WotLK Classic Profession Guides
Professions allow players to gather items from the world and use them to create items and gear that can either be used by the player or traded to others.
In Wrath of the Lich King, there are 11 primary professions and 3 secondary professions.
Professions allow players to gather items from the world and use them to create items and gear that they can use or can be traded or sold to other players.
In Wrath of the Lich King there are 11 primary professions and 3 secondary professions. Inscription was added with the release of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, allowing players to craft plenty of items that could only be obtained as drops before, and to craft new glyph consumables.
In addition to their main roles, each profession offers a unique bonus that enhances your character's power, be it through additional abilities or profession-exclusive effects. You can learn more about each of these bonuses in our guide below.
Leveling Professions in Wrath of the Lich King
To level your professions you will be required to partake in whatever activity is associated with your profession; If you want to level your Herbalism you must pick herbs, if you want to level Jewelcrafting you must craft gems or pieces of gear, and so on.
As your skill level increases, the rate at which you can level up changes depending on the activity chosen. For any professions that use recipes of any kind, the recipes will be displayed in the profession window with a color that corresponds with your skill level. As you increase your skill level, lower level recipes will change color from Orange to Yellow to Green and, eventually, to Grey.
- Orange recipes will always grant a skill up when crafted unless you are at the maximum skill allowed for your level bracket or profession training level.
- Yellow recipes will typically give you a skill level when crafted, but there is a chance that it will not.
- Green recipes will usually not give you a skill level when crafted so unless the recipe you are crafting is exceptionally cheap it is typically not worth crafting these if your intention is to level your profession skill.
- Grey recipes are too low of level and cannot grant skill ups.
The color of recipes will change as your profession skill rises so be careful of crafting too many of the same recipe if your intention is to level your profession as they will likely change color after several crafts.
For gathering professions you will see the color displayed on the tooltip of the node/mob that you wish to gather from. If it is Red then your skill level is too low and you will not be able to harvest from it.
Types of Professions in Wrath of the Lich King
There are multiple ways to categorize professions for Wrath of the Lich King.
- Gathering professions — These professions are mainly used to gather in the open world and are often used as reagents for other professions.
- Crafting professions — Using the materials used by gathering professions or drops throughout the world you can create powerful equippable gear, consumables, or items for yourself or other players.
- Secondary professions — there is no restriction on which secondary professions you can learn. You can learn all three.
Listed below we have sorted professions into their assigned categories, based on their status as primary or secondary professions and their utilization in game.
Gathering Professions in Wrath of the Lich King
Gathering professions work differently than crafting professions. A gathering profession focuses entirely on collecting materials rather than making items. These professions are typically paired with a crafting profession or used for the express purpose of making gold from selling raw materials.
Herbalism allows players to harvest herbs throughout the world and in dungeons. These herbs are needed by both Alchemy and Inscription as they both use herbs as their main source of materials. Herbs are in constant demand for end-game consumables such as flasks and potions, making Herbalism a great money-making profession.
Jewelcrafting, Blacksmithing, and Engineering are all strong complements to Mining as they will fully utilize the materials you harvest while mining from nodes. Otherwise, Mining can be used as a great source of goldmaking from simply selling to ore or metal bars directly to other players.
WotLK also gives players with Mining a unique buff, Toughness. The stamina granted by this buff will scale depending on your Mining level, giving you more the higher you are. This turns Mining purely from a farming profession into something that offers stats in combat.
Skinning allows players to skin corpses of certain monsters types in the world to obtain leather, hides, scales and plenty of other items. These materials are needed in many end-game item crafts, mostly used by the Leatherworking profession. This makes Skinning a great combo with Leatherworking as the two professions go hand-in-hand together.
WotLK also gives players with Skinning a unique buff, Master of Anatomy. The Critical Strike rating granted by this buff will scale depending on your Skinning level, giving you more the higher you are. This turns Skinning purely from a farming profession into something that offers stats in combat.
Crafting Professions in Wrath of the Lich King
Crafting professions focus on turning raw materials into items, consumables, and gear. Many of these professions are desired in end-game content for the perks they offer, as well as the crafted items they can make. These professions are best paired with a gathering profession to fuel their material needs.
