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

Volatile Air

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.

The best mobs to farm are Scion of Al’Akir and Sweeping Winds which can be found around Orsis in Uldum.
Volatile Air in 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

Volatile Earth

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.
Volatile Earth in 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.
Volatile Earth in Mount Hyjal

Volatile Fire

Volatile Fire

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.
Volatile Fire in Molten Front

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 Fire in Twilight Highlands

Volatile Life

Volatile Life

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

Volatile Water

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 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.


Volatile Trasmutes

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.

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Handu

I suspect that if you are level 90 the drop rate is nerfed AT LOT. Your guide should let someone know if there is a level cap. I might try this again with a lower level toon just to test my theory.

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Ivraandrah

The best place to farm volatile air is definitely The Vortex Pinnacle. I usually get at least one stack per run.

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Ivraandrah

The place on the map you list for volatile fire is very good and you can also fish them up from the lava. I find the drop rate is better from the elementals along the road near Sanctuary of Malorne.

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