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
- Death knight trainer
- Druid trainer
- Hunter trainer (with pet trainers)
- Mage trainer (with portal trainers)
- Paladin trainer
- Priest trainer
- Rogue trainer
- Shaman trainer
- Warrior trainer
- Warlock trainer
Primary profession trainers
- Alchemy trainer
- Blacksmithing trainer
- Enchanting trainer
- Engineering trainer
- Inscription trainer
- Jewelcrafting trainer
- Leatherworking trainer
- Tailoring trainer
Secondary profession trainers
Zen MasterThis section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.
Illustrious Grand MasterThis section concerns content exclusive to 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 MasterThis section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
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 ( Valgarde and Valiance Keep for the Alliance, Vengeance Landing and Warsong Hold) for the Horde, and Dalaran for both factions.
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.
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 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.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Archaeology secondary profession added.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pre-release weapon trainers for info on historical separate weapon skill trainers.