Mining Guide

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Introduction

Discovery Mining Guide

Welcome to the wonderful world of mining within the Discovery Mod. This guide serves as the latest version of the tutorial designed to inform new and existing players about the changes made by Cannon’s Mining Mod implemented in March of 2011. Many changes were made from 4.8.77 to 4.88.1 and then, even more, changes were made to where we are now - 4.90.2.


For those who are new to mining in Discovery, keep this in mind:

  • You will need a specialized mining ship to harvest Ores More on this in a moment.
  • Mining requires mining turrets in addition to a mining ship.
  • Finally, you require a mining company ID (for example, Daumann) with a matching IFF, or alternatively, an independent “Miner ID’, available for sale on most stations.
  • Ore is automatically transferred into your cargo bay. You don’t have to tractor in ore as per vanilla / other previous mods.
  • If you have marked another players ship with a left click, who is not more than 500 m away from you, the Ore will be automatically transfered to the cargo hold of that ship.
  • Only mining turrets are effective for mining. Other weapons are practically useless for mining operations.


Mining Ships

First, you will require a specialized mining ship. The following ships have mining bonuses as of 4.89.2 (courtesy of @Karst):

(Kudos to @Karst , @Jack_Henderson & @Laz for researching the information on mining laser hardpoints.)

  • Please note that the values for gun hardpoints may be incorrect. They were done in single player with a visual test and have not been tested against the server side drop rate.


Fighters/Freighters Sirius

Mining ship Faction Ore Position for Mining Turrets Notes
Anki Flag-corsairs.png Corsairs
GmgLogo.png Gas Miners Guild
KishiroLogo.png Kishiro Technologies
KrugerLogo.png Kruger Minerals (*only He-3)
SamuraLogo.png Samura Industries
all*
3-4-5-6 Freighter
Annapurna ImgLogo.png Independent Miners Guild
MollysLogo.png Mollies
Hessianlogo.png Red Hessians
all
3-6 Freighter
Arrastra all except:
Efl-flag.png EFL Oil & Machinery

GMS Logo.png Gallic Metal Service
GmgLogo.png Gas Miners Guild
Csv.png Junkers
all except:
Helium-3
3-7
Clydesdale BMM Logo.png Bretonia Mining and Manufacturing
MollysLogo.png Mollies
Core Logo Final 3 pixel expand resize box.png The Core
Azurite Gas
Gold Ore
Iridium Ore
Niobium Ore
Uncut Diamonds
4-7 Freighter
Collector Csv.png Junkers
Military Salvage
Premium Scrap
6-7
Correo Flag-corsairs.png Corsairs
Xeno Relics
1-4 or 5-8 Freighter
CSF Csv.png Junkers
Military Salvage
Premium Scrap
4-5+7-8 Freighter
CSV Csv.png Junkers
Military Salvage
Premium Scrap
4-5
Dromedary Gammu AI
Flag-outcasts.png Outcasts
Zoners
Iridium Ore
Niobium Ore
Xeno Relics
1-5 Freighter
Garanchou GmgLogo.png Gas Miners Guild
KishiroLogo.png Kishiro Technologies
Helium
Helium-3
3-4-5-6 Freighter
Grizzly Order Logo.png The Order
Azurite Gas
Iridium Ore
Freighter
Ragnar Alglogo.png ALG Waste Disposal
DaumannLogo.png Daumann
Hessianlogo.png Red Hessians
KrugerLogo.png Kruger Minerals
UnionerLogo.png Unioners
all except:
Helium-3

4-7 Freighter
Recycler Csv.png Junkers
Military Salvage
Premium Scrap
3+4+7
Rhino DseLogo.png Deep Space Engineering
Core Logo Final 3 pixel expand resize box.png The Core
Order Logo.png The Order
XenosLogo.png Xenos
Azurite Gas
Copper Ore
Iridium Ore
Military Salvage
Premium Scrap
4-7 Freighter
Scraper all except:
Efl-flag.png EFL Oil & Machinery
GMS Logo.png Gallic Metal Service
GmgLogo.png Gas Miners Guild
Csv.png Junkers
all except:
Helium-3

7
Spatial all except:
Alglogo.png ALG Waste Disposal
Efl-flag.png EFL Oil & Machinery
GMS Logo.png Gallic Metal Service
GmgLogo.png Gas Miners Guild
Csv.png Junkers
all except:
Helium-3

7-8
Sunburst Flag-corsairs.png Corsairs
Independent Miner
Artifacts
Helium
Xeno Relics
4-5
Surveyor all except:
Efl-flag.png EFL Oil & Machinery
GMS Logo.png Gallic Metal Service
GmgLogo.png Gas Miners Guild
Csv.png Junkers
all except:
Helium-3

1-5
Voyager Core Logo Final 3 pixel expand resize box.png The Core
Order Logo.png The Order
Azurite Gas
Iridium Ore
Freighter

