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Mining

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Miners must be tough and precise to succeed - a mining pick is not necessary but can help.

Mining allows you to find and mine ores, stones, and raw gems from resource nodes and certain mobs (see Ore skinning) scattered throughout the world. It is one of the primary professions. Materials from mining and the items miners can create from them are reagents needed for recipes within other professions.

Mining pointers:

Pointer mine on 32x32.png in range of deposit/vein that can be mined
Pointer mine off 32x32.png out of range of deposit/vein

For other articles related to Mining, see the Mining category.

Official overview

Miners pursue valuable and useful ores, extracting them straight from the earth with their picks. Their familiarity with the land gives them a strong notion of where rich veins of gold, silver or even more precious metals can be found, and they retrieve and smelt these minerals for profit, or for use in metalworking of all types.

Miners can spot mineral veins on their mini-map with the Find Minerals ability, and they can gather them quickly (by simply right-clicking on the vein). Miners require mining picks in order to break apart stones and retrieve valuable ores, and, in order to smelt those ores into bars, they need to be near a forge (found in most cities). As you continue to exercise your mining skills and smelt complex combinations of ores into alloys, your Mining skill will grow. High skill values are required to successfully retrieve the rarest minerals.

Mining is a gathering profession. It's often paired with complementary crafting professions, particularly Blacksmithing, Engineering and Jewelcrafting.

Minerals can be found all over Azeroth, though some areas are more mineral-rich than others. Valuable and rare minerals are often difficult to find, but the rewards are worth it - they can command high prices and form potent metals.[1]

Proficiency

Proficiency Level Skill
Apprentice 5 1 - 300
Master 40 1 - 75 Bc icon.gif
Grand Master 55 1 - 75 Wrath-Logo-Small.png
Illustrious Grand Master 78 1 - 75 Cata-Logo-Small.png
Zen Master 80 1 - 75 Mists-Logo-Small.png
Draenor Master - 1 - 100 WoD-Logo-Small.png
Legion Master - 1 - 100 Legion-Logo-Small.png
Kul Tiran / Zandalari - 1 - 175 BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small.png
Shadowlands - 1 - 150 Shadowlands-Icon-Inline.png

Shadowlands proficiency is only available after purchasing the expansion Shadowlands.

Uses

Mining is a complementary profession to blacksmithing, engineering and jewelcrafting. These professions rely specifically on ore and ore-derived materials.

Mining can be a profitable gathering profession because of the large sums utilized by the other primary professions. Jewelcrafters require five ore per prospect, blacksmiths can use dozens of bars for specific items, and engineers use large amounts of ore for the many consumable materials they can create.

Economical gain

As with any gathering professional, low-level characters and characters without economic support may consider using two gathering professions. While this denies the player the ability to directly enhance his or her equipment/abilities, it does allow one to, in theory, make money quickly and easily through the use of the auction house.

Regardless of the method chosen, mining can be profitable. With regards to mining, be sure to check the local prices of your ore against the local prices of your smelted bars. Frequently ores will be more valuable because they can be prospected or smelted for skill points. This desirability leads to increased cost per unit.

Tools and abilities

A trained apprentice miner will immediately learn the Spell nature earthquake.png [Find Minerals] ability, which highlights nearby nodes on the mini-map. A miner will also learn the accompanying Smelting skill. This skill is used to convert one or more ore and elemental ingredients into bars, which are used in various professions. This skill can only be used in the vicinity of a forge, and will occasionally grant skill points depending on the player's profession level.

In addition to a miner's pick and their ore-sensing abilities, dedicated ore farming may require a bag. There are a few mining-specialized bags that can be crafted or bought. These bags typically have 20, 28, or 32 slots respectively and will automatically store mined ores. Mining-bags can also store rocks and elemental items found by mining, smelted bars, a few items created in Jewelcrafting, a few items used in Blacksmithing, and mining picks. For a list, click here.

