WoW Profession Guide
While learning a profession is not required in the game, it can provide certain advantages to your character by allowing you to earn more money, make equipment or gear or other useful items, or by allowing you to improve the stats of your equipment.
Professions are learned through a trainer, and only certain aspects of the profession are available to you at a time. As your skill in a profession progresses, you will be able to advance the profession by learning new spells or recipes.
WoW profession guide – primary vs. secondary professions
There are two types of professions that you can learn in WoW, primary professions and secondary professions.
You can only have two primary professions at a time, though you can drop them and pick up something else if you choose (at an expense).
Doing so will cause you to lose any experience you had in that profession, which will have to be relearned if you return to it.
Secondary professions do not count towards this two profession limit, and any player can learn all of the secondary professions. These cannot be dropped, but there is no reason to.
WoW profession guide – Categories of professions
There are basically three main categories of professions, including gathering, production, and service professions.
- Gathering professions involve the gathering of materials needed for other professions. Generally you would combine these with a production profession to save yourself money, or take two gathering professions to sell materials on the Auction House. Gathering professions include herbalism, skinning, and mining. Herbalism involves the gathering of herbs, mainly growing throughout Azeroth. Skinning involves the gathering of skins and leather from dead beasts. Mining involves mining ore, gems, and rock from nodes.
- Production professions allow you to make other items from the ingredients gathered that you can then use for yourself or sell for a profit. Often the crafted items will be better than quest rewards at a lower level, and in the upper levels of the game crafted items can be sold for a hefty profit. Alchemy, blacksmithing, engineering, leatherworking, tailoring, jewelcrafting, and inscription all fall into this category. Alchemy is focused on the creation of potions that can be used to provide temporary buffs in the game, as well as some transmutation. Blacksmithing turns metal bars into weapons and armor, as well as a few other useful items. Engineering creates a variety of tools and armor, most of which can only be used by the engineer. Leatherworkers turn skins and leathers into armor and other items. Tailoring turns cloth into cloth goods like armor and bags. Jewelcrafting cuts gems for use by players, as well as allows the crafting of jewelry and other pieces. Inscription creates glyphs that can modify a player’s ability as well as scrolls.
- Service professions provide a service to yourself or another player. Enchanting is the main profession that falls into this category, since Enchanters provide a permanent enhancement that can be added to armor or weapons. They generally have to solicit work, though through the addition of scrolls they can sell the enchantment on the Auction House as well. Lockpicking, while technically not a profession, is a rogue skill that could be considered a service profession. Rogues can open up locked chests and boxes, charging a small fee for their services if they wish.
WoW profession guide -Secondary professions
There are also three secondary professions, cooking, first aid, and fishing. Cooking allows you to create food from raw meat and fish that you find. This food will often give you a temporary buff. First aid allows you to create bandages and anti-venoms that you can use on yourself or other players. Fishing allows you to gather fish, and occasionally other items, from waters around Azeroth.
The WoW profession guide continues on World of Warcraft Professions with some useful tips on pairing up professions that work well together.