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Tailoring Icon WoW Icon update.png Tailoring (Profession)

Tailoring allows players to cut and weave various pieces of cloth into armor, bags, shirts, and other cloth items. Tailors play an especially important role in guilds because they can create bags for the entire guild, provided the guild members gather the proper ingredients. Tailors are responsible for creating cloth items for cloth-armor wearing classes: Mages, Warlocks, and Priests. They occasionally make items for other classes, such as cloaks or spellthread for pants. They also make decorative shirts. Tailors are also able to make special cloth equipment which requires that the user have a high level tailoring skill in order to use the item as well as a special Tailoring Mount.

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Tailors take simple cloth and weave wonders out of it; cloth armor and robes, shirts, bags and other creations are the purview of the tailor. The benefits are diverse - lightly armored classes can wear mystic robes, all types of heroes can benefit from a variety of bags, and everyone can appreciate the decorative shirts and outfits springing from the tailor's loom.

Tailoring doesn't rely on a gathering profession - cloth is found in chests and on defeated foes, as well as purchased. As such, Tailoring is paired with a variety of professions, though Enchanting is common.

Most Tailoring can be done anywhere, provided that you have the necessary materials.[1]

Getting started

See also: Tailoring trainers

The first staple for tailors is  [Linen Cloth], followed by  [Wool Cloth],  [Silk Cloth],  [Mageweave Cloth],  [Runecloth],  [Netherweave Cloth],  [Frostweave Cloth],  [Embersilk Cloth] and  [Windwool Cloth]. Humanoid monsters typically drop these items, although most undead do as well, while demons drop  [Felcloth] (used in high-level pre-BC patterns). Recipes usually require thread and occasionally colored dye, both of which are purchased from NPC trade merchants. Additionally, tailoring recipes sometimes call for leather, gems, potions, or other special ingredients created by other professions. Leather is gathered by skinners and must be purchased from other players. Gems are found from monster drops, treasure chests, mining, prospecting ore, fishing, and rogue pick pocketing. Potions will need to be purchased from an Alchemist.


Tailors no longer require any special equipment or location to process their materials into finished products. As long as the tailor has all of the required materials for the creation of an item, it can be made anywhere in the world at any time.

Only creating  [Glacial Bag] has a 7 day cool-down.

Suggested second profession

Tailoring does not require a gathering skill to acquire materials, unlike Alchemy (which needs Herbalism) or Jewelcrafting and Blacksmithing (which needs Mining). This gives tailors a lot of freedom when selecting their second profession.

  • Enchanting complements tailoring well, since green or higher quality items made with tailoring can in turn be disenchanted to use for your own enchanting purposes. Also, many of the endgame patterns require materials produced by disenchanting.
  • Skinning is one of the few professions that supplies materials for tailoring. Several patterns (mainly boots and certain bags) require some kind of leather.
  • Mining on its own is a very profitable profession, because jewelcrafters, engineers, and blacksmiths all require mats from it. In addition, many Grand Master recipes require materials that are easily obtained through mining, such as gems and Eternal elements.

Suggested classes

Skilling up

  • To get the most skill from the least linen when starting out as a tailor, make nothing but bolts of linen cloth and bank them. Around a skill level of 50, making bolts of linen should go gray. At this point you can take all that linen out of the bank and start tailoring in earnest. You have to make bolts anyway, so you might as well get every drop of skill out of them that you can. Repeat this every time you learn to use a new type of cloth.

Types of crafted items

Cloth armor

Tailors can create many pieces of cloth armor, appropriate for mages, warlocks, and priests. Other caster classes, like Holy paladins and Balance or Restoration druids, may sometimes opt to wear cloth gear due to the pieces' greater bonuses to caster related attributes - this is however not optimal due to [Plate Specialization] and [Leather Specialization] respectively. In addition to making stand-alone cloth armor pieces, tailors can also craft multi-item collections, sets of gear that share a name and visual design. Some of the collections give a set bonus.


