Professions 201: A Guide to Collecting Recipes
Finding recipes is the mark of a dedicated collector--beyond dutifully ticking off achievements and diligently doing tasks simply for points. You are solely responsible for setting your collecting pace; the freedom can be frustrating at times, but exhilarating when you've finished a subset of recipes and feel like you've solved part of a large jigsaw puzzle, hunting down recipes from obscure instances and reputations. It's fun to chase down patterns across Azeroth, when so many achievements and quests are now straightforward. Plus, you may even find generous twinks willing to tip hundreds of gold for obscure recipes!
I began to collect recipes seriously during the dog-days of ICC. I rolled a priest to learn inscription techniques and tailoring patterns, as well as a deathknight to learn most blacksmithing. I began to care more about enchanting on my rogue, finished up most engineering schematics on my warlock, and hoped for transmute discoveries again on my alt rogue. For obscure reasons, Jewelcrafting and Leatherworking have never held a particular charm--perhaps it's because I rolled these professions purely for raid benefits and blithely unlearned them to pick up Tailoring and Engineering mounts.
It's been over a year, and I'm still rounding these collections out. I really enjoyed figuring out what Burning Crusade reputations my then-fresh 85 needed to grind out for a pattern, or what vanilla boss needed to be soloed. Since the project has started, there's been raid progression and achievement-hunting taking priority at points, but it's always been fun to return to.
Ackis Recipe List
is a great mod to use to track down all recipes and their methods of acquisition. Our own Wowhead profiler also keeps track of your recipes as well.
In the following tabs, I'll highlight some of the quirky patterns, collection methods, and achievements for each profession. We've recently updated our profession pages to cover the practicalities of each profession, so check back there for the profession trainers and other nuts and bolts!
Getting the basics out of the way first: your character can learn two primary professions at a time. These are:
. Maxing out two primary professions to 525 will grant
. If you've learned a mount, that will remain in your spellbook, but you won't be able to use it. All recipes are forgotten upon dropping a profession.
Alchemists can create numerous potions and elixirs, as well as transmuting elements and gems. There are numerous world drops, recipes from unique vendors, rewards for reputation grinds, as well as
learnt while creating other items.
Discoveries are one way to learn many recipes. In the process of making other items, you'll have a small chance to learn new recipes.
BC-era resistance cauldrons
are discovered through making individual
Major Protection Potions
, which are mostly mob-specific drops.
The remaining BC-era
are discovered through making any type of BC-era item (speculation is that it's been changed so that discoveries favor the type of item you are crafting).
Northrend Alchemy Research
, available at 400 on a 3 day cooldown, has a chance to teach you 13 recipes.
Transmuting Northrend Eternals allows you to discover further
are BoP from specific mobs. The droprates appear lower than expected since it takes into account all the non-Alchemists who have looted this mob and have been unable to see the recipes.
is still a pain to farm because there aren't many mobs;
takes a while to reach in Old Hillsbrad. The rest aren't too bad; farming Outlands heroics or clumps of outdoor mobs shouldn't take very long.
There are vendors all over Azeroth who sell
, some on limited respawns like
New to Cataclysm is
, sometimes found in
, a Tol'vir archaeology solve.
Blacksmiths mainly craft plate armor as well as
s. Collecting Blacksmithing recipes is a difficult process as you will be trying to find plans itemized for tanks, dps,
healers. There used to be crafting specializations (e.g. Weaponsmith, Armorsmith) allowing players to learn a handful of plans--this has been removed but it's still buggy as players can't learn the opposing specialization's patterns. Of course, there's many patterns available via
as well. Blacksmithing is already difficult to level, so good luck if you want to be a completionist!
Besides trainers, a good chunk of
can be gotten by turning in Cata-level bars to Blacksmithing suppliers in major cities.
There's a series of
books from various vanilla instances, that when put together and returned to their rightful NPCs, reward you with the
From MC to Firelands, there's a series of recipes unique to raids:
Trial of the Crusader
There's several series of BoP armor sets that are very difficult to farm up:
Turning in enough
in Silithus should get you the
eventually in the mail.
series is only available Horde-side, in a series of quests from
. As the resulting patterns are BoE, you can move them across factions.
