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This page is designed to help you gather hard-to-find materials that you may need for your chosen professions.

  • Note: this page is JUST for the hard-to-find items. Common items are not listed.

Essences and Reagents

Farming for reagents can be a time consuming affair, and many find it more cost efficient to just buy them off the Auction House. But as profit margins for blacksmiths are already meager at best, some still like to farm for these hard-to-get components. Be aware that many of the mobs suggested are also quest objectives, and are at peak hours hard to get at. All of these are also in contested zones, so keep an eye out for gankers if you are on a PvP server. Remember that an alchemist buddy with transmuting skills can be of great aid when you are looking for essences of different kinds.

Fire Reagents

Earth Reagents

Air Reagents

Water Reagents

Nature Reagents

  • Living Essence. Needed for several plans and enchants, such as those with +healing and Nature Resist attributes. Un'Goro Crater Tar pits, or Dire Maul East / West. Also off Warpwood and Irontree mobs in northern Felwood, or less reliably off the Decaying Horrors and Rotting Behemoths in the Weeping Cave in northeastern Western Plaguelands.
  • Mote of Life. Drops from Bog Lords and Fungal Giants in Zangarmarsh. They drop more commonly in the Deadmire but also reasonably well just to the east of Spawning Glen

Other Reagents

A good place to get Core of Earth and Breath of Wind is across the southern Abyssal Sands in Tanaris. From The Noxious Lair in the west, head east staying north of the Dunemaul Compound until you are south of Broken Pillar. Then head southeast to the area immediately north of The Gaping Chasm. If you criss-cross a bit in said areas you should run into several Land Ragers and Gusting Vortexes on each round.

Fire Plume Ridge in Un'Goro Crater is a good spot to farm for Heart of Fire and Essence of Fire, as the elementals there drop both kinds. It's about the only place to get Essence of Fire outside of Blackrock Mountain, so you should be prepared for some competition.



Almost everything used here comes from Herbalism. See down this page for things that can be farmed.

Vials of the various kinds are purchased at Alchemy vendors and Trade vendors. There is a vendor for the basic vials in almost every civilized area.


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Gems are also found from Mining, but it is much easier to get them from jewelcrafters who use [Prospecting] of ore.

  • [Copper Ore] and [Tin Ore]: Loch Modan is a zone abundantly filled with both metals; tin is mainly found in the east half of the zone, with some concentrations to the northeast by the elite Ogre camp. The rather low number of mobs and their predictable behaviour makes this an excellent zone to farm Copper and Tin or level up your mining skill. This is an Alliance zone, but higher level Horde players can conveniently access it via the Badlands.
    • Gold Coast Quarry and the coast of Westfall is a good place to mine copper and tin for Alliance characters.
    • Hilly terrain in Silverpine Forest is a good place to mine copper and tin for Horde characters.
  • [Mithril Ore]: Running a loop around the edge of the Hinterlands is one of the best ways to farm Mithril Ore, as the zone is rarely visited. Lethlor Ravine in the Badlands (a valley in the east of the zone with two entrances north and south) has been mentioned as a good place to farm Mithril, however, for 80s, the area is so small that the four or five nodes you will find will not have respawned until long after you found the fifth.
    • Thousand Needles since Cataclysm is loaded with Mithril.
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See the Mining proficiencies page for a list by skill level of what to get and where the popular gathering areas are.

Quest ores


Small Flame Sacs


  • Farm any mob which drops green or better quality items. Named elite mobs are particularly good for this.
  • Run instances that are below your level over and over again. Instances have far more uncommon and rare drops than in the world.
  • The building skills (Tailor, Blacksmith, Leatherworker) can make green and above items.
    • People make lots of these items to raise their skill and then vendor them.
    • Make a deal with one/some of these people to give/sell/trade these items to you to melt down for enchanting raw materials.
      • For example, send cloth to a tailor. They can use it to gain skill and send you the greens they made for you to disenchant.
    • Take up Tailoring and make your own greens to disenchant. Black Mageweave gear commonly drops Dream Dust and uncommonly drops Nether Essences. If you're lucky, you may be able to buy crafted gear from other tailors for a cheap price, since lower-level tailored gear doesn't sell very well.


