This page is designed to help you gather hard-to-find materials that you may need for your chosen professions.

  • Note: this page is JUST for the hard-to-find items. Common items are not listed.

Essences and Reagents

Farming for reagents can be a time consuming affair, and many find it more cost efficient to just buy them off the Auction House. But as profit margins for blacksmiths are already meager at best, some still like to farm for these hard-to-get components. Be aware that many of the mobs suggested are also quest objectives, and are at peak hours hard to get at. All of these are also in contested zones, so keep an eye out for gankers if you are on a PvP server. Remember that an alchemist buddy with transmuting skills can be of great aid when you are looking for essences of different kinds.

Fire Reagents

Earth Reagents

Air Reagents

Water Reagents

Nature Reagents

  • Living Essence. Needed for several plans and enchants, such as those with +healing and Nature Resist attributes. Un'Goro Crater tar pits. Also off Frostleaf Treants and Wintervine Lashers in northern Winterspring.
  •  [Mote of Life]. Drops from Bog Lords and Fungal Giants in Zangarmarsh. They drop more commonly in the Deadmire but also reasonably well just to the east of Spawning Glen

Other Reagents

A good place to get Core of Earth and Breath of Wind is across the southern Abyssal Sands in Tanaris. From The Noxious Lair in the west, head east staying north of the Dunemaul Compound until you are south of Broken Pillar. Then head southeast to the area immediately north of The Gaping Chasm. If you criss-cross a bit in said areas you should run into several Land Ragers and Gusting Vortexes on each round.

Fire Plume Ridge in Un'Goro Crater is a good spot to farm for  [Heart of Fire] and  [Essence of Fire], as the elementals there drop both kinds. It's about the only place to get  [Essence of Fire] outside of Blackrock Mountain, so you should be prepared for some competition.



Almost everything used here comes from Herbalism. See down this page for things that can be farmed.

Vials of the various kinds are purchased at Alchemy vendors and Trade vendors. There is a vendor for the basic vials in almost every civilized area.


Copper and Tin: Loch Modan is a zone abundantly filled with both metals; tin is mainly found in the east half of the zone, with some concentrations to the northeast by the elite Ogre camp. The rather low number of mobs and their predictable behaviour makes this an excellent zone to farm Copper and Tin or level up your mining skill. This is an Alliance zone, but higher level Horde players can conveniently access it via the Badlands.

Longshore in Westfall.

Hilly terrain in Silverpine Forest is a good place to mine copper and tin for Horde characters.

Yeti Cave in Hillsbrad Foothills (be careful not to get ganked while in the Yeti Cave on PvP servers).

Iron: Running a loop around the edge of the Western Plaguelands, Feralas, or the hills of The Cape of Stranglethorn is one of the best ways to farm Iron Ore.

Mithril: Running a loop around the northern area of the Eastern Plaguelands or Tanaris is one of the best ways to farm Mithril Ore. All of the Badlands has been mentioned as a good place to farm Mithril, however, for 80s, the area is so small that the four or five nodes you will find will not have respawned until long after you found the fifth.

Gems are also found from Mining.


See the Mining proficiencies page for a list by skill level of what to get and where the popular gathering areas are.


Small Flame Sacs


  • Farm any mob which drops green or better quality items. Named elite mobs are particularly good for this.
  • Run instances that are below your level over and over again. Instances have far more uncommon and rare drops than in the world.
  • The building skills (Tailor, Blacksmith, Leatherworker) can make green and above items.
    • People make lots of these items to raise their skill and then vendor them.
    • Make a deal with one/some of these people to give/sell/trade these items to you to melt down for enchanting raw materials.
      • For example, send cloth to a tailor. They can use it to gain skill and send you the greens they made for you to disenchant.
    • Take up Tailoring and make your own greens to disenchant. Black Mageweave gear commonly drops Dream Dust and uncommonly drops Nether Essences. If you're lucky, you may be able to buy crafted gear from other tailors for a cheap price, since lower-level tailored gear doesn't sell very well.


Flasks of Oil

Fused Wiring

Random parts

After your Target Dummy is destroyed ALWAYS check the remains. You will find random engineering pieces and possibly the Fused Wiring.

First Aid

  • Bandages - See the Tailoring section below for where to get the various cloth types.
  • Antivenom - Venom sacs for lower level antivenom drop off of venomous spiders located throughout the world.


 [Deviate Fish]

Nightfin Snapper

This is a nocturnal fish, hence the name.

