***Insert witty ASCII here*** World of Warcraft Druid FAQ By: Icon of Sin Email: Hanumachine_R@yahoo.com --------------- Version History --------------- *Version 0.95 <12/8/05> This FAQ is ready to be posted after weeks of planning. *Version 1.00 <12/14/05> Fixed a few typos, and I got a few E-Mails from a few good people with info about how to find the 2 pendants for the Druid's Aquatic form, and I revised one of the Feral Talents (Improved Shred) from a couple of tips I received via E-Mail today. *Version 1.10 <12/24/05> Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to all. Another update after getting more tips via E-mails the last few days, I updated some of the skills, and fixed some more errors. Special thanks to Wander Koldewijn (WiSK), Andrew Saliba (Lethalagent14), and Eric Doherty for their help. *Version 1.11 <2/26/06> Yeah Yeah, I know this update is very late, but I've been very busy with school work, and also playing with a few alts, but at least I care enough to fix a few things thanks to patch 1.9 which came more than a month ago, and extra info was added from E-Mails. Special thanks go to Clarza Da Monkee, Travis M. Jordan, Andrew Gustavson, and Timothy Raja (Aka Pyromaniacpichu(Gamefaqs)) for making this late update possible, and anybody else I forgot to mention. *Hugs and Kisses to all* *Version 1.12 <3/4/06> I decided to add what changes the Druid will get when patch 1.10 become available. *Version 1.14 <3/14/06> Fixed a few things, you know the usual stuff. Thanks to Xnay, MARGARET KELLY, and darth_static(Daniel) for their info. *Version 1.20 <5/3/06> Decided to add a small level guide, fixed a few things, and added some info including what changes the Druid will get from the upcoming patch 1.11 *Version 1.25 <6/01/06> A professions section was added, and fixed a couple of misspellings ***************************************************************** >>>Patch 1.11 changes<<< From the official WoW forums I got the following message; "When patch 1.11 releases, Innervate will become a base ability for all Druids, trainable at level 40. Once the patch is live, any Druid who formerly had the Innervate talent will instead have the "Swiftmend" talent, which has been added to the Druid Restoration tree, replacing Innervate as the 31 point talent. This new ability will consume a Rejuvenation or Regrowth effect to produce an instant heal." Source: www.worldofwarcraft.com ***************************************************************** Table of contents I. Introduction II. What is a Druid? III. Druid Skills IV. Talents V. Druid Quests VI. Small 1-60 Level Guide VII. Professions VIII. Copyrights ***************************************************************** I. Introduction Welcome to my Druid FAQ, in this FAQ I shall explain how the Druid works to the best of my abilities, the Druid is an awesome character, and I enjoyed choosing it as my first class in this game. If you see any mistakes, or something I forgot to add to this Druid FAQ, then let me know by sending me a E-Mail and proper credit will be given, but make sure it says 'World of Warcraft' or something similar on the title of the E-Mail, otherwise It'll treat it like spam and delete it. ***************************************************************** II. What is a Druid? A Druid is a special hybrid class available that can behave like Warriors, Rogues, and Priests because of the many Druid skills you'll get in the game, what makes a Druid a fun class to use is because of the animal transformations you can get, you can transform into a bear, or a cool cat form, there are also a Travel form, and a Sea Travel form for speed bonuses even before level 40 when you usually have to buy a mount if you have enough Gold as mounts can be very expensive. Remember that only Night Elves, and Taurens can become Druids, below I shall explain the two races that can become Druids, and their racial straits: ***Night Elves*** ---Racial Traits--- Shadowmeld: You can enter Stealth mode for as long as you hold still, not bad for a racial skill, you can use it to hide from monsters if you're low on health, but don't think you can use it to hide from high level enemies. If they get suspicious they'll search the spot where you are hiding, and they'll attack you right away, but other than that this skill has its advantages, just remember to keep in mind of the 10 second cooldown after using it. Quickness: This is a passive skill that increases your chance to dodge by 1% which is better than nothing. Wisp Spirit: When you die (In which you will many times) you become a Wisp Spirit meaning your running speed will be increased by 50% until you get to your corpse, or a wondering kind hearted Priest/Paladin/Druid revives you on the spot. Most definitely a cool passive skill, specially since other races have a 25% speed bonus when they are normal spirits. Natural Resistance: You start with a 10% bonus to your Natural Resistance, w00t. _________________________________________________________________ ***Taurens*** ---Racial Traits--- War Stomp: With this skill you can stun at least 5 enemies within 8 yards for 2 seconds, great skill against spell casters since they'll be interrupted when they are casting a spell that has a casting delay, but use this skill when you need to because of the 2 minute cooldown. Endurance: This is a passive skill that gives your Tauren a 5% bonus in health, more health is always good. Cultivation: This is another passive skill that gives you a 15 bonus points in your Herbalism profession which is kind of pointless if you're not interested in having Herbalism as a Profession. Nature Resistance: Same passive skill that the Night Elves have, it also gives you a 10% bonus to your Nature Resistance. _________________________________________________________________ It makes no difference which of the 2 races you should use for the Druid class, just choose the one that you'll be comfortable with, and enjoy the game. Like I said before, the Druid is a Hybrid Class that behaves like Warriors when a Druid morphs into a Bear form, Rogues when a Druid morphs into a Cat form, and Priest when a Druid uses its healing spells (No transformation is required) because of the Druid skills available. Remember that the following is an opinionated info from experience after discussing this from other Druids, and players of different classes, so don't shoot me with hate mail because you really disagreed with me, and now some of the disadvantages of the Hybrid abilities of the Druid: Warriors Vs Druid (In Bear form) When a Druid transforms into a Bear they get a nice bonus in defense, and attack power, so this form is great for soloing, and helping your fragile spell casters, but the main problem is the Druid can only equip Staffs, and Daggers. With some training from Weapon Masters they can also use One, and Two Handed Maces. The Warrior can actually use much stronger weapons Like Two Handed Swords, plus the Druid in Bear form doesn't have too many Bear skills that would suit him very well as a true tank, and in order to use items, or other spells like healing the Druid has to transform back into it original humanoid form, you can't heal yourself or use items while you're in any of the animal forms. The Bear form is still a Tank without a shadow of a doubt, but only the Warrior has enough skills to actually tank better than the Bear form, and if you actually want to choose the Druid class to be the best tank in the game then you're better off choosing a Warrior instead. Rogues Vs Druid (In Cat form) When a Druid transforms into a Cat form they get a nice bonus in agility, and some attack power, this form is very useful since while in Cat form you can actually attack faster than the Bear form, but do keep in mind the Cat form doesn't get a bonus in defense so don't treat it as a tank, you can also get a Cat skill called "Prowl" that puts your in stealth mode just like the Rogue, and with a few other stealth Cat skills you can actually sneak attack any unsuspected enemy that gets in your way with ease. So what's the problem with this form? First you can not coat your weapons with poison like the Rogue can, second there aren't too many Cat skills that can make the Cat form into the ultimate sneaking device. If you're interested in become the greatest agent that only strikes from the Shadows then you're better off by choosing a Rogue instead. Priest Vs Druid with healing spells You don't need to transform into any animal form in order to use any spells available, you just need Mana that's all. Like the Priest, the Druid has Healing spells that has a casting delay that heals plenty of HP, and a one that heals with no casting delay, but over 12 seconds, plus the Druid has a Resurrection spell called Rebirth, but unlike the Priest's own Resurrection spell, the Druid's Rebirth spell can actually be used during combat, but it has 3 main problems; First the damn thing has a 30 minute cooldown. Why does the druid have a cooldown resurrection spell while the Priest doesn't?!? Second, you need a regent like a Maple seed so you can use it, the only thing the Priest needs is to be out of combat. The third thing is the Druid can get the Rebirth spell at level 20 while the Priest can get the Resurrection spell at level 10. The Druid can still heal just like Priest, but ultimately the Priest is the #1 class that can heal better, and can actually resurrect fallen party members better than the Druid. ***UPDATE***<3/14/06> I got some interesting feedback via Email from this section, so I decided to add it here; [Feedback from MARGARET KELLY] I noticed a small misinformation in your statements under druid v. warrior. You said that the warrior has an advantage over the bear because of the fact that bear can only equip up to two handed maces. While this is indeed the case, I don't know if you realize that weapon damage as well as weapon dps does not do anything at all in form. No matter how strong your weapon is in terms of DPS it will not make bear (or any form for that matter) stronger. That being said the only thing that counts towards your animal forms in regards to weapons are the stats that it gives. And Two handed maces can offer just as many good stat bonuses as any bladed weapon I'm sure. Also, you should go a lil bit beyond mentioning that druids have better defense in bear form. You should mention that dire bear gets their armor contribution increased by 360% meaning that they recieve armor points for their base armor multiplies by 4.6. And it is multiplied by 5.06 W/ thick hide talent. Being that the typical endgame armor value for leather usually breaks 2500 easily, Dire bear/moonkin gains over 10k with ease, 15k if you stack heavy armor. That is flat out the highest armor rating that anyone could ever achieve in the game period. And bears out tank warriors with ease. They don't do as much damage nor have as many skills, but they have everything necessary and way more armor. Bear is better PvE then warrior unless maybe they are specced for Shielded combat... which few do because it is terrible for PvP. That being said, In terms of PvP combat warrior is a much better choice if you live in bear form. All though I beleive Bear still has it's advantages lol (Shift heal FTW!!) [Feedback from Xnay] Hello, I have read you FAQ on GameFAQs. I'm a druid myself on the PvE server Medivh. I