So, you have started World of Warcraft Classic and are at a crossroads as to which professions you should use. Professions are incredibly important as they aid you while you level, as well as in end game content. As such, you want to pick the right professions to get the most out of their benefits. This WoW Classic Professions guide will briefly explain each profession and help you choose the right professions for your class.
WoW Classic Professions | Professions explained and list of Primary Professions
Since World of Warcraft launched back in 2004, Blizzard Entertainment has added a few professions to that really change how you level your character and support your supposed raid party. Professions like Inscription, Jewelcrafting, and Archaeology were added during Wrath of the Lich King, Burning Crusade, and Cataclysm respectively adding another skill to level. In World of Warcraft Classic, those added professions are removed, with a total of nine primary professions and three secondary professions to choose from.
Professions in World of Warcraft are learned skills that allow you to gather, produce, or enhance items. For a price, you can visit a trainer and learn up to two different professions. Trainers are tied to specific professions so you will need to find the location of that trainer in order to learn the profession. It is also worth noting that you can be any class or race to learn any of the nine professions. So, while there are some professions that may be more suited for your class, you can learn whatever you want.
Your best bet is to visit big cities like Orgrimmar (Horde), Stormwind (Alliance), or any of the other capital cities to find a trainer. There are smaller hubs like Goldshire (Alliance) that will also have trainers available for you to learn from.
Here is the list of primary professions and a brief description of each one:
- Alchemy: Allows you to create potions, elixirs, flasks, and oils by using gathered herbs and/or other reagents. Using your creations may give buffs to you and/or your party.
- Blacksmithing: Allows you to make metal weapons, mail armor, and plate armor. More importantly, Blacksmiths can add sockets to one-handed weapons, bracers, and gloves.
- Enchanting: Use magical dust, essence, and shards to enchant weapons and armor with advantageous attributes and powers. Enchanters can also create wands and oils to apply to weapon for buffs. They can also disenchant items which help them gather materials to enchant items they want.
- Engineering: Engineers are experts in creating trinkets, guns, ammo, goggles, explosives, and other mechanical devices.
- Herbalism: Potentially the most simple of all the professions, herbalists simply gather herbs that are found in the wild or on the corpse of defeated enemies.
- Leatherworking: Uses hides and leather to craft leather armor sets, as well as bags.
- Mining: Another simple profession, miners have the ability to use a mining pick to gather ores, minerals, gems, and stones from deposits found in the wild. These materials can be used to create a variety of different metals.
- Skinning: Another gathering profession that allows you to skin the hide, leather, or scales from the corpses of your fallen enemies.
- Tailoring: Tailors have the ability to create cloth items such as armor and bags with different types of threads.
WoW Classic Professions | Secondary Professions
In addition to the Primary Professions above, there are also Secondary Professions for you to learn. While they are more general skills, they are can be just as imperative as any of the Primary Professions, especially when leveling. There is no limit to how many of these Professions you can learn, so, by all means, find a trainer and learn all of them. Here is a list of all the Secondary Professions and brief descriptions of each:
- Cooking: Allows you to cook food as long as you have the ingredients and have learned the recipe from a trainer. Some food can even give you buffs and other passive abilities. You must be near a campfire in order to cook.
- First Aid: The most important Secondary Profession, especially to DPS class players who are leveling, First Aid allows you to create bandages to heal wounds. You can also create anti-venoms to get rid of any poison effects you are currently under.
- Fishing: Lets players fish in just about any body of water as long as they have a fishing pole.
WoW Classic Professions | Which professions should your class use
As mentioned above, Professions in World of Warcraft Classic, both Primary and Secondary, are not tied to specific classes. However, certain professions certainly cater to the strengths of the playable classes. Below, we go through each profession and what Professions may be best suited for that class.
Druid and Shaman
The Druid class is one of the more diverse classes in World of Warcraft Classic as they are able to take the Healer, Tanks, and DPS role depending on what spec they go with. They do mainly use leather armor, but can also use cloth armor as well. They can also equip staves, daggers, one-handed maces, two-handed maces, and fist weapons. Lastly, the primary attributes they are looking for in their equipment are intellect or agility.
There are two directions you could go with Druids. The first is skinning and leatherworking. Having a gathering profession is important, especially while leveling, as it allows you to earn some cash while you level. Since Druids use leather armor primarily, being a leatherworker will allow you to craft armor for your Druid with the materials you obtain with the skinning profession.
