Back in the days of Wrath of the Lich King, farming spots were all the rage, you might be saying to yourself. They still are, which is true however farming spots was a more clear way of earning gold in those days. Before Wrath, not many people made a lot of gold by use of the Auction House or with professions. While I wasn’t around in BC or before, I couldn’t truly tell you what the Auction House looked like. What I can tell you is that the Auction House likely was full of rare drops and items that raiders needed or sold. There was no Quick Auctions 3 like we had in Wrath or even now TSM to help you build a gold empire like so many can today.
Why Thorium Ore?
The reason it’s a great farming item is that it’s used in more things than you think. Today the Metagame of leveling is very different. You have two outlets now. First, you have those who are getting either a free 90 or they level by the Dungeon Finder. So they’re not in the world very much. The result of having things easier than it was back then.
I recall when I was trying to save gold for my epic flying mount in Wrath. It took a month of farming and vendoring and dailies. I didn’t even think about the Auction House. In any case, as I was saying; Thorium Ore is needed for a number of professions to be leveled. You need it for Jewelcrafting, the ore for gems, you need bars for Engineering and you need bars for Blacksmithing. The ore is also needed for Alchemy as well there’s a Thorium Set you can craft and will on some servers sell for 500% the cost of the mats. The reason for this as they are hot transmog items for Plate Classes.
The truth is there are 71+ items that need thorium in one shape or form.
Best Farming Spot for Thorium?
You don’t need to be a hunter to farm Thorium, but you just need mining of skill 205 to start. You want to head over to Un’Goro Crater; there are other spots for Thorium, such as Winterspring, and Silithus. Silithus will have the most nods but is the worst farming area due to most of the nods being in caves and underground in the bug lairs.
This will slow you down a great deal if you’re not past level 80. At level 80 you can pretty much one-shot everything if you’re a hunter or any class that’s long-range. Honestly, any class can pretty much one-shot the mobs in the zone if you’re about 75 with good gear.
That aside let’s take a look at the map.
At this point, I’m sure most reading this are more aware of this map and how to farm it. You basically start at any point on the edge and go round and round the outside. There aren’t many mobs to worry about and with a flying mount at 70+ will make it even faster farming. In about an hour I can fill my bags up with ore. I generally will smelt half of it and sell the other half as ore.
I haven’t done the math in a while, but I believe in Cataclysm I was able to pull 4,000 gold in an hour of farming ore. That might sound like a lot amount but on good days I could get 8 gold a bar and 40 gold a stack. Again it’s not what someone with professions can do. But if all you’re gonna do is farm the mats and sell, that’s what you’re gonna get. Now if you take it another step and use Blacksmithing to make the Thorium Plate set, you can sell each item for 5,000 gold each so your profit is closer to 30,000 gold an hour if it all sells.
It’s a very basic spot to farm, you might even find others doing it still so you may get less ore pre-hour. If you find that the area is heavy farmed, if you have a Jewelcrafter, I would recommend farming ore and overselling the raw ore, prospect it into gems. You can get 10 times the amount out of the ore by selling raw gems to Jewelcrafters. Take that a step further if you have Enchanting and shuffle the gems to jewelry and disenchant to get dust to sell either raw or make enchants for maximum gold per-hour.