 [Firefin Snapper]

Alliance Alliance
Horde Horde

 [Oily Blackmouth]

Alliance Alliance
Horde Horde

 [Stonescale Eel]

The Stonescale Eel is Nocturnal.


The Gatherer add-on is particularly useful for recording where you've encountered herbs in the wild.


 [Bloodvine] was the rarest herb in the game. It dropped in Zul'Gurub when herbs were harvested by someone with a  [Blood Scythe] in their bags, and sometimes from mobs. It was removed in Patch 4.0.3a.

Black Lotus

 [Black Lotus] used to be the most valuable herb in the game found outside of instances, though they are largely supplanted by  [Frost Lotus] now. Find it in places such as Winterspring and Blasted Lands. It was required to create flask consumables until the advent of the Burning Crusade. They have a long respawn timer and are often heavily farmed.

Frost Lotus

 [Frost Lotus] is the currently needed Lotus for Lich King endgame flasks. They have a chance to drop off *any* Lich King Herb, but do so with greater frequency with the higher level herbs, I.E.  [Lichbloom],  [Adder's Tongue], or  [Talandra's Rose]. Auction prices are relatively stable on most realms between 20-40g per Lotus. Note: They are NOT millable by scribes, so are primarily useful to Alchemists.


 [Stranglekelp] can be reliably farmed in Baradin Bay, near Menethil Harbor, the coast around Ratchet in Northern Barrens; and in the waters surrounding the Zoram Strand on the coast between Darkshore and Ashenvale. A few plants have been seen regularly along the coast of Northern Stranglethorn near the Vile Reef. Another very reliable place to farm for this herb is all along the coast of Westfall.

You can also get Stranglekelp without being an herbalist, by fishing: small quantities of it turn up regularly in schools of fish and pools of floating wreckage.


Swiftthistle is a rareish drop found in  [Briarthorn] and Mageroyal and a few drops from plant-type creatures such as Deviate Shambler in Wailing Caverns and Thistleshrub Dew Collectors in the far southwest of Tanaris near the entrance to Un'Goro Crater.


 [Wildvine] is a rare drop next to  [Purple Lotus].


 [Blindweed] is a scarce high level herb that can be found in Feralas, Western Plaguelands, Zangarmarsh, The Hinterlands, and Un'Goro Crater. Feralas is an excellent location for farming Blindweed because it has a very high drop rate and it is relatively out of the way.

Ghost Mushroom

 [Ghost Mushroom] is a scarce mid-level herb (245) that is found in many caves throughout the upper level zones (level 45+) of Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms. Further, many caves in Outland and Northrend do contain a few of these herb nodes. They *are* millable by scribes, but due to the relatively scarce nature, they are not a great way of attaining pigment. Primarily used by Alchemists to make  [Ghost Dye] which is needed for pre-BC relative endgame craftable tailoring items. Note that each node only gives 1 mushroom.


 [Netherbloom] was previously used in mana potions and is rare enough to present a high AH price. It requires a Herbalism skill of 360 and can be found all over Netherstorm.


Light Leather can be farmed pretty easily at the Maclure Vineyards and Stonefield Farm in Elwynn Forest for beginning Leatherworkers. It can also be obtained at the Raptor Ground in the Barrens.

A wide variety of low- to mid-level leather drops can be gotten at Whelgar's Excavation Site in the Wetlands. Go with a group for the quests there and you can easily fill your packs by the time you finish them.

The raptors in Whelgar's Excavation Site drop Light Leather, Medium Leather, Light Hides, and Medium Hides. Most drops are in the medium range but approximately 25-50% will be a combination of light and medium leather.

Also the crocolisk island (the southernmost island in the Loch Modan) has a pretty fast spawn rate and every mob is skinnable for leather, which is mostly of the light variety.

The abundance of wolves (level 30+) in the Hinterlands provide both medium and heavy leather. They respawn quickly. It's rare to not find a wolf right outside of Aerie Peak.

 [Black Dragonscale]

  • Lvl. 58+: Upper Blackrock Spire. The dragonkin here drop scales from skinning at about a 10-15 percent drop rate. Also, scales of any color can be skinned off the chromatic dragonkin. Chromatics are found in the Rend encounter and at the end boss, General Drakkisath.

 [Blue Dragonscale]

  • Lvl. 58+: Upper Blackrock Spire. The chromatic dragonkin here drop scales from skinning at about a 10-15 percent drop rate. Also, scales of any color can be skinned off them. Chromatics are found in the Rend encounter and at the end boss, General Drakkisath.

