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How professions work in WoW: Dragonflight

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Many resources and materials have quality levels in Dragonflight and this will directly impact the resulting quality of the item you're crafting. For gear, the higher the quality, the better the item level. For consumables, it might mean they last longer or have more charges.

A few things will impact the quality of any item you craft. Your skill level, the quality of the materials you're using, and optional reagents can all affect the outcome. Luckily, the quality progress bar on the UI means you will see the quality of the item you're planning to craft so you can decide if you want to go ahead.

For resources like ore or herbs, the higher your gathering skill level, the higher chance you have of gathering high-quality materials. You can also choose specializations that help you produce better-quality resources.

Another great addition to professions in Dragonflight is the ability to recraft items. This basically means you won't need to wait for better quality materials or a higher skill stat if you need the item now. Crafting it early won't waste materials because you'll be able to recraft it later to get a better outcome.

Specializations

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Profession specializations 

Crafting specializations aren't new to World of Warcraft but they've been revamped and re-added to professions in Dragonflight. This is how they work: Each crafting profession has several different specializations, allowing you to excel in a certain area. So if you take Blacksmithing, for example, you could choose to specialize in Weaponsmithing which opens up a mini talent tree offering bonuses and perks when crafting weapons. Once you've chosen a specialization, you'll need Profession Knowledge to unlock the nodes on the talent tree.

Specializations become available after you've unlocked 25 skill points in that profession, with each subsequent unlock coming available at 50, 75, and so on. So while it is possible to unlock all the specializations for your chosen profession eventually, you should figure out which you want to focus on first and go from there.

How to earn Profession Knowledge 

While you still use traditional skill points to level up your professions, you'll also need Profession Knowledge in Dragonflight to upgrade the various nodes on your specialization tree. Each point of Profession Knowledge you spend will also go towards your overall skill level for that profession. As you can imagine, you'll need quite a bit of it and there are various ways you can gain this knowledge.

The most reliable way of getting Profession Knowledge is by doing daily quests offered by profession trainers in Valdrakken. You'll also gain Knowledge the first time you craft a new recipe but not for subsequent crafts of the same item. This means you should consider crafting each new recipe you learn at least once, even if you have no use for the item you're crafting. Gatherers will have a chance to gain Profession Knowledge whenever they mine a node or harvest a herb

Crafting Orders

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Crafting Orders 

Crafting Orders will let you place orders for any craftable item in an auction house-like interface. You can customize an item to your liking with the reagents you choose but get someone else to craft it for you and it also works for Bind on Pickup items. If you don't have all the materials needed, you can request that the crafter supply them for you, though this will obviously cost extra gold. You can leave a note for the crafter, plus a commission if you choose.

Crafters that pick up these orders will get a small tip for their work and skill points from crafting the item.