Fighters/Freighters Gallia

Mining ship Faction Ore Position for Mining Turrets Notes
Courbe Efl-flag.png EFL Oil & Machinery
GMS Logo.png Gallic Metal Service
all
7
Plier Efl-flag.png EFL Oil & Machinery
GMS Logo.png Gallic Metal Service
all
6+7
Tournez Efl-flag.png EFL Oil & Machinery
GMS Logo.png Gallic Metal Service
all
4-7 Freighter

Transports Sirius

Mining ship Faction Ore Position for Mining Turrets Notes
Armicustos Flag-corsairs.png Corsairs Xeno Relics
5
Behemoth Alglogo.png ALG Waste Disposal
KrugerLogo.png Kruger Minerals
UnionerLogo.png Unioners
Helium-3
Military Salvage
Premium Scrap
5-8
Bullmastiff Flag-corsairs.png Corsairs Artifacts 1+3-6
Hegemon all except:
Efl-flag.png EFL Oil & Machinery
GMS Logo.png Gallic Metal Service
GmgLogo.png Gas Miners Guild
Csv.png Junkers
all except:
Helium-3
1-4
Kaiser Alglogo.png ALG Waste Disposal
DaumannLogo.png Daumann
KrugerLogo.png Kruger Minerals
Aluminium Ore
Cobalt Ore
Silver Ore
Uncut Diamonds
Uranium Ore
2-3-4-5
Kamome GmgLogo.png Gas Miners Guild
KishiroLogo.png Kishiro Technologies
SamuraLogo.png Samura Industries
Helium
Helium-3
Place on ALL slots
Raba Flag-corsairs.png Corsairs
Artifacts
1-2 or 5-6
Salvager Csv.png Junkers
Military Salvage
Premium Scrap
4-7

Transports Gallia

Mining ship Faction Ore Position for Mining Turrets Notes
Rock Badger Efl-flag.png EFL Oil & Machinery
GMS Logo.png Gallic Metal Service
all
5-9


Next, you will need specialized equipment: mining turrets and a compatible ID.

Mining Turrets are sold on most Planets, corporate bases, and Freeports, as well as Junker bases. They come in three varieties: "Small Mineral Extractors" are for use on light fighters, “Light Mining Arrays”, for heavy fighters/freighter turrets, and “Heavy Mining Arrays”, which fit on the heavier transports. They do virtually no damage in combat but are the only turrets capable of mining ore effectively.

Mining lasers operate by adding ore to your cargo hold when they strike and destroy a floating chunk of ore. Because of this, there is a chance you can gain increased ore through careful placement of your mining lasers. For example, on the Annapurna IMG freighter, placing mining lasers on every slot except slots one and two will result in a decent increase in ore drop rate. Slots vary between the different vessels, BUT if you use the numbers listed above you should get optimum results. Mining IDs are specific IDs that allow you to mine. Some companies specialize in mining, as well as independent Miners. Finally, some quasi-lawful and unlawful groups have the limited ability to mine select ores. All IDs must be used in tandem with their matching IFF, except in the case of the Miner ID, which may use any IFF (or none at all). Here is a run-down of all the factions available:

Mining ID's, Ores & Multipliers

Bretonia

Faction ID Ore & Multiplier Notes
BMM Logo.png Bretonia Mining and Manufacturing ID Cobalt Ore, x3.0
Gold Ore, x3.0
Niobium Ore, x2.0
Uncut Diamonds, x3.0
MollysLogo.png Molly ID Gold Ore, x2.0
Planetform3.jpg Planetform, Inc. ID ~~ Can mine:
Alien Organisms, x1,5

Gallia

Faction ID Ore & Multiplier Notes
Efl-flag.png EFL Oil & Machinery ID Premium Scrap, x2.0
Raw Hydrocarbons, x2.0
Can also mine:
Scrap Metal, x2.0
Toxic Waste, x2.0
GMS Logo.png Gallic Metal Service ID Molybdenum Ore, x3.0
Gold Ore, x2.0
Niobium Ore, x3.0
Raw Hydrocarbons, x3.0

Kusari

Faction ID Ore & Multiplier Notes
KishiroLogo.png Kishiro Technologies ID Helium-3, x2.0
Raw Hydrocarbons, x3.0
Uranium Ore, x3.0
SamuraLogo.png Samura Industries ID Helium-3, x3.0
Niobium Ore x2.0
Platinum Ore, x3.0
Raw Hydrocarbons, x3.0
Can also mine:
Alien Organisms, x3.0

Liberty

Faction ID Ore & Multiplier Notes
DseLogo.png Deep Space Engineering ID Copper Ore, x3.0
Military Salvage, x3.0
Premium Scrap, x3.0
Can also mine:
Scrap Metal, x2.0
XenosLogo.png Xenos ID Copper Ore, x2.0
Premium Scrap, x2.5

