Mining has always been on – if not the – most profitable profession in World of Warcraft. Most miners focus on gathering herbs from the outlands, but since jewel crafting is still a new profession, many new players especially the Draenei and Blod Elves choose jewel crafting as profession. Because Jewel crafting requires ores to level, and gems which are obtained by Prospecting ores, Mining becomes an excellent way to earn cash for early levels, not just from early levels, not just at level 70.
Outland deposits drop not only ores, but also Motes of Fire, Motes of Earth and green/rare gems. Remember that Azeroth deposits also drop stones which can now be used by Jewel crafters – it’s the cheapest way to get to JC skill points, so they will buy them by the bulk!
Ok so you’re new to a Zone, Let’s find ore.
Most ores Spawn on rocks and mountains, and usually surround the edges of the map.
Which Zones are les Farmed?
That’s a good question, if there a good mining zone there will be miners, in that area. Before doing on a mining run, you can do a /who area to give you a rough idea of the possible competition.
What is the best time to mine?
During the afternoons, there will be tones of players swarming all maps for ores. If you want to do a good mining run, the best time is late at night, or every early morning. Since a lot of the population raids start in the evenings, you will find that most areas are free between the hours of 7pm and 11pm, the perfect time to go mining.
What should you do with the ore?
Mining is a very versatile profession, nowadays because the ores can be used by multiple other professions and the profit can come from multiple sources: selling the ores. Smelting them or prospecting them. It all depends on the market at that time.
Can you really make a lot of money with mining?
Well think of it this way: each time a Warrior, Paladin, or Deathknight is born, they will likely get one profession that uses ore as a main material. On a good day you can probably get 5 stacks of Saronite per hour, and that lone translate into 200-250 gold coins. Now if you get some gems, crystallized elementals, greens from cleaning the area surrounding node, the money adds up to much higher amounts.
Let’s look at the different ores!
If you want to farm low level ore, Un’goro Crater and Burning Steepes are accessible and rich in mining deposits. You can farm Mithril and Thorium ore here, and sell it as raw materials or transform it into bars. However the level 50-60 gems sell amazing fast and for huge amounts. If you have a Jewel crafting or a jewel crafter friend.
Moving on to the Outland mining, you have to start with Hellfire Peninsula. Hellfire is a small haven for both Miners and Herbalist. Admittedly the ore and herbs found there are not as valuable as Adamantite, but a great way to make money with Fel Iron Ore, is to collect Motes of Fire and smelt the ore. You can prospect Fel iron Ore, but it is not recommendable, because of the drop rate for rare gems is infinitely lower than adamantite.
Now we come to the true gold making source from mining, Adamantite Ore. The Best places for Adamantite ore are Nagrand, Terokkar, and NetherStorm. Shadowmoon Valley also has a lot of Fel Iron and Adamantite deposits, but only go there if you’re willing to clear groups of mobs for every other node. A quick wao tmake some ore, and usually some Khorium too, is above Aldor Rise in the Ogre camp. Respawn rate is very good, and if you have herbalism there you can kill two birds with one stone. White Adamantite ore the best way to turn it into profit it is to prospect it, instead of selling the ore. However, if you prefer to sell the ore, or don’t have a Jewelcrafter who can prospect it for you, sell it in small stacks or even as single items. by selling them one by one you can make a few silver for each ore you sell. Remember to put moderate amounts of ores in the Auction House otherwise you might flood it or even find that they all expire before selling any. The key to selling small stacks if logging several times and lifting a few items.
Hope this helps you with Mining and making gold in world of warcraft.
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