TBC Classic Mining Profession and Leveling 1-375 Guide

Last updated on May 06, 2022 at 02:28 by Abide 4 comments

Mining focuses on gathering ores and smelting them into usable metal bars which are needed as materials mainly for Blacksmithing, Engineering, and Jewelcrafting. Mining can also be a great profession for gathering raw materials for goldmaking.

1.

Introduction

Mining is one of the few gathering professions available to players. This profession focuses on collecting ore, rather than crafting items or consumables for use. This gathered ore is most commonly smelted into bars and used by Engineering and Blacksmithing to fuel their crafting needs; but the raw ore may also be of use to a Jewelcrafter.

Mining ore veins first requires you to have a Mining Pick Icon Mining Pick. Mineral veins will take multiple hits to fully empty, with anywhere from 1-2 successful harvests all the way up to 8. Make sure you fully clear out the mineral vein to get the maximum amount of materials possible.

While focusing on gathering ore, it is highly recommended to use a movement speed increase, such as Crusader Aura IconCrusader Aura or Riding Crop Icon Riding Crop. This will help greatly with the amount of materials you can gather in a session as the movement speed lets you move from vein to vein much faster over the course of a long farming session.

You may also find that Mining can be used to complement your goldmaking in TBC Classic. For more information on this among other methods involving alternative professions, please see our separate guide on the topic:

2.

How to Mine Ore

When Mining is learned as a profession, you will also learn a skill called Find Minerals IconFind Minerals that will show nearby mineral nodes as a golden point on your minimap. This allows you to see ore in hidden areas or off-screen so you can gather any nearby ore.

When you approach a mineral vein, you can interact with it to try and mine the ore. However, you cannot gather all ore from the start; you will see different colors representing how hard is it for you to gather that certain ore. These colors represent the skill level needed to gather the ore and are the following:

  • Red means that vein needs a higher skill level than you currently have and you cannot mine it yet.
  • Orange means you can mine this vein, but your attempts may fail. Every first successful attempt on the vein is guaranteed to increase your Mining skill.
  • Yellow means you can normally mine this vein, your attempts may occasionally fail, and most successful attempts increase your Mining skill.
  • Green means you can easily mine this vein, your attempts will rarely fail, and you will rarely increase your Mining skill by mining these.
  • Gray means you can mine this vein with no effort, your attempts will never fail, and they will never increase your Mining skill.
3.

Smelting

When you learn Mining from the trainers, apart from the very useful Find Minerals IconFind Minerals you will also learn a technique called Smelting IconSmelting. It is a skill Miners can use when they are near a Forge to smelt the minerals into usable metal bars for crafting. The good part is that smelting minerals also increases your skill in Mining too and it can be used to level your Mining quickly without having to seek out veins of ore if you are willing to buy the materials.

4.

Mining Training

The skill levels you will need to train at are:

  • Apprentice Level can be learned when first picking up the profession, starts from a skill level of 1, and goes up to 75. It also requires your character to be Level 5.
  • Journeyman Level can be learned when you reach a skill level of 50 and goes up to 150. It also requires your character to be Level 10.
  • Expert Level can be learned when you reach a skill level of 125 and goes up to 225. It also requires your character to be Level 20.
  • Artisan Level can be learned when you reach a skill level of 200 and goes up to 300. It also requires your character to be Level 35.
  • Master Level can be learned when you reach a skill level of 275 and goes up to 375. It the highest Profession Level and also requires your character to be Level 55.
4.1.

Azeroth (1 - 300)

You can learn Mining from any Mining trainer, which are found in capital cities. When you arrive at a major city you can ask any city guard for directions, and pick the Mining trainer option under the professions section. This will mark their location on your map, allowing you to easily find them and get the Mining skill.

4.2.

Outland (300 - 375)

To learn Mining past 300 skill level, you must travel to Outland and talk with a master Miner. Alliance and Horde players can find their respective trainers at:

  • [A] Alliance Icon Hurnak Grimmord at Honor Hold in Hellfire Peninsula, around coordinates (56,64).
  • [H] Horde Icon Krugosh at Thrallmar in Hellfire Peninsula, around coordinates (55,37).
5.

