Cataclysm Classic Engineering Leveling Guide 1-525

This Cataclysm Classic Engineering leveling guide will show you the fastest and easiest way to level your Engineering skill up from 1 to 525 in Cataclysm Classic.

I recommend trying Zygor's 1-85 Leveling Guide if you are still leveling your character or you just started a new alt. The guide will help you to reach level 85 a lot faster.

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Approximate materials required

This is the list of the approximate materials required to level Engineering up to 525.




When buying the Crystallized Elementals, make sure to check the Eternal price as well (Eternal Water for example). You can turn 1x Eternal into 10x Crystallized and they are often much cheaper.


Engineering trainers



Leveling Cataclysm Engineering

Buy a Blacksmith Hammer from a Blacksmithing or Engineering supply vendor, they are usually near your trainer. (or any general/trade goods vendor)

Gnome Engineering skill racial bonus

Gnome characters have +15 Engineering skill because of their passive Engineering Specialization. An extra 15 Engineering skill means recipes stay orange 15 points longer, so you can save a lot of gold by doing lower level recipes for 15 more points.

1 - 55

  • 1 - 35
    60x Rough Blasting Powder - 60 Rough Stone

    You might even reach 40 with this recipe. You will need the 60 Rough Blasting Powder later, so keep these.

Journeyman Engineering

Visit your trainer and learn Journeyman Engineering. (Requires level 10)

55 - 75

  • 55 - 56
    1x Arclight Spanner - 6 Copper Bar

    You will use this to craft engineering recipes, so keep it.

    You probably won't be exactly at 56. This is just an estimated number.

  • 56 - 75
    30x Rough Copper Bomb - 30 Handful of Copper Bolts, 60 Rough Blasting Powder

75 - 125

  • 113 - 125
    Right click on the Clockwork Box you just made. These give skill points up to 125.

Expert Engineering

Visit your trainer and learn Expert Engineering. (Requires level 20)

125 - 200

  • 150 - 160
    15x Bronze Framework - 30 Bronze Bar, 15 Medium Leather, 15 Wool Cloth

    Keep these too.

    By making them now, you might get a lot further - probably towards 160, then stop making these and only make more when you'll need them.

  • 160 -175
    15x Explosive Sheep - 30 Heavy Blasting Powder, 15 Whirring Bronze Gizmo, 15 Bronze Framework, 30 Wool Cloth

    Keep 5 of these, you might need it if you choose Goblin Engineering at 200.

  • 175 -176
    1x Gyromatic Micro-Adjustor - 4 Steel Bar

    Keep this, you will need it to craft some of the Engineering recipes.

  • 195 - 200
    7x Mithril Tube - 21 Mithril Bar

    Stop making these when you reach 200. Keep 6 Mithril Tubes, because you might need them if you choose Gnomish Engineering at 200.

Artisan Engineering

Visit your trainer and learn Artisan Engineering. (Requires level 35)

Engineering has the option at skill level 200 to specialize in Gnomish Engineer or Goblin Engineer. Some items require a specific specialization, while others are crafted by one specialization but are usable by any engineer. Fortunately, most recipes crafted by one Specialization can be worn by both.

Choosing a specialization is not required to level up in engineering, so you can return to this later if you don't want to bother with the quest right now.

For information on how to choose a specialization, please see my separate guide:

Engineering Specializations in Cataclysm Classic

200 - 300

  • 200 - 215
    20x Unstable Trigger - 20 Mithril Bar, 20 Mageweave Cloth, 20 Solid Blasting Powder

    Save these.

  • 238 - 250
    20x Hi-Explosive Bomb - 40 Mithril Casings, 20 Unstable Trigger, 40 Solid Blasting Powder
  • 260 - 285
    35x Thorium Widget - 105 Thorium Bar, 35 Runecloth

    It will be yellow for the last few points so you might have to make a few more to reach 285.

  • 285 - 300
    17x Thorium Tube - 102x Thorium Bar

    This will be yellow for 5 points, so you might have to make more.

Master Engineering

Visit your trainer and learn Master Engineering. (Requires level 50)

300 - 320

You will use these later, so make them now for free skill points.

Crafting one Elemental Blasting Powder creates 4 powders, so you will end up with 60 in total.

You might have to make a few more Fel Iron Bomb in the next step if you don't reach 320.

