[EDIT: There seems to be some confusion as to whether or not you’re forced into the exp-locked bracket when you hit level 20. Once we have a definitive answer on that I’ll update the post to reflect it.]
[EDIT: Alright, we’re fairly certain now that the 20’s actually are in the real twink bracket which means that you’re going to face off against other twinks up to level 24 who have access to better gear and better enchants that you. Do you have what it takes to face potentially superior opponents?]
[EDIT: Definitely twink bracket.]
The newest thing in low level Warcraft twinking right now is Trial Accounts. Meaning that you use a free account that is locked, by design, at level 20 in order to twink a character in the level 20-24 PvP bracket. These accounts have a great number of restrictions placed on them which makes it both harder and easier to gear your toon in the best gear available to them.
We’ll take a quick look at how the trial account works and then jump into professions.
There are a lot of restrictions on trial accounts that limit what you can do and how you can do it. Some of them work in our favor (like the cap of level 20) while others make twinking particularly hard (like limiting professions and trade restrictions). From the TwinkInfo Forums:
- A level cap of 20.
- A maximum of 10 gold.
- Trade skills are capped at 100 ranks.
- Unable to trade via the Auction House, mailbox, or player-to-player.
- In-game access to public chat channels unavailable. Players are limited to communicating using only say, party, or whisper.
- Characters will be unable to create or join guilds.
- Characters are not able to send whispers to other characters unless they have been added to the characters’ friends lists or have received a whisper from a character first.
- Characters will not be able to invite other players into a party.
- Characters will not be able to join parties with other characters above level 20.
- Voice chat disabled on Starter Edition accounts.
- Realms experiencing login queues will prioritize players who have full, paid accounts.
- Starter Edition accounts are not eligible for character transfers
- RealID features are disabled on all Starter Edition Accounts.
The ones that are especially important are the ones in bold.
The Level Cap is the most important here because it defines what you’re doing. You’re capped at level 20 which means you’ll never go over that bracket, which also means you don’t have to turn your experience off in-game which will allow you to twink in the non-locked brackets with non-twinks which removes the biggest penalty you would have otherwise faced as a level 20 twink.
Trade Skills is a big hit, especially when combined with No Trading, which means if you want to take advantage of enchants (and every twink does) then you’ll have to make those enchants yourself, and you’ll have to do it with a restricted professions list. That list of available recipes is what this post is really aimed at, which I’ll get into momentarily.
Being restricted to No Guilds can be kind of tough, but it’s only real drawback in relation to twinking is that you will not have access to the BoA helms and cloaks (not that you could buy them anyway with the 10g cap on money), and that you don’t get any other guild perks such as increased honor gains which would make farming your gear a bit faster.
If you’d like to learn more about the trial account twinking in general, I’ll point you to Cynwise’s guide: A Guide to Trial Account Twinking.
Most of the professions offer you at least something, including the secondary trade skills. What they offer, and how important those offerings are, is what you’ll need to look at in order to determine whether or not they would be at all worth while on your free-to-play (F2P) twink.
Remember that with a F2P account you can only increase your professions to rank 100. If you have a racial bonus, those will allow you to go beyond the cap just like they do in the live version which does open up a few other options in some cases. The F2P accounts allow Burning Crusade races (Blood Elf and Draenei), but not the Cataclysm races (Goblin and Worgen), so not all of the racial bonuses to professions are available to you.
Alchemy offers a decent list of elixirs to increase your stats. Alchemy can take up a large quantity of materials, so you would want to either build up a very strong stash or keep it as one of your professions throughout your twinking career so that you could replenish your supply as needed.
Goblins have a racial bonus to Alchemy, but Trial Accounts don’t allow Goblins so 100 is the highest possible rank.
