Professions

Professions provide another way to customize your character, adding to the richness of the WoW experience. Exploited properly, they also add to the richness of your character, since professions can produce money-making goods and services.

Secondary skills are unlimited. At the current time, there are four secondary skills, and characters may take them all. The secondary skills are archaeology, cooking, first aid, and fishing. Riding is also classed as a secondary skill and allows use of mounts to speed your character's travel time.

Primary professions include production and gathering skills. Production skills (sometimes called crafting skills) create or modify items. Gathering skills provide raw materials to support production skills. Characters may have a total of two primary skills. Production skills include alchemy, blacksmithing, enchanting, engineering, inscription, jewelcrafting, leatherworking, and tailoring. Gathering skills include herbalism, mining, and skinning.

Learning Skills

Trainers in the major cities and most new character starting areas can start you on your way. Ask any guard in the starting areas or capital cities, and they will be happy to direct you to the nearest profession trainer.

Skill Level Skill Range Min Char Level
(Production/Gathering/Archaeology)
Cost (Primary) Cost (Secondary) Cost (Archaeology)
Apprentice1-755/1/20*10 cp1 sp10 sp
Journeyman76-15010/1/205 sp5 sp10 sp
Expert151-22520/10/2050 sp1 gp10 sp
Artisan226-30035/25/355 gp2.5 gp2.5 gp
Master301-37550/40/50**10 gp10 gp10 gp
Grand Master376-45060/55/65***35 gp35 gp****15 gp
Illustrious Grand Master451-52570/60/7550 gp50 gp25 gp
* Gathering professions do not have a level requirement for Apprentice or Journeyman. Fishing requires character to be L5 to train for Apprentice, L10 to train for Journeyman or later. First Aid requires L35 to train for Artisan but have no other level restriction. Cooking has no level restrictions at all.
** Note that Fishing has a requirement of L45 (and 275 skill) and Cooking and First Aid have no level requirement but need 300 skill.
***Grand Master Inscription requires L65.
****Grand Master First Aid requires 50g.

Note that primary gathering skills have no character level requirement, so you can reach Artisan Skinning (for instance) before making L35.

Normally, you may train for the next level when within 25 levels of the top (so at 125 skill level, you may train for Expert skill). Gnomes have a special knack for engineering and can exceed the top of the range by 15 levels - so a gnome Expert engineer can have skill up to level 240 and an gnome Artisan engineer maxes out at 315. Tauren have a similar gift for Herbalism, Worgen for Skinning, Dwarves for Archaeology, the Blood Elves for Enchanting, and the Draenei for Jewelcrafting.

Some crafting professions have either specialty trainers or skill specialization that provide recipes that regular trainers do not have. Tailors, for instance, have Shadoweave trainers who train in the creation of Shadoweave garments. Engineers may choose to specialize in either Gnomish or Goblin engineering, with a different selection of recipes depending on their choice. Skill specialization is limited - you can only choose one specialty at a time. Changing specialization is difficult, and you lose access to recipes that belong to the specialty you're abandoning. For many of the specialties, there are sets of Bind on Pickup items which require that specialty to equip/use.

Unlearning Skills

If you want to learn a new primary skill and you already have two, you must unlearn one to free up a slot. Open the character view and select the skills tab. Browse to the skill you want to unlearn and click on it. In the bottom pane of the skill view, you will see a bar indicating the skill level for that skill. Next to the bar will be a small red button. Click on the button to unlearn the skill and free up the slot.

Random Enchantments

Several crafted items (Wild Leather items, Green Lens, etc.) are listed as having a "Random Enchantment." When crafted, the name of the item will have a "of the..." added which indicates the type of enchantment. These enchantments add to character stats or to spell damage. An enchantment that adds to a single stat (e.g., "of Agility") usually adds about 1.5x the points of one that adds to two stats. Some of the possible enchantments are:

Enchantment Affected Stats
of the Bear Stamina and Strengh
of the Boar Spirit and Strength
of the Eagle Intellect and Stamina
of the Falcon Agility and Intellect
of the Gorilla Intellect and Strength
of the Monkey Agility and Stamina
of the Owl Intellect and Spirit
of the Tiger Agility and Strength
of the Whale Spirit and Stamina
of the Wolf Agility and Spirit
Enchantment Affected Stats
of Arcane Wrath Arcane Spell Damage
of Concentration Mana Regeneration
of Eluding Dodge Rating
of Fiery Wrath Fire Spell Damage
of Frozen Wrath Frost Spell Damage
of Power Attack Power

Professions and Reputation

Many high-end recipes are not available as drops - they may only be purchased from vendors of other factions. In most cases, it is necessary to gain reputation with the other factions in order to purchase these because they are Bind on Pickup and won't show up at the AH. The following is a chart of which factions should be targeted for each profession.