Alchemy allows players to use herbs and various other reagents in specific vials to create a variety of potions, flasks, and other consumables that can be used to bolster your power in combat. In WotLK, Alchemy also grants players Mixology, increasing the stats you gain from flasks and elixirs.
With Blacksmithing, players can craft powerful weapons and armor for Plate wearers (Warriors, Death Knights, and Paladins). In WotLK, Blacksmithing also grants you Socket Bracer and Socket Gloves, allowing you to add up to 2 additional sockets to your powerful end-game gear.
Enchanting allows players to bolster the equipment they already have with powerful enchantments that add stats to specific pieces of gear. Enchanting is unique in that the materials used for it cannot be gathered by traditional means; instead, you get the dust, shards, and crystals that you need by Disenchanting items of Uncommon quality or higher. WotLK also gives Enchanters access to ring enchants that cannot be obtained by any other means.
Enchanting is a strong compliment to any other crafting profession because you are able to Disenchant anything you craft that you may not end up using or needing, effectively recycling the materials into enchanting materials.
While Engineering is a crafting profession, you do not craft in the same way that most other professions do. The vast majority of the items you will be crafting with Engineering are situationally useful gadgets, bombs and explosives for combat, and some fun and cool toys.
Inscription is the newest profession being introduced in WotLK. Inscription uses Milling to grind herbs into inks, using these inks for a wide array of crafts. The main feature of Inscription are the glyphs; a means to enhance some of your most powerful spells to new strengths.
WotLK also gives players with Inscription access to powerful shoulder enchants that can not be obtained in any other manner. These shoulder enchants far exceed the regular enchants that are available to all players, making them a great perk.
Jewelcrafting allows the ability to create Gems that grant stat bonuses in gear that have open sockets. Jewelcrafting can also craft powerful pieces of equipment to fill the Neck, Ring, and Trinket slots.
WotLK gives players with Jewelcrafting access to powerful gems, allowing up to 3 of these unique gems to be socketed into gear. There is a huge selection of gems available, allowing you to pick and choose which stat you want to improve. These gems far exceed the regular gems that are available to all players.
Leatherworking allows players to create powerful Leather and Mail armor as well as item enhancements for specific gear slots that no other profession can offer.
WotLK also gives players with Leatherworking access to powerful bracer enchants. These bracer enchants far exceed the regular enchants that are available to all players, making them a great perk.
Tailoring allows players to create powerful Cloth armor as well as item enhancements for specific gear slots that can other profession can offer. Specializations remain a part of Tailoring in WotLK, but much less important than before. Being a tailor also gives you the Northern Cloth Scavenging perk, allowing you to get additional cloth from humanoids you kill.
WotLK additionally gives players with Tailoring access to powerful cloak enchants. These cloak enchants far exceed the regular enchants that are available to all players, making them a great perk.
Tailoring is almost entirely independent of any other profession as the primary component for most tailoring recipes is cloth which drops from humanoid throughout the world.
Secondary Professions in Wrath of the Lich King
Secondary professions are professions that do not take up one of the two main profession slots, allowing anyone to have them in addition to their two main professions.
Cooking allows you to craft food that can grant many unique and powerful buffs. The reagents required for cooking are typically found from killing mobs so there is no other profession required to effectively level your own cooking, however Fishing is a strong complement as there are some recipes that require reagents that can only be gathered by Fishing.
Fishing allows players to catch fish in waters all over the world, as well as various treasures from wreckage. Some of the fish found through Fishing is needed to make high-end food that is desired for end-game PvE content, giving Fishing a decent potential to make gold. Cooking is a strong complement to Fishing as many of the fish you catch while leveling your Fishing skill will go to waste if not used to level your Cooking at the same time.
First Aid allows for players to craft bandages from cloth, healing a moderate amount of damage over a short, channeled cast. These bandages are great in many different situations, being useful from leveling all the way into end-game PvE and PvP content. Classes without the ability to self-heal will especially find First Aid useful as this profession will allow you to heal yourself very quickly rather than needing to eat food.
- 03 Oct. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 4 release.
- 23 Jun. 2023: Guide updated for Phase 3.
- 13 Sep. 2022: Guide added.
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