Leveling Mining (1 to 300)

5.1.

Azeroth Ore

Vein Skill Level Possible Loot Zones
Orange Yellow Green Gray Guaranteed Sometimes Rarely
Copper 1 25 50 100 2-4 Copper Ore Icon Copper Ore 1-6 Rough Stone Icon Rough Stone
  • 1 Shadowgem Icon Shadowgem
  • 1 Malachite Icon Malachite
  • 1 Tigerseye Icon Tigerseye
Low-level zones
Tin 65 90 115 165 2-4 Tin Ore Icon Tin Ore 1-8 Coarse Stone Icon Coarse Stone
  • 1 Shadowgem Icon Shadowgem
  • 1 Moss Agate Icon Moss Agate
  • 1 Lesser Moonstone Icon Lesser Moonstone
  • 1 Jade Icon Jade
Low-level zones
Silver 75 100 125 175 2-4 Silver Ore Icon Silver Ore
  • 1 Shadowgem Icon Shadowgem
  • 1 Moss Agate Icon Moss Agate
  • 1 Lesser Moonstone Icon Lesser Moonstone
Low- to mid-level zones
Iron 125 150 175 225 2-4 Iron Ore Icon Iron Ore 1-6 Coarse Stone Icon Coarse Stone
  • 1 Aquamarine Icon Aquamarine
  • 1 Citrine Icon Citrine
  • 1 Lesser Moonstone Icon Lesser Moonstone
  • 1 Jade Icon Jade
Mid-level zones
Gold 155 180 205 255 2-4 Gold Ore Icon Gold Ore
  • 1 Aquamarine Icon Aquamarine
  • 1 Citrine Icon Citrine
  • 1 Lesser Moonstone Icon Lesser Moonstone
  • 1 Jade Icon Jade
Mid-level zones
Mithril 175 200 225 275 2-4 Mithril Ore Icon Mithril Ore 1-8 Solid Stone Icon Solid Stone
  • 1 Aquamarine Icon Aquamarine
  • 1 Citrine Icon Citrine
  • 1 Star Ruby Icon Star Ruby
  • 1 Black Vitriol Icon Black Vitriol
Mid-level zones
Truesilver 230 255 280 330 2-4 Truesilver Ore Icon Truesilver Ore
  • 1 Aquamarine Icon Aquamarine
  • 1 Citrine Icon Citrine
  • 1 Star Ruby Icon Star Ruby
Mid-level zones
Thorium (small) 245 270 295 345
  • 2-3 Thorium Ore Icon Thorium Ore
  • 2-5 Dense Stone Icon Dense Stone
  • 1 Black Vitriol Icon Black Vitriol
  • 1 Arcane Crystal Icon Arcane Crystal
  • 1 Large Opal Icon Large Opal
  • 1 Star Ruby Icon Star Ruby
  • 1 Huge Emerald Icon Huge Emerald
  • 1 Blue Sapphire Icon Blue Sapphire
  • 1 Azerothian Diamond Icon Azerothian Diamond
Mid- to high-level zones
Thorium (rich) 275 300 325 375
  • 4-5 Thorium Ore Icon Thorium Ore
  • 4-7 Dense Stone Icon Dense Stone
  • 1 Black Vitriol Icon Black Vitriol
  • 1 Arcane Crystal Icon Arcane Crystal
  • 1 Large Opal Icon Large Opal
  • 1 Star Ruby Icon Star Ruby
  • 1 Huge Emerald Icon Huge Emerald
  • 1 Blue Sapphire Icon Blue Sapphire
  • 1 Azerothian Diamond Icon Azerothian Diamond
Mid to high-level zones
5.2.

