This guide covers how to get started in Engineering, including leveling from 1-450, best paired professions, races and classes, differences between TBC Classic and WoTLK Classic, finding profession trainers, and the basics of crafting items in Engineering.
Players new to Wrath of the Lich King Classic will be required first to level their professions in Classic or Burning Crusade Classic.
Gizmos, gadgets, ammunition, explosives, Zapthrottle Mote Extractors, unique mounts, pets and more! Dating back to WoW Classic, Engineering has always been such a unique and fun profession for players. That continues to be the case in Wrath of the Lich King Classic and with even more utility, Engineering packs a punch as a huge contender and arguably one of the best professions to have for both PvE and PvP.
Engineering goggles have always been a top reason to become an Engineer, and WoTLK Classic does not disappoint. Goggles such as Armored Titanium Goggles, Visage Liquification Goggles, and Weakness Spectralizers will stay strong well into early raiding at the very least, and sometimes beyond. As usual, these Goggles are Bind on Pickup only and require Engineering (400) to use.
Heartseeker Scope for Hunters are also excellent additions to their firepower.
Wormhole Generator: Northrend brings all the excitement, convenience, and occasional fatal outcomes you have come to expect from the Engineering profession. This randomly transports you around Northrend (don’t use it without a Parachute Cloak. Just sayin’.)
The new Tinkering category is another potent reason to consider Engineering. This creates several Engineering-only bonuses to your own helm, cloak, gloves, belt, and boots. Many of these combine stats with other effects, such as Mind Amplification Dish helm enchant (+45 Stamina, Mind Control). Others have effects only, such as the Personal Electromagnetic Pulse Generator, which allows you to confuse nearby mechanicals.
One of the most exciting additions is the engineered-only mounts Mekgineer’s Chopper /
Jeeves offers bank access , vendoring, and repair services (10 minutes, 1 hour cooldown). You can even drop Jeeves during combat for emergency repairs during a particularly brutal fight. This is an excellent perk for inside dungeons where you might wish to open up some crucial bag space or deal with broken gear.
MOLL-E provides portable mail service (10 minutes, 2 hour cooldown) anywhere in the world, even inside dungeons and raids. Anyone nearby can access MOLL-E when dropped.
Engineering is most commonly paired with Mining for ease of gathering materials needed. However, if you’re a sweatlord like myself, you’ll find that Engineering pairs nicely with other primary professions depending on your class and role, as discussed below. Thus, if you plan to have two primary professions, it’s a great idea to have an alt that can farm materials for you, or if you have the gold to spend, purchase them from the Auction House.
Dating back to WoW Classic, in terms of race advantage, Gnomes still have their Engineering Specialization skill in Wrath of the Lich King Classic, which gives them +15 to their Engineering skill.
As for best classes to learn Engineering? That’s a loaded question. Right off the bat, it seems like a no-brainer for a Hunter to lean towards Engineering because of the utility it provides with ammunition and ranged weaponry. But realistically, Engineering is considered one of the best professions for many classes, and a major reason for that is because of a new category called Tinkering, where you can add Engineering-only enchants to your gear to increase their stats and provide other incredibly useful effects.
One of the most prominent differences added to Engineering in Wrath of the Lich King Classic is the addition of the Tinkering for Engineers. Found under a new category window in your Engineering menu, Tinkers are special item enchants for Engineers. They are surely game changers when it comes to enhancing your gear.
The following lists all of the Tinkers that will be available to you, some learned from any of your Northrend Engineering trainers, and the rest from Timofey Oshenko in Dalaran:
|Mind Amplification Dish||Helm||+45 stam; mind control|
|Flexweave Underlay||Cloak||+23 agility; slow fall|
|Springy Arachnoweave||Cloak||+27 spell power; slow fall|
|Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket||Gloves||1654-2020 fire dmg rocket|
|Hyperspeed Accelerators||Gloves||+340 haste rating for 12 sec|
|Reticulated Armor Webbing||Gloves||+885 armor|
|Frag Belt||Belt||throw a Cobalt Frag Bomb|
|Personal Electromagnetic Pulse Generator||Belt||confuse mechanicals|
|Nitro Boosts||Boots||+24 crit rating + run speed|
Tinkering enhancements cannot stack with item enchants and will replace any pre-existing enchants you have on those items. Tinkers can only be applied to your own gear.
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A new addition to Engineering is the ability to “Salvage” mechanical corpses after being killed by players. Consider this the version of Skinning for Engineers. Salvaging allows you to collect random parts: some could be grey items to vendor for gold ( Stripped Sprocket, Sprung Sprocket, Sprung Whirlygig), others may be actual materials you need for Engineering. You never know what you might find from Salvaging!
Another Engineering difference between TBC Classic and Wrath of the Lich King Classic is how you interact with gas clouds. In TBC, Engineers are required to have any of the crafted goggles equipped in order to view gas clouds on their minimap. However, in Wrath, goggles are no longer needed.
Gas clouds will automatically pop up on your minimap as long as you’re an Engineer. Players will still need to use Zapthrottle Mote Extractor to extract the material. Instead of motes in TBC ( Mote of Water, Mote of Fire), you’ll now find crystallized items such as Crystallized Water & Crystallized Fire.
In Wrath of the Lich King Classic, the two Engineering specializations are still Gnomish & Goblin. And similar to past expansions, you’ll find different schematics based on what you’ve chosen. But, the same general idea applies to each: Gnomish tends to have fun, experimental items (like: Gnomish X-Ray Specs), while Goblins really enjoy blowing things up ( Global Thermal Sapper Charge).
Engineers may visit Narain Soothfancy by Steamwheedle Port, Tanaris to switch their specializations for 150. You will not lose your current Engineering skill and you can switch back and forth between Gnomish and Goblin as many times as you’d like. (assuming you’re willing to keep paying 150).
1. Simply find the book Soothsaying for Dummies located on the table right next to Narain Soothfancy:
2. Unlearn your current specialization for 150:
3. Read the book again to choose your new specialization:
These list all the locations for Level 375-450 trainers in Wrath of the Lich King Classic, divided into Alliance, Horde, and Neutral trainers.
Alliance-only trainers are located in the two Alliance cities in Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra.
Horde-only trainers are located in the two Horde cities in Howling Fjord and Borean Tundra.
All Dalaran profession trainers are Neutral; some other trainers can be found in other areas.
As in past expansions, crafting Engineering items in Wrath of the Lich King Classic requires the usual suspects: Gyromatic Micro-Adjustor, Arclight Spanner, Blacksmith Hammer, etc. However, there’s a nifty new tool that combines all of those and more in one, to save you time and inventory space: Gnomish Army Knife. Gnomish Army Knife becomes your all-in-one:
“Gyromatic Micro-Adjuster, Arclight Spanner, Flint and Tinder, Blacksmithing Hammer, Mining Pick, and a Skinning Knife.”On top of that, it also has the ability to act as jumper cables. So, every 30 minutes, you have a chance to shock a dead player back to life (shared cooldown with jumper cables). Definitely get your hands on one of these!
The following reputations offer schematics for Engineering. The highest level reputation required is noted below:
|Faction||Max Reputation Needed|