Mining

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Mining is the skill in Ultima Online which basically determines how well someone can mine ore and turn it into ingots. A miner does need a pick and/or shovel in order to be able to mine ore in the first place. Ore then has to be mined at a cave floor or mountainside tile and then smelted into usable ingots on a Forge or Fire Beetle. The difficulty with the smelting process lies in the fact, that failure means loss of 50% of the ore.

Mining essentially allows to harvest the raw material for Blacksmithy and Tinkering. However, besides that, it also gives a bonus to treasure hunters looking for treasure chests and determines how much the player gains from recycling items back into ingots.

Listed below are the minimum levels for each type of ore to be mined and smelted:

Skill Level What ores can be mined
0 Iron Ore
65 Dull Copper Ore
70 Shadow Iron Ore
75 Copper Ore
80 Bronze Ore
85 Golden Ore
90 Agapite Ore
95 Verite Ore
99 Valorite Ore

And here the chances to succeed with smelting the ore.

Mining Smelting
Metal Skill 15 30 45 60 75 90 100 105
Iron 0 0% 10% 40% 70% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Dull Copper 65 0% 0% 10% 40% 70% 100% 100% 100%
Shadow 70 0% 0% 0% 30% 60% 90% 100% 100%
Copper 75 0% 0% 0% 20% 50% 80% 100% 100%
Bronze 80 0% 0% 0% 10% 40% 70% 90% 100%
Golden 85 0% 0% 0% 0% 30% 60% 80% 90%
Agapite 90 0% 0% 0% 0% 20% 50% 70% 80%
Verite 95 0% 0% 0% 0% 10% 40% 60% 70%
Valorite 99 0% 0% 0% 0% 2% 32% 52% 62%

A Grand Master Miner can also extract High Quality Granite and Sand.

Additionally, having a skill of 100 allows the miner to have a random chance to get one of these items when mining for ore:

  • Turquoise
  • Fire Ruby
  • Blue Diamond
  • Ecru Citrine
  • Perfect Emerald
  • Dark Sapphire
  • Blackrock

Training[edit]

The following methodes need to be used for the following skill levels:

0-40 : Train from Jacob Waltzt in the Haven Mountains.
40-50 : Do the new player skill gain quest.
50-100 : Practical use, mine ore.

Trivia[edit]

  • Human characters will have a chance to get extra ore with each dig, while Elves have an increased chance of harvesting special ore types from colored veins.
  • On Felucca, mining gives double the result it gives on other worlds.