Gas cloud

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"Gas Cloud" redirects here. For the ooze mob in Icecrown Citadel, see Gas Cloud (mob).

A gas cloud is a small pocket of floating gas that forms in certain regions; its type of gas depends on its current location. They can be seen by anyone, and anyone with a [Zapthrottle Mote Extractor] in their bags can track them on the minimap, but only engineers using the [Zapthrottle Mote Extractor] can acquire the gas within. Unlike other resource nodes, gas clouds are mobile. Sometimes a cloud will be in an inaccessible location, in which case players need to wait for it to move into range before harvesting it.


When first introduced in the Burning Crusade expansion pack, each type of cloud produced one type of mote and was only found in one area. These are:

In the Wrath of the Lich King expansion pack, the clouds appear throughout most of Northrend and usually contain two types of crystallized elements. These are:

Patch changes

Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): [Mote Extractor] now has innate tracking for gas clouds while it is in your inventory. Tracking of gas clouds has been removed from goggles.
The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Windy Clouds in Nagrand now produce  [Mote of Air].
The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Swamp Gas in Zangarmarsh now produce  [Mote of Water] instead of  [Mote of Life].