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Mining (Primary Profession)
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Mining is a profession for procuring metals out of rocky and subterranean areas.

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What Mining Creates

Mining creates ore. And stone. And occasionally gemstones. But mostly just ore. Fortunately ore is important for three different production skills, blacksmithing, engineering, and jewelcrafting.

To do this, the miner tracks the mineral nodes on his mini-map, and then harvests from it anywhere from 2 to 4 times. (At later levels this number varies more greatly.)

Mining also comes with an associated skill, Smelting. Smelting allows the miner to reduce the ore to metal bars.

The current maximum level for miners is 450.

List of metal veins

What Mining Requires

Mining a good amount of money at the auction house. Be warned, though: Blacksmiths and Engineers generally want you to smelt the ore into bars, and Jewelcrafters strictly want the ore to prospect.


There is no specialization for mining.


Proficiency Horde Alliance
Apprentice - 1 to 75
- 76 to 150
Expert - 151 to 225
Artisan - 226 to 300
Master - 301 to 375
Grand Master
- 350 to 450

Mining Quests

There are no known quests specifically for miners, however there are quite a few for blacksmiths.

Quests that require products from a miner: (other than blacksmithing)

Leveling and Other Tips

When leveling mining, it pays to think ahead. Though Blizzard has made some changes to make leveling easier, there's at least one you can do to make it feel like it's easier on yourself. This starts when you start mining. It's much easier to level smelting ore than actually mining it. It's more annoying to find a copper node and not get a skill up than to be making yourself a cup of tea while you smelt 60 ore and miss a few skill-ups. Since smelting really only tracks with actual node skill-ups at the level of copper it pays to take advantage of it. When you first start mining, don't smelt any of your ore. Bank it, send it to an alt, whatever you need to do to get it out of your bag. Just don't smelt it and don't sell it.

When you get to a mining skill of about 40, now is the time to smelt. Gather all of your ore from wherever you've stashed it and then go make yourself a sandwich while you smelt it all. This should get you easily into tin, possibly even giving you a nice jump.

From this point on, though, note that when mining a node may be green or even yellow but smelting will no longer give you a skill-up. While smelting can give a skill-up (and it's worth it to take the skill-up over the added value from the Auction House any day) sometimes it won't. In these cas House for the prices of both ore and smelted bars to see which are selling for more. Jewelcrafters want ore (except for silver, truesilver and gold) for prospecting gems so sometimes those will sell for significantly more than the smelted bars. But sometimes the bars do sell for more. This fluctuates both depending on what server you're on as well as what the market is doing. Which means while smelted bars sold for more last weekend, this weekend you can't give them away. It's worth it to check frequently as the price gap can be significant.

The following table shows you the progression of ores and what level you need to be to mine them as well as learn to smelt them:

Ore Type Mine At Smelt At
Copper Ore 1 1
Tin Ore 65 65
Bronze Bar Bronze is obtained by smelting copper and tin 65
Incendicite Ore 75 Quest Ore, not smeltable.
Silver Ore 75 75
Lesser Bloodstone Ore* 75 Quest Ore, not smeltable.
Iron Ore 125 125
Indurium Ore 150 Quest Ore, not smeltable.
Gold Ore 155 155
Steel Bar Steel is obtained by smelting Iron and Coal 165
Mithril Ore 175 175
Dark Iron Ore 230 Quest Ore, not smeltable by normal means
Truesilver Ore 230 230
Thorium Ore Small Vein: 250 Rich Vein: 275 250
The following table is the same, but for ores found in Outland:

Ore Type Mine At Smelt At
Fel Iron Ore 300 300
Adamantite Ore 325 325
Eternium Ore Eternium doesn't have nodes, it can be gotten from Adamantite Nodes 350
Khorium Ore 375 375

New in Wrath of the Lich King

Passive Buffs

Gathering professions will now get a passive buff that's based on gathering skill level. For mining this buff is called Toughness.

Toughness: All your hard work spent mining has made you exceptionally tough, increasing your stamina by 35. It grants the miner up to 35 additional stamina at its highest level.

New Ores/Smelted Bars

Ore Type Mine At Smelt At
Cobalt Ore 350 350
Saronite Ore 400 400
Titanium Ore 450 450

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