Our profession guides will show you how to get your professions to the level cap ASAP, along with some info on cool items you can create and how to make some gold with your skills. While most of the crafting professions are great gold makers, you should be able to at least make back your investment without too much work.
All of the main professions have self-only enchants or items that are pretty nice, though the rest of the profession may not be appropriate, if you’re looking for gear. A Warrior has little reason to take Tailoring, for example, though there’s a cloak enchant which adds Attack Power.
Blacksmithing will allow you to add sockets to bracers and gloves, Inscription will allow you to create some nice shoulder enchants, and so on. Most of the professions will allow you to create items that, while not self-only, may be hard to find on the Auction House.
If you’re just starting out and/or gold is an issue, then you might want to skip the crafting professions till you have enough gold to buy mats or the time (and the level) to farm them all. We can’t help with the time problem, but our gold guide can help with the cash flow.
With Cataclysm the skill cap for the skills is 525, with Mists of Pandaria it will probably be 600. You have to be at least level 75 to be able to train to a 525 skill.
- Leveling Alchemy – You will be able to create a large variety of useful potions that will heal, restore mana, slowly regenerate health, let you move faster or breathe underwater, and so on. Your own potions have a greater effect on you than on others, thanks to Mixology.
- Leveling Blacksmithing – You will be able to create all kinds of weapon and armor and there are some sweet spots where you can make some decent gold. You will eventually be able to add sockets to belts, gloves, and bracers which will take gems that add to your stats. With the two extra sockets you can add two more +50 stat gems for a total +100 stat bonus (20 more than other professions.)
- Leveling Enchanting – One of the most expensive professions to level, but you can save a lot of gold by disenchanting items into parts that you can sell or use. Use this skill to add anhancements to most of your, or your friends’, gear and weapons. You will also be able to enchant both of your own rings.
- Leveling Engineering – Very expensive to level, but you will be able to create some nifty gadgets, including those motorcycles you see some people riding around in. Mining is a compatible profession, since you will go through a lot of metal to level this skill. Synapse Springs is a killer item for burst damage.
- Leveling Inscription – Plays best with Herbalism. Not as grimly expensive to level as some of the others, but you will go through a lot of herbs. Create glyphs, cool magic items, and some enchants. It’s also a decent money maker. You will be able to create killer shoulder enchants.
- Leveling Jewelcrafting – You can be your own Tiffany Diamonds Company. Well, not quite, but you will be able to cut all kinds of interesting gems and make some nice jewelry. This skill plays well with Mining, since you will “prospect” the ore for your gems. Ultimately you will be able to make better gems, for your own use, than others have access to.
- Leveling Leatherworking – Plays best with skinning. There are a bazillion skinnable mobs in WoW, skin them all and you’ll have enough materials to level this profession cheaply. At the higher levels you can make mail armor as well as leather, so this skill is great for Rogues, Druids, Shamen, and Hunters. Makes a nice self-only bracer enchant as well as those leg-armor enchants that everyone wants.
- Levelng Tailoring – Save all that cloth that you’re collecting as you level up as you can use it to level your Tailoring skill. Mages, Priests, and Warlocks can create some nice armor and gear with this skill. Has a nice self-only cloak enchant.
- Leveling Herbalism – Yes, you’re a flower picker. Here’s where to go and what to pick to get your skill up. Note that you will also gain a heal and haste effect with this skill. A nice little gold maker, too.
- Leveling Skinning – Also a fine gold making skill. The skins can also be used in leatherworking and a couple of other skills. With a bazillion mobs to skin in the game you will never run out of skins to sell or use. This skill also builds your crit rating.
- Mining – Another good skill for earmning gold. Your ores are used by blacksmiths, engineers, Jewelcrafters, and sometimes others. Mning also builds your stamina, probably from swinging that heavy pick around all day.
- Leveling First Aid – If you don’t cast your own heals then this is an essential skill. If you ever run out of mana at the end of a fight and need some healing then you might also want to take it.
- Leveling Cooking – You can cook up lots of interesting foods, some of which will buff various stats. These buffs stack with those of any of the above skills, as well as with other buffs.
- Fishing – Cast out a line and catch… weeds. If your skill is high enough for the area that you’re fishing then you will catch more fish than weeds. The fish can be used in cooking recipes and some can be used by Alchmists (eg: Oily Blackmouth.) Lures will increase your fishing skill for a few minutes. We do not have a fishing guide at this time.
- Leveling Archeology – Learn about the lore of the world and find strange new artifacts. This skill is new to Cataclysm.
Making gold with your professions: Take a close look at the Tycoon gold addon. This addon will draw gathering routes on your main and mini-maps, making gathering much easier, and will also show you the top gear selling on the Auction house. It’s a killer addon which will make you a lot more gold. Here’s our tycoon addon review.