WoW Mining Leveling Guide 1 - 600
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:
- 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
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! Also don't forget to buy a Mining Pick from a Blacksmithing Supply vendor, they are usually near your trainer somewhere. The pick gives you +10 skill points.
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)
You can start mining Ghost Iron Ore even if your Mining skill is 1. (read more about this here). But I wouldn't recommend it until your character is level 90 and you can use flying mount in Pandaria. And if you want to make the most gold, you should only go to Pandaria around skill 500 because you will get a lot fewer ores if you go there with lower skill.
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.
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
Learn Mining Artisan.
You will mine [Thorium Ore].
Buy Thorium Ores and smelt them until you reach 205, the reason for this is that with 205 Mining skill (215 with your mining pick), you will be able to mine Rich Thorium Veins, not just the small ones. You can actually smelt Thorium up to 275 if you want to, as you can see it in my smelting guide. Sell the Thorium Bars at the Auction House if you don't need them.
Alternative Maps: Thorium Ore farming
300 - 325
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, you will find a few Rich Saronite Deposits, but you won't be able to mine them yet.
Sometimes you can get unlucky and there will be too many Rich Saronite Deposits, you can try Wintergasp if this happens. If the battle is on, you won't be able to use flying mount for a few minutes.
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].
There will be some Pyrite Deposits in this zone, but you won't be able to mine them until you reach 525. Rich Elementium Vein also requires a mining skill of 500, please don't get angry for not being able to mine these yet.
You can also just skip this part entirely and start farming Ghost Iron Ore.
Alternative map: Elementium Ore farming.
500 - 600
You can mine this ore from skill 1, but you will only get [Ghost Iron Nugget] until you reach Mining skill 425 (10 nuggets makes one ore), after that you will start getting a few ores, and at 500 you will stop getting nuggets.
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.
I hope you liked this Mining leveling guide, congratulations on reaching 600!