The most popular tailored item is bags, which can only be made by tailors and leatherworkers (engineers can also make engineering bags). Players without these skills can acquire bags from loot drops, quests, or from merchants, but tailors can sell bags in larger quantities and for lower cost. This provides an excellent opportunity to make money, especially from players looking for large 18- and 20-slot bags. Make sure to get the bag patterns as soon as they are available.

Tailors can also craft four types of specialty craft bags: Enchanting Bags for Enchanters, Herb Bags for Herbalists, and Gem Bags for Jewelcrafters. Such bags are larger than the generic non-specialty ones, but are only allowed to carry a certain type of item. If an item is collected that is of the correct type, it's automatically placed into the special bag.


Tailors can create a wide array of shirts in different colors and styles. Although shirts have no stats and provide no gameplay benefits, they can sometimes show prominently on a character, depending on what equipment they are wearing. A shirt has the potential to make a character look much better. Tailors can sell shirts to players looking to improve their appearance.

Special clothes

Tailors can create special outfits, such as dresses and tuxedos, that have no stats and are merely decorative. These can impress other people in town or be used for special occasions. These clothes are most of the time bought by people who are roleplaying.

Faction recipes

Some recipes are only learnable after achieving a certain reputation level with a particular faction. These are listed at the faction recipes entry.

Summary of skill levels and training requirements

Proficiency Required level Skill
Apprentice 5 1 - 75
Journeyman 10 75 - 150
Expert 20 150 -225
Artisan 35 225 - 300
Master Bc icon.gif 50 1 - 75
Grand Master Wrath-Logo-Small.png 65 1 - 75
Illustrious Grand Master Cataclysm 75 1 - 75
Zen Master Mists of Pandaria 80 1 - 75
Draenor Master Warlords of Draenor 90 1 - 100
Legion Master Legion 98 1 - 100
Kul Tiran / Zandalari Battle for Azeroth - 1 - 175
Shadowlands Shadowlands - 1 - 150

Shadowlands proficiency is only available after purchasing the expansion Shadowlands.

Cloth conversions

Certain cloths can be converted into other cloths a limited number of times per day.

Cataclysm Embersilk
 [Cloth]  [Bolt]  [Dreamcloth]
 [Cloth] 1 5 40
 [Bolt] 1/5 1 8[n 1]
 [Dreamcloth] 1/40 1/8 1
  1. ^ Also requires 30  [Volatile Water], 30  [Volatile Life], 30  [Volatile Earth], 30  [Volatile Fire], 30  [Volatile Air], or 5  [Chaos Orb].
Mists of Pandaria Imperial Silk
 [Cloth]  [Bolt]  [Imperial Silk]
 [Cloth] 1 5 40
 [Bolt] 1/5 1 8
 [Imperial Silk] 1/40 1/8 1
Mists of Pandaria Celestial
 [Cloth]  [Bolt]  [Celestial]
 [Cloth] 1 5 50
 [Bolt] 1/5 1 10
 [Celestial] 1/50 1/10 1
Warlords of Draenor Hexweave
 [Sumptuous Fur]  [Hexweave]
 [Sumptuous Fur] 1 20
 [Hexweave] 1/20 1

Limited conversions

Tailoring in The Burning Crusade

The Burning Crusade expansion introduced  [Netherweave Cloth] as the primary material for tailoring; as in Classic WoW, netherweave cloth drops primarily from humanoid monsters. For higher level patterns, tailors must craft Bolts of Imbued Netherweave from normal cloth bolts and  [Arcane Dust]. Mana Looms were once required to craft these (requirement removed with Patch 3.0.2), and can still be found either in Shattrath's Lower City or in Silvermoon City. To advance beyond 300 tailoring players originally needed to head to the Hellfire Peninsula in Outland, but now can learn the skill from the trainer in any major city.


Removed from game The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 4.0.1.