thought I'd bring to your attention a few things about your FAQ. First of all, the Druid vs. Warrior part. I thought it would be good to mention that with good equipment, a druid can have a lot higher armor than any warrior (times 350% in bear form). The warrior still stays as a better tank than a druid, but you could mention that even if the druid wears leather, and with normal equipment, has lower armor than a Paladin, the druid still has taunt as an advantage. About the cat form part, being a feral druid myself, I can out- DPS average-geared rogues. Having poisonous claws would be nice, but the druid in cat form still has all the basic abilities of the rogue. By this I mean that it has everything it needs to dish out DPS like a rogue does. ***************************************************************** Thank you for the feedback, really appreciated. _________________________________________________________________ With that finally out of the way, now it is time to discuss how the Druid can still be a great character to use =) ***************************************************************** III. Druid Skills Time to discuss the Druid skills with a rating from 1 being "Total crap" to a 5 being "greatest of all time". In order to get these skills you have to see a Druid trainer, pay him the necessary cash, and the skill is yours. You can also update your old skills when you reach the right level, so check often to upgrade the skills you want. 1) Healing Touch This nifty skill is your main healing spell that heals a good chunk of your health, and of those who need healing. At higher ranks it heals more while consuming more mana, always have this skill in your tool bar for easy access. You'll make a lot of people happy with this skill. Rating: 5/5 2) Wrath This one of your attack spells you begin the game with, it comes in use during your first few levels. It doesn't deal with too much damage in the beginning, but with the right gear, and putting the right talent points in the Balance tree this skill can actually do some good amount of damage Rating: 4/5 3) Rejuvenation: This is another healing spell that actually is an instant cast spell that requires to casting delay, but the amount this spell heals isn't too much since it heals a small amount every 3 seconds over a 12 seconds period. Try to use this spell before you start fighting a mob, or when you see somebody just starting to fight a monster for decent results. Don't rely on this spell if your health or those of others is getting low, use 'Healing Touch' instead, but in Instances this skill is a life saver since it causes low agroo, and it has a good mana/health ratio so it'll still do a nice job. Rating: 4/5 4) Mark of the Wild This is the greatest buff skill in the game, for 30 minutes it increases your defense by a good amount, in higher ranks it will begin to increase your attributes, and your element resistances as well, you should always have this buff active. Period. Rating: 5/5 5) Moonfire This is an instant cast spell meaning there will be no casting delay, it deals with damage over time, but the damage isn't too high, and it only last 9 seconds before you have to use it again, at least you can use it if you see a wondering player that's being chased by a critter so you can actually get the enemy's attention to you instead, it worked when I usually try that tactic, but that method doesn't seem to work too often. I wish the damage, and the duration could be a little higher. On the plus side this is a nice spell to use in Battlegrounds as I have seen other Druids use it mainly to spam moonfire on enemy players. Rating: 3.75/5 6) Thorns This is a nice buff you can use to add damage to those who try to attack you with melee attacks, remember that this buff is useless against range attackers, and the damage this buff can inflict isn't too high either. Rating: 3/5 7) Entangling Roots With this skill you can actually stop an enemy that runs away when their health is getting low, just use it, and watch as several big roots from the earth engulfs the enemy, keep in mind any additional damage you inflict can actually interrupt this spell, and free the enemy sooner than expected. Additionally you can use this spell to help other players escape if they are being chased by the enemy, or use it to stop a pursing enemy, and get away without a scratch. Sadly this spell can only be used outdoors, and sometimes this spell is often unreliable as it breaks easily Rating: 3.75/5 8) Bear Form You need to complete a Druid quest at level 10 in order to get this ability, check the quests section for more details. This spell can transform a Druid into a Bear with increased defense, attack power, and help you escape from the Mage's polymorph effects. The Bear form can be use as a good tank to protect others. Rating: 4/5 9) Growl This is a Bear only skill, you can force one enemy to focus his attention on you for a few seconds, good skill if you see another player being harassed by another enemy. Rating: 4/5 10) Demoralizing Roar This is a Bear only skill, it actually lowers the attack power of enemies within close range, very useful when more than one mob get in your way, plus at higher ranks makes this skill even better. This ability only last 30 seconds before you have to use it again. Rating: 4/5 11) Enrage This is a Bear only skill, it actually generates at least 20 rage points in 10 seconds, but your armor rating drops by 75%, the temporary loss of defense isn't really a big deal, and you can actually get more rage points more quickly when fighting, too bad this skill has a 1 minute cooldown specially if you're fighting one monster after another after using your other Bear skills that uses your Rage points. Rating: 4/5 12) Regrowth This healing spell is both a Rejuvenation, and a Healing Touch at the same time, while this spell doesn't heal as much as the Healing Touch, as soon as it heals your HP you'll then get healed by an additional amount for 21 seconds. Pretty useful at times, but remember to use Healing Touch instead if your health is getting low. Another use for this spell is whenever you're in a PvP server since it's quicker than Healing Touch by 1 second, and every second counts whenever you're fighting other players. Rating: 4/5 13) Maul This is a Bear only skill, you can add additional damage the next time you attack a bad guy, more damage is always good. Rating: 4/5 14) Bash This is a Bear only skill, with this ability you can stun one enemy for 2 seconds, and then 4 seconds at higher ranks, very useful against spell casters since they'll get their spells interrupted if they try to cast a spell with a casting delay, but use this skill when you really need to because of the 1 minute cooldown. Rating: 4/5 15) Cure Poison You need to complete a special Druid only quest before you can get this skill, check the quests section for more details. Anyway, this skill comes in handy as no one likes to be poisoned, and the mana cost is very low, plus its an instant cast spell that requires no casting delay like the majority of the Druid skills. Rating: 4.5/5 16) Swipe This is a Bear only skill, you can strike at least 3 enemies at once but I've seen the damage isn't great since it's fixed, but it holds agro well from multiple mobs, and if you invest your talent points on the 'Primal Fury' Talent you'll be able to get more Rage points whenever you inflict you enemies with criticals. Useful when tanking and protecting your spell casters. Rating: 4/5 17) Aquatic form In order to get this form you need to complete a Druid only quest, Check the quests section for more details. The Aquatic Form gives you a speed bonus while underwater, you can breath while underwater, and you look like a cool looking angry sea lion. Rating: 4/5 18) Fairie Fire This spell reduces the armor rating of the enemy so you can add extra damage, and the best thing about this skill is you can use it to stop an enemy from going invisible, either way the loss of armor it gives is still good enough to use it frequently. Very useful in Battlegrounds so that sneaky Rogue doesn't stealth for a short time. Rating: 4/5 19) Hibernate This spell is a nice crowd control, it puts Beasts, and Dragonkin type enemies in sleep mode if you want to get away, or two beasties are getting very close to you, and you want to disable at least one of them. Just remember this spell doesn't work on demons, humanoids, and elementals, plus any damage you inflict on a sleeping enemy will wake it up. Only one enemy can be put to sleep at a time for 20 seconds. Rating: 4/5 20) Cat form This spell can transform the Druid into a Cat form, unlike the Bear form, you don't need a special quest in order to get this skill, just pay the Druid trainer at level 20, and the Cat form is yours. In Cat form your agility increases, and so does your attack power, but not as much like you do in Bear form, additionally you can escape the effects to the Mage's Polymorph spell. The Cat form can be use for stealthy purposes, and one on one confrontations. The Cat form doesn't get a defense bonus, so don't use it as a tank. Rating: 4/5 21) Claw This is a Cat only skill, it adds additional damage the next time the Druid attacks in Cat form, plus it adds 1 combo point for other Cat only skills that require combo points. More damage is always good, and the extra combo point always comes in handy. Rating: 4.25/5 22) Prowl This is a Cat only skill, you can enter in stealth mode just like the Rogue, you can use it to sneak past enemies you don't want to fight, and this skill is needed to use other Cat skills that require you to be in stealth mode before you can use them. Remember that the Prowl skill can only be use when you're not in combat mode. Rating: 4.5/5 23) Rebirth This is the Druid resurrection spell, just remember to bring the necessary regents in order to use it, and do keep in mind that in different ranks you'll need different regents so don't stock on a ton of Maple seeds when you get this spell the first time, but with a 30 minute cooldown you'll have to use this skill sparingly, and pray your party members don't die before the cooldown is over. If there's a Priest, or Shaman, or a Paladin with you know that the Rebirth spell really comes in handy as those 3 have much better resurrection spells than the Druid. At least this skill can work even in the heat of battle, so no need to wait until the battle is over if a Priest croaked, and is in need of a revival Rating: 3.75/5 24) Rip This is a Cat only skill, Rip requires combo points before you use it, this skill adds damage over time for over 12 seconds, the damage is better if you use it when you have more than one combo point on you. This skill is definitely useful on enemies that tend to run away, just use your 'Claw' ability to get those combo points, and then use Rip when the mob has its health halfway through, and then keep on hurting the enemy, and it'll die before long. Keep in mind some enemies are immune to this skill, Rogue Elemental Flames is one of the several enemies where this skill is useless against them. Rating: 4/5 25) Starfire This offensive skill does a great amount of damage, get it when you can. Rating: 4/5 26) Shred This is a Cat only skill, you don't need to be in stealth mode in order just move behind the target before you use it, and you'll be set. Shred does a good amount