World of Warcraft Alchemy Quick Start Leveling Guide
Your first step is to get to level 60 so that you can become a journeyman in your profession. If you are planning to make Alchemy your profession, you'll want to know how to quickly and easily level up this skill. Many alchemists at least, many alchemists who are also spellsters often find themselves drawn away to the "superior" art of potion-brewing. However, not all alchemists have that option. More than one skilled alchemist can cast no spells whatever, and many are the warriors together both the Forsaken and Night Elves who supplement their deadly skills with the heights of alchemical knowledge.
Alchemy is useful to all character classes. Melee fighters can use alchemy to create buff and healing potions. Spell casting classes can use alchemy to create mana potions and related buffs. You can create potions for yourself, sell them to others, or give them to your party members and friends. Alchemists are well loved when they hand out potions. Alchemy works the best if you combine it with the Herbalism skill, with both you are able to save a little money when leveling them up. If you do not have Herbalism that will mean you have to buy expensive herbs instead of creating them yourself.
Herbalism allows you to find and harvest herbs from particular resource nodes scattered around the world. 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. The Burning Crusade expansion contains several mobs that are capable of being harvested. Sufficiently skilled herbalists gain the Lifeblood ability. Convenient if you're ever involved in a plague.
High-level alchemists can also perform transmutations on elementary materials and some metals for use with other trademarks. In fact, Arcanite, which is used in many high-level Blacksmithing recipes, can not be mined – It can only be transmuted from Arcane Crystal, which is derived from Thorium.
Alchemy, at least once you have reached a certain level of skill and acquires a few high-demand recipes, is a fairly good money-making venture. As with any economy the main way to make money involves supply and demand (see resource box for citing). Be prepared to spend top price for rare recipes and spend hours grinding reputation with multiple factions. If you have Herbalism as well as Alchemy, be sure to check how much you can just sell the raw materials for. Healing and Mana potions are constantly in demand, although you'll find more buyers for the higher-level versions. For the common recipes you can often make more selling the herbs than you could by turning them into potions!
Keep an eye out for anyone selling herbs for low prices. Buy low and sell high, or hang on to herbs for later recipes. Make as many transmutes as possible, even if you have to spend your last money on materials. It is easier to sell transmuted materials in stacks of 5 or more. Of course you can sell your transmutes only, but will not profit as much as by transmuting for yourself and then selling.
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