- Author: Furious
- Date: January 9, 2020
- Expansion: TBC Classic
Engineering is one of the more unique professions in WoW. It uses metals bars to create parts, which are then turned into useful inventions like the Field Repair Bot 110G. Engineers are also able to make ranged weapons like Ornate Khorium Rifle and the ammunition for them like Adamantite Shells (which come from the Adamantite Shell Machine, another invention) or Adamantite Stinger (from Adamantite Arrow Maker). In addition, once Engineers cap, they gain the ability to make a piece of profession-specific, Epic head gear like Hard Khorium Goggles.
In TBC, with the addition of flying mounts, Blizzard has given Engineers one of the most coveted abilities: to craft one of their own. Both Flying Machine Control and Turbo-Charged Flying Machine Control are recipes learned from trainers, and players can build them fairly quickly.
As a complimentary gathering profession, most Engineers choose Mining due to the high number of metal bars and fair amount of gems required to reach the cap. Otherwise, purchasing all the materials to level can get costly, considering that Engineering shares these with Blacksmithing. And, all classes can benefit from Engineering, regardless of spec, especially given the addition of the Epic helms in this expansion.
Beginning with Patch 2.3 Blizzard has given Engineering Trainers is any major capital the ability to train you all the way from Apprentice through Artisan, so where you train is up to you. For Alliance players, however, Ironforge is recommended simply because of the availability of recipes and Specialization quests, if you choose.
Once you reach Outland, your Master trainer will be at your faction’s first questing area in Hellfire Peninsula. For the Horde, the Master trainer is Zebig in Thrallmar, and for the Alliance, there’s Lebowski in Honor Hold.
Unlike some professions, the neutral Engineering trainer is not in Shattrath. Instead, all players can find Xyrol at Area 52 in Netherstorm.
- 90x Rough Stone
- 51x Copper Bar
- 29x Weak Flux
- 10x Wooden Stock
- 80x Coarse Stone
- 10x Silver Bar
- 55x Bronze Bar
- 10x Wool Cloth
- 75x Heavy Stone
- 50x Heavy Leather
- 4x Steel Bar
- 90x Solid Stone
- 19x Iron Bar
- 126x Mithril Bar
- 10x Mageweave Cloth
- 50x Dense Stone
- 129x Thorium Bar
- 33x Runecloth
- 405x Fel Iron Bar
- 9x Mote of Fire
- 18x Mote of Earth
- 15x Heavy Stock
- 25x Netherweave Cloth
- 60x – 100x* Khorium Bar
- 20x Primal Fire
- 160x Adamantite Bar
- 10x Felsteel Bar*
- 20x Knothide Leather*
- 10x Deep Peridot*
- 10x Small Prismatic Shard*
- 45x Hardened Adamantite Tube* (Sold by Dealer Najeeb at the Stormspire in Netherstorm or can made with an additional 1,350x Adamantite Bar)
- 30x Dawnstone*
* = Optional, based on choice from 360 – 375.
1-40: Rough Blasting Powder
- Convert Rough Stone into Rough Blasting Powder.
41 – 50: Handful of Copper Bolts
- Use Copper Bar to make Handful of Copper Bolts.
50 – 51: Arclight Spanner
- Convert Copper Bar in Arclight Spanner.
51 – 65: Copper Tube
65 – 75: Rough Boomstick
Once you’ve finished crafting the Boomsticks, head back to your trainer and learn Journeyman Engineering.
75 – 95: Coarse Blasting Powder
- Grind Coarse Stone into Coarse Blasting Powder.
95 – 105: Silver Contact
- Convert Silver Bar into Silver Contact.
105 – 120: Bronze Tube
120 – 125: Small Bronze Bomb
- Combine Bronze Bar, Coarse Blasting Powder, Silver Contact, and Wool Cloth to make Small Bronze Bomb.
125 – 145: Heavy Blasting Powder
- Grind Heavy Stone into Heavy Blasting Powder.
145 – 150: Big Bronze Bomb
After your done making your bombs, learn Expert Engineering.