to damage, and it awards one combo point as well. Use it whenever you can. Very good skill in PvP as you can move behind the player for extra damage Rating: 4/5 27) Soothe Animal: All this skill does is to lower the range in will the beast usually attacks you by 10 yards, too bad this skill only works on beasts of level 40, and lower, but at rank 3 it'll work on enemies with a very high level, but still only beasts. Rating: 3.5/5 28) Rake This is a Cat only skill, this attacks one enemy with a fixed amount of damage, and an addition damage over 9 seconds, not a great skill, but at least it awards one combo point. Keep in mind this skill doesn't work on enemies that can't bleed. Rating: 3/5 29) Remove Curse This skill removes one curse from you, or a party member. Great skill as nobody likes to be cursed. Rating: 5/5 30) Tiger's Fury This is a Cat only skill, use it whenever you want a boost on your attack power for 6 seconds. More damage is always good, I just wish the duration could be a little longer. Rating: 3.75/5 31) Abolish Poison This actually attempts to cure poison from you, and additional poison attacks for the next 8 seconds, pretty good if you're facing enemies that attack you with a few poison attacks that stack up. Rating: 4.75/5 32) Dash This is a Cat only skill, you get a bonus speed whenever you use it for 15 seconds, just remember of the 5 minute cooldown before you use it, and this skill doesn't turn off the stealth mode from the Prowl skill. Pretty nice skill if you need to make a run for it after you screwed up on something, and need to get away. Rating: 4/5 33) Channeling Roar This is a Bear only skill, basically this skill can force all nearby enemies to focus all attacks on you. This is a life saver for spell casters who get harassed by mobs, but do remember this ability has a 10 minute cooldown. Rating: 4/5 34) Cower This is a Cat only skill, you can use it to lower your threat level to a small amount in the first rank, higher ranks will increase the odds to lowering the threat level. Not bad if you want to skip a battle if you were doing something else, but don't expect this skill to work all the time. Rating: 3.75/5 35) Tranquility This is a 'heal all' for the whole party, since this is a channeling spell you have to make sure there aren't any nearby monsters before you use it, otherwise this spell will be interrupted as you must hold perfectly still while you're channeling. This spell has a 5 minute cooldown, and it heals decently well. This spells works a lot better if you cast Barskin first Rating: 3.5/5 36) Travel Form This spell transforms the Druid into a different Cat form, but it's only useful in increasing your travel speed by 40% in outdoors, pretty awesome to get something that'll give you a speed bonus before getting your mount, but remember this spell doesn't work if you're indoors. Rating: 5/5 37) Ferocious Bite This is a Cat only skill, this pretty much damages the enemy quite good if you have enough combo points. But this skill doesn't seem to work too well at the moment since because of a glitch it isn't converting energy into damage like it says, I hope Blizzard fixes this bug soon. Rating: N/A until bug is fixed 38) Ravage This is a Cat only skill, this ability is mostly the same as Shred, but more damaging. Unfortunately you need to be in Stealth mode in order to use since like both skills you need to be behind the enemy in order to use it, but unlike Shred you can only use Ravage as an opening strike which is fine since Shred can be used in combat mode whenever you're behind the target. Ravage can award one combo point. Rating: 5/5 39) Track Humanoids This is a Cat only skill, and it does what it says, it tracks all humanoids, and you'll see the red dots on your mini-map representing the nearby humanoids, but remember that only one type of tracking can be used at a time meaning that if you are using a tracking from the Herbalism profession then it'll be shut off automatically if you switched to Track Humanoids. Not really a special skill, since there aren't too many humanoids throughout the game, and I'm pretty sure you'll be using a different tracking from your Mining, or Herbalism one instead. In PvP servers this is a nice tool to use in order to track players since they also count as humanoids as well. Rating: 4/5 40) Frenzied Regeneration This is a Bear only skill, it pretty much converts 10 rage points into health, the healing from this ability isn't that great, but in certain circumstances this can come in handy if you can accumulate enough Rage points to use, this skill has a 3 minute cooldown, so keep that in mind. This skill works wonder when you cast Enrage first Rating: 3.75/5 41) Pounce This is a Cat only skill, you can use it only in stealth mode, and you must be behind the enemy, the fixed damage isn't that great, but you can stun the enemy for a few seconds which is good specially if you see an enemy caster fighting a player, you can use pounce to interrupt their spell casting, too. This skill awards 1 combo point. Rating: 3.5/5 42) Dire Bear Form This spell can transform the druid into a much better bear than the normal one, this Dire Bear form is quite powerful indeed. Rating: 4.5/5 43) Feline Grace This is a Cat only passive skill in which reduces the damage from falling. Less damage from falling is always good. Rating: 4/5 44) Hurricane This spell must be channeled to get it to it's full benefits, in a target area you can use the Hurricane to cause Nature Damage, and slowing the attack speed by 20%, useful when enemies are grouped together, and friendly players don't get damaged when you use this skill(That's how I see it unless I made a small miscalculation), so it comes in handy when other players are getting surrounded by monsters. Rating 3.75/5 45) Barskin This spell makes the Druid take less damage from attacks, and spells will not be interrupted, but all non-instant spells take an extra second before it can be cast, and your attack speed is lowered for 15 seconds. You can also use this skill so you don't get interrupted when you are channeling Hurricane or Tranquility. Rating: 4/5 46) Gift of the Wild This spell is just like the normal Mark of the Wild, but this one affects all party members, and the effects will last for 1 hour. For the 2 ranks available you'll need different reagents before you use it like Wild Berries during the first rank, and Wild Thornroots during the second rank. Unlike other skills this one requires you to find special books in order to learn this skill, for both ranks you need to team up with others, and kill bosses in high level instances like Onyxia's lair, Stratholme, Scholomance, and others Rating: 5/5 ***************************************************************** IV. Talents When you reach Level 10 you'll get a talent point, and so on until level 60. You can spent your wonderful talent points on the 3 available Talent tress that can increase the effectiveness of the Druid, the majority of the skills you can get from the 3 Talent tress are passive, but some are spells you cannot get from the Druid Trainer, you can only master 1 talent tree, you can't get enough talent points to master all 3 of them, so choose carefully and see which Talent tree you'll feel more comfortable with. Each talent tree has 7 tiers, in order to get the skill you want you have to spend a set of talent points on a previous Tier in order to get the skill you want, you have to move from one tier to the other. The 3 available trees are discussed in 3 categories: Balance, Feral Combat, and Restoration. You can see the Talent Trees with the press of the "N" button on your keyboard for easy access. ***Balance Tree** This tree deal pretty much with your offensive Balance skills by improving them, good tree if you enjoy using your damaging spells. ---First Tier: 0 Talent points required--- 1) Improve Wrath (5 Ranks) ================ This Talent decreases the casting delay of the Wrath spell by .1 second with each rank. This spell can actually be very powerful if you decide to take advantage of the Balance tree, and getting the right gear to easily crit for big damage, so reducing the casting delay is actually a good thing indeed. Rating: 4/5 2) Nature's Grasp (1 Rank) ================= This spell is a self only buff, and when you use it you have a 35% chance the enemy that attacks you head on will be inflicted with Entangled Roots, pretty nice if you want to get away from an enemy, but this ability can only be used outdoors, and it has a 1 minute cooldown. Rating: 4/5 3) Improved Nature's Grasp (4 Ranks) ========================== This passive skill can upgrade the Nature's Grasp percentage from 35% up to 100% as soon as you put 4 Talent points, so therefore the Nature's Grasp can actually work 100% of the time instead of 35%. This passive Talent skill should be max to fully take advantage of the Nature's Grasp skill. Rating: 5/5 ---Second Tier: 5 Talent points required--- 1) Improved Entangling Roots (3 Ranks) ============================ This passive skill gives you a chance to avoid interruption whenever you cast the Entangling Roots skill, is up to you if you want to put your talent points here. If you get tired of the interruption whenever you cast Entangling Roots because of the enemy attacks, then put your talent points right here. Rating: 3.75/5 2) Improved Moonfire (5 Ranks) ==================== This will increase the critical chances, and the damage of the Moonfire skill, not bad since this makes an ok spell even better, this is also a prereq for Vengeance, a Tier 4 Talent skill so might as well put your talent points here if you plan to master the Balance Talent tree. Rating: 3.5/5 3) Natural Weapons (5 Ranks) ================== This passive skill increase the damage from your physical attacks in any form, more damage is always good, and this is a prereq for Omen of Clarity which is a Tier 3 Talent. Rating: 4/5 4) Natural Shapeshifer (3 Ranks) ====================== This decreases the mana cost whenever you morph into any of your animal forms, less mana from your shapeshifting skills is always good. Rating: 4/5 ---Third Tier: 10 Talent points required--- 1) Improved Thorns (3 Ranks) ================== This passive skills increases the damage from your Thorns skill, not bad since Thorns is a good skill to begin with, but this talent really depends on whether you like the thorns skill or not. Rating: 3.5/5 2) Omen of Clarity (1 Rank) ================== This passive skill needs you to put 5 talent points on the 'Natural Weapons' Talent from the Tier 2 before you can use it, anyway, this skill gives the Druid a chance to enter a Clearcasting state in which reduces the amount of the skill that requires Rage/Energy/Mana by 100%. Pretty damn awesome skill, but there's a catch. In order to be in a Clearcasting state you'll have to melee the enemies in your humanoid form, transforming into any of your animal forms don't seem to count, either that or I have been very unlucky. This skill usually comes in handy when you're in groups rather than soloing. *UPDATE* <12/14/05> I receive a tip saying the Clearcasting state might also be activated in Shapeshifting mode when you attack high level monsters, once I get enough gold to burn I'll try this out. Thanks to Niels Coppens(Kiriyama_06) for the tip *UPDATE* <2/26/06> I was told the Clearcasting