Swim Speed Potion: +100% swim speed for 20 seconds
Holy Protection Potion: Absorbs 300-500 Holy damage for 2 minutes
Elixir of Wisdom: +6 Intellect for 1 hour (Battle)
Elixir of Giant Growth: +8 Strength for 1 hour (Battle)
Swiftness Potion: +50% speed for 15 seconds
Rage Potion: Generates 20-40 Rage
Lesser Healing Potion: restore 140-180 health
Elixir of Minor Fortitude: +27 max health for 1 hour (Guardian)
Elixir of Minor Agility: +4 Agility for 1 hour (Battle)
Minor Rejuvenation Potion: Restores 90-150 health and mana
Minor Mana Potion: Restores 140-180 mana
Weak Troll’s Blood Elixir: Regen 2 health every 5 seconds for 1 hour (Guardian)
Elixir of Minor Defense: +27 Armor for 1 hour (Guardian)
Elixir of Lion’s Strength: +4 Strength for 1 hour (Battle)
Above is a list of all of the potions and elixirs that I would consider stocking up on for my own twinks. I might not actually craft the Swim Speed Potion given that you’ll receive one for nearly every fishing daily you ever do, but if you’ve got extra mats on hand then you might as well make them since you can’t sell them on a trial account anyway. I also wouldn’t make more than a handful or so of the Holy Protection potions unless you see a lot of Priests and Paladins in your matches.
The Swiftness Potion is probably hands-down the single best potion you can get your hands on for a twink. Being able to outrun your opponents is a fantastic benefit. Lesser Healing Potions are decent for keeping you alive, but with so little health return you’re probably better off just trying to outrun them instead.
Blacksmithing doesn’t offer a whole lot to F2P twinks, which is nothing new really as it’s always sucked.
None of the races has a bonus to Blacksmithing, so 100 is the maximum skill rank.
Thick Bronze Darts: thrown weapon, +2 Strength
Silver Rod: needed by enchanters
Coarse Weightstone: +3 weapon damage to a blunt weapon for 1 hour
Coarse Sharpening Stone: +3 weapon damage to a bladed weapon for 1 hour
Rough Weightstone: +2 weapon damage to a blunt weapon for 1 hour
Rough Sharpening Stone: +2 weapon damage to a bladed weapon for 1 hour
I haven’t done the research yet to find what the BiS items are for all levl 20 twinks, so I’ve included the Thick Bronze Darts because they’re a solid twinking weapon in the 19 bracket which means they’re likely at least decent for a level 20.
The Silver Rod deserves mentioning if you’re going to be a an Enchanter in order to enhance your gear (since you can’t buy anyone else’s enchants). This rod is only important if the twink you’re playing is going to enchant their own gear, and only if that character is also a Blood Elf since they’re the only race who can get high enough to use it on a F2P account. Even then, there’s only one enchant that will use it, but if you want that enchant then you better get this rod first.
The stones are all buff items that will be good for any non-Rogue. The difference in the types is very minimal, so if you’re going to play a melee character I suggest you at least get into Blacksmithing long enough to make a stack or two of the Rough stones needed for your chosen weapon, and then you can drop the profession right after if you’re not going for the other items.
Enchanting is normally the bread and butter of twinking, in many cases being even more important than the individual pieces of gear. On the F2P twinks though, that’s not the case at all. Enchants will definitely make your toon better, but you’re not necessarily going to be screwed just because you don’t bother taking the time to enchant your gear with the dinky little enchants available with the 100 skill rank limitation.
Blood Elves gain a +10 bonus to Enchanting, giving them access to two more enchants than other races.
Cloak – Minor Agility: +1 Agility [BLOOD ELF ONLY, Requires Silver Rod]
Cloak – Minor Protection: +10 Armor
Cloak – Minor Resistances: Resist All +1
Chest – Lesser Mana: +20 Mana
Chest – Lesser Health: +15 Health
Shield – Minor Stamina: +1 Stamina [BLOOD ELF ONLY]
2H Weapon – Minor Impact: +2 weapon damage to a two-hand
2H Weapon – Lesser Intellect: +3 Intellect to a two-hand
Weapon – Minor Striking: +1 weapon damage
Bracer – Minor Strength: +1 Strength
Bracer – Minor Agility: +1 Agility
Bracer – Minor Stamina: +1 Stamina
Bracer – Minor Deflection: +2 Dodge
Minor Wizard Oil: +7 Intellect to a weapon for 1 hour
The majority of these enchants provide so little benefit that you could honestly skip the profession all together and never look back. A couple of them are worth considering though. Bracer – Deflection is a great option because not only is 2 Dodge actually decent a this level, it also requires only skill rank 1 to cast it, so you could buy the mats from an Enchanting Supplies Vendor, apply this enchant, and then drop the profession straight away.
The strongest enchant is the Minor Wizard Oil which is only a temporary enchant, but it only requires skill rank 45 to make it and you can create a big stash of it and then drop the profession and continue to use the oil.
