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== References ==
== References ==
== See also ==
* [[List of mining nodes]]
* [[Smelting]]
== External links ==
== External links ==

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Miner 2

Miners must have all the necessary equipment to succeed.

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Mining allows you to find and mine minerals, ores, and stones from resource nodes scattered throughout the world. It is one of the primary professions. Materials from mining and the items miners can create from them are reagents needed for recipes within other professions.

The Burning Crusade expansion contains several mobs that are capable of being mined. This method is continued in Wrath of the Lich King. See Ore skinning for a general definition, and Mineable Mobs for a list.

Mining pointers:

Pointer mine on 32x32 in range of deposit/vein that can be mined
Pointer mine off 32x32 out of range of deposit/vein

For other articles related to Mining, see the Mining category.


Proficiency Level Skill
Apprentice 5 1 - 75
Journeyman 5 50 - 150
Expert 10 125 - 225
Artisan 25 200 - 300
Master 40 275 - 375 Bc icon
Grand Master 55 350 - 450 Wrath-Logo-Small
Illustrious 75 425 - 525 Cataclysm-Logo-Small
Zen Master 80 500 - 600 Mists-Logo-Small

Grand Master is only available after installing the expansion Wrath of the Lich King.

Illustrious is only available after installing the expansion Cataclysm.

Zen Master is only available after installing the expansion Mists of Pandaria.


Mining is a complementary profession to blacksmithing, engineering and Jewelcrafting. Mining provides ores, which can be used in smelting,(Included after learning mining. Note that while ores are minable at higher skill levels you need to manually learn the smelting recepies to create bars,) Which increases your skill level and creates ingots, which are far more commonly used than the raw ores.

Mining can be a profitable gathering profession because of the large sums utilized by the other primary professions. Jewelcrafters require five ore per prospect, blacksmiths can use dozens of bars for specific items, and engineers use large amounts of ore for the many consumable materials they can create. Mining also tends to benifit other miners, like in the case of getting the materials to smelt Dark Iron Bars.

Mining skill also grants the player Toughness.

Economical Gain

As with any gathering professional, low-level characters and characters without economic support may consider using two gathering professions. While this denies the player the ability to directly enhance his or her equipment/abilities, it does allow one to, in theory, make money quickly and easily through the use of the auction house.

An excellent way for miners of every skill level to make gold is to smelt two bars into a higher value bar. For example smelting a Copper Bar and Tin Bar together to create 2 Bronze Bars, because a single bronze bar usually sells for more at the auction house than a copper or tin bar (although you should always check to see if this is the case before smelting as the process is irreversible). Naturally, this means that you could also buy copper and tin bars (or even the usually cheaper ores) from the auction house and smelt these into the more valuable bronze bars, thus yielding you sometimes over 50Gold in profit with very little effort (depending on server, prices of bronze, tin and copper). If you farmed the ores yourself this profit can double, but it will take more time. Be warned that this method of gold making works in the case of bronze bars (on most servers) because of the high demand for these bars, it may not work as well for Steel Bars or higher level bars...

Regardless of the method chosen, mining can be profitable. With regards to mining, be sure to check the local prices of your ore against the local prices of your smelted bars. Frequently ores will be more valuable because they can be prospected or smelted for skill points. This desirability leads to increased cost per unit.

Tools and Abilities

A mining pick is required to mine nodes in-game. This item type can be found at various vendors, such as 'trade good, mining supplies, engineering supplies, and blacksmithing supplies vendors. The pick must be in the player inventory to be used when mining a node.

A trained apprentice miner will immediately learn the Find Minerals ability, which highlights nearby nodes on the mini-map. The miner will also learn the accompanying smelting skill. This skill is used to convert one or more ore and elemental ingredients into bars, which are used in various professions. This skill can only be used in the vicinity of a forge, and will occasionally grant skill points depending on the player profession level.

In addition to a miner's pick and their ore-sensing abilities, dedicated ore farming may require a bag. There are a few specialized bags that can be made or bought. These bags typically have 20, 28, or 32 slots respectively and will automatically store mined ores.

Worthy of note:

Mining Skill and its Increase

Different veins will require different mining skill levels to loot (e.g. mithril veins require a skill of 175). The relative difficulty of the mining attempt is colour coded as all other crafting and gathering professions:

  • Red: Skill insufficient.
  • Orange: 100% chance of increasing skill level.
  • Yellow: 75% chance of increasing skill level.
  • Green: <50% chance of increasing skill level.
  • Gray: Never increases skill level.

Although the same colors are used as for other professions, the actual odds of getting a skillup are considerably higher than the color would indicate. For example, at skill 60, a copper vein will appear green but have a ~80% chance of giving a skillup. In general, if a node is of the highest-level type of ore you can mine (not counting rare veins like silver or gold), there is a very high chance you will get a skillup.

To mine a vein, right-click on it. After a brief animation, a loot box containing ore, stone and sometimes rare drops like gems or motes. Nodes that are orange or yellow in difficulty will likely skill your mining ability, so it is important to focus on these nodes when you are leveling this profession.

Prior to Patch 3.0.8, mining a node completely required multiple attempts, one for each unit of ore. As such, each node could yield a one point of skill increase per miner. This would allow several players in a raid or group to mine the same node for a skill-up. Since the patch,a single mining attempt extracts all available loot from the vein. Alternatively, miners can share a node for a skill-up by not looting the vein. This allows multiple miners to gain a skill point (or tap) a vein, but only one miner will receive all the ore.

