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Miners must have all the necessary equipment to succeed.


Mining allows you to find and mine minerals, ores, and stones from resource nodes 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.

The Burning Crusade expansion contains several mobs that are capable of being mined. This method is continued in Wrath of the Lich King. See Ore skinning for a general definition, and Mineable Mobs for a list.

Mining pointers:

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

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


Способность Уровень Уровень навыка
Ученик 5 1 - 75
Подмастерье 10 50 - 150
Умелец 20 125 - 225
Искусник 35 200 - 300
Мастер 50 275 - 375 Bc icon
Великий мастер 65 350 - 450 Wrath-Logo-Small
Прославленный мастер 75 425 - 525 Cataclysm-логотип-маленький
Дзен-мастер 80 500 - 600 Mists-Logo-Small

Великий мастер доступен только после покупки дополнения Wrath of the Lich King.

Прославленный мастер доступен только после покупки дополнения Cataclysm.

Дзен-мастер доступен только после покупки дополнения Mists of Pandaria.


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.

Mining skill also grants the player Toughness.

Economical GainПравить

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 AbilitiesПравить

A trained apprentice miner will immediately learn the 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.


  • 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.


  • Some weapons claim they serve as a mining pick, but do not necessarily increase skill:
Kobold Excavation Pick
Gouging Pick
Cold Iron Pick
Miner's Revenge
Tunnel Pick
Digmaster 5000
Brann's Trusty Pick
Shatterstone Pick
Gyromatic Micro-Adjustor
Arclight Spanner
Blacksmith Hammer
Mining Pick
Skinning Knife
Herbalist's Spade



  • 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 noteПравить

  • Mists-Logo-Small 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 IncreaseПравить

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: Шаблон:Skill Difficulty

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 box 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 you are 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".

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:

Thorium Ore
Adamantite Ore
Cobalt Ore
Saronite Ore
Obsidium Ore
Elementium Ore
Pyrite Ore
Ghost Iron Ore
Black Trillium Ore
White Trillium Ore
Mineral Vein Skill Color
Orange Yellow Green Gray
Copper Vein 1 25 50 100
Tin Vein 50 75 100 150
Silver Vein 65 85 110 160
Iron Vein 100 125 150 200
Gold Vein 115 130 165 215
Mithril Deposit 150 175 200 250
Truesilver Deposit 165 165 ? ?
Dark Iron Vein 165 165 ? ?
Small Thorium Vein 200 225 250 300
Rich Thorium Vein 215 240 265 315
Fel Iron VeinBc icon 275 325 350 400
Adamantite VeinBc icon 325 350 375 425
Rich Adamantite VeinBc icon 350 375 400 450
Nethercite DepositBc icon 350 375 390 400
Cobalt DepositWrath-Logo-Small 350 375 400 425
Khorium VeinBc icon 375 400 425 -
Ancient Gem VeinBc icon 375 - - -
Rich Cobalt DepositWrath-Logo-Small 375 400 425 450
Saronite DepositWrath-Logo-Small 400 425 450 500
Rich Saronite DepositWrath-Logo-Small 425 450 500 525
Obsidium DepositCataclysm - иконка 18x18 425 450 475 -
Rich Obsidium DepositCataclysm - иконка 18x18 450 475 500 -
Pure Saronite DepositWrath-Logo-Small 450 - - -
Titanium DepositWrath-Logo-Small 450 - - -
Elementium VeinCataclysm - иконка 18x18 475 500 525 -
Rich Elementium VeinCataclysm - иконка 18x18 500 525 - -
Ghost Iron DepositMists-Logo-Small 500 - - 600*
Pyrite DepositCataclysm - иконка 18x18 525 - - -
Rich Pyrite DepositCataclysm - иконка 18x18 525 - - -
Rich Ghost Iron DepositMists-Logo-Small 550 - - 600*
Kyparite DepositMists-Logo-Small 550 - - -
Rich Kyparite DepositMists-Logo-Small 575 - - -
Trillium VeinMists-Logo-Small 600 - - -
Rich Trillium VeinMists-Logo-Small 600 - - -
* - Shown here as 600, as they give experience to level 600, even though they showed grey much earlier

Mining Products Править

By Skill Level Править

See Mining proficiencies and Smelt proficiencies.

Quest Items Править

Former quest oresПравить

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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 Править

  • 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 gray-yellow in the minimap, it is underground or above you.
If the node is solid yellow, but not visible, it is bugged and cannot be mined.
  • Rarely, certain nodes will not appear in the minimap but be harvestable in-game. 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.

Изменения в обновленияхПравить

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See alsoПравить

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