does work from your melee attacks in either beast form. Thanks to Timothy Raja (Pyromaniacpichu from GameFAQs) Rating: 4/5 3) Nature's Reach (2 Ranks) ================= With this Talent the range of your offensive balance spells will increase. More range is always good. Rating: 4/5 ---Fourth Tier: 15 Talent Points required--- 1) Vengeance (5 Ranks) ============ This passive skill needs you to put 5 talent points in the 'Improved Moonfire' Talent from Tier 2 before you can use it, anyway, this skill increases the critical damage bonus from your Moonfire, Wrath, and Starfire skills. Definitely worth it. Rating: 4/5 2) Improved Starfire (5 Ranks) ==================== This decreases the casting delay of the Starfire skill by .1 second, and has a 3% chance to stun the enemy for 3 seconds for each rank. Stunning is always good. You must absolutely max this talent. Rating: 5/5 ---Fifth Tier: 20 Talent Points required--- 1) Nature's Grace (1 Rank) ================= This passive skill gives you a chance of getting a .5 second reduction to your next spell if you score a critical damage on the enemy with a offensive spell. Getting a half of a second reduction is always a nice bonus indeed, and this talent is a prereq for Moonfury, so might as well put a talent point here if you're this far in the Balance tree. Rating: 4/5 2) Moonglow (3 Ranks) =========== The mana cost of your Moonfire, Starfire, Wrath, Healing Touch, Rejuvenation and Regrowth will decrease which is a good thing indeed. Rating: 4/5 ---Sixth Tier: 25 talent Points required--- 1) Moonfury (5 Ranks) =========== Increases the damage from your Wrath, Moonfire, and your Starfire skills, more damage is always good, max this puppy. Rating: 5/5 ---Seventh Tier: 30 Talents Points required--- 1) Moonkin Form (1 Rank) =============== This is a Shapeshifting form that transforms the Druid into a Moonkin creature, you can get a good increase of your armor rating, you can also use it to escape from the Mage's Polymorph effects, plus you'll emit an aura that'll allow party members to get their chances to score a critical from their spells by 3%, unfortunately you can only cast Balance spells in this form, and no, Healing spells are impossible to cast in this form meaning you'll have to morph back into your humanoid form in order to use your healing spells, but you can use regular items while in Moonkin form. It's shame you don't get any special Moonkin skills to go with this form, its still a fun transformation to use specially if you use the /dance emote to see your Moonkin dancing The Macarena. With the added defense this can be a good Tank to use although I'll leave that job to the Bear instead unless you want to obliterate the enemies with Balance spells. Rating: 4/5 _________________________________________________________________ ***Feral Combat Tree*** This Talent tree focuses on how well your animal forms can be greater than ever. ----------------------------------------------------------------- ---First Tier: 0 Talent Points required--- 1) Ferocity (5 ranks) =========== This passive skill can be seen in either two ways; either you max it or not. Basically all it does is reduce your Maul, Swipe, Claw, and Rake abilities by 1 Rage/Energy with each rank, if you're going to add 1 Talent point then for God's sake max the damn thing. It'll be a waste if you're going to just add 2 points here, and go to another talent skill to add your Talent points afterwards. Max this talent or don't put any Talent points here, anyway, the 5 point reduction does actually come in handy, specially both Maul, and Claw skills. Rating: 4/5 2) Feral Aggression (5 Ranks) =================== This passive skill increases the effects of both Demoralizing Roar, and Ferocious Bite. Those 2 animal skills are already great to begin with, and this Talent skill makes them even better. Rating: 5/5 ---Second Tier: 5 Talent Points required--- 1) Feral Instincts (5 Ranks) ================== This passive skill increases the threat level for the Bear, and Dire Bear forms while it decreases the chances of enemies detecting you while you're prowling in Cat form. Very useful indeed so the Bear can protect any party members, and the Cat form can go unnoticed more than ever. Rating: 4/5 2) Brutal Impact (2 Ranks) ================ This passive skill increases the effects of the stun from both Pounce, and Bash abilities which is nice for the Cat form's Pounce skill, but not so great for the Bear's Bash skill since it has a 1 minute cooldown. It's up to you how you view this, I just didn't think this talent wasn't worth the talent points I gave it before I had to unlearn it, but in PvP servers the improved Bash duration is now equivalent to the length of the casting of the Healing Touch spell. Very useful when you can Bash and fully heal yourself. Rating: 3.75/5 3) Thick Hide (5 Ranks) ================== This increases your defense by 2% for each rank, more defense is always good. Rating: 4/5 ---Third Tier: 10 Talent Points required--- 1) Feline Swiftness (2 Ranks) =================== This wonderful passive skill increases your movement outdoors, and your Dodge percentage while you're in Cat form. The speed bonus is great until you get the Travel form at level 30. Remember you don't get the speed bonus while you're indoors. Rating: 5/5 2) Feral Charge (1 Rank) =============== This is a Bear only skill, you can charge the enemy, and you can interrupt any spell casting for 4 seconds. Nice, but keep in mind this skill can't be used if you get too close to the enemy, make sure you're between 8-25 yards before use. Rating: 4/5 3) Sharpened Claws (3 Ranks) ================== This passive skill will increase the critical strike chance of your Bear, Dire Bear, and Cat forms. Max it, this is also a Prereq to Blood Frenzy, and Primal Fury which are 2 Talent skills in the next Tier. Rating: 5/5 ---Fourth Tier: 15 Talent Points required--- 1) Improved Shred (2 Ranks) ================= *UPDATE* <12/14/05> I received a couple of Emails saying some of the benefits of this talent since there's a Major difference between both Shred, and Ravage I missed by accident. Both the Shred, and the Ravage skills are so similar to the Rogue's 'Backstab'(Shred) and 'Ambush'(Ravage) skills, they are meant for different situations and should be used until the end of the game. Ambush is ONLY for the beginning of a fight, or perhaps if you pull off a vanish, since you MUST be stealthed to use this skill and you cannot stealth while in combat. Backstab can be used anytime during a fight when you are behind a creep (or player), which gives you a huge boost in DPS when in a group (or particularly one of the main attacks while PvP and circle strafing), so therefore Shred can be as useful as the Ravage skills at times, and putting some Talent points here to get an energy reduction on the Shred skill it is actually a good tactic. Rating: 4/5 ***Thanks to Ben Jett, and Andrew Saliba (Lethalagent14) for the tips*** 2) Predatory Strikes (3 Ranks) ==================== Yikes, this Talent increases your attack power to a percentage of your level for both of your Bear forms and the Cat form, you must max this talent, plus this is also a prereq for Heart of the Wild which is a Tier 6 Talent Rating: 5/5 3) Bloody Frenzy (2 Ranks) ================ You need to put 3 Talent points on Sharpened Claws before you can use this talent, anyway, Blood Frenzy gives your critical chances of your Cat abilities that give you a combo point to give you an additional combo point. Max it. Rating: 5/5 4) Primal Fury (2 Ranks) ============== You need to put 3 Talent points on Sharpened Claws before you can use this talent, anyway, your critical chances of your Bear attacks will give you an additional 5 Rage points. Max this one, too. Rating: 5/5 ---Fifth Tier: 20 Talent Points required--- 1) Savage Fury (2 Ranks) ============== This passive skill increases you damage from your Maul, Claw, Swipe, and Rake abilities, this Talent skill is worth it just for Maul, and Claw alone although with Predatory Strikes this talent skill isn't in need of 2 Talent points, but it's up to you if you want even more damage for your Bear, and Cat skills. Rating: 4/5 2) Faerie Fire (1 Rank) ============== This is the same as the other Faerie Fire skill, but this one is for your animal forms in case you're not in the mood of switching bask to humanoid form just to cast Faerie Fire, and then morph back into your Beast forms. If that's the case, then get this Talent skill. Rating: 5/5 ---Sixth Tier: 25 Talent Points required--- 1) Heart of the Wild (5 Rank) ==================== This magnificent Talent increases your intellect, and while you're in Bear, or Dire Bear mode your stamina is increased while your Cat form gets a bonus in strength. Rating: 5/5 ---Seventh Tier: 30 Talent Points required--- 1) Leader of the Pack (1 Rank) ===================== This Talent increases your chances of all party members of getting range, and melee critical chances. This skill is awesome specially when you are in instances, or raids this skill really does come in handy. I don't think this Talent can be stock up with other Druids that also use this Talent skill. Rating: 5/5 _________________________________________________________________ ***Restoration Tree*** This Talent tree will make your restorations skills more useful. ----------------------------------------------------------------- ---First Tier: 0 Talent Points required--- 1) Improved Mark of the Wild (5 Ranks) ============================ Great Talent for the first Tier, this actually makes the greatest buff ever created even better. Rating: 5/5 2) Furor (5 Ranks) ======== This is another passive Talent skill in whether you give it your Talent points or you don't, for each rank you can get a 20% chance of getting either 10 Rage points, or 40 Energy points if you transform into your respected animal form, so it won't make any sense to just put 2 or 3 talent points, and go master another talent instead, either you max it, or you don't put anything into this Talent skill, anyway, since you have 0 Rage points, and 0 Energy points whenever you transform this talent does come in handy, specially for both of the Bear forms. Rating: 4/5 ---Second Tier: 5 Talent Points required--- 1) Improved Healing Touch (5 Ranks) ========================= This talent reduces the casting delay for your Healing Touch for a total of .5 seconds which is great indeed, this is also a prereq for Nature's Swiftness which is a Tier 5 Talent skill. Rating: 4/5 2) Nature's Focus (5 Ranks) ================= This great talent will stop the interruption whenever you're casting your healing spells most of the time, if you're going to master this tree, then max this talent. Rating: 5/5 3) Improve Enrage (2 Ranks) ================= This passive Talent will instantly generate more Rage points when you use your Enrage Bear skill, quite handy indeed. Rating: 4.25/5 ---Third Tier: 10 Talent Points required--- 1) Reflection (3 Ranks) ============= This allows you to get a small percentage of your mana to regenerate while your casting, the mana you regenerate isn't big enough to warrant 3 Talent points into this Talent, although it is better than nothing. Rating: 2.5/5 2) Insect Swarm (1 Rank) =============== This is an offence skill, and it'll lower the accuracy of the enemy by a small fraction while damaging