Herbalism

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Herbalism Icon WoW Icon 16x16.png Herbalism (Profession)
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Herbalism is a gathering profession that allows players to find and harvest herbs from plant resource nodes scattered around the world. While some herbs can be used in other trade skills, the vast majority are used for Alchemy and Inscription.

As with most types of gathering, interacting with an herb will dismount the herbalist. This can be overcome by being a druid, using a  [Sky Golem], or (for Draenor herb-gathering only) building the Garrison Stables.

Herbalism pointers:

Pointer herb on 32x32.png in range of gatherable herb
Pointer herb off 32x32.png out of range of gatherable herb

Official overview

Herbalists carefully harvest the helpful and potent herbs found throughout the world. As they travel, herbalists use their keen senses to seek out the rarest and most precious flora, which can be transformed by other professions' mystic recipes. Herbalists can supply themselves (or their guilds or groups) with an abundant quantity of reagents to aid in their crafting, or they can sell or trade bundles of herbs for a profit.

Herbalists can locate herbs on their map via a keen sense for the growth and placement of flora, and they can harvest them even more easily (by simply right-clicking on an herb). No special tools are required to gather herbs. As you gather a greater number of increasingly obscure herbs, your Herbalism skill will grow. High skill values are required to harvest the choicest herbs.

Herbs grow nearly everywhere in Azeroth, though some areas are more fecund than others. Certain rare herbs appear infrequently, are difficult to find, or both - these will often command high prices and power potent crafting.[1]

Training in herbalism

Herbalism can be learned from herbalism trainers found throughout the world. Initial training grants the Apprentice level with a potential skill of 75 and allows a few low-level herbs to be gathered. More herbs can be gathered as the herbalist raises their skill level.

The following are the required levels and potential skill of each stage of the profession:

Expac Proficiency Level Skill
WoW Icon 16x16.png Apprentice n/a 1 - 75
WoW Icon 16x16.png Journeyman n/a 50 - 150
WoW Icon 16x16.png Expert 10 125 - 225
WoW Icon 16x16.png Artisan 25 200 - 300
The Burning Crusade Master 40 275 - 375
Wrath of the Lich King Grand Master 55 350 - 450
Cataclysm Illustrious Grand Master 75 425 - 525
Mists of Pandaria Zen Master 80 500 - 600
Warlords of Draenor Draenor Master 90 1 - 700
Legion Legion Master 98 1 - 800

Leveling herbalism

See also: Profession#Increasing professional skill level

Herbalism is primarily leveled up by gathering herb nodes. Mousing over an herb node will show a tooltip with the words "Requires Herbalism," color-coded based on whether you can harvest it and how likely you are to get a skill up from it:

  • Red: Insufficient skill to harvest.
  • Orange: 100% chance of increasing skill level.
  • Yellow: Pretty good chance of increasing skill level.
  • Green: Small chance of increasing skill level.
  • Gray: Never increases skill level.

Note that skill bonuses can make the skill-up colors behave a little oddly. While the chance to gain a skill point from an herb depends on your base skill and does not change, the color coding goes by total skill, which causes herbs to appear to "gray out" faster than normal. Thus, with skill bonuses, it's possible to gain a skill point from an herb that seems to be gray.

Skill points can also be gained by completing N [110] Herbs for Healing at the Darkmoon Faire.

Herbalism skills

[Find Herbs] is automatically learned alongside Apprentice Herbalism, and allows herbs to be tracked on the minimap. All other herbalism skills are learned while gathering herbs native to the Broken Isles:

Herbalism Technique: Aethril Herbalism Technique: Aethril#Rank 2 Herbalism Technique: Aethril#Rank 3
Herbalism Technique: Dreamleaf Herbalism Technique: Dreamleaf#Rank 2 Herbalism Technique: Dreamleaf#Rank 3
Herbalism Technique: Fjarnskaggl Herbalism Technique: Fjarnskaggl#Rank 2 Herbalism Technique: Fjarnskaggl#Rank 3
Herbalism Technique: Foxflower Herbalism Technique: Foxflower#Rank 2 Herbalism Technique: Foxflower#Rank 3
Herbalism Technique: Felwort Herbalism Technique: Felwort#Rank 2 Herbalism Technique: Felwort#Rank 3
Herbalism Technique: Starlight Rose Herbalism Technique: Starlight Rose#Rank 2 Herbalism Technique: Starlight Rose#Rank 3
Herbalism Technique: Astral Glory Herbalism Technique: Astral Glory#Rank 2 Herbalism Technique: Astral Glory#Rank 3

Skill bonuses

See also: Profession#Bonus to profession skill

Skill bonuses can be used to temporarily increase herbalism skill, which allows an herbalist to gather herbs at a lower skill level than required.

