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In-Depth Mining Guide for World of Warcraft

This page is currently getting an overhaul, as it was initially updated pre-8.0, and I need to get the data for 8.2 in order.

At the moment, I don’t have the later expansions of flight, so I’m working on that. If you’d like to help, which would hurry up the process of more route creations, then feel free to contact me through Discord (linked on the sidebar).

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.

What’s in this WoW Mining Guide?

It primarily focuses on the mining routes of every zone (unless they don’t have a good route).

It’s short and sweet, telling you how much of what ore/stone I’ve gathered in a given area within a set time limit. Most of the ore in question will lead you directly to the material page on my website. This goes the same for the zone names.

Due to this guide getting a refresher, a lot of that isn’t available yet, however.

Where do you 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

Continent: Ashran

Continent: The Lost Isles

Continent: The Wandering Isle

How do you 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!

What professions benefit Mining?

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

What are the best classes for Mining?

  • 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 (such as caves and dungeons), 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.

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What addons should I get for Mining?

highly recommend Gathermate2 and WoWGatheringNodes. They’re two 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 there missing expansions?

Either it’s because I’ve been slacking, or because I’m reworking this entire page for patch 8.2, which means going through every zone and mining each location for 30 minutes to gather data.

If you find something else missing or wrong, feel free to contact me via contact@tgexp.com.

Mining Aids

These will come in handy while you’re mining, but they aren’t all specifically needed. They’ll make your gathering life a little bit easier.

Useables

Ore & Stone Locations

Here’s the real reason you’re reading my WoW Mining Guide, right?

Throughout 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.

Updates on the portions below may be slow going. This is because I update everything in my World of Warcraft Farming Routes guide before I touch this page. While you get the bare-bones of data below, my guide provides detailed information in one place.

If you’re not interested in purchasing my guide, however, you can always join my WoW newsletter, where you’ll receive updates on everything WoW related on the site.

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

Vanilla WoW

Coarse Stone

Copper Ore

Dark Iron Ore

  • Molten Core – full run
    • 53

Dense Stone

Gold Ore

  • Tanaris (map)
    • 14

Heavy Stone

Iron Ore

Large Obsidian Shard

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

Mithril Ore

  • Tanaris (map)
    • 174

Rough Stone

Silver Ore

Small Obsidian Shard

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

Solid Stone

  • Tanaris (map)
    • 208

Thorium Ore

Tin Ore

Truesilver Ore

  • Silithus (map)
    • 19
  • Tanaris (map)
    • 6

The Burning Crusade

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

  • Nagrand – Route 1 (map)
    • 2
  • Nagrand – Route 2 (map)
    • 4
  • Terokkar Forest (map)
    • 7

Wrath of the Lich King

Cobalt Ore

Saronite Ore

  • Icecrown (Route 1) (map)
    • 132
  • Icecrown (Route 2) (map)
    • 154
  • Sholazar Basin (map)
    • 139
  • Wintergrasp (map)
    • 300

Titanium Ore

  • Icecrown (Route 1) (map)
    • 12
  • Icecrown (Route 2) (map)
    • 23
  • Wintergrasp (map)
    • 25

Cataclysm

Elementium Ore

  • Uldum (map)
    • 319

Obsidium Ore

  • Mount Hyjal (map)
    • 254

Pyrite Ore

  • Uldum (map)
    • 32

Mists of Pandaria

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

Black Trillium Ore

Ghost Iron Ore

Kyparite

White Trillium Ore

Warlords of Draenor

Blackrock Ore

Leystone Ore

True Iron Ore

Legion

Empyrium

Felslate

Battle for Azeroth

Monelite Ore

Osmenite Ore

Platinum Ore

Storm Silver Ore

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