Which Primary Professions Should You Choose in WoW Cata? (2024)

With Azeroth’s current state being so chaotic, our primary goal should be to defeat Deathwing and restore order to our world. Primary professions can help in this goal by providing valuable buffs, allowing you to create gear, and helping you rake in the big bucks.

Of course, secondary professions serve their own purposes—that is a discussion for another article, though. This article will explain the basics of primary professions in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Classic and help you choose which ones to pursue based on your playstyle.

Table of Contents

  • 📌 The Basics
  • 🌿 Herbalism
  • 🪨 Mining
  • 🐾 Skinning
  • ⚗️ Alchemy
  • 🔨 Blacksmithing
  • 🧙🏼 Enchanting
  • 🦾 Engineering
  • 📜 Inscription
  • 💎 Jewelcrafting
  • 👢 Leatherworking
  • 🧵 Tailoring

📌 The Basics

Each character has two primary profession slots. You can learn two gathering professions, two crafting professions, or one of each.

  • Gathering professions such as Skinning focus on collecting raw materials which can then be converted to valuable goods or sold to other players.
  • Crafting professions such as Leatherworking focus on converting raw materials into valuable goods, such as armor.

Your race, class, and goals will all factor in when you decide which two professions to pursue. Ultimately, though, it boils down to personal choice. No one can make this decision for you, but with this guide, your choice may become clear.

There are general trainers scattered throughout the lands who can teach you the basics of any primary profession. These trainers are listed below.

  • Alliance Trainers
    • Valn, Azuremyst Isle (48.6, 52.2)
    • Wembil Taskwidget, Dun Morogh (53.8, 52.0)
    • Jack “All-Trades” Derrington, Gilneas (37.2, 63.2)
    • Lien Farner, Elwynn Forest (42.0, 67.0)
    • Iranis Shadebloom, Teldrassil (56.0, 52.2)
  • Horde Trainers
    • Runda, Durotar (52.8, 42.0)
    • Saren, Eversong Woods (48.8, 46.8)
    • Lalum Darkmane, Mulgore (46.4, 57.6)
    • KTC Train-a-Tron Deluxe, The Lost Isles (45.6, 65.6)
    • Therisa Sallow, Tirisfal Glades (44.6, 53.0)

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These trainers cannot train you beyond the basics. A knower of all is a master of none! With each section, profession-specific trainers will be listed out. These trainers can teach you every stage of their specific profession.

🌿 Herbalism

Starting off with gathering professions! Herbalism involves collecting herbs such as Cinderbloom and Whiptail. The following trainers can teach you how to collect these plants.

  • Neutral Trainers
    • Malvor, Moonglade (45.6, 46.8)
    • Jijia, Shattrath (38.6, 30.0)
    • Flora Silverwind, Northern Stranglethorn (27.6, 77.8)
    • Dorothy Egan, Dalaran (43.2, 34.2)
    • Botanist Alaenra, Shattrath (38.6, 71.6)
  • Alliance Trainers
    • Telurinon Moonshadow, Wetlands (8.0, 55.8)
    • Tannysa, Stormwind (54.0, 84.6)
    • Shylamiir, Stormwind (31.6, 63.0)
    • Rorelien, Hellfire Peninsula (53.6, 65.8)
    • Reyna Stonebranch, Ironforge (55.6, 58.8)
    • Morae, Bloodmyst Isle (53.2, 57.6)
    • Malorne Bladeleaf, Teldrassil (57.6, 60.6)
    • Kiera Moondancer, Borean Tundra (57.8, 71.8)
    • Kali Healtouch, Loch Modan (36.6, 48.4)
    • Heur, Azuremyst Isle (48.2, 51.4)
    • Herbalist Pomeroy, Elwynn Forest (39.8, 48.4)
    • Firoden Mooncaller, Darnassus (48.0, 68.6)
    • Fayin Whisperleaf, Howling Fjord (58.8, 63.0)
    • Cylania Rootstalker, Ashenvale (50.6, 67.0)
    • Cemmorhan, The Exodar (27.4, 62.4)
    • Brant Jasperbloom, Dustwallow Marsh (64.0, 47.6)
    • Alma Jainrose, Redridge Mountains (21.8, 45.8)
  • Horde Trainers
    • Ruw, Feralas (76.0, 43.4)
    • Aranae Venomblood, Hillsbrad Foothills (61.6, 19.6)
    • William Saldean, Tirisfal Glades (61.2, 52.0)
    • Tansy Wildmane, Borean Tundra (42.0, 53.6)
    • Ruak Stronghorn, Hellfire Peninsula (52.2, 36.2)
    • Muraga, Orgrimmar (54.8, 50.6)
    • Mishiki, Durotar (55.4, 75.0)
    • Martha Alliestar, Undercity (54.8, 50.2)
    • Marjory Kains, Howling Fjord (78.6, 28.4)
    • Komin Winterhoof, Thunder Bluff (49.8, 39.8)
    • Jandi, Orgrimmar (55.6, 39.6)
    • Faruza, Tirisfal Glades (59.8, 52.0)
    • Botanist Tyniarrel, Eversong Woods (37.6, 72.0)
    • Botanist Nathera, Silvermoon City (67.6, 18.6)
    • Angrun, Northern Stranglethorn (32.2, 27.6)

Make sure that you’re tracking herbs with your minimap! Go to the Tracking button and select Find Herbs to do this.

