This WoW Mining guide will show you the fastest way how to level your
Mining profession up from 1 to 450. Updated for WoW patch 3.3
Mining is gathering profession and in my opinion, Mining is a real
gold maker, you can even sell the lowest level Copper Ore for a decent
amount of gold, level 80 players will buy them, because they are lazy to
farm the materials at low levels.
Mining serves three professions: Blacksmithing, Engineering and
Jewelcrafting, so it's really good combined with any of these. Check out
guide or my Blacksmithing
guide if you want to level any of these professions.
I mentioned, I will show a fast way to level Mining, unfortunately
it's a gathering profession, and it takes time to level it up to 450,
even if it's a fast way. In this Mining guide I will try to list the
best zones, where I found the most Mining nodes.
If you are low on gold, I recommend you to try this Gold Making Guide, it can help you to
make loads of gold. If you are still leveling your character or you
just started a new alt, I recommend you to use a leveling guide. You can
level your character from 1 to 80 in 7 days with this guide.
My personal record is 4 days 5 hours played time, but it was with
- 65 Copper mining
- 125 Copper, Tin, Silver mining
- 175 Iron, Tin, Gold mining
- 230 Mithril, Truesilver mining
- 275 Mithril, Thorium, Rich Thorium mining
- 325 Fel Iron mining
- 350 Fel Iron, Adamantite mining
- 400 Cobalt mining
- 450 Saronite mining
WoW Mining Leveling Guide 1 - 450
First, visit any trainer in the
main cities of old Azeroth - just ask a guard, and learn Apprentice
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. The addon and the databse can be
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 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
Durotar - [Copper Ore]
Dun Morogh - [Copper Ore]
Basically just every starter zone. I won't include mining ways for
these, because you can find copper everywhere you go.
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
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
[Mithril Ore], [Truesilver
When you reach 225, don't forget to visit your Mining trainer.
Buy Thorium Ores and smelt them until you reach 255 (250 if you have
the Mining Enchant on your gloves), the reason for this is that with 255
Mining skill, you will be able to mine Rich Thorium Veins, not just the
small ones. You can actually smelt Thorium up to 270 if you want to.
Sell the Thorium Bars at the Auction House.
Un'Goro is the best place to level Mining up to 275, if you can't
find Thorium, it is because someone is already farming there.
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.
to Outland and learn Mining Master.
Hellfire Peninsula - [Fel Iron Ore]
Nagrand - [Adamantite Ore]
to Northrend and learn Mining Grand Master.
Borean Tundra - [Cobalt Ore]
Sholazar Basin - [Saronite Ore]
I hope you liked this Mining guide, GZ to 450!