Game: WoW Classic
Content Type: Gaming Guides
In WoW Classic, Mining is a gathering profession like Skinning or Herbalism. It involves gathering ores using a Mining Pick and then Smelting them into metal bars in a forge. These bars can then be used in Blacksmithing and Engineering, the two crafting professions usually paired with Mining. Ore nodes can also drop precious crafting materials and gems like Essence of Earth and the Azerothian Diamond. These materials, as well as the bars made through smelting ore, can all be sold on the Auction House, which gives mining huge potential for profit.
To begin leveling, players can learn Apprentice Mining from a trainer located in any major city. Once done, you will learn Find Minerals, which will allow you to find ore and other nodes on your minimap. Using this will ensure that your leveling happens as quickly as possible, though on occasion, nodes will spawn in unreachable places. So, if you cannot see a node indicated on your map, it’s fine to move on and find another.
Like other gathering professions, all Mining Trainers are able to teach you up to Artisan, but as you level, lower level nodes will grey out and stop increasing your skill. Because of this, only the zones where you can mine level appropriate minerals are discussed in this guide.
Mineral nodes occur naturally in zones you visit as you level, which makes the Apprentice stage faction specific. The ways to complete this are outlined below. Once you’ve begun searching for ore, the most streamlined process is to make circuits around zones or within specific areas of a zone. By the time you’ve finished one, the nodes at the beginning have usually respawned.
Apprentice (1 – 75)
You can begin by learning Apprentice Mining and Smelting from a trainer in any major city. You’ll also need to purchase a Mining Pick from a Trade Supplies vendor. Once you leave the city, you’ll begin gathering Copper Vein and Tin Vein.
1 – 65: Copper Vein
- Durotar: For players beginning in Durotar, you can begin your route at the Orgrimmar gates. Head southwest, and follow the ridges along the edge of the zone. Continue past the path that leads to the Barrens and turn to the east at the ridge north of the Valley of Trials. Head back towards the main path and continue down towards Sen’Jin Village. Then, follow the ridges on the eastern coast back up towards Org and start the route over.
- Mulgore: Start just south of Thunder Bluff and follow the edge of the zone, avoiding Brambleblade Ravine. Continue past Bloodhoof Village and loop back to where you began.
- Tirisfal Glades: From the gates of Undercity, head west. Follow the ridges along the outside of Deathknell, loop around the Agamand Mills, continue trailing the mountains north of Brill. Head along the northern coast, keep following the hills outside of Scarlet Monastery, and then finish by returning to UC.
- Elwynn Forest: If you are training in Elwynn Forest, you can begin at the gates of Stormwind. Follow the Westfall border of the Forest, and make sure to check the ridges near the edge of Duskwood. Continue following the southern border and make a loop around Eastvale Logging Camp and Stonecairn Lake. After, check the mountains to the south of Northshire, and then restart the loop at the SW gates.
- Dun Morogh: From the gates of Ironforge, players can head either west or east and make a loop around the edge of the zone. Because of its hills and mountains, Dun Morogh is an ideal zone for early leveling, but players should avoid Coldridge Valley, as node spawns are rare and the trouble is rarely worth the time.
- Darkshore: For Night Elves, leveling mining starts after leaving Teldrassil. Once you land in Auberdine, simply follow the eastern edge of the zone which borders Felwood. Working up and down this route should provide you with enough Copper Veins to begin mining Tin.
At 50, you can train up to Journeyman. If you do it before hitting 75, it will make the process of collecting Tin much faster.
65 – 75: Tin Vein
- The Barrens: After player from Durotar and Mulgore and done gathering Copper, you can head to the Barrens to find Tin. Follow the western edge of the zone, looping between the Razorfens in the south and around the Wailing Caverns in the west.
- Silverpine Forest: From Tirisfal Glades, you can head to the Silverpine Forest. Starting at the entrance, follow the main path until you reach The Sepulcher, making sure to check out the mountains on the west coast. Continue south and loop up around Ambermill, stopping at the lake surrounding Fenris Isle. From here, you can follow the path back to your starting point and begin again.
- Westfall: Coming from Elwynn Forest, Westfall is where Alliance players gather Tin. You can simply follow the border of the zone, making sure to loop around The Deadmines, which is rich in mineral deposits.
- Loch Modan: From Dun Morogh, the next step is to head to Loch Modan to look for Tin Veins. There are high concentrations in Mo’Grosh Stronghold in the northwest and in the caves south of Thelsamar, so start your loop at either one and pass through Ironband’s Excavation Site on your way between them.
- Darkshore: Player can continue the same route in Darkshore to find Tin Veins, though they are most concentrated in the Ruins of Mathystra in the north. When doing a circuit, make sure to make a loop there.
Journeyman (75 – 150)
Congratulations! You’ve begun your Mining journey and have collected enough ore to smelt some bars. Return to a trainer and learn Journeyman Mining before continuing. From this point on, all the nodes you’ll gather will be in contested zones, so make sure you’re either not flagged or ready for some PvP.