If you are looking to benefit your party, especially in end game content, alchemy and herbalism is a very popular combination. In fact, this is a useful combination for the majority of the classes, so just assume from here on out that this combination is for every class. If you are having a real hard time choosing Professions, the herbalism/alchemy combination is great for both leveling and end game.
Like skinning, herbalism is a gathering profession that can generate a decent income for your character. With those gathered herbs, you can make a variety of potions and elixirs that will benefit you and your team by giving you buffs.
Much of this information can also be used by Shaman class players. They do mainly use mail armor, but can also equip leather and cloth armor as well, making the skinning/leatherworking combination fairly useful while leveling. However, herb/alchemy is a very solid choice, allowing them to use different elixirs to aid them in battle along with their totems.
Hunter and Rogue
Hunters are a bit more focused than Druids, but they have their own set of intricacies, especially with having a pet. Filling the DPS role, Hunters can equip mail, leather and cloth armor. They also use ranged weaponry, such as bows, guns, and crossbows, as well as melee weapons like polearms, swords, axes, and staves. The primary attribute you are looking for on your equipment is agility.
Like the Druid, the skinning/leatherworking combination is a viable option here. Since Hunters use plenty of leather equipment, the ability to craft leather armor is definitely useful. However, using Engineering and Mining might be more advantageous for Hunters, especially if you plan on entering any PvP events.
Hunters can get a lot of the Engineering Profession. Engineers can craft guns and ammunition which is very useful for Marksman Hunters. You can also craft plenty of items that can be useful in PvP scenarios. Since Hunters are commonly used in PvP, it may be a good idea to look into Engineering.
Much of this can also be used for Rogues as well. They also use leather equipment making the skinning/leatherworking combination a good fit. They are also great PvP characters making the Engineering/Mining combination useful if you plan on doing more PvP-oriented content.
Mage, Priest, and Warlock
Mages, Priests, and Warlocks are all magic users who deal damage using ranged attacks. They primarily use cloth armor and mainly use staves, wands, and daggers as their weapon. The primary stat these three classes are looking for on their equipment is Intellect.
Since these three classes all use cloth armor, tailoring may be one of the better options to choose when looking at Professions. Since tailoring allows you to create cloth armor, which all of these classes use, this will be useful in both the leveling and end game phase of World of Warcraft Classic. Also, the ability to craft bags is incredibly useful for you and your party.
These three classes would also benefit most from the Enchanting Profession. Enchanters can craft wands which may be useful for Mages, Priests, and Warlocks while leveling. As some of the squishiest classes in the game, they can use all the help they can get so they can easily take down enemies and take the least amount of damages as possible. Enchanting your armor and weapons allow you to enhance your weapons and armor to do just that.
Enchanting can also be fairly profitable. Enchanters can also disenchant items which leave behind materials that can be used to enchant other items. In a way, Enchanting is hybrid Profession that lets you both craft and gather items.
Paladin and Warrior
Warriors and Paladins are two of the more durable melee classes in World of Warcraft classes. As such, many typically play the tank role with these classes. However, there are DPS options for both classes, as well as a healing option for Paladins. That being said, both these classes have some similarities that lead to using the same Professions.
Both classes can use Plate, Mail, Leather, and Cloth armor. In terms of weaponry, they both can use polearms, and one-handed and two-handed swords, axes, and maces. Warriors can also use bows, crossbows, daggers, fist weapons, and staves. Paladin’s main attributes are strength and intellect while a Warrior’s main attributes are strength and stamina.
Since both Paladins and Warriors are both plate wearing classes, they would benefit most from blacksmithing and mining. Again, mining is a good way to generate revenue for your character. Additionally, the material gathered from mining can be altered and used in blacksmithing. Blacksmiths can craft unique plate gear making it a great fit for Paladins and Warriors.
What if you’re in a guild?
Some of you may be playing with a group of people and intend to do end game content like raids. If this is the case, the information above may be of no use to you. If you are in a guild filled with active users, I suggest asking them what Professions they may need.
If there are multiple Warlocks in your guild, there may be more than enough people to provide the guild with enchants and cloth items. They may need a blacksmith to help make more plate armor or an alchemist to supply more potions and elixirs. Sure, it may not necessarily synergize with your class, but it’s beneficial for the guild, and in turn, yourself.