Profession Changes to Expect in Cataclysm Classic

profession changes in cataclysm classic
  • Author: Furious
  • Date: October 5, 2023
  • Updated: October 5, 2023
  • Expansion: Cataclysm

In Cataclysm, the profession level cap is elevated to 525 with the introduction of the Illustrious Grand Master tier. Reforging is introduced, allowing players to convert secondary stats on items, alongside the introduction of a new secondary profession: Archaeology. Inscription sees a restructure with the introduction of Prime, Major, and Minor glyph tiers. Specializations in Tailoring, Leatherworking, and Blacksmithing are eliminated, with their recipes becoming baseline. Additionally, an array of new materials for various professions are introduced, spanning herbs, jewels, metals, cloths, skins, inks, enchanting materials, and other crafting essentials.

General Changes

  1. Profession Level Cap: Raised to 525, known as Illustrious Grand Master <Profession>.
  2. Reforging: Players can convert a percentage of one item’s secondary stat into another through specific NPCs (e.g., converting Hit to Crit).
  3. New Secondary Profession: Archaeology introduced.

Inscription Changes

  1. Glyph Tiers:
    • Prime Glyphs (formerly Major Glyphs)
    • Major Glyphs (new tier introduced)
    • Minor Glyphs

Tailoring, Leatherworking, and Blacksmithing Changes

  • Specializations for Tailoring, Leatherworking, and Blacksmithing removed.
  • Recipes related to the removed specializations are now baseline, accessible to all players without the need for specialization.

New Materials

Material Type
Cinderbloom, Stormvine, Heartblossom, Whiptail, Azshara’s Veil, Twilight Jasmine
Uncommon Jewels
Alicite, Nightstone, Zephyrite, Carnelian, Hessonite, Jasper
Rare Jewels
Amberjewel, Demonseye, Ocean Sapphire, Inferno Ruby, Ember Topaz, Dream Emerald, Shadowspirit Diamond (meta)
Obsidium (and Folded Obsidium), Elementium (and Hardened Elementium), Pyrium, Truegold
Embersilk Cloth (drop), Dreamcloth (crafted)
Savage Leather (and Heavy Savage Leather), Blackened Dragonscale, Pristine Hide
Blackfallow Ink (from Ashen Pigment), Inferno Ink (from Burning Embers)
Enchanting Materials
Hypnotic Dust, Greater/Lesser Celestial Essence, Heavenly Shard (rare), Maelstrom Crystal (epic)
Other Materials
Volatile Life, Earth, Air, Fire, Water (elemental motes), Deepstone Oil (from Albino Cavefish), Chaos Orb (first tier orb)

About the Author


If I'm not working or spending time with the family I'm probably gaming. Some of my favorite recent games I've played are Far Cry 5, World of Warcraft Classic, and 7 Days to Die.

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