In World of Warcraft, there are 6 varieties of cloth, including Netherweave Cloth, which is only found in the Outlands (requires Burning Crusade). Scraps of cloth most often fall from mobs, but bolts can also be found in various chests and trunks that you can find while fishing.
- Magic fabric
- Runic cloth
The cloth is very useful for all classes and all races, because everyone can take the secondary profession of First Aid. In fact, everyone not only can, but must. Besides First Aid, the cloth is useful to almost everyone who has a main profession of Crafting (as opposed to Gathering).
Obviously, fabric is crucial for tailors to make their products. A limited number of leatherworking and blacksmithing recipes also require screws or scraps of fabric. When a furrier or blacksmith needs a roll of cloth, they will have to call a fellow guild or, more commonly, purchase the bolt from the local auction house.
The best way to collect cloth is, like almost everything else in World of Warcraft, to farm it. Here are the best places and the best mobs to kill to farm the different types of cloth. Keep in mind that unless you’re a tailor, the fabric you collect during the course of your adventures should be more than enough to level up your First Aid skill, with stacks to spare for the Auction House!
Useful agricultural tip n. 1
You should always farm with the highest level character you have in the same faction (i.e. Horde or Alliance) as the intended recipient of your farming endeavors. This will save you countless hours of frustration, death, and below-average farming.
Humanoid mobs at level 5-15 drop Linen Cloth.
- Westfall: Defias Looters and Defias Trappers have an average combined knockdown rate of 76%. They are at level 11-14 and are mainly present in the central and western areas of Westfall.
- The wastelands: The Kolkar Wranglers, Bloodchargers and others, located in Central Barrens near Crossroads, have excellent drop rates for similar linen fabrics. They are mostly level 11-16 and shouldn’t present a problem.
All of these mobs also have excellent respawn rates, so the place would have to be very crowded for you to run out of mobs to kill.
Humanoid mobs at level 14-36 drop woolen cloth. The mobs with the best drop rates are:
- Mosshide gnolls in the wetlands. Mosquito Hide Gnolls of all types except Moss Hide Alphas have woolen cloth spawn rates of approximately 36%. I speak from experience when I say that the respawn rates are incredibly fast, sometimes so fast that you won’t have time to loot the chests that appear from time to time at Mosshide campgrounds.
- Instance of palisades and dead mines. If you’re farming with a high-level character, as you should, then you shouldn’t have a problem deleting any of these instances in just over 30 minutes. You should have 60-100 pieces of woolen cloth and enough linen to boot.
Silk cloths mainly from humanoid mobs at level 25-40, some exceptions apply. While they can be found in Gnomeregan (instance), as well as the Bloodsail people in Stranglethorn Vale, the best place to farm Silk Cloth is:
- The scarlet monastery. The Scarlet Monastery Instance, in the North Tirisfal Glades, is absolutely awash in Silk Cloth, in traditional ecclesiastical opulence. If you go to the Scarlet Monastery alone, you will get more silk cloth than you can carry, and I’m just exaggerating a bit. Definitely make room in your bags before you go.
Mageweave is very useful for tailors / enchanters who can create relatively valuable items to disenchant. For this reason, the competition for the best growing location is usually quite fierce. Make sure to implement the helpful agriculture council n. 1 (farm with your highest level character) if you really want to farm something.
- Deadwood furbolgs in South Felwood They are level 47-50 mobs and have a combined Magic Tissue drop rate of over 100%, which means if you kill 100 of them, you will end up with over 100 Magic Tissue in the end. This is quite difficult to overcome and is also well known.
Runecloth drops from level 50 in the humanoid mobs onwards, to 61-62 in the Outlands. There are several excellent farming locations in Azeroth and the Outlands for Runecloth, and they are:
- Silithus. Twilight cultists, Avengers, etc. seem to be made of that material. You can expect an aggregate drop rate of over 35% for these mobs.
- Western and Eastern Plaguelands. All of the undead in these two areas have excellent Runecloth drop rates and are a great place for farming as the undead are unlikely to run out to kill.
- Hellfire Peninsula. If you have the Burning Crusade expansion pack, you can farm Runecloth from Bleeding Hollow Peons (around coordinates 56,70). They reportedly have a 32% drop rate for Runecloth. The Unyielding Footmen, Knights, and Sorcerers in the Expedition Armory (south of Honor Hold) also have exceptionally good runiccloth drop rates.
Almost all the humanoids in the Outlands drop Netherweave, as it is, for now, top of the list when it comes to cloth. The best drop rates are for mobs level 70 and up in Netherstorm, however there is one exception:
- Voidspawn. The Voidspawns resembles the Witcher’s Deep Pit. They are not too difficult to kill and can be found around the huge diamond that dominates southwest Nagrand. Voidspawns are in the range of level 64-66, and drop Netherweave at a combined rate of approximately 79%
Helpful farming tip n. 2
When you grow whatever it is, make sure your bags are empty. This especially goes around level 50 onwards. The ‘gray’ vendor junk items you pick up will pay more than just for your repairs, and if you’re lucky, they’ll leave you a nice profit on top of that.