Biggest Changes to Professions in Classic WoW if You've Played BFA
Welcome to our overview of the biggest profession changes in Classic WoW as compared to Battle for Azeroth! While professions have been around since vanilla, much has changed over 15 years. If you've been playing BFA without any Vanilla experience but want to get into Classic, or are a Vanilla vet that wants a refresher course, these are the largest changes to the professions you should know about.
Curious what recipes are present in Classic that aren't present in Battle for Azeroth? Then check out our
Guide to the Lost Recipes of Azeroth
. Not sure what profession is best for you? Then check out
Best Professions in Classic WoW - Gold Making, PvE, and PvP
Overall Profession Changes from BFA
Inscription, Jewelcrafting, and Archaeology are not present in Classic WoW.
, retired in Battle for Azeroth, is alive and well.
There are no ways to automatically relearn recipes when discarding and retraining a profession.
There is no Reagent tab in the bank.
Profession recipes do not have ranks.
Profession skills are capped at 300 and you must level from 1-300, while in BFA skills are divided by expansion.
There is no Scrapper system from BFA to acquire more reagents, or Blood of Sargeras system in Legion to trade for preferred reagents.
The Darkmoon Faire does not provide profession skillup quests.
The best gear can only be crafted at high profession skill levels in Classic.
There is no equivalent to Battle for Azeroth's "Tools of the Trade" items in Classic.
Biggest Alchemy Changes from BFA to Classic
Alchemy requires players to go to specific laboratories in instances to create the best flasks.
There are no Alchemy specializations for Elixirs, Potions, or Transmutes in WoW Classic.
Alchemists do not benefit from the
Various Battle and Guardian elixirs can stack in Classic, providing players with a much-lengthier list of consumables to acquire.
Different vials are required for various Alchemy recipes.
Learn more about Alchemy in the
Classic Alchemy Guide
Comprehensive Consumable Guide
Biggest Blacksmithing Changes from BFA to Classic
In Classic WoW, Blacksmithing has several specializations, Armorsmithing and Weaponsmithing, which is further broken down into Master Axesmith, Hammersmith, or Swordsmith choices.
Classic Blacksmithing gear was mostly aimed at players interested in leveling, beginner raiding, or collecting resistance sets. In Battle for Azeroth, Blacksmithing gear focuses on max-level PvE epics and full PvP sets.
Blacksmiths cannot socket gear in Classic WoW.
Blacksmiths crafted many sharpening stones in Classic WoW to increase weapon damage, such as
Learn more about Blacksmithing in the
Classic Blacksmithing Guide
Biggest Cooking Changes from BFA to Classic
There are no group feasts in Classic WoW.
Cooking Fire was called Basic Campfire, required reagents, and dealt damage when stood on.
There are less "fun" cooking items in WoW Classic such as no
Delicious Chocolate Cake
Learn more about Cooking in the
Classic Cooking Guide
Biggest Enchanting Changes from BFA to Classic
Enchanters can only enchant others' equipment via the trade window. There are no vellums that can be placed on the AH.
Enchanting reagents in BFA are quite simplified, with only a few types of dusts used per expansion. In Classic, there is a wider variety of dusts from items disenchanted in level ranges.
system is not present in Classic.
Different types of Enchanting rods are needed for high-level enchants, such as
There are no ring enchants in Classic.
Enchanters crafted oils in Classic WoW such as
to increase stats when applied to weapons.
Learn more about Enchanting in the
Classic Enchanting Guide
, and check out our
to learn which is best for you!
Biggest Engineering Changes from BFA to Classic
Engineering explosives were very powerful in PvE and PvP in Classic; they are not considered a strong DPS consumable in BFA.
With the presence of an ammo slot in Classic, Engineers can craft various types of ammo for Hunters.
For many expansions, Engineers have enjoyed crafting epic BoP helms that were usually competitive. These helms are not present in Classic WoW.
There are no Engineering mounts in Classic WoW.
Engineering still has lots of popular gadgets, but well-loved ones like
were not present.
Learn more about Engineering in the
Classic Engineering Guide
Best Engineering Items for PvP Guide
Biggest Fishing Changes from BFA to Classic
There are minimum skill requirements to fish in zones.
Fish can get away, and the cast time per catch is slightly longer.
The fishing bobber has a different icon.
is required to fish.
Many weird and wacky types of fishing content are accessible in Battle for Azeroth, which have no equivalent in Classic, such as
The Angler's reputation
Underlight Angler artifact
Learn more about fishing in the
Classic Fishing Guide
Biggest Herbalism Changes from BFA to Classic
You must hit certain skill requirements in order to gather herbs in outdoor areas of the game in Classic WoW.
Herb nodes do not grant experience.
Herb nodes are not shared-tap among players.
Without the Inscription profession, there is no option to mill herbs.
is not present in Classic WoW.
. In addition,
is created using
Learn more about Herbalism in the
Classic Herbalism Guide
Low-Level Herb Farming Guide (1-150)
High-Level Herb Farming Guide (150-300)
Biggest Mining Changes from BFA to Classic
You must hit certain skill requirements in order to gather mineral veins in outdoor areas of the game in Classic WoW.
You may need to tap mining nodes several times in order to loot all of the ore and gems.
is required for mining.
Mineral veins do not grant experience.
Mineral veins are not shared-tap among players.
Without the Jewelcrafting profession, there is no option to prospect ore.
Learn more about Mining in our
Classic Mining Guide
Biggest Leatherworking Changes from BFA to Classic
Classic has three Leatherworking specialties with unique recipes:
- branch out and craft more Mail-type gear
- lots of elemental resistance and Leather-type agility gear
- lots of Leather-type intellect & agility gear, and the coveted
Classic Leatherworking gear was mostly aimed at players interested in leveling, beginner raiding, or collecting resistance sets. In Battle for Azeroth, Leatherworking gear focuses on max-level PvE epics and full PvP sets.
There are no Drums to buff stats.
Learn more about Leatherworking in our
Classic Leatherworking Guide
Biggest Skinning Changes from BFA to Classic
You must have
in your bags in order to skin a mob.
Some items only obtainable through Skinning were needed for important resistance gear.
There are a number of mobs that required skinning beyond max level like
. You could increase your skinning level through
Skinnable mobs are not shared-tap among players.
Learn more about Skinning in our
Classic Skinning Guide
Guide to Farming Specialty Scales
Guide to Farming Leather
Biggest Tailoring Changes from BFA to Classic
Tailors can craft bags for specific classes, such as
There is a much-larger emphasis on collectible shirt and fashion patterns in Classic, with over 20 shirts from Classic Tailoring recipes.
Classic Tailoring gear was mostly aimed at players interested in leveling, beginner raiding, or collecting resistance sets. In Battle for Azeroth, Tailoring gear focuses on max-level PvE epics and full PvP sets.
Bandages are created through the First Aid profession, not Tailoring, in Classic.
There are no Tailor-specific cloak enchants in Classic, but crafted items had a variety of interesting effects like
Learn more about Tailoring in our
Classic Tailoring Guide
Cloth Farming Guide (Silk, Mageweave, Runecloth & Felcloth)
Cloth Farming Guide (Linen and Wool)
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