Mining serves three professions: Blacksmithing, Engineering and Jewelcrafting, so it's really good combined with any of these.
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 120 in 8 days with this guide.
Table of contents:
- 1 - 50 - Copper Ore
- 50 - 100 - Tin Ore
- 100 - 150 - Iron Ore
- 150 - 200 - Mithril Ore
- 200 - 300 - Thorium Ore
First, visit any trainer in the main cities of old Azeroth - just ask a guard, and learn Mining.
You can mine ores without a required skill, the amount of ore you'll get is determined by your skill level. 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.
Check out my Smelting guide if you want to level mining with smelting, you can level Mining to 290 without mining a single ore. It will cost you a lot of gold, but you can usually get most of your gold back if you sell the bars.
Smelting is a much faster and easier way to level Mining.
1 - 50
You will mine [Copper Ore].
50 - 100
You can find alternative maps at my Tin Ore farming guide.
100 - 150
150 - 200
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.
200 - 300
You will stop getting skill points from Small Thorium Veins at 275, and from Rich Thorium Veins at 295. I don't know if this is a bug, or this is intended. The only way to reach 300 is to smelt Dark Iron Ore or Complete the Darkmoon Quest.
Darkmoon Faire +5 free skill points
You should check your Calendar in-game to see if the Darkmoon Faire is open, the event starts at 00:01 on the Sunday before the 1st Monday of each month.
The skillups will apply automatically to the most recent expansion profession progress that is not at its maximum. This means you can only get the +5 skill points if you haven't learned any of the other expansion's mining skill yet, or if you maxed them all out. If you have already learned other expansions profession skills, you have to level all of them up to their maximum, then you can get the +5 in the base Mining skill since that will be the only one that is not at its maximum.
The location of the Faire is on Darkmoon Island. The portals to the Island can be accessed in the following locations:
- Eastern Kingdoms, on the south side of Goldshire in Elwynn Forest
- Kalimdor, in Mulgore at the base of Thunder Bluff
Complete this quest when you reach 295!
You will mine [Thorium Ore].