When mine ore, a character can have an item that counts as a mining pick in inventory.

The Mining Pick item is the definitive and original mining pick. Patch 2.0 flagged a number of weapons to also qualify as mining picks, and several other items since them have been added that similarly qualify as mining picks.

While you do not actually need to have any mining pick to mine since Patch 5.0.4, the +10 to skill can allow you to mine ore that would normally be beyond your current skill, and is thus highly recommended.


This item can be bought off of most Trade Goods vendors or Mining Suppliers.

Other mining picks

The following items also serve as a Mining Pick.

When used as a weapon, some of these can save you a slot in your bag(s) since they are both a weapon and a tool for mining.

Non weapons


  • The quest reward  [Shatterstone Pick] was only supposed to be a weapon, but still counted as a mining pick. As it was not originally classified in-game as mining equipment, it would not go into mining bags.
  • When you don't want to kill a specific mob (Such as Ravasaurs in the quest H [15-30] Toxic Tolerance, you can use mining pick. As it deals very little damage, you usually don't have to fear killing the mob.

Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Loses flavor text Miners need a mining pick for digging. and gains +10 Mining; does not need to be equipped..

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