If you do decide to use Enchanting and then drop it, I suggest you get 2-5 spare copies of each enchant to put onto Vellums just in case you happen to find other gear that you want to try out or you find upgrades that you weren’t planning on.
Engineering has always been a favored profession of twinks and PvP players in general. It’s not quite as cool as it would be without that 100 rank restriction, but it’s still a decent choice if you’re looking for a little more utility in the form of explosives. It also offers one of the easier-to-obtain head items that provides stats.
Gnomes receive a +15 racial bonus to Engineering, making a couple of good options available only to them.
Standard Scope: +2 weapon damage to a bow or gun [GNOME ONLY]
Large Copper Bomb: 43-57 Fire damage, 2 sec stun [GNOME ONLY]
Flying Tiger Goggles: cloth head armor, +4 Stamina, +4 Spirit
EZ-Thro Dynamite: 51-69 Fire damage…usually
Coarse Dynamite: 51-69 Fire damage
Crude Scope: +1 weapon damage to a bow or gun
Rough Copper Bomb: 22-28 Fire damage, 1 sec stun
Rough Dynamite: 26-34 Fire damage
The most important item here is the Flying Tiger Goggles which is your best head piece if you’re not going to fish and you MUST be an Engineer to use them. The scopes are good if you’re going to be a Hunter, but otherwise they probably aren’t worth being an Engineer for.
All of the explosives are good, or at least useful, but only the EZ-Thro can be used if you’re planning on dropping the profession. EZ-Thro can be used by non-engineers but it will occasionally blow up in your hand which deals a small amount of damage to you. If it does, then the cooldown is instantly reset and you can try throwing it again. Bombs are great for their stun effect, even if it is only a short one. Dynamite is good for the damage and that they can be used while moving, as well as finding pesky stealthers.
Herbalism’s only benefit is the Lifeblood spell that you get for leveling the profession. Lifeblood grants you 15 Haste for 20 seconds and also heals you over time.
Tauren receive a +15 bonus to Herbalism, but that bonus provides no benefit in this case. Tauren also pick herbs in 0.5 seconds instead of 1.5 seconds like every other race, so leveling the profession is quite a bit faster for them.
Inscription does provide at least a little benefit to this range of twinks in the form of Scrolls and an off-hand for casters.
No race receives a bonus to Inscription, so 100 is the cap.
Scroll of Agi/Int/Str/Spir: +3 to the ability for 30 minutes (Battle)
Scroll of Stamina: +3 Stamina for 30 minutes (Guardian)
Scroll of Agi/Int/Str/Spir II: +5 to the ability for 30 minutes (Battle)
Scroll of Stamina II: +5 Stamina for 30 minutes (Guardian)
Mystic Tome: off-hand, +7 Intellect
Jewelcrafting in and of itself doesn’t offer a whole lot as it’s perks are geared towards end game. There are a few items that can be very useful though, and some of the rings and necks could potentially be best in slot. Remember, you can’t buy/trade items from other players, so if JC items are best in slot for you then you’ll have to make them yourself. Again, I haven’t done the research for BiS gear for each class at 20 yet, so I can’t tell you if any of these are at this moment.
Draenei have a +10 racial bonus to JC, giving them access to a few items that are out of reach for other races.
Heavy Stone Statue: heals for 25 every 1 sec for 15 seconds (375 total healing) [DRAENEI ONLY]
Coarse Stone Statue: heals for 15 every 1 sec for 15 seconds (225 total healing)
Rough Stone Statue: heals for 8 every 1 second for 12 seconds (96 total healing)
These statues might not be the best source of healing in the game, but they are very useful when you need them and the channeled nature of the heal works similar to a HoT so you can drop it right before you take damage or just as it starts coming in to try to stay topped off. The great thing about these statues is that even though they require JC to make and they are soulbound, they do not require you to have the profession in order to use them.
So if you want to stock up on some good healing items, throw some stone into making these bad boys and then feel free to drop the profession to replace it with another without missing any of the benefits of this profession.
Leatherworking offers very little to F2P twinks because almost all of the gear that you can make within the 100 skill rank cap is for low-mid teens. Even the majority of the gear that Leatherworkers can make that are or are close to being BiS gear for 19 Twinks cannot be made with only 100 LW.
None of the races receives a bonus to Leatherworking, making the 100 cap the same for all races.
