Mining is an activity in Skyrim that involves extracting various ores from veins found in mines. The ore you obtain can be smelted into ingots, and then used to forge new weapons or armor. They can also be sold, which is most profitable if sold to one of the mine owners in the Mine Ore radiant quest.
Mining is done by activating an ore vein with a pickaxe in your inventory, or attacking an ore vein with an equipped pickaxe. In addition to standard pickaxes, Rocksplinter or the Notched Pickaxe can be used to mine ore. Ore veins are everywhere: all ore types can be mined from veins and then smelted at a forge to obtain ingots.
Veins typically yield three pieces of ore. Each piece of ore has a 10% chance of being accompanied by a random, level-dependent gem, as detailed on the Gems page. After being mined, the vein is depleted, although it will eventually respawn (see bugs).
Places identified on the map with a mine icon are all listed on the Mines page. However, veins are found in many other locations in Skyrim. Details on the best places to find each type of ore are provided on the individual ore pages:
- Gem GeodesDB
- Heart Stone DepositDB
- Soul Gem Geode (yielding Soul Gems)
- StalhrimDB (can only be mined with an ancient Nordic pickaxe)
- To maximize mining efficiency, hold a pickaxe in your right hand and a dagger in your left, use the Elemental Fury shout, then power attack the veins. This allows mining time for a vein to be cut down a few seconds. This same method can also be used to quickly gain extremely large amounts of quarried stone and clay.
- Another method of increasing mining speed if you don't have Elemental Fury is to get the Dual Flurry perk, hold a dagger in your left hand, and use normal attacks on the veins.
- Every vein contains three ore, and all three will be added to your inventory if you mine long enough, but you will not receive a notification on your screen when the second one is extracted.
- The Dragonborn add-on adds several gem geodes to various locations on Solstheim. Mining them will yield a single gem.
- A graphical glitch can occur when you start to mine any type of ore vein, causing you to clip through it, interrupting your mining.
- Possible solutions: sleeping, uninstalling/reinstalling the game from your console, avoiding the mine where the glitch first occurred, or killing all enemies in the surrounding area before mining the ore. It is still possible to manually mine the ore vein (attacking the vein with an equipped pickaxe) if this occurs.
- You may be unable to mine ore veins after they respawn.
- This bug is fixed by version 1.3.0 of the Unofficial Skyrim Patch.
- Leaving and reentering the mine or the cell will enable the veins, allowing you to mine them normally.
- If manually mining while dual-wielding, the game only checks for a pickaxe in your right hand, and counts two swings per attack if you have one. Dual-wielding a pickaxe with a dagger in your left hand greatly accelerates the mining process. Conversely, dual-wielding a pickaxe in your left hand doesn't let you manually mine if you don't have one in your right hand.
- If you activate an ore vein while wielding your only pickaxe, you'll sheath it visibly on your hip, and then start mining with a second "phantom" pickaxe.
- Mining may give two firewood every time it gives ore. This happens at all veins and the cause is unknown.
- Attacking an ore vein with a pickaxe may result in the pickaxe not hitting anything, forcing you to mine manually by activating the vein. This tends to happen with veins set flat against the ground or a wall.
- When activating a vein, you may end up swinging at it indefinitely without gaining ore or depleting the vein.
- Use the movement controls to break free of the animation, and then try again.
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Needs clear directions to the Geodes and Deposits.
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Geodes are smaller than typical ore deposits. They will be exhausted in just 3 strikes of your pickaxe instead of the usual 9. They will always produce one gem of the given type, with a 10% chance of an additional "flawless" gem of the same type.
|Highpoint Tower||1||In the spider's nest|
|Solstheim||2||At an unmarked place east-southeast of Bloodskal Barrow, north of Raven Rock, along with a gold ore vein; you can find the other one to the east|
|Solstheim||2||West of Brodir Grove, near a small camp halfway to Bloodskal Barrow|
|Highpoint Tower||1||In the spider's nest, on a ledge|
|White Ridge Barrow||4|
|White Ridge Sanctum||9|
|Solstheim||1||At an unmarked place southwest of Kagrumez, near some spider eggs|
|Highpoint Tower||2||Two in the southernmost tunnel of the spider's nest|
|Solstheim||2||Southwest of Frykte Peak, South-southeast of Castle Karstaag Caverns|
|Solstheim||2||Southeast of Hrothmund's Barrow, east of a cindering fire at the center of a few crates and barrels|
|Solstheim||2||Northwest of Frostmoon Crag, near a shrine of Zenithar|
|Solstheim||2||South of the main entrance to White Ridge Sanctum, outside the shack which houses the trapdoor to the Imbuing Chamber|
|Highpoint Tower||4||Two in the northwestern chamber, two in the spider's nest,|
Heart Stone Deposit
There are 28 Heart Stone Deposits that can be found in Solstheim. When mined you will get three Heart Stones from each deposit. Note that like other ores, heart stone deposits can be re-mined after the passage of some time, but they may fail to regain their characteristic black and red texture and appear to be plain stone. Place the cursor over them and the message will indicate if re-mining is possible.
|White Ridge Barrow||2||In a small mine to the left of the entrance to White Ridge Sanctum|
|Broken Tusk Mine||2||Downstairs|
|Tel Mithryn||1||Exterior, behind the kitchen|
|Solstheim||2||Southeast of Tel Mithryn, near the coast|
|Brodir Grove||3||Near the boss chest|
|Strident Squall||1||Next to the ship's boarding ramp|
|Solstheim||1||West-northwest of Tel Mithryn, southwest of Revus Sarvani|
|Solstheim||2||At a fumarole northeast of Fort Frostmoth and southeast of Highpoint Tower|
|Coldcinder Cave||3||Near the treasure chest|
|Fort Frostmoth||2||In the spider den on the middle level|
|Solstheim||2||West-southwest of Tel Mithryn, on the coast|
|Solstheim||1||West of Old Attius Farm, on a small island with a flag on top of it|
There are 19 Stalhrim Deposits that can be found in Solstheim. They can only be mined using an Ancient Nordic Pickaxe. You will get three Stalhrim from each deposit in addition to a 10% chance of being accompanied by a random, level-dependent gem. Stalhrim deposits take twice as long to mine as standard ore deposits, requiring 18 strikes over the usual 9. In addition to the Stalhrim, after being exhausted, most deposits will uncover a dead draugr, from which you can loot gold and other valuables.