Herbalism goes well with Alchemy because you can use the herbs you pick and make potions. If you want to level Alchemy, check out my Alchemy Leveling Guide. But keep in mind, this leveling guide is made to level your profession as fast as possible, so sometimes the herbs you will farm might not be the best for Alchemy.
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.
- Apprentice 1 - 70
- Journeyman 70 - 125
- Expert 125 - 180
- Artisan 180 - 275
- Master 275 - 325
- Grand Master 325 - 425
- Illustrious 425 - 500
- Zen 500 - 600
- Draenor 600 - 700
- Legion 1 - 800
Herbalism Leveling Guide 1 - 70
If your character is already level 100, jump to the Legon section. You can gather Legion herbs from skill 1, and you won't get partial herbs.
First, visit any trainer in the main cities of old Azeroth - just ask a guard, and learn Apprentice Herbalism.
If you have the [Sky Golem] mount, you should use it while leveling herbalism because you can pick herbs without dismounting.
You can now pick herbs without a required skill. The amount of herb you'll get is determined by your skill level. But this means it's still recommended to level in zones where your skill level is close to the herb's hidden skill requirement. You will get much fewer herbs if you start picking the highest level herbs with herbalism skill 1. You can read more about this here.
Download the following addon: Gathermate2. This addon shows you every herb location on your map. The addon and the databse can be found here.
For the first 70 points, you can go to any starter zone, there is not much difference between them. You can also just skip to the next part in the guide if you have a higher level character.
70 - 125
Learn Herbalism Journeyman then head to Hillsbrad Foothills. It's a horde only zone, this means it might be a bit harder to reach it for alliance players, and for low level players I recommend Darkshore.
There is just so much herb in this zone. You can find Frozen Herbs at the top of Alterac Mountains, and they can contain Mageroyal, Briarthorn or Bruiseweed.
125 - 200
Visit your trainer and learn Herbalism Expert.
There is no Goldthorn at Western Plaguelands, go to Feralas if you want to farm it.
200 - 275
IMPORTANT! Don't forget to visit your trainer and learn Herbalism Artisan!
You will gather the following herb: [Sungrass]
You will need herbalism 230 to get full Sungrasses, so between 200-230 you will only get Sungrass Stalk. In both of the zones below the most common herb will be [Sungrass]. I recommend Thousand Needles because there are a lot of [Khadgar's Whisker] in Eastern Plaguelands and they will be green/grey for the last few points. I also like the easy layout of Thousand Needles, you just go in a straight line and you can't miss the herbs.
If you don't have a flying mount, then when you reach the end of the yellow line, you should turn back and run back to the starting point of the yellow line. You will also have to swim to Twilight Bulwark or Twilight Withering, else you can't really get to the place where the herbs are. (you can see these zones if you click on the map below)
275 - 325
Visit your trainer and learn Herbalism Master.
You will gather the following herbs:
The whole zone is filled with herbs. You can find them everywhere, there is no farming route for this map. If you don't need the herbs for herbalism, you can also stay in Swamp of Sorrows until you reach 350 and skip Outland. But if you go to Outland you will get more expensive herbs.
325 - 350
The orange circles means that you should fly around that zone because the herbs are spread all over inside them.
350 - 400
400 - 425
Sholazar Basin is filled with Herbs. The most common herb is [Adder's Tongue], but you can also find some [Goldclover] and [Tiger Lily]. If you don't really care about selling the Herbs, you should stay in Sholazar Basin until you reach 450. All it takes is just one full circuit in the zone, assuming no one else is farming there.
425 - 460
Visit your trainer and learn Herbalism Illustrious.
You will gather [Cinderbloom] at Mount Hyjal
460 - 500
Go to Deepholm and gather [Heartblossom].
500 - 545
Visit your trainer and learn the next rank of Herbalism.
I have two routes that I usually use, depending on how many players are farming in the zone. If you are the only one in the zone, then I recommend using the first route.
545 - 575
You will gather [Silkweed]. Just follow the route below and gather every herb until you reach 575.
575 - 600
You will gather [Snow Lily]. There are a few caves in the mountains, but I only recommend to go into the caves if you have some kind of sprint/stealth ability, or if someone else is farming in the zone.
600 - 700
You can learn the new rank of herbalism from [A Compendium of the Herbs of Draenor]. You can get this scroll by picking herbs at Draenor.
700 - 785
You get the next rank of Herbalism by simply picking a herb in any of the new Legion zones at the Broken Isle.
If you have the [Sky Golem], you can use that instead of the Demonsteel Stirrups, and if your class has a tanking spec, you should switch to that while farming, so you won't get dazed and you don't have to use Stonehide Leather Barding.
Don't forget to enchant your gloves with [Enchant Gloves - Legion Herbalism]! This enchant brings gathering time down from 1.5 seconds to 0.5 seconds. This is really important if you gather while mounted, because mobs can still interrupt your casting.
Below are two farming routes for Dreamleaf which I think is one of the better zones for leveling herbalism, but you can level in any other zone.
This route is for players without flying mount.
If you have flying mount and use the recommended enchants above, you might farm too fast and you need to take a bigger loop around the zone to allow the herbs to respawn. So use this map below:
785 - 800
Fel-Encrusted Herb Clusters are orange all the way up to 800, so doing one or two lap at the Broken Shore or Krokuun should get you to 800.
I recommend going to Broken Shore if you have a flying mount. But you can check out my Astral Glory farming guide if you want to go to Krokuun.