 [Cobra Scales]

Lvl 70+ - Skinned off Coilskar Cobras in Coilskar Point in shadowmoon valley or Twilight Serpents west of Forge Camp Hate in Nagrand. These are used to craft [Cobrahide Leg Armor] and sell about 20g a pop in the Auction House.

 [Core Leather]

  • Lvl. 62 Elite: Get it by skinning the ancient core hounds in Molten Core, To do so requires you to have a skinning skill of 310, which before The Burning Crusade required you to have  [Pip's Skinner], which is only dropped by The Beast . You can also progress to Zul'Gurub to get the [Zulian Slicer] off High Priest Thekal, which also raises skinning by 10.

 [Crystal Infused Leather]

 [Deviate Scale]

 [Devilsaur Leather]

  • Lvl. 54+: The Un'Goro Crater. Huge Devilsaurs stalking around the area. Pathing Map

 [Fel Scales]

Fel Hides

 [Green Dragonscale]

  • Lvl. 50+: Temple of Atal'Hakkar (a.k.a. Sunken Temple). There are many elite Green Dragonkin that can drop scales here.

 [Green Whelp Scale]

  • Lvl. 35: The Noxious Whelps drop these in Feralas.

 [Heavy Leather]

 [Heavy Scorpid Scale]

  • Lvl. 50+: Silithus. Scorpok's in the high 50's

 [Knothide Leather]

 [Knothide Leather Scraps]

 [Larval Acid]

  • Lvl 60+ some grubs in AQ20

 [Pristine Hide of the Beast]

 [Raptor Hide]

Note:  [Raptor Hide] is a drop, and not skinned

  • Lvl. 25-30: Arathi Highlands. Raptors. Highland Strider, Highland Thrasher, and Highland Fleshstalkers. Most roam the zone, the fleshstalkers are found west of Boulderfist Hall.
  • Lvl. 25-30: The Northern Stranglethorn Raptors. There are a large number of Raptors north of and around Grom'Gol Base Camp.
  • Lvl. 35-40: Dustwallow Marsh, around Bloodfen Burrow in the southwest (coordinates approx. 31, 65.) Probably safer than STV if on a PvP server.

 [Rugged Leather]

 [Scorpid Scale]

  • Lvl. 45+: All of Tanaris. The lowest-level scorpids are closest to Gadgetzan, and range from Lvl 45-46.

 [Silithid Chitin]

  • Lvl 57+ Silithid in Silithus. It can also be farmed by killing the Tortured Druids and Sentinels around Southwind Village, who will summon up to three Hive'Ashi Drones upon death. This can be risky and/or lethal, but easier than the slow farming of Elites. (Note: Since patch (1.12?), these undead Elves only summon one drone upon death - which have a fairly high droprate of the Chitins.)

 [Thick Leather]

  • Lvl. 45-46: The neutral Billy Goats in Badlands have a good drop rate. The dragonkin in this area are also a good mobs to grind on.
  • Lvl. 48+: Southeast to east of Un'Goro Crater. The raptors range from levels 48-51.
  • Lvl. 49-50: The hyenas and basilisks of Tanaris drop thick leather roughly 60% of the time and  [Rugged Leather] roughly 40% of the time.

 [Thick Clefthoof Leather]

 [Turtle Scale]

  • Lvl. 35+: Northeast coast of Dustwallow Marsh, extending Northwest from Theramore Isle. The turtles range from Lvl. 36-38.
  • Lvl. 45+: East coast of Tanaris. The turtles along the northern part of the coast are levels 45-46 and usually drop 1 scale at a time. Turtles along the southern coast are levels 47-48 and often drop 1-2 scales. Be mindful of level 50-51 elite giants mixed among the turtles on the southern coast. The southernmost beach in Tanaris, Land's End Beach is loaded with the same 48-50 turtles, and no elite giants. Probably the best and loneliest place to farm Turtle Scales.
  • Lvl. 50+: East coast of Swamp of Sorrows. The turtles are level 49-51. These Turtles normally drop 1-3 scales.

 [Worn Dragonscale]

 [Borean Leather]


Netherweave Cloth

 [Netherweave Cloth] Can be found at Tuurem , there, Tuurem Scavenger , Tuurem Hunter , Wrekt Seer and Wrekt Warrior Drop  [Netherweave Cloth] and have 55% drop rate so pretty common drop, But be advised, it is much better to take them on one by one, and flying mount is advised lvl 63+.

For details on places to farm cloth, please visit the items' pages:

Farming tips & additional resources