Information: Farming Copper Ore in World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft players beginning their mining skill can only farm one type of ore to increase their mining ability–copper ore. Although copper ore deposits are found nearly everywhere on Azeroth, there are several locations where it is found in groups, making it easy to farm several stacks in under a hour. World of Warcraft players, both Horde and Alliance, can increase their mining to the next level–the ability to farm tin ore–in two to three hours by farming these locations.
Best Locations to Farm Copper Ore: Alliance
Mining copper ore is arguably easier for Alliance players–Elwynn Forest, Westfall, and all of the dwarven countries are rich with copper ore nodes. Loch Modan, Dun Morogh, and to a lesser extent, Elwynn Forest, are the best locations to farm copper ore for Alliance WoW players, however.
Loch Modan is a level 10-20 Alliance territory with a plethora of copper and tin ore in its mountains, guarded by troggs, bears, spiders, and ogres. The biggest threat are the ogres, which have a semi-long walk path. WoW players can easily aggro two to three ogres if they rush in to mine without regarding their environment. Patience is key here.
Advantages: Alliance players will also have access to several tin ore deposits in the mountains. Higher level miners are highly recommended to mine here. Tin ore and copper ore can be combined to create bronze bars, which sell decently in the auction house.
Stacks: Miners can farm two to three stacks with one run.
Best Locations: Circle the mountains surrounding Loch Modan. Most of the ores are found in the small encampments and around the mines.
This popular Alliance starting area is filled with copper ore, found in its mountains and other small encampments. The monsters here are wildly spread, reducing the risk of unnecessary fighting or sneak attacks. It takes longer to traverse, but the high amount of copper ore yielded from this area makes it one of the best Alliance locations to visit.
Advantages: Dun Morogh also has a plethora of low level quests. Miners under level 10 will find this place ideal for mining and leveling up.
Stacks: WoW miners can farm at least three stacks in one run.
Best Locations: Again, circle the mountains and all small encampments. There are also several deposits found in the lakes and mines.
The starting location for humans, Elwynn Forest is an excellent place to level up and raise your mining skill. These quests almost always pass several copper ore deposits. WoW players who don’t want to make the trek to Dun Morogh will find Elywnn Forest a better substitute.
Advantages: Miners can also complete low level quests, making mining seem less of a hassle.
Stacks: Miners typically farm around two stacks per run.
Best Locations: Stick to the northern mountains by Stormwind. Plenty of ores can also be mined in the rivers and lakes in southern Elwynn Forest.
Best Locations to Farm Copper Ore: Horde
Horde miners have slim pickings when it comes to farming copper ore–oftentimes the Horde locations are too big to efficiently mine enough stacks, so many venture into Alliance territory to avoid this issue. The best Horde locations for farming copper ore are in Kalimdor, which are sometimes populated with greedy Alliance players, but still yield enough copper to be valuable.
The starting location for orcs and trolls, Durotar has the most copper ore compared to all of the other countries in Azeroth. Though it is a small country, copper ores thrive in every cave, rock, and mountainside, sometimes even more than Dun Morogh. Its small size and number of ore deposits makes it one of the best locations for Horde players to farm copper ore, especially for miners under level 15.
Advantages: It takes around 30 minutes to circle all of the major locations in Durotar, making it one of the fastest places to collect copper ore.
Stacks: WoW players can easily farm four stacks in one run, if not more.
Best Locations: Hit Thunder Ridge and Drygulch Ravine first–it hosts the most numerous amounts of ores. The rest of the ores are scattered around various rocks and cliffs in Durotar.
No Horde player can avoid going to The Barrens–the numerous quests in this area allow WoW players to go from 15 to 30 very easily. Although it is sometimes trafficked by Alliance players, there are also numerous copper ore deposits here to mine, often near Ratchet or the Southern Barrens.
Advantages: There are excellent quests in The Barrens, making it an ideal location to mine while leveling up. There are also plenty of skinnable monsters, which yield light and medium leathers.
Stacks: Diligent miners can farm three to four stacks in one to two hours.
Best Locations: Check all of the mountains first in the middle of the Barrens, not around it. This is where most of the deposits are located.
Following these tips will get your mining skill to 75, which should take only a couple of hours to achieve. Remember, copper ore also sells well on the auction house--sell your ores there after you reach the next skill level.
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