Mining Guide for Dragonflight
This page covers the most important aspects of Mining in Dragonflight, including talent builds and suggestions on how to make gold with the profession.
Mining in Dragonflight
Mining allows you to mine ore veins found all across the Dragon Isles. The normal and rare ores mined in this fashion can then be further processed through Mining's specializations, or directly sold to players with Engineering, Jewelcrafting, or Blacksmithing.
Dragonflight introduces Crafting Specializations, which you are able to unlock once your profession skill hits 25. These serve as a profession talent tree system fueled by Mining Knowledge, obtained from weekly quests, one-time treasures in the Dragon Isles, Draconic Treatises, and first-time crafts.
While you will eventually be able to unlock all talents, doing so will require a long time as the sources of knowledge are very limited, especially once one-time treasures and first-crafts are exhausted.
Best Class for Mining in Dragonflight
Devastation Evokers with their unique Dracthyr mobility abilities, Soar and 2% baseline Perception gain racial, are easily top contenders for great miners.
The other main contender is a Highmountain Druid, who benefits from quicker gathering, +5 skill, and no cast time when going into flight form in the old world.
Gathering Stats for Mining in Dragonflight
Dragonflight introduces three new stats specific to gathering professions: Perception, Deftness, and Finesse.
We explain what each stat does and how to maximize them in the specialized guide below:
Mining can make great use of all three stats, but you might want to focus on specific stats for different playstyles. We go into detail with Mining stats and the gear you can use to boost them in the specialized guide below:
Ore Types in Dragonflight
You can gather two base ore types:
With a third, Khaz'gorite Ore, being awarded rarely when mining from the two base ore types, especially Draconium Ore and any modified ore deposits.
The base types can be found affected by Windswept, Frigid, Decayed, Lush, Infurious and Titan-Touched modifiers, with Infurious notably being present in War Mode and near World PvP objectives. We showcase images of ores affected by these modifiers in the leveling guide below.
Mining Rock Walls
Occasionally you will find Rock Walls marked on your mini-map by your mineral tracking ability. These can be opened by Miners, and inside you can find special secrets and ore mines or herbs!
Leveling Mining in Dragonflight
The most important source of Mining skill is your profession level, which is increased by gathering different types of ores in the Dragon Isles. While leveling is generally straightforward, you should still take into account the racials of the character you are leveling on and the skill level at which certain types of ores stop giving skill, both of which are discussed in our specialized guide below:
Best Mining Specializations and Talents in Dragonflight
Mining Specializations dictate what ores you are proficient at gathering, and can even let you mine while mounted! In fact, that feature is so strong that we would recommend you to invest 35 points into Mining Process to begin with, before branching out to any of our suggested builds below.
Mining Specializations are divided into three disciplines, each with multiple sub-specializations within which can be unlocked as you put points into their pre-requisite disciplines, akin to talent trees.
Best Mining Process Talents
Mining Process is always your starting point in order to learn how to gather while mounted at Mining Process 35. From there you can keep investing into the specialization or swap to Metallurgy or Mastering the Elements, as you should have unlocked a second tree with skill 50 by then.
All three sub-trees in this specialization are very good and worth investing in. The order can be argued about, but in the end you will want to maximize everything in Mining Process as fast as possible for the best returns when mining!
Best Metallurgy Talents
Metallurgy focuses on the efficient gathering of Serevite Ore and Draconium Ore base ore type and refining them, as well as Khaz'gorite Ore to maximum Quality.
Any of the three ores can be refined for profit, and the exact build you want to use depends on prices on your server: Serevite provides gems when refining, while Draconium gives Rousing Essences, instead. You can also temporarily skip both and just maximize Metallurgy for maximum quality Khaz'gorite Ore as quickly as possible, instead!
Best Mastering The Elements Talents
Mastering The Elements is the best tree for increasing your Rousing and Awakened Essence gains while gathering. Its main benefit is the ability to use Overload Elemental Deposit to gather a lot of materials quickly whenever it is up.
You also get bonus profession knowledge for the first time you overload a specific node modification type, making this specialization useful to speed up your Mining progression.
Making Gold with Mining in Dragonflight
Mining makes gold by farming ores in the Dragon Isles, with rarer ores being looted based on your Perception stat.
As ores are a common ingredient for Engineering, Jewelcrafting, and Blacksmithing, try to sell yours in raid days, when crafters are more likely to be looking to create and sell their wares. The Oribos Exchange can also help you understand the price fluctuation for ores in your server, and which ores are best to farm at any given moment.
We have a specialized guide for Dragonflight goldmaking below, which contains a goldmaking tier list and goes deeper into techniques and habits for successful gold making, as well as websites and addons that can help you on your journey!
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