Flasks of Oil

  • The Harvest Reapers of Westfall
  • Various slimes in the Wetlands
  • Venture Co. mobs at the Boulder Lode Mine in northeast Barrens

Fused Wiring

Random parts

After your Target Dummy is destroyed ALWAYS check the remains. You will find random engineering pieces and possibly the Fused Wiring.

First Aid

  • Bandages - See the Tailoring section below for where to get the various cloth types.
  • Antivenom - Venom sacs for lower level antivenom drop off of venomous spiders located throughout the world.


Deviate Fish

Nightfin Snapper

This is a nocturnal fish, hence the name.

Firefin Snapper

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Oily Blackmouth

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Stonescale Eel

The Stonescale Eel is Nocturnal.


The Gatherer add-on is particularly useful for recording where you've encountered herbs in the wild.


Bloodvine is the most rare herb in the game. It drops in Zul'Gurub when herbs are harvested by someone with a Blood Scythe in their bags, and sometimes from mobs.

Black Lotus

Black Lotus used to be the most valuable herb in the game found outside of instances, though they are largely supplanted by Frost Lotus now. Find it in places such as Winterspring and Eastern Plaguelands. It was required to create flask consumables until the advent of the Burning Crusade. They have a long respawn timer and are often heavily farmed.

Frost Lotus

Frost Lotus is the currently needed Lotus for Lich King endgame flasks. They have a chance to drop off *any* Lich King Herb, but do so with greater frequency with the higher level herbs, I.E. Lichbloom, Adder's Tongue, or Talandra's Rose. Auction prices are relatively stable on most realms between 20-40g per Lotus. Note: They are NOT millable by scribes, so are primarily useful to Alchemists.


Stranglekelp can be reliably farmed in Baradin Bay, near Menethil Harbor, the coast around Ratchet in The Barrens; and in the waters surrounding the Zoram Strand on the coast between Darkshore and Ashenvale. The waters of The Thousand Needles are now full of it. A few plants have been seen regularly along the coast of Stranglethorn Vale near the Vile Reef. Another very reliable place to farm for this herb is all along the coast of Westfall.

You can also get Stranglekelp without being an herbalist, by fishing: small quantities of it turn up regularly in schools of fish and pools of floating wreckage.


Swiftthistle is a rareish drop found in Briarthorn and Mageroyal and a few drops from plant-type creatures such as Deviate Shambler in Wailing Caverns and Thistleshrub Dew Collectors in the far southwest of Tanaris near the entrance to Un'goro Crater.


Wildvine is a rare drop next to Purple Lotus. It also is a rare-ish random drop from the Trolls in The Hinterlands and Stranglethorn Vale.


Blindweed is a scarce high level herb that can be found in Swamp of Sorrows, Un'Goro Crater, and Zangarmarsh. Swamp of Sorrows is an excellent location for farming Blindweed because it has a very high drop rate and it is relatively out of the way.

Ghost Mushroom

Ghost Mushroom is a scarce mid-level herb (245) that is found in many caves throughout the upper level zones (level 45+) of Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms. Further, many caves in Outlands and Northrend do contain a few of these herb nodes. They *are* millable by scribes, but due to the relatively scarce nature, they are not a great way of attaining pigment. Primarily used by Alchemists to make Ghost Dye which is needed for pre-BC relative endgame craftable tailoring items. Note that each node only gives 1 mushroom.


Netherbloom was previously used in mana potions and is rare enough to present a high AH price. It requires a Herbalism skill of 360 and can be found all over Netherstorm.


Light Leather can be farmed pretty easily at the Maclure Vineyards and Stonefield Farm in Elwynn Forest for beginning Leatherworkers. It can also be obtained at the Raptor Ground in the Barrens.

A wide variety of low- to mid-level leather drops can be gotten at Whelgar's Excavation Site in the Wetlands. Go with a group for the quests there and you can easily fill your packs by the time you finish them.

The raptors in Whelgar's Excavation Site drop Light Leather, Medium Leather, Heavy Leather, Light Hides, Medium Hides and Heavy Hides. Most drops are in the medium range but approximately 25-50% will be a combination of light and heavy leather (These raptors are now living fossils since Cataclysm and do not provide leather).

There are numerous cats and crocs in Northern Stranglethorn that drop Light Leather/Hide, Medium Leather/Hide.

  • Lvl. 25-26: The Growless Cave, at the base of Alterac Mountains are teeming with Yeti that drop medium and light leather. Used to be higher but now since Cata levels are lower.

