WoW Mining Guide 1-600
This WoW Mining guide will show you the fastest way how to level your Mining profession up from 1 to 600.
Mining can be a great money maker because it provides materials for a lot of different professions.
Mining serves three professions: Blacksmithing, Engineering and Jewelcrafting, so it’s really good combined with any of these.
It will take some time to get to 600, but with the help of Add-Ons, the fastest and most profitable leveling paths can be determined.
WoW Mining Leveling Guide 1 – 600
First, visit any trainer in the main cities of old Azeroth - just ask a guard, and learn Apprentice Mining.
Download the following addon: Gatherer
This addon shows you every Mining node location on your map, like you will see on the pictures in the guide.
I recommend you to get the following enchant: [Formula: Enchant Gloves - Advanced Mining]you can just buy any low level gloves from a vendor and enchant that one with this Enchant, equip the gloves when you level your mining. Check the Auction House and if there is any[Scroll of Enchant Gloves - Advanced Mining] available, buy it. When you reach the thorium part, it will save you a lot of time because you will be able to mine the Rich Thorium Veins a lot sooner.
When you have around 30 copper Ore, go and Smelt them and repeate the cycle, go mine ores then smelt them. Save the Copper Bars, you will need them.
Durotar - [Copper Ore]
Dun Morogh - [Copper Ore]
You can also choose to mine in any starter zone:
- Elwynn Forest
- Azuremyst Isle
- Tirisfal Glades
- Eversong Woods
Learn Mining Journeyman.
[Tin Ore], [Silver Ore], [Copper Ore]
This is a really bad part, Tin is the hardest to find there is not a single zone, where you can only find Tin, there is always Copper or Iron aswell. I usually mine Tin until 75, then I smelt all of my Ores. After that, I turn my Copper and Tin Bars into Bronze Bars. This should take you around 90-95 Mining skill.
At 75 you can learn how to smelt Silver Ore. This will help you get your skill to 125. Silver Ore and bars sell for rougly the same, buy the ore and sell the bars at the auction house. However on some high populated servers, Ores are extremely expensive, then you should just mine Tin and Smelt Bronze until 125. If you find any Silver Vein, smelt the ores before you reach 115 in Mining, because it’s better to smelt them while they are still yellow or orange and Smelt Silver turns green at 122.
Learn Mining Expert.
[Iron Ore], [Tin Ore], [Gold Ore]
At 155 you can learn how to smelt Gold Ore. Buy 30 Gold Ore and smelt them, that should get you around 175. Same as with Silver Ores, buy them if they are not expensive, smelt them and sell the bars at the Auction House.
[Mithril Ore], [Truesilver Ore]
At 230 you can learn how to smelt Truesilver Ore, this should help you to level up to 245. When you reach 225, don’t forget to visit your Mining trainer.
This one is a tricky part. Thorium is pretty rare and are farmed by a lot of players, because it’s damn expensive.
Get 5 skill by mining Small Thorium Veins. Then visit your trainer and learn how to smelt Thorium Bar. You should buy around 50 ores from the Auction House and smelt ores until 270 (you can mine nodes until 270, but it will be a lot slower), so you will need only 5 points until you can mine Rich Thorium Veins (you can mine them right away, if you have this enchant: [Formula: Enchant Gloves - Advanced Mining]). When you reach 270, you can sell the Thorium Bars at the Auction House for almost the same price you bought them.
I only recommend Winterspring for players level 65 or higher. You can go there at lower levels too, but there is like 2 place where you will have hard time to get in and mine those Rich Thorium Veins. Eastern Plagueland is better if you are lower than level 65. If you go to Winterspring and you play on a high populated server, usually there is always someone there who already farm the area. It’s the best place and if you can’t find nodes there, it’s because the place is already farmed by someone else, not because the place suck. If this is the case, go to Silithus which is also a really good place, but I also don’t really recommend it to lower level players, all of the Rhich Thoriums are in caves there which are filled with level 60 mobs, of course you can clear the caves but it will slow down the leveling speed.
The red areas are the caves. There are usually 2-3 caves in every red area and they are filled with Rich Thorium Veins. You should be using Gatherer by this time already, it really helps you a lot. When you reach 275, you can just go from caves to caves and you can skip the Small Thorium nodes.
Go to Outland and learn Mining Master. You will mine [Fel Iron Ore]. You can mine Fel Iron up to 350 if you want to and you can skip the Nagrand section of the mining guide.
Hellfire Peninsula - [Fel Iron Ore]
You will mine [Adamantite Ore]. Often you will find Rich Adamantite Deposits, but unfortunately you won’t be able to mine them until you reach 350. The red zones are caves and you should go into them because there is a lot of Adamantite in those.
Nagrand - [Adamantite Ore]
Go to Northrend and learn Mining Grand Master.
Borean Tundra - [Cobalt Ore]
Sholazar Basin - [Saronite Ore]
425 – 475
You will mine [Obsidium Ore].There is a lot more Obsidium in Hyjal than in Vashj’ir, but there is also a lot more players. Hyjal beats Vashj’ir if there isn’t anyone else farming the zone, else the zones are pretty similar. If you go to Vashj’ir, you will also have to do the starting quests until you get your underwater mount.
475 – 525
You will mine [Elementium Ore].
There will be some Pyrite Deposit, but you won’t be able to mine them until you reach 525. Rich Elementium Vein also requires a mining skill of 500, please don’t get angry for not being able to mine these yet.
Mists of Pandaria Mining Guide 525-600
Still working on getting the latest maps with all the resources and optimized routes. Here is what’s available so far:
Here are the nodes that are available in jade forest. All in all you want to get out of Jade Forest as soon as possible. The terrain and sparse nodes all make for low gathering rates. Here is the suggest route:
Valley of the Four Winds
This is where farming get a bit easier. Here are the node locations on the map
Here are the available node distribution in dread wastes 88-90 level zone where you can finish leveling up your skills to 600. Optimized routes coming soon.
Valley of the Eternal Blossoms
This is the level 90 zone that has all the top nodes. Here are the nodes that have been discovered so far:
More stuff coming soon!
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