Addons

  • MapWoW is a great Google Earth-like web application for finding node locations.
  • Gatherer is an add-on that can keep track of historical mining data. It can keep track of when and where you last mined a node. Additionally, it can be partnered with GathererDB. This addon is a communal database of mined ore.
  • GatherMate is a replacement for the now-defunct Cartographer_Mining. It aims to be map addon independent. It can be combined with Routes to produce a traveling salesman route to all nodes in a given zone.
  • Carbonite will allow you to plan a route through the locations of all veins in a region. This allows efficient farming.

Items

  • Some weapons claim they serve as a mining pick but do not necessarily increase skill:
Inv pick 02.png  [Kobold Excavation Pick]
Inv pick 02.png  [Gouging Pick]
Inv pick 01.png  [Cold Iron Pick]
Inv pick 03.png  [Miner's Revenge]
Inv pick 02.png  [Tunnel Pick]
Inv pick 01.png  [Digmaster 5000]
Inv pick 03.png  [Brann's Trusty Pick]
Inv pick 01.png  [Shatterstone Pick]
Inv misc screwdriver 02.png  [Gyromatic Micro-Adjustor]
Inv misc wrench 01.png  [Arclight Spanner]
Inv hammer 20.png  [Blacksmith Hammer]
Inv pick 02.png  [Mining Pick]
Inv weapon shortblade 01.png  [Skinning Knife]
Inv misc shovel 01.png  [Herbalist's Spade]

Enchants

Ablities

  • Paladins, Frost death knights, hunters, druids, and engineers have a slight advantage in mining because of speed increasing talents.
  • Rogues also have an advantage, as some mining deposits are in caves filled with mobs. Players usually don't farm there because they don't want spending a lot of time killing the mobs to get to the veins. Rogues can stealth around mobs and knock out nearby mobs.

Worthy of note

  • Mists-Logo-Small.png having a mining pick in your inventory (does not need to be equipped) adds +10 to the player's mining skill.

Until patch 5.0.4, a mining pick was required to be in the player's inventory or equipped to mine nodes in-game. It is no longer required, but provides a passive bonus to your mining skill.

Mining skill and its increase

Different veins will require different mining skill levels to loot (e.g. Mithril veins require a skill of 175). The relative difficulty of the mining attempt is color coded as all other crafting and gathering professions:

  • Red:Skill insufficient.
  • Orange:100% chance of increasing skill level.
  • Yellow:75% chance of increasing skill level.
  • Green:<50% chance of increasing skill level.
  • Gray:Never increases skill level.

Although the same colors are used as for other professions, the actual odds of getting a skill point are considerably higher than the color would indicate. For example, at skill 60, a copper vein will appear green but have a ~80% chance of giving a you a skill point. In general, if a node is of the highest-level type of ore you can mine (not counting rare veins like silver or gold), there is a very high chance you will gain a skill point.

To mine a vein, right-click on it. After a brief animation, a loot window will appear containing ore, stone and sometimes rare drops like gems or motes. Nodes that are orange or yellow in difficulty will likely skill your mining ability, so it is important to focus on these nodes when leveling this profession.

Prior to patch 3.0.8, mining a node completely required multiple attempts, one for each unit of ore. As such, each node could yield a one point of skill increase per miner. This would allow several players in a raid or group to mine the same node for a skill-up. Since that patch, a single mining attempt extracts all available loot from the vein. Alternatively, miners can share a node for a skill-up by not looting the vein. This allowed multiple miners to gain a skill point (or tap) a vein, but only one miner will receive all the ore. This again changed in patch 4.0.1, prior to the launch of Cataclysm; Ore nodes (indeed, any Herb nodes or skinnable corpses) can now only be tapped by one player at a time. If a player attempts to mine it while another player is, the player receives the error "This object is already tapped".

Patch 5.3 changed Pandaria mining yields to be determined by skill level.

As of patch 6.0, all mining nodes could be mined from level 1, however miners whose skill was too low would receive nuggets which combined to form a unit of ore

From Legion onwards, new nodes can all be mined from level 1 assuming the miner has the relevant proficiency. Nodes for new ores no longer give nuggets and skill does not determine yields. Base skill level is a hidden prerequisites for mining quests [citation needed]  which reward mining techniques that grant improved yields or bonus resources.

