Copper Ore and the Best Routes for Farming Them as of 8.2

Best places to farm copper ore and rough stone in World of Warcraft

Copper Ore is found from mining Copper Veins.

It’s the first ore you’ll be able to mine with the Mining profession.

As such, it’s probably going to be farmed a lot by either lower levels (whom are probably going to be running toward it with their legs or a ground mount), or by higher levels with flying mounts that are just starting out the profession.

Keep in mind that most Alliance players will be farming via Elwynn Forest, whereas most Horde players will stick to Durotar.

Back when I first started mining, I stuck with Elwynn. Mainly because I never played as a Horde.

But now days, I hardly ever play as Alliance.

Eventually I outgrew Elwynn (though I still go back there from time to time) and didn’t like the competition too much in Durotar, so I decided on a new destination…

Profession Required: Mining
Best Serves: Mining, Jewelcrafting

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Resources I use for farming

Maps, Routes, and Data


  • My miner is a Horde druid, thus giving faster in-and-out flight form.
  • Overall farming time: 30 minutes.

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Dismissed Zones

  • Dun Morogh
  • Tirisfal Glades

No-Flying Zones

  • The Lost Isles (Horde)
  • Eversong Woods (Horde)
  • Gilneas (Alliance)
  • Azuremyst Isle (Alliance)
  • Bloodmyst Isle (Alliance)

Side Note

  • You have a chance of gathering Rough Stone, Malachite, Tigerseye, and Shadowgem.

Eastern Kingdoms

Elwynn Forest

This is an Alliance zone.

Thus, I tried to avoid any contact with guards in this route. You’ll just need to be careful flying over the road leading to Stormwind. Occasionally patrols wander back and forth. This route can be traveled with a ground mount for lower levels–although there may be some locations you won’t be able to get to. This zone is normally farmed by a few people at once.

  • Copper Ore – 278



This is a Horde zone.

This is not a ground-mount friendly route due to all the cliffs and such, therefore it’s best to wait until you have a flying mount. There’s also a small phased zone you may enter, where you could find a Copper Ore node, but not be able to mine it. In that case, move on.

  • Copper Ore – 316


This is an Alliance zone.

This is the best place to farm copper, in my opinion (especially since there’s typically no competition about). It’s not ground-mount friendly due to all the fissures in the land. Though even if you’re a low level, there’s ore to be had everywhere you go.

  • Copper Ore – 444


This is a Horde zone.

This route does go over a Horde area, so Alliance players beware of that. Also, while a good portion of this route could be followed by ground-mounts, I wouldn’t worry too much if you’re a lower level, because there’s plenty of this ore damn near everywhere. Because the zone’s farming is simplistic, it will be likely farmed by a few different people.

  • Copper Ore – 369


This is a Horde zone.

This is one of the more simple routes when it comes to mining copper in a zone. It’s not so much that you even need a route to look at, you simply have to follow along the mountain-side. But, just in case…here you go.

  • Copper Ore – 284



Copper Bar (via WoWHead)
Used by Jewelcrafting, Blacksmithing, Engineering, and Mining.
  • (1) Copper Ore


Malachite (via WoWHead)
Created by prospecting Copper Ore.
  • Stacks of five of the ore mentioned above.
Tigerseye (via WoWHead)
Created by prospecting Copper Ore.
  • Stacks of five of the ore mentioned above.
Shadowgem (via WoWHead)
Created by prospecting Copper and Tin Ore.
  • Stacks of five of the ore mentioned above.

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