Smelting provides an opportunity to level mining at a faster pace. Smelting large stores of collected ore can be smelted en masse and in large quantities. Since 3.08, it has been possible to level from 1-375 only via smelting, but this will be expensive, since at certain skill ranges there is a very low chance of getting a skill point.

In Azeroth, Outland and Northrend there exist rare spawns of various ore veins in place or more common metals. Specifically:

Tin can spawn Silver.
Iron can spawn Gold.
Mithril can spawn Truesilver.
Fel Iron and Adamantite can spawn Khorium
Saronite can spawn Titanium
Elementium can spawn Pyrite

These vein types are visually distinct from normal veins. They typically have a glossier, shinier model, and are described as silver, gold, or truesilver when exposed on the minimap.

Mineral Vein Skill Color
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Copper Vein 1 25 50 100
Tin Vein 50 90 115 165
Silver Vein 75 100 125 175
Iron Vein 125 150 175 225
Gold Vein 155 175 205 255
Mithril Deposit 175 200 225 275
Truesilver Deposit 205 255 280 330
Dark Iron Vein 230 255 280 330
Small Thorium Vein 230 270 280 345
Rich Thorium Vein 255 300 325 350
Fel Iron VeinBc icon 275 325 350 400
Adamantite VeinBc icon 325 350 375 425
Rich Adamantite VeinBc icon 350 375 400 450
Nethercite DepositBc icon 350 375 390 400
Cobalt DepositWrath-Logo-Small 350 375 400 425
Khorium VeinBc icon 375 400 425 ?
Rich Cobalt DepositWrath-Logo-Small 375 400 425 450
Saronite DepositWrath-Logo-Small 400 425 450 ?
Rich Saronite DepositWrath-Logo-Small 425 450 ? ?
Pure Saronite DepositWrath-Logo-Small 450 ? ? ?
Titanium DepositWrath-Logo-Small 450 ? ? ?
Obsidium DepositCataclysm-Logo-Small 425 ? ? ?
Rich Obsidium DepositCataclysm-Logo-Small 450 ? ? ?
Elementium VeinCataclysm-Logo-Small 475 ? ? ?
Rich Elementium VeinCataclysm-Logo-Small 500 ? ? ?
Pyrite DepositCataclysm-Logo-Small 525 ? ? ?
Rich Pyrite DepositCataclysm-Logo-Small 525 ? ? ?
Ghost Iron DepositMists-Logo-Small 475 ? ? ?
Rich Ghost Iron DepositMists-Logo-Small 540 ? ? ?
Kyparite DepositMists-Logo-Small 550 ? ? ?
Rich Kyparite DepositMists-Logo-Small 575 ? ? ?
Trillium VeinMists-Logo-Small 600 - - -
Rich Trillium VeinMists-Logo-Small 600 - - -

Mining Products

By Skill Level

See Mining proficiencies and Smelt proficiencies.

Quest Items

Quest ore is usually mined off special nodes, but can also drop off certain mobs in the same area. The ores cannot be smelted and are not "quest items" per se, so they can be traded or purchased off the AH.

Abilities Gained

Sufficiently skilled Miners gain the Toughness (mining) buff.

Tips and Tricks

  • MapWoW is a great Google Earth-like web application for finding node locations.
  • Gatherer is an add-on that can keep track of historical mining data. It can keep track of when and where you last mined a node. Additionally, it can be partnered with GathererDB. This addon is a communal database of mined ore.
  • GatherMate is a replacement for the now defunct Cartographer_Mining. It aims to be map addon independent.
Inv pick 02 [Kobold Excavation Pick]
Inv pick 02 [Gouging Pick]
Inv pick 03 [Brann's Trusty Pick]
Inv pick 01 [Cold Iron Pick]
Inv pick 03 [Miner's Revenge]
Inv pick 02 [Tunnel Pick]
Inv pick 01 [Digmaster 5000]
Inv misc screwdriver 02 [Gyromatic Micro-Adjustor]
Inv misc wrench 01 [Arclight Spanner]
Inv hammer 20 [Blacksmith Hammer]
Inv pick 02 [Mining Pick]
Inv weapon shortblade 01 [Skinning Knife]

Mining Bugs

  • Nodes have been known to respawn in rapid succession immediately after mining. This is much more common with nodes in Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor than in Outland or Northrend.
  • Occasionally, a node will appear on the minimap but be inaccessible.
If the node is a gray-yellow in the minimap, it is underground.
If the node is solid yellow, but not visible, it is bugged and cannot be mined.
  • Rarely, certain nodes will not appear in the minimap but be harvestable in-game. Dark Iron Ore is a good example of this.
  • Players standing on top of ore nodes will remain where they stand after the node is mined.

Patch changes

Wrath-Logo-Small/Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Mining gives XP.The higher level the character is, the less XP it will get. See Formulas:Gather XP.
Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): [Titansteel Bar]: Creating this item no longer results in a 24h cooldown.
Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): In addition to the normal requirements, mining deposits in Northrend now require a minimum character level of 65 to mine.
Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): You can no longer fail when Mining, Herbing, and Skinning.
Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Mining veins and deposits no longer require multiple hits to receive all the ore. Players will receive around the same amount of ore, stone, and gems they would have received from multiple hits.


See also

External links

For leveling guides please visit Tradeskill leveling guides
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Patch date12 October 2010 +, 23 March 2010 +, 4 August 2009 +, 14 April 2009 + and 20 January 2009 +

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