WoW Profession Guide: Mining

In World of Warcraft, the Mining profession enables players gather ore from specific ore veins scattered all over the world. These ores can be smelted into bars, which can then be used in certain crafting professions like Blacksmithing, Engineering, and Jewelcrafting, so it’s convenient to pair Mining with any of those three professions.

Note that even when paired with Mining, you may need additional funds for the other materials required for Blacksmithing, Engineering, and Jewelcrafting, so you might want to buy WoW Gold.

Proficiency

As with all professions, Mining has six proficiency levels, which are listed in the table below. As you increase your character’s level and your Mining skill level, you can increase your Mining Proficiency by visiting a Mining Trainer. While any Mining Trainer in Azeroth can teach you Apprentice to Artisan Mining, you can only learn Master Mining in Outland or Northrend, and Grand Master Mining in Northrend.

Training costs WoW Gold, and the prices differ depending on whether you chose Mining as your Primary or Secondary profession.

Proficiency

Required Character Level

Minimum Required Skill Points

Maximum Allowed Skill Points

Training Cost

( Primary Profession)

Training Cost

(Secondary Profession)

Apprentice

0

None

75

10 Copper

1 Silver

Journeyman

0

50

150

10 Silver

5 Silver

Expert

10

125

225

50 Silver

1 WoW Gold

Artisan

25

200

300

5 WoW Gold

2 WoW Gold

50 Silver

Master

40

275

375

10 WoW Gold

10 WoW Gold

Grand Master

55

350

450

35 WoW Gold

35 WoW Gold

 

Toughness

At skill level 75, you will learn the Mining bonus ability: Toughness. Toughness is passive ability that increases in rank every 75 skill points in Mining. It grants you an increase in your base Stamina.

Toughness Rank

Skill Level

Stamina Increase

Required Character Level

1

75

3

1

2

150

5

1

3

225

7

10

4

300

10

25

5

375

30

40

6

450

60

55

 

Leveling Mining

The first thing you need to do is to visit a Mining Trainer in one of Azeroth’s main cities to learn Apprentice Mining. This section contains a table that shows you which items to create to level up your Proficiency in the fastest, most efficient manner.

Remember to always bring your Mining Pick (or any equivalent item) with you. You won’t be able to mine anything if you don’t!

Once you acquire 30 pieces of a certain ore, go find and Anvil and Smelt them to turn them into bars.

Apprentice

Skill Level

Ores to acquire

Ore locations

1-50

Copper Ore

Durotar

Dun Morogh

Elwynn Forest

Darkshore

Azuremyst Isle

Tirisfal Glades

Mulgore

Eversong Woods

Journeyman

Skill Level

Ores to acquire

Ore locations

65-125

Tin Ore

Silver Ore

Copper Ore

The Barrens

Silverpine Forest

Redridge Mountains

Loch Modan

Smelting your Copper and Tin Ores into bars and then combining them to make Bronze Bars will take you up to around skill level 90-95. If you find Silver Ores, Smelt them before reaching skill level 115 as they turn green in your list at 122.

Expert

Skill Level

Ores to acquire

Ore locations

125-175

Iron Ore

Tin Ore

Gold Ore

Arathi Highlands

Thousand Needles

If Gold and Silver Ore is inexpensive in your realm’s Auction House, buy some and Smelt them until you reach skill level 175.

175-245

Mithril Ore

Truesilver Ore

The Hinterlands

Tanaris

Once you reach skill level 225-230, visit a Mining trainer and learn how to Smelt Truesilver Ores. This will help you reach skill level 245 faster.

Before moving on to mining Thorium, try to have an Enchanter perform the “Enchant Gloves: Advanced Mining” enchantment on your gloves. This will enable you to mine Rich Thorium Veins much sooner than you would without them.

245-300

Thorium Ore

Winterspring

Eastern Plaguelands

Master

Skill Level

Ores to acquire

Ore locations

300-325

Fel Iron Ore

Hellfire Peninsula

325-350

Adamantite Ore

Nagrand

Grand Master

Skill Level

Ores to acquire

Ore locations

350-400

Cobalt Ore

Borean Tundra

400-450

Saronite Ore

Sholazar Basin

 

Now that you know the most efficient way to level up your Mining skill, you’ll get up to 450 in no time. Like the other gathering professions, Mining can be tiring to do as you have to keep running around to find ore and to smelt them, but higher-quality metal bars are usually in high demand at the Auction House, and you can craft good equipment out of them too.







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