Rheinland

Faction ID Ore & Multiplier Notes
Alglogo.png ALG Waste Disposal ID Military Salvage, x3.0
Premium Scrap, x3.0
Can also mine:
Scrap Metal, x3.0
Toxic Waste, x3.0
DaumannLogo.png Daumann Heavy Construction ID Aluminium Ore, x3.0
Cobalt Ore, x2.0
Silver Ore, x3.0
Uncut Diamonds, x3.0
KrugerLogo.png Kruger Minerals ID Aluminium Ore, x3.0
Cobalt Ore, x2.0
Helium-3, x2.0
Silver Ore, x3.0
Uncut Diamonds, x3.0
Uranium Ore, x3.0
Hessianlogo.png Red Hessians ID Uncut Diamonds, x2.0
UnionerLogo.png Unioners ID Military Salvage, x2.0

Hispania

Faction ID Ore & Multiplier Notes
Flag-corsairs.png Corsair ID Xeno Relics, x3.0 (x2.0 with a transport)
Can also mine:
Artifacts, x2,0
Flag-outcasts.png Outcasts ID Niobium Ore, x2.0
Xeno Relics, x2.0
Can also mine:
Alien Organisms, x2.0

Independent

Faction ID Ore & Multiplier Notes
Core Logo Final 3 pixel expand resize box.png The Core ID Azurite Gas, x3.0
Iridium Ore, x3.0
Gammu AI ID Azurite Gas, x3.0
Iridium Ore, x3.0
GmgLogo.png Gas Miners Guild ID Helium-3 x3.0
Can also mine:
Alien Organisms, x2.0
Helium x2.0
Independent Miner ID All Ore, x1,5
Can also mine:
Helium, x3.0
ImgLogo.png Independent Miners Guild ID Cobalt Ore, x3.0
Gold Ore, x2.0
Niobium Ore, x3.0
Silver Ore, x2.0
Uncut Diamonds, x2.0
Csv.png Junkers ID Premium Scrap, x4.0
Military Salvage, x3.0
Can also mine:
Scrap Metal x4.0
Zoner ID Iridium Ore, x3.0

Mining and Transportation

Follow the above instructions? Great! You’re on track to becoming the next richest person in Sirius! Now, you’ll need to know where to mine, and where to bring it to once you’ve mined it.

Mining fields can be found by checking your map - open your map by hitting the F7 key (by default) or the map icon in the top right. There will often be large exclusion zones that when hovering over will read "Mining Zone" or something similar. When entering a zone, there will also be text that is displayed that will read "Entering Mining Zone" or something similar.

You can only gain ore while inside these fields, and ore will only drop from the small floating rocks, not the larger stationary ones.

If you are not gaining any ore from the field, it is possible that:

  • - You’re not in a mining field: most mining fields are spheres, and it is possible that you’re above or below the field by a small amount. Set a waypoint if you’re worried this is the case.
  • - You are not capable of mining the ore effectively. Make sure your ID, IFF, ship, and turret all match what is required to mine that specific type of ore. For example, the “Sabre” VHF with Flashpoints is not going to be an effective mining craft.
  • - The field isn’t active. This is a rarity, but some fields in Discovery are turned off, either for balance purposes or due to their superfluousness.
  • - You have another ship selected, and are filling it, instead of your own hold. CTRL+T, by default, will de-select the current target.

If all else fails, contact other players in the field, players of any of the official mining factions. There will always be people willing to help you out.


Minable Commodities

Mining Zones

Ore Region System Sector Notes
Aluminium Ore Rheinland Munich C6
Azurite Gas Omicrons Omicron Delta F3 Inside the Nomad Extractor
Cobalt Ore Omegas Omega-3 E5
Copper Ore Liberty Kansas B3 & C3 15k below the plane
Gold Ore Bretonia Dublin E2
Helium Liberty Pennsylvania E3/4 & F3/4 Hug the miner to see the rocks
Helium-3 Sigmas Sigma-59 B7 Hug the miner to see the rocks
Iridium Ore Omicrons Omicron Delta E2
Military Salvage Independent Worlds Bering G6
Molybdenum Ore Border Worlds Languedoc C4
Niobium Ore Taus Tau-23 C2
Platinum-198 Ore Kusari Nagano D4
Premium Scrap Independent Systems Bering G7
Raw Hydrocarbons Taus Tau-53 G3
Silver Ore Omegas Omega-7 E7
Uncut Diamonds Omegas Omega-2 D5
Uranium Ore Sigmas Sigma-21 G5
Xeno Relics Omicrons Omicron Xi, Planet Knossos D4/5 & E4/5 Via Atmospheric Entry Point from Omicron Xi or via Alien Gate from Omicron Beta

Mining Zones Maps


Buy/Selllocations

Aluminium Ore

Azurite Gas

Cobalt Ore

Copper Ore

Gold Ore

Helium

Helium-3

Iridium Ore

Military Salvage

Molybdenum Ore

Niobium Ore

Platinum-198 Ore

Premium Scrap

Raw Hydrocarbons

Silver Ore

Uncut Diamonds

Uranium Ore

Xeno Relics