Mining is a gathering skill used to harvest metal ore, stone, and other raw resources from the environment. The primary focus for most miners is to gather metal ores and stone for use by smelters, but it is also possible to harvest gems and reagents that are useful for other refining and production skills.
How do I mine?
Firstly, you will need a pickaxe. Every avatar starts with one equipped, but if you no longer have one, they can be purchased from crafting supply merchants or found on the ground in and around mines. Pickaxes have limited durability and will need to be periodically replaced, so it is recommended to carry multiple pickaxes for longer mining sessions.
Indestructible pickaxes with bonuses can be purchased as part of Bundles from the Store. These pickaxes are not the most powerful, but they last forever.
Next, you will need to locate a mining node. These nodes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and types (more about this below). To validate that the node you found is for the mining skill, when you move your mouse cursor over the node, the cursor will change into the pickaxe icon. Once you have located a mining node, stand near it and double click it. Your avatar will move to the appropriate point and begin swinging the pickaxe. A progress bar will appear towards the bottom of the screen.
Upon a successful mining attempt, a loot window will open up containing the rewards for your effort. Once you collect your loot, the mining node will disappear and you will need to locate a new node. If your mining attempt fails, you will be notified in your chat window and you can try again until you succeed.
Each mining attempt has the chance to trigger Meticulous Mining, which grants additional rewards. This bonus can trigger many times in a row resulting in a greater bounty from just one node. Additionally, each attempt can trigger a Critical result, which results in a substantial mining speed increase for that attempt.
What and where can I mine?
The primary goal of mining is to gather metal ore and stone; however, there are a variety of valuable materials that can be harvested using mining.
Metal Ore (copper, iron, silver, gold)
Found in the highest concentrations in mines and are strongly defended due to their valuable nature. Ores can also be found throughout the rest of the world near mountainsides and outcropping of rocks.
Found primarily when mining metal ores. Granite nodes can also be found throughout the rest of the world near mountainsides and outcropping of rocks.
Gem Crystals (amethyst, citrine, diamond, emerald, garnet, onyx, ruby, sapphire)
Found in caverns, small caves, and outcropping of rocks.
Ash Deposit (sulfurous ash)
Found near rock outcroppings in desert areas and where dragons are present.
Brimstone (sulfurous ash)
Found near molten lava pools.
Clay Deposit (clay)
Found on the shores of lakes, rivers, and oceans.
Salt Deposit (salt ingot)
Found on land in marshlands and along shorelines.
Quartz Crystal (quartz chunk)
Found in deserts
Advice from Oakenhammer, Grandmaster Miner