Friendly Honored Revered Exalted
Faction Alchemy Blacksmithing Enchanting Jewelcrafting Leatherworking Tailoring
Azeroth Factions
Argent Dawn (275) Transmute: Air to Fire
(290) Girdle of the Dawn
(300) Gloves of the Dawn
(300) Icebane Bracers
(300) Icebane Gauntlets
(300) Icebane Breastplate
(290) Enchant Bracer - Mana Regeneration
(300) Enchant Bracer - Healing Power
(290) Dawn Treaders
(300) Golden Mantle of the Dawn
(300) Icy Scale Bracers
(300) Icy Scale Gauntlets
(300) Polar Bracers
(300) Polar Gloves
(300) Icy Scale Breastplate
(300) Polar Tunic
(290) Argent Boots
(300) Argent Shoulders
(300) Glacial Gloves
(300) Glacial Wrists
(300) Glacial Cloak
(300) Glacial Vest
Cenarion Circle (300) Heavy Obsidian Belt
(300) Ironvine Belt
(300) Ironvine Gloves
(300) Light Obsidian Belt
(300) Ironvine Breastplate
(300) Jagged Obsidian Shield
(300) Obsidian Mail Tunic
(300) Enchant Cloak - Greater Fire Resistance
(300) Enchant Cloak - Greater Nature Resistance
(300) Bramblewood Belt
(300) Sandstalker Bracers
(300) Spitfire Bracers
(300) Bramblewood Boots
(300) Sandstalker Gauntlets
(300) Spitfire Gauntlets
(300) Bramblewood Helm
(300) Sandstalker Breastplate
(300) Spitfire Breastplate
(300) Dreamscale Breastplate
(275) Cenarion Herb Bag
(300) Sylvan Shoulders
(300) Sylvan Crown
(300) Gaea's Embrace
(300) Satchel of Cenarius
(300) Sylvan Vest
Thorium Brotherhood (300) Transmute: Elemental Fire
(295) Dark Iron Bracers
(295) Fiery Chain Girdle
(300) Dark Iron Destroyer
(300) Dark Iron Helm
(300) Dark Iron Reaver
(300) Black Amnesty
(300) Blackfury
(300) Dark Iron Gauntlets
(300) Dark Iron Leggings
(300) Fiery Chain Shoulders
(300) Blackguard
(300) Dark Iron Boots
(300) Ebon Hand
(300) Nightfall
(290) Enchant Weapon - Strength
(300) Enchant Weapon - Mighty Spirit
(300) Enchant Weapon - Mighty Intellect
(295) Corehound Boots
(300) Molten Helm
(300) Black Dragonscale Boots
(300) Lava Belt
(300) Chromatic Gauntlets
(300) Corehound Belt
(300) Molten Belt
(300) Flarecore Gloves
(300) Flarecore Mantle
(300) Flarecore Robe
(300) Flarecore Leggings
Timbermaw Hold (275) Transmute: Earth to Water
(290) Heavy Timbermaw Belt
(300) Heavy Timbermaw Boots
(290) Enchant 2H Weapon - Agility
(290) Enchant Weapon - Agility
(285) Warbear Woolies
(275) Warbear Harness
(290) Might of the Timbermaw
(300) Timbermaw Brawlers
(290) Wisdom of the Timbermaw
(300) Mantle of the Timbermaw
Zandalar Tribe (275) Greater Dreamless Sleep Potion
(290) Mighty Troll's Blood Elixir
(275) Mageblood Elixir
(285) Living Action Potion
(300) Bloodsoul Gauntlets
(300) Darksoul Shoulders
(300) Bloodsoul Shoulders
(300) Darksoul Leggings
(300) Bloodsoul Breastplate
(300) Darksoul Breastplate
(300) Brilliant Mana Oil
(300) Brilliant Wizard Oil
(300) Primal Batskin Bracers
(300) Blood Tiger Shoulders
(300) Primal Batskin Gloves
(300) Blood Tiger Breastplate
(300) Primal Batskin Jerkin
(300) Bloodvine Boots
(300) Bloodvine Leggings
(300) Bloodvine Vest
Azeroth/BC Factions
Keepers of Time (300) Flask of Supreme Power
(360) Enchant Gloves - Major Spellpower
(360) Enchant Ring - Spellpower
(300) Enchant Gloves - Superior Agility
(360) Facet of Eternity
(365) Enigmatic Skyfire Diamond
(360) Pendant of Frozen Flame
(360) Stone of Blades
