Mining is a non-combat activity that allows players to excavate various minerals and ores that are used as resources in Cetus, Fortuna, or Necralisk. It can be performed in the Plains of Eidolon, Orb Vallis, and Cambion Drift.
Mechanics[edit | edit source]
Gear Acquisition[edit | edit source]
Before players can begin mining, they must first acquire a Cutter from Old Man Suumbaat in Cetus for Ostron standing or a Sunpoint Plasma Drill from Smokefinger in Fortuna for Solaris United standing. Players must then equip the mining tool on their Gear menu to be able to use it.
However, the Sunpoint Plasma Drill is superior to the Nosam Cutters: it is the only one that can mine Very Rare gems, includes the features of other cutters, can be upgraded, and can be purchased earlier than most other cutters as it does not require any Syndicate standing rank upgrades. It also has the slowest drill progress, making precise timing easier. It does, however, require at least 2500 standing with Solaris United to be able to purchase, which could involve multiple bounty missions to get to. A quick way around this: get the most basic Nosam Cutter in Cetus for the much simpler 500 standing (which you should easily have after having completed the storyline mission there), then head to Venus and mine some quick gems that can be traded in for standing, and immediately buy the Sunpoint.
Finding Veins[edit | edit source]
Out on the Plains, Vallis, or Drift, players have several means of finding resource deposits.
- Veins stand out visually as bright colored spots surrounded by light grey patches on rocks and rock formations. Red spots denote Ores (yellow spots in the Drift), while Blue spots denote Gems (teal spots in the Drift). Note that the various fossilized Sentient bones littering the Plains are not rocks (despite bearing a superficial resemblance to them) and will not have any mineral veins.
- Mining tools have several features to find minerals from a distance. Equipping Sunpoint Plasma Drill or the Nosam Cutter (default hold
and select the desired cutter) will bring up a HUD with the following features:
- The left side of the HUD will display icons of rocks indicating the number of mineral deposits within the detector's range (higher tiers of Cutters will increase the detectable number).
- The right side of the HUD is equipped with a rangefinder that shows the distance to the nearest mineral vein being detected (higher tiers of Cutters will increase the detection range).
- An audible repeating tick (akin to a metal detector) will be heard if the detector is within range of a deposit. This sound will grow in pitch if the player is looking in the direction of the vein, and tick more frequently the closer player is to the source.
- When unzoomed, a faint diamond-shape object will appear over veins that are within field of vision.
- Higher grade cutters when actively searching for a node will also display a gemstone icon on your Radar when you get close enough, making it much easier to find the node.
Mining Process[edit | edit source]
Once the player has located a vein, they can begin mining it by equipping their Cutter, and then zooming in on the vein (default hold). This will reveal up to three blue drilling spots. Aim onto a drilling spot, then Press and Hold the fire button (default ) while remaining still. A ring of unlit colored lights with white brackets will appear. You can also press the Secondary Fire button after zooming in to adjust the magnification of the zoom (default ).
The goal is to stop firing when the colored lights reach as close to the middle of these white brackets as possible. The brackets can sometimes be moving or changing in size, presenting a challenge in hitting the desired spot. Occasionally, these brackets can also be accompanied by a second, smaller set of special narrow brackets, which players can attempt to hit in lieu of the larger brackets for additional rewards.
A progress gauge will fill up at the top of the Cutter's HUD, composed of 5 small mineral icons determining the amount of resources gained and the quality of the deposit that was just mined, all affected by the timing of the cut. The mining is completed once the yellow gem bar fills up, which will reward a random mineral, either Ore or Gem depending on whether an Ore or Gem-type deposit was mined. Additionally, successfully hitting the special narrow brackets during mining will grant additional gem rewards on completion, even on ore veins.
The more accurate the timing during cutting, the higher the likelihood a better-grade mineral will be mined, and the higher the amount of minerals will be given upon completion. Players can halt cutting at any time, however doing so will immediately "complete" the drilling spot that was cut into, preventing a retry of that spot, and thus reducing the quality and quantity of extracted minerals. This makes uninterrupted cutting most desirable, after clearing the immediate area of enemies.
The result of the mining is determined by different factors:
- The usual calculation is to first multiply the total amount of filling of small icons by the multiplier of the resource type and then rounding the result to the upper integer number.
- Blue veins have a x1 multiplier and Red veins have x2. Some resources have no multiplier as there can only be 1 gain, such as Nyth.
- For example, newly added Pustrels has a x2 multiplier and 10 maximum gain from a vein. If the total amount of filling is just below 3 full icons by a small amount then the result will be 6. And if it is above 3 by just a small amount then it will be 7.
- Minimum and maximum number of gains are also affected by the distance of the vein to the gates.
- Red veins start giving at 3 near the gate and will give at least 6 far away. In both cases, 10 is the maximum number.
- Blue veins give a minimum of 2 but maximum of 4 near the gate, and will give a minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 far away.
- Without boosters, Blue Veins have a maximum gain of 6, and Red Veins have a maximum gain of 10.
- Resource Booster will double (x2) this amount.
- Smeeta Kavat's Charm also affects the resulting numbers by the total stack of Charm's given boosts (x2, x4, x8 or even x16, depending on one's luck).