Medium Armor Kit: +16 armor to chest, legs, hands, or feet
Light Armor Kit: +8 armor to chest, legs, hands, or feet
Additional Armor isn’t bad, it just isn’t great either. With the limited number of enchants available in to F2P twinks these armor kits are your only source of enchants for Legs, Hands, and Feet. You can probably get better enchants for your Chest slot from the actual Enchanting profession, but if you don’t feel like grinding the mats for it then LW is a decent second option.
Mining is a pretty common profession for normal twinks, but for F2P it’s pretty lackluster. As a gathering profession, Mining provides only this benefit.
None of the races in game right now have a bonus to Mining, leaving the cap at 100.
Toughness: +3 Stamina
I won’t really suggest Mining for a F2P twink. It’s not bad, we can always use another 30 health, but it’s also not great and doesn’t really measure up to some of the other professions. If your class gets no benefit from Haste, then I might consider Mining as one of them over Herbalism, but since Lifeblood also includes a heal effect I’d still prefer Herbalism myself.
Skinning has been one of my favorite twinking professions ever since they gave it the bonus to crit. Burst damage has always been a critical part of PvP performance, which is why that bonus to crit at a low level is such an important thing.
The only race that receives a bonus to Skinning is the Worgen which are not available to F2P accounts, making the cap 100 for all races.
Master of Anatomy: +3 critical strike rating
Once you’ve gotten all of the items you want from your professions, Skinning is one of the best options for you to switch to and use for the rest of your twinking career. Extra crit will help any class perform better at this low level in PvP.
Besides giving you a source of bag space that you don’t have to pay for, Tailoring is nearly a complete and total waste for F2P accounts. It can give you some decent gear to get started with if you’re a caster, but none of that gear is likely to be BiS once you reach 20.
None of the races get a bonus to Tailoring, making 100 the cap for all.
I would not suggest you take Tailoring on a F2P character at all. Do yourself a favor and save that cloth for First Aid and any other crafting professions that might use it (Engineering and Blacksmithing especially).
Archeology gives you no benefit at all for twinking F2P. I don’t think you can even get beyond collecting trash items with it with the 100 cap.
Dwarves can use Survey in 0.5 seconds instead of 1.5 seconds like all of the other races, but they receive no bonus to it. Not that it matters for F2P.
The only reason to consider using Archeology on a F2P account is to get the money you need to level your other professions. Since you can’t use the AH, Archeology is a decent way to gather gold. Unfortunately, the items you find are completely random and the time you put into it could likely be spent questing or farming mobs for drops that would result in more money in a shorter time span.
Cooking is something I normally don’t bother with at all on my twinks because the best buff food they can use is purchased rather than made. But for F2P twinks you don’t have that option because you can’t access the vendor and you can’t buy/trade it from other players. That means that cooking is now much more important as it will provide you with the best Stamina buffs available.
There’s also a spell you get just for having the Cooking profession, which is the Basic Campfire. Most people simply ignore the existence of this spell these days, but it does provide a buff that some twinks actually find useful (+4 Spirit for 1 minute).
No races receive a bonus, so the cap for Cooking is 100 for all.
Seasoned Wolf Kabob: +6 Stamina and Spirit for 15 minutes
Crispy Lizard Tail: +6 Stamina and Spirit for 15 minutes
Redridge Goulash: +6 Stamina and Spirit for 15 minutes
Captain Rumsey’s Lager: +10 Fishing for 3 minutes
Murloc Fin Soup: +6 Stamina and Spirit for 15 minutes
Smoked Sagefish: restores 4 Mana every 5 seconds for 15 minutes
Thistle Tea: Restores 100 Energy
I mention the Lager only as another way to buff your Fishing skill for when you’re trying to get your hands on the Lucky Fishing Hat.
Any of the recipes that give stamina and spirit here will work, just pick the one that has the easiest mats for you to farm.
Thistle Tea is a fantastic Rogue brew. I’m seeing mixed replies on Wowhead as to whether or not this recipe is still available. It will only show up for a Rogue as of several patches ago, but I’m sure either way if this is available still or not. If it is, it’s a good item to have for your Rogues.
First Aid has always been a twink essential, but like so many other things that’s not really the case with F2P. The great thing about bandages is that you can use high level versions than you can make, so a 19 Twink can use Heavy Runecloth Bandages even though they can’t make over regular Mageweave. For F2P though, you can’t make those higher versions to use, so you’re stuck with the small ones.
There are no bonuses to First Aid, leaving the cap at 100.
