mining guide will direct you through each zone and show you the
best routes to take and gather ores faster and more efficiently
without travelling around in circles trying to find ores that
may have been mined already. These routes are the best because
they contain the most densely populated spawn points for each
ore. Follow these paths and you will quickly gather enough ore
to advance to the next level and move on to another zone.
take a very long time to gather the ores; sometimes it is
necessary to use Smelting to reach the last few skill points for
a level. If you’re short on gold, you can use the X-Elerated
Gold Addon to make enough gold to simply buy ores to smelt and
power level your mining skill.
After reaching level 300
in mining you will need a flying mount to reach some of the
higher ores in outland and northrend. This may be a problem for
new and low level players, but X-Elerated leveling Guide can
help you level faster and shows you exactly which quests should
be completed to level faster and reach level 60 for that
glorious flying mount.
Mining ores and map locations
has proven paths to follow to find the most ores along the
route, some zones require a little more travelling when the ores
are quite far apart. While it’s a good idea to gather ores while
leveling up in the zone, you can follow the X-Elerated
Professions Addon at any level to get the best results FAST.
Then use the X-Elerated Gold Addon to help you make gold fast
and buy your land mount or flying mount. With a mount you can
follow these paths much easier and travel between ores quickly.
The first ore you can collect In Wow mining is Copper ore.
If you are Alliance go to Darkshore, alternatively, Horde
can visit Durotar shown below.
Tin and Silver
After visiting your mining trainer and buying the Journeyman
skill, you will gather Tin and silver in Northern Stranglethorn.
Alliance should take care around Gromgol Base Camp. Most tin or
silver can be found along the riverbank, the edge of the Vile
Reef and among the northern ruins and mountain edge.
Iron and Gold
level 100 you can start gathering iron in Feralas until around
125 when mining gold is possible. If you prefer smelting ores to
level mining quicker, check out the X-Elerated gold addon for
tips on making extra gold. It is possible to gather iron and
gold in Western Plaguelands too but this is now a contested zone
and will have more opposing faction members lurking around
waiting to sneak up on you.
Mithril and Truesilver
level 150 start gathering Mithril ore. You will need to return
to a major city to buy Expert skill level from the Mining
trainer. Once you have unlocked the skill, travel to Redridge
Mountains. The southern and eastern mountain ranges have the
most Mithril so just circle around the zone back to Blackrock
Mountain until you reach level 200. Truesilver may appear
occasionally say make sure to mine it for extra skill points.
200-275 Thorium and Rich Thorium
Once 200 skill level is reached, buy Artisan skill from the
Mining trainer and go to Un’ Goro Crater. This zone is loaded
with Thorium along the bottom half of the outer circle and along
the left edge, but if you find none it’s likely someone is also
mining at the same time. Just keep following the addon and
change direction to clockwise or counter-clockwise.
275-325 Fel Iron
At level 275 you can buy Master skill level. It is not possible
to mine Fel Iron until your skill reaches 300, so continue
finding Rich Thorium until you can mine Fel Iron. If you haven’t
reached level 60 and are still low level, this zone is not for
you. X-Elerated leveling Addon will help you get there quicker.
The Professions Addon will also direct you here because Hellfire
Peninsula is a gold mine for resources and making profits. Stay
here a while and mine lots of Fel Iron, on many servers it is in
At level 325 travel across to beautiful Nagrand. Mine Adamantite
ores along the outer edge but make sure to visit the Ogre caves
marked, there are usually several veins inside each cave. You
will need a flying mount in this zone and all future zones.
Visit the trainer to buy Grand Master level skill at 350. You
can stay in Howling Fjord to mine Cobalt until level 400 or
until you reach level 375 and then move to Borean Tundra, where
you can also mine Cobalt to level 400.
Borean Tundra is a good spot to reach 400 because it is directly
south of Sholazar Basin. At 400 you can mine Saronite in the
Basin. One of the best areas to find a lot of Saronite is along
the far left edge and bottom mountain range near the entrance to
Borean Tundra. Just following the winding riverbank will often
reveal more ore veins to mine.
425 skill in mining, you can buy Illustrious skill from the
profession trainer in a major city. This allows you to mine
Obsidium ore. As the professions addon in our Wow mining guide
will show you, the best locations for Obsidium generally lay
along the same path taken while leveling and questing in Mount
Hjyal. Start at the Shrine of Goldrine and follow the path along
the zone. At the Sanctuary you can continue straight along the
Growth and follow the mountain edge above to find lots of ores,
or circle around the bottom edge of the zone near Sulfuron
Twilight Highland is the next place to visit at 475 skill and
gather Elementium. There was always a problem with gathering
ores here and there is a lot of competition to grab valuable
ores so it may appear empty with many people mining often. Keep
returning here often to reach 500 skill. Alternatively, you can
try Uldum and circle around the riverbanks to find a few ores.
The final skill level in a long journey to level your mining
skill ends in Jade Forest. Here you can circle around the
monastery to gather Ghost Iron Ore to raise your skill from 500
to 600. If you’d prefer smelting instead, don’t forget the
X-Elerated Gold Addon is a fantastic addon packed with useful
tricks and tips to maximize your gold making efforts each hour.
Of all the Wow professions mining can take the longest time to
level but follow these paths and it will seem to pass a lot
quicker. Congratulations on reaching the maximum level in Wow