WoW Volatile Gathering Guide
This WoW Volatile Gathering Guide details the best locations to gather various volatiles in the World of Warcraft. Volatiles are required as an ingredient for many patterns, designs and plans for the high-end crafted profession items.
Updated for WoW patch 5.2
Volatiles are dropped by elemental mobs in the Cataclysm zones, dungeons and raids in World of Warcraft. This guide will indicate the areas for each volatile where you can gather fastest, based on drop rate and the density and respawn rate of mobs.
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The drop rates for volatiles from elementals is low (between 10-15%) – don’t get despondent if you have a streak of getting nothing.
Volatile Air drops from air elementals. The only mobs with a decent enough drop rate worth farming can be found in the following zones: Twilight Highlands and Uldum.
Characters with the Engineering profession and a gathering (Herbalism, Mining or Skinning) profession can get occasional Volatile Air drops while performing their gathering profession if they make an Electrostatic Condenser and carry it in their bags while gathering.
Volatile earth drops from stone elementals. The only mobs with a decent enough drop rate worth farming can be found in the following zones: Molten Front, Mount Hyjal and Twilight Highlands.
The best mob to farm is Obsidium Stoneslave which can be found at The Black Breach, east of Thundermar in the Twilight Highlands.
An alternate mob to farm with a slighty lower drop rate is Scalding Rock Elemental which can be found at Nordrassil in Mount Hyjal.
Voltile Fire drops from fire elementals. The only mobs with a decent enough drop rate worth farming can be found in the following zones: Molten Front, Mount Hyjal and Twilight Highlands.
The best mob to farm is Charred Vanquisher which can be found in the Ashen Fields in the Molten Front. You will need to have gained access to the Molten Front by completing the pre-requisite quest sequence. These mobs spawn constantly, and although they have higher health, you will often be assisted in killing them by the NPC’s in the same area.
An alternate mob to farm is Enslaved Inferno which can be found in the Pool of Fire, west of Crushblow in the Twilight Highlands.
Volatile Life only drop from cataclysm herbs when they are gathered (drop rate is around 40%). You need to have trained the Herbalism profession to gather these herbs (Azshara’s Veil, Cinderbloom, Heartblossom, Stormvine, Twilight Jasmine and Whiptail) and they can be found in the following zones: Deepholm, Mount Hyjal, Tol Barad, Twilight Highlands, Uldum and Vashj’ir.
Volatile Water drops from water elemantals. The only mobs with a decent enough drop rate worth farming can be found in Twilight Highlands.
The best mob to farm is Muddied Water Elemental which can be found north west of Dragonmaw Port in Twilight Highlands.
Volatile Water also drops when fishing in Cataclysm zones. Fishing from pools has a reportedly better drop rate than fishing in open water. Wowhead reports the drop rates are lower than farming elementals, but reading the comments suggests that some have got much better drop rates from fishing. If you don’t mind the monotony of fishing, try it out and see what reuslts you get.
Characters with the Alchemy profession can learn Transmute: Living Elements. This can be used once per day (cooldown resets at Midnight) to transmute 15 Volatile Life into 14-16 Volatiles of a random element (Air, Earth, Fire or Water).
If the transmute is performed in specific Cataclysm zones, the resulting Volatile element is pre-determined and not random. The zone associations are:
- Volatile Air – Uldum
- Volatile Earth – Deepholm
- Volatile Fire – Mount Hyjal
- Volatile Water – Vashj’ir
I hoped you found this WoW Volatile Gathering Guide useful and that it has helped you farm whatever volatiles you need. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think and if you’re aware of any other great volatile farming locations please share them here.