Updated Wed, Dec 05, 2012 by Xerin
First Aid is one of several secondary professions available to every players in World of Warcraft. First Aid takes basic cloth collected from humanoids throughout the world and allows the player to turn it into bandages. These bandages can then be used to heal the player or other nearby players. While many players choose to overlook First Aid, it can prove to be an especially useful profession and could possibly save you, or one of your companions, from certain doom.
First Aid, like all other professions in World of Warcraft, can be trained by visiting the nearest First Aid Trainer. These trainers can be found in all major cities (and some more remote locations as well). If you are having trouble locating the First Aid Trainer in a city, don't panic! Simply speak to one of the city guards for some handy directions to get you set on your way.
First Aid is all about creating bandages and then using them to heal your battle wounds. As previously Bandages are created with cloth that is collected from the various humanoids found throughout the world. Cloth can also be purchased from the Auction House.
Bandages can be made from any type of cloth you collect. The higher level the cloth, the higher level of bandage can be created. To create a bandage, go to the professions tab and select First Aid. Here you will see a listing of all the bandages you can potentially create, as well as which you have the correct cloth to create.
Simply choose the bandage you want to create, then click on the “Create” button at the bottom of the tab. After the creation process is completed the bandage(s) will appear in your bags.
Skilling up First Aid is fairly simple. All you need to do is continue to create bandages as outlined above. Whether creating a certain type of bandage will award you a skill point can be determined by its color in the first aid tab. Bandage patterns can come in five distinct colors. Check out a listing of the various colors and their potential to earn you skill points in the table below:
|Red||Unable to craft at this time.|
|Orange||A skill point will always be gained.|
|Yellow||A skill point will most likely be gained.|
|Green||A skill point will likely not be gained.|
|Gray||A skill point will never be gained.|
As you earn skill points you will advance through a series of ranks starting with Apprentice. Every 50-75 skill points you will want to seek out your First Aid Trainer who will award you for your hard work with a new rank and potentially the ability to create new (and better quality) bandages. The ranking system is outlined in the table below:
|Master (The Burning Crusade)||300-375|
|Grand Master (WotLK)||375-450|
Now that you know all about how to create bandages and how to skill up your First Aid profession, its time to learn how you can put them to good use. Bandages can be used to heal yourself, or other players in a pinch or can even be used to reduced downtime between battles. To use the bandage click on the person you wish to heal, then right click on the bandage.
Once clicked you will begin to channel, which
means you cannot move while using it. The longer you channel the spell,
the more healing the bandage provides. Channeling can also be interrupted
if the player you are trying to heal moves to far away and also when you
take damage, like any other channeled spell. The higher quality of bandage
you use, the more healing it will ultimately provide. Once a bandage has
been used on a player they receive the "Recently Bandaged" debuff. This
means the player cannot be healed using a bandage again for the duration
of the debuff.
Bandages are particularly useful because they can be used in or out of combat. This means that they can be put into use in more than a few ways. From springing a pinch heal during a fight, to reducing the time between battles, bandages are a handy thing to have around. First Aid is one of those professions that you will likely never be sorry you took the time to level.
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