Tailoring specializations

INV Fabric MoonRag Primal.png Mooncloth Tailoring
Inv fabric felrag.png Shadoweave Tailoring
Spell holy blessingofprotection.png Spellfire Tailoring

Tailors of level 60 or higher with a skill of 350 or greater can choose a Tailoring Specialization – Mooncloth Tailoring, Shadoweave Tailoring, or Spellfire Tailoring – by completing a quest from one of the neutral specialists in Shattrath City's Lower City. These specialists also sell patterns relating to their specialty. Specializing allows the tailor to make two pieces of  [Primal Mooncloth],  [Shadowcloth], or  [Spellcloth] (respectively) per cooldown instead of just one, and from a single set of mats.

The three types of specialty cloth in Burning Crusade originally had an unshared 3 day 20 hour cooldown, so specializing was vital; with patch 3.0.8 the cooldown was removed, but being able to make items with essentially half the mats is still a major advantage. More importantly, the specialty you choose in Outland carries over into Northrend where new cloths became available in the same specialties.

Each cloth must also be crafted at a specific place.

Name Materials Location
 [Primal Mooncloth] 1x  [Bolt of Imbued Netherweave] 1x  [Primal Life] 1x  [Primal Water] Moonwell
 [Shadowcloth] 1x  [Bolt of Imbued Netherweave] 1x  [Primal Fire] 1x  [Primal Shadow] Altar of Shadows
 [Spellcloth] 1x  [Bolt of Imbued Netherweave] 1x  [Primal Fire] 1x  [Primal Mana] Netherstorm

Specialization provides access to recipes for highly desirable epic cloth gear. Each specialization is associated with one epic 3-piece gear set. The recipes and pieces for each set are BoP and are tailor-only. Furthermore, the set can only be worn as long as the tailor retains its particular specialization.

The Primal Mooncloth Set boosts spirit and intellect; Shadow's Embrace boosts hit and intellect; and Wrath of Spellfire boosts crit and intellect. Previously, the three sets boosted Healing Power, Shadow and Frost spell damage, and Fire and Arcane spell damage respectively. However, the WotLK expansion brought an end to school-specific spell damage buffs on gear, and ushered in the unification of healing power and spell damage into a single stat. The bonuses on these TBC sets were altered to reflect those changes while retaining the sets' benefits for particular specs.

To re-specialize, you may return to the cloth merchants in lower Shattrath to unlearn your old specialization. It will cost 150g to unlearn the current specialization at level 70 and 20g to learn a new specialization. At level 63, the cost to learn another specialization remains the same but the cost to unlearn is only 50g, so it seems to scale with the character level. WARNING: Unlearning a particular specialization will disable your ability to use the items previously crafted under that school.

Note that all tailors can make  [Primal Mooncloth Bag] (20 slot bag),  [Ebon Shadowbag] (28 slot soul bag) and  [Spellfire Bag] (28 slot enchanting bag). The recipes are bind on pickup, but the bags are not.


Spellthreads are tailor-crafted augments that grant caster-class bonuses to leg armor. Applying a thread will overwrite another augment or enchant on the item. The recipes require gaining reputation with the Aldor or Scryers factions. As these two factions are at war, tailors who wish to learn all four recipes must grind to exalted with one faction, then drop it and grind to exalted with the other.

Name Stats Faction
 [Mystic Spellthread] +25 Spell Power +15 Stamina Scryers Honored
 [Silver Spellthread] +25 Spell Power +15 Stamina Aldor Honored
 [Runic Spellthread] +35 Spell Power +20 Stamina Scryers Exalted
 [Golden Spellthread] +35 Spell Power +20 Stamina Aldor Exalted

Notable resistance sets

TBC tailors can create two epic resist sets that are useful for level 70 raid encounters.

The Soulcloth Embrace 3-piece set provides a total of +110 Arcane Resistance and is useful for players attempting The Curator in Karazhan.

The Soulguard 4-piece set (plus cloak) provides +260 Shadow Resist and is required for attempting Mother Shahraz in Black Temple.

