WoW Mining Leveling Guide 1 - 600

This Mining leveling guide will show you the fastest way how to level your Mining profession up from 1 to 600. Updated for patch 6.0.2

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.

I mentioned I will show a fast way to level Mining, unfortunately it's a gathering profession, and it takes a lot of time to level it up to 600. In this Mining guide I will try to 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 90 in 7 days with this guide.

Mining Guide Sections:

WoW Mining Leveling Guide 1 - 600

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 other Mining leveling guide 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 Ghost Iron from 1 to 600, visit my Ghost Iron Ore farming guide.

You should always smelt your ores to gain a few free skill-ups, the only exception is if you need the Ores for Jewelcrafting.

1 - 50

You will mine [Copper Ore] in this section.


Durotar map


50 - 100

Learn Mining Journeyman.

You will mine the following ores: [Tin Ore], [Silver Ore]

Hillsbrad Foothills

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.

Hillsbard Foothills mining map

Northern Stranglethorn

Northern Stranglethorn Mining Map

100 - 150

You will mine the following ores at this section:

[Iron Ore], [Gold Ore]

Western Plaguelands

Western Plaguelands map



150 - 200

Learn Mining Expert.

You will mine the following ores: [Mithril Ore], [Truesilver Ore]

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.


Felwood Mining map

Burning Steppes

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.

Burning Steppes mining map

Alternative Map: Mithril Ore farming

200 - 300

Learn Mining Artisan.

You will mine [Thorium Ore].

Un'Goro Crater

Un'Goro mining map


Winterspring mining map

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.

Hellfire Peninsula

325 - 350

You will mine [Adamantite Ore] and [Fel Iron Ore].


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.

Howling Fjord

Alternative map: Cobalt Ore farming

400 - 425

You will mine [Saronite Ore]. Sholazar Basin is simply the best place to farm Saronite.

Sholazar Basin

Wintergrasp map


Wintergrasp map

425 - 475

Learn Mining Illustrious

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.

Mount Hyjal

Mount Hyal Mining map

Vashj'ir Mining Map

Vashj'ir Obsidium Mining map

475 - 500

You will mine [Elementium Ore].

Twilight Highlands

You can also just skip this part entirely and start farming Ghost Iron Ore.

Twilight Highlands mining map

Alternative map: Elementium Ore farming.

500 - 600

You can level up to 600 by mining only Ghost Irone Ore because there is an in-game bug that allows you to gain skill points even though Ghost Iron is grey. Visit my Ghost Iron Ore farming guide if you need more farming places.

Jade Forest

I hope you liked this Mining leveling guide, congratulations on reaching 600!

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