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You may be wondering what your toon should look like to maximize your Herbalism experience. The following bullet points go over what the ideal herbalist looks like in WoW.

  • Race
    • Tauren have a racial passive that allows them to gather herbs faster and at an increased level.
  • Class
    • Druids don’t have to leave flight form to gather herbs, which makes them excellent for this task.
  • Profession Pairings
    • Alchemy and Inscription both require a lot of herbs, so it is not a bad idea to pair one of these two with Herbalism. If you’d prefer two gathering professions, Mining or Skinning both work well with this one. Mining may prove slightly more profitable.
  • Other Details
    • The Flight Master’s License will make the process of leveling Herbalism a lot easier, as it will allow you to fly in all Cataclysm zones.

These are not requirements. Anyone with any toon can enjoy and make use of Herbalism.

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But wait! Why go through the effort of learning Herbalism? Probably should’ve covered that first…but oh well, here’s a few reasons to learn this profession!

  • Profession Ability
    • Lifeblood is an ability that grows as you level up your Herbalism skill. It grants increased haste and minor wound healing for a brief period of time. It is on a two minute cooldown. While this ability isn’t as strong as what some of the other professions offer, it still has value in situations where you may need a quick heal or haste.
  • Leveling
    • Gathering herbs now grants experience! This is determined by your level compared to the level of the zone you’re gathering in.
  • Gold Farming
    • The WoW Token prices are still fairly low, making right now an excellent time to farm for gold. Twilight Jasmine, found in the zone Twilight Highlands, often proves the most profitable herb across realms and servers. Your individual circ*mstances may vary, so it is always good to check prior to dedicating.

If you’re someone who dried out their pet cactus, WoW Herbalism may be your redemption.

🪨 Mining

Mining requires either a vigorous core body workout routine or a PC with World of Warcraft: Classic installed. Take your pick. Depending on which of those two options you’d prefer, you can either look for job openings in your area, move to the mountains and have a better chance at landing a job, or look below for virtual trainers.

  • Neutral Trainers
    • Fono, Shattrath (36.0, 48.6)
    • Hanlir, Shattrath (58.6, 75.2)
    • Jedidiah Handers, Dalaran (41.2, 27.2)
    • Pikkle, Tanaris (51.0, 28.0)
  • Alliance Trainers
    • Matt Johnson, Duskwood (74.0, 49.6)
    • Brock Stoneseeker, Loch Modan (37.2, 46.8)
    • Dank Drizzlecut, Dun Morogh (69.2, 55.6)
    • Dulvi, Azuremyst Isle (48.8, 51.0)
    • Fendrig Redbeard, Borean Tundra (57.4, 66.2)
    • Foreman Pernic, Darnassus (50.6, 33.8)
    • Gelman Stonehand, Stormwind (59.6, 37.6)
    • Geofram Bouldertoe, Ironforge (50.6, 27.2)
    • Grumbol Stoutpick, Howling Fjord (59.8, 63.8)
    • Hurnak Grimmord, Hellfire Peninsula (56.6, 63.8)
    • Kurdram Stonehammer, Darkshore (38.2, 41.0)
    • Muaat, The Exodar (60.6, 87.4)
    • Periale, Darkshore (51.4, 19.0)
    • Prospector Nachland, Bloodmyst Isle (56.2, 54.2)
    • Yarr Hammerstone, Dun Morogh (50.0, 50.4)
  • Horde Trainers
    • Belil, Silvermoon City (79.2, 42.2)
    • Brek Stonehoof, Thunder Bluff (34.6, 57.6)
    • Brom Killian, Undercity (55.8, 36.0)
    • Brunna Ironaxe, Borean Tundra (42.6, 53.2)
    • Gizzik Oregrab, Orgrimmar (36.0, 82.8)
    • Gonto, Orgrimmar (44.6, 78.4)
    • Johan Focht, Silverpine Forest (43.4, 40.6)
    • Jonathan Lewis, Howling Fjord (79.2, 29.0)
    • Krugosh, Hellfire Peninsula (55.4, 37.6)
    • Krunn, Durotar (51.8, 40.8)
    • Makaru, Orgrimmar (73.0, 27.0)

Make sure that you’re tracking ore with your minimap! Go to the Tracking button and select Find Minerals to do this.