Thorium Ore was my favorite ore to mine in the WotLK era; the outcome gave me incentive to mess with everyone around me.
Back when I was in my friends’ guild, Politically Incorrect, me and a fellow miner would always be going at it with mining ore.
I had a Death Knight to do my farming, and back then our speed was faster than most, so I’d be able to beat him to nodes.
But when me and him weren’t racing for ore, I’d be in Un’Goro Crater. I was also the one that liked to stir up a bit of mischief with my mining.
Within these nodes, there’s also Dense Stone. I never had a use for it back then, (except to toss them on the Auction House, because I never had any kind of blacksmithing or engineering profession), so I didn’t think there was much point in gathering it. With my autoloot turned off, I manually collected the ore and gems whilst passing up the stone.
Meaning, anyone farming behind me were only getting stone, nothing else.
Good times, good times.
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What are your PC specs?
- You can find them on my PC specs page.
What addons are used for farming Thorium Ore in WoW?
Is this a Thorium Ore Mining route for Classic WoW?
No. I play retail, not Classic World of Warcraft, so these routes might not be the ones for you to go by.
In case they aren’t, you might want to check out VanillaGuides, as they might have updated Mining routes for Classic. I don’t think I’ll dive into the Classic era, as the hype seemed to have died down pretty quick.
What professions benefit from Mining?
First off, Mining, because you can’t exactly mine without said profession to begin with. Though you can still possibly acquire ore through other means–such as treasures and chests you pick up while fishing. Not to mention some mobs that can actually be mined for the ore as well.
Not as speedy as far as gathering goes, though.
Jewelcrafting allows you to prospect ore in stacks of five (5), in order to obtain gems, which in turn a Jewelcrafter can craft items out of. Now, some of the gems obtained from Thorium Ore actually sell for a decent chunk on the AH, so that’s something to think about. Others not so much, but they’re always good for making rings and necklaces.
With Alchemy, there’s one potion that can increase your armor for a short period of time. Good for PvP and possibly certain PvE situations, if you’re a tank.
What else can you get from mining Thorium Ore?
You have a chance of gathering Arcane Crystal, Azerothian Diamond, Black Vitriol, Blue Sapphire, Huge Emerald, Large Opal, and Star Ruby.
Maps, Routes, and Data
- My miner is a Horde druid, thus giving faster in-and-out flight form.
- Mining skill isn’t high enough? Then you’ll gather Thorium Ore Nugget.
- Overall farming time per zone: 30 minutes.
There’s only one zone in the Eastern Kingdoms worth farming for this ore, but it’s not the number one place. In fact, I thought of not putting it on here at all, but I found a way to make it work.
You’re going to want to gather every single mining node you find in this zone, in order for the respawn to kick in after a complete look around the route. Which means you’ll be needing to go into the cave and gather all the ore in there, as well as everything on the outside.
Stay alert for the alliance and horde camps this route comes close to.
- Thorium Ore – 218
Here’s the continent with all of the zones that grant the most amount of ore. The positives with the above, is not many people are going to farm a route with bad respawn value, which makes it so the zones below might have more competition.
I’m actually surprised Un’Goro didn’t net as much ore as I’d thought it would. The nodes aren’t as clustered and close together as the ones in Silithus, however it’s a very simplistic route that circles the border of the zone. So much so, that you wouldn’t even need to follow a route.
- Thorium Ore – 364
This route in Winterspring isn’t a bad one and can net you a lot of ore. This zone has a lot of trees that could get in the way of your finding one of the ore nodes, but that’s the only annoyance. Initially, I’d had three routes to follow–one for the upper area, one for the lower, and the third that connected both–but to simplify it for you, here’s the one.
The first route I created, which deals with the lower section, can be found on my In-Depth Farming Guide.
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If you’re curious as to how much gold you can possibly gain from the items listed below, you can always check out The Undermine Journal, choose your region, and then your realm. After that, search for the items below and see what they’ve been selling for lately.
Greater Stoneshield Potion
Skill: 280 | Usable | Learned via World Drop
With a boost in defense that lasts 15 seconds with a pretty short cooldown, this potion can be helpful for tanks in dungeons, as well as certain instances in BGs.
- (2) Stonescale Oil
- (1) Thorium Ore
- (1) Crystal Vial
Due to how much of this ore you can obtain in so many zones, it’s one of the best stacks of ore that you can prospect into gems. So if you’ve got Mining, and you’ve got JC, and you need gems, use the ore to your advantage.
Thorium Bar (via Thorium Bar)
Used by Blacksmithing, Jewelcrafting, Enchanting, Alchemy, Mining.
This bar has a ton of uses for a variety of professions, but it mainly helps out the blacksmithers. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t craft other helpful items in other crafting professions though.
- (1) Thorium Ore