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 my Engineering guide, Jewelcrafting 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. You also need to realize this is not a leveling guide, so if you are looking for a leveling guide, the best one is this 1 - 80 Leveling Guide.
1 - 65 Copper mining
65 - 125 Copper, Tin, Silver mining
125 - 175 Iron, Tin, Gold mining
175 - 230 Mithril, Truesilver mining
230 - 275 Mithril, Thorium, Rich Thorium mining
275 - 325 Fel Iron mining
325 - 350 Fel Iron, Adamantite mining
350 - 400 Cobalt mining
400 - 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 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. The addon and the databse can be found here.
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 need them.
Durotar - [Copper Ore]
Dun Morogh - [Copper Ore]
Dun Morogh map
Basically just every starter zone. I won't include mining ways for these, because you can find copper everywhere you go.
* 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]
When you reach 225, don't forget to visit your Mining trainer.
The Hinterlands map
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.
Eastern Plaguelands map
Go to Outland and learn Mining Master.
Hellfire Peninsula - [Fel Iron Ore]
Hellfire mining guide's map
Nagrand - [Adamantite Ore]
Nagrand mining guide's map
Go to Northrend and learn Mining Grand Master.
Borean Tundra - [Cobalt Ore]
Borean Tundra map
Sholazar Basin - [Saronite Ore]
Sholazar Basin map
I hope you liked this Mining guide, GZ to 450!