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A trainer is a special type of NPC that offers certain training or services, for a price. Guards in capitals can point players to the nearest trainer of any given type.

Types of trainers

Class trainers

Interact with trainer
Trainer out of range

Class trainers offer characters of the appropriate class the opportunity to reset their specialization, talents or glyphs, as well as selling the Dual Talent Specialization ability.

Profession trainers

Professions trainers give out profession skills and recipes, once the character has reached the appropriate level and proficiency.

Primary profession trainers

Secondary profession trainers

Other trainers

Trainer titles

Zen Master

MoP This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

Zen Master is the Mists of Pandaria stage of a profession where the player may create items upto and including skill of level 600 (requires MoP).

Illustrious Grand Master

Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

Illustrious Grand Master is the Cataclysm stage of a profession where the player may create items upto and including skill of level 525 (requires Cataclysm).

Since the 4.x release patches all trainers will train to this level, except for the multi-profession trainers found in starting areas.

Grand Master

WotLK This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

Grand Master is a title given to a trainer who can train a character to the Grand Master stage of a profession (requires WotLK).

Grand Master Trainers can be found in various far-flung locations for each faction in Northrend, but most are found in the faction starting towns of (Alliance Valgarde and Valiance Keep for the Alliance, Horde Vengeance Landing and Warsong Hold) for the Horde, and Dalaran for both factions.


TBC Before Patch 2.3, Master was a title given to a trainer who could train a character to the Artisan stage of a profession. After Patch 2.3, most Master titles were removed from trainers, and all capital city trainers could train up to Artisan.

In the past, Master Trainers would be found in various far-flung locations for each faction. Some were even found inside dungeon instances!

Other titles

Previous to Patch 2.3, profession trainers used to also have various levels of trainer titles from Journeyman to Expert to Artisan, such that they could only train to below the level of their title. Now in Azeroth (except Northrend), there is a main trainer and an occasional apprentice trainer (mostly in Silvermoon City and Undercity for some reason).

Patch changes

  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Class abilities are now learnt automatically by characters upon reaching the required level, without visiting trainers. Class trainers can now separately reset characters' specialization, talents and glyphs.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Archaeology secondary profession added.
  • WotLK Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Demons now learn skills as the character Levels. Existing Trainers/Grimoire sellers were either removed or turned into redundant NPCs.
  • TBC Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): All primary profession trainers outside of capitals (Alchemy, Blacksmithing, Enchanting, Engineering, Leatherworking, and Tailoring) have been changed to train up to Artisan level (skill level 300) in their respective professions.
  • TBC Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): The capital cities now possess Artisan level trainers for the primary professions they support, and are surrounded by their newly-dubbed Apprentices where applicable.

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