Also the crocolisk island (the southernmost island in the Loch Modan) has a pretty fast spawn rate and every mob is skinnable for leather, which is mostly of the light variety.

The abundance of wolves (level 40+) in the usually scarcely populated Hinterlands provide both thick and heavy leather. They respawn quickly. It's rare to not find a wolf right outside of Aerie Peak.

Black Dragonscale

Lvl 50+ - Any of the dragonkin in Burning Steppes & Blackrock Spire have a chance of dropping them. For a better breakdown see Thottbot.

  • Lvl. 45+: Badlands. Elite whelps in Lethlor Ravine can drop Black Scales but the drop rate is abysmally low.
  • Lvl. 58+: Upper Blackrock Spire. The dragonkin here drop scales from skinning at about a 10-15 percent drop rate. Also, scales of any color can be skinned off the chromatic dragonkin. Chromatics are found in the Rend encounter and at the end boss, General Drakkisath.
  • LvL. 57+: Black Dragonkin, drakes and whelps south of Blackrock mountain.

Blue Dragonscale

Cobra Scales

Lvl 70+ - Skinned off Coilskar Cobras in Coilskar Point in shadowmoon valley or Twilight Serpents west of Forge Camp Hate in Nagrand. These are used to craft [Cobrahide Leg Armor] and sell about 20g a pop in the Auction House.

Core Leather

  • Lvl. 62 Elite: Get it by skinning the ancient core hounds in Molten Core, To do so requires you to have a skinning skill of 310, which before The Burning Crusade required you to have [Finkle's Skinner], which is only dropped by The Beast . You can also progress to Zul'Gurub to get the [Zulian Slicer] off High Priest Thekal, which also raises skinning by 10.

Deviate Scale

Devilsaur Leather

  • Lvl. 54+: The Un'Goro Crater. Huge Devilsaurs stalking around the area. Pathing Map

Fel Scales

Fel Hides

Green Dragonscale

  • Lvl. 42+: All around the Pool of Tears in the Swamp of Sorrows The creatures are Lvl. 42-45. These dragons were once elite, but were recently changed to non-elite.
  • Lvl. 50+: Temple of Atal'Hakkar (a.k.a. Sunken Temple). There are many elite Green Dragonkin that can drop scales here.

Green Whelp Scale

  • Lvl. 35-36: The Dreaming and Adolescent Whelplings drop these in Swamp of Sorrows.

Heavy Leather

  • Lvl. 30+: Stonemaul Ruins, south of Dustwallow Marsh in Kalimdor. Dragonspawnrange 30-35, droprates about 60%, rest is thick leather.
  • Lvl. 35+: Dustwallow Marsh along the eastern coastline. Mudrock Tortoise range from 36-38.
  • Lvl. 38-40: Western Badlands near Kargath. Best drop rates from the wolves and cats lvls 38-40.
  • Lvl. 38-40: Dustwallow Marsh, around Bloodfen Burrow in the southwest (coordinates approx. 31, 65). Raptors have very good drop rate. Good farming spot due to quick respawn and many mobs in a confined area.
  • Lvl. 25+: Stranglethorn Vale, raptors around Grom'gol Base Camp. Drop rate is VERY high (depending on skinning level).

(these are lower level since Cata but still drop some Heavy and Medium leather you can convert to Heavy leather.)

  • Lvl. 32: Hillsbrad Foothills A little bit counter intuitive, but the yeti cave north of Southshore. Mostly drop medium leather, but it's actually faster to just farm medium leather and turn it into heavy leather.
  • Lvl. 40+: Stranglethorn Vale along the southern coast line. Jungle Stalker raptors range from 40-43. Great place too, due to the large number of people killing them for quests. These mobs also occasionally drop Thick Leather.

(Since Cata these are replaced with level 27-30 Tigers and Panthers that drop Medium to Heavy leather.) Across the road to Mistvale Valley are level 31-32 Gorillas that drops Medium to Heavy leather.

  • Lvl. 40+: Wolves near Aerie Peak in The Hinterlands provide heavy leather and heavy/thick hides. These mobs also occasionally drop Thick Leather.