the bad guy, this is also a prereq for Gift of Nature which is a Tier 5 Talent. Rating: 3.75/5 3) Subtlety (5 Ranks) =========== This Talent reduces the threat generated by your healing spells, tired of enemies focusing on you after you heal other party members? Then get a 20% protection from the threats your healing spells make from this Talent. Too bad that percentage isn't high enough, but this is still important for Druids who are required to be healers during Raids, so it is vital to max this talent if you're going to master this tree. Rating: 4.5/5 ---Fourth Tier: 15 Talent Points required--- 1) Tranquil Spirit (5 Ranks) ================== Your Healing Touch, and your Tranquility spells get a Mana reduction which is always a good thing. Rating: 4/5 2) Improved Rejuvenation (3 Ranks) ======================== This depends on whether you like your Rejuvenation Skill or not, if you want to make it better than ever, then you should max this talent. Rating: 3.75/5 ---Fifth Tier: 20 Talent Points required--- 1) Nature's Swiftness (1 Rank) ===================== This Talent skill requires for you to put 5 Talent points on 'Improved Healing Touch' before you can use Nature's Swiftness, anyway, this Talent actually makes your next nature spell an instant cast, definitely great indeed, but be careful with the 3 minute cooldown this Skill has. Rating 4/5 2) Gift of Nature (5 Ranks) ================= This Talent requires for you to put 1 talent point on 'Insect Swarm' before you can use it, anyway, Gift of Nature can increase the effects of all healing spells, so this Talent should be upgraded fully. Rating: 4/5 3) Improved Tranquility (2 Ranks) ======================= This talent reduces the threat generated by the Tranquility spell by a huge amount, max it. Rating: 4.5/5 ---Sixth Tier: 25 Talent Points required--- 1) Improved Regrowth (5 Ranks) ==================== This talent increases the critical chances of the regrowth spell by 50% when maxed, definitely worth it. Rating: 4.25/5 ---Seventh Tier: 30 Talent Points required--- 1) Innervate (1 Rank) ============ Holy Slag! This is the greatest restoration spell in the entire game without a shadow of a doubt. Innervate will increase your mana restoration by a whooping 400%, and an additional 100% when you cast spells, in other words cast this baby on a Priest that has his/her mana very low, and watch that mana getting full at mad rates. This spell will make other spell casters your friend forever, but be very careful not to cast this on a Warrior, or Rogue, otherwise it'll be a waste as neither of those two character classes use mana for their skills specially since this spell has a 6 minute cooldown, and you can expect Blizzard to nerf this skill if other players begin to whine like babies if they lose badly because a Druid was able to get its mana back so damn quickly with the use of Innervate, but until then enjoy this skill while you still can. It is good to be a Druid. =D Rating: 5/5 ***************************************************************** V. Quests During the beginning of your adventures, you'll be asked to perform a few Druid only quests in order to receive some special skills that will come in handy, it won't matter if you're a Night Elf or a Tauren these quests should be done. While these quests are optional it'll make your life a lot easier if you complete them. 1) ===Level 10 Druid Quest=== *This quest will give you the ability to turn into a Bear* At level 10 any Druid Trainer will instruct you to go a see a very special Druid Trainer in a major city. For a Night Elf Druid you're required to go to Darnassus and speak with Mathrengyl Bearwalker in the Cenarion Enclave section of the city on the second floor of a tall tree building, and for the Tauren Druid you must go to Thunder Bluff and speak with Turak Runetotem on the Elder Rise of Thunder Bluff, as soon as you get to the Elder Rise section of Thunder Bluff just check the biggest tent there, and Turak will be waiting inside. If you still can't find either one for your respected race, just ask one of the wondering city guards, and ask where you can find a Druid Trainer, and an icon will appear on your mini-map on your top right screen telling you where to go. Anyway, when you speak with either one of them you'll be told to travel to a Druid place called Moonglade and speak to someone called Dendrite Starblaze in the Nighthaven town in Moonglade. Don't worry about which route you'll begin to think of using in order to go to Moonglade, either Druid Trainer will give you a nice spell called Teleport to Moonglade which can be used anytime to teleport to the Moonglade, this nifty spell will always Teleport you to the Moonglade whenever you want, which is fine indeed if your Hearthstone still has that 1 hour cooldown, but that teleportation spell will always teleport to Moonglade, and nowhere else. As soon as you get to Moonglade you must be prepared if you're playing in a 'Player vs Player server' for the region is contested, and players of the opposite faction may outright kill you if their levels are high enough, hopefully that won't happen if they are cool with you since most gankers are always asses who enjoy ripping apart players of lower levels. Anyway, just enter the big house you see on your right, and speak with Dentrite who should be on the top of the house. The first part of this quest is the same for both Night Elves, and Taurens, you are to go and speak with the Great Spirit Bear who is located along the mountains north west of Nighthaven. The Spirit Bear is easy to find, you won't fight him, he'll just tell you something about the Balance, and Strength of the Bear or something like that, there aren't any 'yes, or no' situations, just read what he has to say, and as soon as you do you'll receive an update from your quest log telling to go back to Dentrite to tell you the next phase of the quest which is slightly different from both races, but the end of it will always be the same. ------------------ Night Elf Strategy ------------------ For Night Elves Dentrite will give you some special dust, and he'll tell you to go to the Night Elf beach village of Auberdine, and seek to defeat Lunaclaw a level 12 creature after putting the special dust on a special stone you have to find. Leaving the Moonglade is easy enough, just find the Alliance Hippogriff rider who is usually close to the Horde Wind Rider, and for free you'll be in Rut'theran village which is outside of Teldrassil the Night Elves starting area. Now within Rut'theran village take the boat to Auberdine village which is free of charge. When you get to Auberdine get what you need from vendors, and repair your items if necessary. With everything ready follow the road out of town, and make a left at the travel routes, and follow the road going to Bashal'aran, travel a few feet and you'll notice a cave to your right that's protected by critters called Moonkins, you have to beat them if they get in your way, and enter the cave. Then you'll see a special looking stone, use the special dust that Dentrite gave you, and be prepare to turn around, and buff yourself if you haven't done so because Lunaclaw will appear out of nowhere, and attack from the back, he'll enter the cave, and he'll start attacking you. Fight back, and defeat Lunaclaw, remember that Lunaclaw is a level 12 monster like I mentioned before, so you might want to gain 1 or 2 levels before fighting Lunaclaw if you're still at level 10, or bring a friend with you for better results. After defeating Lunaclaw speak with the spirit of Lunaclaw, and he'll tell you something, once again there aren't any 'yes or no' situations, so you have nothing to worry about, just read what Lunaclaw has to say, and get back to Dentrite in Nighthaven. Back in the Moonglade, Dentrite will congratulate you, and tell you to go to Darnassus and speak with Mathrengyl Bearwalker in the Cenarion Enclave once more, when you do you'll finally end this quest, and the Night Elf Druid will receive the Bear transformation skill. Good job :) --------------- Tauren Strategy --------------- Tauren Druids don't need to Travel to Auberdine in order to fight Lunaclaw, first of all that's an enemy Alliance town if you're playing a Horde race like the Taurens, second of all you can actually travel to Auberdine by foot to the cave where you can find Lunaclaw, but if you're playing on a 'Player vs Player' server you'll have to through Ashenvale Forest in order to get to Auberdine, and that forest is a place full of Alliance gankers always looking to rip apart low level Horde players =( . Instead Dentrite will instruct you to go to the edge between the Barrens, and Mulgore and look for a special stone, both areas are Horde territories, so you have nothing to worry about Alliance players bothering you. Anyway, Dentrite will give you a special dust you can use on the stone to summon Lunaclaw, get out of the Moonglade by speaking to the Horde Wind Rider who is usually close to the Alliance Hippogriff Rider, and Travel back to Thunder Bluff free of charge. Now that you're back home exit Thunder Bluff, and travel to Bloodhoof village by foot, then travel east of Bloodhoof village to the only way out of Mulgore by foot. When you get to the Barrens travel a few feet, and you'll notice an empty house on the side road to your right, from that point you can go either left or right. Left will direct you to death itself from the level 20 monsters, so you should obviously turn right and follow the road until you get to a dead end where the special looking stone is, use the special dust Dentrite gave you on the special rock, and Lunaclaw will appear from behind, and attack you. Lunaclaw is also a level 12 monster just like when you fight it if you were a Night Elf Druid, so make use your Tauren Druid levels up a bit if you're still at level 10, or bring a friend with you to help you out. Once Lunaclaw is defeated, its spirit will rise and tell you something, once that's done go back to the Moonglade, and speak with Dentrite who will congratulate you on a job well done, afterwards he'll tell you to go back to Thunder Bluff, and speak with Turak Runetotem on the Elder Rise so he can give you the Bear transformation skill, w00t. Once you are able to transform into a Bear you'll receive a letter in your mailbox (Any mailbox from any Inn is fine) from the Druid Trainer that gave you your Bear skill telling you to go, and speak with him again at level 14 for another quest. 