Wool Bandage: Heals 161 over 7 seconds
Anti-Venom: Cures one poison up to level 25
Heavy Linen Bandage: Heals 114 over 6 seconds
Linen Bandage: Heals 66 over 6 seconds
You definitely want to stock up on Wool Bandages. The healing value might suck, but it’s free healing that can save you in a pinch. They’re incredibly easy to make, so there’s no reason for you to skip them.
The Anti-Venom is something I almost never make or use on any of my toons at all. Being in the level 20-24 PvP bracket changes that up though, because now you’ve got some potentially serious poisons to worry about. In the 19 bracket the only poison is the Hunter’s Serpent Sting which really isn’t a threat unless you’re close to dying. In 20-24 though you have two Rogue poisons that might concern you.
A Rogue’s Crippling and Mind-Numbing Poisons can be a deciding factor in 20-24. If you’re a flag carrier (FC) or making a move to either assist your FC or bring down the Enemy FC (EFC) then that crippling poison might cost you the game. If you’re a caster, particularly a healer, then the Mind-Numbing can kill your ability to cast your spells. I’d rather you skip healing bandages than skip this anti-venom which could potentially decide your game.
Fishing’s primary purpose for F2P twinking is to get your hands on the Lucky Fishing Hat (+15 Stamina) which is your BiS helm no matter what your class is. You can also get the less interesting Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat (+3 Stamina, +3 Spirit, +5 Fishing, Free fishing lures) from the fishing daily quests.
Once you’ve got your Lucky Fishing Hat, you can forget about this profession. There’s no racial bonus to fishing, and no reason for one either, so it’s capped at 100 as well.
If you want to go all out, fully maximizing your F2P twink, then you’re going to have to dance around various professions to get all of the gear and buff items that you might need. That means you’re going to spend a lot of time gathering materials to level a profession only to turn right around and delete that profession to pick up yet another which you’ll also have to grind for.
[NOTE: This is by no means the only way to level your professions, this is simply my suggested path if you want to seriously min/max every profession out there.]
UPDATE: Unless you’re lucky enough to find Light Leather in chests or as drops, you’ll want to get Skinning long enough to get 6 Light Leather so that you can make your Engineer goggles, then drop it for Blacksmithing and carry on from Step 1 below..
Step 1: First Aid, Cooking, Fishing, Mining, Blacksmithing (Hunters can skip to Step 3a) [Mine/BS]
Step 2a: Blacksmiths make/stock Sharpening Stones and Weightstones as desired [Mine/BS]
Step 2b: If you’re a Blood Elf, be sure to make a Silver Rod before dropping Blacksmithing [Mine/BS]
Step 3a: Drop Blacksmithing, replace with Engineering [Mine/Eng]
Step 3b: Engineers stock bombs only if you’re staying Eng, otherwise get Googles and EZ-Thro [Mine/Eng]
Step 3c: Hunters stock Scopes as necessary for bow/gun upgrades [Mine/Eng]
Step 4: Drop Engineering, replace with Jewelcrafting [Mine/JC]
Step 5: Stock up on Statues, also craft any rings/necks that you need for BiS [Mine/JC]
Step 6: Drop Mining and Jewelcrafting, replace with Skinning and Enchanting [Skin/Ench]
Step 7: Use Enchanting on gear if you have BiS already, or on Vellums if you don’t [Skin/Ench]
Step 8: Drop Enchanting, replace with Leatherworking [Skin/LW]
Step 9: Stock up on Medium Armor Kits, Light will work if you don’t feel like grinding leather [Skin/LW]
Step 10: Drop Skinning and Leatherworking, replace with Herbalism and Inscription [Herb/Insc]
Step 11: Stock up on Scrolls (rank II) [Herb/Insc]
Step 12: Drop Inscription, replace with Alchemy [Herb/Alch]
Step 13: Stock up all potions/elixirs relative to your class. Stock Swiftness Potions. [Herb/Alch]
Step 14: Drop Alchemy, replace with Skinning [Herb/Skin]
Step 15: Profit.
I mentioned above that Hunters can skip Blacksmithing, that’s mostly because the stones/weights that BS can make apply only to melee weapons which you should almost never use. It doesn’t hurt for you to have them, but it’s kind of waste of time/mats for so very little return. Also note, that unless you’re going to use a gun or bow, there’s no reason to stock up Scopes.
