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Prospecting
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  • Prospecting
  • 2 sec cast
  • Level 5, Jewelcrafting (20)
  • Search 5 ore of a base metal for precious gems. This will destroy the ore in the process.
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ClassAll
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TypeN/A
SchoolN/A
CooldownNone/Global Cooldown
Other information
RequirementsLevel 5, Jewelcrafting (20)

Prospecting is a Jewelcrafting ability which allows gathering of gems from raw ore, which is obtained via the Mining skill. Five ore of the same type are consumed per prospecting attempt and produce 0-3 gems, with the most common result being a single gem prospected. The gems acquired are of types which could be found mining a mineral node of the type of ore consumed. For example, prospecting [Iron Ore] can produce [Jade] and [Citrine], which would normally be found on an iron node. Each prospect also produces 1 powder of the appropriate metal, for example prospecting [Fel Iron] gives you [Fel Iron Powder].

Training

Requires: Level 5, Jewelcrafting (20)

Cost: 1Silver

Results

Prospecting, like disenchanting, can be boiled down to a fairly simple set of rules. When ore is prospected the results fall into three probabilities:

  • Powder - Every prospect will yield this junk item. It's vendor trash, sell it off.
    [Adamantite Powder] is not junk, however, and is used to create [Mercurial Adamantite], which is used by many recipes.
  • Common gems - Each ore has a set of gems that result from the majority of attempts. Every gem in an ore's common results has the same probability of being found.
    Sometimes 2 of the gems in this group are found.
    [Star Ruby] from [Thorium Ore] is an exception to this rule, it's drop rate is higher than the other common gems found in [Thorium Ore]
  • Uncommon gems - Each ore has a set of rare result gems. Like the common gems, each gem in this group share the same probability of being found in the target ore.

Only common ores can be prospected, except [Dark Iron Ore] and quest ores that are not used in crafting.


Ore Skill Common Gems Uncommon Gems
[Copper Ore] 20 [Tigerseye] (50%) [Shadowgem] (10%)
[Malachite] (50%)
[Tin Ore] 50 [Shadowgem] (37.5%) [Citrine] (3.33%)
[Lesser Moonstone] (37.5%) [Jade] (3.33%)
[Moss Agate] (37.5%) [Aquamarine] (3.33%)
[Iron Ore] 125 [Citrine] (30%) [Aquamarine] (5%)
[Lesser Moonstone] (30%) [Star Ruby] (5%)
[Jade] (30%)
[Mithril Ore] 175 [Citrine] (30%) [Azerothian Diamond] (2.5%)
[Star Ruby] (30%) [Blue Sapphire] (2.5%)
[Aquamarine] (30%) [Large Opal] (2.5%)
[Huge Emerald] (2.5%)
[Thorium Ore] 250 [Star Ruby] (30%) [Blood Garnet] (1.66%)
[Large Opal] (16%) [Flame Spessarite] (1.66%)
[Blue Sapphire] (16%) [Golden Draenite] (1.66%)
[Huge Emerald] (16%) [Deep Peridot] (1.66%)
[Azerothian Diamond] (16%) [Azure Moonstone] (1.66%)
[Shadow Draenite] (1.66%)
[Fel Iron Ore] 275 [Blood Garnet] (16%) [Living Ruby] (0.83%)
[Flame Spessarite] (16%) [Noble Topaz] (0.83%)
[Golden Draenite] (16%) [Dawnstone] (0.83%)
[Deep Peridot] (16%) [Talasite] (0.83%)
[Azure Moonstone] (16%) [Star of Elune] (0.83%)
[Shadow Draenite] (16%) [Nightseye] (0.83%)
[Adamantite Ore] 325 [Blood Garnet] (19%) [Living Ruby] (2.5%)
[Flame Spessarite] (19%) [Noble Topaz] (2.5%)
[Golden Draenite] (19%) [Dawnstone] (2.5%)
[Deep Peridot] (19%) [Talasite] (2.5%)
[Azure Moonstone] (19%) [Star of Elune] (2.5%)
[Shadow Draenite] (19%) [Nightseye] (2.5%)
All the percentages in this table were derived from data at Wowhead
More than one gem can be found on each prospect, so these numbers don't add up to 100%!

Notes

WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22): Prospecting now always yields at least 1 gem.

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