Guide to obtaining every engineering recipe

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This guide is for the completist Engineer, who wants to learn every existing engineering recipe in the game. It has been designed primarily around Engineering skill level rather than character level.

There are times, though, where character level will intrude - where you must be a particular level if you wish to learn a given rank of Engineering skill, or where you must face foes of a particular level should you want to do some particular task.

This guide specifically omits recipes learned from trainers. If you cannot find Engineering Trainers, this guide is probably not of much value to you.

What to do?

When the going gets tough, the tough go shoppin! Many recipes are available from vendors, in limited quantities or not. Part of the point of this article is to tell you where to go to get them...
Auction House trawling
Many recipes are world drops. That is, anything, anywhere, of the appropriate level can drop the recipe. Since there are many more tradeskills available than you can take, the odds that a given recipe drop being one that you can use is small. Your odds are much better looking to the auction house.
As opposed to the above, some recipes are looted off of only a select number of creatures. For some, you need defeat only one (or a very few). Others are more elusive, and you may find yourself devoting days to the hunt. And some, you must defeat a boss in some instance to acquire.
Sometimes, the only way to learn a recipe is to do 'favors' for people. Or work the right lever on the right machine. Also, there are some quests that require the fruits of some tradeskill. While this article is primarily about gaining recipes, these quests may (or may not) provide opportunity to gain skill in your craft.
Many recipes are privately held by a group, and you may only acquire it when you reach some level of favor with that group. As gaining reputation is more arduous (generally) than either gaining levels or gaining skill, these recipes have been listed separately.
Some things just do not fall into neat categories. "Everything is miscellaneous."

Some schematics fall into several categories. Where possible, the easiest means of acquiring the schematic is the one mentioned.

Also, schematics that are Bind-on-Pickup(BoP) are noted as such. All schematics requiring reputation, and some vendor-sold ones, are Bind on Pickup.

Apprentice level engineering

Auction House

Journeyman level engineering

Official alliance mini-icon Fradd Swiftgear in Sundown Marsh in Wetlands
Neutral 15 Jinky Twizzlefixxit <Engineering Supplies> at the Mirage Raceway in Thousand Needles
Official alliance mini-icon Gearcutter Cogspinner <Engineering Supplies> in Tinker Town in Ironforge
Neutral 15 Jinky Twizzlefixxit <Engineering Supplies> (again)
Official alliance mini-icon Fradd Swiftgear in Wetlands
Official alliance mini-icon Namdo Bizzfizzle <Engineering Supplies> in Gnomeregan
... or from the Punchograph device (see below).
Official alliance mini-icon Gearcutter Cogspinner <Engineering Supplies> in Ironforge
Official alliance mini-icon Darian Singh <Fireworks Vendor> in the Mage Quarter in Stormwind
Horde cannot obtain this recipe; when posted on the neutral AH if purchased changes into [Schematic: Red Firework].
Neutral 15 Crazk Sparks <Fireworks Vendor> in Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale.
Neutral 15 Gagsprocket <Engineering Goods> in Ratchet in The Barrens.
Official horde mini-icon Nogg <Apprentice Engineer> and Official horde mini-icon Sovik <Engineering Supplies> in Orgrimmar.
Alliance must look to the neutral Auction Houses.
Auction House
The final boss in Gnomeregan *rarely* drops this item. It is highly sought.
Horde characters will find that going to any Matrix Punchograph 3005-B while they have a [Yellow Punch Card] or better will allow them access to the recipe for this item. Much easier than trying to beat it out of one of the alliance vendors....

Expert level engineering

Note that the quests for these items may require the character to be about level 35. Creatures between some of the vendors and "civilization" are between 35 and 40 as well.

Neutral 15 Rizz Loosebolt, who is in a cage in Slaughter Hollow in Alterac Mountains
Neutral 15 Kzixx <Rare Goods> in Duskwood north of Darkshire,
Neutral 15 Zixil in Hillsbrad Foothills (and the Old Hillsbrad Foothills instance)
Neutral 15 Veenix in Stonetalon Mountains.
Neutral 15 Mazk Snipeshot <Engineering Supplies> at Booty Bay in Stranglethorn Vale
Neutral 15 Blizrik Buckshot <Gunsmith> at Gadgetzan in Tanaris
Neutral 15 Zan Shivsproket <Speciality Engineer> sells this item in Ravenholdt Manor in Alterac Mountains.
Neutral 15 Gnaz Blunderflame sells this item from a hidden location in Stranglethorn Vale, south of Mosh'Ogg Ogre Mound near [49, 38].
Neutral 15 Knaz Blunderflame by his brother Neutral 15 Gnaz Blunderflame (above) in Stranglethorn Vale
Neutral 15 Yuka Screwspigot at Flame Crest in Burning Steppes
Auction House
While the schematic for this is also dropped by Combat 15 Mekgineer Thermaplugg, the most common way to get this is to acquire a [Security DELTA Data Access Card] (sometimes found on the Auction House, but also dropped by mechanical creatures in Gnomeregan) and access a Matrix Punchograph 3005-D in the Engineering Labs of Gnomeregan. You are taught the recipe directly.
Go to the Badlands and complete the quest Neutral 15 [37] Pearl Diving from Neutral 15 Rigglefuzz, and he will offer you the recipe in a follow-up quest.

Artisan level engineering

Auction House
Blackrock Depths (Also see: Dark Iron)
Raiding (like hunting, but more so...)
Molten core
World boss drops

Master level engineering

Bc iconBurning Crusade:

Official alliance mini-icon Feera <Engineering Supplies> in The Exodar
Official horde mini-icon Yatheon <Engineering Supplies> in Silvermoon City
Neutral 15 Wind Trader Lathrai in Shattrath City
Auction House
Note: BoP recipes that drop off of specific mobs are typically visible only to engineers who do not already know the recipe taught. Recipes found during a raid are visible to the Master Looter.

Bc iconBurning Crusade:

Event related recipes

During the Lunar Festival, the following quests yield engineering recipes:

From the Feast of Winter Veil event comes this tradeable recipe (thus also on the Auction House from time to time):

Faction Rewards

Faction Reputation Item Cost Skill Slot Type Bind
Cenarion Expedition Friendly [Green Smoke Flare] 6Gold 335 Consumable
Consortium Revered [Elemental Seaforium Charge] 8Gold 350 Consumable
Zandalar Tribe Friendly [Bloodvine Lens] 5Gold 300 Head Leather BOE
Honored [Bloodvine Goggles] 12Gold 300 Head Cloth BOE

Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): The Consortium Vendor Karaaz now sells the engineering recipe for an [Elemental Seaforium Charge] if you are revered with them.

Gnome Engineering

These recipes require specialization in Gnome Engineering to learn.

Bc iconBurning Crusade:

Goblin Engineering

These schematics require specialization in Goblin Engineering to learn:

Bc iconBurning Crusade:

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