Silver Veins are less common that Tin, so each faction can continue to gather Tin Veins in the same locations until they go green at skill level 115. For the next 10, Silver Veins can be found in the following places:
- Redridge Mountains: The most common Silver Vein spawns in the Redridge Mountains are in the east. Begin around Stonewatch Keep and head northeast to the cave above the Tower of Ilgalar. Continue checking along the edge of the mountains to collect Tin as well.
- Ashenvale: Following the edge of the zone should yield enough Silver to complete leveling to 125. They are especially concentrated south of Warsong Lumber Camp and Splintertree Post.
- Stranglethorn Vale: Making a loop around the northern border of STV should net you several silver veins. Just like the Redridge Mountains, it also offers you the chance to continue collecting Tin.
Make sure to train up to Expert beginning at 125. Like Tin and Silver, you’ll continue mining Iron and Gold after you become an Expert.
- Stranglethorn Vale: Once you’ve finished collecting Tin and Silver, you can begin collecting Iron and Gold. Starting in the same places you were gathering Silver, go around the eastern edge of STV and loop just north of Booty Bay. Continue heading up the western coast and then head back to the east below Grom’Gol Base Camp.
- Thousand Needles: Thousand Needles is a particularly useful place to go if you want to collect Gold Ore. Following the border of the zone and looping at the entrance to the Shimmering Flats will provide plenty of nodes for both Iron and Gold.
- Arathi Highlands: The Arathi Highlands are rich in Iron Deposits. Making a loop around the edge should give you more than enough opportunities to collect the minerals.
Expert (150 – 225)
You’re on your way now! If you’ve held onto any raw ore, make sure to either smelt it and sell the bars, or sell the material itself if it’s more profitable. At this level, in addition to Tin and Silver, you’ll begin gathering more valuable metals from Mithril Deposit and Truesilver Deposit.
- Continue collecting Iron and Gold from the same locations.
- Arathi Highlands: In addition to Iron and Gold, the Arathi Highlands are also rich in Mithril and Truesilver. You’ll see Mithril more commonly, and Truesilver will be a rarer spawn. To being your route, start at the cliffs just south of Stromgarde Keep, head southeast along the mountains and continue around Witherbark Village, and follow the path back to Stromgarde. If you are out of nodes, you can also check at the border northeast of Hammerfall.
- Badlands: The Badlands contain almost equal amounts of Mithril and Truesilver. Though the nodes are a bit spread out, the easiest route begins at Dustbelch Grotto. From there, head east and follow the border to Lethlor Ravine. After circling, you can either head north to Angor Fortress or return to Dustbelch. Because of the zone’s size, as you complete this route, the nodes at the beginning should respawn.
- Burning Steppes: The Burning Steppes have the highest concentration of Truesilver in all of WoW Classic, but they require a higher level than other areas to enter. If you do choose to farm here, the most optimal route begins at the path near the Redridge Mountains. Head west along the southern border to the Pillar of Ash, and then head north before reaching Blackrock Mountain. Head back east and make sure to loop around Dreadmaul Rock to catch the highest concentration of nodes. Return to your starting point, and nodes should have respawned in the time it took.
At skill level 200, you’re able to become an Artisan.
Artisan (225 – 300)
Congratulations! You’ve reached the final tier of Mining, and you can begin to collect the most valuable ore in WoW Classic: Thorium Ore. To find it, you are going to need either a Small Thorium Vein or a Rich Thorium Vein. At this level, you’re also able to collect Dark Iron Ore from Dark Iron Deposit. Turning this into the Lokhtos Darkbargainer will net you reputation with the Dark Iron Brotherhood.
Once Ahn’Qiraj becomes available, you’ll also be able to mine Small Obsidian Chunk and Large Obsidian Chunk with the help of a Goblin Mining Helmet. These drop valuable gems necessary to craft endgame recipes.
- Un’Goro Crater: A complete circle around the edge of the crater is one of the most effective routes to harvest Thorium Veins of both sizes. If those areas are too busy, you can also loop Fire Plume Ridge to find more.
- Winterspring: Small and Rich Thorium Veins are also found throughout Winterspring. For your circuit, start at Starfall Village, head north to Frostsaber Rock, go east to the mountains on the border and follow them through Darkwhisper Gorge. Once you start heading north, follow the mountains straight back towards Starfall Village.
- Silithus: Because of its truly contested nature, Silithus is one of the more difficult zones to gather Thorium Ore in. Following the edge of the zone should yield decent results, and if you check in silithid hives, you can find more. If you run out of nodes, you can also loop just north of Cenarion Hold or Staghelm Point.
Congratulations! Once you’ve gathered enough Thorium, you’ll cap your mining. At this point, players should make sure to learn Smelt Dark Iron from The Spectral Chalice. Doing so will require players to bring 20x Gold Bar, 10x Truesilver Bar, and 2x Star Ruby to Blackrock Depths. You must also return here to smelt the Dark Iron Bars themselves.
Players can also learn to Smelt Elementium, which will allow you to get the materials necessary to complete the questline for Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker. The process, however, is more complicated. To learn the spell, a capped Miner and a priest must find Master Elemental Shaper Krixix in Blackwing Lair. The Priest must Mind Control Krixix and use Smelt Elementium on the Miner. Then, the Miner will learn the spell.