• Zapthrottle Mote Extractor
  • Unique
  • On Pickup: Shows the location of nearby gas clouds on the minimap while the mote extractor remains in your inventory.
  • Use: Extracts gas from a nearby gas cloud.
  • Requires Outland Engineering (5)
  • Sell Price: 1g 50s

Here, a Warlock demonstrates the Zapthrottle Mote Extractor. (The Warlock is standing on the hill behind the cloud, he is not floating.)

Zapthrottle Mote Extractor is a device used by Engineers to extract motes and crystallized elements from gas clouds. The Extractor can detect these clouds and track their position on the minimap while placed in inventory, irrespective of your other tracking preferences (e.g. while tracking Minerals).


This item is crafted with Engineering (305); taught by  [Schematic: Zapthrottle Mote Extractor].

Materials required:
Inv gizmo felironcasing.png 2x [Fel Iron Casing] Inv gizmo felironbolts.png 2x [Handful of Fel Iron Bolts]
Inv elemental primal life.png 4x [Primal Life] Inv gizmo 07.png 1x [Delicate Arcanite Converter]


This item is used to extract motes from various clouds, gases, mists and vortices in Outland and Northrend. It can be put to use on the fairly distinctive, wandering clouds as long as your character is in close proximity to them. Simply activate the device when you are near a cloud and it will channel the motes into a spare inventory slot, should you have one.

In General

If you are an Engineer using Mining as your second primary profession, and you find a spot with both a cloud and an ore vein in close proximity in a heavily farmed area, it is in your best interest to mine the ore first. While there are many Engineers in the game who may go after the cloud while you are mining the ore, there are far more Miners who may come for the ore as you are harvesting the cloud.

In Burning Crusade Bc icon.gif

Note that Arcane Vortices are normally invisible, so if your minimap tracker is not enough to go on you will need the ability to [Detect Invisibility].

One common misconception is that this item can also be used to extract Motes of Water from the Pure Water that spawns in fishing spots around Outland, particularly in Nagrand. Pure Water in fact gives up its bounty to players who fish from it, not to mote extractors.

Note that Windy Clouds will very frequently spawn on top of the floating islands that are dotted about the Nagrand region, requiring a minimum of Expert Riding to reach them.

Also note that other methods exist for acquiring Motes, such as by tapping veins or looting from elemental creatures.

Be sure you have bag space before you start extraction. The cloud disappears after extraction whether you collected the motes or not. If you have an engineering bag the motes are automatically allocated to that, so having an engineering bag is very helpful here.

In Wrath of the Lich King Wrath of the Lich King

Various clouds and such also exist in Northrend, where the Zapthrottle Mote Extractor can be used to extract Crystallized ingredients. The main difference is that more than one kind of element can be extracted, unlike the ones in Outland.[1]

In later expansions

The Zapthrottle Mote Extractor had no uses in Cataclysm or Mists of Panderia.

Patch changes

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Item level modified due to level squish.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Due to professions being split into tiers, requirements to use have been changed from Engineering (305) to Outland Engineering (5).
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Mote Extractor now has innate tracking for gas clouds while it is in your inventory. Tracking of gas clouds has been removed from goggles.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): The on-use animation has been changed.
    Rather than looking like you're a warlock draining the soul of the cloud, it now appears as though you are sucking the cloud through a tube.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Windy Clouds in Nagrand now produce  [Mote of Air].
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): Gas clouds in Zangarmarsh now produce  [Mote of Water] instead of  [Mote of Life].
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): Added.

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