(370) Figurine - Living Ruby Serpent
(370) Drums of Panic
The Scale of the Sands (375) Bold Crimson Spinel
(375) Bright Crimson Spinel
(375) Brilliant Lionseye
(375) Delicate Crimson Spinel
(375) Gleaming Lionseye
(375) Lustrous Empyrean Sapphire
(375) Runed Crimson Spinel
(375) Smooth Lionseye
(375) Solid Empyrean Sapphire
(375) Sparkling Empyrean Sapphire
(375) Subtle Crimson Spinel
(375) Teardrop Crimson Spinel
(375) Thick Lionseye
(375) Balanced Shadowsong Amethyst
(375) Dazzling Seaspray Emerald
(375) Glinting Pyrestone
(375) Glowing Shadowsong Amethyst
(375) Infused Shadowsong Amethyst
(375) Jagged Seaspray Emerald
(375) Luminous Pyrestone
(375) Potent Pyrestone
(375) Radiant Seaspray Emerald
(375) Enduring Seaspray Emerald
(375) Forceful Seaspray Emerald
(375) Quick Lionseye
(375) Reckless Pyrestone
(375) Rigid Lionseye
(375) Royal Shadowsong Amethyst
(375) Steady Seaspray Emerald
(375) Wicked Pyrestone
(350) Forceful Talasite
(350) Quick Dawnstone
(350) Reckless Noble Topaz
(375) Flashing Crimson Spinel
(375) Great Lionseye
(375) Inscribed Pyrestone
(375) Mystic Lionseye
(375) Purified Shadowsong Amethyst
(375) Shifting Shadowsong Amethyst
(375) Sovereign Shadowsong Amethyst
(375) Stormy Empyrean Sapphire
(375) Veiled Pyrestone
The Violet Eye (375) Flask of Chromatic Wonder
(375) Iceguard Breastplate
(375) Iceguard Helm
(375) Iceguard Leggings
(350) Enchant Weapon - Greater Agility
(375) The Frozen Eye
(365) Shadowprowler's Chestguard
(360) Cloak of Darkness
Outland Factions
Ashtongue Deathsworn (375) Shadesteel Bracers
(375) Shadesteel Girdle
(375) Shadesteel Greaves
(375) Shadesteel Sabots
(375) Boots of Shackled Souls
(375) Bracers of Shackled Souls
(375) Redeemed Soul Cinch
(375) Redeemed Soul Legguards
(375) Greaves of Shackled Souls
(375) Redeemed Soul Mocassins
(375) Redeemed Soul Wristguards
(375) Waistguard of Shackled Souls
(375) Soulguard Bracers
(375) Soulguard Girdle
(375) Night's End
(375) Soulguard Leggings
(375) Soulguard Slippers
Cenarion Expedition (320) Earthen Elixir
(350) Transmute: Earthstorm Diamond
(350) Transmute: Primal Water to Air
(300) Flask of Distilled Wisdom
(360) Major Nature Protection Potion
(350) Adamantite Sharpening Stone
(350) Adamantite Weightstone
(350) Greater Rune of Warding
(375) Wildguard Helm
(375) Wildguard Leggings
(375) Wildguard Breastplate
(360) Enchant Gloves - Precise Strikes
(300) Enchant Cloak - Stealth
(370) Figurine - Nightseye Panther
(375) The Natural Ward
(355) Heavy Clefthoof Boots
(335) Clefthide Leg Armor
(355) Heavy Clefthoof Leggings
(360) Heavy Clefthoof Vest
(365) Nethercleft Leg Armor
(325) Heavy Netherweave Net
The Consortium (325) Enchant Cloak - Spell Penetration
(340) Enchant Weapon - Major Striking
(360) Enchant Ring - Striking
(305) Luminous Flame Spessarite
(315) Shifting Shadow Draenite
(315) Thick Golden Draenite
(325) Delicate Blood Garnet
(325) Lustrous Azure Moonstone
(365) Powerful Earthstorm Diamond
(365) Swift Skyfire Diamond
(360) Crimson Sun
(360) Don Julio's Heart
(360) Pendant of the Null Rune
(365) Bracing Earthstorm Diamond
(365) Relentless Earthstorm Diamond
(340) Fel Leather Gloves
(350) Fel Leather Boots
(350) Fel Leather Leggings
(340) Bag of Jewels
