As of patch 2.0.3 this ore stacks to 20.
Alchemy at 225 can convert iron to gold req. transmute skill and item (dont rem what it was called)
Actually, I think you'll find it IS true, old bean:
Having had several alchemist friends scrounge iron bars off me for this exact purpose, it being a cheap, albeit slow way to skill up a few points, I can confirm this personally, but the link ought to leave little room for such glaring errors.
A little bit of research goes a long way.
mined 60 pieces in half an hour sold half to some1 and used rest for smithing
2 rounds of Arathi Highlands yielded:
80x Iron Ore
94x Heavy Stone
17x Mithril Ore
14x Solid Stone
15x Lesser Bloodstone Ore (STV Quest)
9x Tin Ore
6x Coarse Stone
15x Silver Ore
7x Gold Ore
6x Random Green Gems
Requires a jewelcrafting skill of 125+ to prospect.
Splithoof hold in 1000 needles holds 2-3 iron veins, with fast respawn timer.
But nothing beats arathi highlands like people above mentioned
another good place to find iron ore is Stranglethorn vale :)
Stranglethorn Vale is a great place to find this. You'll never find anything lower, and the occasional Mithril Ore too. Always look near cliffs or ledges, it comes with Heavy Stones which are great for leveling Blacksmithing from around 180-225.
Iron veins can also spawn as gold veins, but you need mining 155 to mine gold.
I was mining for 20 mins in arathi, always near the mountains and caves, these are my results :
9x Iron Ore
16x Heavy Stone
3x Mithril ore
6x Solid stone
I recommend Thousand needles or STV for mining these
For whatever reason, western and eastern plague lands are now full of iron ore. I've seen nothing but iron and the occasional gold vein in either of them.
I'm surprised I haven't seen any love for Feralas here. Iron is all over the place -- I don't think the zone's name is a coincidence.
ONE run around the
of a post-Cataclysm (nearly empty)
Iron Ore x 213
Gold Ore x 17
Silver Ore x 5
Mithril Ore x 2
After I finished the loop I flew around a bit and almost all the nodes had re-spawned, making Feralas an ideal zone to farm Iron Ore.
Feralas is Iron Ore kingdom, if you are a higher lvl with a flying mount please dont make the same mistake as i did, all the veins are down below were the ground mounts can reach them, up on the rocky spikes are none.
Western and Eastern Plaugelands are both great places to farm up Iron Ore. From one go around I got,
Eastern Plaguelands Map
Western Plauguelands Map
Only took me about 30-45 minutes to get all of it with a 150% flying mount.
I spent an hour cycling through and around the crystalvein mine in Stranglethorn and picked up 12 stacks of iron ore, but also hit 2 gold nodes and 1 silver. As a lvl 33 Pally it seemed to work out well for me at around 12 minutes per pass through giving them time to respawn.
It only took 1 and a half loops around the outter edges of Feralas to completely fill a 32 slot mining bag. Total time spent there was around 30 minutes or so with 310% mount. It was mostly iron and heavy stone with partial stacks of Mithril, gold, and silver.
Gatherer still says it requires 125 mining to grab iron ore, but it doesn't anymore. I was mining it with a skill of 110.
I did Western/Eastern Plaguelands for Iron. They should be combined in a loop for max ore, so the next time you loop around, more respawns are back. I'd show you the path, but the Gatherer addon makes it dead obvious, so if you aren't using it, you are wrong. Don't be wrong. Anyways, the stats:
Iron Ore: 128
Heavy Stone: 141
Gold Ore: 22
Mithril Ore: 62
Solid Stone: 77
Not super impressive, but it was done FAST! The loop is pretty much perfect, and you can go non-stop for as long as you please.
Edit: If you aren't listening to techno/dubstep while doing this monotonous, boring, grinding task... you are also wrong. Don't be wrong.
For the best resource for determining the Cataclysm adjusted mining levels as well as the best zones to farm them in, browse through the
Teach an elf to fish...
why does Deathguard Abraham have a place on this list?
I find, for running, not flying, its Feralis. Fly into camp ataya and run upper portion. ( twin colossalas, jademir lake ).
It all respawns so you can just run, run, run till you get what you need.