UPDATE: Unless you’re lucky enough to find Light Leather in chests or as drops, you’ll want to get Skinning long enough to get 6 Light Leather so that you can make your Engineer goggles, then drop it for Engineering and carry on from Step 1 below..
Step 1: First Aid, Cooking, Fishing, Mining, Engineering [Mine/Eng]
Step 2: Engineers stock bombs only if you’re staying Eng, otherwise get Googles and EZ-Thro [Mine/Eng]
Step 3: Drop Engineering, replace with Jewelcrafting [Mine/JC]
Step 4: Stock up on Statues, also craft any rings/necks that you need for BiS [Mine/JC]
Step 5: Drop Mining and Jewelcrafting, replace with Skinning and Enchanting [Skin/Ench]
Step 6a: Use Enchanting on gear if you have BiS already, or on Vellums if you don’t [Skin/Ench]
Step 6b: Stock up on Minor Wizard Oil, one of the single best buffs available to you [Skin/Ench]
Step 7: Drop Enchanting, replace with Leatherworking [Skin/LW]
Step 8: Stock up on Medium Armor Kits, Light will work if you don’t feel like grinding leather [Skin/LW]
Step 9: Drop Skinning and Leatherworking, replace with Herbalism and Inscription [Herb/Insc]
Step 10: Stock up on Scrolls (rank II) [Herb/Insc]
Step 11: Drop Inscription, replace with Alchemy [Herb/Alch]
Step 12: Stock up all potions/elixirs relative to your class. Stock Swiftness Potions. [Herb/Alch]
Step 13: Drop Alchemy, replace with Skinning [Herb/Skin]
Step 14: Something, something.
Step 15: Profit.
Casters can skip Blacksmithing all together because the sharp/weightstones will be replaced with Wizard Oil and you have no need for the Silver Rod since the only enchant it gives access to is Agility which you won’t be using anyway. If you decide you would rather have the Agility enchant, just grab steps 1-3 from the non-caster list and then continue on in this list.
For those of you who don’t like using explosives and who do plan on using Fishing to get your hat, feel free to skip Engineering all together unless you’re a Hunter. Hunters will want those scopes to increase the damage of their primary weapon. I put Engineering early on for both progressions because it’s good to get those goggles in place early and wear them until they can be replaced with the fishing hat. I’ve been in that stupid fishing tourney dozens of times and I’ve never caught that stupid fish. Ever.
If you’re not good at remembering to use consumables in mid-combat, you probably want to skip Jewelcrafting unless you need some of the jewelry for your gear, as the only other benefit is the healing statues which will be most helpful during or right after combat when you might otherwise forget. You could macro your food and your statues to the same key if that would help you, though you might end up wasting a few statues if you forget. You could also macro it to other spells you might use in combat such as Herbalism’s Lifeblood spell or something like a Warlock’s Lifetap so that you have healing coming in. There are some ways to use it without focusing on it, but it can be a pain if you’re not used to such things.
If you’re not already aware, you want to pay special attention to the fact that Scrolls now count as Battle/Guardian Elixirs, meaning that you can’t stack them on top of potions. Some scrolls (like Stamina II) are stronger than potions, though so you’ll want to stock up on all the ones that you might need for your class/spec.
Maximizing Within Reason
If you don’t want to follow that crazy min/maxing plan from the previous section, here’s what you can do within reason to still get a lot of the buffs that professions allow without throwing away tons of time and gold that you spend leveling various professions.
If you’re going to dip into Blacksmithing, only make Rough Sharp/Weightstones unless you need that Silver Rod (Rogues and Hunters). Feel free to skip BS all together, regardless of your class.
If you’re going to dip into Engineering, the Flying Tiger Goggles are the most important item to get because of the random drop rate of the fish you need from the tournament for the Lucky Fishing Hat and the low(ish) chance of the Weather-Beaten Fishing Hat dropping from your sack of loot from the Fishing daily. If you’re a Hunter, the Scopes are a good investment since there are no other ranged enchants you can use, but 2 damage is only 2 damage so you can skip it as well. The EZ-Thro Dynamite is good, but the recipe is a drop so you might never be able to make them. Feel free to skip this profession all together as well.
Jewelcrafting is only a “must have” if you find that it’s the source for your BiS rings or necklace, otherwise it’s only good for the statues which are by no means critical. If you don’t have BiS gear to get from this, feel free to skip it.