Honor Hold (330) Elixir of Major Agility
(350) Transmute: Skyfire Diamond
(360) Felsteel Shield Spike
(325) Enchant Bracer - Superior Healing
(345) Enchant Chest - Exceptional Stats
(300) Enchant Cloak - Subtlety
(315) Enduring Deep Peridot
(370) Figurine - Dawnstone Crab
(350) Felstalker Belt
(335) Cobrahide Leg Armor
(360) Felstalker Bracer
(360) Felstalker Breastplate
(350) Netherscale Ammo Pouch
(365) Nethercobra Leg Armor
Kurenai (350) Transmute: Primal Fire to Earth
(340) Netherfury Belt
(325) Reinforced Mining Bag
(340) Netherfury Leggings
(345) Drums of Speed
(350) Drums of Restoration
(350) Netherfury Boots
The Mag'har (350) Transmute: Primal Fire to Earth
(340) Netherfury Belt
(325) Reinforced Mining Bag
(340) Netherfury Leggings
(345) Drums of Speed
(350) Drums of Restoration
(350) Netherfury Boots
Sporregar (350) Transmute: Primal Earth to Water
(335) Shrouding Potion
(375) Mycah's Botanical Bag
Thrallmar (330) Elixir of Major Agility
(350) Transmute: Skyfire Diamond
(360) Felsteel Shield Spike
(325) Enchant Bracer - Superior Healing
(345) Enchant Chest - Exceptional Stats
(300) Enchant Cloak - Subtlety
(315) Enduring Deep Peridot
(370) Figurine - Dawnstone Crab
(350) Felstalker Belt
(335) Cobrahide Leg Armor
(360) Felstalker Bracer
(360) Felstalker Breastplate
(350) Netherscale Ammo Pouch
(365) Nethercobra Leg Armor
Shattrath City Factions
The Aldor (350) Flamebane Bracers
(360) Flamebane Gloves
(365) Flamebane Breastplate
(355) Flamebane Helm
(305) Gleaming Golden Draenite
(305) Royal Shadow Draenite
(360) Pendant of Shadow's End
(350) Blastguard Belt
(350) Flamescale Belt
(325) Vindicator's Armor Kit
(350) Blastguard Boots
(350) Flamescale Boots
(350) Blastguard Pants
(350) Flamescale Leggings
(350) Flameheart Bracers
(335) Silver Spellthread
(360) Flameheart Gloves
(370) Flameheart Vest
(375) Golden Spellthread
Lower City (350) Elixir of Major Shadow Power
(300) Flask of Chromatic Resistance
(375) Enchant Ring - Stats
(300) Enchant Cloak - Dodge
(325) Potent Flame Spessarite
(360) Falling Star
(360) Pendant of Thawing
(370) Figurine - Felsteel Boar
(350) Quiver of a Thousand Feathers
(350) Cloak of Arcane Evasion
The Scryers (345) Elixir of Major Firepower
(355) Enchanted Adamantite Belt
(355) Enchanted Adamantite Boots
(360) Enchanted Adamantite Breastplate
(365) Enchanted Adamantite Leggings
(315) Runed Blood Garnet
(325) Dazzling Deep Peridot
(360) Pendant of Withering
(350) Enchanted Clefthoof Boots
(350) Enchanted Felscale Gloves
(325) Magister's Armor Kit
(350) Enchanted Clefthoof Gloves
(350) Enchanted Felscale Boots
(350) Enchanted Clefthoof Leggings
(350) Enchanted Felscale Leggings
(335) Mystic Spellthread
(375) Runic Spellthread
The Sha'tar (350) Alchemist's Stone
(350) Transmute: Primal Air to Fire
(300) Flask of the Titans
(350) Enchant Gloves - Major Healing
(350) Enchant Weapon - Major Healing
(370) Enchant Ring - Healing Power
(300) Enchant Gloves - Threat
(365) Insightful Earthstorm Diamond
(360) Kailee's Rose
(360) Ring of Arcane Shielding
(360) Blood of Amber
(370) Figurine - Talasite Owl
(365) Drums of Battle
Shattered Sun Offensive (375) Assassin's Alchemist Stone
(375) Guardian's Alchemist Stone
(375) Redeemer's Alchemist Stone
