Reagent

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A reagent (IPA riˈeɪdʒənt or re-ey-gents[1]) is an item that is required in order to cast a specific spell or use a specific ability. A reagent differs from a tool in that successfully using the ability/spell will consume the reagent. The use of the term comes from chemistry terminology, reactant, and items used in chemical reactions.[2] Blizzard Entertainment adopted the term to extend its use to include spells and some recipes. Reagents are generally not tradeskill or crafting ingredients (except perhaps Alchemy).

Reagents used for glyphs & talents

Reagents Used by Spells or Abilities

Removed from game The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft in patch 5.0.4.

Name Source Used by Price1
 [Rune of Teleportation] Reagent vendor Mage: [Teleport] 10s
 [Rune of Portals] Reagent vendor Mage: [Portal] 20s
 [Arcane Powder] Reagent vendor Mage: Ritual of Refreshment 10s
 [Light Feather] Harpies and birds
(various levels)
Mage: [Slow Fall]
Priest: [Levitate]
 [Maple Seed] Reagent vendor Druid: [Rebirth] 2s
 [Ankh] Reagent vendor Shaman: [Reincarnation] 20s
 [Shiny Fish Scales] Water creatures
Level 20-40
Shaman: [Water Breathing]
 [Fish Oil] Naga and Murlocs
Level 30-50
Shaman: [Water Walking]

1 This is the base price before any discounts.

Reagent vendors can be found in all major cities and many towns.

Reagents Used by Professions

Some drops from mobs that are materials for tradeskill recipes were also classified as "reagents" by the game. (For example in the auction house.) This was counterintuitive, as such items would more logically be called "trade goods". Examples included  [Elemental Earth] and  [Ironfeather].

All such items were later reclassified into the new, more specific category of Crafting Reagent.

Elemental Drops

There are three tiers of elemental reagents. These are used by all professions for crafting and enchants. They are dropped by elementals of the corresponding type at rates of 2-10%, making them somewhat valuable.

Each tier becomes available off of mobs of progressively higher level. For example, (almost) all fire elementals can drop the lowest level item  [Elemental Fire]. A level 50+ elemental can drop Elemental Fire, Heart of Fire, or Essence of Fire.

Name Item Level Source Transmute
 [Elemental Earth] 25 Earth Elementals
 [Elemental Fire] 25 Fire Elementals
 [Elemental Air] 25 Air Elementals
 [Elemental Water] 25 Water Elementals
 [Core of Earth] 45 Earth Elementals (lvl. 40 and up)
 [Heart of Fire] 45 Fire Elementals (lvl. 40 and up)
 [Breath of Wind] 45 Air Elementals (lvl. 40 and up)
 [Globe of Water] 45 Water Elementals (lvl. 40 and up)
 [Ichor of Undeath] 45 Undead (lvl. 40 and up)
 [Heart of the Wild] 45 Plant Elementals (lvl. 40 and up)
 [Essence of Earth] 55 Earth Elementals (lvl. 50 and up) Transmutes to Living or Water
Transmuted from Living or Fire
 [Essence of Fire] 55 Fire Elementals (lvl. 50 and up) Transmutes to Earth
Transmuted from Air
 [Essence of Air] 55 Air Elementals (lvl. 50 and up) Transmutes to Fire
Transmuted from Water
 [Essence of Water] 55 Water Elementals (lvl. 50 and up) Transmutes to Air or Undeath
Transmuted from Earth or Undeath
 [Essence of Undeath] 55 Undead (lvl. 50 and up) Transmutes to Water
Transmuted from Water
 [Living Essence] 55 Plant Elementals (lvl. 50 and up) Transmutes to Earth
Transmuted from Earth

Other Drops Used by Professions

Note: This table only includes drops that are classified in-game as reagents.

Name Item Level Source Used by
 [Blue Pearl] 1 Giant Clams at the Vile Reef Quest
 [Schematic: Flash Bomb]
 [Deviate Scale]
 [Perfect Deviate Scale]
1 Wailing Caverns mobs  [Pattern: Deviate Scale Cloak]
 [Pattern: Deviate Scale Gloves]
 [Pattern: Deviate Scale Belt]
 [Naga Scale] 1 Naga (level 20-40)  [Pattern: Azure Shoulders]
 [Larval Acid] 55 Carrion Worms in the Eastern Plaguelands Enchant Gloves - Threat
Six level 300 Leatherworking patterns
 [Fiery Core] 60 Molten Core mobs Many Molten Core recipes
 [Lava Core] 60 Molten Core mobs Many Molten Core recipes

Patch changes

Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): What little reagents for spells/abilities that remained have been removed.
Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Reagents that have been removed at the start of Cataclysm, but stayed common quality will finally be changed into poor quality items.
Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Any reagents that were missed in the previous patch were changed with this one, including making previous reagents poor quality.
Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Several reagents were removed or condensed down to one type for multiple ranks of spells.
The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): [Blind] no longer has a reagent requirement for Rogues.

References

  1. ^ "reagent." Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary. Merriam-Webster, Inc. 30 Mar. 2009. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/reagent>
  2. ^ http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/reagent