WoW Ore Gathering Guide
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.
Ore Gathering Guide Shortcuts
- Copper Ore
- Tin Ore
- Iron Ore
- Mithril Ore
- Thorium Ore
- Fel Iron Ore
- Adamantite Ore
- Cobalt Ore
- Saronite Ore
- Obsidium Ore
- Elementium 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.
For Horde characters the best zone to farm is Durotar.
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.
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.
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.
Winterspring is by far and away the best zone to mine Thorium Ore in.
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.
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.
An equally good alternative location for farming Adamantite Ore is Netherstorm.
The best zone for farming Cobalt Ore is Howling Fjord.
The best location to mine Saronite Ore is Sholazar Basin.
The best zone to mine Obsidium Ore is Deepholm.
Use the exact same route through Deepholm to mine Elementium Ore as well.
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.