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For other uses, see Gnome Engineering (quest). For the NPC, see Gnome Engineer.
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Gnome Engineering is one of two disciplines engineers may specialize in upon attaining level 20 and 200 skill. The other is Goblin Engineering. Gnome Engineering innovation is diverse, with items ranging from Inv belt 06 [Gnomish Harm Prevention Belt] and Inv helmet 49 [Gnomish Mind Control Cap] to the Inv misc enggizmos 08 [World Enlarger]. This diversity can give Gnome Engineers the element of surprise and situational advantages when facing enemies.

Becoming a Gnome Engineer[]

Once you've reached the level where you can choose an engineering specialty, you can pick up the quest Gnomish Engineering from an engineering trainer in a capital city. Alliance engineers should see Lilliam Sparkspindle in Stormwind, Tana Lentner in Darnassus, Ockil in the Exodar, or Tinkmaster Overspark in Ironforge. Horde engineers should talk to Roxxik in Orgrimmar, Danwe in Silvermoon City, Engineer Palehoof in Thunder Bluff, or Franklin Lloyd in Undercity. You can turn in the quest to any of these trainers in your faction.

To complete this quest you must build or purchase the following items:

Manufacturing these items requires the following base ingredients:

If you don't have a Inv misc screwdriver 02 [Gyromatic Micro-Adjustor] you will also need 4x Inv ingot steel [Steel Bar] to make one. This tool is needed to make the scope.

When you turn in the quest, the Gnomish Engineer specialization is added to the Engineering section of the Professions tab in your spellbook. You can now learn engineering recipes that require Gnomish Engineering! Congratulations!


Having completed the exercises above, you used to be given a Inv letter 04 [Gnome Engineer Membership Card]. This remains valid for 14 days of 'played time' (336 hours in-game), not 14 real days.

Prior to Patch 3.1.0, you could renew this card for 2 gold, and as a side benefit get Inv misc gift 05 [Gnome Engineer's Renewal Gift] in the mail, which had a chance of being a useful engineering schematic. The schematics Inv scroll 06 [Schematic: Lil' Smoky] and Inv scroll 06 [Schematic: Pet Bombling] were only acquirable this way.

Now, however, it is simply an ability in your spellbook, called Gnomish Engineer. Clicking it opens the Engineering dialog.

Gnome Engineering items[]

  • Gnome Engineering items require specialization in Gnome Engineering to craft.
  • Some Engineering items which have 'Gnomish' in the title do not require specialization to craft or use, e.g. Inv gizmo 01 [Gnomish Cloaking Device].
  • While some Gnome Engineering items require specialization to use, others do not. Some are tradable, some are BoP.
Item Type Cooldown Tradeable Engineering Skill
Required to Use
Gnome Engineering
Required to Use
Inv helmet 47 [Gnomish Goggles] Cloth (Head) - - 210 -
Inv helmet 49 [Gnomish Mind Control Cap] Cloth (Head) 30 minutes Yes 215 -
Inv helmet 47 [Gnomish Power Goggles] Cloth (Head) - - 375 Yes
Inv gnomish xray specs [Gnomish X-Ray Specs] (Head) - Yes 350 Yes
Inv boots 02 [Gnomish Rocket Boots] Cloth (Feet) 30 minutes Yes 225 -
Inv belt 27 [Nigh-Invulnerability Belt] Cloth (Waist) 5 minutes Yes 350 -
Inv belt 06 [Gnomish Harm Prevention Belt] Leather (Waist) 1 hour Yes 215 -
Inv gizmo newgoggles [Gnomish Battle Goggles] Leather (Head) - - 375 Yes
Inv misc enggizmos 01 [Gnomish Alarm-o-Bot] Device (Consumable) 10 minutes Yes 265 -
Inv gizmo gnomishflameturret [Gnomish Flame Turret] Device (Consumable) 1 minute Yes 325 -
Inv pet lilsmoky [Lil' Smoky] Device (Companion) - - - -
Inv misc enggizmos 08 [World Enlarger] Device 1 hour Yes 250 Yes
Inv scroll 05 [Plans: Inlaid Mithril Cylinder] Recipe - Yes Blacksmithing 200 -
Spell magic polymorphchicken [Gnomish Battle Chicken] Trinket 30 minutes - 230 -
Inv gizmo 08 [Gnomish Death Ray] Trinket 5 minutes - - -
Inv misc net 01 [Gnomish Net-o-Matic Projector] Trinket 10 minutes Yes 210 -
Inv misc enggizmos 06 [Gnomish Poultryizer] Trinket 5 minutes Yes 340 Yes
Inv gizmo 09 [Gnomish Shrink Ray] Trinket 5 minutes Yes 205 -
Inv misc enggizmos 12 [Ultrasafe Transporter: Gadgetzan] Trinket 4 hours Yes 260 Yes
Inv misc blizzcon09 graphicscard [Ultrasafe Transporter: Toshley's Station] Trinket 4 hours Yes 350 Yes
Ability mount rocketmount4 [Geosynchronous World Spinner] Mount - Yes - -

Switching specializations[]

To change your engineering specialization, open the Professions tab (default 'k' button) and click the red icon to the left of "Gnomish Engineer".

Note that switching specializations will cause you to unlearn all associated recipes for your current specialization.

Removed from game The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 4.0.3a.

From patch 3.2.0 until Cataclysm, Gnomish Engineers and Goblin Engineers could switch profession specializations for 150g by visiting Narain Soothfancy's hut in northeast Tanaris and interacting with the book on the table.


The measurements Gnomish engineer's and Gnomes in general use is revealed by Fizzle Brassbolts in the quest Martek the Exiled. These measurements are:

WW = Whisker Width

IBGs = Itty-Bitty Grams

TC = Toe Curls (Power)

See also[]