Ore

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Ore deposits are found across the lands of Middle-earth. Prospectors have the ability to Track Mines, and process the ore using Prospector's Tools. Normal ore deposits yield 1 to 3 ore, while Rich/Bountiful ore deposits yield 4 to 6 ore and are more likely to also yield crafting materials such as Dyes material, gems, Crafting Rare Components and mastery components. Prospectors have the skill to smelt ore into ingots for other professions. Metalsmiths, Weaponsmiths, and Jewellers can use these ingots to craft items.


Ore Deposit Tier Ore Materials Dye Materials Gems Mastery Components / Rare Crafting Components Locations
Copper Deposit
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1 Apprentice Chunk of Copper Ore Piece of Sienna
Pile of Copper Salts
Agate
Amethyst
Chunk of Grey Rock-salt
Chunk of Crude Brimstone
Crude Whetstone
Most of Ered Luin, The Shire, lower-level areas of Bree-land
Tin Deposit
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As of Update 12, Helm's Deep - November 20, 2013, these deposits were removed from the game
Barrow-iron Deposit
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2 Journeyman Chunk of Barrow-iron Ore Piece of Umber Bloodstone Chunk of White Rock-salt
Chunk of Pale Brimstone
Small Whetstone
Sapphire Shard*
NE Ered Luin, NE Shire, all except lower-level areas of Bree-land, Western Lone-lands, Western North Downs
Silver Deposit
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2 Journeyman Chunk of Silver Ore -- Opal Chunk of White Rock-salt
Chunk of Pale Brimstone
Small Whetstone
Sapphire Shard*
NE Ered Luin, NE Shire, all except lower-level areas of Bree-land, Western Lone-lands, Western North Downs
Rich Iron Deposit
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3 Expert Chunk of Rich Iron Ore -- Ruby Chunk of Clear Rock-salt
Chunk of Dark Brimstone
Flat Whetstone
Ruby Shard*
Central and Eastern areas of the Lone-lands and North Downs, Eastern Evendim, South and East lake shores in NE Bree-land
Gold Deposit
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3 Expert Chunk of Gold Ore -- Sapphire Chunk of Clear Rock-salt
Chunk of Dark Brimstone
Flat Whetstone
Ruby Shard*
Central and Eastern areas of the Lone-lands and North Downs, Eastern Evendim, South and East lake shores in NE Bree-land
Dwarf-iron Deposit
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4 Artisan Chunk of Dwarf-iron Ore -- Adamant Chunk of Yellow Rock-salt
Chunk of Prilled Brimstone
Round Whetstone
Adamant Shard*
The Trollshaws, Western Misty Mountains, Western Angmar, Western Evendim, South-eastern tip of the Lone-lands
Platinum Deposit
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4 Artisan Chunk of Platinum Ore -- Adamant Chunk of Yellow Rock-salt
Chunk of Prilled Brimstone
Round Whetstone
Adamant Shard*
The Trollshaws, Western Misty Mountains, Western Angmar, Western Evendim, South-eastern tip of the Lone-lands
Ancient Iron Deposit
Ancient Iron Deposit.jpg
5 Master Chunk of Ancient Iron Ore
Ancient Nickel Ore (rare)
Pile of Ancient Iron Oxides Beryl Chunk of Blue Rock-salt
Chunk of Dusty Brimstone
Soft Whetstone
Beryl Shard*
Eastern Misty Mountains, Eastern Angmar, Forochel, Northern Eregion
Ancient Silver Deposit
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5 Master Chunk of Ancient Silver Ore -- Beryl
Moonstone (rare)
Chunk of Blue Rock-salt
Chunk of Dusty Brimstone
Soft Whetstone
Beryl Shard*
Eastern Misty Mountains, Eastern Angmar, Forochel, Northern Eregion
Khazâd Skarn Deposit
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6 Supreme Chunk of Khazâd Skarn Chunk of Lime Aquamarine
Dawn-rose
Chunk of Pink Rock-salt
Chunk of Bright Brimstone
Hard Whetstone
Mithril Flake*
Southern Eregion, Redhorn Lodes Moria, Lothlórien, Mirkwood, Enedwaith
Khazâd-copper Deposit
Khazâd-copper Deposit.jpg
As of Update 12, Helm's Deep - November 20, 2013, these deposits were converted into Khazâd Skarn Deposits
Chunks of Khazâd-copper Ore cannot be harvested anymore, remaining ones in inventory can still be smelted into Khazâd-copper Ingots
Khazâd-tin Deposit
Khazâd-tin Deposit.jpg
As of Update 12, Helm's Deep - November 20, 2013, these deposits were removed from the game
Khazâd-iron Deposit
Khazâd-iron Deposit.jpg
As of Update 12, Helm's Deep - November 20, 2013, these deposits were converted into Khazâd Skarn Deposits
Chunks of Khazâd-iron Ore cannot be harvested anymore, remaining ones in inventory can still be smelted into Khazâd-iron Ingots
Khazâd-gold Deposit
Khazâd-gold Deposit.jpg
As of Update 12, Helm's Deep - November 20, 2013, these deposits were converted into Khazâd Skarn Deposits
Chunks of Khazâd-gold Ore cannot be harvested anymore, remaining ones in inventory can still be smelted into Khazâd-gold Ingots
Skarn Deposit
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7 Westfold Chunk of Calenard Skarn
Chunk of High-grade Calenard Skarn (rare)
-- Green Garnet Cracked Rhi Helvarch Sigil* Dunland, Gap of Rohan, Isengard, Nan Curunír, The Great River
Riddermark Deposit
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8 Eastemnet Chunk of Riddermark Skarn
Chunk of High-grade Riddermark Skarn (rare)
-- Red Agate Tarnished Crest of Rohan* East Rohan; Wildermore
Eorlingas Skarn Deposit
Eorlingas Skarn Deposit.jpg
9 Westemnet Chunk of Eorlingas Skarn
Chunk of High-grade Eorlingas Skarn (rare)
-- Emerald Emerald Shard* West Rohan
* A rare component.

