Where to Farm Dark Iron Ore

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This guide is updated for patch 4.3.

Dark Iron is a special resource that can only be found in a couple select zones. There are not many uses for Dark Iron except to make some gear with fire resistance and epic blacksmithing weapons. Engineers can also use Dark Iron in a few of their recipes and it is used as part of the Warlock epic land mount quest. Any of the ore that you get can only be smelted at the Black Forge inside of Blackrock Depths. Since Dark Iron is a special resource and can only be smelted at the Black Forge I do not recommend farming Dark Iron to level up your mining. However, if you need Dark Iron for a quest or for your profession, here are the best places to farm it.

Where to Mine Dark Iron in Instances

Since the Shattering, Dark Iron Ore can only be found in instances. So if you want this ore you’ll have to venture into Blackrock Depths or Molten Core to get it.

There are some very good runs that can be performed inside Blackrock Depths (49-56), I recommend that you try to get some groups in there if you are the recommended zone level or just run into the instance if you are high enough level where you can either solo the groups of elites or just walk past them without aggroing them. Unfortunately, I don’t have a map of the route but it is easy to pick up on after running through the instance just once. You can also find Dark Iron in Molten Core (61-63).

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