Smelting provides an opportunity to level mining at a faster pace. Smelting large stores of collected ore can be smelted en masse and in large quantities. Since patch 3.0.8, it has been possible to level from 1-375 only via smelting, but this is expensive, since at certain skill ranges there is a very low chance of gaining a skill point.

There are rare spawns of various ore veins in place of more common metals. Specifically:

Tin can spawn Silver.
Iron can spawn Gold.
Mithril can spawn Truesilver.
Fel Iron and Adamantite can spawn Khorium.
Saronite can spawn Titanium.
Elementium can spawn Pyrite.
Ghost Iron can spawn Trillium.

These vein types are visually distinct from normal veins. They typically have a glossier, shinier model than normal ore veins.

Additionally, certain ore nodes have Rich nodes that can spawn in higher-level locations. The following ore can be found in Normal and Rich veins:

Inv ore thorium 02.png  [Thorium Ore]
Inv ore adamantium.png  [Adamantite Ore]
Inv ore cobalt.png  [Cobalt Ore]
Inv ore saronite 01.png  [Saronite Ore]
Item elementiumore.png  [Obsidium Ore]
Item pyriumore.png  [Elementium Ore]
Inv ore arcanite 01.png  [Pyrite Ore]
Inv ore ghostiron.png  [Ghost Iron Ore]
Inv ore manticyte.png  [Kyparite]
Inv ore trilliumblack.png  [Black Trillium Ore]
Inv ore trilliumwhite.png  [White Trillium Ore]

Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor

Mineral Vein Skill Color
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Copper Vein 1 25 50 100
Tin Vein 1 75 100 150
Silver Vein 1 85 110 160
Iron Vein 1 125 150 200
Gold Vein 1 130 165 215
Mithril Deposit 1 175 200 250
Truesilver Deposit 1 165 ? 300
Dark Iron Vein 1 165 ? 300
Small Thorium Vein 1 225 250 300
Rich Thorium Vein 1 240 265 300

Outland and Isle of Quel'Danas Bc icon.gif

Mineral Vein Skill Color
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Fel Iron Vein 1 ? ? 75
Adamantite Vein 1 ? ? 75
Rich Adamantite Vein 1 ? ? 75
Nethercite Deposit 1 ? ? 75
Khorium Vein 1 ? ? 75
Ancient Gem Vein 1 ? ? 75

Northrend Wrath-Logo-Small.png

Mineral Vein Skill Color
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Cobalt Deposit 1 ? ? 75
Rich Cobalt Deposit 1 ? ? 75
Saronite Deposit 1 ? ? 75
Rich Saronite Deposit 1 ? ? 75
Titanium Deposit 1 ? ? 75

Cataclysm Cata-Logo-Small.png

Mineral Vein Skill Color
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Obsidium Deposit 1 ? ? 75
Rich Obsidium Deposit 1 ? ? 75
Elementium Vein 1 ? ? 75
Rich Elementium Vein 1 ? ? 75
Pyrite Deposit 1 ? ? 75
Rich Pyrite Deposit 1 ? ? 75

Pandaria Mists-Logo-Small.png

Mineral Vein Skill Color
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Ghost Iron Deposit 1 ? ? 75
Rich Ghost Iron Deposit 1 ? ? 75
Kyparite Deposit 1 ? ? 75
Rich Kyparite Deposit 1 ? ? 75
Trillium Vein 1 ? ? 75
Rich Trillium Vein 1 ? ? 75

Draenor WoD-Logo-Small.png

Mineral Vein Skill Color
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Blackrock Deposit 1 ? ? 100
Rich Blackrock Deposit 1 ? ? 100
True Iron Deposit 1 ? ? 100
Rich True Iron Deposit 1 ? ? 100

