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Ultimate mining guide (Outdated)
By Blue and 1 collaborators
The guide for all things mining, after reading this you can brag to all your Friends and family about all the gems you got and throw your digital gems at their face and show just how much time you spent sitting in your chair doing nothing.
Mining is easy, find the glowing rock you want to mine, pull out the Cutter you have on hand, stand a few meters away, use secondary (alternate) fire to zoom further in, then wait a bit so the Cutter can scan the rock, then trace the outline as best you can.
Lets go over the UI real quick.

*1: The Cut Quality determines how much loot you'll get, this is determined by how closely and quickly you follow the white outline, closeness to the outline outweighs speed.
*2: The distance from the nearest Rock in meters.
*3: Number of Rocks the Cutter can detect nearby, mostly redundant.
Mining Basics.
Locating Rocks: You can find ore by looking around the landscape or by equiping a Cutter and using its pings to tell where it is, the pings will intensify frequency and volume the closer you're looking at a Rock. Rocks are only found on stone, that means not on sentient bones or metal, they are also frequently found in caves. The Advanced Nosam Cutter will also highlight Rocks on your map in a range of fifty meters.

Mining Rocks: To mine a Rock, Equip you cutter, go between 4-6 meters away, wait about two seconds while aiming at it, zoom in with your Cutter using the alternate fire, and trace the white outline as best you can, if you go too slow you'll have to trace some of it from memory.

Other Cutter Uses: Silly string based on your warframe's energy color, also deals extremely low damage. (Low enough damage that it doesn't create numbers.)

Resource Boosters and Kavat Charm buffs do apply to gained ores/gems.

Rocks and their respective drops.
The Red rocks are Ores, they will drop the following: Pyrol, Coprun, Ferros and Auron

The Blue rocks are Gemstones, they will drop the following: Azurite, Devar, Veridos, and Crimzian. If you have the Advanced Nosam Cutter they'll also drop Sentirum and Nyth.
Common Locations for mining.
(Credit to SonyaUliana for original topographic map.)

Area #1 has many Rocks in the cave.
Area #2 is where you'll do most of your mining.
Area #3 is worth mining at if a bounty brings you there.
Area #4 has some rocks and is nice when you're returning from stuff.
Area #5 is the same as Area #3.
The Tools of the Trade.
Ore Detection Distance
Ores Detected
Special proporties
Nosam Cutter
30 meters
5 Ores
Extremely Bad
Focused Nosam Cutter
45 Meters
10 Ores
Advanced Nosam Cutter
60 Meters
10 Ores
Can obtain rare Eidolon Gems from Gemstone Rocks,
Ores can show up on minimap in a 50 meter radius
Firstly, to me, Corverean™, I'm placing myself first because I'm the one writing the credits. (and most of the guide.) *Shrug*
Secondly to Blue Exorcist, for making the tools of the trade section
And thirdly to you reader, just by reading this you plant a little inspiration into the hearts of others, possibly creating something new, or giving yourself something new.

Extra credit to Corverean, he did 90% of this guide and deserves more credit
Some credit to Adeptguy, who wouldn't let this go in the future past.
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Blue  [author] Apr 7, 2019 @ 11:45am 
PolicarpoBS Apr 7, 2019 @ 11:22am 
This is outdated lmao
Bombastïk mırza Aug 21, 2018 @ 12:41am 
whenever i go mining i mine like 30 red ores
and get most of them corpun today i got like 200 corpun 7 pyrol and 8 ferros wtf poe?
ChaossDjinn Jan 15, 2018 @ 10:21am 
this is great! thanks.
Pokeking Jan 13, 2018 @ 1:27pm 
Didn't know how to find anything mineable before, so you have my thanks!
Corverean  [author] Jan 11, 2018 @ 12:27pm 
@waste Thanks for the feedback! I'll add a mention for the resource boosters and kavat boost in mining basics, and add the cutter stability to tools of the trade.
Dolornator Jan 11, 2018 @ 5:19am 
НА РУССКОМ ПЛЕЗ :Grineer::Grineer:
[PBF] AztecMushroom ॐ Jan 11, 2018 @ 2:40am 
Very useful thank you tenno :LotusFlower:
DS0 Jan 10, 2018 @ 6:22am 
I have a theory, seems like Nyth spawns most if you start the map in day time, and Sentirum spawns most if you start at night time.
Also, you can mention resource boosters apply, and that Kavat boost does too.

For some reason tho, my accuracy/Cut quality never changes the quantity of mined stuff :\ idk if i'm just not noting enough.
You forgot to mention that the cutter upgrades also make the beam stabler, helping for cut quality.
Olid Hihic Li Jan 9, 2018 @ 7:38am 
Thank you guys for creating this guide, had no idea that the cutter can zoom!