, a member of the Thorium Brotherhood found in Blackrock Depths, sells numerous blacksmithing patterns. He also finishes the quest
, rewarding you with
in the Molten Front unlocks many ilvl 365 epic plans.
which spawn in fixed locations in Blackrock Depths and Stratholme, can contain
(negative stats ftw),
There were some great Blacksmithing quests which were removed in Cataclysm.
and her friends in Winterspring used to teach weapon specializations, sending you on quests to vanilla instances that rewarded you with patterns.
was a quest reward from Winterspring as well, but it's since been removed with the revamps to the zone.
, from the removed quest
, amusingly taught you that fire was in fact bad. And saddest of all is the removal of Trenton Light's epic questline in Tanaris, which rewarded mithril enthusiasts with
, which summoned the epic hammer
allows players to disenchant items, create enchants, and enchant their rings with special stat boosts. There's also fun items like
! As expansions have gone by, the means to collecting these formulae have simplified but some vanilla and BC-era formulae will prove tricky to find. Many Wrath formulae can be purchased from
for Wrath-era shards, and
Several instances have unique BoP formulae:
Temple and Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj
公式：附魔武器 - 猫鼬
公式：附魔武器 - 魂霜
公式：附魔武器 - 阳炎
公式：附魔靴子 - 稳固
from Karazhan. Molten Core has two,
公式：附魔武器 - 治疗能力
公式：附魔武器 - 法术能量
, but those are at least BoE.
in BC used to have a very low chance to drop certain formulae. They've since been buffed to be nearly 100%.
Keep scouring the AH for these rare drops:
公式：附魔盾牌 - 次级招架
公式：附魔盾牌 - 招架
公式：附魔胸甲 - 强效属性
. Hopefully, nobody will know they are important and you can snag them for like I did. BC-recipes are also harder to find than in the past; in the old version of Zul'Aman, the food vendor had a chance to sell a scroll case containing a rare recipe.
Northrend has some
: cape enchants from various parts of Icecrown and a +fishing enchant from the In'dule in Dragonblight.
With the changes to Cataclysm, it seems some recipes were lost along the way. You can still find these by checking the AH.
used to drop from treants in Ashenvale,
公式：附魔武器 - 冰寒
from Highborne in Winterspring,
公式：附魔武器 - 十字军
from the Scarlet Crusade, and
公式：附魔武器 - 斩杀
from Old Zul'Aman. The uncommon recipes are all BoE--so keep checking the AH.
provides all sorts of bombs, goggles, gadgets, and fun flavor items. Engineers were in high demand to craft epic ammunition in past expansions, but that's been removed. There are two types of Engineering specializations: Gnomish and Goblin. You will not be able to retain knowledge of one specialization's schematic if you swap, so choose wisely if you're after a particular silly item.
Sunwell Plateau has a series of
BoE engineering goggles
, which allow players to upgrade their BC-era epic goggles. The drop rate is pretty tiny though.
Other instances with unique schematics include Karazhan (
) and Molten Core (
Gnomeregan is the quintessential engineering instance--unsurprisingly, there are
, especially from
. Look out especially for
, as well as
, a zone-wide drop that requires Engineering to equip.
awards you with
many firework schematics
if you take the time to collect
There are several BoP Outlands drops that are maddening to farm:
. There's also some other mob-specific drops scattered about:
from Eastern Plaguelands,
salvaged from any 70+ mechanical,
in Stratholme, to mention a few.
. She sits at the bottom of a dark chute in Dalaran, only accessible if you get the
There used to be engineering huts tucked away in corners of Azshara,
; the vendors sold unique limited schematics. The one in Azshara is now removed, but those schematics are now available from trainers and the other huts remain in Cataclysm.
Temporarily out of commission in Cataclysm,
is back in 4.1 selling
after you complete his two quests.
In previous expansions, Alliance and Horde needed to trade
via the neutral AH, as faction-changing would automatically change the color of the firework. Now, goblin
is happy to sell you all types of fireworks--of course on a limited timer.
is required to make
, a must-have for any engineer. The plans are picked up from the floor of BRD near
, in a similar fashion to the Blacksmithing recipes lying around the instance.
unlocks the vendor for
Gathering professions (
Herbalism, Mining, Skinning
) don't have much--they're really just quite practical.
has a neat animation when
is used--it summons a bunch of flowers. Also,
restore health and mana in addition to disguising the user as a random herb.
is also practical, but with a few interesting parts. You must complete
in Blackrock Depths before learning
is learned in Blackwing Lair from
is learned from
, a zone-wide drop in Sunwell Plateau.
is a fairly straightforward profession for collectors. Make sure to do
daily while scouring the AH for
. These books should have been phased out in 4.2, but it currently remains that some recipes are only learnt via them.
transforms the user into a werewolf; fittingly the technique drops from
mobs who are affected with a werewolf curse.