Leatherworking only offers the armor kits, and they aren’t especially important for anyone either. You’re going to level Skinning anyway as it’s one of the best to end on, so I would suggest you at least get Skinning and LW together long enough to make a stack or so of the Light Armor Kits to put on your gear, and then feel free to drop it. If you want, you can skip it all together as you’re really not missing out on much even with Medium Armor Kits.
Enchanting is good, but even it isn’t critical as most of the options really kind of suck. It’s +1 of this or that and while those bonuses do add up over time, they’re not that big a deal either. The one exception I’d make to that is for casters. If you’re a caster, I would definitely take up Enchanting for the Minor Wizard Oil at the very least, and also the +3 Intellect enchant if your weapon is going to be a staff.
Inscription’s Scrolls and Alchemy’s Elixirs/Potions make them two of the strongest professions to dip your toes into. If you want to go with just one or the other, Alchemy is the definite winner. Inscription’s off-hand is great for casters, but if it’s not BiS for you then go ahead and skip Inscription.
Alchemy has just too many good buffs to too many different things to skip. If you don’t like buff potions or feel they’re wasted because the effects wear off on death, then just make restorative potions (health/mana) and Swiftness potions, and skip all the rest of it.
Mining isn’t bad, but it’s not great either.
Herbalism is one of the best professions you can pick for it’s healing and Haste buff, though not great if your class gets nothing from Haste.
Skinning is probably the most overall beneficial profession for every class as no matter what you’re doing you can benefit from increased Crit.
Cooking is great for it’s buff foods since other options are extremely difficult for you. I won’t suggest skipping this for F2P though I typically skip it for every other toon I roll.
First Aid is something I certainly suggest you take the time to level, for the Anti-Venom if nothing else. Yeah, the bandages do suck at this level, but you’re going to face a lot of Rogues in PvP and removing that crippling/mind-numbing poison can be a really big deal sometimes.
Fishing is the key to the best twink hat that money can’t buy. I urge any twink to try for this hat whenever you can, F2P or not. It might not have the best stats overall when compared to the BoA helms, but otherwise it’s the top dog and when it comes to F2P it’s definitely the best.
So to sum it all up, level those secondary skills and make sure you’re using professions that give you benefits that your class can use.
July 31, 2011 at 7:18 PM
I’ve learned that he secondaries aren’t capped at 100. I saw somewhere that we
now think they can go to 375. I can’t verify that yet, but I do know that my 19 Shaman
has 116 Cooking and 136 Fishing right now. My guess is that they are capped out at
whatever level a lvl 20 can max a secondary profession.
August 24, 2011 at 3:12 PM
I made a quick spreadsheet to see the best way to make money crafting/vendoring items with mining and jewelcrafting. Draenei only recipes are highlighted in blue. Recipes that use crafted items as mats use the item’s total net value to determine worth. I.e the prices assume you’re using crafted copper bars since finding bars is rare and trials can’t buy them. Prices are all from Wowhead. Let me know if there are errors. https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AjhohVkkndwQdHNRamxYTjh5Zzl6QUs1RDAxRXN1Nmc&hl=en_US
Hope someone finds it helpful.
September 28, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Hello, i dont really get it. Does the trial accounts only meet players who has also lvled up to 20 with trials and other paid account twinks who have locked their exp. Or do they meet people that are still lvling and people who also has Trial accounts ??? plz help me.
September 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM
You’ll face other trial accounts as well as people who are in the 20-24 bracket who have locked their experience. You’re forced into the twink bracket whether you want to be there or not.
October 18, 2011 at 5:30 PM
You’ll need to make sure you have skinning before or concurrent with engineering if you want to make the flying tiger goggles, because they require light leather, which, since you can’t trade, can only be obtained through skinning.
October 19, 2011 at 9:21 AM
Light Leather can also be found in chests, so it’s not the only way to get it, but you’re right. I’ll get the progression steps modified.
October 19, 2011 at 7:03 PM
I would argue that the Rifle Commander’s Eyepatch http://www.wowhead.com/item=65915 is BiS for MOST classes that can use it. It comes from a quest in Stocks, and so far, I can’t find anything better for my rogue, hunter, enhancement sham, and Fury war. (F2P of course.) It’s 4 stam less than the Lucky Fishing Hat, but has Agi, more armor, and +hit. I’d gladly trade 40 HP for all of that. Granted, it’s Alliance only, and horde doesn’t seem to have an equivalent.