2) ===Level 14 Druid Quest=== *This quest will give you the 'Cure Poison' skill* At level 14 you'll be instructed to go, and see Dentrite in Nighthaven once more, so whip out that Teleportation spell to Moonglade right away. As soon as you speak to him he'll tell you about how a specific land is suffering from the effects of a mysterious poison, and you'll be told to go to a place where there a source of water, and see what can be done, Dentrite will give you a vial to gather some of the water that might hold a key in solving this mystery. ------------------ Night Elf Strategy ------------------ For Night Elf Druids you have to go a specific cave north east of Auberdine called the Cliffspring Falls, be very careful when you get there, the entrance of the cave is guarded by Naga warriors who are sea like humanoids you most likely remember if you played Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne. Anyway, there will be some fighting when you get to the entrance of the cave, once the fighting is over check out the water that's falling from the entrance of the cave, use the vial that Dentrite gave you to fill it with water, and then you'll have to take that water sample to Alanndarian Nightsong (Not Dentrite) who can be found back in Auberdine where the Weaponsmith is located. Alanndarian will tell you to gather some special ingredients that will turn that water sample you gather into an antidote that will cure the sick deers throughout Darkshore, you need to gather 2 specific items, first you need to get 12 Lunar Funguses, you can find some of them in the cave where you fought Lunaclaw, and others can be found in the near by caves that are populated by Moonkins. The other ingredient might be tricky to get, you are required to find 5 Earthroots, you can find them in the nearby ruins of Ameth'aran among a few places to look for in Darshore, or you can go back to Teldrassil, and find Earthroots outside of Darnassus. So what's the tricky part? You need the Herbalism profession in order to get the 5 Earthroot, if you do then it's no sweat, but if you don't you have 2 choices you can do; Ask for people to see if you can buy Earthroots from them, if that doesn't work, then go to Ironforge, and check out the Auction House which is located east of the entrance, and see if there are Earthroots you can bid for, and no Darnassus doesn't have an Auction House, I always ask where the Auction house is located in Darnassus, and I'm always told to go to the one in Ironforge, but thanks to patch 1.9 you don't need to travel to Ironforge anymore. Now Darnassus has an Auction House, just ask a guard for the location of the Auction House, and go and check it out and see if you can bid for Earthroots so you can finish this insane quest, if you're lucky, and see the Earthroots available to be bid for then do so, sometimes you can see a button called "buy out" which will allow you to buy the Earthroots you need on the spot, if not you'll have no choice but to bid for them, once you do it'll take a while to see if your Bid was successful, if it was you'll see the mail icon on top of your mini-map telling you have a letter you should check, if the Auction bid was a success the Earthroots will be in the attachment, check any mailbox from any Inn. If you were outbid the only thing you'll see in the letter is your money back, so go back again, and see if you can bid them once more if you can't buy them out. Keep in mind you need at least 5 Earthroots, and if you don't see them available to be bid for, then go start killing Timberling's south of Dolanaar in Teldrassil as a last resort. It's not a huge chance that they drop them, but they can drop them every so often. With the 12 Lunar Funguses, and 5 Earthroots at last in your hands go and see Alanndarian Nightsong in Auberdine so she may make a cure to help the poor deers in Darkshore. Alanndarian will give you the antidote which is good enough for 10 doses, now go and find the sick deers which are through out Darkshore, and heal them. Once any of the 10 sick deers are healed go back to Dentrite in Nighthaven who will congratulate you on this bizarre quest, and now you'll be instructed to go and speak with your old buddy Mathrengyl Bearwalker in the Cenarion Enclave so he can finally give you the Cure Poison spell. After the hell you'll have to through if you don't have the Herbalism profession all you get is a skill that nullifies the effects of poison attacks? Either way the skill is still worth it, like I mentioned before: This skill really comes in handy as nobody likes to be poisoned. --------------- Tauren Strategy --------------- At least the Tauren Druids have an easier time in getting the Earthroots, but I'll discuss that in a moment, anyway, just like the Night Elf Druid, the Tauren one is required to get a water sample where it is believe it is corrupted, and causing the nearby Gazelle to be very sick. You must go to the foul mountain top of Dreadmist Peak where there's a source of polluted water, in order to get there just go north west of the Crossroads until you get to an oasis called The Forgotten Pools, and then check out the mountain East of that position, you can actually get to the top of the mountain until you get to the Dreadmist Peak, just find the right corners, and begin you climbing to the top. As you go up be very careful of the Orcs of the Burning Blade, they are hostiles who will attack you on sight, their levels are from 10- 14, but either way fight carefully, and one at a time so you don't get ganged up. At the very top of Dreadmist Peak you'll notices 4 Burning Blade Orcs surrounding around a weird bubbling pool of water, dispose those Orcs, and use the Vial Dentrite gave you to get the Water Sample, as soon as you do that 2 Burning Blade toxologists will appear behind you out of nowhere, and attack you. (Can't be avoided, they always appear behind you according to other Tauren Druids who did this quest already) Run like hell out of there, once you get to safety go to the Crossroads and speak with Tonga Runetotem who is outside a tent waiting for your water sample. Tonga will tell you he can turn that foul poisonous water into a cure if you can find the right ingredients which you are told to bring 5 Earthroot and 5 Kodo Horns. The Kodo horns are easy to get, just go and see if they are Kodos on the nearby oasis, and slay them to get the horns you need. The Earthroots might be challenging to get, if you have the Herbalism profession, then it's a snap to get, just looks around the Barrens, or the starting Undead area for the Earthroots until you get 5 of them, if you don't have the Herbalism profession then you have to buy them from players, or go to Orgrimmar to see if there are Earthroots to bid for in the Auction House. Orgrimmar is a snap to get there, and it involves no fights at all. Go east of the Crossroads following the road to Durotar, once you leave the Barrens and right into Durotar keep following the road until you reach Razor Hill which is a Horde Town. Next you must go north until you finally reach Orgrimmar, Orc capital of the Horde. No fighting whatsoever. As soon as you enter Orgrimmar just ask a nearby Orc guard for the directions for the Auction House, once you're inside just check to see if you can either Buy, or Bid for 5 Earthroots. Once you have all the ingredients you must go back to Tonga at the Crossroads, you can talk to the Orgrimmar Wind Rider for a fast travel back to the Crossroads if you talked to the Wind Rider at the Crossroads, if not then you must travel by foot, but at least it won't be so bad. Next Tonga will make those ingredients into a cure salve, and now you'll be instructed to cure 10 Gazelle which can be found north of the Barrens, once at least 10 Gazelle are cured you must go back, and speak with Dentrite back in Nighthaven. Dentrite will congratulate you on job well done, and you'll head off back to the Elder Rise section of Thunder Bluff to speak with Turak Runetotem so you can finally get the Cure Poison skill. Another letter you'll receive by mail instructing you to go and see your Main Druid Trainer at level 16. 3) ===Level 16 Druid Quest=== *This quest will give you your Aquatic form, Good F'N Luck* When you reach level 16 you're once again instructed to go, and talk to Dentrite in Nighthaven who will tell you to search the depths of Lake Elune'ara in Nighthaven to locate an item called the Shrine Bauble. The damn thing has a timer before it decays completely, and the problem is gankers from opposite factions if you're playing on a Player vs Player server so you must proceed carefully. After you get your Shrine Bauble so you must run with it to the Shrine of Remulos as soon as you can, the Shrine is West of Nighthaven, check your big map by pressing the "M" button on your keyboard to know the exact location, next use the Bauble at the shrine, and then speak with the Night Elf female called Tajarri there she'll tell you the next phase. Here comes the most annoying part, you got to find 2 parts of a pendant needed to complete this quest, first you must find the part called "Aquatic Agility" and the other half called "Aquatic Endurance". In order to find those two pieces you have to speak with the residents of Moonglade to learn clues as to where these items may be located. The only ones who know the clues you need to know are the Hippogriff Rider Master, and the Wind Rider Master. *UPDATE* <12/14/05> I was able to get plenty of tips on how to find both pendants for either Night Elves, and Taurens; ------------------ Night Elf Strategy ------------------ One half of the Pendant is off the coast of Westfall. To get to Westfall take a tram from Ironforge to Stormwind, then run to Westfall from there. Swim out due west from where the Gold Coast Quarry valley meets the beach. Swim north along the shelf where it goes off into the deep water (where you get the Fatigue bar). There is a large anchor on the bottom near the drop off. Swim to that and look out into the deep water and there is a 'bubbling fissure' (It looks like a huge clam). If you get in the bubble area you can breathe and recharge your air. The chest with the pendant part is right near there, but be careful, a couple of tipsters told me there's an Elite Shark patrolling the area. Collect it and get the hell out of there by teleporting back to Moonglade afterwards. The other half is off the coast of Darkshore, When you take the free Hippogryph trip from Moonglade to Rut'theran Village the last piece of rock you pass over in Darkshore is 2 tall spires of rock coming up out of the water. One is much longer than the other and skinny, the other is short but thick, kind of looks like a crab claw. Look on your map and note your location so you don't forget. The chest is where they come together under water. sadly This area is patrolled by Elder Darkshore Threshers (18-19 level, if you're still level 16th you might want to swim carefully, and bring friends with you specially a Warlock with the Breath Underwater spell if you can. If you're by yourself you'll get killed repeatedly if that's the case then your only hope is to resurrect yourself closer, and closer to the chest where the Pendant is, and hopefully they won't harass you while you're trying to open the chest. After you're done with this ordeal teleport to Moonglade, and back to Dentrite who will then instruct you to go back to Mathrengyl Bearwalker so you can get that Aquatic form. --------------- Tauren Strategy --------------- One half of the pendant is in a "Strange Lockbox" at the bottom of the Sludge Fen, which is in the northern Barrens, wasn't that easy enough? The other half is off the coast of North Tide Run, which is in the northwest corner of Silverpine Forest. Find the shipwreck and swim due west until you reach the "dark" water. Take a peek below the water and look around for some bubbles: That lockbox containing the pendant half is right next to the water bubbles. Swim down to the bubbles, catch your breath, and open the box. Afterwards teleport back to Moonglade, and talk to Dentrite who will instruct you to go, and talk to Turak Runetotem in order to receive the Aquatic form ***************************************************************** Thanks to the