New to Cataclysm are
from Deepholm, and
from Vash'jir. They're BoP drops only lootable by Inscriptionists.
Low-level decks like the
summon a Darkmoon Faire NPC who rewards you with themed gear like
There's some other strange low-level offhand with odd equips:
shocks enemies with nature damage,
increases your…dodge rating?!
, added in TBC, mostly provides players with gems, necks, and rings. Perks for Jewelcrafters include special BoP gems with increased stats, as well as BoP starter trinkets. There are an endless amount of patterns to be gotten from vendors, doing dailies, and redeeming tokens for Wrath and Cata recipes, in addition to checking the AH for BoE patterns. There's also some strange lower-level patterns and more interesting ways to collect TBC patterns.
New to Cataclysm are several
, which are BoE world drops. These can fetch a hefty price on the Auction House.
At 350, players can learn how to craft several
, items which create a neon line between the player and the target.
Jewelcrafters can now directly purchase or discover designs from
for cutting epic gems.
Sunwell Plateau has a few
, some of which are BoP.
Several designs only drop from specific mobs in The Storm Peaks:
. Not a 100% drop, but should be easy to farm.
The end bosses from some Northrend heroics are guaranteed to drop BoP recipes. From Normal/Heroic:
. From Heroic:
Khorium Bands are BoP designs that are found throughout Outlands on specific mobs:
Several bosses drop designs:
Be sure to check the numerous
designs from reputation
, especially the epic BC cuts sold by
provides leather and mail armor to dps and healers, as well as special leg and bracer enchants for crafters (and
). There are numerous patterns to be collected, as the profession covers two armor types. Cata-level recipes require
to purchase from special vendors in Twilight Highlands and capital cities,
sells Wrath-level patterns, and there's many patterns from
. There used to be three different types of Leatherworking specializations, but they have been removed and their patterns trainable from regular Leatherworking trainers (unlike the Blacksmithing glitch).
There's zone-specific drops, from MC to Firelands:
Trial of the Crusader
series drops from mid-level Outland dungeons--they looks like cheerful safari hats.
resistance armor kits
that drop in outlands dungeons from specific mobs.
There's some low-level sets that drop across Azeroth that are fairly easy to collect:
Color-coded sets named after the dragonscales required to create them are as follows:
Some of the Northrend
are listed as BoP zone-wide drops in our database, meaning they drop from several types of mobs in a specific subzone. Other Fur Linings are learnt from trainers.
from the Molten Front unlocks the vendor for
provides all sorts of cloth armor for casters, as well as special leg and cape enchants for crafters, as well as mounts. It also allows you to loot greater quantities of cloth. Vendors in major capital cities and Twilight Highlands sell
, while former specialization vendors (
) sell their previously-exclusive wares at cheap prices to all. Of course, there's many patterns available via
Tied to several achievements are patterns that Dalaran tailoring vendors will teach you upon completion.
is unlocked upon completing
is unlocked upon completing
There's zone-specific drops, from MC to Firelands:
Trial of the Crusader
, turning in enough
in Silithus should get you the
Runed Stygian set
eventually in the mail.
There are a number of
from Outlands instances--both normal and heroic. Remember that the ones from Kael are also world BoE drops.
is pretty easy to farm from Mechanar and is one of the nicest robes in the game.
, from high-level vanilla mobs, is quite elusive to track down but you'll look like Tyrande afterwards. With many vanilla elites removed, several other vanilla patterns got even rarer:
, for example.
The contents of
are now removed from the game, with the changes to Dire Maul. You can't learn how to make
anymore as well--you can just acquire them from a repeatable quest. However, as the epic patterns are BoE, you may get lucky and find some remaining on the AH.
, from a removed quest in Searing Gorge, is also available via the AH as it is BoE.
There are several
around Northrend that only tailors can loot, but they are BoE so can also be placed on the AH.
unlocks the vendor for
Secondary professions are:
. Characters can maximize all of these professions concurrently. Unlike primary professions, secondary professions do not come with built-in stat boosts to your character, but they are very practical. For example, you can, with the right level
, make your own buff food instead of going broke at the Auction House. (Or, secondary professions like
may seem like a lesson in futility.) If you max out all secondary professions to 525, you earn
, but there's much more fun to be had.
