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Before players can begin mining, they must first acquire a Nosam Cutter from Old Man Sumbaat in Cetus or a Sunpoint Plasma Drill from Smokefinger in Fortuna They can either be bought for Ostron/Solaris Standing, or selected as a free Ostron/Solaris ranking reward. Players must then equip the mining tool on their Gear menu to be able to use it.
Out on the Plains or Vallis, 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, while Blue spots denote Gems. 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 the Nosam Cutter or the Sunpoint Plasma Drill (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).
- Finally, 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.
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 x1 multiplier and Red veins have x2. Some resources has no multiplier as there can be only 1 gain, such as Nyth.
- For example, newly added Pustrels has x2 multiplier and 10 maximum gain from a vein. If 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 starts 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 minimum of 2 but maximum of 4 near the gate, and will give minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 far away.
- Without boosters, Blue Veins has a maximum gain of 6, and Reds of 10.
Cutters can be purchased from Old Man Suumbaat or Smokefinger for standing. More advanced Cutters feature more accurate mining beams, longer mineral detection ranges, minimap radar, and the ability to cut rare gems. Regardless, all Cutters have a base beam range of 9 meters.
|Nosam Cutter||Focused Nosam Cutter||Advanced Nosam Cutter||Sunpoint Plasma Drill|
|Unstable mining beam||Somewhat stable mining beam, but unstable while zoomed in|| Perfectly stable mining beam|
| Perfectly stable mining beam|
Can be upgraded with widgets
|500 at Neutral (Ostron)||750 at Visitor (Ostron)||1,000 at Surah (Ostron)||2,500 at Neutral (Solaris United)|
| Plains of Eidolon|
| Plains of Eidolon|
| Plains of Eidolon|
| Plains of Eidolon|
|Common||Common / Uncommon||Rare / Eidolon Gems||Very rare / Eidolon Gems|
| 30 m|
| 45 m|
| 60 m|
| 60 m|
|-||-|| 50 m|
| 50 m|
| 5 deposits|
| 10 deposits|
| 10 deposits|
| 10 deposits|
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 all bought from Smokefinger for 30,000 at the rank of Old Mate. All Widgets can be applied simultaneously.
|Sunpoint Plasma Drill Silencer Widget|
Mine in peace and avoid alerting nearby enemies with this drill silencing widget.
|Sunpoint Plasma Drill Range Widget|
Increases plasma beam range.
|Standing||Type||Plains of Eidolon Gems||Orb Vallis Gems|
(ANC or SPD)
|400|| Rare / Eidolon Gem|
(ANC or SPD)
(ANC recommended (or SPD))
|1,000|| Very rare|
|Type||Plains of Eidolon Ores||Orb Vallis Ores|
- 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.
- A Nosam Cutter and a Plasma Drill cannot be equipped at the same time.
- 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 drill purchasable from Smokefinger that will silence it, costing 30,000 standing with Solaris United.
- The color of the Cutters and 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.
- With an Advanced Nosam Cutter or Sunpoint Plasma Drill: Although it may show that it detected 10 deposits, 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 a Resource Booster (Doubling the amount mined).
- The frequency of gem deposits is affected by a Resource Drop Chance Booster.
- With Update 24, Fortuna, ore veins had their visibility improved. They appear to be a lot brighter and slightly bigger, making them more visible and easier to be spotted. This also applies to ore veins in the Plains of Eidolon.
- There appears to be a bug where mining nodes will not appear ever during the current session. It seems to be tied to your operator. Enter and exit operator mode and it should fix the issue.
Last updated: Hotfix 22.19.1
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