Alchemy Guide 1 375 (tbc 2.4.3)

Category: Profession Guides

Alchemy is the practice of using herbs to craft potions and elixirs or using stones and reagents to convert one material into another. In WoW, Alchemy is essential for high level raiding and PvP, as the potions and elixirs are some of the strongest buffs available in the whole game and the resistance potions Alchemists can learn to make are vital for completing certain dungeons and raids. As well, the materials Alchemists can create are necessary for almost all endgame crafting, giving you the chance to earn some serious profits. From transmuting Earthstorm Diamond to brewing Flask of Chromatic Wonder or Heroic Potion, Alchemy’s creative breadth is immense.

Overall, Alchemy is suitable for all classes, especially with the addition of endgame trinkets for almost all roles in TBC. Most players choose to also take up Herbalism as their gathering profession, as purchasing all the herbs for your concoctions can become quite costly as you continue to level.

Vanilla

Since patch 2.4, Blizzard has made trainers in all major capital cities able to teach you Apprentice Through Artisan. This guide will require you to buy one recipe in the Western Plaguelands while leveling through Vanilla content, so if you are power leveling straight through, it’s advisable to pick a capital in the Eastern Kingdoms. Otherwise, the choice is yours.

Outland

To learn Master, you’ll find your trainer in your faction’s first questing area in Hellfire Peninsula. For the Horde, this will be Apothecary Antonivich in Thrallmar, and for the Alliance, it is Alchemist Gribble in Honor Hold. Both sell multiple recipes you will need, so make sure to read the leveling section carefully in order to stock up before getting too far away.

As well, all players can learn from Lorokeem in Shattrath’s Lower City. You will also need to purchase at least one recipe from them, so keep in mind where they are.

Specializations

In TBC, Blizzard added the option for players to choose between specializing their Alchemy between Master of Potions, Master of Elixirs, or Master of Transmutations. Each will give you the chance to create an additional item (called a “proc” or “proccing”) when crafting either Elixirs or Potions or Transmuting any objects.

To become a Master of any kind you’ll need to complete a unique quest chain, which you can take from your Master trainer (either Apothecary Antonivich or Alchemist Gribble) once you reach skill level 325 and character level 68. Becoming either a Master of Potions or a Master of Elixirs, however, requires you to complete dungeons or raids that are at the level cap, so it’s advisable to wait until then to do so. Check the Specializations section after the leveling guide to learn more about these.

Vanilla 

Vanilla + TBC

TBC

1 – 60: Minor Healing Potion

Once you reach 50, become a Journeyman

60 – 105: Lesser Healing Potion

105 – 110: Elixir of Wisdom

110 – 150: Healing Potion

After making enough potions to reach 150, train in Expert Alchemy.

150 – 155: Strong Troll’s Blood Potion

155 – 195: Greater Healing Potion

195 – 235: Elixir of Greater Defense

Stop crafting these at 225 to learn Artisan Alchemy, and then resume making them until 235.

235 – 265: Elixir of Detect Undead

265 – 290: Superior Mana Potion

290 – 300: Major Healing Potion

Once you’ve reached 300, you can cross through the Dark Portal and begin the newest set of recipes! Become a Master Alchemist by training at your first questing area in Hellfire Peninsula. Before doing so, however, you’ll need to find Magnus Frostwake at Caer Darrow in the Western Plaguelands and purchase Recipe: Major Mana Potion.

300 – 305: Major Mana Potion

305 – 315: Elixir of Major Strength

315 – 330: Volatile Healing Potion

330 – 340: Super Healing Potion

Before you continue, you’ll need to purchase Recipe: Super Mana Potion. There is no neutral vendor for the recipe, so Alliance players will need to purchase it from Haalrun at Telredor in Zangarmarsh and Horde players from Daga Ramba at Thunderlord Stronghold in Blade’s Edge Mountains.

340 – 362: Super Mana Potion

For this last step, there are two options. Most recipes start to turn green between 362 and 365. Recipe: Major Dreamless Sleep Potion doesn’t turn green until 372, meaning you can use it to get as close to cap as possible without requiring the rare or expensive reagents required for transmutations. The recipe can be also purchased from Haalrun or Daga Ramba. Transmutations, like in Vanilla, involve changing one endgame crafting material into another with the use of a Philosopher’s Stone. In TBC, Blizzard has added a new, Epic version: the Alchemist’s Stone. The Recipe: Alchemists’s Stone requires Revered with The Sha’tar to be purchased, and it’s sold by Almaador in the Terrace of Light in Shattrath.

