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Herbalism is an almost necessary requirement for Alchemy. You're going to find herbs all around the world, so why not get this skill and take advantage of it? Alchemy is a great skill that allows you to generate all sorts of instant and temporary potions to improve a character's effectiveness.

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Getting Started

First of all make your way to the nearest herbalism trainer. You can visit a major city and ask a guard for directions. Often, alchemists are situated nearby herbalists, so you can learn both closely related skills in the same location.

For Master Herbalism (skill 300-375) head to Hellfire Peninsula. Alliance players visit Rorelien at Honor Hold. Horde players find Ruak Stronghorn at Thrallmar or Tansy Wildmane at Warsong Hold in Borean Tundra.

For Grand Master Herbalism (skill 375-450) Alliance players can go to Fayin Whisperleaf in Valgarde, Howling Fjord or Kiera Moondancer in Valiance Keep, Borean Tundra. Horde players visit Marjory Kains at Vengeance Landing, Howling Fjord. Both sides can visit Dorothy Egan at the Magus Commerce Exchange in Dalaran.

Finding Plants

Once you've acquired the basics, you're ready to go. Herbalism requires no additional items to use. Be sure to keep a lot of empty bag space for all the herbs you're about to pick up. If you get a lot of extra herbs that you can't use, you can store them in the bank or sell them to other players.

After you have learned the beginning-level herbalism, you will gain the "Find Herbs" ability, which will display nearby herbs as yellow dots on your mini-map. To use it, simply drag the icon down to your action bar and press the corresponding button. Be sure to pay attention to keeping it active; otherwise you may miss important plants!

If while adventuring you spot a yellow dot on your mini map, you've found a plant! Move your cursor over to your mini-map and hold it over the dot. A small window will appear and display the name of the plant. If you decide you want to harvest it, begin running toward it. Watch out for any monsters in your path that may attack you.

Plants can be found underwater and even in caves.

Getting the Goods

Approach the plant. Once you're close enough, the action cursor will light up and you can begin harvesting. If you fail on your first attempt, try again. All plants have a minimum skill requirement before you can attempt to harvest them. If your skill is too low, you won't be able to collect the herbs. Once you're successful, a window displaying the contents of the plant will open. Each plant usually contains one to three herbs. Right-click the herbs in this window to move them to your backpack. After you collect the herbs, the plant disappears.

Herb Lists

Each plant requires a minimum skill in herbalism to harvest. Depending on the level of the plant, you may gain skill levels when you succeed in gathering. The further away your skill is from the level of the plant, the less likely you are to receive a skill increase. The skill required to successfully use a plant also corresponds to the regions it can be found in. Easier plants are found in the lower-level areas, and more difficult plants in the higher-level zones.

Herb Skill Required Locations
Peacebloom 1 open
Silverleaf 1 near trees
Earthroot 15 cliffs
Mageroyal 50 open
Briarthorn 70 near trees
Swifthistle1 - -
Stranglekelp 85 in water
Bruiseweed 100 near buildings or cliffs
Wild Steelbloom 115 cliffs
Grave Moss 120 graveyards
Kingsblood 125 open
Liferoot 150 edge of water/streams
Fadeleaf 160 near trees
Goldthorn 170 cliffs
Khadgar's Whisker 185 near trees
Wintersbite 195 open
Firebloom 205 open
Purple Lotus 210 near ruins
Wildvine2 - -
Arthas' Tears 220 open
Sungrass 230 open
Blindweed 235 near water
Ghost Mushroom 245 caves
Gromsblood 250 open
Golden Sansam 260 open
Dreamfoil 270 open
Mountain Silversage 280 cliffs
Plaguebloom 285 open
Icecap 290 cliffs
Black Lotus 300 open
Fel Lotus3 - -
Felweed 300 open
Dreaming Glory 315 cliffs
Terocone 325 near trees
Ragveil 325 open
Flame Cap 335 open
Ancient Lichen 340 dungeon
Netherbloom 350 open
Nightmare Vine 365 open
Mana Thistle 375 open
Tiger Lily 400 -
Talandra's Rose - -
Goldclover - -
Deathnettle4 - -
Adder's Tongue 430 -
Lichbloom5 - -
Icethorn6 - -
Constrictor Grass - -
Whispervine - -
Evergreen Moss - -
Fire Leaf - -

1 - Swifthistle is found along with Briarthorn and Mageroyal.
2 - Wildvine can be found with Purple Lotus.
3 - Fel Lotus can be found inside most Outland herbs. Ancient Lichen has a chance to drop a Fel Lotus. Felweed, Dreaming Glory, Ragveil, and Flame Caps will have an increased chance to contain a Fel Lotus.
4 - Deathnettle can be gathered from Tiger Lily, Talandra's Rose, and Goldclover.
5 - Gathered from Ancients in Borean Tundra.
6 - Gathered from Ancients in Borean Tundra.

