The Tooltip of the plan for the dig site says:

The Mine was once abandoned, but there are still underground riches ready to be discovered.

  • Level 1: Allows players to mine Draenic Stone from mineral nodes in Draenor. Draenic Stone can be converted to work orders for Draenor minerals. 7 Work Orders
  • Level 2: Allows followers with the Mining trait to work here, granting a unique bonus (adds mining carts). Also opens a new mineshaft, granting access to additional mining nodes. 14 Work Orders
  • Level 3: A final mineshaft allows access to rich mining nodes. In addition, garrison guards will patrol your mine, keeping it clear of hostile Goren. 21 Work Orders.

It does not say what I actually get. Do I get resources or ore? If I get Ore, how much per day? What are the exact benefits?

I am Engineer so the Ore would be welcome, but I cannot harvest any ore since I am Jeweler with my second profession on my main character.

  • This is really confusing. What do you mean "It does not say what I actually get" I can see clearly what they're going to give you. Can you help pinpoint that?
    – Chantola
    Commented Nov 14, 2014 at 19:01
  • It gives me access to mining nodes which I cannot mine. But it also allows me to let followers work there. But what do they harvest? Actual Ore that I can use for my professions or resources that are garrison only? That is the important part. @Chantola
    – user28015
    Commented Nov 14, 2014 at 19:15
  • @NoneOfYourBuisness Ahh, got ya thanks for clarifying.
    – Chantola
    Commented Nov 14, 2014 at 20:00

1 Answer 1


You will be able to mine even without the mining profession and you can earn ores, stones, and primal spirits for doing so.

Icy-veins states that:

The ore nodes in your mine can be mined without having Mining as a profession.

Each of them contain either Blackrock Ore or True Iron Ore, a few Draenic Stones, and sometimes a few Primal Spirit. The nodes respawn every day (at the time when the daily quests are reset). The size of your mine increases as you upgrade it, so you have a lot more nodes in a Level 3 mine than you do in a Level 1 mine.

To give you an idea, a Level 1 mine can provide you with 15-20 Blackrock Ore, True Iron Ore, and Draenic Stones a day. A Level 3 mine with a follower can provide you with 150x Blackrock Ore, 150x True Iron Ore, and 50x Draenic Stone.

Blackrock ore and True Iron Ore are actual crafting reagents, and can be used like other mining ores found in WoW. Primal Spirit's are actually a garrison item than can be given to your primal trader in your garrison in exchange for other various crafting reagents.


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    Don't forget to loot the carts! They also contain ore, gray items, and mining buffs, but aren't marked on the minimap.
    – Troyen
    Commented Nov 14, 2014 at 21:24
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    Those carts also contain Draenor archaeology fragments. The ability to harvest without the accompanying profession also applies to the Herb Garden when you unlock it. Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 11:42
  • A little tip. Before upgrading the mine (level 2 or level 3) or the garrison (level 3), make sure you have mined all nodes. They will re-spawn upon doing this. This may be patched out, but for now, every little helps. This also applies to the Herb Garden.
    – Lyrical
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 9:54
  • And also, Draenic Stone is currently only used for Mine Work Orders. This costs 5 per work order and will yield some ore and a chance at Apexis Crystals.
    – Lyrical
    Commented Nov 19, 2014 at 9:56

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