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Storm Silver Ore Farming Guide

Published 1 year ago by Raextor, updated 7 months ago for patch 8.2.5

This guide provides an overview over the possible farming routes for Storm Silver Ore and showcases how to farm it more effectively. It contains maps displaying optimal and alternative routes as well as tables revealing the amount of ore you can expect after two hours of farming.

General information and preparations

Storm Silver Ore is one of the three ore types that were introduced with the release of Battle for Azeroth. It functions as the base crafting component for many advanced crafting recipes and is used quite frequently by blacksmiths, engineers and jewelers alike, making it always in demand. Since it is always in demand farming it can be quite lucrative and you should think about optimizing your strategies to obtain more of it during your sessions.

It is important to note that farming Storm Silver Ore is a bit different than farming other ore types in World of Warcraft as it is a rare spawn of another ore, called Monelite Ore. Whenever you mine a Monelite Deposit there is (supposedly) a chance of 35-40% of it respawning as a Storm Silver Deposit. This means that you are just farming Monelite Ore in hopes of its deposit respawning as a Storm Silver Deposit.

Storm Silver Ore ranks

The first strategy to optimize your mining sessions is to rank-up your mining skills. These are quite handy since they will allow you to become more efficient in mining deposits which will yield a higher return. Notice, that you can always mine, and for that matter gather, everything from the get-go in Battle for Azeroth, but Rank 2 and 3 will always be preferable.

There are two skills that are important to farm Storm Silver Ore more efficiently: Storm Silver Deposit and Storm Silver Seam. Both have three ranks that you should obtain immediately!

The Storm Silver Deposit skill

Increasing your Storm Silver Deposit skill will increase your ore yield after mining a normal or rich deposit.

Rank 1 is learned from either Myra Cabot (Alliance mining trainer in Boralus) or Secott the Goldsmith (Horde mining trainer located in Dazar'lor). It requires a BfA mining level of 1.

Rank 2 comes from a quest that is offered to you by your respective mining trainer. Both factions, Horde and Alliance, essentially get the same quest called Ritualistic Preparations which tasks the player to gather 20 pieces of Unsanctified Ore from Storm Silver Deposits. Afterwards, you should smelt them down into Unsanctified Storm Silver Ingots and take them to either Wavesinger De'zan at the port of Zandalar (for Horde players) or the Diligent Tidesage located near Anglepoint Wharf and south east of Norwington Estate (for Alliance players). You should then return to your respective factions mining trainer with the newly Sanctified Storm Silver Ingots to receive your skill upgrade. Note, that you must have a BfA mining skill of at least 50 to accept this quest.

Rank 3 comes yet again from your mining trainer. Both Myra Cabot and Secott the Goldsmith ask of you to complete the quest Brined Justice. Alliance players are sent out to retrieve 100 Stolen Storm Silver Bars from pirates all around the Freehold area, while Horde players should retrieve them from any Naga around either Kul Tiras or Zandalar. Remember, that you should have a BfA mining skill of at least 145 to accept these quests and not 135 as many people falsely report. They are sadly not unlocked at that skill level.

The Storm Silver Seam skill

Increasing your Storm Silver Seam skill will increase your ore yield after mining a seam.

Rank 1 is learned from either Myra Cabot (Alliance mining trainer in Boralus) or Secott the Goldsmith (Horde mining trainer located in Dazar'lor). It requires a BfA mining level of 25.

Rank 2 is awarded by completing the quest Three Sheets for the Wind for your respective mining trainer. Secott the Goldsmith tasks you with finding his former apprentice Biru the Drunk (located at 52, 84 in Dazar'lor) to learn his mining secrets. As he is a drunk, simply get him his favorite drink called the Mojo'ito from Ximo the Callous (located at 52, 84 in Dazar'lor) to complete the quest. Myra Cabott however sends us out to learn the same secret from Franklin the Drunk (located at 75, 23 in Boralus). As he is a drunk too, just get him a Brennadam Apple Brandy from Harold Atkey (located at 75, 14) to complete this quest. Note that you should have a BfA mining skill of at least 125 to pick up this quest.

Rank 3 is yet again awarded for completing a quest – and a rather odd one for that matter. For this quest either return to Biru the Drunk or Franklin the Drunk and not to your respective mining trainer. Those two will task the player with The Wrath of the Grapes which is essentially a fetch quest to cure their hangover by “borrowing” four items from local shopkeepers to make them their breakfast. So, we head out to retrieve a Jar of Pickle Juice, a Mountain of Bacon, a Pile of Sausages and a Hillock of Eggs. The exact coordinates of these items can be retrieved from the table below. It is noteworthy, that both quests can only be accepted with a BfA mining skill level of 150 and please do not ask me what their hangover breakfast has to do with us getting better at mining – I still have not found out even if those two are supposedly skilled miners that can share a secret or two.

ItemBoralusDazar'lor
Jar of Pickle Juice73, 1452, 95
Mountain of Bacon70, 951, 91
Pile of Sausages72, 1147, 91
Hillock of Eggs69,1347, 89

How to speed up farming

Maximizing your ore yield by increasing your mining skills rank is a good start, but we can optimize our farming methods even further. Like every expansion Battle for Azeroth introduced a handful of nifty items and tools that will speed up your farming considerably. The following three items are advised to be bought from the auction house or, if possible, to be crafted for personal need:

  • Monel-Hardened Stirrups are crafted by blacksmiths and allow you to gather ore while being mounted (most useful as explained later).
  • Monel-Hardened Hoofplates are crafted by blacksmiths and increase your mount speed by 20%.
  • A Coarse Leather Barding is crafted by leatherworkers and prevent you from getting dazed by incoming attacks.