Broken Isles Legion-Logo-Small.png

Mineral Vein Skill Color
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Leystone Deposit 1 ? ? 100
Felslate Deposit 1 ? ? 100
Inv infernalbrimstone.png  [Infernal Brimstone] 1 ? ? 100
Empyrium Deposit 1 ? ? 100

Battle for Azeroth BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small.png

Mineral Vein Skill Color
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Monelite Deposit 1 ? ? 175
Storm Silver Deposit 1 ? ? 175
Platinum Deposit 1 ? ? 175
Osmenite Deposit 1 ? ? 175

Shadowlands Shadowlands-Icon-Inline.png

Mineral Vein Skill Color
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Laestrite Deposit 1 ? ? 150
Oxxein Deposit 1 ? ? 150
Phaedrum Deposit 1 ? ? 150
Sinvyr Deposit 1 ? ? 150
Solenium Deposit 1 ? ? 150
Elethium Deposit 1 ? ? 150


Mining products

By skill level

See Mining proficiencies and Smelt proficiencies.

Quest items

Former quest ores

WoW Icon update.png The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft but is present in Classic.

Quest ore is usually mined off special nodes, but can also drop off certain mobs in the same area. The ores cannot be smelted and are not "quest items" per se, so they can be traded or purchased off the AH.

Mining bugs

  • Nodes have been known to respawn in rapid succession immediately after mining. This is much more common with nodes in Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor than in Outland or Northrend.
  • Occasionally, a node will appear on the minimap but be inaccessible.
    • If the node is a light gray on the minimap, it's likely in an interior location, generally a mine or cave.
    • If the node is solid yellow, but not visible, it may have spawned inside a piece of terrain. Usually this results in the node being inaccessible, though sometimes you can move the camera inside the terrain to click on it.
  • Rarely, certain nodes will not appear in the minimap but be harvestable in-game. Inv ore mithril 01.png  [Dark Iron Ore] is a good example of this.
  • Players standing on top of ore nodes will remain where they stand after the node is mined.

Notes

  • Swords are not good for mining.[2]

Patches and hotfixes

  • BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small.png Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Each expansion now has a separate profession skill bar, with smaller caps for each expansion, instead of one gigantic profession skill bar for all expansions put together
  • Legion-Logo-Small.png Hotfix (2016-07-26): In Draenor, mining and herbalism nodes are no longer able to be looted by multiple people at once. (This hotfix requires server restarts.)
  • WoD-Logo-Small.png Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): No longer grants Ability golemthunderclap.png [Toughness].
  • WoD-Logo-Small.png Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Miners can now harvest mineral nodes in outdoor areas of the game world without hard skill requirements. The yield a miner will be able to harvest from each node is now determined by skill level.
  • Mists-Logo-Small.png Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Miners of low skill can now mine mineral deposits in Pandaria for a small amount of usable material. The yield a miner will be able to harvest from each node is determined by skill level.
  • Mists-Logo-Small.png Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): All mineral nodes will now despawn one minute after they are mined, even if items remain in them.
  • Mists-Logo-Small.png Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Mining pick no longer required to mine nodes.
  • Cata-Logo-Small.png Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): The levels at which vanilla nodes may be mined has been decreased, substantially in some cases.
  • Cata-Logo-Small.png Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): The XP from Mining has been increased. Also, with the removal of Zul'Gurub, Hakkari Thorium Nodes are no longer available to players.
  • Cata-Logo-Small.png Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Mining gives XP. The higher level the character is, the less XP it will get.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): [Titansteel Bar]:Creating this item no longer results in a 24 hour cooldown.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): In addition to the normal requirements, mining deposits in Northrend now require a minimum character level of 65 to mine.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): You can no longer fail when Mining, Herbing, and Skinning.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Mining veins and deposits no longer require multiple hits to receive all the ore. Players will receive around the same amount of ore, stone, and gems they would have received from multiple hits.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Grants Ability golemthunderclap.png [Toughness].
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.6 (2004-04-13):
    • Underground mines show up as gray on the minimap so you can tell them apart from above ground mines.
    • When underground, above ground mining nodes will not be visible.
    • You no longer need to face the mining node to gather the minerals.

See also

References

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