Complete WoW Mining Guide to Making Gold in WoW Shadowlands!

If you’re looking to make more gold in World of Warcraft, then mining should be your first option. This mining guide for WoW: Shadowlands will get you familiar with this profession and all its applications. You will learn how to start with it, which routes to take and how to farm the materials, as well as optimize your time for maximum gold-making!

In Shadowlands, mining is one of the best professions to play with and everyone can pick it up right away! Even if you’re a new player in WoW, mining is an excellent way of generating gold while you’re learning the game. It does take a bit of dedication to seek the ore spots, but thanks to our guide, you’ll learn to only go for the most profitable routes. So, let’s begin!

First of all, I’d like to clear up a few misconceptions. Mining isn’t the fastest way of making gold in World of Warcraft. However, its materials are in high demand in Shadowlands. And that’s because mining is a necessary tool for three other professions in WoW: Blacksmithing, Engineering, and Jewelcrafting.

All of these professions can craft Legendary Items among other things, and require the ores you dig up with mining. We don’t need to explain how crucial Legendaries are in WoW Shadowlands. Just know that mining will be a fundamental building block of the power of many classes for the rest of the expansion.

Next, mining isn’t the most profitable of professions by itself in Shadowlands. It is in the end a gathering profession and good for one thing – farming materials. As we mentioned, those materials are extremely useful, but if you don’t pair mining with another profession, know that you’re not optimizing your gold-making. Blacksmithing is our preferred choice, but Engineering, and Jewelcrafting are both excellent choices as well. You could also sell the raw materials on the Auction House if you want to make some quick gold in WoW.

And lastly, mining isn’t the fastest profession to level up. Experienced players can increase their Skinning and Herbalism skills quicker than mining on average. The ore deposits are scattered around hills and the insides of caves, but that’s not usually a big problem. It does take time to collect each and every one spot on your minimap, so be aware of that. However, there are some things that you could do to speed things up. And that’s what we’ll talk about next!

First off, you need to pick up mining as a profession. The mining trainer for Shadowlands is located in Hall of Shapes, in Oribos (39, 34). His name is Excavationist Au’fer and you can easily find him by following the first ring-path to the left after you teleport to Oribos.

The exact location is shown in this picture:
WoW Making Gold with Mining – Maining Trainer in Oribos Location on Map
The Location of the Mining Trainer in Oribos (39, 34)
Preparations for Mining

Before you set off to one of the zones to farm some ore deposits, you’re going to need a couple of tools.

First, you want to buy either [Mining Pick] or a [Precious Metal Cracker]. If this is your first time playing WoW with mining, know that you can find a [Mining Pick] near every mining trainer in the game. And [Precious Metal Cracker] is just the Shadowlands version of the same item. It does the exact same job and it can be purchased from the vendor next to Excavationist Au’fer.

Then, if you want to significantly speed up your mining leveling, we strongly suggest you to get yourself [Shadowlands Gathering]. This is a very cheap enchant that you can use on your gloves and it shortens the mining process from 3.2 seconds to 1.7 seconds. Farming materials without this bonus is much much slower, so it’s pretty much a must if you’re one for efficiency.

When it comes to classes and gold making, mining doesn’t really require a specific one. And you can certainly run it on any gatherer character with no problem at all. However, we recommend you to use a class that has a tank specialization to avoid getting dazed all the time. Druid is our personal choice, but if you pair mining with Blacksmithing, for example, then plate wearers Warrior and Paladin will be your best choice.
WoW Making Gold with Mining – Druid Travel Form
A Druid in Travel Form

But if you don’t play any of these classes, then using [Comfortable Rider’s Barding] is almost mandatory! This is a mount equipment that you can purchase for a cheap price and it will allow you to pass through mobs without getting dazed. It’s an excellent tool for getting the most out of your time.

Additionally, it’s widely considered the best to use the [Sky Golem] mount as a farming tool. This is a craftable BoE mount from the Engineering profession and you can find it on the Auction House. What makes it an awesome mount is that you can interact with objects, including herbs and ores, without getting dismounted. It is also a flying mount, which will become very important for farming later in the expansion. So unless you’re a druid with a Travel Form, you’d want your character with this tool More Details on WOWclassicgp