This a subject that’s come up a number of times over the years. The answer is never fully clear and everyone has their own opinions about what the best professions are while leveling. Let’s face it, we all want to get our two crafting professions as soon as we can. But one must remember that while your leveling, there is only one thing that is important; leveling.
So what are some of the things that people recommend? Well I remember back in Wrath of the Lich King, I ran a guild called Lords of Wolzard for a good amount of time. It was fun and one of the things I did for my guild was teach them how to make gold in-game. I would end up seating and talking with my guild about ways to do this and often was asked; “What professions should I level with my x character”. Well this question I see all the time and it’s not one that’s easy to just go, well you’re a mage so tailoring and enchanting go best.
As many of you have seen, tailoring isn’t just for cloth users. With the changes that came to gathering professions in Cataclysm, with gaining experience off every node, many have opted to go with duel-gathering.
Mining & Herbalism
There are three gathering professions in the game and two of he three, give you an amount of experience base on your level and your gathering skill. As such if you’re a high level in a low-level zone, you wont gain very much experience from a node. On the other hand if you’re in a higher level zone you get a good amount, some times up to a quest worth of it.
The best part is there really isn’t a right answer here, some people would rather take two gathering professions, I know some people like to focus only on leveling and don’t take any professions until max level. Which works if you already swimming in max level characters and gold.
However if you’re not, let it be a new server your rolling, or simply new to the game and in some chases have one max level character. No matter what your set-up is, some times Mining and Herbalism can be a pain to level.
First off, I’ve level a number of character so in Cataclysm and I can tell you that two things happen. You focus on trying to keep your gathering skill par with your level and the zone you’re in or you don’t and it falls behind. I’ve leveled a character and only force myself to take nodes that are in my path and not out-of-the-way of the quest. I found doing this, I keep up with leveling but my professions fell behind.
To the point when I moved to the next zone well, I can’t gather half of what I see. On the other hand you take up focusing on gathering every node you can and end up taking you nearly twice as long to level. Which as I said the focus of leveling is that, leveling.
Enchanting and Mining
So what is the idea way? Well back in Wrath I use to tell people to take up, Enchanting and Mining. This was however before Cataclysm’s changes. So why those two?
It’s very simple; first off you’re going to be leveling and leveling doing questing. Not every quest is going to give you a good reward for your class. And you’ll be replacing gear rather quickly. The 1-60 grind takes about a day and even less if you have BoA gear plus the guild perk. So you’ll be getting a lot of gear you can’t use (due to BoAs) and gear that’s just not worth anything to you.
The options are to sell it to the vendor for some gold here an there or… you disenchant it. I was able to level an enchanter up to about 300 something by the time I was pushing level 65 without even once going to the Auction House and buying gear to Disenchant. The other reason you’re taking mining is simply I feel that mining is more of a money-maker at lower level than herbalism is. but that’s a judgement call, you could go with Herbalism over Mining and still get the most out of leveling.