Engineering is the best combined with Mining, and while Engineering with these two professions you can save a lot of gold. Check out my Mining leveling guide if you want to level Mining. Make sure you have enough gold to buy ore if you don't have Mining, because you will need a lot of it.
Often the materials are based on a case that you will gain one skill point each craft. This won't always happen, so you will have to buy a few extra materials.
If you are low on gold, I recommend you to try this Gold Making Guide, it can help you to make loads of gold.
If you are still leveling your character or you just started a new alt, I recommend you to use a leveling guide. You can level your character to level 110 in 8 days with this guide.
Engineering Guide Sections:
- 16 - 75 Apprentice
- 75 - 150 Journeyman
- 150 - 220 Expert
- 220 - 300 Artisan
- 300 - 350 Master
- 350 - 425 Grand Master
- 425 - 500 Illustrious
- 500 - 580 Zen
- 580 - 800 Draenor
What is so special about +15 Engineering?
Your gnome's racial not only gives you a 15 point head start, but also makes recipes stay orange for 15 points longer, allows you to skip recipes, and dodge dry spells. Additionally, you save money by not only needing fewer materials to get to 600 altogether, but less expensive ones too!
Approximate Materials Required for 16-640:
- 30 x Rough Stone
- 20 x Copper Bar
- 25 x Coarse Stone
- 69 x Bronze Bar = 35 Copper Bar + 35 Tin Bar
- 25 x Heavy Stones
- 15 x Nightcrawlers
- 20 x Iron Bar
- 4 x Steel Bar
- 80 x Solid Stone
- 80 x Mithril Bar
- 20 x Mageweave Cloth
- 40 x Dense Stone
- 105 x Thorium Bar
- 25 x Runecloth
- 27 x Mote of Fire
- 54 x Mote of Earth
- 10 x Primal Earth
- 40 x Adamantite Bar
- 15 x Netherweave Cloth
- 65 x Cobalt Bar
- 5 x Crystallized Water
- 45 x Tinker's Kit - You can buy the Tinker's Kit from the Engineering supply vendor near your trainer
- 70 x Obsidium Bar
- 30 x Volatile Air
- 100 x Elementium Bar
- 170 x Ghost Iron Bar
- 72 x Windwool Cloth
- 20 x Blackrock Ore
- 20 x True Iron Ore
- 20 x Nagrand Arrowbloom
Gnome Engineering Leveling Guide 1 - 640
First, visit any trainer in the main cities of old Azeroth - just ask a guard, and learn Apprentice Engineering.
16 – 75
30 x [Rough Blasting Powder] - 30 Rough Stone
20 x [Handful of Copper Bolts] - 20 Copper Bar Save 15 of these.
15 x [Rough Copper Bomb] - 30 Rough Blasting Powder, 15 Handful of Copper Bolts
Make your [Arclight Spanner] between 60 and 70.
75 – 150
Learn Journeymen Engineering. Requires level 10.
25 x [Coarse Blasting Powder] - 25 Coarse Stone Save 15 of these.
13 x [Clockwork Box] - 39 Bronze Bar
Use the boxes you make. You will get one extra skill points per craft.
Note: This item is supposed to give skill points on disassembly, but it's currently bugged. You should try to disassemble one and write an e-mail to me if it has been fixed.
25 x [Heavy Blasting Powder] - 25 Heavy Stones
Yellow for the last 10 points, but stone is very cheap.
150 – 225
Learn Expert Engineering. Requires level 20.
15 x [Aquadynamic Fish Attractor] - 30 Bronze Bar, 15 Nightcrawlers, 15 Coarse Blasting Powder
[Nightcrawlers] are sold by these vendors. Don't buy them at the Auction House.
10 x [Iron Strut] - 20 Iron Bar
- 175 -176
1 x [Gyromatic Micro-Adjustor] - 4 Steel Bar
40 x [Solid Blasting Powder] - 80 Solid Stone
You may go as far as 210 making these. Keep all 40.
Engineering has the option at skill level 200 to specialize in Gnomish or Goblin Engineering. The main difference between both sides is the location of their respective teleporters and the ability of their trinkets. Some items require a specific specialization to use, while other items are crafted by one specialization but are usable by any engineer. Fortunately, most recipes that are crafted by one Specialization can be worn by both.
20 x [Unstable Triggers] - 20 Mithril Bar, 20 Mageweave Cloth, 20 Solid Blasting Powder
Keep 10 of these.
220 – 300
Learn Artisan Engineering. Requires level 35.
20 x [Mithril Casings] - 60 Mithril Bar Yellow at the last 10 points.