Archaeology is a new secondary profession added in Cataclysm. The purpose of archaeology is to unearth fragments from the past, piecing them together to form artifacts. You'll do so by flying to specific digsites, discovering 3-6 fragments per node, and solving when you've accumulated enough fragments and keystones (roughly 30 per common artifact, 100+ for rares and epics.) Some solves vend for hundreds of gold, while others turn into BoA ilvl 359 epics. Other times, you can go hours finding annoying digsites and solving artifacts that vend for . Regardless of what you solve, at first it's a fun way to learn more about Azeroth's lore since all artifacts, found in the Archaeology spellbook, have an entry with fun flavor text.
As you solve more rare and epic artifacts, you'll work towards
, which grants the title "Professor." There are currently over 30 rare artifacts, so you should be able to reach this with some diligence and luck. Definitely a favorite title of many disgruntled graduate students.
Rare artifacts are as follows:
While less useful, the common artifacts are rich in lore and have a number of achievements associated with them:
(looks like a bad pug to me),
Cooking serves a practical purpose; it provides your toon with all sorts of buff food, useful for raiding as well as questing. However, just like any food store, there's a gourmet section of odd things you can acquire from "mood" food to an array of alcohol.
Completing the Cooking meta-achievement,
, will reward you with the title "Chef."
requires you to acquire a
, which allows you to cook insanely fast when equipped. It costs 100
, a reward for completing daily cooking quests in Dalaran. To speed things up,
and can also be found in
requires you to learn most every
in the game. Here are some of the more fun recipes.
is learned from a recipe rarely found in cooking and fishing reward bags. It increases your fishing, gets you drunk, and counts for
is another recipe found in cooking bags and from Outlands dailies. It periodically zaps mobs around you with lightning.
, setting off fireworks and making your character
, is learned from a recipe found in Outlands/Wrath cooking reward bags.
: Four "mood" recipes drop from any mob in Northrend. You will need 300 cooking to roll on them, even though they require 400 cooking to learn. They are:
, from a BoE zone-wide drop in the Barrens, turns you into a human ninja! Once an extremely rare recipe, the drop rate has been buffed in Cataclysm.
Cataclysm adds several more "flavor" recipes sold by new cooking vendors:
, when thrown at small critters, makes them follow you around.
Many vendors sell BoE recipes. On one level, there's roughly one low-level recipe from each faction, in addition to recipes sold in major cities.
that patrols Northern Desolace is the only seller of
, patrolling Southern Desolace, sells several more recipes including the unique
are no longer obtainable by new players.
is available to rogues, but very early in Vanilla, all classes could purchase a BoE version. There's still a few floating around, so it doesn't hurt to look. As for the Chops, the recipe was one reward from an epic questline tied to the opening of the AQ gates, now removed in Cataclysm.
Most players despaired when the Barrens was revamped in Cataclysm--it meant that
was no longer available. It looks like it's been recently added back and drops from
Enjoy making booze in Sholazar? If you've finished that chain, you can learn
in the Dalaran Sewers.
There's some fun items from the bags you get as daily rewards, as well as recipes like
, and from
allows you to prepare bandages in a pinch--very useful while leveling. However, some achievements will definitely make you sick of bandages!
may not look like much, but it's an incredibly rare world drop. Try to see if leveling toons ignorantly place this on the Auction House.
These achievements will make you sick of bandages:
are neat quests that teach players how to prioritize heals among incoming damage.
Duel someone to easily get
, residing in First to Your Aid in Dalaran, sells a variety of medical-related props.
is similar to a lightwell--it has many charges and will disappear after it's used up.
are popular among raiders, while
is identical to what the First Aid trainers wear.
Just as in real life,
is a relaxing profession with a sense of the unexpected--you could find a great catch, discover treasure, or return home empty-handed. While some fish are required for practical in-game food, there are numerous items from
that are purely vanity status items, like
Completing the fishing meta grants
and the funny title "Salty." This meta will require a good deal of patience.
Not required for the meta is
, granted when you fish up the elusive
from any Wrath or Cataclysm pools. This mount is slow on land, but faster in water. Also unrelated to the meta are achievements for fishing up
requires you to farm up extremely-rare fish; these will never be used in practical food. These are all quirky off-hands, and some like
are actual weapons.
is a great incentive to level fishing by searching for coins in the Dalaran fountain. Clicking on this coin creates a heads or tails emote--great for determining annoying raid assignments. It's a reward from
, which in turn requires you to farm up all the coins contained in
. Gold-quality coins, when thrown back into the fountain, grant a buff that gives you a greater chance to fish up coins.