Specific herbs can be found in the following locations:

Herb Regions
Peacebloom Darkshore, Dun Morogh, Durotar, Elwynn Forest, Loch Modan, Mulgore, Silverpine Forest, Teldrassil, The Barrens, Tirisfal Glades, Westfall
Silverleaf Darkshore, Dun Morogh, Durotar, Elwynn Forest, Loch Modan, Mulgore, Silverpine Forest, Teldrassil, The Barrens, Thunder Bluff, Tirisfal Glades, Westfall
Earthroot Darkshore, Dun Morogh, Durotar, Elwynn Forest, Loch Modan, Mulgore, Redridge Mountains, Silverpine Forest, Teldrassil, The Barrens, Tirisfal Glades, Westfall
Mageroyal Ashenvale, Darkshore, Durotar, Duskwood, Hillsbrad Foothills, Loch Modan, Redridge Mountains, Silverpine Forest, Stonetalon Mountains, Teldrassil, The Barrens, Westfall, Wetlands
Briarthorn Ashenvale, Darkshore, Duskwood, Hillsbrad Foothills, Loch Modan, Redridge Mountains, Silverpine Forest, The Barrens, Westfall, Wetlands
Swifthistle* -
Stranglekelp Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Ashenvale, Azshara, Darkshore, Desolace, Dustwallow Marsh, Feralas, Hillsbrad Foothills, Silverpine Forest, Stranglethorn Vale, Swamp of Sorrows, Tanaris, The Barrens, The Hinterlands, Westfall, Wetlands
Bruiseweed Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Ashenvale, Darkshore, Desolace, Hillsbrad Foothills, Loch Modan, Redridge Mountains, Silverpine Forest, Stonetalon Mountains, The Barrens, Thousand Needles, Westfall, Wetlands
Wild Steelbloom Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Ashenvale, Badlands, Desolace, Duskwood, Hillsbrad Foothills, Stonetalon Mountains, Stranglethorn Vale, The Barrens, Thousand Needles, Wetlands
Grave Moss Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Desolace, Duskwood, The Barrens, Wetlands
Kingsblood Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Ashenvale, Badlands, Desolace, Duskwood, Dustwallow Marsh, Hillsbrad Foothills, Stonetalon Mountains, Stranglethorn Vale, Swamp of Sorrows, The Barrens, Thousand Needles, Wetlands
Liferoot Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Ashenvale, Desolace, Dustwallow Marsh, Feralas, Hillsbrad Foothills, Silverpine Forest, Stranglethorn Vale, The Hinterlands, Wetlands
Fadeleaf Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Badlands, Dustwallow Marsh, Stranglethorn Vale, Swamp of Sorrows, The Hinterlands
Goldthorn Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Azshara, Badlands, Blasted Lands, Dustwallow Marsh, Feralas, Stranglethorn Vale, Swamp of Sorrows, The Hinterlands
Khadgar's Whisker Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Azshara, Badlands, Dustwallow Marsh, Feralas, Hillsbrad Foothills, Stranglethorn Vale, Swamp of Sorrows, The Hinterlands
Wintersbite Alterac Mountains
Firebloom Badlands, Blasted Lands, Searing Gorge, Tanaris
Purple Lotus Ashenvale, Azshara, Badlands, Feralas, Stranglethorn Vale, Tanaris, The Hinterlands
Wildvine** -
Arthas' Tears Eastern Plaguelands, Felwood, Western Plaguelands
Sungrass Azshara, Blasted Lands, Burning Steppes, Eastern Plaguelands, Felwood, Feralas, Silithus, The Hinterlands, Un'Goro Crater, Western Plaguelands
Blindweed Swamp of Sorrows, Un'Goro Crater
Ghost Mushroom The Hinterlands
Gromsblood Ashenvale, Blasted Lands, Desolace, Felwood
Golden Sansam Azshara, Burning Steppes, Eastern Plaguelands, Felwood, Feralas, Silithus, The Hinterlands, Un'Goro Crater
Dreamfoil Azshara, Burning Steppes, Eastern Plaguelands, Felwood, Silithus, Un'Goro Crater, Western Plaguelands
Mountain Silversage Azshara, Burning Steppes, Eastern Plaguelands, Felwood, Silithus, Un'Goro Crater, Western Plaguelands, Winterspring
Plaguebloom Eastern Plaguelands, Felwood, Western Plaguelands
Icecap Winterspring
Black Lotus Burning Steppes, Eastern Plaguelands, Silithus, Winterspring
Felweed Hellfire Peninsula, Zangarmarsh, Nagrand, Blade's Edge Mountains, Terokkar Forest, Shadowmoon Valley, Netherstorm
Dreaming Glory Hellfire Peninsula, Zangarmarsh, Nagrand, Blade's Edge Mountains, Terokkar Forest, Shadowmoon Valley, Netherstorm
Terocone Terokkar Forest, Shadowmoon Valley
Ragveil Zangarmarsh
Flame Cap Zangarmarsh
Ancient Lichen Dungeons Only
Netherbloom Netherstorm
Nightmare Vine Shadowmoon Valley
Mana Thistle Nagrand, Blade's Edge Mountains, Terokkar Forest, Shadowmoon Valley, Netherstorm
Tiger Lily Borean Tundra, Grizzly Hills, Howling Fjord, Sholazar Basin, Zul'Drak
Talandra's Rose Zul'Drak
Goldclover Borean Tundra, Howling Fjord, Dragonblight, Zul'Drak
Adder's Tongue Sholazar Basin
Lichbloom Ancients in Borean Tundra
Icethorn Ancients in Borean Tundra
Fire Leaf Firethorn Borean Tundra

