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The Best WoW Professions & How to Spot Them

By | February 19th, 2018 | Categories: World of Warcraft

It’s an undeniable fact that ever since World of Warcraft got officially released many years ago, everyone has been wondering what the Best WoW Professions.

Now, this is a rather tricky question since the most logical answer would be “It depends.” No, it really does depend on an awful lot of factors.

Maybe you’d like to earn more gold or you’re just looking to enhance your gameplay in one way or another, either way, the answer to “what is the perfect profession?” is quite subjective.

And that’s why in today’s post, we’re going to have a look at the main profession categories and what their primary purposes are. So if you want to learn how to find the ideal profession for you, then read on!

There are 4 primary profession types in World of Warcraft

Depending on what your goals are, we can put the professions in WoW into four main categories:

1. Gathering professions

If you want to reach the gold cap or simply become a millionaire in WoW, then look no further. Gathering profs. are:

  • Mining
  • Herbalism
  • Tailoring
  • Skinning
  • Fishing (secondary profession)

Note that you don’t need any fancy gear or a particular skill set in order to take advantage of these professions. The only thing that you’d really need is time as your gold-earning potential from mining, herbalism etc. depends on how much time you spend on it.

And another great aspect of this profession type is that it’s an excellent choice for new players or players just rolling new toons who are looking to stack up on some gold.

2. Crafting professions

This is the perfect follow-up to gathering professions. You’ll (hopefully) already have a sufficient amount of materials so all that’s left is to start crafting armor, weapons etc. that you can then put on the AH for profit.

The gathering profs. are:

  • Blacksmithing
  • Tailoring
  • Leatherworking

Keep in mind that Blizz tends to add new recipes to the every single WoW patch that gets released. So your best bet is to start utilizing crafting professions early when they release a new patch.

3. The “consumable” professions

These are professions that let you create buff consumables and they are:

  • Enchanting
  • Jewelcrafting
  • Alchemy
  • Cooking (secondary profession)

Obviously, most of the players who buy consumables are raiders. And because of that, it might be a good idea to understand how to optimize your stack sizes and so forth.

But most importantly, every time a new raid encounter is announced, this automatically means that more people will raid and of course, they’ll need more consumables for those new challenging dungeons. That’s where you step in!

4. Pet, mounts & glyphs professions

The last category is all about consumables that can be only used once, like mounts for instance. Here they are:

  • Engineering
  • Inscription
  • Anything in-between

First and foremost, engineering and inscription are more fittings for advanced players, because they’re both pretty competitive and you have to know what you’re doing in order to get more profit.

However, selling pets and crafting glyphs might be a good idea in servers that host a large number of alts. When players roll a lot of alts they’ll need glyphs for their alts or they start doing unhealthy amounts of pet battles.

Okay, how do you know when more players are likely to roll an alt? Well, after a particular end-game dungeon gets cleared, it’s safe to assume that people may become bored and decide to spend their time on leveling a new class/character.

Okay, but what’s the best profession though?

According to World of Wargraphs, it’s Alchemy. Their data is pretty up to date and it’s based on folks who have annihilated at least 6 (or 6/11) bosses in Mythic difficulty.

Actually, why don’t we take a look at the top 5 professions, based on their info? Here’s the list (the percentage part indicates how many of these end-game players rely on the particular profession):

  1. Alchemy (39.6%)
  2. Enchanting (35.8%)
  3. Herbalism (31.4%)
  4. Mining (18.8%)
  5. Engineering (18.6%)

Hmm, what do we have here? The professions focused on crafting consumable items are topping the charts, while the gathering ones sit comfortably at 3rd and 4th place.

Just don’t forget that this data is based on players that are focused on Mythic dungeons. Subsequently, they probably use an awful lot of consumables during raids (and they clearly raid a lot) and that explains why Alchemy and Enchanting occupy the first two places.

When it comes to casual players and how things would look for the average WoW player, gathering professions would probably be the best options.

Generally speaking, gathering = profit

As I already pointed out though, the answer to this question is 100% subjective. But in order to make your life in WoW easier, I’ll highlight the best moneymaking professions for more casual players (not the Mythic guys).

So here’s a pretty straightforward process to make as much gold as possible (assuming you have enough time on your hands):

  • Gather herbs or ores (through either Mining or Herbalism)
  • Continue farming ores and herbs
  • When you’ve had enough – sell it all on the AH

In essence, this is probably the easiest (but not most effortless) process of earning in-game gold. And you can always come up with hybrids i.e. combine professions such as  Mining and Jewelcrafting, Mining and Engineering etc.

Just don’t make it feel like a job – it shouldn’t be that way. Farming, whether it’s farming herbs, ores, other materials or whatever it might be, should be an enjoyable process.

Remember the WoW loading screen tips and in particular the “Take all things in moderation (even World of Warcraft!)” one? Yeah, that’s what I mean.

Wrapping it up

Whether you pick Alchemy over one of the gathering professions (or vice versa), what matters the most is what your personal preference is. You should choose a profession based on your own definition of the best WoW profession.

With that being said, leave a comment below and share with us what the perfect profession is in your opinion and why you think so.

And if you don’t feel like spending hours and hours on end farming herbs, ores etc., then our superb World of Warcraft marketplace will become your new best friend. Apart from affordable gold, you can also benefit from top-notch power leveling, account trading and more!

For more WoW, check this out: How to Leave Guild in WoW: All You Need to Know

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