Veins of ore lay buried throughout the mines, mountains, and caves of Britannia. The skilled miner seeks out these veins to harvest their ore, which can then be smelted into ingots for use by the various Crafting skills.
In order to mine from an ore vein, equip a Pickaxe and use the Mine special ability. The player must then target the ore vein they wish to mine from.
The vein can be mined until the ore is depleted, at which point the miner should search for other nodes to harvest from. Whenever an ore vein is depleted, a player will no longer be able to find any usable ore from the vein. Whenever an ore vein refreshes after being harvested, there is a slight chance that it will change its resource type. For example, an ore vein that previously yielded Verite ore may now yield Dull Copper ore. Alternatively, an Iron ore vein may respawn to yield Valorite ore.
To mine for stone instead of ore, right-click your pickaxe.
The various colored ore types require higher levels of Mining skill in order to refine successfully. The skill required to successfully smelt higher-tier ore is equal to the Mining skill required to harvest the ore. However, unlike the conversion of hides and logs, a skill check is performed at the refining stage. If failed, no ingots will be produced after smelting and materials (i.e. ore) are lost. Historically, when smelting high-level ore such as Verite or Valorite, it was best to separate large piles of ore into smaller piles in order to prevent large resource losses.
The following table outlines the smelting success rates for each ore at different Mining skill levels.
This is an estimate of the type and amount of ore you may obtain when mining from 70-GM. Results may vary.
Mining gives an increasing bonus to the search radius of the shovel when looking for treasure. The numbers below illustrate the thresholds at which each increase is gained.
0 skill gives a 3 tile radius. 100 skill gives a max 8 tile radius.
While mining rocks, very rarely a message will come up saying “You found the Motherlode!”
Motherlode rocks yield twice as much ore (2 or 4 ore instead of 1 or 2 ore), but still no more stone or gems than usual.