October 19, 2011 at 8:55 PM
It’s an argument that can definitely be made. For Agility-based and most melee classes, it’s definitely BiS. For healers? I’d take the LFH. For caster dps? Mmmm kinda depends. I’d have to take a look at how much other Hit gear I could get that had good stats on it, but I wouldn’t default to the eyepatch unless my other options weren’t good enough.
February 18, 2012 at 11:02 AM
I am currently doing a trial off time twink, human hunter, i find is the best to contend with the lvl 24 twinks, as 1 vs 1 i can beat them. Secondary profession do not have a max of 100, I am currently using silk bandages, gonna get heavy silk, think the lvl req. for the rest is higher to learn past 225, but at lvl 20 heavy silk does great. the one and most important thing i’ve been working on is, the strangle arena grand master trinket, must have for twinking, I’m at 3 so far. Maximize your quest hubs at the highest area possible, i got a good 2nd ring out of it, must get the honor gear from warsong quartermaster, if your not human get the trinket from the accessories quartermaster in the main city of your side. Once you have done most of the professions, gearing gets slower, but with every little upgrade in stats the more things go up, more stats=stronger toon
February 20, 2012 at 6:29 PM
Thanks for this guide, it’s great!! But I have to ask about the Flying Tiger Goggles: After I drop engineering to get JC, can I still wear them? I don’t think I can…. it says “Requires Engineering 100”. Also, it no longer requires light leather to make! :)
February 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM
Yes they turn red ie broken if you drop engineering. Lots of this stuff is not correct. I’d suggest going to F2P twinking section at twinkinfo.com
February 21, 2012 at 5:21 PM
They turn red and you can’t use them (though they will stay equipped just not giving you the stats), but they don’t actually break.
Keep in mind this post was written in July of 2011, eight months ago, and I’m no longer playing WoW so any changes (such as the materials required for the FTG’s now) is not reflected since I’ve not bothered to update it in 8 months.
February 21, 2012 at 5:23 PM
If you ever no longer meet the requirements to use an item the item’s stats are no longer counted. If you drop Eng and have the goggles equipped, you will not get any of their stats. They will stay in the head slot until you remove it, but it will not show up on your character and none of the stats will be counted as though you weren’t wearing them at all.
Keep Eng and drop whatever your other prof is to get JC, make what you want from JC, and then drop it for something more useful in the long run.
May 14, 2012 at 4:25 PM
wouldn’t it be easier to just get minning farm what you need and slightly more so you have it later? and spare mats so you can get the level desired with out having to relevel to get more matts
May 14, 2012 at 4:52 PM
You’re not leveling it a second time for the mats, you’re leveling it a second time to get the Stamina buff that comes from having the profession. You’re getting mats the first time to build all the stuff you need/want, but the second time is just for the buff since crafting professions don’t give you buffs.
Scratch that. It helps when you reread your own post.
Could you stock enough mats to last you through all of the professions needed? It’s possible, but if you’re playing a trial twink then your options for storage are incredibly limited so holding onto enough mats to get you through all of the profession you need to fully maximize everything might be a challenge for you. If you want to try to save yourself some time and effort by farming twice as much to start with rather than just farming twice, then you can certainly do that.
Scratch that, too.
Nowhere in the list do I suggest going back to Mining after I tell you to drop it. You stick with Mining until you’ve got all of the related professions taken care of and then you leave it for good.
September 8, 2012 at 5:52 PM
The Draenei +10 racial bonus to JC isn’t useful, since all items requiring JC beyond 75, also have a character lvl req. beyond 20, so even if you can make them, you can’t equip them.
August 26, 2013 at 6:08 AM
I am f2p and I cannot use archeology at all.
but on the other hand the other secondary proffesions ain’t no capped at 100.
My first aid is now like 120.
It says ‘starter account limit reached’, but it still allows me level my cooking/fishing and first aid skills.
just wanted to add this.
great guide by the way.
September 25, 2017 at 10:25 AM
Flying Tiger Goggles are locked (“Not available for Starter accounts”)
September 26, 2017 at 1:34 PM
That could be. I haven’t updated this particular guide in a little over 6 years. You can find much more up-to-date information on XPOff.com, a community site dedicated to twinking at all levels.
August 26, 2020 at 4:14 PM
Someone have info about the restriction starter edition (professions) but in 5.4.8 (MoP)?