BfA Professions in WoW: A Complete Overhaul or Only Minor Tweaks?
Now that the brand new WoW expansion Battle for Azeroth is finally here, we can start examining and reviewing every single innovation or change that it brings forth. And a rather significant adjustment can be seen in the BfA Professions since there’s a myriad of tweaks there.
Subsequently, because professions are such an integral part of World of Warcraft, we simply HAD to dedicate an entire post the profession changes in the new expansion. After all, your gold-earning potential depends on being able to make the most out of your in-game professions!
So, time to dive right into the action by first taking a closer look at the overall profession changes in Blizzard’s newest expac.
What are the general changes for BfA Professions?
There are a number of modifications to how main professions now work. And right off the bat, one of the major changes is that Blizzard has split the profession panel into smaller segments, each representing a particular expansion. This is what the new prof. panel looks like (taking Blacksmithing as an example):
- Blacksmithing Plans (representing vanilla): 0-300
- Outland Plans: 0-75
- Northrend Plans: 0-75
- Cataclysm Plans: 0-75
- Pandaren Plans: 0-75
- Draenor Plans: 0-100
- Legion Plans: 0-100
- Kul Tiran/Zandalari (depending on your faction): 0-150
Now, apart from revamping the current skill section for your professions, Blizz has decided to add a clever method for recovering any BfA recipes that you’ve previously learned. That’s pretty handy if you want to re-learn any specific gathering profession. This is what it looks like, according to each faction:
Forgotten Techniques of Zandalar (Horde)
Forgotten Techniques of Zandalar (Alliance)
Not only that but in BfA there are three new crafting reagents that have been added to the game:
- Hydrocore (max stack: 250) – These drops only from the end bosses in Mythic dungeons
- Expulsom (max stack: 200) – You can obtain Expulsom either through particular transmutes or via the new Scrapper device (more on that later on)
- Sanguicell (max stack: 250, epic item) – Can drop from various raid bosses
Okay, moving onto something more controversial now as I’m going to answer a rather painful question…
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Did they really remove first aid in Battle for Azeroth?
Yes, FA is no longer a profession and it currently doesn’t exist in the game. Because of that, you’d like to learn (or re-learn actually) the old FA recipes once again, as bandages and anti-venom cures now fall under different professions:
- Tailoring – Bandages and other previously FA-related consumables
- Alchemy – Anti-venom cures like the well-known Strong Anti-Venom one
While many players whine about the fact that Blizz did remove FA from the game, it was something that was bound to happen sooner or later. Let’s face it, bandages are not nearly as widely used as they were back in the glorious vanilla days – I remember that leveling up my Undead Warrior was virtually impossible without resorting to bandages!
What is the new Scrapper Device all about?
The Scrapper is a brand new feature in BfA and it’s basically a machine that you can use for scrapping all kinds of weapons and armor. When you destroy an item with your Scrapper you’ll receive some kind of crafting materials that you may use.
It’s worth mentioning that there are two distinct versions of the Scrapper in the game (depending on your faction), so let’s see how you can get your hands on the Scrapper for your specific faction:
How to get the Scrap-o-Matic 1000 (Alliance)
You can grab your very own Scrap-o-Matic 1000 by going to the Kul Tiran capital of Boralus, located in the Tiragrade Sound zone. Once there, head to the Tradewinds Market area of the city – it’s where the various profession trainers are situated in.
Then you’d need to find an NPC called Crenzo Sparkshatter (exact coordinates – 77.16), who will give you the Alliance version of the Scrapper.
How to get the Shred-Master Mk1 (Horde)
After you arrive at Dazar’alor, make haste to the Terrace of Crafters (this is where you’ll find all the prof. trainers) and find Myxle “The Searat” Gutwrench (coords: 45.40) so that you can get your Scrapper.
How do I use The Scrapper Device?
Simply add the desired item/s to the ‘scrap box’ and click on the ‘Scrap’ button. Note that your Scrapper won’t scrap all items at once, instead, it’ll start scrapping them one at a time.
And while using this new device is pretty straightforward, there are certain conditions and limitations that you have to keep in mind when using it, such as:
- You may only scrap Battle for Azeroth weapon and armor pieces
- All kinds of armor and weapon items can be scrapped, from random world drops to gear that drops from the end game content
- Armor that’s been bought from a vendor is ineligible for scrapping
It’s also worth mentioning that the materials that you’ll get after scrapping a given item, depend on the particular profession that can craft this item. For instance, scrapping a plate helmet will give you flux and ore, since such helmets can only be crafted by Blacksmiths.
Scrapping also comes with a few neat achievements
That’s right. Scrapping will not only provide you with valuable materials, but it might also land you some pretty cool achievements, such as:
- Giving a Scrap (Horde)/Giving a Scrap (Alliance) – Awarded after you finish the optional Scrapper quest
- Holy Scrap! – You receive this one after you scrap 100 items
- Scraptastic! – You’ll need to scrap 250 items for this one
- Full of Scrap! – The ultimate achievement, it requires you to scrap 500 items
Honestly, not only are the Scrapper-related achievements rather cool (and hilarious), but the entire concept of this new in-game feature is quite appealing.
Battle for Azeroth most definitely arrived with a bang and with all those innovations and changes to how professions work in World of Warcraft, you can bet that the gameplay will be way more interesting and refreshing, even if they removed First Aid as a profession!
What’s your favorite change when it comes to BfA Professions and the expansion though? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!
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