following people for their help; elvor who showed me the necessary steps from the folks behind wowwiki.com, and of course others help me out like Dillon Lappe(PunkRockAddict), Emily Jane Mullan, and Esko Rikkonen(Thumbad) Thank you guys, much appreciated. *************************************************************** VI. Level Guide Because I sometimes get Emails from you the good people asking me where to go after hitting some level I decided to add a small 1- 60 guide, hopefully it'll give you some type of idea where to go after you're done with the area you were in. ***Level 1-10*** Alliance: For Night Elves might as well stick where you are in Teldrasil, and quest your way to level 10. No need to go somewhere else just yet, plus it shouldn't take you that long to reach level 10, anyway. Horde: For Taurens just stick around Mulgore, and you'll hit level 10 before you know it. ***Level 10-20*** Alliance: Ah, by the time you hit level 10 you should be almost or be done with all the quests in Teldrasil, and now it's time to move somewhere else, and begin questing to hit level 20. You can go to the nearby town of Auberdine, and take the quests there since most of them aren't that hard like people always complain. If you want to go somewhere else, then you got two options; First you can go to Loch Modan which is a nice area near the Dwarves and Gnomes' starting zone which you can level to 20 once you take the quests from the people in the town of Thelmasar, if the nice area of Loch Modan isn't what you were looking for then you have your second option; Westfall west of the Human's starting zone. In Westfall take the quests from the people in Sentinel Hill until you reach level 20. For instances no matter where you are do try to run the Deadmines in Westfall once you're at least level 20, one of the bosses Mr. Smite drops a nice Blue 2 handed mace called "Smite's Mighty Hammer" you can use if you have learned how to use 2 handed maces from the weapon master in Ironforge. That weapon will last quite a while. Horde: For you Taurens you have the option to go to the Barrens where you are guaranteed to level up to level 25 from the massive quests you can pick up. Unfortunately if your server is exactly like Bonechewer, then you'll get sick of the Chuck Norris jokes(Although those jokes have been toning down as of late), or the overall idiocy of the Horde newbies spamming the channels with crap nobody wants to read, luckily you have one option; Silverpine Forest in the Eastern Kingdoms where the nice quiet area has quests you can take in the Sepulcher. For instances if you want to run the Rage Fire Chasm that's actually located in Orgrimmar by the Cleft of Shadow at level 15, if you did brave the Barrens then Wailing Caverns is for the taking once you hit level 18 and do your best to get to Verdan the Everliving, and pray he drops the "Living Root" staff you can use. ***Level 20-30*** Alliance: If you were in Auberdine, and did the quests there then your next stop is Ashenvale Forest south of Darkshore to the town of Astranaar and quest there until you hit level 30. You can try the Wetlands north of Loch Modan, and take the quests from the people at Menethil Harbor. If you stuck around Westfall make sure you go to the Redridge Mountains East of Elwyn Forest, and quest there until you get to you mid 20's, afterwards go to the creepy area of Duskwood south of Redridge Mountains, and begin to quest there. For instances you can go to Blackfathom Deeps in the north western area of Ashenvale Forest at level 24, hopefully you can snag a "Naga Battle Gloves" from that Naga boss Lady Sarevess if you bump into her. You can also try the Stockades in Stormwind. Shadowfang Keep in Silverpine Forest might be out of the question, you may not need to go there since only Alliance Warlocks, and Paladins are the ones who can get SFK quests, plus you'll have to get through Arathi Highlands in order to get the Silverpine Forest in order to reach SFK where there are plenty of hungry level 30-35 enemies, and if you're on a PvP server you'll get ganked by Horde Players. Horde: If you were in Silverpine Forest, then you'll be in the mood to quest in Hillsbrad Foothills if you follow the road south of Silverpine Forest until you hit Hillsbrad Foothills. Sadly if you are in a PvP server then be prepared to be ganked a lot by bored level 60s waiting their turn to enter Alterac Valley (The entrance to that battleground is a lot closer than you think). If the ganking is getting out of control, then go to Ashenvale forest where the ganking is far less, Stonetalon Mountain is another quiet area you can quest to. I can also say that the Barrens still have a few quests you can take in your 20's, but not as efficient. You can also go to Thousand Needles south of the barrens, and quest there. For instances do run Blackfathom Deeps at level 24, Shadowfang Keep can also be tried at that level. Once you hit level 29 hit Razorfen Kraul in the Barrens south of Camp Taurajo. ***Level 30-40*** For both factions you can level at Stranglethorn Vale since that area is the greatest questing zone in the entire game, but if you're playing on a PvP server then be prepare to die a lot, and I mean A LOT. STV is truly the most contested zone in the entire game where you'll encounter level 60s ganking anybody in their path, you can still quest there, but 85% of the time you'll be running back to your corpse, and do pray it isn't being camped by high level players. You can go to Desolace which is a place where there is less PvP action south of Stonetalon Mountains, west of Hillsbrad Foothills is the Arathi Highlands where you can also quest, and grind elementals if you're in the mood. You can also go to Alterac Mountains North of Hillsbrad Foothills so you can grind and quest there. The Shimmering Flats in Thousand Needles is also a good place to level up. The Badlands south of Loch Modan is another good place to quest, and grind if you're in your late 30s. You can also try the Swamp of Sorrows east of Duskwood, and go there, but be careful if you're a Night Elf Druid, you'll no doubt encounter Horde NPC scouts patrolling the area which makes the Swamp of Sorrows an ideal place for Tauren Druids. Dustwallow Marsh East of Camp Taurajo is a good place to go in your mid 30s For instances you can try Gnomeregan West of Ironforge in your early 30's, you tackle the Library section of Scarlet Monastery in Tirisfal Glades at level 36, at level 38 try the Armory section, and then the Cathedral. While in the cathedral be very careful not to pull more than 2 enemies, otherwise you'll be there all night. Razorfen Downs in the Barrens is also go to go at level 38, and make sure you pick up a Priest and tell him/her to use the Undead Shackle skill on the Skeleton Summoners, otherwise you'll be there all night as well. ***Level 40-50*** Your areas of choice includes the desert of Taranis where there will be some PvP action even in the neutral town of Gadgetzan so thread carefully, while in Taranis you'll be finding your quests which includes killing pirates, bugs, elementals and other baddies. Whatever you do please do not go inside the Caverns of Time, that's an unfinished instance, and if you venture too far inside the cave then the only way out is with the help of a GM who will no doubt give you a much needed verbal lashing if he's in a bad mood. Northwest of Thousand Needles or South of Desolace you'll find Feralas where you can quest, and grind your way to level 50, you won't find much PvP action in Feralas unless you accidentally bump into a group of high level players on their way to Dire Maul. You can also travel north east of Durnholde Keep in Hillbrad Foothills until you reach the Hinterlands where you can also quest, and grind to level 50 although that area seems to be more in the Alliance side than Horde, so expect some PvP action in the Hinterlands. You can go back to Dustwallow Marsh if you want and begin to take the remanding quests there. If you somehow endured the ganking in Stranglethorn Vale, then I salute you for having more bravery than me, do finish the chain quests you have no doubt started in your 30s so can be done with STV once and for all. West of the Badlands is the Searing Gorge where you can pick up your quests at Thorium Point, but be careful if you're going there, since the entrance to Molten Core is south of Thorium point you'll get ganked by high level players. You can try Azshara which is East of Ashenvale Forest, and start killing the Highborne ghosts, and Naga. North of Ashenvale is the dreary place called Felwood, as soon as you enter the region you'll bump into a neutral furgolg quest giver that'll have you start killing the Deadwood Furbolgs northwest of his position in order to bring your Timbermaw Furbolg reputation to at least unfriendly so you can use their caves north of Felwood in order to cross to Winterspring without being killed and I strongly suggest you do, keep in mind that spot in Felwood is farmed by players of both factions looking to increase their Timbermaw reputation. For instances you can try Uldaman in your early 40s which is in the Badlands, Zul'farrak which is located in Taranis can be tried at level 46, you can try Maraudon in Desolace before you hit level 50. ***Level 50-55** You can start by picking up the quests at the Blasted Lands south of the Swamps of Sorrows from the neutral quest givers, I know those quests have the worst drop rate in Azeroth, but trust me on this, if you're in the mood of grinding during your early 50's then there's no other place to go than the Blasted Lands, but don't get too close to the Dark Portal, otherwise those level 57 demons will rip you apart. Picking of the level 50-53 Satyrs and Blood Elves in the northern sections of Azshara is also a good grinding spot for any player, but those spots are usually farmed to death. You can also try the Western Plaguelands east of Tirisfal Glades, and start killing undead for grinding purposes, and getting a bit of reputation with the Argent Dawn faction, but the undead filled spots are also farmed to death, but if you find a nice spot on either region that isn't farmed, then go for it. North of Redridge Mountains is the Burning Steppes where you can grind the Firegut Ogres, Dark Iron Dwarves, etc., although you'll see mostly Alliance Players on this area no doubt beginning in their steps of the Alliance version of the Onyxia key chain quest, so be careful if you're a Tauren Druid, if you're on the Alliance side then go to Morgan's Vigil, and begin to talk to the quest givers there. Whether you're on the Alliance, or Horde make sure you begin the loooooong chain quest started by the Fallen Hero of the Horde, he's at the border of the Swamp of Sorrows, and the Blasted Lands, finishing that insane chain quest that takes you all over the world and no doubt you'll be done with it when you get close of hitting level 60 is worth it for the nice rewards which includes a nice 16 slot bag if you're not in the mood of spending a ridiculous 50G for the 16 slot bags found at the auction house ready to be bid for by greedy players. Un'goro Crater which is south west of Taranis is another place you can go. Make sure talk to the neutral quest givers at Marshal's Refuge in the northern mountains of Un'goro Crater and get questing, but be careful of the wandering Elite Devilsaurs