In-Depth Mining Guide for World of Warcraft

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In-Depth Mining Guide for World of Warcraft

This Mining guide features (most) of everything you need to deal with the profession itself, as well as (almost) all the locations for the items that you'll need to further this profession and others.

Personally, I enjoy Mining. It's one of the first things I did when I started playing the game, and I do it more than ever.

No-lifer, I know.

Thanks for your interest in TheWoWExp’s In-Depth Mining Guide.

This guide is updated for patch 7.3.

Q&A

Below are some of the questions you might be asking regarding the Mining profession, and the answers that I’ve come up with for them.

Where do I get Mining?

Before you get started with this profession, you’ll be needing the profession. So here’s a list of the different trainers you can find throughout the world. The links will take you to WoWHead pages.

Continent: Eastern Kingdoms

Continent: Kalimdor

Continent: Northrend

Continent: Outland

Continent: Pandaria

Continent: The Broken Isles

What other professions should I get?

You can get any profession you want, but the four that go great with this profession are either AlchemyBlacksmithing, Jewelcrafting, or Engineering.

Should I be a specific class?

  • Druids will help you pop in and out of flight form fast when mining out in the open world.
  • Highmountain Taurens will provide you with a racial bonus to mining speed.
  • Demon Hunters are nice for indoor use, regarding their speed at getting around.

Apart from those, don’t need to be any specific class for this, aside from maybe a class that’s benefited by one of the professions that go with Mining.

How do I find ore?

Got your Mining profession? Great! On your minimap, there’s an icon you can click that’ll extend a dropdown menu. Find and check ‘Find Minerals’ and you’re good to go!

Any addons I should get?

highly recommend Gathermate2 and Gathermate2_Data. They’re two of the same addons that coexist with one another in order to show you all the locations of the different ore of the world. I also use both FarmHUD and Routes.

Why are certain expansions missing below?

I’m a big-time slacker and haven’t got my flying license for the WoD region, or Legion. I know, I know. You’ll have to search elsewhere for them.

Social Media

You know, in case you’re interested in finding me elsewhere.

Ore & Stone Locations

As you read this section, you’ll find the links to various ores and stones you can acquire via the Mining profession. The links will take you to the freebie pages that tell you about the mats in question.

This section is to keep everything in front of you, so you can find what you’re looking for and the information you need. Such as the best place for an item without an overload of information.

Note: These routes were timed for 30 minutes on a Horde Druid (unless stated otherwise).

Coarse Stone

  • ► Ashenvale – Map
    • 316
  • ► Hillsbrad Foothills – Map
    • 431
  • ► Stonetalon Mountains – Map
    • 285

Copper Ore

  • ► Azshara – Map
    • 269
  • ► Darkshore – Map
    • 430
  • ► Durotar – Map
    • 362
  • ► Elwynn Forest – Map
    • 247
  • ► Mulgore – Map
    • 323

Dark Iron Ore

  • ► Molten Core – full run
    • ♦ 53

Dense Stone

  • ► Silithus – Map
    • 555
  • ► Un’Goro Crater – Map
    • 500
  • ► Winterspring – Map
    • 461

Gold Ore

  • ► Desolace – Map
    • 16
  • ► Eastern Plaguelands – Map
    • 13
  • ► Felwood – Map
    • 18
  • ► Feralas – Map
    • 12
  • ► Western Plaguelands – Map
    • 27

Heavy Stone

  • ► Desolace – Map
    • 324
  • ► Eastern Plaguelands – Map
    • 302
  • ► Feralas – Map
    • 430
  • ► Southern Barrens – Map
    • 241
  • ► Western Plaguelands – Map
    • 373

Iron Ore

  • ► Desolace – Map
    • 279
  • ► Eastern Plaguelands – Map
    • 271
  • ► Feralas – Map
    • 363
  • ► Southern Barrens – Map
    • 219
  • ► Western Plaguelands – Map
    • 323

Large Obsidian Shard

  • ► The Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj – full run
    • 1
  • ► The Temple of Ahn’Qiraj – full run
    • 5

Mithril Ore

  • ► Felwood – Map
    • 369
  • ► Thousand Needles – Map
    • 208

Rough Stone

  • ► Azshara – Map
    • ♦ 245
  • ► Darkshore – Map
    • 449
  • ► Durotar – Map
    • 322
  • ► Elwynn Forest – Map
    • ♦ 228
  • ► Mulgore – Map
    • 294

Silver Ore

  • ► Hillsbrad Foothills – Map
    • 20
  • ► Stonetalon Mountains – Map
    • 22

Small Obsidian Shard

  • ► The Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj – full run
    • 15
  • ► The Temple of Ahn’Qiraj – full run
    • 18

