With the expansion coming and new blacksmithing recipies on the way, it is a good idea to farm up a few stacks of Thorium bars to get a jump start on skilling up. Also, with changes coming and insecurity in the market place, I'd bet that many AH prices will skyrocket. You can use that to your advantage by having your materials already to use or post up in the AH for a bit more and start earning money for those fancy flying mounts.
A good place to farm for thorium (as well as arcanite crystals) is in the Dark Wisper Gorge, in southern Winterspring.
The area is filled with elite demons but if you are level 60 getting around unharmed is very doable. Stick to the sides of the area and be ready to run for a clearing if you get spotted. As a warrior, i put on my tanking gear and whatever mount speed increases i could find and was able to get around to all the ore there with a little practice.
Go through the tunnels carefuly because demons walk through them periodically. Also try to memorize the layout of the area, it can get a bit confusing. Do what you can to not die (get potions if you need to) because the run back is very long.
Oh, and make a stop by the owl wing thicket every time you pass it. A large Thorium deposit spawns there in one of the caves.
Unfortuntely Thorium will actually be unaffected simply because the new professions do not include it. Along with that, the actual attaining of gold has become easier once BC is released while you're on your way to 70. You would be better off saving this for leveling up blacksmithing rather than selling to the AH since it will be scarcely used.
Now that TBC has been released and settled into the WoW world, this stuff has skyrocketed in price. More people seem to be taking dual crafting professions and it is used in Engineering and Blacksmithing, the two popular ones for getting a big mainhand weapon and an epic head item. Less people are mining this as it drops in the old world and the demand has risen on Earthen Ring EU while the amount farmed is going down. I was suprised to see a stack of Fel Iron Bars going for 6-7g less then Thorium Bars today.
This stuff seems to be a money maker with the large number of people rerolling trade professions to get epic goodies. Only question is how long will it last until things settle down after 2.1.0 revamps and the price stabilises?
Farming Thorium is GREAT on my server. I paid for my Epic ground mount by farming this alone. One stack of bars (20) nets me 33g on average. Not bad for one trip around Winterspring, huh?
Skill tag on this is wrong as of 16/2/08 I have mining 250, bought smelting for thorium and it is Grey. If you were hopeing to get to 250 then buy your way up to 280 by smelting think again.
I found farming Silithus for Ooze Covered Thorium veins works pretty well too, its hardly farmed.
I Really need these bars badly, i'm Zoomba from Icecrown realm and I will pay, please whisper me if you are on icecrown!!
Is searing gorge have lots of thorium? just wanna know because I'm searching for dark iron ore also..just wanna do both of them at the same time..if anyone got map for the thorium nodes, can u show to me?thx
It is expensive because the Nodes that thorium spawns in are often shared with Dark Iron, Truesilver, etc. and therefore harder to farm, people generally want to powerlevel through their professions, and even if they don't its very easy to let mining fall behind in the 200 (level 40) to 300 (level 60) brackets.
This generally leaves people Smelting for Skill ups to catch up to their level, which increases the price of the raw Ores.
This impacts Largely on the price/profitability of Gems from Mithril/Thorium and makes them Very good moneymakers.
As of 11/30/2008 (time of this post) Thorium took me from 275 to 290. Gray at 290.
As long as you're high enough level to easily kill the mobs in the area, I personally feel that the best place to mine thorium (assuming that you're high enough to mine rich thorium veins) is Silithus. There are tons of oozed covered rich thorium veins (and a few small ones) in the bug hives and hardly anyone is ever in the area (at least on my server). I was able to easily level my mining on my death knight in this area and also found it very helpful to farm thorium in the area to help my main level jewelcrafting.
This guide is
accurate now due to the changes of thorium spawning in Un'Goro. Walking around in the caves of Silithus is much more time-consuming then using ur 100% mount in Un'Goro. However, if Un'Goro is crowded by farmers, Silithus is a good second alternative.
Thank you 'spiralingshape' for your info
, the radioactive metal
would pay a fortune to get their hands on.
Since most Tanks have blacksmithing as profession, which needs a lot of thorium for skills, makes this is an extraordinary item to farm.
