WoW Classic Unlearn Profession - How to Change Profession

Unlearning a profession is a big move in WoW Classic and should not be taken lightly. It’s a very different experience than in retail, and you should do it only if you’re absolutely certain you don’t want to practice your old trade anymore. If you’re wondering how to change professions, what happens when you do, what is kept and what is lost, then keep reading our WoW Classic unlearn profession guide.

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WoW Classic Unlearn Profession – How to Change Profession

How to unlearn profession?

The act itself is extremely simple – you open up your skill menu by pressing K, choose the profession you want to unlearn, then look for a red icon in the lower half of the window, one with a crossed out circle. It’s to the right of the profession’s description. Press it, and you’ll unlearn it instantly. But what happens then?

After you’ve chosen your new profession, you’ll start over at level 1. All your effort in the previous one will have been wasted. That’s why you need to think long and hard before doing this. Even if you choose to go back to the original profession at some point, you won’t retain your knowledge – you’ll lose both the levels and the recipes you’ve learned. The only thing that survives the purge is the specialization, if you’ve unlocked one.

You can only learn two main professions – the ones that are the most profitable and valuable – so it’s an important choice. However, if you’re new to the game, you’re in no way equipped to make that decision. Thankfully, this option will allow you to change your mind, although it’ll require quite a bit of time. As the years went on, the developers decided to scrap the way unlearning a profession is done, and now you can switch them without any penalty in retail.

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  1. H

    I don’t have a red icon next to my profession. Playing WoW classic any ideas why?

  2. L

    What profession are you trying to unlearn, and have you clicked on the profession bar first?

  3. D

    Spot on: need K for skills first then click the profession bar…..
    Very useful. 🙂

  4. Y

    Life is hard to get back a few strokes

  5. P

    Enthusiasm and desire can break through all difficulties

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