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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 Orb, 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.
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 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 anytime, 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.
All cutters work on Plains of Eidolon and Orb Vallis. However, the Sunpoint Plasma Drill purchased from Smokefinger, is required to mine the rarest Gems in Orb Vallis. Like the Advanced Nosam Cutter, the Sunpoint drill also possesses a minimap radar and is able to extract Eidolon Gems.
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- 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.
- 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.
- It is possible for two veins to spawn at the same spot, however only one cutting outline will appear and the second vein disappears after cutting the first one (tested with a regular Excalibur and Nosam Cutter)
- The color of the Nosam Cutter 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: Although it may show that it detected 10 deposits, there can be more than 10 deposits marked on mini-map.
- The mining beam range can reach up to 9 meters.
- Using the built-up charge of Volt's passive ability, it is possible to do damage with a Nosam Cutter 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.
- Mining has a base chance, as well as a bonus based on your accuracy, to reward a rare gem (15% + 3% per filled gem icon).
- 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.
Last updated: Hotfix 22.19.1
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