At level 80 you could without problem mine
of these/hour (+/-). You only need to know where to farm them.
I'm not a big fan of bugs & insects, but my experience tells me that
is by the far best place to farm thorium ore, becuase of the fast spawn rate and the numbers of
veins. There are three areas you wanna visit in Silithus to quickly earn thorium ores.
- In the North
- In the West
- In the South-East
The thorium does not often spawn on the surface in these 3 areas, you'll have to go underground to find the real treasure.
Each area have 3 caves with big tunnel systems, in each cave you will find 1-2
Ooze Covered Rich Thorium Vein
which will give you average 5x
. So, with simple math you should get
30x Thorium Ores
by only visiting all three areas + the ores you may find travelling between the areas. Of course, if there are more players farming them, you'll get less.
After mining from all areas, the ores in the first area you visited
respawned. This makes Silithus a non-stop thorium farming place, no matter if you are level 60 or level 80.
, you will not only make money from the ores, but also from the rocks and gems that
Also, to make some
Agent of Nozdormu
or ask a friend who has it give you
Proxy of Nozdormu
, these items will make you able to loot
from the Hive-mobs which can be turned in for reputation with
Brood of Nozdormu
or sold to other players.
you don't have the item I recommend you to NOT waste your time looting any Hive-mobs, since they drop no kind of cash nor item worth selling. However, there's a low chance that they will drop
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Enjoy your farming.
On my server right now, I'm checking the AH and they're going for 65s a bar... Mithril bars are going for about 1g 20s a bar. Should I buy the cheap Thorium Bars and resell them at a higher price? Or maybe wait until someone else does or the price rises? I don't even have a stack right now and I'm just wondering if I should bother to farm it. I only have about 700g right now and my mining is at only 236.
These are selling for 300g on silver hand
Something I hate is, you can't do a specific search on the AH for "Thorium Bars". When you search for Thorium Bars, it will show Enchanted Thorium Bars too and annoy the hell out of you.
31 Aug 2011
I flew the perimeter of the Swamp of Sorrows and netted:
79 Thorium Ore
96 Dense Stone
1 Arcane Crystal
1 Blue Sapphire
2 Huge Emeralds
15-20 minutes with one cave. And I'm lucky enough to have guild bonus of Bountiful Bags and Master Riding skill.
No other Horde Hero (or alliance weenie that I was alerted about) was in the area. Not a bad haul IMO.
My findings as at 4.2.2 in Sithilus
60x thorium ore
105x dense stones
1x large opal
2x arcane crystal
2x huge emerald
I just went around the mountains of the zone, very easy, took me no more than 10 minutes and I didn't even do a full circuit of the zone before getting that much. Seems so easy now with flying in kalimdor.
This is a great ore to farm, not only because of its abundance in Winterspring, but the gems that come from this.
I farmed 340 ore and sent them to my jewelcrafter to be prospected. Here are the results:
32+25+23+14+3=97 Gems ---> 2000g
340 ore ---> 510g
340 bars---> 780g
It is obvious that you will make a lot more money prospecting your leftover thorium ore or having someone do it for you.
Edit: You cannot obtain
through prospecting. It can only be found while actually mining thorium veins.
Hello Guys :D Where can i Buy The Smelt Thorium?
I have found that the best place to collect Thorium is in Un'Goro Crater.
You simply circle the edge of the crater in one direction, mining everything that you find. Don't bother with entering caves and caverns.
If your flying is medium or high speed, you may do a circuit before the nodes respawn. Just keep going as you'll get them on the next loop.
Where was this picture taken? The screenshot of the bars
So just wanted to share my experience on mining thorium ore.
I did 2 full laps around
Swamp of Sorrows
I didn't go deep into any caves, if there was a mine near the entrance, I'd grab it, but didn't waste my time running through any caves.
The 2 laps of each took me just over an hour and netted the following:
I'm specifically farming Arcane Crystals to make
and will definitely be returning here again.
If I'm over near Silithus, I'll give that a try, but this been so close to Stormwind works well for me.
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