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Mining

Mining is profession used to gather materials for blacksmithing or engineering. However, players dont need those professions to be a miner. They could simply collect resources and sell them to blacksmiths and engineers, but most people combine mining and blacksmithing or mining and engineering.

Mineral veins are often found near quest locations and inside mines. They are usually near mountain terrain. Often it's good to find a path to repeat between mining nodes. If a mining node is gray on the map, that means it's above or below the player or possibly in a cave nearby.

Training

Players will need to find the mining trainer. After learning basic mining, open up the abilities book (hit "p") and look for the "Find Minerals" icon that has been added. This will be used to detect mineral veins. Shift Click and drag that icon over to one of the rows of the action bar.

Now players need to buy a "mining pick". They are usually sold by a "trade merchant" or other merchants near the mining trainer.

Ores and veins

Ore
(Veins)
Min. skill Stones Gems Locations
Copper 1 Rough Stone Lesser Moonstone, Malachite, Moss Agate, Shadowgem, Tigerseye Alterac Mountains, Ashenvale, Darkshore, Desolace, Dun Morogh, Durotar, Duskwood, Elwynn Forest, Hillsbrad Foothills, Loch Modan, Mulgore, Redridge Mountains, Silverpine Forest, Stonetalon Mountains, The Barrens, Thousand Needles, Thunder Bluff, Tirisfal Glades, Westfall, Wetlands
Tin 65 Coarse Stone Lesser Moonstone, Malachite, Moss Agate, Shadowgem, Tigerseye The Barrens, Silverpine Forest, Darkshore, Ashenvale, Duskwood, Thousand Needles, Hillsbrad Foothills, Redridge Mountains, Loch Modan, Arathi Highlands, Wetlands, Stonetalon Mountains, Westfall, Alterac Mountains, Stranglethorn Vale, Desolace, Dustwallow Marsh, Feralas
Incendicite 65 - - Wetlands
Silver 75 - - Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Ashenvale, Badlands, Darkshore, Desolace, Duskwood, Dustwallow Marsh, Feralas, Hillsbad Foot hills, Loch Modan, redridge Mountains, Searing Gorge, Silverpine Forest, Stonetalon Mountains, Stranglethorn Vale, Swamp of Sorrows, Tanaris, The Barrens, The Hinterlands, Thousand Needles, Westfall, Wetlands
Bronze 75 - - Available by smelting Copper and Tin
Iron 125 Heavy Stone Aquamarine, Citrine, Jade, Lesser Moonstone Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Ashenvale, Badlands, Desolace, Duskwood, Dustwallow Marsh, Feralas, Hillsbrad Foothills, Searing Gorge, Stonetalon Mountains, Stranglethorn Vale, Swamp of Sorrows, Tanaris, The Hinterlands, Thousand Needles, Wetlands
Indurium 150 - - Uldaman
Gold 155 - - Alterac Mountains, Alterac Valley, Arathi Highlands, Ashenvale, Azshara, Badlands, Blasted Lands, Burning Steppes, Desolace, Duskwood, Dustwallow Marsh, Eastern Plaguelands, Felwood, Feralas, Hillsbrad Foothills, Searing Gorge, Silithus, Stonetalon Mountains, Stranglethorn Vale, Swamp of Sorrows, Tanaris, The Hinterlands, Thousand Needles, Un'Goro Crater, Western Plaguelands, Wetlands, Winterspring
Lesser Bloodstone 155 - - Arathi Highlands
Steel 165 - - Available by smelting Iron and Coal
Mithril 175 Solid Stone Aquamarine, Black Vitriol, Citrine, Jade, Lesser Moonstone, Star Ruby Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Azshara, Badlands, Blasted Lands, Burning Steppes, Desolace, Dustwallow Marsh, Eastern Plaguelands, Felwood, Feralas, Hillsbrad Foothills, Searing Gorge, Silithus, Stonetalon Mountains, Stranglethorn Vale, Swamp of Sorrows, Tanaris, The Hinterlands, Un'Goro Crater, Western Plaguelands, Winterspring
Truesilver 230 - - Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Azshara, Badlands, Blasted Lands, Burning Steppes, Desolace, Dustwallow Marsh, Eastern Plaguelands, Felwood, Feralas, Hillsbrad Foothills, Searing Gorge, Silithus, Stonetalon Mountains, Stranglethorn Vale, Swamp of Sorrows, Tanaris, The Hinterlands, Thousand Needles, Un'Goro Crater, Western Plaguelands, Winterspring
Dark Iron 230 - - Burning Steppes, Searing Gorge, Blackrock Depths, The Molten Core
Small Thorium 245 Dense Stone Black Vitriol, Blue Sapphire, Huge Emerald, Large Opal, Star Ruby Blasted Lands, Burning Steppes, Eastern Plaguelands, Felwood, Feralas, Searing Gorge, Silithus, Tanaris, The Hinterlands, Un'Goro Crater, Western Plaguelands, Winterspring
Rich Thorium 275 Dense Stone Azerothian Diamond, Arcane Crystal, Blue Sapphire, Huge Emerald, Large Opal, Star Ruby Azshara, Burning Steppes, Eastern Plaguelands, Un'Goro Crater, Western Plaguelands, Winterspring