WoW Ore Gathering Guide


This WoW Ore Gathering Guide details the best locations to mine various ore types in the World of Warcraft. Ore is primarily required for the Blacksmithing, Engineering and Jewelcrafting professions.

Updated for WoW patch 5.2

Ore is mined from veins and deposits, which are usually found in sloped areas or underground throughout most of the zones, dungeons and raids in World of Warcraft. This guide will indicate the routes for each ore type where you can mine fastest, based on the proximity and density of veins or deposits.

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Copper Ore

Copper Ore

Copper Ore is mined from Copper Veins and the zones with the highest density of these veins are the starter zones, namely: Azshara, AzureMyst Isle, Darkshore, Dun Morogh, Durotar, Elwynn Forest, Eversong Woods, Gilneas, The Lost Isles, Mulgore, Northern Barrens and Tirisfal Glades.

For Alliance characters the best zone to farm is Darkshore.
Copper Ore in Darkshore

For Horde characters the best zone to farm is Durotar.
Copper Ore in Durotar

Tin Ore

Tin Ore

Tin Ore is mined from Tin Veins and the zones with the highest density of these veins are: Ashenvale, Hillsbrad Foothills, Northern Stranglthorn and Stonetalon Mountains.

I find that the easiest zone to farm for Tin Ore is Nothern Stranglethorn.
Tin Ore in Northern Stranglethorn

Iron Ore

Iron Ore

Iron Ore is mined from Iron Deposits and the zones with the highest density of these deposits are: The Cape of Stranglethorn, Desolace, Eastern Plaguelands, Feralas and Western Plaguelands.

For me personally the best zone to farm for Iron Ore is Feralas.
Iron Ore in Feralas

Mithril Ore

Mithril Ore

Mithril Ore is mined from Mithril Deposits and the zones with the highest density of these deposits are: Badlands, Burning Steppes, Felwood, Searing Gorge and Thousand Needles.

The zones that I find easiest to farm for Mithril Ore are Badlands and Searing Gorge. Located right next to one another, it is easy to move between zones, if the zone you are in appears to have fewer nodes spawning.
Mithril Ore in Badlands

Mithril Ore in Searing Gorge

Thorium Ore

Thorium Ore

Thorium Ore is mined from Small Thorium Veins and Rich Thorium Veins and the zones with the highest density of these veins are: Silithus and Winterspring

Winterspring is by far and away the best zone to mine Thorium Ore in.
Thorium Ore in Winterspring

Fel Iron

Fel Iron

Fel Iron Ore is mined from Fel Iron Deposits and the zone with the highest density of these deposits is Hellfire Peninsula.

Bit of a no-brainer that Hellfire Peninsula is the best zone to farm for Fel Iron Ore.
Fel Iron in Hellfire Peninsula

Adamantite Ore

Adamantite Ore

Adamantite Ore is mined from Adamantite Deposits and Rich Adamantite Deposits and the zones with the highest density of these deposits are: Blades Edge Mountains, Nagrand, Netherstorm and Shadowmoon Valley.

I prefer Nagrand as the best zone to farm Adamantite Ore.
Adamantite Ore in Nagrand

An equally good alternative location for farming Adamantite Ore is Netherstorm.
Adamantite Ore in Netherstorm

Cobalt Ore

Cobalt Ore

Cobalt Ore is mined from Cobalt Deposits and Rich Cobalt Deposits and the zones with the highest density of these deposits are: Borean Tundra, Dragonblight, Howling Fjord and Zul’Drak.

The best zone for farming Cobalt Ore is Howling Fjord.
Coblat Ore in Howling Fjord

Saronite Ore

Saronite Ore

Saronite Ore is mined from Saronite Deposits and Rich Saronite Deposits and the zones with the highest density of these deposits are: Icecrown, Sholazar Basin, The Storm Peaks and Wintergrasp.

The best location to mine Saronite Ore is Sholazar Basin.
Saronite Ore in Sholazar Basin

Obsidium Ore

Obsidium Ore

Obsidium Ore is mined from Obsidium Deposits and Rich Obsidium Deposits and the zones with the highest density of these deposits are: Deepholm and Mount Hyjal.

The best zone to mine Obsidium Ore is Deepholm.
Obsidium Ore in Deepholm

Elementium Ore

Elementium Ore

Elementium Ore is mined from Elementium Veins and Rich Elementium Veins and the zones with the highest density of these veins are: Deepholm, Twilight Highlands and Uldum.

Use the exact same route through Deepholm to mine Elementium Ore as well.
Elementium Ore in Deepholm

I hoped you found this WoW Ore Gathering Guide useful and that it has helped you farm whatever ore you need. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think and if you’re aware of any other great leather farming locations please share them here.

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