Warlords of Draenor – Mining changes
- New Ore: True Iron Ore, Blackrock Ore
- Peon's Mining Pick: Allows faster mining in Draenor. Does not need to be equipped, found in Spires of Arak.
- There are leveling improvements for miners. You can now harvest mineral nodes without a required skill. The amount of ore you'll get is determined by your skill level. We saw some of this earlier in Patch 5.3 when low level miners could mine nodes in Pandaria and get fragments.
- Click hereto see a full list of ore nuggets that you'll get in Warlords if your skill is low for a node.
- New Mining Pet: Ore Eater
- Garrison building: Lunarfall Excavation Level 3
- A follower assigned to the Level 2 Lunarfall Excavation Level 2unlocks mining carts which contain additional ore.
This Mining leveling guide will show you the fastest way how to level your Mining profession up from 1 to 600.
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.
WoW Mining Leveling Guide 1 - 600
1 - 50
You will mine [Copper Ore] in this section.
50 - 100
Learn Mining Journeyman.
Hillsbrad Foothills is just simply the best place to farm Tin. If you are an alliance player you should still go there, but Northern Stranglethorn is a great alternative. You will see a red zone on the map, that zone is filled with Tin, it's everywhere. When you mined all of it, just go outside of the zone where you can see the little yellowish arrows, mine a few Tin and head back to the red zone because it's most likely that the Tin Veins there are already respawned.
100 - 150
You will mine the following ores at this section:
150 - 200
Learn Mining Expert.
Felwood and Burning Steppes are the best places to farm because the mining route is just so simple in these two zones. Badlands is also a really good place, but I found a bit more Mithril in the other zones.
Don't go into Dreadmaul Rock. There is plenty of Mithril at the corner of the map, you will just get dismounted if you go into the cave and it will slow you down.
200 - 300
Learn Mining Artisan.
You will mine [Thorium Ore].
Buy Thorium Ores and smelt them until you reach 205, the reason for this is that with 205 Mining skill (215 with your mining pick), you will be able to mine Rich Thorium Veins, not just the small ones. You can actually smelt Thorium up to 275 if you want to, as you can see it in my smelting guide. Sell the Thorium Bars at the Auction House if you don't need them.
300 - 325
Visit your trainer and learn Mining Master.
You will mine [Fel Iron Ore]. You can stay in this zone up to 350.
325 - 350
350 - 400
Visit your trainer and learn Mining Grand Master.
You will mine [Cobalt Ore]. I found Howling Fjord to be the best place to farm Cobalt, however you can go to Borean Tundra if you want to, there are plenty of Cobalt there too. Visit my Cobalt Ore farming guide if you want to go to Borean Tundra.
400 - 425
You will mine [Saronite Ore]. Sholazar Basin is simply the best place to farm Saronite, you will find a few Rich Saronite Deposits, but you won't be able to mine them yet.
Sometimes you can get unlucky and there will be too many Rich Saronite Deposits, you can try Wintergasp if this happens. If the battle is on, you won't be able to use flying mount for a few minutes.
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.
Vashj'ir Mining Map
475 - 500
You will mine [Elementium Ore].
There will be some Pyrite Deposits in this zone, 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.
You can also just skip this part entirely and start farming Ghost Iron Ore.
500 - 600
You can mine this ore from skill 1, but you will only get [Ghost Iron Nugget] until you reach Mining skill 425 (10 nuggets makes one ore), after that you will start getting a few ores, and at 500 you will stop getting nuggets.
You can level up to 600 by mining only Ghost Irone Ore because there is an in-game bug that allows you to gain skill points even though Ghost Iron is grey. Visit my Ghost Iron Ore farming guide if you need more farming places.