After a period of mudflation, an item will often regain its value and return to or even exceed its original price. Thorium Ore is an excellent example of this economic mechanic and is our highlighted Hot Item of the Week. On the three servers we checked stacks of Thorium Ore were consistently selling for over 90 gold. This makes it a fairly profitable item considering that on each of the same sample servers the ‘newer’ ore such as Saronite Ore was selling for about 25% of the cost of Thorium in the auction houses. Thorium Ore can be found in zones level 55-60 but our best luck has been in the areas of the Eastern Plaguelands, Azshara, Silithus, and the Burning Steppes. Our testing of farming these zones for Thorium revealed the fastest farming rate (most amount of ore farmed in a two hour time frame) to be the Eastern Plaguelands and The Burning Steppes as Azshara’s landscape requires more finesse to navigate and the best locations for Thorium in Silithus are often within the subterranean caves filled with baddies.
Our theories on why this item has returned in value mostly revolve around the supply and demand phenomenon. In this case supply is tight because Thorium Ore is no longer extensively farmed as the majority of the player base is approximately 20 levels above the zones in which it spawns. And demand is greater, perhaps even more so then similar level 60ish crafting items, because common skills chosen by newly rolled Death Knights are often blacksmithing or Jewelcrafting, both of which make use of Thorium Ore while leveling. If you are a miner and you’ve already met your daily Titansteel quota, you might want to consider going old school for a little while and farming up some Thorium for sale in the auction house. You’ll make a nice profit and, heck, maybe you will even find the time to say hello to some old friends along the way.