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  [Gnomish Harm Prevention Belt] and  [Gnomish Mind Control Cap] to the  [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  [Gyromatic Micro-Adjustor] you will also need 4x  [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  [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  [Gnome Engineer's Renewal Gift] in the mail, which had a chance of being a useful engineering schematic. The schematics  [Schematic: Lil' Smoky] and  [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.  [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
 [Gnomish Goggles] Cloth (Head) - - 210 -
 [Gnomish Mind Control Cap] Cloth (Head) 30 minutes Yes 215 -
 [Gnomish Power Goggles] Cloth (Head) - - 375 Yes
 [Gnomish X-Ray Specs] (Head) - Yes 350 Yes
 [Gnomish Rocket Boots] Cloth (Feet) 30 minutes Yes 225 -
 [Nigh-Invulnerability Belt] Cloth (Waist) 5 minutes Yes 350 -
 [Gnomish Harm Prevention Belt] Leather (Waist) 1 hour Yes 215 -
 [Gnomish Battle Goggles] Leather (Head) - - 375 Yes
 [Gnomish Alarm-o-Bot] Device (Consumable) 10 minutes Yes 265 -
 [Gnomish Flame Turret] Device (Consumable) 1 minute Yes 325 -
 [Lil' Smoky] Device (Companion) - - - -
 [World Enlarger] Device 1 hour Yes 250 Yes
 [Plans: Inlaid Mithril Cylinder] Recipe - Yes Blacksmithing 200 -
 [Gnomish Battle Chicken] Trinket 30 minutes - 230 -
 [Gnomish Death Ray] Trinket 5 minutes - - -
 [Gnomish Net-o-Matic Projector] Trinket 10 minutes Yes 210 -
 [Gnomish Poultryizer] Trinket 5 minutes Yes 340 Yes
 [Gnomish Shrink Ray] Trinket 5 minutes Yes 205 -
 [Ultrasafe Transporter: Gadgetzan] Trinket 4 hours Yes 260 Yes
 [Ultrasafe Transporter: Toshley's Station] Trinket 4 hours Yes 350 Yes
 [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