Where to Farm Cobalt Ore
This guide is updated for patch 4.3.
Below you will find a World of Warcraft Cobalt mining guide. You will notice that there is a Gryphon icon on some of the maps. This icon lets you know that the particular path is best reached by or can only be reached by using a flying mount.
Where to Mine Cobalt in Zul’Drak
Zul’Drak: Levels 74-77
This is probably the best zone I found to farm Cobalt in. It wasn’t that crowded at release of WOTLK and if it was you just waited till the late hours to do this route. If you have an epic flyer it’s a serious bonus over people running around on ground mounts. If you are using a ground mount make sure you run counterclockwise because there are areas you will need to jump off of to reach nodes. There are more Rich Cobalt nodes in here too because it’s a higher level zone. You will find some Saronite nodes as well, if you’re high enough to mine them that’s an extra bonus. The route can be followed on ground mount but would be much faster and productive in the air.
The Corner in the Southeast that borders Grizzly Hills is a real hot spot. There are several nodes that spawn along the edge there.
Where to Mine Cobalt in Borean Tundra
Borean Tundra: Levels 68-72
Borean Tundra is one of the beginner Wrath of the Lich King zones. If you are Alliance you get to Borean Tundra by riding a boat from Stormwind Harbor in Stormwind City to Valiance Keep. If you are Horde you get there from the new zeppelin tower outside Orgrimmar and it brings you to Warsong Hold.
I don’t recommend that you do this zone if you can. It will be heavily camped for awhile and the layout of this zone is terrible for mining. If you aren’t running off cliffs or getting attacked by mobs it might be possible to hit a few mines. The only thing to watch out for on this route besides the massive amount of enemies you will find by nodes is the Northwestern Island of Coldarra. If you are going to do the main land route, the orange line is for flying only. If you want to get to Coldarra to run some loops in there you will have to fly from Amber Ledge if you do not have a flying mount.
Where to Mine Cobalt in Howling Fjord
Howling Fjord: Levels 68-72
Howling Fjord is the other starting area of Northrend. To get to this zone you will take the boat from Menethil Harbor if you are Alliance which will bring you to Valgarde. If you are Horde you will take the zeppelin outside of Undercity to bring you to Vengeance Landing.
This zone is more tolerable than Borean Tundra. Again watch out for the orange lines on map they are flight only, unless you intend on running just on the southwest islands for skill ups it’s not feasible to swim out to them if you are unable to fly. There are some very good areas for Cobalt annotated in red. Again, this zone will be crowded for awhile while Wrath of the Lich King is new.
Where to Mine Cobalt in Dragonblight
Dragonblight: Levels 71-74
Dragonblight is not one of my favorite zones but might be one of the better zones you’ll find to farm in. Try it and see how you like it. Throughout the zone there are little valleys you can jump down into and run the outsides, they are represented by circles on the map. There is also a ice crack type system in the north you can run down and find some cobalt in there too. The southeast is supposedly loaded with nodes but it must have been over camped when I ran those routes because I didn’t have much luck down there. The nodes are there, just haven’t been up when I’ve gone through.
Where to Mine Cobalt in Instances
You can find Cobalt nodes in Utgarde Keep.