First Aid

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First Aid Icon WoW Icon update.png First Aid (Profession)

First Aid is a Classic secondary profession which enables a player to heal players and to remove poisons, notably through a variety of bandages. Bandages can be made from cloths, with higher quality cloth producing more effective bandages. Bandages can only be applied to a same character once every 60 seconds, until the [Recently Bandaged] debuff disappears. First Aid practitioners can also make anti-venom consumables from venom sacs dropped by various poisonous monsters (e.g., scorpids and spiders), though they are not as powerful as those created by Alchemists.

As of Battle for Azeroth, First Aid is no longer available on Retail realms. Making bandages is now part of the Tailoring profession, and liquids are part of the Alchemy profession, with individual types only limited by level requirements for use.

Official overview

Physicians save lives in the dangerous world of Azeroth by using bandages and antidotes to heal injuries and remove poisons. By turning cloth of varying quality into potent medical supplies, they can quickly get wounded heroes back into a fight, supplementing (but not replacing) magical means of healing.
First Aid is a secondary profession - anyone can train as a physician, no matter how many other professions they've devoted themselves to.
Antidotes and bandages can be created almost anywhere, as long as you have the appropriate ingredients - cloth (for bandages) and venom sacs (for anti-venom).[1]


First Aid is highly recommended to all classes as a way of reducing downtime between battles, by quickly restoring health after combat. Even classes with healing spells can benefit, since using a bandage after combat will conserve mana, saving the time otherwise spent drinking. Bandages can also be applied to the combat pets.

Bandages, usable in or out of combat, also have a large role in groups and raids. Characters who are not tanking or healing can back away from the battle at hand and apply a bandage to themselves, to help save the healer's mana. However, be warned that being hit (including damage over time spells) while applying a bandage will cancel its channeled heal. A remedy to this problem is to stun, fear, or find some other means to lose the aggro of that monster long enough to get some use out of the bandage. In addition, if you're in a raid instance or boss fight where your classes skills are ineffective (Such as anything with an Anti-Magic Field), or you're silenced or something similar, you can use Bandages to back up the healers temporarily (Just stay away from AOE attacks and you'll be fine)

An attempt to apply the bandage during the fight has a risk of losing it without any use if the aid procedure has been interrupted by the enemy strike.

Skill level guide

Skill Source Learn
1 Trainer Train First Aid and  [Linen Bandage]
40 Trainer  [Heavy Linen Bandage]
50 Trainer Raise potential to 150
80 Trainer  [Wool Bandage] and  [Anti-Venom]
115 Trainer  [Heavy Wool Bandage]
125 Trainer Raise potential to 225
130 Recipe  [Strong Anti-Venom]
150 Trainer  [Silk Bandage]
180 Trainer  [Heavy Silk Bandage]
210 Trainer  [Mageweave Bandage]
225 Trainer Raise potential to 300
240 Trainer  [Heavy Mageweave Bandage]
260 Trainer  [Runecloth Bandage]
290 Trainer  [Heavy Runecloth Bandage]
300 Recipe  [Powerful Anti-Venom]
300 Trainer Raise potential to 375
300 Trainer  [Netherweave Bandage]
330 Trainer  [Heavy Netherweave Bandage]
350 Trainer Wrath-Logo-Small.png Raise potential to 450
350 Trainer Wrath-Logo-Small.png  [Frostweave Bandage]
400 Recipe Wrath-Logo-Small.png  [Heavy Frostweave Bandage]
425 Trainer Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Raise potential to 525
425 Trainer Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif  [Embersilk Bandage]
475 Trainer Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif  [Heavy Embersilk Bandage]
525 Trainer Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif  [Dense Embersilk Bandage]
525 Trainer Mists of Pandaria Raise potential to 600
525 Trainer Mists of Pandaria  [Windwool Bandage]
550 Trainer Mists of Pandaria  [Heavy Windwool Bandage]
600 Automatic Mists of Pandaria  [Heavy Windwool Bandage] (efficient)
1 Recipe Warlords of Draenor Raise potential to 700
1 Recipe Warlords of Draenor  [Antiseptic Bandage]
1 Recipe Warlords of Draenor  [Blackwater Anti-Venom]
1 Recipe Warlords of Draenor  [Fire Ammonite Oil]
1 Recipe Warlords of Draenor  [Healing Tonic]
1 Legion  [Silkweave Bandage]
1 Legion  [Treat Fever]
730 Trainer Legion  [Silvery Salve]
730 Trainer Legion  [Stabilize]
750 Trainer Legion  [Treat Burns]
760 Trainer Legion  [Silkweave Splint]
800 Trainer Legion  [Set Bone]

To begin your first aid career, seek out the First Aid trainer in the starting zone for your race. There are no prerequisites for learning First Aid other than the 10 copper you'll be charged. Once you've acquired the First Aid skill, you can begin making Linen Bandages immediately and your potential skill level will be 75. Thereafter, consult the following table as you progress in First Aid skill.

A level 1 character (with enough gold) can raise their first aid skill to 225, high enough to use  [Heavy Runecloth Bandages] providing another character creates them.

Death knights begin with 270 First Aid skill and knowledge of all trainer-taught recipes up to  [Heavy Runecloth Bandages].

Training locations

Trainers are located in each city and in several other population centers. Consult the list of trainers or ask a guard for directions. Any trainer may teach you all ranks of First Aid.

The only recipe not taught by a trainer is  [Manual: Strong Anti-Venom].

 [Manual: Heavy Frostweave Bandage] is a world drop from any level-75 or higher humanoid creature in Northrend, providing that the player has a skill level of 390 in First Aid. However it is not mandatory, as the trainer will teach this recipe.

Optional quest

Upon completing this quest, you will instead receive 20  [Heavy Runecloth Bandage] and an  [Alliance Trauma Certification]/ [Horde Trauma Certification]. Quest givers are:


Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Removed. First Aid recipes are now part of tailoring and alchemy.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): First Aid trainers now train all ranks.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14):
    • You no longer need to complete the "Triage" quest to attain Artisan First Aid. Instead you can learn the Artisan skill from the trainers in the capital cities.
    • You no longer need to learn First Aid from books. The trainers have finally done their reading and are able to teach you the same thing.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Skill increase rate has been slowed down.


  1. ^ First Aid - Game - World of Warcraft. Archived from the original on 2011-05-17. Retrieved on 2018-05-19.

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