Transmutation is a sub-skill of Alchemy. It is highly valued since it allows the transmutation of some metals or gems into more valuable ones, and transmutation of some elemental items into harder to find ones. Some items in-game are only obtainable through transmutation.
Most transmutations are on a shared cooldown. The length of the cooldown varies by recipe, but prevents all transmutations until it has expired (including those which would initiate a shorter cooldown). Of note, however, the following transmutations do not have a cooldown:
- Transmute: Arcanite
- Transmute: Primal Might
- Non-epic gem transmutes, including Meta Gem transmutes and all Cataclysm gem transmutes.
"Allows an Alchemist to sometimes get greater results when transmuting materials" - When specialized as a Transmutation Master, there is a random chance that you create more than one item when transmuting. It's possible to get up to 5 items in a single process.
It has been reported that, when averaged, Transmutation mastery grants an increase in resulting items of about 20%. Given that a single transmute can result in up to 5 items, long stretches of "no additional results" may result.
At 250 Alchemy, Alchemist Pestlezugg in Tanaris sells Transmute: Iron to Gold and Transmute: Mithril to Truesilver. At 275 he also sells Transmute: Arcanite which is noteworthy because it has no cooldown.
At 275, one may learn all of the elemental essence transmutes which are depicted by the diagram and outlined in the table below. These transmutes enable an alchemist to convert one type of elemental essence into another.
|Fire||Honored with Argent Dawn||1 50|
|Earth||Plugger Spazzring in Blackrock Depths||1 50|
|Water||Friendly with Timbermaw Hold||1 50|
|Air||Magnus Frostwake in Western Plaguelands||1 50|
This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
- Transmute: Skyfire Diamond from Honor Hold or Thrallmar at honored (no cooldown)
- Transmute: Earthstorm Diamond from Cenarion Expedition at honored (no cooldown)
|Air to Fire||Revered with The Sha'tar||8|
|Fire to Earth||revered with Kurenai or The Mag'har||8|
|Earth to Water||revered with Sporeggar||25|
|Water to Air||revered with Cenarion Expedition||8|
|Fire to Mana||Discovery||-|
|Mana to Fire||Discovery||-|
|Earth to Life||Discovery||-|
|Life to Earth||Discovery||-|
|Water to Shadow||Discovery||-|
|Shadow to Water||Discovery||-|
|Might||Vendors in Shattrath, Exodar and Silvermoon||8|
This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
Performing any Grand Master-level transmutation can trigger discovery of an Eternal transmutation.
- Trained transmutation recipes
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Transmutation mastery adds a chance to receive additional random volatile elements that are not determined by the zone the player is in.
This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.