while you're questing or grinding. In the mid (Horde), and upper(Alliance) areas of Felwood you can quest, and grind to your liking. For instances do the Temple of Atal'Hakkar which is the sunken temple in the Swamp of Sorrows, but good luck finding a group. It may be my laggy server I'm on, but it took me forever to find a group for that instance =(. If you still haven't done Maraudon, then do it now if you must. You can try Blackrock Depths in Searing Gorge before you hit level 55. ***Level 55-60*** Almost at the main goal, hang in there. You can keep on farming the undead in Western Plaguelands if you need the cash, but once you're ready to move on then go to the Eastern Plaguelands so you can begin to quest, and grind there. If you got your reputation to unfriendly with the Timbermaw Furbolgs in Felwood then use their caves, and go to Winterspring to the neutral town of Everlook, and begin questing, and grinding. Sandwiched between Duskwood, and the Swamp of Sorrows is the Deadwind Pass where you can grind the critters there without any hassle. Northwest of Un'goro crater is the desert of Silithus, and like Taranis, Silithus is where PvP can take a new meaning, even at the neutral town of Cenarion Hold there will always be players ripping each other to pieces, watch your back. For the end game instances I suggest you begin to run them at level 58 which include Scholomance in Western Plaguelands, Dire Maul in Feralas, Stratholme in Eastern Plaguelands, the upper, and lower sections of Blackrock Spire within Blackrock Mountain should be good to go as well. For you raiders at level 60 it's time to try Molten Core at the bottom of Blackrock Depths, Blackwing Lair at the height of Blackrock Spire, Onyxia's Lair in Dustwallow Marsh, Zul'gurub which is located in Stranglethorn Vale, The Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj, and the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj both located in Silithus. *************************************************************** VII. Professions What's the best profession for a Druid? It's pretty much up to you to decide which profession is best for you, I chose Leatherworking, and Skinning which was fun and interesting. Choose the best combination that will suit you style. Remember that only two professions can be taken at once 1) Leatherworking Pros: Create your won Leather Armor from the skins of the beasts you kill, create Armor Kits to give an additional defense boost to any armor piece, can learn to use Tribal, Elemental, and Dragonscale Leatherworking at high levels Cons: Unfortunately, Dragonscale Leatherworking is useless for a Druid since they can only wear Leather, and not Mail. You need the Skinning Profession to make the Leatherworking useful (DUH!). Leatherworking is a fun profession since Druids can wear Leather Armor this profession will indeed benefit you early in the game, the Armor Kits you can create will add a permanent defense boost to some of your armor pieces which is pretty nice. Later on you can have the ability to train in one of the three following Leatherworking styles; Tribal, Elemental, and Dragonscale. a) Tribal Leatherworking will create special Armor from special leathers, for example you can create the Devilsaur Gauntlets, and Leggings if you can snag those Tribal Leatherworking patterns. The Devilsaur set is pretty sweet for Feral spec Druids. b) Elemental Leatherworking can create Elemental Armor with resistances like fire just like the Volcanic Set, additionally with the Elemental Leatherworking you can create the Stormshroud set which is not also a sweet armor set for a Feral Spec Druid, but ridiculously expensive at the Auction House if you can find the patterns, and can make the armor set yourself. c) Dragonscale Leatheworking isn't recommended for Druids since it can only create Mail armor, while Hunters can wear Mail at level 40, and Warrior can use Plate at level 40, you're pretty much stuck with Leather. I wouldn't bother with it unless you're into making a Black Dragonscale Armor for your Molten Core Hunter or Shaman buddies. 2) Alchemy Pros: Create your own health or mana potions, and some special potions that can give you nice buffs. Transmuting items can earn you some gold. Cons: Farming the herbs needed for high level potions will be a challenge as those farmers can be pretty territorial, specially on PvP servers. Make sure you pick up the Herbalism profession if you take Alchemy, this profession is a great choice since you can make your own potions whether they are Health, Mana, or those that give you nice buffs you can't go wrong by choosing Alchemy, specially for the awesome Elixir of the Mongoose which rocks on Feral spec Druids. Try not to get your sorry ass killed because those nice buffs go bye bye when you die. Transmuting in order to get items like Arcanites is a nice way to get Gold as people are willing to spent a good amount of Gold for Arcanites for their other professions, although getting the reagents needed for creating an Arcanite will cost you, specially Arcane Crystals unless you got a really friendly miner. 3) Blacksmithing Pros: Create Mail, and Plate Armor, Weapons can be created as well as Keys for locked chests. Cons: Obviously you can not wear the armor you create, you also won't like fighting for high level ores in highly populated servers. This profession is indeed useless for Druids as they can't wear what you can create, the only thing you can use are the high level Two Handed Maces you can create, and the keys for opening locked chests since only Rogues can only pickpocket locked chests, but I really don't see how this will benefit a Druid either way, not recommended. 4) Engineering Pros: Create wacky inventions, and gadgets Cons: For some unknown reason only Engineers can use some of the stuff you create which means you shouldn't be relying Engineering to be a Gold Mine. Engineering is indeed a bizarre profession, you can create weird inventions like the Jumper Cables which has a small chance of reviving a dead player back to life like a Priest should your Revive spell be in a cooldown still. You can also create weapons but mostly Shotguns Hunters can use, although getting those high level Patterns for such weapons won't be easy. Engineering is a fun profession to use, but don't rely on it to bring plenty of Gold to your pockets. Keep in mind you'll need the mining profession for Engineering which means finding fresh sources of minerals tends to be a difficult task. 5) Enchanting Pros: Enchant your weapons or armor to give them special bonuses Cons: TOO FREAKING EXPENSIVE TO LEVEL UP The Enchanting profession can give some nice permanent bonuses to your gear, there are some that give you a agility bonus on your weapon, or extra 100+ health to your chest piece, or the amazing, yet so expensive Crusader enchant. Unfortunately in order to get the reagents for each enchant you'll need to disenchant your old green armor/weapons or better. I recommend trying the Enchant when you're at level 60 so you can farm low level instances for the green gear you need. It takes forever to get the Enchant profession to a high level, but it does pay off in the end with a lot of Gold. This profession requires plenty of patience for those who are willing to invest in it, do take a gathering profession like Skinning just in case you need some Gold. 6) Tailoring Pros: Create Cloth armor, bags can be created with this profession. Cons: Unless you're gone plum loco you will not wear inferior armor as leather is way better than *shudders* Cloth armor, if you do take Tailoring then there's no way you should bother with the First Aid profession. Tailoring is only useful for creating Bags since you're better off wearing Leather armor, and not becoming a softy with the Cloth armor. Tailoring can bring some gold your way since you can create Mooncloth, but either way I wouldn't bother with Tailoring. The only reason why you should wear Cloth armor is for the bonuses of some of the Cloth Armor pieces if you become a Molten Core resto spec Druid, but as a non-raider I'll stick with my smelly Leather, thanks. 7) Herbalism Pros: Pick up herbs for Alchemy, or to sell the high level herbs at the Auction House Cons: Fight other players to the death for those high level herbs on highly populated servers This profession is needed for Alchemy for those nice potions, or to gather those nice herbs, and put them in the Auction House if you need the Gold. No muss, no fuss. When picking up this profession you get an additional skill called "Find Herbs" which will help you find those nifty herbs. 8) Skinning Pros: Skin the dead beasties for that leather Cons: Fighting with others PUGies who have the skinning profession is often bad in UBRS Skinning is the only profession which levels the fastest, and also a good money maker as everybody needs Rugged Leather, Leatherworking is only possible with Skinning. 9) Mining Pros: Mining high level ore deposits is often rewarded if you put them in the Auction House... Cons:...that is if you can successfully fight your way against farmers who also mine those ore deposits, oh believe me, it can get nasty on PvP servers. Mining is used for the Blacksmithing, and Engineering profession so you can create what you need, you also get those nice skills which include the ability to smelt the ore into bars, and the tracking minerals in order to find those ore deposits in the World of Warcraft. *************************************************************** Secondary Professions; Unlike the regular professions you can take as many secondary professions as you want although there are only 3 of them at the moment. 1) First Aid Pros: Create bandages from Cloth pieces dropped from Humanoid enemies Cons: You'll be negating the Tailo...oops, lol. Never mind. First Aid is actually useful, if you finish a fight with low mana, and health all you can do is pop a mana potion, and bandage yourself, real simple, real useful, real handy in PvP (sometimes) 2) Cooking Pros: Cook the raw meats that drop from dead beasts, and turn them into recipes that'll heal your HP, and give you nice buffs. Cons: Kind of hard in getting the real high level cooking patterns Cooking is a great way to make yucky raw meat into delicious food, some food patterns can give you a buff that'll increase your stamina, or restore your mana. Cooking can be quite handy at times. 3) Fishing Pros: Fish the waters of Azeroth for yummy fish, or in some rare cases some items of value. Cons: Way too boring Fishing can get so tedious at times since is one of the slowest skill to get up, plus is needed for alchemist for that Stonecale Oil, but really, Fishing is what you do is you're really bored, but I found it boring me even more. *************************************************************** VIII. Copyrights This FAQ may be not be reproduced under any circumstances. It may not be placed on any web site or otherwise distributed publicly without my advance permission. If you want to use this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display then you must Email me first to let me know, failure to do so is a violation of copyright. Sites with permission to use this guide are as follows: http://www.gamefaqs.com http://www.neoseeker.com http://www.ign.com http://www.1up.com http://www.gamerstemple.com Copyright 2005-2006 Raul E. Campos.