Plaguelands
  • Western Plaguelands
  • Felwood
Icecap Icon Icecap 290 315 340 390 1-3 Icecap Icon Icecap Winterspring
Black Lotus Icon Black Lotus 300 325 350 400 1 Black Lotus Icon Black Lotus
  • Very Rarely in Winterspring
  • Very Rarely in Eastern Plaguelands
  • Very Rarely in Burning Steppes
  • Very Rarely in Silithus

Leveling Herbalism in Outland (300-375)


Skill Ups 300-325

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:


Skill Ups 325-350

For these next 25 skill levels Terokkar Forest fits your needs, offering multiple herbs with guaranteed skill increases.


Skill Ups 350-375

For the final 25 skill levels we recommend gathering in Netherstorm, but you can easily reach the cap in any zone you wish.


Outland Herbs Information

Herb Node Skill Level Possible Loot Zones
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Felweed Icon Felweed 300 325 350 400 All Outland Zones
Dreaming Glory Icon Dreaming Glory 315 340 365 415 All Outland Zones
Ragveil Icon Ragveil 325 350 375 425 Zangarmarsh
Terocone Icon Terocone 325 350 375 425
  • Shadowmoon Valley
  • Terokkar Forest
Flame Cap Icon Flame Cap 335 360 385 435 Zangarmarsh
Ancient Lichen Icon Ancient Lichen 340 365 390 440
  • Auchindoun Dungeons
  • Coilfang Reservoir dungeons
Netherbloom Icon Netherbloom 350 375 400 450 Netherstorm
Nightmare Vine Icon Nightmare Vine 365 390 415 465
  • Shadowmoon Valley
  • Throne of Kil'jaeden in Hellfire Peninsula
Mana Thistle Icon Mana Thistle 375 400 425 475 Level 70 areas of Outland.

Leveling Herbalism in Northrend (350-450)

Be sure to head to a Grand Master Herbalism trainer in Northrend as shown above to unlock Grand Master Herbalism, allowing you to max out your Herbalism at 450 skill level.


Skill Ups 350-400

Borean Tundra is a decent zone for herbing as it has 3 different plants to pick from and flat, open ground, allowing you to quickly travel from herb to herb. If you are having trouble getting the last few skill-ups in this zone, head to Grizzly Hills at 375 instead.


Skill Ups 400-450

Sholazar Basin is one of the best zones for picking herbs in all of WotLK. You can easily get your last 50 skill points here as there is an overabundance of herbs to find.


Northrend Herbs Information

Herb Node Skill Level Possible Loot Zones
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Goldclover 350 375 400 450
  • Borean Tundra
  • Howling Fjord
  • Dragonblight
  • Grizzly Hills
  • Sholazar Basin
Firethorn 360 385 410 460 Borean Tundra
Tiger Lily 375 400 425 475
  • Borean Tundra
  • Sholazar Basin
  • Howling Fjord
  • Grizzly Hills
Talandra's Rose 385 410 435 485 Zul'Drak
Adder's Tongue 400 425 450 500 Sholazar Basin
Frozen Herb 400 425 450 500
  • Dragonblight
  • Wintergrasp
  • Zul'Drak
Lichbloom 425 450 475 525
  • Storm Peaks
  • Icecrown
  • Wintergrasp
Icethorn 435 460 485 535
  • Storm Peaks
  • Icecrown
  • Wintergrasp
Frost Lotus 450 475 500 550 Wintergrasp

Noteworthy Herbs in Wrath of the Lich King

Below you will find some of the most commonly used herbs in Wrath of the Lich King. These herbs will be constantly in-demand as they are needed to make end-game consumables for raiding content.

  • Goldclover Icon Goldclover — Needed to make many different flasks, potions, and elixirs.
  • Lichbloom Icon Lichbloom — Needed to make most flasks and some very commonly-used potions.
  • Frost Lotus Icon Frost Lotus — Needed to make all flasks in WotLK.
  • Crystallized Life Icon Crystallized Life — Used in multiple different gear crafts, consumables, and enchants.

Herbalism Unique Spell in Wrath of the Lich King

Herbalism provides access to a unique, personal spell Lifeblood IconLifeblood. The healing of this spell scales with your Herbalism skill and maximum health, offering you a moderate heal-over-time.

Buff Skill Required Details
Lifeblood IconLifeblood (Rank 1) 75 Heals you for 300 over 5 seconds.
Lifeblood IconLifeblood (Rank 2) 150 Heals you for 480 over 5 seconds.
Lifeblood IconLifeblood (Rank 3) 225 Heals you for 720 over 5 seconds.
Lifeblood IconLifeblood (Rank 4) 300 Heals you for 900 over 5 seconds.
Lifeblood IconLifeblood (Rank 5) 375 Heals you for 1,200 over 5 seconds.
Lifeblood IconLifeblood (Rank 6) 450 Heals you for 3,600 over 5 seconds.

Other Professions

Herbalism 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.



  • 01 Jan. 2024: Updated for Phase 5.
  • 03 Oct. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 4 release.
  • 23 Jun. 2023: Guide updated for Phase 3.
  • 13 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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