Updated Thu, Dec 13, 2012 by Xerin
Mining is one of the primary professions found in World of Warcraft. A gathering profession, Mining centers around the collecting of various raw ores found throughout the wide world. Miners also have the ability to take the raw ore they have collected and turn it into a sellable product using their Smelting ability. Learn more about the Mining profession in World of Warcraft in the sections below:
Before you can get out there and start collecting ore you must first learn the Mining profession. Doing this is simple, just seek out a Mining Trainer. These trainers can be found in all capital cities and even some other more remote locations. If you find you are having difficulty locating a trainer, speak with the nearest city guard who will happily point you in the right direction.
Once you have located the Mining Trainer speak with them to learn the first level of Mining (Apprentice) for a small fee. Apprentice Mining will allow you to earn skill points in the profession up to 75. At this point you will need to return to your trainer to learn the next skill level. This process will be repeated time and again until you have reached the max skill level of 600. Check out the table below to see the various ranks and skill levels of each:
|Master (The Burning Crusade)||300-375|
|Grand Master (WotLK)||375-450|
Now that you have learned Mining, you must collect the right tools for this profession. Mining requires players to have a pickaxe (also known as a Mining Pick) along at all times in order to mine ore. Mining Picks can be purchased for a small fee from vendors located near your Mining Trainer, or from any Trade Vendor you may come across.
With Mining trained and your Mining Pick located securely in your pack, it is finally time to set out into the world and collect some ore. Don't be nervous, Mining in World of Warcraft is a fairly simple process. Upon learning the Mining profession you will be given the ability to “Find Minerals” (a skill found in the mini-map drop down menu).
Turning this on will allow any nearby ore nodes to appear as gold dots on your mini-map. Ore nodes are found all over the world, however, you will notice these nodes typically appear in rocky, mountainous areas. Head towards these gold dots to discover the ore. Stand close to the ore and right click on it to begin Mining. Mining is a channeled ability, so any movement or damage will interrupt the process. When the channel is complete the ore will either show up in a loot box or go directly into your bags depending on your loot settings. After being mined the node will vanish and will not respawn for some time.
Congratulations you have just mined your first node of ore!
As Mining is a gathering profession, you need to do a ton of gathering to skill it up. Flying around the world collecting ore nodes is a great way to skill up. Keep in mind that different ore nodes require different skill levels to loot. The difficulty of each ore node for you to mine is color coded as with all other professions in World of Warcraft. Depending on the difficulty of the ore node will determine if you receive a skill point for collecting it or not:
|Red||Unable to gather at this time.
|Orange||A skill point will always be gained.|
|Yellow||A skill point will most likely be gained.|
|Green||A skill point will likely not be gained.|
|Gray||A skill point will never be gained.|
Another great way to skill up your ore (and potentially make some cash) is to use the Smelting ability. Smelting takes raw ore and transforms it into purer bars of the base metal or you can also combine other metals to create alloys such as Bronze. To Smelt metal you need to be positioned near a forge, which can be found in most major cities and even some out the way places.
To smelt ore, open your professions tab and select the “Smelting” button, then click on the ore you wish to smelt.
Every primary profession in World of Warcraft will give you a special benefit. In the case of Mining players will acquire Toughness as a reward for all their hard labor swinging that pick. Toughness translates into a small stamina boost that gradually increases as the player gains skill in Mining. Toughness may be especially appealing to tanks who are especially concerned with extra health.
At some point in time you will most likely want to take up another profession and you may decide you want one that will complement Mining. Since Mining is a gathering profession, most will choose to pair it with a production profession. There are three production professions that pair well with Mining:
Each of these professions is able to take the raw material you earn by Mining and transform it into some kind of finishing product making them all great choices. However, if you are looking to double up on gathering professions you will find that both Herbalism and Skinning work equally well. All in all there is no best route, do whatever fits your needs and personal preferences.