Apart from character classes, WotLK Classic has several professions to which you can dedicate your time and resources. All professions will boost your character in stats, but knowing which is the most suitable for you is crucial. Some are more useful than others, while certain ones are more suitable for specific classes. Wrath of the Lich King also introduces a new profession – Inscription to make things even more complicated. Check our list, where we explain WotLK Classic profession bonuses and help you decide which profession to choose!
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The deciding factor when choosing a profession is your playstyle. PvP and PvE players will benefit from different bonuses, so choose accordingly.
For PvE content, we recommend the following:
PvP is more straightfoward:
While WotLK is pretty balanced overall, some professions are better than others in terms of usability. Remember that you can specialize in two professions simultaneously; for example, you can choose Engineering for the first profession slot and Tailoring for the second. Here are the best professions overall, suitable for every class.
The most popular choice out of all professions, and not without reason. The main benefit of going with Engineering is the unique gadgets it provides. These replace the regular glove enchants, but it's worth the sacrifice. The unique enchantments are so powerful you won’t even miss the regular ones. Considered by many the best profession in the game.
Engineering for other slots besides gloves:
With Engineering, you can also acquire epic helmets with item level 200. I would say it’s essential when starting off your character since all materials can be acquired outside of raids. However, they’re easily replaced by raid gear later on, as there is no better variant of them whatsoever. They become obsolete from phase 2 onwards.
Engineering gives you access to various explosives like Saronite Bombs, Cobalt Frag Bombs, Global Thermal Sapper Charges, Explosive decoys, and the powerful Gnomish Lightning Generator trinket. Very useful for PvE content but sadly locked for PvP arena battles. You’ll also get access to a special bot called Jeeves – your personal vendor and repair bot, which can be summoned once per hour for 11 minutes.
Lastly, engineers can access two special mounts: Mekgineer’s Chopper for the Alliance and the Mechano-hog for the Horde. They’re also quite popular, mainly because of their unique look.
While Engineering is the most popular primary profession, the secondary one is Jewelcrafting. It’s the most obvious choice for tanks and physical DPS classes due to the raw stats it offers. They also synergize well with Tailoring, but opinions are divided on which is better.
To start off, Jewelcasters are getting item level 200 rare trinkets. As mentioned above, these are useful for tanks and DPS casters, especially for level 80 characters.
The main reason for Jewelcrafting being superior to other professions is the unique Dragon’s Eye gems. You can socket up to three gems into your gear for a massive stat bonus. Here are some examples:
By choosing Jewelcrafting, you’re replacing normal gems in your gear with unique ones. However, in Phase 3, epic gems are available to all players, which decreases the value of this profession a little. Nevertheless, you will have access to them much earlier, so you’re still on the upper hand.
Other professions typically offer +80 attack power / +46 spell power / +60 stamina / + 32-42 any rating stat. As you can see, Jewelcrafting is superior to other professions in terms of bonuses at every stage.
Here are some Dragon’s Eye gems you can craft as a Jewelcrafter:
Tailoring is the 3rd best second profession, especially viable for healers and caster DPS classes. For tanks and physical DPS, we strongly recommend going with Jewelcrafting instead since they won’t benefit much from Cloak enchants it provides.
These exclusive Cloak enchants don’t stack with regular ones, but the bonuses you’re getting in return are very rewarding. These enchantments are called Embroiders and can be applied only to cloaks.
While other professions significantly boost your stats in all phases, attack power and mana regen embroideries aren’t that good. However, spell power bonuses are insane, almost double the amount of what you’re getting with Jewelcrafting. That’s the main reason why caster DPS and healer characters should pick it as the second profession.
Lastly, Tailors will get access to two upgraded versions of the Flying Carpet mount:
While the professions mentioned above are certainly the best, it doesn’t mean others are completely useless. These are viable options if you don’t care much about optimizing your character and looking for a fun profession. In this section, we’ll focus on the essential bonuses they provide.
With Blacksmithing, you can add an extra socket to your Gloves and Bracers, which will provide the following benefits:
It’s an average profession when it comes to character stat bonuses, but great for making some gold. Inscription uses unique shoulder enchants that do not stack with regular shoulder enchants.
Similar to Inscription, Enchanting is great for making gold. The main benefit of going with this profession is ring enchants. There is no other way of enchanting rings than through Enchanting, so it’s easy to make a profit out of it.
At the time of writing, Leatherworking is sadly an average profession with decent stats and poor money-making potential. It offers three unique bracers enchants which don’t stack with regular ones.
Resistance-boosting Fur Linings:
This profession increases the effectiveness of potions you make. It provides average stat bonuses, but it’s an excellent profession for money-making.
Minimalistic profession with average stat bonuses and decent passive ideal for tanks. It’s also a good money-making profession, as the ore you mine can be sold to Blacksmiths and Jewelcrafters.
This profession can be useful for characters that rely on a passive critical strike bonus. Skins aren’t great for selling because the Auction House is full of them.
The only profession we strongly advise against unless you have a secondary character. However, Herbalism is one of the best gathering professions for money-making since Alchemy and Inscription users will buy them in bulk. The passive ability it provides might be good early, but it doesn’t scale well into the game's later stages.
In summary, if you want the optimal experience in both PvP and PvE, choose Engineering, Jewelcrafting, or Tailoring. However, other professions can also be viable for certain builds if you're playing strictly for fun. We encourage you to check our site for other WoW-related guides!