WotLK Classic Mining Profession and Leveling 1-450 Guide
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 can also be used with Jewelcrafting.
Mining ore veins first requires you to have a Mining Pick in your inventory. Mineral veins now only take one hit to fully deplete, giving you all of the ore instantly.
How to Mine Ore in Wrath of the Lich King
When Mining is learned as a Profession, you will also learn a skill called Find 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 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.
Smelting ore in Wrath of the Lich King
When you learn Mining from the trainers, apart from the very useful Find Minerals you will also learn a technique called Smelting. 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.
Training Mining in Wrath of the Lich King
Apprentice & Artisan
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 its location on your map, allowing you to easily find them and get the Mining skill.
To train past 300 skill level, you need to speak with a Master Mining trainer in either Outland or Northrend. This will allow you to train up to level 375 Mining.
To learn Mining past 375 skill level you must travel to Northrend and talk with a Grand Master Mining trainer found below. This will allow you to max your Mining skill out at 450.
- Jedidiah Handers in Dalaran City.
Leveling Mining in Azeroth (1-300)
Skill Ups 1-65
Your Mining advancement begins by mining 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.
Skill Ups 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:
Skill Ups 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:
Skill Ups 175-225
At 175 Skill you obtain the ability to mine Mithril, giving you 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 the Hinterlands, or Tanaris.
- 175-225 — Mithril Ore
Skill Ups 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.
Skill Ups 245-300
At 245 Skill you gain the ability to mine Small Thorium Veins and at 275 you can access the Rich Thorium Veins, giving you 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
Azeroth Ore Information
|Vein||Skill Level||Possible Loot||Zones|
|Copper Vein||1||25||50||100||2-4 Copper Ore||1-6 Rough Stone||Low-level zones|
|Tin Vein||65||90||115||165||2-4 Tin Ore||1-8 Coarse Stone||Low-level zones|
|Silver Vein||75||100||125||175||2-4 Silver Ore||Low- to mid-level zones|
|Iron Deposit||125||150||175||225||2-4 Iron Ore||1-6 Coarse Stone||Mid-level zones|
|Gold Vein||155||180||205||255||2-4 Gold Ore||Mid-level zones|
|Mithril Deposit||175||200||225||275||2-4 Mithril Ore||1-8 Solid Stone||Mid-level zones|
|Truesilver Deposit||230||255||280||330||2-4 Truesilver Ore||Mid-level zones|
|Small Thorium Vein||245||270||295||345||Mid- to high-level zones|
|Rich Thorium Vein||275||300||325||375||Mid to high-level zones|
Azeroth Smelting Information
|Copper Bar||1||25||47||70||1 x Copper Ore|
|Tin Bar||65||65||70||75||1 x Tin Ore|
|2 x Bronze Bar||65||65||90||115|
|Silver Bar||75||115||122||130||1 x Silver Ore|
|Iron Bar||125||130||145||160||1 x Iron Ore|
|Gold Bar||155||170||177||185||1 x Gold Ore|
|Mithril Bar||175||175||202||230||1 x Mithril Ore|
|Truesilver Bar||230||250||270||290||1 x Truesilver Ore|
|Thorium Bar||230||250||270||290||1 x Thorium Ore|
Leveling Mining in Outland (300-375)
Skill Ups 300-325
Here you will be looking to farm some Fel Iron Ore in Hellfire Peninsula. Run along the mountain edges looking for any veins you can find on your minimap.
Skill Ups 325-350
Skill Ups 350-375
For the last few skill-ups we recommend heading into Nagrand as you 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.
Outland Ore Information
|Vein||Skill Level||Possible Loot||Zones|
|Fel Iron Deposit||300||325||350||400||All Outland zones|
|Adamantite Deposit||325||350||375||425||All Outland zones except Hellfire Peninsula|
|Rich Adamantite Deposit||350||375||400||450||All Outland zones except Hellfire Peninsula|
|Khorium Vein||375||400||425||475||All Outland zones|
Outland Smelting Information
|Fel Iron Bar||300||300||300||325||2 x Fel Iron Ore|
|Adamantite Bar||325||325||332||340||2 x Adamantite Ore|
|Eternium Bar||350||350||357||365||2 x Eternium Ore|
|Hardened Adamantite Bar||375||375||375||375||10 x Adamantite Bar|
|Khorium Bar||375||375||375||375||2 x Khorium Ore|
Leveling Mining in Northrend (350-450)
Be sure to head to a Grand Master Mining trainer in Northrend as shown above to unlock Grand Master Mining, allowing you to max out your Mining at 450 skill level.
Skill Ups 350-400
Borean Tundra is a decent zone for mining as it has level ground, letting you travel the area quickly. It also has plenty of caves which almost always have at least one ore deposit inside. If the area is highly contested, try heading to Grizzly Hills once you reach 375 Mining Skill.
Skill Ups 400-450
Sholazar Basin is one of the best zones in the game for mining ore as it has a massive amount of veins to mine. Use this zone to finish off your Mining skill in a short time. If the zone is highly contested, try Icecrown instead.
Northrend Ore Information
|Vein||Skill Level||Possible Loot||Zones|
|Rich Cobalt Deposit||375||400||425||475||
|Rich Saronite Deposit||425||450||475||525||
Northrend Smelting Information
|Cobalt Bar||350||350||362||375||1 x Cobalt Ore|
|Saronite Bar||400||400||400||400||2 x Saronite Ore|
|Titanium Bar||450||450||450||450||2 x Titanium Ore|
Noteworthy Ore in Wrath of the Lich King
Below you will find some of the most commonly used ore in Wrath of the Lich King. These ores will be constantly in-demand as they are needed to make end-game consumables for raiding content.
- Titanium Ore — Constantly needed for end-game crafts and enchants.
- Saronite Ore — Needed in bulk for many professions and end-game gear crafts.
Mining Stat Buff in Wrath of the Lich King
|Toughness (Rank 1)||75||Increases Stamina by 3.|
|Toughness (Rank 2)||150||Increases Stamina by 5.|
|Toughness (Rank 3)||225||Increases Stamina by 7.|
|Toughness (Rank 4)||300||Increases Stamina by 10.|
|Toughness (Rank 5)||375||Increases Stamina by 30.|
|Toughness (Rank 6)||450||Increases Stamina by 60.|
Mining is just one of the many professions you may choose to level in Wrath of the Lich King Classic. To learn more about the other options available, we recommend checking out our overviews of all professions and their unique bonuses below.
- 03 Oct. 2023: Reviewed for Phase 4 release.
- 23 Jun. 2023: Guide updated for Phase 3.
- 03 May 2023: Fixed Thorium smelting levels.
- 13 Sep. 2022: Page added.
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