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Herbalism allows you to find and harvest herbs from particular resource nodes scattered around the world using [Herb Gathering]. It is a primary profession. While a very small number of herbs are sometimes used for other trade skills, the vast majority are used for Alchemy and Inscription. Starting with the World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Burning Crusade expansion, mobs will appear in-game that can be harvested.

See harvestable mobs for a list.

Herbalism pointers:

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

For other articles related to Herbalism, see the Herbalism category.

Herbalism in Legion

World of Warcraft: Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

Legion-level players may learn herbalism and raise it to cap all within the zones of the Broken Isles. Though the "partial herbs gathered", introduced with Warlords of Draenor, remains in effect for lower levels, players in Legion zones will always gather full herbs, regardless of herbalism level. Learning herbalism in the Isles is as easy as picking an herb.

In addition, the new herbs have three ranks and perks associated with them. Ranks 1 and 2 are similar across all herbs, allowing herablists to gather the particular herb more effectively (Rank 1) and find rare materials when gathering (Rank 2):

  • Aethril: Azsuna
    • Rank 3 - Gathering herbs in the Broken Isles may cause additional herbs to appear.
    • Needed by Rogues for NRogue} [103] Noggenfogger's Reasonable Request
  • Dreamleaf: Val'sharah
    • Rank 3 - Gather even more materials from each dreamleaf plant.
    • Corrupted dreamleaf summons a Nightmare mob
  • Felwort:
    • Rank 3 - Gather seeds from all Broken Isles herbs.
    • Needed by Alchemists for N [110] Lining the Crucible
  • Fjarnskaggl: Stormheim
    • Rank 3 - Mount quickly after gathering any herb in the Broken Isles.
  • Foxflower: Highmountain
    • Rank 3 - Gather even more materials from each foxflower plant.
    • Needed by Blacksmiths for N [102] Nature Provides
  • Starlight Rose: Suramar
    • Can fail, giving Starlight Rosedust
    • Rank 3 - Attempting to gather a starlight rose will always succeed.

Partial herbs new in Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

Starting with the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Warlords of Draenor expansion, nearly all basic herbs can be gathered with Herbalism skill of 1, but the full herb will only drop if the character has the appropriate minimum skill to gather the herb. If the skill is below the minimum, a partial herb will drop that requires 10 to create the full herb. Partial herbs will have suffixes like "Blade", "Bramble", "Cap", "Leaf", "Stem", etc. added to the names of the full herb to distinguish them as partial herbs.

Mining [Mining] also has a similar mechanism when trying to gather ore with a minimum required skill above current skill points.


Herbalism proficiency refers to a character’s training in Herbalism. The table below summarizes what level, skill, and expansion are required to advance to each proficiency.

Proficiency Level Skill Expansion
Apprentice 5 1 - 75
Journeyman 10 50 - 150
Expert 20 125 - 225
Artisan 35 200 - 300
Master 50 275 - 375 World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
Grand Master 65 350 - 450 World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King
Illustrious Grand Master 75 425 - 525 World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Zen Master 80 500 - 600 World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria
Draenor Master 90 600 - 700 World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor
Legion Master 98 700 - 800 World of Warcraft: Legion


As herbalism is a gathering profession like Skinning and Mining, it can potentially be useful to any class who intends to use it as a source of income by selling the herbs they gather. However, it is of particular interest to any alchemist, since herbalism gives you a good supply of ingredients for your potions.

Scribes with the inscription skill will also use most type of herbs as ingredients for pigments, which are used to make glyphs.


Required Tools

Unlike skinning and mining, no special tools are required to gather herbs. Prior to the Cataclysm, a Blood Scythe was required to gather bloodvine, but the herb has since been removed.

Find Herbs

Find Herbs is a skill gained when learning Apprentice Herbalism. While active it highlights unharvested herb resources in the immediate area on the mini-map. These herbs are highlighted whether the player is at a level to harvest them or not. In addition a number of other resources (those that may be considered plants) will also be highlighted.

A bonus to choosing herbalism is that Find Herbs will also highlight the herbs for herb-related quests, then when the quest is complete and the herbs cannot be picked any longer, automatically stop highlighting them.


An Herb Bag is a special type of bag that goes into one of your four bag slots (or a bank bag slot). It can carry only herbs, as well as a handful of other related items. It is usually much larger than the average inventory bag that you would normally have at that level.

