Posted Thu, Mar 22, 2012 by Messiah
Enchanting is one of many primary professions found inside World of Warcraft. Unlike other professions that produce tangible objects, Enchanting provides the player with the ability to enchant (add various stats and other effects to) items, as well as the ability to disenchant magical items into materials that are in turn used to enchant items. Thanks to these two abilities playing off each other Enchanting is possibly one of the easiest professions to level, especially if completed while the player levels up.
As mentioned above, Enchanting is a primary profession which means it counts towards the two profession limit of all characters. You can unlearn Enchanting at any time; however, doing so will result in the undoing of any skill points you have earned as well as any special recipes you have learned along the way. Enchanting can be a very profitable profession for those who choose to work at it.
Inside this guide to Enchanting in World of Warcraft goes over the basics and is filled full of information sure to aid the new Enchanter in mastering this profession.
To get started on your Enchanting journey in WoW, seek out an Enchanting Trainer. Enchanting Trainers can be found in all major cities and their location can be revealed by simply speaking with the nearest city guard. Choose “Profession Trainer” then “Enchanting” and your map will be marked with the exact location of an Enchanting Trainer making finding these sometimes elusive NPCs a snap.
Once you have sought out your Enchanting Trainer, right click on the NPC and learn Apprentice Enchanting, the lowest tier of Enchanting skill and the beginning to your journey in this profession. Disenchanting will be automatically learned once you have chosen Enchanting as one of your professions. As you level your Enchanting you will need to return to the trainer from time to time to advance to the next rank. Opening a new rank allows you to not only continue to increase your skill, but also, learn more powerful recipes. The various tiers of Enchanting are as follows:
|Artisan||200 - 300|
|Master (Burning Crusade)||300 -375|
|Grand Master (WotLK)||375-450|
Remember, if you decide Enchanting is not the profession for you then it can be unlearned at any time.
Unlike other crafting professions Enchanting does not rely on any kind of gathering profession such as Mining, Skinning, or Herbalism. Instead players typically take up another crafting profession that will help provide green items for the Enchanter to disenchant. The most popular crafting profession to accompany Enchanting tends to be Tailoring, however, if you feel Blacksmithing or Leatherworking would better suit your style, these are also viable options.
Every single profession in WoW has a perk that defines it and makes it special onto itself. Enchanting is no different and its perk is quite appealing. Each Enchanter will find that they will be able to add enchants to both of their rings, something not possible outside this profession. These two extra enchants give Enchanters extra stats and bonuses that will boost various stats and give the Enchanter a clear advantage.
Once you have learned the Enchanting skill you will want to put it to use and begin leveling it up. Open your Enchanting window and familiarize yourself with it. Along with some self explanatory buttons you will also find the various enchants you are currently able to perform, what these enchants do, what items the enchants are able to be placed on as well as a list of materials needed to perform each enchant. The materials needed for enchants generally includes various dusts and essences, obtained through Disenchanting or the Auction House, as well as various rods which can also be bought on the Auction House or created by a Blacksmith.
Unlike many other professions in WoW, once you have the materials for a particular enchant you will either be placing the enchant on an already existing item, or on a Vellum (a type of paper material made by Inscriptionists) which will hold the enchant so it can be stored and sold on the Auction House or saved for a later date. Since low level enchants typically are not able to be sold, only the highest level enchants are placed on Vellums. Instead Enchanters skilling up instead typically enchant their own pieces of gear or enchant random items they have picked up along the way. This is especially effective as items can be enchanted an unlimited amount of times. Another option is to offer your enchants for free to other players.
Once you have chosen the enchant and have an item to place it on, you mouse pointer will have a slight glow around it. This means that the enchant is ready to be applied. Simply left click on the item you wish to enchant to complete the process. Looking for the quickest route to level your Enchanting? Check out our Enchanting Leveling Guide for the quickest route to skill level 525!
The skill to Disenchant an item is aquired the moment a player learns the Enchanting profession. This ability allows the player to turn the magical properties of green quality or higher items and turn them into the essential dusts and other materials that Enchanters need to perform enchants. To Disenchant an item simply select “Disenchant” from your spell book and a glow will appear around your mouse. Left click on the item you wish to Disenchant and a bar will appear letting you know how long it will take to Disenchant the item. WARNING! Choosing to Disenchant an item is permanent! While you can interrupt the cast, once an item has been Disenchanted there is no going back!
Once the Disenchanting process is completed a loot window will appear and you will be able to see and loot the various Enchanting materials that particular item has produced. While most green quality and above items will be able to be Disenchanted there are some exceptions including but not limited to:
Your Enchanting skill will determine what level items you may Disenchant, the higher your skill the higher level items you may use. It is also useful to note that Disenchanting items also will give Enchanting skill points to the player for a short period of time.
Turning a profit with Enchanting in the old days used to be more than a little work, but with the introduction of Vellums making a profit as an Enchanter has become much, much easier. Enchanters can now simply need to pinpoint a hot selling enchant, place it on a Vellum and then place it on the Auction House and wait for it to sell. Since enchants need to be replaced every time a player gets a new piece of gear, the Enchanting business is nearly always booming.
Not one for sitting around and waiting? Enchanters can also choose to do things the old fashioned way and head to a major city. Here they may advertise their wares in Trade Chat for potential buyers. If you choose to do this, be sure to decide on your prices beforehand and try to keep them competitive. Also be sure to work out a price list beforehand and be courteous and fair to your customers.
Players may also make a profit by using the Disenchanting skill. Simply take the dusts, essences and other items you receive after Disenchatning an item and place them on the Auction House or advertise them in Trade Chat. The most cost effective way to do this is to only use items that you collect, however, more motivated players may also buy items off the Auction House and Disenchant them for profit. This is a delicate process and you must be sure the item price does not exceed the gold you will eventually make.
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