In the world of war craft, mining is used to extract gems, ore and stone from mineral deposits, which are found through the realm.
Certain skills are paired with mining. These skills are Blacksmithing, Engineering and jewel crafting. These skills allow the selling metals and stone at the auction hall. It is always advantageous to have mining when acquiring these skills. Rather mine your own materials than having to purchase them from the auction hall.
Two additional skills come with mining, sometimes smelting and find minerals. Smelting allows the player to convert ore and minerals into usable metals while the mineral remains stills near mineral deposits on the mini-map
In order to start mining, a mining pick will need to be purchased from a vendor.
Ore locations and skill level requirements are listed below:
Copper: The Barrens, Darkshore, Dun Morogh, Durotar, Duskwood, Elwynn Forest, Hillsbrad Foothills, Loch Modan, Mulgore, Redridge Mountains, Silverpine Forest, Tirisfal Glades, Thousand Needles, Westfall, Wetlands
A Skill level of 1 is required.
Tin: Arathi Highlands, Ashenvale, Badlands, The Barrens, Darkshore, Duskwood, Hillsbrad Foothills, Loch Modan, Redridge Mountains, Silverpine Forest, Stonetalon Mountains, Stranglethorn Vale, Thousand Needles, Westfall, Wetlands
Skill level of 65 is required.
Silver: Ashenvale, The Barrens, Duskwood, Stonetalon Mountains, Thousand Needles
A Skill level of 75 is required.
Iron: Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Ashenvale, Badlands, The Barrens, Duskwood, Hillsbrad Foothills, Hinterlands, Stonetalon Mountains, Stranglethorn Vale, Swamp of Sorrows, Thousand Needles, Wetlands
A Sill Level of 125 is required.
Gold: Arathi Highlands, Duskwood, Thousand Needles
A Skill level of 155 is required.
Mithril: Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands, Azshara, Badlands, The Barrens, Blasted Lands, Desolace, Felwood, Feralas, Hillsbrad Foothills, Hinterlands, Searing Gorge, Stonetalon Mountains, Stranglethorn Vale, Swamp of Sorrows, Tanaris
Askill level of 175 is required.
Thorium: Azshara, Blasted Lands, Eastern Plaguelands, Felwood, Searing Gorge, Tanaris, Un'Goro Crater, Winterspring
A skill level of 250 is required.
Fel Iron: Outland (all zones)
A Level of 300 is required.
Adamantite: Outland: Terrokar Forest, Nagrand, Blade's Edge Mountains, Shadowmoon Valley, and Netherstorm
A skill level of 325 is required.
Rich Adamantite: Uncommon in Outland: Nagrand, Blade's Edge Mountains, Shadowmoon Valley and Netherstorm
A skill level of 350 is required.
Khorium: Uncommon in Outland: Spawns in spots that Fel Iron and Adamantite normally spawns.
A skill level of 375 is required.