Minerals are precious stone items often usable as an ingredient for professions. Unlike cut gems, minerals must be crafted into another item to gain any sort of bonus. The majority of minerals are found via Mining or Prospecting. Most minerals also have a small world-drop rate from mobs, and can be found in chests and lockboxes. minerals can be mined off of some Outland mobs, in a similar fashion to skinning for leathers.
- Pearl, which are not precious stones, but are put to use in much the same way.
- Gem, for socketable gems created by jewelers
Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor Minerals
Minerals present in the original World of Warcraft, and generally restricted to zones below level 60.
Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Drop rates of gems have been increased at lower levels and decreased at higher levels.