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General Information

Mining is a gathering Profession used to gather materials for Blacksmithing or Engineering. However, you don't need those Professions to be a miner. You could simply collect resources and sell them to blacksmiths and engineers. You're going to find these spots anyway as you travel throughout the world, so why not cash in on them? However, most people combine mining and blacksmithing or mining and engineering.

Mining Sale Prices: Mining is a very profitable profession at low levels. A stack of 20 copper bars can sell for as much as 100 at the auction house, although prices generally vary between Template:S per stack. This is a very good way for a low level character to make some significant money.

After learning mining you will have the "Find Mineral" button included with your other abilities. By activating this you will be able to see mineral veins (and deposits) on your mini-map, making mining far easier.

To mine a vein or deposit resource, simply right click it. You will be able to loot ore or other items (usually stone and sometimes gems) from the same vein 2 to 4 times. Different veins will require different mining skill levels to loot. For example a mithril vein requires a mining skill of 175.

Ore alone is useless for blacksmithing and engineering plans. The ore must be smelted at a forge to be of any use, becoming a metal bar. When you learn mining you will also gain the smelting ability along with your other skills.


See mining trainer.


You need to go buy yourself a mining pick. They are usually sold by a trade merchant NPC or other merchants near the mining trainer, like a mining supplier.

Increasing Mining Skill

Gaining skill level in the mining profession can occur by either smelting ores or mining veins. At the beginning, smelting copper is a very fast way to gain mining skill. However this peters out at about skill level 60-75. Even brand new smelting recipes will be green or gray in color, indicating you will not gain skill by smelting that ore. Gold and silver however are an exception, and can be smelted early on to gain skill. However these ores are quite rare. Other than by smelting gold and silver, mining veins is the best way to gain skill. However, even though you can mine one vein up to 4 times, you can only gain one skill point per vein. However, another miner can gain a skill up from that same vein assuming it was not completely looted.  Template:MiningOreTable

Quest ores may not be smelted, but are not "quest items" per se, and can be sold to other questors if they are willing to buy them.

Mining Etiquette

If someone is already looting a resource node, don't try and loot as well. Similarly don't use a speed enhancing ability to grab a node before someone else does. Ask if you can take a whack for the skill up, but otherwise leave the miner alone. In a party, share your nodes with other miners so you can split the skill ups and ores. If somebody is fighting a mob near a mining vein, either help kill the mob, or wait until the person is done, to see if he was planning to mine the vein you saw.

Mining Color Codes

Any vein or deposit that can be mined will have a color code on the "Requires Mining" property when you move your pointer over it:

  • Red: Can't be mined.
  • Orange: Difficult to mine, may fail; very good chance of increasing Mining skill, but Mining is one of the professions where an orange level task will not always increase your skill level after completion.
  • Yellow: Moderately difficult to mine, almost never fail; 50% chance of increasing Mining skill level.
  • Green: Easy to mine, should never fail; <50% chance of increasing Mining skill level.
  • Gray: Very easy to mine, should never fail; 0% chance of increasing Mining skill level.

Other Products From Mining

When you mine you will always gain Ore, often times stones, and rarely gems. All of these are used in different recipes. Gems are used in many weapon recipes (or other professions, like leatherworking or tailoring) and stones are used in both engineering and blacksmithing. If you have taken blacksmithing with your mining, it may be wise to store those gems to craft weapons later on.

Suggested 2nd profession

Much of the products of mining are ingredients common to both smithing and engineering.

Suggested Classes

  • Druid - Stealth Mining for money
  • Rogue - Stealth Mining for money

Income from Mining

Mining can be used to make a decent amount of side cash. The higher level people would rather buy the material already mined, than go after it themselves. Also check the auction house and look at the cost of the ore in relation to 10 bars. Sometimes the ore will be more. This is due to high level people smelting the ore to raise their mining skill. Lastly look at the price of bronze. If you can get a stack of copper and tin for less than the price of a stack of bronze it might be worth it to smelt the two together to make the bronze. Remember 1 tin and 1 copper make 2 bronze. Another good area for income is selling Iron and Mithril. Thorium depends on the server, on a new server it sells for a lot, whereas on an old server everyone can mine it. Dark Iron is also another good item to mine, as it is highly valuable for its uses in crafting and gaining reputation with Thorium Brotherhood.

Summary of Skill Levels

See ThottBot Table reference for more details.


Requirement: No previous Mining skill level required. In each case, smelting refines an ore into a bar. (Exceptions: Bronze is made from copper and tin bars; Steel is made from iron bars and coal chunks.) Ores can be stacked 10 high; bars can be stacked 20 high.
Skill level range: 1 - 75
Sub-skills or basic recipes:
  • Smelt Elementium (1):*: This skill is obtained in Blackwing Lair. Used only for a small number of quests for Epic or Legendary items. Unlike common beliefs, you only need 1 Mining skill in order to be able to use this skill, and do not even need to be a miner to learn it.


Requirement: 50 Mining skill level required.
Skill level range: 76 - 150
Sub-skills or basic recipes:
  • Smelt Iron (125)


Requirement: 125 Mining skill level required.
Skill level range: 151 - 225
Sub-skills or basic recipes:


Requirement: 200 Mining skill level required.
Skill level range: 226 - 300
Sub-skills or basic recipes:

Mining Products

By Skill Level

See Mining Detail by Skill level.

By Region

See Mining Products available by region.

Quest Items

Quest ore cannot be smelted.

Mining Bugs

Currently the most consistent mining bug is the "loot" bug and the double vein appearance.

  • The loot bug occurs when your character bends down to loot a bugged vein, but no loot window appears and your character does not stand up. There is no way to tell a bugged vein from a non-bugged vein. You can move away from the vein, but your character will be frozen in the bent-over loot mode and will be unable to loot corpses. There are a few ways to resolve this bug.
    • Log out and log back in.
    • Mine another vein.
    • Open a Clam, or other container type item.
    • Mount up
    • Start Fishing
  • The second bug is the double vein appearance. Sometimes 2 veins will spawn in the same place, effectively doubling the amount of ore you can get. Furthermore, the sprite on your minimap acknowledges the location of both veins on the exact same spot. This is considered a beneficial bug.
  • Another bug is that the minimap might show that a vein exists, but the wall of the mine falls between you and where the minimap indicates the mine is. This is especially annoying if you are above ground, go underground to find it, and discover that you just waded through a lot of mobs in order to get to a vein that you cannot loot.
  • Another bug is that the minimap does not show you where a vein might exist, while there is in fact one right in front of you. This mostly happens underground as well. a few common examples are in BRD, the Dark Iron nodes to not always show up on your minimap.

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