Dragonflight Mining comes with three specializations, a.k.a profession traits. These are Mining Process, Metallurgy, and Mastering the Elements. Each one has several sub-specs, and needless to say, some are better than others. Therefore, to avoid wasting Mining Knowledge Points like most of us have done at the beginning of the expansion, here’s a lucrative way to specialize when you start as a Dragonflight miner.
How To Train Your First 95 Mining Knowledge Points
The following build is pretty similar to the short Dragonflight Herbalism Guide that we’ve already posted here. It focuses on Mining Process and Mastering the Elements.
- Mining Process: +35
- Mastering the Elements: +10
- Molten: +20
- Mastering the Elements: +10
- Primal: +20
Your first 35 Mining Knowledge Points pretty much need to go into Mining Process. That’s because by capping Mining Process, you learn the passive ability to gather ore deposits while mounted in the Dragon Isles. This gives you a huge advantage. For example, if there’s an ore deposit in a camp of mobs, you can land on it while on your mount, mine it without dismounting, and fly away before the mobs attack you or dismount you. This being said, you’ll mine more while avoiding the hassle of combating several mobs in order to collect an ore deposit.
Your next 10 points should go to Mastering the Elements (MtE). As you unlock this Dragonflight Mining Specialization, you’ll earn the Overload Elemental Deposit ability. You can use this on a buffed ore deposit (Primal, Titan-Touched, Hardened, Infurious, or Molten), in order to get extra Rousing elements. These Rousing elements, like Rousing Earth, Rousing Fire, Rousing Order, etc., are required in most crafts and sooner or later you’ll need a bunch. So, being able to collect them while mining is a huge plus.
The Overload Elemental Deposit ability has a 12 cooldown which is diminished as you continue to mine ore in Dragon Isles. Now, by training at least 20 points in one of the Mastering the Elements sub-specializations, you’ll get an extra 5% of Overload cooldown reduction. So, with 20 points in each sub-spec, you’ll reduce the Overload CD by an extra 20%. This being said, you’ll be able to use your Overload Elemental Deposit more often to get more Rousing elements.
Now, it’s best to go with 20 points in Molten as your first MtE sub-spec. That’s because as you unlock Molten, you’ll sustain 50% less damage when mining Molten deposits. This is quite a plus, as sometimes you can get attacked by either mobs or players, and that Molden DoT deals quite a hefty amount of damage. The next MtE sub-spec should be Primal, as it grants you the possibility to get extra Rousing Air or Rousing Frost when mining ore deposits with the Primal buff.
After training 20 Mining Knowledge Points into Molten and Primal, it’s best to put your next 20 points in Hardened and Titan-Touched. Training 40 points in any of the MtE sub-specs isn’t that necessary. You’ll do it later anyway. Of course, you’ll get some neat buffs, as well as extra Finesse, Deftness, and Perception. However, if you already have decent gear, the buffs aren’t that necessary, while the Mining stats are also awarded by other sub-specs.
This being said, once you have 20 points in all MtE sub-specs for the extra Overload cooldown reduction, it’s a good idea to go for Surveying. This is a sub-spec of Mining Process. With 30 points in Surveying, you’ll be able to get Illimited Diamonds when mining.
Metallurgy isn’t that great (at least not for now). This specialization teaches you to refine minerals. But as you increase you mining skill, you’ll mostly get T2 minerals. So, in case you’ll need them refined to T3, you can ask a friend, a guildie, or another miner that has refining, to do it for you for free or for a fee.
How to earn Mining Knowledge Points:
2. Elementally-Charged Stone, Heated Ore Sample, Unyielding Stone Chunk – these are side gathers that can be acquired by gathering various types of ore in the Dragon Isles. Unlike the Iridescent Ores, these don’t have a weekly cap but are considerably rarer. Each type grants 1 point.
3. Weekly quest – available from Sekita the Burrower – Mining Trainer in Valdrakken (39, 51). This quest grants 3 Mining Knowledge Points.
4. Dragon Shard of Knowledge – quest item found in Disturbed Dirt, Expedition Scout’s Pack, or various other reward boxes. You can turn these shards in for Knowledge Points at Khadin in Ohn’Ahran Plains (51, 33). But in order to get Dragon Shards of Knowledge, you’ll have to complete the quest chain Catching Up! which starts with A Gift For Miguel and ends with A Worthy Hunt. One shard equals one point.
5. Dusty Miner’s Notes, Rare Miner’s Notes, Ancient Miner’s Notes – sold by Rabul in Valdrakken (35, 59) when you reach Preferred, Respected, and Valued, reputation with the Artisan’s Consortium. These grant 15 points each and cost 100, 150, and 200 Artisan’s Mettle.
6. Crafter’s Knowledge – available when reaching renown level 14 and 24 with the Dragonscale Expedition and Valdrakken Accord factions.
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