WoW Mining Leveling Guide 1 - 700
Mining serves three professions: Blacksmithing, Engineering and Jewelcrafting, so it's really good combined with any of these. Check out my Engineering guide, Jewelcrafting guide or my Blacksmithing guide if you want to level any of these professions.
Mining is a gathering profession, and it takes some time to level it up to 700. Below I will list the best zones where I found the most Mining nodes.
If you are low on gold, I recommend you to try this Gold Making Guide, it can help you to make loads of gold.
If you are still leveling your character or you just started a new alt, I recommend you to use a leveling guide. You can level your character to level 100 in 8 days with this guide.
Mining Guide Sections:
- 1 - 50 - Copper Ore
- 50 - 100 - Tin Ore
- 100 - 150 - Iron Ore
- 150 - 200 - Mithril Ore
- 200 - 300 - Thorium Ore
- 300 - 325 - Fel Iron Ore
- 325 - 350 - Adamantite Ore
- 350 - 400 - Cobalt Ore
- 400 - 425 - Saronite Ore
- 425 - 475 - Obsidium Ore
- 475 - 500 - Elementium Ore
- 500 - 600 - Ghost Iron Ore
- 600 - 700 - Blackrock Ore, True Iron ore
Mining Leveling Guide 1 - 700
First, visit any trainer in the main cities of old Azeroth - just ask a guard, and learn Apprentice Mining.
Download the following addon: Gathermate2
This addon shows you every Mining node location on your map. The addon and the databse can be found here.
Don't forget to turn on Find Minerals!
Check out my Smelting guide 1-600 if you want to level mining with [Smelting] only. You can level mining a lot faster with Smelting, but it will also cost you a lot of gold. (you can make most of your gold back if you sell the bars at the Auction House)
Important! You can now mine ores without a required skill. The amount of ore you'll get is determined by your skill level. But this means it's still recommended to level in zones where your skill level is close to the mining deposit hidden skill requirement. You will get much fewer ores if you start picking the highest level ore with mining skill 1. You can read more about this here. But, if you want to mine higher level ores, I recommend Ghost Iron from 1 to 600. You can find farming routes if you visit my Ghost Iron Ore farming guide.
I don't recommend mining ores at Draenor if you want to level mining fast. You can't use flying mount at Draenor, so you will level a lot slower there.
1 - 50
You should always smelt your ores to gain a few free skill-ups, the only exception is if you need the Ores for Jewelcrafting.
You will mine [Copper Ore] in this section.
50 - 100
Learn Mining Journeyman.
Hillsbrad Foothills is just simply the best place to farm Tin. If you are an alliance player you should still go there, but Northern Stranglethorn is a great alternative. You will see a red zone on the map, that zone is filled with Tin, it's everywhere. When you mined all of it, just go outside of the zone where you can see the little yellowish arrows, mine a few Tin and head back to the red zone because it's most likely that the Tin Veins there are already respawned.
100 - 150
You will mine the following ores at this section:
150 - 200
Learn Mining Expert.
Felwood and Burning Steppes are the best places to farm because the mining route is just so simple in these two zones. Badlands is also a really good place, but I found a bit more Mithril in the other zones.
Don't go into Dreadmaul Rock. There is plenty of Mithril at the corner of the map, you will just get dismounted if you go into the cave and it will slow you down.
Alternative Map: Mithril Ore farming
200 - 300
Note: There is currently a bug for some players where you won't get any skill points for mining Rich Thorium Veins even if it's orange to you. If this is the case, your only option is to smelt Thorium up to around 275 then head over to Outland after you reach level 58. If you are already above level 58, then you can just go to Outland and mine Fel Iron Ore.
Learn Mining Artisan.
You will mine [Thorium Ore].
Alternative Maps: Thorium Ore farming
300 - 325
You can also just skip this part entirely and start farming Cobalt Ore.
Visit your trainer and learn Mining Master.
You will mine [Fel Iron Ore]. You can stay in this zone up to 350.
325 - 350
350 - 400
Visit your trainer and learn Mining Grand Master.
You will mine [Cobalt Ore]. I found Howling Fjord to be the best place to farm Cobalt, however you can go to Borean Tundra if you want to, there are plenty of Cobalt there too. Visit my Cobalt Ore farming guide if you want to go to Borean Tundra.
Alternative map: Cobalt Ore farming
400 - 425
You will mine [Saronite Ore]. Sholazar Basin is simply the best place to farm Saronite.
Attention! Currently it seems that sometimes there is a bug and you can't see any mining nodes, or even npcs in the zone. Logging out and then logging back in fixed this bug for me, but you might even have to close the game.
425 - 475
You will mine [Obsidium Ore].There is a lot more Obsidium in Hyjal than in Vashj'ir, but there is also a lot more players. Hyjal beats Vashj'ir if there isn't anyone else farming the zone, else the zones are pretty similar. If you go to Vashj'ir, you will also have to do the starting quests until you get your underwater mount.
475 - 500
You will mine [Elementium Ore].
You can also just skip this part entirely and start farming Ghost Iron Ore.
Alternative map: Elementium Ore farming.
500 - 600
The last 10 points will come really slowly. Visit my Ghost Iron Ore farming guide if you need more farming places.
Ghost Iron is green all the way up to 600, but if it's gray to you, it's because you have a mining pick in your inventory, or something that gives you extra mining skill. Don't worry, you will still gain skill-ups, even if it's grey.
600 - 700
You can learn the new rank of mining from [A Treatise on Mining in Draenor]. You can get this scroll by mining Blackrock Ore or True Iron Ore at Draenor.