Over the expansions, the rewards from fishing dailies have contained a variety of humorous--and sometimes profitable--vendor trash. All bags have a chance to contain
, as well as some healing potions and lures.
, bank alt gear like
, as well as lucrative vendor trash like
. Complete all the Outlands dailies and get
, the pet
containing epic gems, vanity items
, trashy novel
, quest item
, and awesome vendor trash
. Complete all the Wrath dailies and get
contains humorous items like
. There's also a small chance it will contain the afore-mentioned fishing poles and pet. Complete all the Cata fishing achievements (including the 4.2 ones) and get
There are two fishing contests that require both luck and patience, held on the weekends.
is held every Sunday at 2pm, awarding either
to the first player who turns in 40
, unique fish tied to the contest. Remember to have a stack of water-walking potions on hand to move between pools easily, friends calling out empty areas, and a hearthstone set to Booty Bay. Players who catch several other rare fish can redeem them for interesting items:
is held every Saturday at 2pm, awarding either
to the first player to redeem
, fished from any pool in Northrend that contains
. This contest generally is finished in about 6 minutes. Find a place that has several nearby pools (I won this by the pool near Fort Wildevar) and turn your graphics settings down so Dalaran loads quickly when you hearth back.
The 2 Ring
earlier; there's also
found in major cities and
, as well as
Finally, there's some elusive pets from
! Too bad they're cute, since they're a pain to farm.
, as already covered, is a small chance from Wrath and Cataclysm reward bags.
is fished up in the Dalaran Sewers, or more recently, sometimes found in
is a--not always guaranteed--reward from
. Upon catching
from Furious Crawdad pools in Terokkar, you are able to click on him three times for "wishes." You'll be granted one of the following:
, and the pet. Unfortunately, this could mean you use up your three wishes on angry Mr. Pinchys and have to try again for the pet.
The Outlands daily
gives you a 10%~ chance to find a cuddly crocodile in your reward bag:
requires the guild to craft 500 items with ilvl 359 or higher. It unlocks the guild reward
, essentially a hearthstone to a major city on a 2 hour cooldown.
has been changed recently to allow items disenchanted via the loot roll box to count towards the total. Tell your guildmates to send all their BoE greens to an enchanter instead of vending them while leveling to speed this up.
Any type of non-seasonal feast counts towards
, so drop whichever is the cheapest, if your guild doesn't raid much.
requires the guild to cut 2,500 gems of at least superior quality. This literally does mean
superior-quality gem--gems from Outlands and Wrath will count towards this, even though they have less stats than a Cataclysm green gem.
requires the guild to mine 50,000 rocks and ore, down from 100,000 in early Cataclysm.
Nerfed several times,
requires the guild to herb 50,000 flowers, down from 100,000.
, requiring the guild to catch 10,000 fish, unlocks the best feast recipe:
. The quickest way to farm this up is to pick up
in Dalaran, create pools of blood in Borean Tundra, and amass a large number of guildmates to alternate between spawning numerous pools and fishing from them. Blizzard
assumes your guild loves fishing, as there are two additional achievements:
, requiring the guild to cook 5,000 Cataclysm recipes, awarded
. Cooking 10,000 recipes grants
. Be warned, however, that cooking "easy" food like
(or anything requiring solely vendor mats) do not count anymore.
, having a guildmate at Honored with each profession maxed at 525, rewards
, the weakest of the guild battle standards.
requires guildmates to complete 500 Archaeology solves. This is incredibly easy--a few people leveling the profession should take care of it.
requires the guild to skin 50,000 creatures, which is a large amount. However, with the demand for
in Firelands craftables, progress should be made on this achievement. Try areas like Tol Barad and unphased Sethria's Roost for easy leather.
requires the guild to make 2,500 glyphs. With glyphs now permanently learnt, the market has slowed down a bit, but at least it doesn't require 25,000 anymore.
Well, that should certainly keep you collecting for a while! Again, this isn't meant to provide a source of easy gold, but it's a nice change of pace from raiding or concrete achievement-chasing. You might learn something new along the way or discover that you've got a discontinued pattern on your hands. Either way, happy farming!
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