WotLK Classic Herbalism Profession and Leveling 1-450 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
- Kirea Moondancer in Borean Tundra;
- Fayin Whisperleaf in Howling Fjord.
- Tansy Wildmane in Borean Tundra;
- Marjory Kains in Howling Fjord.
- Dorothy Egan in Dalaran City.
Leveling Herbalism in Azeroth (1-300)
Skill Ups 1-50
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.
Skill Ups 50-70
To quickly get through these skill levels, focus mostly on Earthroot and 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 and Mageroyal. Now you should also prioritize gathering Briarthorn as it offers a guaranteed skill-up.
- 70-100 — Briarthorn
Skill Ups 100-115
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
Skill Ups 115-125
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.
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.
- 125-160 — Kingsblood
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.
- 160-185 — Fadeleaf
- 185-205 — Khadgar's Whisker
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.
- 205-230 — Firebloom
- 210-235 — Purple Lotus
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:
- 220-300 — Arthas' Tears
- 230-300 — Sungrass
- 250-300 — Gromsblood
- 260-300 — Golden Sansam
- 270-300 — Dreamfoil
- 280-300 — Mountain Silversage
- 285-300 — Plaguebloom
Azeroth Herbs Information
|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||
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:
- 300-325 — Blindweed
- 300-325 — Golden Sansam
- 300-325 — Dreamfoil
- 300-325 — Mountain Silversage
- 300-325 — Felweed
- 315-325 — Dreaming Glory
Skill Ups 325-350
For these next 25 skill levels Terokkar Forest fits your needs, offering multiple herbs with guaranteed skill increases.
- 300-350 — Felweed
- 315-350 — Dreaming Glory
- 325-350 — Terocone
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.
- 300-375 — Felweed
- 315-375 — Dreaming Glory
- 350-375 — Netherbloom
Outland Herbs Information
|Herb Node||Skill Level||Possible Loot||Zones|
||All Outland Zones|
||All Outland Zones|
||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.
- 350-400 — Goldclover
- 360-410 — Firethorn
- 375-425 — Tiger Lily
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.
- 400-450 — Goldclover
- 400-450 — Tiger Lily
- 400-450 — Adder's Tongue
Northrend Herbs Information
|Herb Node||Skill Level||Possible Loot||Zones|
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 — Needed to make many different flasks, potions, and elixirs.
- Lichbloom — Needed to make most flasks and some very commonly-used potions.
- Frost Lotus — Needed to make all flasks in WotLK.
- 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. The healing of this spell scales with your Herbalism skill and maximum health, offering you a moderate heal-over-time.
|Lifeblood (Rank 1)||75||Heals you for 300 over 5 seconds.|
|Lifeblood (Rank 2)||150||Heals you for 480 over 5 seconds.|
|Lifeblood (Rank 3)||225||Heals you for 720 over 5 seconds.|
|Lifeblood (Rank 4)||300||Heals you for 900 over 5 seconds.|
|Lifeblood (Rank 5)||375||Heals you for 1,200 over 5 seconds.|
|Lifeblood (Rank 6)||450||Heals you for 3,600 over 5 seconds.|
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.
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