Heavy Scorpid Scale

Knothide Leather

  • Lvl. 64+: Nagrand. The Talbuk Thorngrazers around Garadar drop mostly Knothide Leather (65%; about 35% of the time they drop 1-3 scraps) and go down fairly quick, while dealing low damage

Larval Acid

Pristine Hide of the Beast

Raptor Hide

Note: Raptor Hide is a drop, and not skinned

  • Lvl. 30-38: Arathi Highlands. Raptors. Highland Strider, Highland Thrasher, and Highland Fleshstalkers. Most roam the zone, the fleshstalkers are found west of Boulderfist Hall.
  • Lvl. 40+: The Stranglethorn Vale Raptors. There are a large number of Raptors north of and around Grom'Gol Base Camp.
  • Lvl. 38-40: Dustwallow Marsh, around Bloodfen Burrow in the southwest (coordinates approx. 31, 65.) Probably safer than STV if on a PvP server.

Rugged Leather

Scorpid Scale

  • Lvl. 35+: The precipices of Thousand Needles are filled with scorpids and snakes that drop these scales.
  • Lvl. 38+: All of Tanaris. The lowest-level scorpids are closest to Gadgetzan, and range from Lvl 40-47.
  • Lvl. 50+: The Blasted Lands. The Scorpok there range from Lvl. 50-51, and generally have better drop rates than Tanaris.

Silithid Chitin

  • Lvl 57+ Elite silithids in Silithus. It can also be farmed by killing the Tortured Druids and Sentinels around Southwind Village, who will summon up to three Hive'Ashi Drones upon death. This can be risky and/or lethal, but easier than the slow farming of Elites. (Note: Since patch (1.12?), these undead Elves only summon one drone upon death - which have a fairly high droprate of the Chitins.)

Thick Leather

  • Lvl. 41-44: Crystalvein Mine (42,50) in Stranglethorn Vale (and the immediate surrounding area outside the entrance) has tons of Basilisks that drop Thick Leather most of the time, but also Heavy Leather. Re-spawn rate is excellent, since even at 80, after a full run through the area, re-spawns started showing up.
  • Lvl. 48+: Southeast to east of Un'Goro Crater. The raptors and the diemetradons range from levels 48-51. Great for farming thick leather!
  • Lvl. 49-50: Along the eastern shore in The Hinterlands are turtles from level 49-50. They drop thick leather roughly 60% of the time and rugged leather roughly 40% of the time. Be wary of Gammerita, however, an aggressive turtle who will attack on sight. Read a full writeup on the hinterland turtles here.

Thick Clefthoof Leather

Turtle Scale

  • Lvl. 35+: Northeast coast of Dustwallow Marsh, extending Northwest from Theramore Isle. The turtles range from Lvl. 36-38.
  • Lvl. 40+: East coast of Tanaris. The turtles along the northern part of the coast are levels 40-43 and usually drop 1 scale at a time. Turtles along the southern coast are levels 48-50 and often drop 1-2 scales. Be mindful of level 50-51 elite giants mixed among the turtles on the southern coast. The southernmost beach in Tanaris, Land's End Beach is loaded with the same 48-50 turtles, and no elite giants. Probably the best and loneliest place to farm Turtle Scales, however, many of these turtles are aggressive (red).
  • Lvl. 40+: East coast of The Hinterlands. The turtles are level 31-31. These Turtles may drop 1-3 scales when skinning. There is one aggressive named turtle Gammerita that wanders among them who will attack you on sight, but on this level you should have no problem handling it. Read a full writeup on the hinterland turtles here.

Worn Dragonscale

  • Lvl. 40+: Lethlor Ravine in the eastern Badlands. The whelps there are Lvl. 41-43, and the dragons are 41-50 Elites. The whelps and dragons are separate, so you don't need to worry about getting roasted if you're farming solo.
  • Lvl. 40+: Sprite Darter in a ravine west of Camp Mojache. The darters here are 42-45 and only killable by members of the Horde.
  • Lvl. 40+: Wyrmbog in Dustwallow Marsh. All the sprites and dragonkin here.
  • Lvl. 55+: Blackrock Spire. Worn Scales can drop off any dragonkin here.


Netherweave Cloth

Netherweave Cloth Can be found at Tuurem , there, Tuurem Scavenger , Tuurem Hunter , Wrekt Seer and Wrekt Warrior Drop Netherweave Cloth and have 55% drop rate so pretty common drop, But be advised, it is much better to take them on one by one, and flying mount is advised lvl 63+.

For details on places to farm cloth, please visit the items' pages:

Farming Tips & Additional Resources