Mining serves three professions: Blacksmithing, Jewelcrafting, and Engineering, so it's really good combined with any of these three. Check out my TBC Classic Blacksmithing leveling, Jewelcrafting leveling, or my Engineering leveling guide if you want to level any of these professions.
Table of contents:
- Mining Trainers
- 1 - 65 Copper
- 65 - 125 Copper, Tin
- 125 - 175 Iron, Tin
- 175 - 245 Mithril
- 245 - 275 Mithril, Thorium
- 275 - 300 Thorium and Rich Thorium
- 300 - 375 (TBC Classic)
You can learn Mining from any of these NPCs below. Just click on any of the links below to see the trainer's exact location. You can also walk up to a guard in any city and ask where the Mining trainer is, and then the trainer will be marked with a red flag on your map.
Classic Trainers (1-300)
- Makaru in Orgrimmar.
- Brom Killian in Undercity.
- Brek Stonehoof in Thunder Bluff
- Johan Focht in Silverpine Forest.
- Krunn in Durotar.
- Pikkle in Tanaris.
- Geofram Bouldertoe in Ironforge.
- Gelman Stonehand in Stormwind City.
- Kurdram Stonehammer in Darkshore.
- Matt Johnson in Duskwood.
- Yarr Hammerstone in Dun Morogh.
- Pikkle in Tanaris.
TBC Trainers (300-375)
Every starter zone is filled with Copper Ore. It doesn't really matter which one you choose.
Night Elf players have to wait until they get to Darkshore before they can start leveling mining because Teldrassil doesn't have any Copper Ore.
Don't forget to buy a Mining Pick from the Mining Supply vendor near your trainer! You don't have to equip it, but you have to have one in your inventory.
1 - 65
65 - 125
Visit your trainer and learn Journeyman Mining. (You need to level up Mining to at least 50)
At 75, you can learn how to smelt Silver Ore. This will help you get your skill to 125. Silver Ore and bars sell for roughly the same, buy the ore and sell the bars at the auction house.
125 - 175
Visit your trainer and learn Expert Mining. (You need to level up Mining to at least 125)
At 155, you can learn how to smelt Gold Ore. Buy around 30 Gold Ore then smelt them. This should get you to around 175. Same as with Silver Ores, buy them, smelt them and sell the bars at the Auction House.
175 - 245
Don't forget to visit your Mining trainer and learn Artisan Mining when you reach 225! (You need to level up Mining to at least 200)
245 - 275
275 - 300
Now you can mine Rich Thorium Veins too.
Burning Crusade Classic (300-375)
300 - 325
I recommend Route 1 and Route 2 for level 70 players with flying mount. There is not much difference between the two routes, I got roughly the same number of Fel Iron on both routes.
If you don't have a flying mount and are still leveling your character, then use Route 3.
It's impossible to avoid pulling mobs in Hellfire Penninsula with a low level character, but this route avoids most areas with high density of mobs, so you can use it with lower level characters.
Don't use this if you have a flying mount!
325 - 350
There will be a few Rich Adamantite nodes in Terrokara Forest that you can't mine until you reach 350. But, they can only spawn in the areas accessible by flying mount, so this is not an issue for lower level players. (Skettis and the area above Shattrat City)
There are two caves marked with red circles on the map. You should go inside both of them and make sure that you go all the way to the end because sometimes you won't see the Mining nodes from the entrance.
You will need a flying mount for this route, use route 3 if you don't have one.
Alternative route for players without flying mount.
350 - 375
I recommend getting your last 25 skill points in Nagrand. There are four caves marked with red circles on the map. You should go inside them and make sure that you go all the way to the end because sometimes you won't see the Mining nodes from the entrance.
This Nagrand route below is made for players with flying mount. At 350 mining skill, you can mine everything except Khorium, so if you are not level 70 yet, you should be just simply focusing on leveling and getting your flying mount. I don't think it worth focusing on getting 375 if you are not 70 yet.
But, if you want to reach 375 with a lower-level character, I recommend just sticking to Terrokar Forest and Zangarmarsh. Both Adamantite Ore and Fel Iron ore give skill points all the way up to 375.
Congratulations on reaching 375! Please send feedback about the guide if you think there are parts I could improve, or you found typos, errors, wrong material numbers!