Tailoring in Wrath of the Lich King

Trainers may be found in the starting zone areas Valiance Keep (in Borean Tundra) or Valgarde (in Howling Fjord). A trainer is also located in the Magus Commerce Exchange region of Dalaran. At Tailoring 325, tailors may learn Northern Cloth Scavenging from a Northrend trainer (this skill may also be taught from the book  [A Guide to Northern Cloth Scavenging] which drops randomly in Northrend). This allows them to loot additional Frostweave cloth off humanoids in Northrend. This works much like skinning: after other members of the party have looted their mobs, tailors will see newly lootable corpses that contain ~3-7 pieces of additional cloth. If there are multiple tailors in the group, they will all see the mob as lootable.


Removed from game The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 4.0.1.

There are three types of rare specialty cloth that become available at Tailoring 415:  [Ebonweave],  [Moonshroud], and  [Spellweave]. These are used to craft high-end items, such as epic robes and 22-slot bags. Tailors that specialize in one type of cloth will receive 2 pieces every time they use their cooldown; however, this is tied to the Burning Crusade decision to specialize in  [Shadowcloth],  [Mooncloth], or  [Spellcloth] and is not a separate choice. To respecialize, tailors must travel back to Shattrath's Lower City and speak to the cloth trainers there. You must first speak to your current specialty cloth trainer to unlearn your current specialization before you can learn a new specialty. At level 80, the cost to unlearn your old specialization is 150g. You will be charged 20g to learn your new specialization. You do not unlearn recipes specific to your old spec when you swap, nor do you have to relevel Tailoring.

The Tailoring 440+ epic crafted cloth pieces are Bind on Equip. They do not require a particular specialization or profession, and can be sold to and worn by non-tailors. (The TBC Tailoring 375 sets such as Wrath of Spellfire were formerly Bind on Pickup, but have also been changed to Bind on Equip.) Prior to Patch 3.3.2, creating Wrath of the Lich King cloths gives tailors a 30-minute buff. These buffs have since been removed from the game.

As of Patch 4.0.1, tailors who have specialized in one of the three kinds of cloth will only generate one piece now instead of two in that specialization.

Rare bags

As of patch 3.2.2, there is no equivalent Jewelcrafting bag. The largest tailored gem bag is the 24-slot  [Bag of Jewels], a TBC pattern available via Consortium rep.

Notable resistance sets

At levels 420 and 425, tailors learn the recipes to craft the 3-piece Glacial Set. This cloth frost resist gear is useful when attempting Sapphiron in both 10- and 25-man Naxxramas. However, few people choose to wear the chest piece as the DPS loss is too great. The mats are relatively easy to come by, so making the belt and boots for yourself and for friends by request provides nice skill-up points.



As in Burning Crusade, tailors may craft thread that adds stats to leg items. The rare versions provide buffs similar to the Aldor and Scryers Spellthread recipes, but require Wrath-specific materials. The epic thread comes in two versions.  [Master's Spellthread] and  [Sanctified Spellthread] require modest mats and can only be applied to the tailor's gear. Their BoE cousins, learned from faction reputation-dependent recipes, require much more expensive mats to craft.

Thread Stats Level Recipe from Use
 [Azure Spellthread] +35 Spell power +20 Stamina Tailoring 400 Trainer BoE
 [Shining Spellthread] +35 Spell power +12 Spirit Tailoring 400 Trainer BoE
 [Master's Spellthread] +50 Spell power +30 Stamina Tailoring 405 Trainer BoP (tailor-only)
 [Sanctified Spellthread] +50 Spell power +20 Spirit Tailoring 405 Trainer BoP (tailor-only)
 [Sapphire Spellthread] +50 Spell power +30 Stamina Tailoring 430 Kirin Tor - Exalted BoE
 [Brilliant Spellthread] +50 Spell power +20 Spirit Tailoring 430 Argent Crusade - Exalted BoE

Cloak embroidery

At 420, tailors are able to craft embroidery threads that are BoP and can be applied only to the tailor's cloak. The three thread types are Swordguard, Lightweave, and  [Darkglow Embroidery]. These add melee, spell damage, or mana over time effects respectively and require a single piece of  [Spellweave],  [Moonshroud], or  [Ebonweave] to craft. The tooltip for the embroidery states that these threads can be used only by tailors of at least 400 skill, but as of patch 3.0.3 the recipe cannot be learned until level 420.