This is also a good time to pick up either Schematic: Green Firework from Crazk Sparks in Booty Bay, Schematic: Red Firework from Sovik in Orgrimmar if you’re a Horde player, or Schematic: Blue Firework from Darian Singh in Stormwind or Gearcutter Cogspinner in Ironforge if you’re an Alliance player.
175 – 176: Gyromatic Micro-Adjustor
- Convert Steel Bar into Gyromatic Micro-Adjustor.
176 – 190: Solid Blasting Powder
- Grind Solid Stone into Solid Blasting Powder.
190 – 195: Big Iron Bomb
195 – 205: Mithril Tube
- Convert Mithril Bar into Mithril Tube.
205 – 210: Unstable Trigger
210 – 225: Hi-Impact Mithril Slugs
When you’re done making the slugs, head back to your trainer and become an Artisan.
225 – 235: Mithril Casing
- Convert Mithril Bar into Mithril Casing.
235 – 245: Hi-Explosive Bomb
245 – 250: Mithril Gyro-Shot
250 – 260: Dense Blasting Powder
- Grind Dense Stone into Dense Blasting Powder.
260 – 290: Thorium Widget
290 – 300: Thorium Tube
- Convert Thorium Bar into Thorium Tube.
After you’ve completed making your tubes, it’s time to cross through the Dark Portal to Outlands and become a Master Engineer.
The first step of leveling Engineering in Outland is particularly materials intensive, but it sets you up for success as you continue to progress. You’ll need to make large quantities of three different components that will be used at a later level, so by frontloading their production, you save time in the long run.
- Fel Iron Casing and Handful of Bolts: Fel Iron Bar
- Elemental Blasting Powder: Mote of Fire and Mote of Earth
310 – 320: Fel Iron Bomb
- Combine Fel Iron Casing, Handful of Fel Iron Bolts, and Elemental Blasting Powder to make Fel Iron Bombs.
320 – 335: Fel Iron Musket
Before going on, you’ll need to purchase Schematic: White Smoke Flare. All players can purchase this from Wind Trader Lathrai in the Lower City of Shattrath. Otherwise, players will have to venture to the new capitals introduced in this expansion. This means that the Alliance will have to journey to Azuremyst Isle and find Feera just outside The Exodar, and the Horde must go to Silvermoon City and find Yatheon.
This is also an opportune time to grab your final pattern for leveling between 360 and 375: Schematic: Field Repair Bot 110G. It’s a rare drop from Gan’arg Analyzer in the western section of Blade’s Edge Mountains between Forge Camp Wrath and Forge Camp Terror.
If you don’t want to farm in Blade’s Edge, there is another option below, but the materials are significantly more intensive to gather and will still eventually involve farming. This set requires you to purchase both Schematic: Ultra-Spectropic Detection Goggles. For Alliance players, Lebowski in Honor Hold will sell it, and Horde players can find it by talking with Captured Gnome and Zabra’Jin in Zangarmarsh. After, it would be an opportune time to head over to Manaforge Duro in Netherstorm and farm Schematic: Khorium Scope from Sunfury Bowman.
335 – 350: White Smoke Flare
350 – 360: Khorium Power Core
360 – 375: Field Repair Bot 110G
- Combine Adamantite Bar, Handful of Fel Iron Bolts, and Khorium Power Core to make Field Repair Bots.
350 – 355: Felsteel Stabilizer
- Convert Felsteel Bar into Felsteel Stabilizer.
355 – 360: Ultra-spectropic Detection Goggles
- Combine Khorium Bar, Knothide Leather, Deep Peridot, and Small Prismatic Shard to make Ultra-spectropic Detection Goggles.
360 – 375: Khorium Scope
You’ve capped! Congrats! Keep reading to find out about the two Engineering specializations and the endgame recipes available to Engineers.
In Vanilla, Blizzard gave Engineering two specializations: Gnomish and Goblin. While the distinctions between them used to come down to whether you wanted to make novel gadgets (Gnomish) or situationally useful explosives (Goblin), the decision now requires a bit more thought. Each specialization is able to craft two different pieces of Epic head gear, but the classes and specs they are suitable for vary quite noticeably.
