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Information: Farming Tin Ore in World of Warcraft
The second type of ore miners can farm in World of Warcraft is tin ore, which is as versatile as it is prevalent. Besides selling it as is, tin ore can be melded with copper ore to produce bronze bars, which sell for around 10 gold on the auction house. The following Horde and Alliance locations listed below host the most tin ore deposits.
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World of Warcraft: Best Alliance Locations for Tin Ore
Unfortunately for Alliance players, tin ore is located in contested or Horde countries. Tin ore is commonly found in Duskwood and the Redridge Mountains, however, but the monsters in these regions can present a challenge for miners.
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A level 20-30 country, Duskwood is filled with numerous spiders and skinnable beasts, which often attack unsuspecting players in groups. The tin ore is commonly found on its border with Stranglethorn Vale, but regenerates fast, allowing WoW miners to mine the area several times every two to three hours.
Advantages: You don't need to farm the entire region--the southern mountains will provide enough tin ore to mine.
Stacks: Alliance players can farm two to three stacks in one run.
Best Locations: Stick to the southern mountains, starting from the border of Westfall. The most deposits are found near the border of Deadwind Pass.
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A 20-30 country filled with gnolls and murlocs, most of the tin ore deposits are heavily guarded, making it difficult to mine. Most of the monsters also appear in groups, increasing a player's risk for being mobbed. WoW players should be over level 30 if they want to efficiently farm this area without interruption.
Advantages: The Redridge Mountains also has plenty of copper and rare ore deposits, such as silver.
Stacks: WoW players can farm two stacks with every run.
Best Locations: The northwestern mountains, populated by gnolls, are the best source for mining tin ore. WoW players should clear out the gnolls first before mining.
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World of Warcraft: Best Horde Locations for Tin Ore
Horde players don't have to move far to find tin ore--the majority of it is concentrated in the countries surrounding Tirisfal Glades, including the Hillsbrad Foothills and the Arathi Highlands. Though both of these countries are contested, Alliance players rarely come here, allowing Horde miners free access to all of the tin ore deposits.
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The Hillsbrad Foothills
Another level 20-30 contested territory, the Hillsbrad Foothills offers plenty of quests--and tin ore deposits. The deposits mainly hug the northern mountains but are also found in the mine west of Southshore, the only Alliance settlement.
Advantages: The sheer number of quests make it an ideal place to also level up.
Stacks: Horde players can farm two to three tin ore stacks in an hour.
Best Locations: The northern mountains surrounding the Alterac Mountains have plenty of tin and copper ore deposits. The mines also have several deposits, which are heavily guarded by non-PVP humans.
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The Arathi Highlands
A level 30-40 contested region populated with numerous dinosaurs and spiders, monsters are always on the attack, making it difficult to mine at lower levels. To make matters worse, the tin ore deposits are located on small hills scattered through the region, making miners more vulnerable to sneak attacks. The Arathi Highlands still hosts numerous deposits, however, including tin, iron, and the occasional mithril ore deposit.
Advantages: Alliance players rarely come here, but otherwise has no advantages.
Stacks: It takes longer to farm ores here, but shouldn't take you any longer than an hour to build several stacks.
Best Location: Starting from its border with the Hillsbrad Foothills, head north and zigzag towards every small hill. Make sure to also hit the ogre encampment in the southeast, where you can farm tin and mithril ores.
Tin ore does sell well on the auction house, but remember to meld with copper first to produce bronze bars. Bronze bars yield more gold, making it easier to earn over 100 gold per day just by mining.