Notes on Gathering Ore

Gathering Ore can be a time-consuming, and sometimes frustrating task. To maximize your success, it is important to understand a bit about how the ore nodes are populated by the landscape and how relative demand and character behavior affect the amount of ore you find.

Ore spawns in fixed locations, often called nodes. The landscape generator has a probability to fill (spawn) an empty node every so often - in the absence of players removing ore, generally most of the nodes will be filled. Most nodes can spawn either of two types of ore, usually iron or a precious metal. Note that in some areas ore of different tiers may be on the same spawn table (e.g. in the The Trollshaws you can get Gold or Dwarf-Iron).

Not all ore is in demand to the same level. See the entry on Metalsmiths to understand how much iron is required to skill up a Metalsmith. In general, iron is in higher demand than precious metals because both Metalsmiths and Weaponsmiths need iron, while only Jewellers consume precious metals. This high demand for iron can result in selective removal by many players of just the iron ore, leaving a landscape increasingly populated by precious metal nodes only. This can be very frustrating for Prospectors searching for iron.

In general, there will be more of the scarce resources if everyone mining mines ALL of the nodes. Similarly, you can get better results in scarce conditions by clearing the nodes from an area and waiting for them to respawn, then clearing again. This technique will guarantee at least some of the scarce resource.


Strange Ore sightings

In some places, strange looking ore deposits might be spotted. Currently, it is unknown what they might represent. Leftovers or Easter eggs, placeholders in preparation for new ore type, programmers jokes or forgotten creation testing?

These deposits can't be interacted with nor do they appear on radar. Keep an eye out and report.

Ore Deposit Tier Ore Materials Dye Materials Gems Mastery Components / Rare Crafting Components Locations
Unknown ore
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The deposit appears to look similar to a gold deposit in structure and shape, but with yellow base rock as if sulfur.

Known Locations: North of Gondamon in Ered Luin, Low Lands 19.2 S, 96.7W