From racial abilities

  • Tauren gain a 15-point bonus to their herbalism skill from the [Cultivation] racial trait. However, this does not allow a Tauren to harvest herbs without training the herbalism skill. This racial trait also provides a faster gathering time.

From items

From enchantments

Herbalism uses & perks

Herbs are the primary materials for Alchemy and Inscription. Though inscription's Patch 7.0.3 changes put a dent in herb demand, alchemy still manages to keep herbalism useful; because raiding guilds need flasks every week, max level herbs are generally very expensive.

Certain herbs have additional uses:

Rare herbs

Since certain herbs cannot be easily farmed, their prices and availability on the auction house tend to be highly unpredictable. This makes herbalism a valuable skill when looking to obtain them.

These herbs can only be found inside of other herbs' nodes:

These herbs simply have nodes that don't spawn often:

Experience

Gathering herbs can grant experience, providing herbalists a small boost while they level.

Level  [Peacebloom]
 [Bloodthistle]
 [Silverleaf]
 [Earthroot]  [Mageroyal]
 [Briarthorn]
 [Bruiseweed]
 [Stranglekelp]
 [Kingsblood]
 [Grave Moss]
 [Goldthorn]
 [Wild Steelbloom]  [Liferoot]  [Fadeleaf]
 [Khadgar's Whisker]
 [Firebloom]  [Arthas' Tears]  [Sungrass]
 [Blindweed]
 [Golden Sansam]
 [Icecap]
 [Mountain Silversage]
 [Sorrowmoss]
 [Dreamfoil]
5 45  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 55 55  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
7 65 65  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
8 70 70  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
9 80 80  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
10 85 85  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A
11 90 90  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A
12 90 90  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A
13 90 90  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A
14 100 100 100  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A
15 110 110  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A
16 110 120  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A
17 110 130 130  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A
18 110 140 140  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A
19 110 150 150  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A
20 110  ? 160  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A
...
22  ?  ? 180  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A
23  ?  ? 190  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A
23  ?  ? 200  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A
24 20 10 200  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? N/A N/A
25  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
26  ? 120  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
...
29  ?  ? 200  ? 240 110  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
30 10 10 200  ?  ? 70  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
31 10 10 160  ? 250 35  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
32 10 10 120  ? 270 15  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
33 10 10 80  ?  ? 15  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
34 10 10 40 40 310 15 250  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
35 10 10 40  ?  ?  ? 250  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
36 10 10  ?  ? 330  ? 200 350  ?  ?  ?  ?
...
40 10 10 20  ? 330 330 28  ?  ?  ? 440  ?
...
42 10  ? 20  ? 200 200 25 440  ?  ?  ?  ?
43  ?  ?  ? 10  ?  ?  ? 440  ?  ? 500  ?
44  ?  ?  ? 10  ?  ?  ? 440 460  ?  ? 525
45  ?  ? 20  ? 35  ?  ? 440 460 525 550 550
46  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 350 460  ? 575 575
47  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 575 600
48  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 270  ? 575 625
49  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 650

* N/A - can't reach skill level required to harvest the herb

Experience gained from herb-gathering is increased by rest and other experience gain buffs.

Herbalism-related items

Herb bags

An herb bag is a special type of bag that can carry only herbs (as well as a handful of other related items), but is usually much larger than the average similar-level bag.

Elemental ingredients

Herb gathering is an excellent source for elemental ingredients connected with life:

Buffs & consumables

Certain herbs give the herbalist a temporary buff when gathered:

Notes & trivia

Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2016-07-26): "In Draenor, mining and herbalism nodes are no longer able to be looted by multiple people at once. (This hotfix requires server restarts.)"
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): XP from gathering increased.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Gathering herbs now gives XP.[2] The higher level the character is, the less XP it will get.
  • Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13):
    • The names of some herbs have been changed to make them less confusing.
    • Underground herbs show up as gray on the minimap so you can tell them apart from above ground herbs.
    • When underground, above ground herb nodes will not be visible.
    • You no longer need to face the herb node to gather the herbs.

References

External links

For leveling guides please visit Tradeskill leveling guides