320 - 325

10x Fel Iron Bomb - 10x Fel Iron Casing, 20x Handful of Fel Iron Bolts, 10x Elemental Blasting Powder

You might need to make more of these if you are unlucky with the skill point gains.

325 - 335

10x Adamantite Grenade - 40x Adamantite Bar, 20x Handful of Fel Iron Bolts, 10x Elemental Blasting Powder

Stop making these if you got lucky with the skill gains and reach 335. The next recipe is much cheaper.

335 - 350

40x White Smoke Flare - 40x Elemental Blasting Powder, 40x Netherweave Cloth

This will be green for the most part, so this is just an approximate number.

The Schematic: White Smoke Flare recipe is sold by these vendors:

It's a limited supply item, so if someone bought it before you, you must wait for it to respawn, or you can check the other vendors. (around 7-10 min respawn timer)

Grand Master Engineering

Visit your trainer and learn Grand Master Engineering. (Requires level 65)

350 - 375

You will need around 50x Handful of Cobalt Bolts and 24x Volatile Blasting Trigger later. Make these now, and you should reach 375 or probably more. Make sure that you make the Handful of Cobalt Bolts before making Volatile Blasting Trigger. (Volatile Blasting Trigger stay yellow longer, so it's better to make them later)

Note that when you craft Handful of Cobalt Bolts you can get 1 or 3 bolts, and the same goes for Volatile Blasting Trigger, you will get 2 for each craft.

Save both of these.

375 - 435

  • 375 - 385
    10x Overcharged Capacitor - 40 Cobalt Bar, 10 Crystallized Earth

    Save these too. You will need them.

  • 385 - 390
    7x Explosive Decoy - 7 Frostweave Cloth, 21 Volatile Blasting Trigger

    You might have to make a few more from this.

  • 390 - 400
    15x Froststeel Tube - 120 Cobalt Bar, 15 Crystallized Water

    Save these too. You will need them later.

  • 400 - 405
    5x Diamond-cut Refractor Scope - 5 Froststeel Tube, 10 Handful of Cobalt Bolts

    The recipe will be yellow so you might have to make a few more.

  • 405 - 410
    5x Box of Bombs - 25 Saronite Bar, 5 Volatile Blasting Trigger
  • 410 - 415
    5x Goblin Beam Welder - 30 Saronite Bar, 15 Crystallized Fire, 15 Crystallized Water
  • 415 - 420
    If you were lucky with the skill gains previously you might have already reached 420 at this point, then skip making these and jump to the 420 part.

    5x Mana Injector Kit - 60 Saronite Bar, 10 Crystallized Water

    Stop making these when you reach 420.

  • 420 - 425
    5x Noise Machine - 10 Froststeel Tube, 10 Overcharged Capacitor, 40 Handful of Cobalt Bolts

Cataclysm Classic Engineering

Visit your trainer and learn the new Cataclysm Classic Engineering skill. (Requires level 75)

425 - 525

  • 470 - 475
    1x High-Powered Bolt Gun - 10x Obsidium Bar, 8x Handful of Obsidium Bolts, 4x Electrified Ether

    Keep this because it is a required tool for creating other Engineering items.

  • 495 - 505
    2x Elementium Dragonling - 4x Handful of Obsidium Bolts, 16x Electrified Ether, 32x Elementium Bar, 40x Embersilk Cloth

    If you picked Goblin Engineering specialization, make these instead:

    1x Elementium Dragonling - 2x Handful of Obsidium Bolts, 8x Electrified Ether, 16x Elementium Bar, 20x Embersilk Cloth
    5x Big Daddy - 5x Electrified Ether, 30x Elementium Bar

  • 510 - 517
    10x Heat-Treated Spinning Lure - 10x Handful of Obsidium Bolts, 40x Elementium Bar, 10x Volatile Fire

    You might need to make more of these because the recipe will be yellow.

Darkmoon Faire Free +5 Profession Skill

Check your Calendar in-game to see if the Darkmoon Faire is open. The event is available every two weeks. It starts on Sunday and lasts for a week.

During the event, you can complete quests for each profession and gain +5 skill points for each. Click here to read more about the quests.

Congratulations on reaching 525! Please send feedback about the guide if you think there are parts I could improve or if you found typos, errors, or wrong material numbers!

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