At Engineering skill 200 and character level 30, you can specialize in Gnomish or Goblin Engineering. This guide will list the items that can be crafted by each specialization to help you choose between the two. Some items require a specific specialization to use, while other items are crafted by one specialization but are usable by any engineer.
The guide can be used for both WoW Classic and TBC Classic because there was no change to Engineering specializations.
- Gnomish or Goblin Engineering?
- List of BoP and Exclusive items
- Gnomish Engineering Quest
- Goblin Engineering Quest
- Changing Engineering specialization
1. Gnomish or Goblin Engineering?
When deciding which specialization to choose, you should focus on items exclusive to one specialization. A lot of recipes crafted by one specialization can be used by both, meaning you can buy them from other Engineers.
You should not base your decision on items that you will only craft once and could have just bought it at the Auction House from another Engineer.
1.1. List of BoP and Exclusive items
This is the full list of items that require Goblin or Gnome Engineer specialization to use. The list also includes Bind on Pickup (BoP) items that the other specialization could theoretically use, but they Bind on Pickup. (you can still use them if you drop Engineering, re-level it, then choose the other specialization)
|Gnomish Battle Goggles (TBC)||Leather Helm (physical DPS)|
|Gnomish Power Goggles (TBC)||Cloth Helm|
|Gnomish Poultryizer (TBC)||+45 Stamina Tank trinket. Turns the target into a chicken for 15 sec. (5 Min CD)|
|Ultrasafe Transporter - Toshley's Station (TBC)||Teleport to Toshley's Station in Blade's Edge Mountains|
|Ultrasafe Transporter - Gadgetzan||Teleport to Gadgetzan in Tanaris|
|World Enlarger||A fun item that makes you smaller. This effect is similar to the Noggenfogger elixir's shrink.|
|Lil' Smoky||Non-combat pet.|
|Gnomish Battle Chicken||A trinket that creates a Battle Chicken that will fight for you for 1.50 min or until it is destroyed. (20 Min CD)|
|Gnomish Death Ray||A trinket that does high damage to both you and your target. 4-sec cast. (5 Min CD)|
|Gnomish Goggles||Low-level Cloth helm|
|Foreman's Enchanted Helmet (TBC)||Cloth helm with +10% stun resist|
|Foreman's Reinforced Helmet (TBC)||Mail helm with +10% stun resist|
|Goblin Rocket Launcher (TBC)||+45 Stamina Tank trinket. Can be used to Fire a rocket that does 960 to 1440 damage and stuns for 3 sec.(2 Min CD)|
|Dimensional Ripper - Area 52 (TBC)||Teleport to Area 52 in Netherstorm|
|Dimensional Ripper - Everlook||Teleport to Everlook in Winterspring|
|Pet Bombling||Non-combat pet.|
|Goblin Bomb Dispenser||Creates a mobile bomb that charges the nearest enemy and explodes for 315 to 385 fire damage. (30 Min CD)|
|Goblin Dragon Gun||Trinket that Deals 61 to 69 fire damage for 10 sec to all targets in a cone in front of the engineer using the weapon.(5 Min CD)|
|Goblin Mining Helmet||Mail helm with +5 Mining|
|Goblin Construction Helmet||Cloth Helm with +15 Fire Resist. With on use effect that absorbs 300 to 500 Fire damage. Lasts 1 min. (1 Hour CD)|
1.2. Consumables and Bind on Equip (BoE) items
Both specializations can use these items, but only one of them can craft them. You can buy them at the Auction House from another Engineer.
2. Gnomish Engineering Quest
To Become a Gnomish Engineer, you have to complete the following quests:
To complete the quest, you will need the following items:
Total Raw Materials needed:
- 18x Mithril Bar
- 6x Bronze Bar
- 1x Jade
- 1x Citrine
- 6x Iron Bar
- 2x Medium Leather
- 2x Wool Cloth
- 2x Gold Bar
- 8x Heavy Leather
3. Goblin Engineering Quest
To Become a Goblin Engineer, you have to complete the following quests:
- Pick up Goblin Engineering from Tinkerwiz in Ratchet.
- Go to Gadgetzan in Tanaris and pick up The Pledge of Secrecy from Nixx Sprocketspring.
- Right-click on the Nixx's Pledge of Secrecy in your inventory to complete the quest. Then pick up Show Your Work.
To complete the quest, you will need to craft the following items:
Total Raw Materials needed:
- 2x Silver Bar
- 30x Iron Bar
- 40x Heavy Stone
- 20x Solid Stone
- 10x Silk Cloth
- 20x Wool Cloth
- 20x Bronze Bar
- 5x Medium Leather
4. Changing Engineering Specialization
The only way to switch your specialization is to COMPLETELY unlearn Engineering and then level it back up again. Here is how to do it step by step:
4.1. Unlearn Engineering
Open your character info, click on the Skills tab at the bottom, and unlearn Engineering.
Doing this will cause you to lose all your recipes and skill points!!!
4.2. Level Engineering
You have to level Engineering back up to 200 again. You don't have to do any quests again after this.
Use my TBC Classic Engineering Leveling Guide 1-375 to quickly get back to 200.
4.3. "Soothsaying for Dummies"
Now go to Steamwheedle Port in Tanaris and click on the "Soothsaying for Dummies" book located inside a hut. You can see the exact location marked in the picture below. Once you've read it, you will be able to take up the other specialization.