(375) Sorcerer's Alchemist Stone
(360) Enchant Chest - Defense
(375) Void Shatter
(375) Bold Crimson Spinel
(375) Bright Crimson Spinel
(375) Brilliant Lionseye
(375) Delicate Crimson Spinel
(375) Gleaming Lionseye
(375) Lustrous Empyrean Sapphire
(375) Runed Crimson Spinel
(375) Smooth Lionseye
(375) Solid Empyrean Sapphire
(375) Sparkling Empyrean Sapphire
(375) Subtle Crimson Spinel
(375) Teardrop Crimson Spinel
(375) Thick Lionseye
(375) Balanced Shadowsong Amethyst
(375) Dazzling Seaspray Emerald
(375) Glinting Pyrestone
(375) Glowing Shadowsong Amethyst
(375) Infused Shadowsong Amethyst
(375) Jagged Seaspray Emerald
(375) Luminous Pyrestone
(375) Potent Pyrestone
(375) Radiant Seaspray Emerald
(350) Regal Nightseye
(370) Ember Skyfire Diamond
(370) Eternal Earthstorm Diamond
(375) Enduring Seaspray Emerald
(375) Figurine - Crimson Serpent
(375) Figurine - Empyrean Tortoise
(375) Figurine - Khorium Boar
(375) Figurine - Seaspray Albatross
(375) Figurine - Shadowsong Panther
(375) Forceful Seaspray Emerald
(375) Quick Lionseye
(375) Reckless Pyrestone
(375) Rigid Lionseye
(375) Royal Shadowsong Amethyst
(375) Steady Seaspray Emerald
(375) Wicked Pyrestone
(350) Forceful Talasite
(350) Quick Dawnstone
(350) Reckless Noble Topaz
(375) Flashing Crimson Spinel
(375) Great Lionseye
(375) Inscribed Pyrestone
(375) Mystic Lionseye
(375) Purified Shadowsong Amethyst
(375) Shifting Shadowsong Amethyst
(375) Sovereign Shadowsong Amethyst
(375) Stormy Empyrean Sapphire
(375) Veiled Pyrestone
Northrend Factions
Argent Crusade (390) Guardian's Twilight Opal
(430) Brilliant Spellthread
The Ashen Verdict (450) Boots of Kingly Upheaval
(450) Hellfrozen Bonegrinders
(450) Protectors of Life
(450) Legplates of Painful Death
(450) Pillars of Might
(450) Puresteel Legplates
(450) Blessed Cenarion Boots
(450) Earthsoul Boots
(450) Footpads of Impending Death
(450) Rock-Steady Treads
(450) Bladeborn Leggings
(450) Draconic Bonesplinter Legguards
(450) Legwraps of Unleashed Nature
(450) Lightning-Infused Leggings
(450) Deathfrost Boots
(450) Sandals of Consecration
(450) Leggings of Woven Death
(450) Lightweave Leggings
Knights of the Ebon Blade (350) Deadly Huge Citrine
(390) Wicked Monarch Topaz
(390) Glowing Twilight Opal
(415) Nerubian Reinforced Quiver
(435) Abyssal Bag
Frenzyheart Tribe (350) Reckless Huge Citrine
(390) Jagged Forest Emerald
The Sons of Hodir (390) Smooth Autumn's Glow
(415) Mammoth Mining Bag
(445) Glacial Bag
Horde Expedition (450) Titanium Plating
Kalu'ak (350) Seer's Dark Jade
(350) Defender's Shadow Crystal
(415) Dragonscale Ammo Pouch
(415) Trapper's Traveling Pack
(435) Emerald Bag
Kirin Tor (390) Runed Scarlet Ruby
(430) Sapphire Spellthread
The Oracles (350) Vivid Dark Jade
(390) Sundered Forest Emerald
Alliance Vanguard (450) Titanium Plating
The Wyrmrest Accord (390) Glimmering Monarch Topaz
(440) Mysterious Bag
Faction Engineering First Aid
Argent Dawn (300) Powerful Anti-Venom
Zandalar Tribe (300) Bloodvine Lens
(300) Bloodvine Goggles
Cenarion Expedition (335) Green Smoke Flare
The Consortium (350) Elemental Seaforium Charge
The Ashen Verdict (450) Iceblade Arrow
(450) Shatter Rounds
Horde Expedition (450) Mechano-hog
Alliance Vanguard (450) Mekgineer's Chopper