362 – 375: Major Dreamless Sleep Potion and Transmutations

Combine Dreaming Glory and Nightmare Vine to craft Major Dreamless Sleep Potion.

You can do any of the following Transmutations:

Regardless of which of the Specialization you end up choosing, all quest will come from your Master trainer in Hellfire Peninsula. This means Alliance will go back and speak with Alchemist Gribble in Honor Hold, and the Horde will need to find Apothecary Antonivich in Thrallmar. To begin, you’ll need to have a skill level of at least 325 and have your actual level at least 68. It’s recommended, however, that you complete these quests once you cap, due to the difficulty of gathering some of the materials.

Each of the specializations has different uses, and based on your personal needs and the economy of your server, the decision of which to pick is totally up to you. Keep reading to find out about the quest lines for all three.

Potions

To specialize in Potion crafting, you’ll take the Master of Potions quest from your respective Master Trainer in Hellfire Peninsula and then head to Cenarion Refuge in Zangarmarsh to speak with Lauranna Thar’well. She’ll give you the second leg of the Master of Potions which will require you to bring her:

In total, the materials for these are:

If you did not do so already while leveling, you’ll need to purchase Recipe: Super Mana Potion and Recipe: Major Dreamless Sleep Potion from either Haalrun at Telredor in Zangarmarsh and Horde players from Daga Ramba at Thunderlord Stronghold in Blade’s Edge Mountains.

Once you’ve returned with the Potions and the Field Guide, you’ll become a Potion Master. Other than gathering the Botanist’s Field Guide, Potions is usually considered the easiest specialization quest to complete because you craft all other necessary materials while leveling.

Elixirs

Specializing in Elixirs begins by taking the Master of Elixirs quest from your Master Alchemy trainer, and then heading to Shattrath, to meet with Lorokeem in Lower City. From there, all players will receive the second Master of Elixirs quest, which will require them to bring:

To craft the remaining Elixirs, in total, you’ll need:

After returning with your Essences and Elixirs, you’ll become an Elixir Master, giving you proc chances when making Elixirs.

Transmutations

To specialize in Transmutations, you’ll need to pick up the Master of Transmutations quest, which can be picked up from your original Master Trainer. Regardless of faction, all players are sent to Zarevhi at Stormspire in Netherstorm.

Once you reach him, you’ll be given the second Master of Transmutation quest, which will require you to bring back 4x Primal Might. As discussed at the end of the leveling guide, Transmute: Primal Might requires one of each of the Primal Elements, giving this quest the potential to be either time or cost intensive. Before this, it’s helpful to have at least one of the reputation based transmutations available to ease your work in any way.

After returning with your Primal Might, you’ll become a Transmutation Master and gain the chance to proc additional elements off of each of your Transmutations going forward.

In the Endgame, Alchemy has a couple prominent uses: Gem and Primal Transmutation and Potion and Elixir Crafting. Transmutation can be a tricky use to master, as creating any gems triggers a 20 hour cooldown on all transmutations. But, if you find that an Earthstorm Diamond or a Skyfire Diamond is worth incurring it, the option is yours.

One of the first steps most Alchemists will try to take after capping is crafting one of the four Alchemist Stone variations to suit your specific spec and class needs. The recipes for all of them are sold by Eldara Dawnrunner on the Isle of Quel’Danas and require you to be exalted with the Shattered Sun Offensive. They are:

In addition, TBC added a breadth of Elixirs and Potions, each with unique benefits. Most of the recipes, for potions and elixirs as well as transmutations, however, are only available for purchase after reaching higher levels of reputation with certain factions. The list below explains which recipes require which reputation, and where to purchase them. Others are rare world or dungeon drops, which the list covers as well.

Transmutations

Recipe: Transmute Earthstorm Diamond

  • Requires Honored with Cenarion Expedition, sold by Fedryen Swiftspear in Cenarion Refuge

Recipe: Transmute Skyfire Diamond

  • Requires either honored with Thrallmar or Honor Hold, sold by the faction’s Quartermaster

Elixirs

Potions

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