- Lesser Bloodstone Ore
- Item Level
- Sell Price: 25
This item can be mined from deposits in Drywhisker Gorge in the northeastern corner of the Arathi Highlands. It requires a mining skill of at least 65.
Lesser Bloodstone Ore as a quest objective
- If you don't have a mining skill, you will need to have someone who does mine the ore for you. You can also find the ore on the auction house occasionally.
- Drywhisker Gorge is right next to the Horde town of Hammerfall. Alliance players will need to watch out when heading to the Gorge.
- The path to the cave starts southeast of Hammerfall.
This blood-colored substance is similar in consistency to copper when first mined. Bloodstone ore is a soft material not suitable for forging weapons or armor when used alone, although it can be employed in the creation of fine jewelry. When used in smithing, bloodstone ore must be melted and mixed with iron. The resulting alloy is brittle and useless if the proper ratios are not employed. To complicate the matter futher, the required ratio varies with every bloodstone ore vein. Only a skilled smith can identify the proper amount to use without ruining the alloy.
Bloodstone ore is found in the deepest mines within the Arathi Highlands, and a few small veins have been located within the Stonetalon Mountains. Deposits can also be found scattered through the Elemental Plane, usually close to the dangerous border of Ragnaros's domain.
There are two types of bloodstone ore known to exist: lesser and greater. Lesser ore comprises more than 95% of all bloodstone deposits found on Azeroth, although the percentage is slightly less extreme in the depths of the Elemental Plane. As a result, lesser bloodstone ore is usually refered to simply as "bloodstone ore," while the greater variety is always called by its full name.
Bloodstone items are inevitably reddish in color, although the shading is subdued with lesser bloodstone ore. Greater ore produces a deep crimson metal that looks as though it is colored with fresh blood.
Legends say that bloodstone is the result of the combination of demon blood with ordinary metal deposits. The foul ichor, it is said, sank deep into the earth and corrupted the veins therein. Still, the ore is not itself evil or demonic, though it can be used for that purpose. Certainly demons favor this material and construct weapons and armor of it whenever they can. However, there is no reason why a paladin or other follower of the Light could not employ this useful material.
- Patch 1.2.0 (patch date:2004-12-18): Bloodstone Ore was made easier to mine.