Achievement cloaks

Upon reaching 420, tailors unlock two cloak recipes that can be learned from the Dalaran trainer once the proper achievements have been completed. (Note that this information appears in the trainer's gossip text window, rather than the normal training screen) To learn the  [Deathchill Cloak], players must complete the  [Loremaster of Northrend] achievement, which requires you to complete the majority of quests in every Northrend zone. The  [Wispcloak] requires the achievement  [Northrend Dungeonmaster], which requires you to complete every 5-man dungeon in Northrend. Both cloaks are Bind on Equip and can be sold.


Tailors with a skill of 310 and higher can craft flying carpet mounts for themselves. Riders appear to "surf" on the carpet as it moves along.

Tailoring in Cataclysm

The Cataclysm expansion introduced  [Embersilk Cloth] as the primary material for tailoring; as in Classic WoW, this cloth drops primarily from humanoid monsters. Five pieces of cloth yield one  [Bolt of Embersilk Cloth]. For higher level patterns, tailors must craft  [Dreamcloth], this is made from 8x  [Bolt of Embersilk Cloth] and 30x  [Volatile Water] or  [Volatile Earth] or  [Volatile Life] or  [Volatile Fire] or  [Volatile Air] or  [Chaos Orb].

Tailors with 400 skill or higher receive additional cloth drops 50% of the time from anything that drops cloth.



At 475, tailors are able to craft spellthreads that are BoP and can be applied only to the tailor's pants. The two thread types are Rank 2 versions:  [Master's Spellthread (Rank 2)] and  [Sanctified Spellthread (Rank 2)]. Both can be made with just 3x  [Eternium Thread].


At 500, tailors are able to craft embroidery threads that are BoP and can be applied only to the tailor's cloak. The three thread types are Rank 2 of Swordguard, Lightweave, and Darkglow Embroidery. These add melee, spell damage, or mana over time effects respectively and require a 3x [Eternium Thread] and 3x [Volatile Fire] for Swordguard, 3x [Volatile Life] for Lightweave, or 3x [Volatile Water] for Darkglow to craft.

Tailoring in Mists of Pandaria

The Mists of Pandaria expansion introduced  [Windwool Cloth] as the primary material for tailoring; as in Classic WoW, this cloth drops primarily from humanoid monsters. Five pieces of cloth yield one  [Bolt of Windwool Cloth]. For higher level patterns, tailors must craft  [Imperial Silk], which is found inside  [Silkworm Cocoon] crafted from 8x  [Bolt of Windwool Cloth]; the cooldown can be bypassed by using 5x  [Windwool Cloth] and 3x  [Spirit of Harmony]. One of the biggest differences compared to previous expansions is that no thread is required for regular patterns.



At 550, tailors are able to apply spellthread to the tailor's pants. The two thread types are Rank 3 version:  [Master's Spellthread (Rank 3)] and  [Sanctified Spellthread (Rank 3)]. Both can be made with just 3x  [Eternium Thread].


At 575, tailors are able to apply embroidery to the tailor's cloak. The three thread types are Rank 3 of  [Swordguard Embroidery (Rank 3)],  [Lightweave Embroidery (Rank 3)], and  [Darkglow Embroidery (Rank 3)]. These add melee, spell damage, or mana over time effects respectively and require only 3x [Eternium Thread].

Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Each expansion now has a separate profession skill bar, with smaller caps for each expansion, instead of one gigantic profession skill bar for all expansions put together
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Tailoring specializations have been removed.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): The cool downs and location requirements associated with  [Ebonweave],  [Moonshroud] and  [Spellweave] have been removed. 7 day Cool down added to  [Glacial Bag].
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Fixed bug causing all tailoring recipes to show up as "orange"
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13):
    • Thirty new level 25 and above recipes have been added.
    • Tailoring creation times have been increased.

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