Azeroth Smelting

Metal Skill Level Materials
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Copper Bar Icon Copper Bar 1 25 47 70 1 x Copper Ore Icon Copper Ore
Tin Bar Icon Tin Bar 65 65 70 75 1 x Tin Ore Icon Tin Ore
Bronze Bar Icon Bronze Bar 65 65 90 115
  • 1 x Copper Bar Icon Copper Bar
  • 1 x Tin Bar Icon Tin Bar
Silver Bar Icon Silver Bar 75 115 122 130 1 x Silver Ore Icon Silver Ore
Iron Bar Icon Iron Bar 125 130 145 160 1 x Iron Ore Icon Iron Ore
Gold Bar Icon Gold Bar 155 170 177 185 1 x Gold Ore Icon Gold Ore
Steel Bar Icon Steel Bar 165 165 165 165
  • 1 x Iron Bar Icon Iron Bar
  • 1 x Coal Icon Coal
Mithril Bar Icon Mithril Bar 175 175 202 230 1 x Mithril Ore Icon Mithril Ore
Truesilver Bar Icon Truesilver Bar 230 235 242 250 1 x Truesilver Ore Icon Truesilver Ore
Thorium Bar Icon Thorium Bar 250 250 270 290 1 x Thorium Ore Icon Thorium Ore
5.3.

Leveling Route (1-300)

1-65

Your Mining advancement begins by mining Copper Ore Icon Copper Ore found in the low-level starting areas. Once you have reached 50 skill in Mining, head to your local trainer to learn Journeyman Mining, allowing you to progress up to 150 Skill.

65-125

After training Journeyman Mining head out to either Hillsbrad Foothills, Redridge Mountains, The Barrens, Loch Modan, or Darkshore and look for these veins for skill-ups all the way to 125:

  • 65-100 — Copper Ore Icon Copper Ore
  • 65-125 — Tin Ore Icon Tin Ore
  • 75-125 — Silver Ore Icon Silver Ore

125-175

Make sure to visit your nearest trainer and learn Expert Mining. You will be gathering plenty of these ores as this is typically one of the tougher spots in Mining progression as you only have one main ore to gain skill-ups from. Set up nice circular routes in Arathi Highlands, Desolace, and Thousand Needles to cover as much ground as possible and keep your eyes peeled for:

  • 125-175 — Iron Ore Icon Iron Ore
  • 155-175 — Gold Ore Icon Gold Ore

175-225

At 175 Skill we obtain the ability to mine Mithril, giving us access to a very popular mineral. If you previously were in Arathi Highlands, you can continue to mine there as there is a large mixture of your needed ores. If not, you will want to make your way there, to Hinterlands, or Tanaris.

  • 175-225 — Mithril Ore Icon Mithril Ore

225-245

At 225 Skill, make sure to visit your nearest Mining trainer and learn Artisan Mining. After that continue your previous mining route until you reach 245.

245-300

At 245 Skill we gain the ability to mine Small Thorium Veins and at 275 we can access the Rich Thorium Veins, giving us the ability to quick gather all ore in the area and reach Skill Level 300. We recommend that you head into Un'Goro Crater, Blasted Lands, Felwood, or Silithus and gather any mineral veins that may grant you a skill-up.

  • 245-300 Thorium Ore Icon Thorium Ore
6.

Leveling Mining (300 - 375)

6.1.