- While having both boosters, the gain will be multiplied by at least 4; x2 from Resource Booster and x2 from Charm
Cutters[edit | edit source]
Cutters can be purchased from Old Man Suumbaat or Smokefinger for standing. More advanced Cutters feature more accurate mining beams, longer mineral detection ranges and minimap radar. While being able to cut all rarities of ore, only certain Cutters can mine rare gems. Regardless, all Cutters have a base beam range of 9 meters (without upgrades).
|Nosam Cutter||Focused Nosam Cutter||Advanced Nosam Cutter||Sunpoint Plasma Drill|
Rank 0: Neutral
Rank 2: Visitor
Rank 4: Surah
Rank 0: Neutral
|No rare Gems||Eidolon & Cambion Drift Gems||All rare Gems|
|Fastest, unstable laser||Fast, less unstable laser||Slower, stable laser||Slow, stable laser|
30m Detection Range
5 Deposits Detection Amount
45m Detection Range
10 Deposits Detection Amount
|50m Radar (Minimap)
60m Detection Range
10 Deposits Detection Amount
|50m Radar (Minimap)|
60m Detection Range
10 Deposits Detection Amount
Widgets[edit | edit source]
Widgets are upgrades that are permanently applied to only the Sunpoint Plasma Drill upon being purchased, enhancing their utility. There are two Widgets available and are both bought from Smokefinger for 30,000 at the rank of Old Mate. All Widgets can be applied simultaneously.
|Sunpoint Plasma Drill Range Widget
Increases plasma beam range.
|Sunpoint Plasma Drill Silencer Widget|
Mine in peace and avoid alerting nearby enemies with this drill silencing widget.
Ores[edit | edit source]
Ores can be mined from red veins in Plains of Eidolon/Orb Vallis and yellow veins in Cambion Drift. Raw Ores can be refined and combined with other Resources in the Foundry to form materials suitable for construction. Unlike Gems, Ores cannot be turned in for standing to their local vendors (with the exception of Cambion Drift's Otak for Otak Tokens), and cannot be traded to other players.
|Type||Plains of Eidolon Ores||Orb Vallis Ores||Cambion Drift Ores|
Gems[edit | edit source]
Gems can be mined from blue veins. Raw gems can be refined for use in certain Foundry Blueprints, or trading to other players. Raw gems can be turned in directly for standing or standing related items:
- Gems from the Plains of Eidolon can be turned in to Old Man Suumbaat for Ostron standing,
- Gems from the Orb Vallis can be turned in to Smokefinger for Solaris United standing,
- Gems from the Cambion Drift can be turned in to Otak for Otak Tokens.
However, once refined, they can no longer be turned in like this.
|Type||Plains of Eidolon Gems||Orb Vallis Gems||Cambion Drift Gems|
|Rare||"Eidolon Gems"||requires SPD|
Notes[edit | edit source]
- A Nosam Cutter and a Plasma Drill cannot be equipped at the same time.
- A selection of gem can be bought directly from the traders for under Today's Special.
- Cut gems are tradeable under "Crafting Components".
- Gems are used as materials in Ostron crafting, including the creation of Zaws and Amps.
- The secondary fire function (default middle mouse button) can be used to enhance the mining tool's zoom level while aiming.
- Firing the cutter is considered an alarming action, and will thus alert enemies within the vicinity. Consequently, it will disrupt Ivara's Prowl ability when used, rendering her visible for the duration that the cutter is active. There is an upgrade for the Sunpoint Plasma Drill purchasable from Smokefinger that will silence it, costing 30,000 with Solaris United.
- The color of the Cutters/Drill and its beam is determined by the Warframe's chosen colors and energy color.
- The Advanced Nosam Cutter or Sunpoint Plasma Drill is required to mine the Eidolon gems Sentirum and Nyth, while the Sunpoint Plasma Drill is required to mine Vallis gems Zodian and Thyst. Either the Advanced Nosam Cutter or the Sunpoint Plasma Drill can acquire the Cambion gems Embolos and Xenorhast, although the Sunpoint Plasma Drill greatly increases the odds of finding them.
- With an Advanced Nosam Cutter or Sunpoint Plasma Drill: although it may show that 10 deposits were detected, there can be more than 10 deposits marked on mini-map.
- Using the built-up charge of Volt's passive ability, it is possible to do damage with a Nosam Cutter or Sunpoint Plasma Drill equal to the amount of electricity stored.
- The amount of resources yielded in mining is affected by both Resource Boosters and a Smeeta Kavat's double resource buff, doubling the amount mined.
- The frequency of gem deposits is affected by a Resource Drop Chance Booster.
Tips[edit | edit source]
- Mining veins spawn in greater numbers in areas with many rocks packed closely together, such as caves, rock tunnels and Grineer excavation sites.
- The area on the Plains where one can consistently find the most mining veins in the smallest area is the bay known as Er-Phryah's Vigil. It is located west and slightly north of the Cetus gates, around Grineer Base #2 (as marked on the map). This bay area can be recognized by the towering Sentient bones in the local shallows, which are periodically electrified by a nearby Grineer machine. This bay and the nearby cave will almost always have 15 or more veins in a relatively small 100 square meter area, making it ideal for mining.
- While Grineer-occupied caves have a high concentration of veins, they may generate in areas that are quite difficult to reach with a cutter, such as high up rock faces and on ceilings.
- Using Ivara's Dashwire Arrow to create elevation can make reaching these veins much easier.
- Titania can also use the cutters in Razorwing mode, which can aid in scouting for veins, and also reaching veins that are otherwise difficult or impossible to mine, within the 9 meter range of the mining beam.
- Entering and exiting Deck 12 in the Orb Vallis seems to cause more mining veins to spawn.
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Last updated: Hotfix 22.19.1
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