We are here today to discuss the rise and fall of the First Aid Profession in the World of Warcraft. During the early days of the game, First Aid was a vital factor for both; PVP and Question. That’s because the player power increased and the levelling process became easier as it tended to slowly fall out of use. At the initial launch, the trainers that are located in the central cities could only teach you up to the art of Journeyman First Aid, which required level 150 in the First Aid skill. In addition to that, you have to either locate Stromgarde (Alliance Faction Players) or Dustwallow March (Horde Faction Players) to purchase a manual that could be used to learn the art of Expert First Aid. Similarly, a manual for Heavy Silk and Mageweave Bandages could be purchased from them.
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To learn the art of Artisan First Aid, you had to complete the quest called Triage, which is located in the Hammerfall Arathi Highlands (For the Horde Faction Players) and Theramore Dustwallow Marsh (For the Alliance Faction players). At the starting phase of training the First Aid profession, trainers that are located in Iron Forge and Orgrimmar had an offered quest called Break-Crumb to get you to the locations mentioned. Surprisingly, even though completing Triage taught the art of Artisan First Aid, learning Heavy Mageweave Bandages, Heavy Runecloth Bandages, and Runecloth wasn’t introduced until the changes made in patch 1.2. Therefore, you could learn the art of Artisan First Aid at the starting phase of the launch, but you couldn’t reach level 300 in the First Aid profession until patch 1.2 was introduced.
Blackwing Lair came out in patch 1.6, which was a new anti-venom introduced in the game. It was quite a powerful potion that could kill the poison dealt by mobs up to level 60. Yeah, it wasn’t that effective in terms of PVE, because added bosses were of level 63. However, in terms of PVP, it was quite effective, which is unless you were of the Rogue class because then other players can remove the poison inflicted upon them by you.
Moving onto patch 1.8, the level requirements to approach and complete the Triage quest to learn the art of Artisan First Aid were decreased down to level 35 (from 40). Speaking in terms of the earliest patches in Wrath of Lich King (3.1), you are no longer required to complete the Triage quest to learn the art of Artisan First Aid, and the bandage training was moved to the trainers located in the central cities. This includes both the ones learned from the books purchased in Stromgarde and Dustwallow Marsh. Also, a fun fact is that the Triage quest still exists in the game, but it’s only for the players with Tailor as their profession.
If we talk about TBC (The Burning Crusade) and WOLK (Wrath of Lich King) – there weren’t really any new anti-venoms that were added, and only two bandages of the new cloth(s), base, and heavy versions were introduced. Then came two new expansions; Cataclysm and Mists, where they increased the two bandages to three. Cataclysm introduced the Dense Embersilk Bandages, while Mists introduced the up-gradation of the Heavy & Windwool Bandages to cost two Windwool Cloth instead of three. So, it was basically more efficient.
Warlord of Draenor
The First Aid profession was kind of stagnant at this point, with a big change being that the trainers and cities could train every rank starting from ‘apprentice’. Also, that the vendors who once sold manuals for the Horde Faction players were moved to Moonglade to become Druid trainers, while Alliance Faction vendors only had the manuals removed. Honestly, the first intriguing change that occurred was during the time of Warlords of Draenor, where you could learn the first anti-venom since the World of Warcraft Vanilla. In addition to that, you could also learn an oil, which was titled Fire Ammonite Oil that was used to remove diseases and the duration of it after being applied by 50% for a time period of two minutes.
The only Healing Potion that could be made with First Aid was the Healing Tonic, and interestingly, none of them requires Cloth, even though the profession has always required it. However, instead of that, you were required to have raw materials gained with the help of the Fishing profession, which was known throughout the game to be closely paired with the ‘Cooking’ profession.
The last expansion that had First Aid as a profession was Legion, but it did go out with a bang. There were three base bandages; Silvery Salve, Silkweave Splint, and Silkweave Bandage – In Warlords of Draenor, the Salve was known to be made from fish and the Splint that requires fewer stone ores, which was the only Mining materials used in First Aid. However, the Legion had also added a bunch of NPCs that could be approached across the Broken Isles for wow first aid guide. The task was quite simple – locate and heal them with a specific First Aid ability, and upon completion, you would be rewarded with the Field Medic title.
Battle of Azeroth
In the Battle of Azeroth pre-patch, the wow First Aid guide profession was removed, and the items that were created by it were moved to the Alchemy and Tailoring professions. At first, First Aid was a way for classes to have a unique healing ability of their own, but then with the evolution of the game, everyone already had their own abilities to heal, making the profession useless. So, that’s how it was removed, and since they couldn’t remove the items associated with the profession, they moved it to the others, which eventually transitioned to shadowlands first aid.