There are a few important things to mention before you start leveling your mining skill with the help of this mining leveling guide. First of all, keep in mind that Darnassus has no ore at all, so if you are an elf, you need to get to Darkshore first. In addition, mining nodes only appear on hills or mountains, so keep that in mind when you are doing your rounds. Also remember that you don’t need to get all the skill point from mining, as smelting also gives skill points at some stages.
1-65 | Copper
Copper can be found in most of the starting zones, with the exception of Teldrassil/Darnassus. Copper should be easy enough to find in your respective starting zone, this is the easy part.
66-125 | Incendicite + Tin
Easiest way to level up to 125, is to go to The Wetlands and find Thelgan Rock (its near the entrance to Dun Algaz – 53,64). There is a cave there, that is full of spiders and a quest ore called Incendicite. This is an Alliance only quest, but Horde can still mine the ore. Now the ore itself is worthless and only used to complete the quest, but you can mine it from level 65 until about level 125. The nodes respawn quickly and you can level up your mining in less than an hour if your the only one in the cave. Alternatively, you can mine Tin in one of the following zones: Hillsbrad Foothills, Ashenvale, Wetlands, Redridge Mountains.
126-175 | Iron + Gold
Arathi Highlands and Alterac Mountains are great. Just do full rounds where ever there are hills and mountains in these zones. Desolace and Stranglethorn Vale work too, but not as fast.
176-250 | Mithril + Truesilver
Blasted Lands, Searing Gorge and Badlands are good for farming Mithril. The Hinterlands and Western Plaguelands are good too, but they also have some thorium, which you can’t mine yet, so it’s slower.
250-300 | Thorium
Thorium Ore spawns in any high level zone. The Burning Steppes can be good, as you can also pick up Dark Iron Ore along the way, but in my opinion the higher zones like Winterspring and Silithus are more worth it, because they have a higher chance of Rich Veins, which can have Arcane Crystals in them. Arcane Crystals are the real money maker for miners, as they can sell for up to 20g, depending on your server.
Congratulations! You are now an artisan Miner, and that’s the end of this mining leveling guide!