Classic Server | Mining Leveling Guide

This guide is all about Mining in World of Warcraft Classic.

General Information

  • Mining is one of three Gathering Professions in World of Warcraft.
  • To mine ores you need a Spitzhacke. You don’t have to equip it, its enough to keep it in your inventory.
  • Gathering professions do not use raw materials, they gather them – so they do not cost gold to level but get you gold if you sell your materials.
  • Raw materials like ores are used to create bars and needed by Blacksmiths and Engineers.
  • Along with Mining you also learn Smelting and Mineral Tracking.
  • Recommended profession that go well with Mining are Blacksmithing and Engineering.
Mining trainer

Apprentice (1-75 | requires Level 5)
Trainer in every major city

Journeyman (75-150 | requires Skill 50)
Trainer in every major city

Expert (150-225 | requires Skill 125)
Trainer in every major city

Artisan (225-300 | requires Skill 200)
Trainer in every major city

Requirements
  • The Mining Profession
  • A Spitzhacke
  • Optional, but recommended: A pair of hands with a +5 Mining Enchantment
  • Engineers only: There is a helmet that grants +5 Mining

Ore Veins only spawn right besides hills, cliffs and mountains. You won’t find Ores on flat land if theres not a small hill on it.
If you are a Night Elf, it is recommended to get to Darkshore as soon as possible.

Available Ores in Classic

Every Ore/Vein has own skill requirements that are listed below. The color code is as follows:

  • 1
      Ores that are ingame marked in orange always grant a skill point.
  • 25
    Ores that are ingame marked in yellow often grant a skill point.
  • 50
    Ores that are ingame marked in green sometimes grant a skill point.
  • 100
    Ores that are ingame marked in grey never grant a skill point.
Kupfer
1
25
50
100

While mining these veins you may also get:
Rauer SteinMalachitTigerauge, Schattenedelstein
Zinn
65
90
115
165

While mining these veins you may also get:
Grober Stein Moosachat,  Schattenedelstein,  Jade,  Geringer Mondstein
Silber
75
100
125
175

While mining these veins you may also get:
Moosachat,  Schattenedelstein, Geringer Mondstein
Eisen
125
150
175
225

While mining these veins you may also get:
Schwerer SteinJade, Geringer Mondstein, Citrin,  Aquamarin
Gold
155
180
205
255

While mining these veins you may also get:
Jade,  Geringer Mondstein,  Citrin
Mithril
175
200
225
275

While mining these veins you may also get:
Robuster SteinCitrin, Aquamarin,  Sternrubin,  Schwarzes Vitriol
Echtsilber
230
255
280

While mining these veins you may also get:
Citrin, Aquamarin, Sternrubin
Dunkeleisenerz
230
255
280

While mining these veins you may also get:
Schwarzes Vitriol, Schwarzer Diamant
Geringes Thorium
250
275
300

While mining these veins you may also get:
Verdichteter SteinSternrubin, Schwarzes Vitriol, Blauer Saphir, Großer Opal
Reiches Thoriumvorkommen
250
275
300

While mining these veins you may also get:
Verdichteter SteinSternrubin, Blauer Saphir, Großer Opal, Arkankristall, Gewaltiger Smaragd, Azerothianischer Diamant, Soldarit (Zul’Gurub
Obsidian
305
Leveling Classic-Mining: 1-300
1 – 65 Kupfer
Veins you need to mine: 30
Farm 50 Copper Ore and smelt them.
Visit your trainer after you reached Skill 50 to learn the next rank!

WoW Allianz Alliance [Click on the images to enlarge]

Humans: Elwynn Forest

Night Elfs: Darkshore

Dwarfs/Gnomes: Dun Morogh


WoW Horde Horde [Click on the images to enlarge]

Undead: Tirisfal

Tauren: Mulgore

Orcs & Trolls: Durotar

66 – 125 Zinn, Silber, Pyrophor and Geringe Blutsteine
Veins you need to mine: 60
It starts to get a little less easy here because of the veins being more spreaded. On top of that, you won’t get skill points with smelting above Skill 85. Silver Bars is the last thing you can smelt. After Skill 100, Tin Ore is green and skill points will come in less. Silver stays yellow until 125.

  • Wetlands
    Leveling Mining is easiest in the Wetlands near Dun Algaz (Koordinates 53,64). Theres a cave full of spiders and one quest that wants you to mine Incendicite. This quest is only for Alliance players, but Horde players can mine these veins aswell. The Ore itself is useless (if not for one quest), but if you are the only one at this spot, you need less than an hour to reach Skill 125.
  • Arathi Highlands
    In the East of Hammerfall (Koordinates: 80,40) is a cave. Mining there is similar to the spot in the Wetlands.
  • Barrens
    This Route starts at Crossroads, head to the west and then as shown below in a circle.
  • Thousand Needles
    Start in the North at the Great Lift and head west and as shown on the picture, do circles. Don’t forget to go into every cave since they are full of ores!

Alternative but less efficient spots:

  • Hillsbrad Foothills: Not really a route, just go in circles.
  • Ashenvale: Not really a route, just go in circles.
  • Wetlands: Start in Dun Modr and farm along the cliff sides.
  • Redridge Mountains: Start in the zones city and farm up into north to Renders Camp. Head back to South (Althers Mill) and then to the Tower of Ilgalar, then back to Lakeshire.

Visit your trainer after you reached Skill 125 to learn the next rank!

125 – 175 Eisen und Gold
Veins you need to mine: 100
At this point, Horde and Alliance players can take the same routes.

  • Thousand Needles
    This route is basically the same as above. But now, it is recommended to also farm into Shimmering Flats (the white area on the map).
  • Desolace
  • Badlands

Alternative but less efficient spots:

  • Ashenvale
  • Arathi Highlands
  • Alterac Mountain
  • Stranglethorn Vale
  • Swamp of Sorrows (do not skip the caves!)
175 – 250 Mithril und Echtsilber
Veins you need to mine: 125
Mithril is really profitable, Engineers and Blacksmiths need it A LOT.
Visit your trainer after you reached Skill 200 to learn the next rank!

  • Searing Gorge
    Just run or ride in circles. If you want to, you can go down into the valley and with some luck, find some Dark Iron Ore (which needs Skill 230).
  • Azshara
  • Tanaris
    This route is a little longer, but can be very profitable.

Alternative but less efficient spots:

  • Winterspring: Just farm alongside the mountains.
  • Desolace: With Unterwasseratmung you can farm here around the Ranzajar Island. Chances to meet other players there is really low.
  • Blasted Lands: Just farm in circles!
  • Hinterlands: Start at Aeria Peak and farm alongside the cliffs in the south. Head back if you reach Jintha’Alor!
  • Western Plaguelands: Farm in circles around Ruins of Andorhal.
250 – 300 Thorium
Veins you need to mine: 160
Thorium is the main reason to learn Mining. The ore itself sells very well and you have a chance to find Arkankristall, which are usually really expensive.

  • Un’goro Crater
    The route is simple: Run or ride in circles around the zone and sometimes head to the big mountain in the middle of Un’Goro. If there are too many people farming, just take one of the other zones below.
  • Burning Steppes
    The route is again very simple. You can also find Dark Iron Ore here.
  • Western Plaguelands
    This route is also really easy.
  • Eastern Plaguelands
    This route is also really easy.

Alternativ, but less efficient zones:

  • Azshara
  • Winterspring: Start in Everlook and head south to find the Yetis and their caves!