You can also find Herbs in instances, which are not listed. Herbs can also be found in treasure chests or when killing certain monsters.

Herbalism Etiquette

  • If you're in a party with more than one herbalist, share the plants you find with them.
  • Multiple people can gain skill off the same plant if the first person avoids picking the herbs off the plant. After the plant's contents box appears, simply press "Escape" to stand up, and the second person can then gather and have a chance to raise his or her skill.
  • Don't pick plants while fighting. Wait until the party is safe before moving over to the plant.
  • Don't run off to a plant by yourself without letting the other party members know. If there are monsters in the way, ask the party to clear them for you. Basically, don't do anything to jeopardize the safety of the party while you collect plants.

Additional Information

  • There is an enchant that can increase your Herbalism skill allowing you to pick higher level Herbs
  • Herbalism is a great way to make money. Sell Herbs to other players in the Auction House.
  • Some vendors sell herbs, rarely. You can also find Herbs in some chests. Some monsters commonly drop herbs.
  • Sometimes Bloodvine drops from enemies or can be harvested from Zul'Gurub herbs if the player has a Blood Scythe.
  • Tailors can create special herb carrying bags that have extra slots to carry Herbs.
  • Warp Splinter can be skinned with Herbalism in heroic difficulty.
  • Some high level herbs are also found in The Botanica, The Slave Pens, The Steamvault, The Underbog.
  • If you're a Warlock or Hunter you can send your pet in to attack a monster standing on a herb, loot the herb, then run!
  • Some Herbs in Outland cause various effects when the Herb is picked. An example is Mana Thistle which restores some mana to you. Picking a Nightmare Vine places a negative debuff on you.
  • Player Submitted Information
     Submitted by Randalf
    1. Some of the best drops for herbs (of random types) are found on fungoid elementals, such as the ones near the tar pits of Un'Goro Crater or near the oasis in Tanaris.

    2. On Outland, high-level herbalists can "skin" certain creatures such as the Bog Lords and Giants of Zangarmarsh, for bonus herb drops from their corpses.

    3. Another great way to add herbs to your stash is by doing the repeatable Morrowgrain quests in Darnassus and at Feathermoon Stronghold. The magical pouch you are given can be repeatedly used to grow herbs from a random list. The only thing you need to keep this process going is fresh soil from Un'Goro Crater and more Tharlendris seeds, which are purchased from the Morrowgrain questgivers.

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