10 x [Hi-Explosive Bomb] - 20 Mithril Casing, 10 Unstable Trigger, 20 Solid Blasting Powder
20 x [Dense Blasting Powder] - 40 Dense Stone
25 x [Thorium Widget] - 75 Thorium Bar, 25 Runecloth
5 x [Thorium Tube] - 30 Thorium Bar
300 – 350
Learn Master Engineering. Requires level 50.
27 x [4 Elemental Blasting Powder] - 27 Mote of Fire, 54 Mote of Earth
If Motes are scarce or expensive, you can craft Fel Iron Bolts and Fel Iron Casing instead. If you're interested in the Flying Machine, this is a good route to take.
Keep 15 Elemental Blasting Powder no matter what you do.
10 x [Adamantite Frame] - 40 Adamantite Bar, 10 Primal Earth
15 x [White Smoke Flare] - 15 Elemental Blasting Powder, 15 Netherweave Cloth
Recipe locations here.
350 – 425
Learn Grand Master Engineering. Requires level 65.
25 x [1-3 Handful of Cobalt Bolts] - 50 Cobalt Bar
5 x [2 Volatile Blasting Trigger] - 15 Cobalt Bar, 5 Crystallized Water
15 x [Flexweave Underlay] - 15 Tinker's Kit
You can buy the Tinker's Kit from the Engineering supply vendor near your trainer.
- 395 - 405
10 x [EMP Generator] - 10 Tinker's Kit
- 405 - 425
20 x [Nitro Boosts] - 20 Tinker's Kit
425 – 500
Learn Illustrious Grand Master Engineering. Requires level 75.
30 x [2 - 4 Handful of Obsidium Bolts] - 60 Obsidium Bar Yellow for the last 5 points.
15 x [2-3 Electrified Ether] - 30 Volatile Air
Keep these and your extras. You'll need them for your tinkers.
1 x [High-Powered Bolt Gun] - 10 Obsidium Bar, 8 Handful of Obsidium Bolts, 4 Electrified Ether
Keep this, you need it to craft later recipes.
- 475 - 500
5 x [Lure Master Tackle Box] - 100 Elementium Bar, 20 Handful of Obsidium Bolts
500 – 580
Visit your trainer and learn Zen Engineering. Requires level 80.
- 500 - 564
You will need 170 Ghost Iron Bars to craft the 88 [Ghost Iron Bolts] and 76 [High-Explosive Gunpowder] needed to reach 600. (you will need more if you want to reach 615, but more on this later on)
76 x [High-Explosive Gunpowder] - 38 Ghost Iron Bar
88 x [Ghost Iron Bolts] – 132 Ghost Iron Bar
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you stop at 564. Don't go afk while you craft these. Stop making them when you reach 564 and start making the next recipe in the guide, only make more bolts or gunpowder when you need it later on.
If you are very unlucky and didn't reach 564, make a few [Goblin Glider] or any tinker. You can buy tinker's kit from the engineering supply vendor near your trainer.
- 564 – 594
6 x [Ghost Iron Dragonling] – 48 Ghost Iron Bolts, 24 High-Explosive Gunpowder, 72 Windwool Cloth
These give 5 skill-ups each.
- 594 – 595
2 x [Tinker’s Kit] – 4 Ghost Iron Bolts, 4 High-Explosive Gunpowder, 4 Windwool Cloth
- 595 – 600
6 x [Thermal Anvil] – 36 Ghost Iron Bolts, 48 High-Explosive Gunpowder
This recipe will be yellow, but in my experience it only took me 6 crafts.
580 - 800
Requires level 90.
Things change a bit in Warlords of Draenor because you no longer learn the next rank from your trainer. You have to get a [Draenor Engineering] scroll to upgrade your maximum Engineering skill to 700. This scroll will also teach you a few basic recipes which you will use to level Engineering.
There are three ways to obtain this scroll:
- You can buy it from the Engineering trainers in Ashran. Alliance players can find Sean Catchpole at Stormshield, and Horde players can find Nik Steelrings at Warspear.
- If you build an Engineering Works at your garrion, you can buy the scroll from one of the NPC at the building.
- If you are still leveling your character (90-92), you have to loot a quest item to start a quest chain.
- 600 - 640
There are three recipes that you can use to level, you only need to make one of these:
10 x [Stealthman 54] - 20 x Blackrock Ore, 20 x True Iron Ore, 20 x Nagrand Arrowbloom
20 x [Mecha-Blast Rocket] - 120 x Blackrock Ore
20 x [Shieldtronic Shield] - 120 x True Iron Ore
[Stealthman 54] is usually the best choise unless Nagrand Arrowbloom is insanely overpriced at the Auction House.
- 640 - 800
Every Draenor recipe is really expensive at this point, so you should wait until you reach level 100, then you can jump to the Legion Engineering leveling guide. Only the last 780 - 800 part is different for gnome engineers but I put a note in the guide on how to level as a gnome.