WoW Alchemy Guide - WoW Trade Skill Guides, 3.2 and beyond
Alchemy is a profession well suited for any class, especially in PvE content. Longer flask and elixir durations, and increased effects from Alchemical consumables make it especially useful in raids. Included in this article is a complete 1-450 Alchemy leveling guide plus gold earning tips.
Alchemy 1-450 Guide - Complete Material List
59 Empty Vial
90 Leaded Vials
15 Empty Vials
15 Khadgar's Whisker
4 Purple Lotus
19 Arthas' Tears
97 Crystal Vial
4 Iron Bar
1 Black Vitriol
61 Golden Sansam
18 Mountain Silversage
61 Dreaming Glory
102 Imbued Vial
20 Talandra's Rose
24 Adder's Tongue
5 Pygmy Suckerfish
10 Dark Jade
10 Huge Citrine
10 Eternal Fire
Alchemy Skill Level 1-60
Required Materials: 59 Peacebloom, 59 Silverleaf, 59 Empty Vial
Create: 59 Minor Healing Potion
Special Directions: Keep 50 of these Minor Healing Potions - You will need them for later.
Alchemy Skill Level 60-140
Required Materials: 50 Minor Healing Potion, 80 Briarthorn, 30 Leaded Vials
60-110: 50 Lesser Healing Potions
110-140: 30 Healing Potions
Alchemy Skill Level 140-210
Required Materials: 15 Mageroyal, 40 Stranglekelp, 30 Liferoot, 30 Kingsblood, 25 Goldthorn, 15 Empty Vials, 55 Leaded Vials
140-155: 15 Lesser Mana Potion
155-185: 30 Greater Healing Potions
185-210: 25 Elixir of Agility
Alchemy Skill Level 210-285
Required Materials: 5 Steelbloom, 20 Goldthorn, 70 Sungrass, 15 Khadgar's Whisker, 4 Purple Lotus, 4 Firebloom, 19 Arthas' Tears, 40 Blindweed, 5 Leaded Vial, 69 Crystal Vial, 4 Iron Bar, 1 Black Vitriol
210-215: 5 Elixir of Greater Defense
215-230: 15 Super Healing Potion
230-231: Philosopher's Stone - Keep this, as it is needed to do transmutes throughout your Alchemy career. Recipe for the Philosopher's Stone is obtained from Alchemist Pestlezugg in Tanaris.
231-250: 19 Elixir of Detect Undead
250-265: 15 Elixir of Greater Agility
265-285: 20 Superior Mana Potion
Alchemy Skill Level 285-360
Required Materials: 61 Golden Sansam, 18 Mountain Silversage, 38 Felweed, 61 Dreaming Glory, 20 Ragveil, 10 Netherbloom, 28 Crystal Vial, 53 Imbued Vial
285-300: 18 Major Healing Potion
300-310: 10 Volatile Healing Potion
310-325: 15 Elixir of Healing Power
325-335: 10 Mad Alchemist's Potion
335-340: 5 Super Healing Potion
340-360: 23 Super Mana Potion - The recipe for this is located in Zangarmarsh at Telredor for Alliance, and in Blade's Edge Mountains at Thunderlord Stronghold for Horde.
Alchemy Skill Level 360-450
Required Materials: 20 Talandra's Rose, 44 Goldclover, 34 Tiger Lily, 24 Adder's Tongue, 10 Icethorn, 5 Pygmy Suckerfish, 10 Dark Jade, 10 Huge Citrine, 10 Eternal Fire, 49 Imbued Vials
360-365: 5 Icy Mana Potion
365-375: 10 Spellpower Elixir
375-380: 5 Pygmy Oil
380-385: 5 Potion of Nightmares
385-395: 12 Elixir of Mighty Strength
395-405: At 400 you can do Northrend Alchemy Research once per day for a chance to discover new recipes. If you discover Potion of Speed, make it instead. Otherwise, from 395-400 make roughly 12 Elixir of Major Agility.
405-410: 5 Runic Healing Potion
410-425: 20 Runic Mana Potion
425-435: 10 Transmute: Earthsiege Diamond
435-450: Make Flasks of your choice until Maximum. You'll need 15 Frost Lotus, among other things depending on which flask you make. Skill points above 435 can also be gained from Northrend Alchemy Research.
Once a player reaches Alchemy skill level 325, and level 68, they can choose an Alchemy Mastery. The three Masteries available are Elixirs, Potions, and Transmutation. The quest is picked up in the Lower City of Shattrath, but you can only choose one. You can change later, but must complete the quest for the new Mastery. If you go back to a Mastery you had previously, you will not have to repeat the quest.
Elixir Mastery - Chance to proc an extra 1-4 Elixirs or Flasks when creating Elixirs or Flasks.
Potion Mastery - Chance to proc an extra 1-4 potions when making potions.
Transmute Mastery - Chance to proc an extra 1-4 of the transmuted item when transmuting items.
Advantages of Choosing Alchemy
Alchemy is one of the most generic of all the World of Warcraft professions, in that it is the perfect complement to any class. Alchemists can create potions, elixirs, and flasks, as well as transmute certain items into other ones. Alchemists also get a passive ability called Mixology, which gives them double durations on Flasks and Elixirs and increases the effects of those consumables.
Alchemy is better suited towards PvE content than PvP, however. Flasks, elixirs, and potions cannot be used in Arena, and aren't all that useful in Battlegrounds. There are a couple of items designated for arena use, but not many.
In addition to all of these things, Alchemists get a powerful trinket. There are four trinkets to choose from (that do not stack) that are well suited to every class, and increase the amount restored with Mana and Health potions.
Making Gold with Alchemy
Alchemy coupled with Herbalism is a very profitable choice for professions. Players can quickly farm herbs and make elixirs, potions, and flasks that tend to sell for quite a lot of money. Even without herbalism, Elixir masters especially can make decent amounts of gold by buying herbs and selling the products. Elixirs, particularly Agility, Strength, and Spellpower ones, sell for quite a lot of gold. Flasks are always high priced, though the materials to make them are typically a lot more expensive (mainly just the Frost Lotus).
A new way to make decent amounts of gold was just introduced in patch 3.2, however. Alchemists have always been able to be Transmute masters, but up til patch 3.2 there weren't very good products from Transmutation. Transmuting one eternal to another was possible if you discovered the ability, and one could make uncut meta gems. However, in 3.2 with the introduction of epic gems, Alchemists gain the ability to transmute them as well. The mats to create an epic gem are cheap, and the gems sell for a lot. This is especially great for transmutation masters who can proc multiple epic gems from a few cheap materials. They are limited, though, to one transmute every 20 hours.