By onerios, there is a pvp camp, so watch for it. Not hard to skirt, so just beware and no worries.
I definitely found the most Iron Deposits in Feralas, I also found some in Desolace but not much. I recommend Feralas over Desolace for farming Iron Ore. When you mine Iron Deposits you also get Heavy Stone, this can be used to make things in Jewelcrafting and Blacksmithing. To prospect Iron Ore requires at least 125 Jewelcrafting skill.
A tour of Feralas got me the following:
239 heavy stone
1 lesser moonstone
That's without any guild buff, no respawns, no going in caves, just flying over the area and getting what came up, nice and easy :) Also, most of it was away from mobs, so I didn't have to fight for it. Just my two cents...
If you are a 'twinked' toon trying to level mining for the buff and you don't want to have to buy all your ore from the AH, head over to Eastern Plaguelands. Take the river out of Hillsbrad and farm around that lake that the river connects too. It's the lake outside Strath.
In 20 min I have six stacks of iron and they are spawning faster than I can run around. My level 25 hunter can farm for days (and my other twinks have) and not be bothered by the level 42s just on the other side of the hill.
Two gold spawns.
I only wish mithril was as easy to get without having to spend 20 seconds fighting skull mobs!
If you're leveling up your mining from 100 to 150, Western Plaguelands is the place
15 minutes, 50 skill point, 1 round and a half and i gathered :
151 Iron ore
165 Heavy stone
18 Gold ore
4 Lesser moonstone
Then, if you're Alliance, you just have to HS back to Sw, see your trainer and go to Burning Steppes for the next 50 skill points.
I confirmed feralas to be a great place also.After one trip around I got:
154 iron ore
195 heavy stone
11 silver ore
2 gold ore
Requires a skill level of 100.
source: wow professions mining guide
Feralas is best if you have flight already, which I don't. =(
*Edited and updated for 5.4.7*
I would say that Feralas is still a great spot for Iron Ore. I did a full circuit of all nodes (including caves) using the Routes and GatherMate 2 addons. I have 451% flying speed and it only took about 31 minutes to hit ALL nodes. I did notice a couple other people mining at the same time, so numbers could have been slightly better.
In that time I got:
275 Heavy Stone
238 Iron Ore
13 Gold Ore
10 Silver Ore
9 Mithril Ore
3 Lesser Moonstone
1 Star Ruby
1 chest containing
River Pride Choker
From farming in the top left north "square" in feralas i got (in half an hour of mining)
103 iron ore
3 mithril ore
7 gold ore
8 silver ore
118x heavy stone
7x solid stone
I hope this helps i'm level 37, and it was much easier to just farm in the top left square rather than the whole map of feralas because all the high hills and mobs :)
I found that a really good route for Iron ore is in WPL. There are a few gold ore spawns as well but they don't show up that often.
The Route : Western Plaguelands
The route covers the edges of the zone while cutting in on a few places to cover more of the middle of the zone.
Time Per Run :
Profit Per Run :
40 - 60~ Iron Ores
Profit Per Hour :
360 - 540~ Iron Ores
Gold Per hour :
540 - 840~ g/h For the Iron Ores (The gold ore is not worth anything at my server currently.)
Other Notes :
The gold per hour is calculated at the current average Iron Ore prices on my server (1,5gold / Iron Ore).
A video of the run can be found on
and i would appreciate any feedback / comments.
1 full route in Feralas, approximately 20 minutes:
Feralas is the way to go.
Feralas is the BEST zone to farm this in. Here are my statistics for
of mining here (no breaks):
Total: 1214 Items
Feralas is a great place to farm Iron Ore for blacksmithing (that's why I farmed here.) The top part of Feralas seems to be more densely populated with nodes than the bottom half, but that was just my experience. Very little Mithril nodes in Feralas as well, so you will encounter almost completely Iron nodes. Good luck farming everyone!
1st Circuit: 161 Iron Ore, 17 minutes (9.47 ore/minute)
I farmed Iron Ore in Feralas and Desolace on 8/2/14. Here are my results:
Feralas is the best place by far to farm iron ore.
Lol, 1 trip @ ferales got me 720iron ores :D
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