Arcane Crystal farm will have a good effect on your financial situation. It doesn’t matter if you need 100 arcanite bars for Thunderfury or you just want to get Biznicks 247×128 Accurascope. If you are an engineer or blacksmither but you don’t have ability to mine veins – it is kinda pointless, because you gonna spend more than earn. Arcane Crystals gonna make you fortune by selling them in the Auction House.


Like collecting Black Lotuses, Arcane Crystal farm is based largely on luck. If you are risky enough and love to gamble – this way of farming is exactly what you looking for. You never know if that next vein could hold a valuable gem, which adds a suspenseful and addictive quality to it. I’ve personally stayed up far past my bedtime on several nights, because you never know…that next Rich Thorium Vein may have an Arcane Crystal inside.


Interesting fact:mining brings a lot of gold to your bank itself, but some players used to exploit layering untill 6 September. So, the picture below belongs to the section “no comments”



Our farming methods won’t cause troubles to your account, moreover, they are simply enough and provide extra free time. When we wrote this guide, we relied on previous vanilla experience for past 4 years. Yes, it’s not a secret: WoW Classic have same spawns which used to be in Light’s Hope project.
You can mine arcane crystals from rich thorium deposits (veins). It means that your mining skill should be 270 at least. So, first of all, you need to visit mining trainer – you can easily find him in any capital. Don’t forget to buy mining pick, because in vanilla you can’t mine without one.


Take your pickaxe, get on your mount(yes, we recommend to skip mining untill level 40) and let’s begin.


Hint: you can enchant your mining pick – glowing effect looks cool and unique. You will see the glow when you equip it like a normal weapon. We got information from unofficial source, that mining enchanted with crusader procs on veins – sounds really pointless.


Remember, mining nodes appear only on the side of mountains, cliffs, hills. You won’t find any ores in the plains, unless there is a small hill there. And yeah, Teldrassil (NE start zone) is the tree, so you won’t find any ore. In conclusion, if you started as an elf and want to mine, you need to sail to Darkshore and move to cliff side.
We provide mining guide which allows you to skill up your mining very efficient (zones with biggest amount of veins) and quick.


If you have money for +5 mining skill enchant on gloves – go for it: 3x Truesilver Bars + 3x Vision Dust. It allows you to move forward way quicker. If you are an engineer – Goblin Mining Helmet provides extra 5 points to your skill.


Skill Requirement for Each Rank:


  • Apprentice – 0
  • Journeyman – 50
  • Expert – 125
  • Artisan – 200


Before you start mining, don’t forget to turn on the Find Minerals ability. This ability will make nearby mineral veins appear on your minimap as a yellow dot. When you’ve collected some ore, smelt it into bars at any forge. Smelting your ore will make it more valuable and allow you to use it when making items for Blacksmithing or Engineering. You can also gain Skill points by Smelting, provided the ability isn’t grey.


Best routes to mine copper (1-65)


After awhile, the Copper Veins will turn grey, and you’ll no longer be able to gain skill by mining them. When this happens, you’ll need to move on to the next tier of ore. Check the lists in the Advanced section of this guide to see which kind of ore you need to mine at your skill level, and how much skill you need to smelt it. You will stop gaining skill points when you reach the maximum skill level for your rank, so make sure you talk to a trainer when you’ve maxed out your skill.


Tin veins
Barrens, Hillsbrad and Wetlands – best zones to look for Tin Veins (66-125)


Iron Veins
Iron deposit spawns (126-175)


Mithril veins - last step before start Arcane Crystal farm
Modern version of Arathi Highlands (176-250)


Rich Thorium Vein - Chance to get Arcane Crystal
Winterspring, Un’goro Crater, Burning Steppes – Thorium Veins – Arcane Crystal farm


Once you hit mining to 270 – start Arcane Crystal farm


However, farming Arcane Crystals you must keep in mind – they are extremely rare and you shouldn’t spend just an hour relying on finding “needed” amount. You can find 5 crystals this hour and maximum 1 in next 2, it is about your luck. But still you can make a decent amount of gold by selling the normal ores. Plus server population means a lot, because playing on high population server means shortage of veins. Also, don’t forget that they only drop from Rich Thorium Veins, so don’t expect to see one drop off a small one.


If you get bored by running circuits around Winterspring, Un’Goro and even Burning Steppes – you can check our gold prices.


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