Outland Ore

Vein Skill Level Possible Loot Zones
Orange Yellow Green Gray Guaranteed Sometimes Rarely
Fel Iron 300 325 350 400 2-4 Fel Iron Ore Icon Fel Iron Ore
  • 1-2 Mote of Earth Icon Mote of Earth
  • 1-2 Mote of Fire Icon Mote of Fire
  • 1 Eternium Ore Icon Eternium Ore
  • 1 Golden Draenite Icon Golden Draenite
  • 1 Blood Garnet Icon Blood Garnet
  • 1 Flame Spessarite Icon Flame Spessarite
  • 1 Deep Peridot Icon Deep Peridot
  • 1 Shadow Draenite Icon Shadow Draenite
  • 1 Azure Moonstone Icon Azure Moonstone
All Outland zones
Adamantite 325 350 375 425 2-4 Adamantite Ore Icon Adamantite Ore
  • 1-6 Mote of Earth Icon Mote of Earth
  • 1 Eternium Ore Icon Eternium Ore
  • 1-2 Golden Draenite Icon Golden Draenite
  • 1-2 Blood Garnet Icon Blood Garnet
  • 1-2 Flame Spessarite Icon Flame Spessarite
  • 1-2 Deep Peridot Icon Deep Peridot
  • 1-2 Shadow Draenite Icon Shadow Draenite
  • 1-2 Azure Moonstone Icon Azure Moonstone
All Outland zones except Hellfire Peninsula
Adamantite (Rich) 350 375 400 450 5-7 Adamantite Ore Icon Adamantite Ore
  • 3-8 Mote of Earth Icon Mote of Earth
  • 1-3 Eternium Ore Icon Eternium Ore
  • 1-2 Golden Draenite Icon Golden Draenite
  • 1-2 Blood Garnet Icon Blood Garnet
  • 1-2 Flame Spessarite Icon Flame Spessarite
  • 1-2 Deep Peridot Icon Deep Peridot
  • 1-2 Shadow Draenite Icon Shadow Draenite
  • 1-2 Azure Moonstone Icon Azure Moonstone
All Outland zones except Hellfire Peninsula
Khorium 375 400 425 475 2-4 Khorium Ore Icon Khorium Ore
  • 1-4 Mote of Earth Icon Mote of Earth
  • 1-3 Eternium Ore Icon Eternium Ore
  • 1-2 Golden Draenite Icon Golden Draenite
  • 1-2 Blood Garnet Icon Blood Garnet
  • 1-2 Flame Spessarite Icon Flame Spessarite
  • 1-2 Deep Peridot Icon Deep Peridot
  • 1-2 Shadow Draenite Icon Shadow Draenite
  • 1-2 Azure Moonstone Icon Azure Moonstone
All Outland zones
6.2.

Outland Smelting

Metal Skill Level Materials
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Fel Iron Bar Icon Fel Iron Bar 300 300 307 315 2 x Fel Iron Ore Icon Fel Iron Ore
Adamantite Bar Icon Adamantite Bar 325 325 332 340 2 x Adamantite Ore Icon Adamantite Ore
Eternium Bar Icon Eternium Bar 350 350 357 365 2 x Eternium Ore Icon Eternium Ore
Felsteel Bar Icon Felsteel Bar 350 355 367 380
  • 3 x Fel Iron Bar Icon Fel Iron Bar
  • 2 x Eternium Bar Icon Eternium Bar
Hardened Adamantite Bar Icon Hardened Adamantite Bar 375 375 375 375 10 x Adamantite Bar Icon Adamantite Bar
Khorium Bar Icon Khorium Bar 375 375 375 375 2 x Khorium Ore Icon Khorium Ore
6.3.

Leveling Route (300-375)

300-325

Here we will be looking to farm some Fel Iron Ore Icon Fel Iron Ore in Hellfire Peninsula. Run along the mountain edges looking for any veins you can find on your minimap.

325-350

For these next 25 skill-ups we will head into Zangarmarsh and search along the outer edges of the map. Here we will find a mixture of Fel Iron Ore Icon Fel Iron Ore and Adamantite Ore Icon Adamantite Ore, both offering us skill-ups.

350-375

The last few skill-ups we recommend heading into Nagrand as we will see an increased number of nodes, both rich and regular, in the area. You can also choose to stay in your current area as Mining is very simple to train in any of the zones Outland has to offer.

7.

New Phase 5 Smelting Skill

With Phase 5, the new raid Sunwell Plateau on the Isle of Quel'Danas adds a new smelting pattern, which can drop from any of the trash mobs inside the raid. Study of Advanced Smelting Icon Study of Advanced Smelting is Bind on Pickup, requiring a player with mining to loot the book themselves. When used, the Miner will learn to Smelt Hardened Khorium IconSmelt Hardened Khorium. These bars are required to make many of the new crafting patterns that are also obtained in the raid.

8.

Changelog

  • 06 May 2022: Added Phase 5 content.
  • 30 May 2021: Guide added.
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