So, why do I advise using Monel-Hardened Stirrups? Well, the best-case scenario is you using either a Paladin or a Death Knight to farm ore simply because of their inherent speed buff of additional 20% making the Monel-Hardened Hoofplates obsolete. If you proceed to switch them into their tank specialization you cannot get dazed by enemies making the Coarse Leather Barding obsolete, too. Therefore, to optimize your farming potential to the maximum I advise you to use either a Paladin or a Death Knight with Monel-Hardened Stirrups – just so you can enjoy mining while being mounted for 2 hours.

Remember that patch 8.2 is now available. This means that you do not have to use a Paladin or Death Knight anymore since flying is introduced making traversal that much easier. The point still stands that both classes have an inherent speed buff which is very valuable. However, druids are even more powerful as a farming class since they can remain in their travel form while mining nodes. So… Let us all switch to Druids, I guess.

Another worthwhile addition to your mining setup is an enchanted pair of gloves. Depending on your faction you should either get Enchant Gloves – Zandalari Mining or Enchant Gloves – Kul Tiran Mining to speed up your mining considerably. This speed-up results in lowering your mining cast from 1.5 seconds down to 0.5 seconds – quite a decrease wouldn't you agree?

Farming Storm Silver Ore

This section of the guide will provide you with detailed farming routes and tables showcasing your potential ore yield after 2 hours of farming Storm Silver Ore. It is important to note that my data is based on using a Death Knight with Monel-Hardened Stirrups and enchanted gloves during patch 8.1.5. I have not unlocked flying yet and cannot provide further details in regard of the ore yield while flying.

Drustvar

Based on my farming experience Drustvar is the best zone in BfA to farm ore in general. The route is easy and most deposits along your path are extremely accessible. The white line depicts your main route and you should switch to the white dotted lane every other round to take advantage of this section of the map.

If you notice that ore nodes take longer to respawn than usual, you should incorporate the red route into your farming route. For me it took about four to five rounds on the white one until I needed to start using the red route every other round.

First HourSecond HourTotal AmountOre Overall
1641693331056
storm silver ore farming map drustvar

Nazmir

Nazmir is straight forward. It has an average ore yield and is not too cumbersome to traverse if you have a mount that is capable of water walking. Sometimes you need to watch out for flying Pteranodons or fish in the water that like to attack out of nowhere. If you notice that ore spawns decrease while you are farming, you should incorporate the red route into your round. However, I never had to when I was farming there.

First HourSecond HourTotal AmountOre Overall
141123264717
storm silver ore farming map nazmir

Stormsong Valley

Stormsong Valley is almost as good as Drustvar when it comes to an overall ore yield. It might be even better depending on your ore spawns.

Remember: Along your way, you will encounter four caves that are worth checking out since they can contain up to three possible ore nodes each (most often only one to two, but you get the point). They are marked with red targets on the map.

First HourSecond HourTotal AmountOre Overall
1742264001048
storm silver ore farming map stormsong valley

Tiragarde Sound

Tiragarde Sound is unique amongst the BfA zones since it contains two viable farming routes instead of just one. Therefore, I am going to split this portion into an upper and lower section.

Upper

To keep things short, the upper route does not yield as much ore as the lower one does. Sometimes, it is a nuisance to traverse due to the many mobs that cross your path. All in all, I advise you to either farm in the lower section of Tiragarde Sound or to switch to one of the more profitable zones.

If you still plan on farming here, try to mix up your route using the white dotted lines. Additionally, try to enter the caves as they often contain ore seams yielding quite a nice amount of ore.

First HourSecond HourTotal AmountOre Overall
94144238796
storm silver ore farming map upper tiragarde sound

Lower

The lower portion of Tiragarde Sound is quite a good farming spot. Maybe not as good as Drustvar or Stormsong Valley, but on par with Vol'dun and always worth your time. The section around Freehold can be annoying but contains several seam spawn locations.

First HourSecond HourTotal AmountOre Overall
108154262949
storm silver ore farming map lower tiragarde sound

Vol'dun

Vol'dun is quite the interesting zone due to its many vertical ups and downs and the fact that is on par with the lower farming route of Tiragarde Sound. It has a lot of potential to mix things up when it comes to alternative routes making this route a tad bit less boring to traverse while farming.

First HourSecond HourTotal AmountOre Overall
142194336951
storm silver ore farming map voldun

Zuldazar

If I had to pick the worst farming zone for ore in general, I would pick Zuldazar – and for good reasons. Not only does it contain the fewest nodes of all the BfA zones (containing only 443 deposits), but its route nets an abysmal low hourly rate. Additionally, the route leads directly through the hordes capital city making it a nuisance for Alliance players to traverse. While it is certainly possible, with a little help of wall jumping, I highly advise against this route.

First HourSecond HourTotal AmountOre Overall
7788165594
storm silver ore farming map zuldazar

Farm Storm Silver Ore passively

Yes, you have read that right. You can farm ore passively! How? Well, you just need to equip your followers with a Magnetic Mining Pick which is crafted by blacksmiths. It is quite pricey but rewards ore on a regular basis upon completing a mission. Most of the time you will get around thirty to forty Monelite Ore, but it is certainly possible to receive Storm Silver Ore and Platinum Ore infrequently.