Solid Stone

  • ► Felwood – Map
    • 422
  • ► Thousand Needles – Map
    • 226

Thorium Ore

  • ► Silithus – Map
    • 399
  • ► Un’Goro Crater – Map
    • 358
  • ► Winterspring – Map
    • 357

Tin Ore

  • ► Ashenvale – Map
    • 316
  • ► Hillsbrad Foothills – Map
    • 350
  • ► Stonetalon Mountains – Map
    • 211

Truesilver Ore

  • ► Felwood – Map
    • 13
  • ► Silithus – Map
    • 34
  • ► Thousand Needles – Map
    • 14
  • ► Winterspring – Map
    • 29

Adamantite Ore

  • ► Blade’s Edge Mountains – Map
    • 119
  • ► Nagrand – Map
    • 146
  • ► Terokkar Forest – Map
    • 103

Eternium Ore

  • ► Blade’s Edge Mountains – Map
    • 10
  • ► Nagrand – Map
    • 27
  • ► Terokkar Forest – Map
    • 14

Fel Iron Ore

  • ► Hellfire Peninsula – Map
    • 173
  • ► Terokkar Forest – Map
    • 78

Khorium Ore

  • ► Blade’s Edge Mountains – Map
    • 7
  • ► Nagrand – Map
    • 7
  • ► Terokkar Forest – Map
    • 7

Cobalt Ore

  • ► Borean Tundra – Map
    •  152
  • ► Howling Fjord – Map
    •  175
  • ► Zul’Drak – Map
    •  127

Saronite Ore

  • ► Icecrown (Route 1) – Map
    •  177
  • ► Icecrown (Route 2) – Map
    •  98
  • ► Sholazar Basin – Map
    •  199
  • ► Wintergrasp – Map
    •  253

Titanium Ore

  • ► Icecrown (Route 1) – Map
    • 14
  • ► Icecrown (Route 2) – Map
    •  19
  • ► Wintergrasp – Map
    •  34

Elementium Ore

  • ► Deepholm – Map
    • 77
  • ► Twilight Highlands – Map
    • 101
  • ► Uldum – Map
    • 295

Obsidium Ore

  • ► Abyssal Depths 
    • 219
  • ► Deepholm – Map
    • 103
  • ► Mount Hyjal – Map
    • ♦ 280
  • ► Shimmering Expanse 
    • 355

Pyrite Ore

  • ► Twilight Highlands – Map
    • 10
  • ► Uldum – Map
    • 27

The information below is based on having the Mist-Piercing Goggles on hand.

Black Trillium Ore YouTube Video 

  • ► Dread Wastes – Map
    • 11
  • ► Kun-Lai Summit – Map
    • 17
  • ► Vale of Eternal Blossoms – Map
    • 23

Ghost Iron Ore

  • ► Dread Wastes – Map
    • 312
  • ► Kun-Lai Summit – Map
    • 329
  • ► The Jade Forest – Map
    • 328
  • ► Townlong Steppes – Map
    • 134
  • ► Vale of Eternal Blossoms – Map
    • ♦ 436

Kyparite

  • ► Dread Wastes – Map
    • 91
  • ► Townlong Steppes – Map
    • 76

White Trillium Ore  YouTube Video

  • ► Dread Wastes – Map
    • 11
  • ► Kun-Lai Summit – Map
    • 11
  • ► Vale of Eternal Blossoms – Map
    • 14

Goldmaking via Ore

Adamantite Ore

  • Best Farming Zone:
  • Best Used For:
  • Buyout or Pass:
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Black Trillium Ore

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Cobalt Ore

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Copper Ore

  • Best Farming Zone:
    • Darkshore
  • Best Used For:
    • Jewelcrafters use every 5 Copper Ore to prospect into either Malachite, Tigerseye, and Shadowgem.
    • Miners smelt every 1 Copper Ore for 1 Copper Bar.
  • Buyout or Pass:
    • Seeing as this is such an easy material to gather, I don’t typically ever buy it. Plus, there are loads of other people who could farm it and spam the AH. It’s a material for lower levels to get their smelting up, or prospect some JC gems. Nothing of high value.
  • Stack Sizes:
    • 20s, 50s, and 100s.

Dark Iron Ore

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Elementium Ore

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Eternium Ore

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Fel Iron Ore

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Ghost Iron Ore

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Gold Ore

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Iron Ore

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Khorium Ore

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Kyparite

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Large Obsidian Shard

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Mithril Ore

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Obsidium Ore

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Pyrite Ore

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Saronite Ore

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Silver Ore

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Small Obsidian Shard

  • Best Farming Zone:
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Tin Ore

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Titanium Ore

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Truesilver Ore

  • Best Farming Zone:
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White Trillium Ore

  • Best Farming Zone:
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  • Buyout or Pass:
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