Skill Bonuses


Mousing over and inspecting the tooltip for any herb in the game world will allow you to determine whether or not you can harvest it. The "Requires Herbalism" text will be color coded as follows:

  • Orange: 100% chance of increasing skill level. (in past possible "Failed attempt")
  • Yellow: 75% chance of increasing skill level.
  • Green: <50% chance of increasing skill level.
  • Gray: Never increases skill level.

Players need to return to herbalism trainers whenever they reach their current herbalism skill cap in order to progress further.


  • N [16] Root Samples
  • B [96] Clearing the Garden
  • N [98] Choked by Nightmare
  • N [98] Insane Ramblings
  • A [98] Jeweled Spade Handle
  • N [98] One Dead Plant is Too Many
  • A [98] Ram's-Horn Trowel
  • N [98] Spayed by the Spade
  • N [98G] The Last Straw
  • N [98] The Missing Page
  • A [98] The Spade's Blade
  • N [98] Twisted to Death
  • A [98] Vrykul Herblore
  • N [98] A Slip of the Hand
  • N [98] Aethril Sample
  • A [98] Desperation Breeds Ingenuity
  • N [98] Ragged Strips of Silk
  • N [98] An Empathetic Herb
  • N [98] Dreamleaf Sample
  • A [98] Felwort Analysis
  • N [98R] Felwort Mastery
  • N [98] Felwort Sample
  • N [98G] Fjarnskaggl
  • N [98] Fjarnskaggl Sample
  • H [98] Chase the Culprit
  • N [98] Foxflower Sample
  • H [98] Teeny Bite Marks
  • N [98] The Pied Picker
Starlight Rosedust
  • N [98] Starlight Rosedust
  • H [98G] Tharillon's Fall
  • N [98] The Gentlest Touch

Harvestable herbs

See: herb for a complete listing of herbs you can gather, as well as their skill requirements.

Herbalism in Pandaria

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

With World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria changes were made to the herbalism profession. Skill level 526-600, Zen Master, can be learned at the Herbalism trainer. In order to learn this you need to have a skill of 500 and be level 80.

Herbalism in Outland

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

With World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, several changes were made to the herbalism profession in the expansion zone: Outland. Herbalism is the primary gathering trade skill employed by Alchemy to make potions, elixirs, and flasks. Skill level 301-375, Master, can be learned at the Herbalism trainer, Rorelien, who can be found in the ground floor room of the tower in Honor Hold, or, for the Horde, Ruak Stronghorn, found in the north-west tower in Thrallmar, on the bottom floor underneath the stairs. You need to have a skill of 275 or higher to learn this. There is no apparent level requirement. With the expansion pack, the following changes have occurred to make herbalism a much more rewarding gathering skill:

  • Outland offers a wide array of monsters that can be skinned for herbs after the target has been killed and all loot has been taken. Several types of herbs as well as Vendor Trash can be "herb-skinned" off a kill. Several areas in Zangarmarsh offer monsters that can be "herb-skinned" for herbs such as Ancient Lichen, Terocone, and Felweed. In addition to herbs that can be farmed off of these creatures, motes can also be found. Motes are an integral part of crafting professions in the expansion. Note that "herb-skinning" monsters requires herbalism skill equal to five times the monster's level, like skinning does, but will not cause a player to gain skill.[citation needed]
  • Outland also offers herbalist a slight opportunity to find items of significant value when gathering a herb. Green quality items have been discovered, but this seldom occurs.
  • One time use items can be picked up when collecting a herb. These items can also be picked up off of skinning a monster in Outland. These items may be eaten to receive a stat bonus for a short period of time. Herbs can yield an item that will absorb damage for a period of time.
  • Merely collecting certain types of herbs in Outland may yield a particular stat bonus for a short period of time. For example, Dreaming Glory gives a buff that regenerates a small amount of health over time.


Roleplaying Resource

A Medicinal Guide to Azerothian and Outland Herbs lists harvestable herbs and their real-world medicinal equivalents or approximations. A resource for role-players who want to use herbs for more than just alchemy. Now you too can be an Apothecary (a doctor-like profession that specializes in herbs).

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Herbalists can now harvest herbs throughout the game world without hard skill requirements. The yield an Herbalist will be able to harvest from each node is now determined by skill level.
  • World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3 (15-Nov-2010): Gathering herbs will give XP.[1] The higher level the character is, the less XP it will get. See Formulas:Gather XP.

External links

For a complete list of leveling guides by profession please visit Tradeskill leveling guides
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