In short, the Gnomish gear favors Cloth-wearing Healers and DPS as well as Leather-wearing melee DPS. The Goblin pieces both feature stun resist, making them especially useful for PvP, and favor Mail-wearing melee DPS and Cloth-wearing Healers and DPS.
Other than that, there is relatively little difference between the professions outside of Goblin’s ability to craft larger bombs than an unspecialized or Gnomish Engineer would be able to.
As a specialization, Gnomish Engineering is focused on making unique and novel items. At the highest level, you’ll also be able to make Gnomish Power Goggles and Gnomish Battle Goggles, both of which are learned directly from trainers.
To become a Gnomish Engineer, the first step is to take the quest The Pledge of Secrecy from either Tinkmaster Overspark in Ironforge or Oglethorpe Obnoticus in Booty Bay. Once you turn it in, you’ll be able to begin the crafting quest: Show Your Work. This requires you to bring in:
The total materials, if you craft everything, for that will be:
- 18x Mithril Bar
- 8x Heavy Leather
- 6x Bronze Bar
- 6x Iron Bar
- 2x Medium Leather
- 2x Wool Cloth
- 2x Gold Bar
- 1x Jade
- 1x Citrine
In contrast to Gnomish, Goblin Engineering is focused much more on explosives and items to be used in combat. At high levels, you will also learn two Epic headpiece recipes from trainers: Foreman’s Reinforced Helmet and Foreman’s Enchanted Helmet.
The process to become a Goblin Engineer is quite similar to the Gnomish one. You begin by taking The Pledge of Secrecy quest from Nixx Sprocketspring in Gadgetzan. After continuing to talk to Nixx, you’ll pick up the Goblin Engineering version of the Show Your Work quest. It will require you to craft:
In total, this requires:
- 30x Iron Bar
- 20x Bronze Bar
- 10x Silver Bar
- 40x Heavy Blasting Powder
- 10x Solid Blasting Powder
- 20x Wool Cloth
- 10x Silk Cloth
- 5x Medium Leather
Following that, there are a number of BoP and BoE recipes that Engineers can acquire through reputation grinding or drops in the world, dungeons, or raids. Unlike most professions, Engineering’s reputation rewards are quite sparse, so it will take you relatively little time to collect them.
With the addition of flying in Outland, Engineers are one of two classes that are able to craft their own unique mounts to take to the sky. Both Flying Machine Control and Turbo-Charged Flying Machine Control are taught by the same two trainers in Shadowmoon Valley: Niobe Whizzlespark at Wildhammer Stronghold for the Alliance and Jonathan Garett at Shadowmoon Village for the Horde.
Though the parts for each may seem fairly easy to acquire, keep in mind that when you craft Turbo-Charged Flying Machine Control, it requires an additional Flying Machine Control, so you’ll need to craft it twice.
- Cenarion Expedition
- The Consortium
- Rare zone drop (<1%) from mobs in Sunwell Plateau or contained in Cache of the Shattered Sun
- Annihilator Holo-Gogs (Priest, Mage, and Warlock)
- Powerheal 9000 Lenses (Priest)
- Hard Khorium Goggles (Warrior, Paladin)
- Mayhem Projection Goggles (Warrior, Paladin)
- Justicebringer 3000 Specs (Paladin)
- Quad Deathblow X44 Goggles (Rogue, Druid)
- Hyper-Magnified Moon Specs (Druid)
- Wonderheal XT68 Shades (Druid)
- Surestrike Goggles v3.0 (Hunter, Shaman)
- Lightning Etched Specs (Shaman)
- Primal-Attuned Goggles (Shaman)
- Other Raid/Dungeon Drops
- World Drops:
- Schematic: Ornate Khorium Rifle
- Extremely rare (<1%) world drop from mobs in several zones, dungeons, and raids in TBC
- Schematic: Ornate Khorium Rifle