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  • Zapthrottle Mote Extractor
  • Item Level 61
    Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Requires Engineering (305)
  • Use: Extracts gas from a nearby gas cloud
    Shows the location of nearby gas clouds on the minimap while the mote extractor remains in your inventory.
  • Sell Price: 1g 50s
  • Cooldown: 1.5 seconds

Zapthrottle Mote Extractor is a device used by Engineers to extract motes and crystallized elements from gas clouds. The Extractor can detect these clouds and track their position on the minimap while placed in inventory, irrespective of your other tracking preferences (e.g. while tracking Minerals).


Here, a Warlock demonstrates the Zapthrottle Mote Extractor. (The Warlock is standing on the hill behind the cloud, he is not floating.)

The Zapthrottle Mote Extractor is crafted by Engineers with a skill level of 305.

The components are:
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2x [Fel Iron Casing]
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2x [Handful of Fel Iron Bolts]
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4x [Primal Life]
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1x [Delicate Arcanite Converter]

[Schematic: Zapthrottle Mote Extractor] is a quest reward for the quest N [60] The Zapthrottle Mote Extractor!.

Cost from basic components
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40x [Mote of Life]
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16x [Fel Iron Ore]
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1x [Ironweb Spider Silk]
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1x [Arcanite Bar]


This item is used to extract motes from various clouds, gases, mists and vortices in Outland and Northrend. It can be put to use on the fairly distinctive, wandering clouds as long as your character is in close proximity to them. Simply activate the device when you are near a cloud and it will channel the motes into a spare inventory slot, should you have one.

In General

If you are an Engineer using Mining as your second primary profession, and you find a spot with both a cloud and an ore vein in close proximity in a heavily farmed area, it is in your best interest to mine the ore first. While there are many Engineers in the game who may go after the cloud while you are mining the ore, there are far more Miners who may come for the ore as you are harvesting the cloud.

In Burning Crusade World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

Note that Arcane Vortices are normally invisible, so if your minimap tracker is not enough to go on you will need the ability to Detect Invisibility.

One common misconception is that this item can also be used to extract Motes of Water from the Pure Water that spawns in fishing spots around Outland, particularly in Nagrand. Pure Water in fact gives up its bounty to players who fish from it, not to mote extractors.

Note that Windy Clouds will very frequently spawn on top of the floating islands that are dotted about the Nagrand region, requiring a minimum of Expert Riding to reach them.

Also note that other methods exist for acquiring Motes, such as by tapping veins or looting from elemental creatures.

Be sure you have bag space before you start extraction. The cloud disappears after extraction whether you collected the motes or not. If you have an engineering bag the motes are automatically allocated to that, so having an engineering bag is very helpful here.

In Wrath of the Lich King World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Various clouds and such also exist in Northrend, where the Zapthrottle Mote Extractor can be used to extract Crystallized ingredients. The main difference is that more than one kind of element can be extracted, unlike the ones in Outland.[1]

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