Mining is a part of Warframe which can be done in some of the open world areas of the game which allow you to gather resources such as ore, gems and other needed and valued materials.
Access to either Cetus or Fortuna is necessary in order to mine since you will need to use mining tools only available from these cities/towns.
Several items that you will craft, including some Warframes, will require resources obtainable from mining as well as end game progression later on.
How To Mine In Warframe?
Once you have obtained a mining tool from either of the mining NPCs in either Cetus or Fortuna, you will be able to equip it in one of your gear slots.
Add your mining tool to a gear slot and head out into one of the open worlds so you can begin gathering resources.
Once you are in one of the open world areas, search for veins which hint that there is a minable resource in the area.
You will notice either a blue or red vein which will also show an icon on your map if you have one of the more advanced mining tools.
Once you have found a vein, aim your mining tool at it and either a single dot or a few will appear which show the points where you need to mine.
Hold down your fire key while aiming at the dots in order to begin mining which will then show a gauge which will steadily increase as you hold down fire.
The goal during this minigame is to stop the gauge from filling up just as the meter goes in between a marker which you will have to aim for.
Stopping the meter inside the brackets will provide you with a good amount of resources and stopping it in the very middle will be a perfect mining action.
Once you have drilled at all the dots that have appeared, depending on how accurate you were by stopping the meter in the center, you will acquire resources.
The more centered the meter is, the more resources you will gain which can also be shown progressively as you mine all the dots by a bar at the top of your screen showing gems and a percentage based on how they are filled.
The number of dots may vary randomly and you can get any resource as long as it is obtainable in that area.
Occasionally, there will be a smaller bracket along with the main bracket which signifies a rare or lucky mining opportunity.
If you are able to stop the meter inside the special bracket, you will get a bonus resource, sometimes being rare.
Once you are done mining, simply head back to the town connected to the area where you are farming in order to go back inside and bring up the mission/open world summary where you can also view what resources and the amount that you collected.
Other Resource Farming Guides
Where To Mine In Warframe?
Plains Of Eidolon
The first open world area where mining became possible was on Earth in the Plains Of Eidolon which is right outside of Cetus.
Coming after the Plains Of Eidolon, Orb Vallis became accessible from Fortuna which is located on Venus.
What Are Ore And Gems For?
Crafting (Building In Foundry)
The resources obtained from mining may later be used in the foundry where you craft them into more refined versions which are either forged or precision cut materials.
Later on, you will need these for crafting certain equipment in the foundry, especially some of the Warframes.
These may be crafted in the foundry once blueprints for each of the resources have been purchased from mining NPCs.
Trading For Standing
While ores are mainly used for crafting and pretty much nothing else, gems have a special value and become available for trading in to get standing for either the Ostron or Solaris United.
Each of the gems have a specific amount based on rarity which will give you standing when traded, especially in bulk amounts.
Old Man Suumbat
Old Man Suumbat is the NPC for mining in the Plains Of Eidolon who sells you different Nostrom Cutters, gem and ore blueprints and more.
Smokefinger can be found in Fortuna who will sell you the Sunpoint Plasma Drill which is the best mining tool at the moment as well as recipes for crafting the ores and gems into more refined versions.
Types Of Cutters
The Nosam Cutter is one of the first mining tools that you would acquire back then when Fortuna was not yet around and would be the first tool you use with mining until you could upgrade to better versions.
Focused Nosam Cutter
The Focused Nosam cutter is the upgraded version of the Nosam Cutter and provides you with a more accurate mining procedure.
Advanced Nosam Cutter
Similar to the previous version, the Advance Nosam Cutter features an accurate experience when mining but with another added feature.
The Advance Nosam Cutter is capable of showing the location of nearby ore and gem locations, making it easier to head to a vein.
Sunpoint Plasma Drill
The Sunpoint Plasma Drill is the latest that has been introduced to the game which is purchasable from Smokefinger in Fortuna.
All of the qualities of the previous cutters exist with the Sunpoint Plasma Drill along with the bonus option of upgrading it via widgets.
Sunpoint Plasma Drill Widgets
The Sunpoint Plasma Drill Silencer Widget makes prevents enemies from being alerted when you are mining, allowing you to mine resources in peace.
This is good for those who bring a Warframe that does not have any defensive abilities that can be activated while mining.
The Sunpoint Plasma Drill Range Widget increases the range of your mining tool to reach further targets unlike the previous cutters that had a limited range.
This is useful for mining ores and gems from vein which are located further away from you, allowing you to mine resources without having to adjust your position or attempt to find a spot that allows you to reach high places.
Types of Veins
Red veins may be found in both the Plains Of Eidolon and Orb Vallis which will provide you mainly with ores when mined.
Blue veins are also found in both the Plains Of Eidolon and Orb Vallis which yield gems when mined.
Plains Of Eidolon Ores
Pyrol is a common ore that can be mined from red veins in the Plains Of Eidolon and can be used to craft Pyrotic Alloy.
Another common ore is Coprun, used in making Coprite Alloy which can be obtained from mining red veins in the Plains Of Eidolon.
Ferros is an uncommon ore which can be mined from red ore veins in the Plains Of Eidolon and is used to craft Fersteel Alloy.
A rarer ore found in the Plains Of Eidolon is Auron which can be mined from red ore veins and is used for crafting Auroxium Alloy.
Plains Of Eidolon Gems
Azurite is a common gem which can be obtained by mining blue veins in the Plains Of Eidolon, used for crafting Tear Azurite.
Devar is another common gem and can be obtained from blue veins in the Plains Of Eidolon that is used in the crafting of Esher Devar.
Veridos is an uncommon gem which can be mined from blue veins in the Plaines Of Eidolon which is used in crafting Marquise Veridos.
Obtained from mining blue veins in the Plains Of Eidolon, Crimzian is used in crafting Star Crimzian.
Sentirum is one of the rarer kinds of gems mined from blue veins in the Plains Of Eidolon which come in small amounts and is used to craft Radian Sentirum.
Additionally, these may be rewarded as a bonus when hitting the bonus target when mining and can even be obtained from red veins.
Nyth is a rare gem that is obtained in the Plains Of Eidolon when mining blue veins and is used for crafting Hearth Nyth.
Orb Vallis Ores
Axidite is a common ore that can be mined from red veins in Orb Vallis which is used to make Axidrol Alloy.
Travoride is another common ore that can be acquired when mining red ore veins in Orb Vallis and can be used to craft Travocyte Alloy.
An uncommon ore found in Orb Vallis, Venerol is harvested from red veins and is required for crafting Venerdo Alloy.
A rarer type of ore found in Orb Vallis is Hesperon which can be used in making Hespazym Alloy and can be mined from red veins.
Orb Vallis Gems
Phasmin is a common gem found in Orb Vallis when mining blue veins and can be used to craft Smooth Phasmin.
Noctrul is a common gem that is obtained by mining blue veins in Orb Vallis which is used in crafting Heart Noctrul.
A more uncommon type of gem found in Orb Vallis, Goblite can be obtained from blue veins and is used in crafting Goblite Tears.
Amarast is a gem that can be mined from the blue veins found in Orb Vallis which is used in making Star Amarast.
Zodian is a very rare gem which can be obtained in Orb Vallis, especially from hitting the bonus mark when mining blue veins and is used for crafting Radiant Zodian.
Another very rare gem that can be mined in Orb Vallis, Thyst can be mined and obtained at a low chance from blue veins and is used in crafting Marquise Thyst.
Pustrels are resources that are obtainable from red veins only in the Plains Of Eidolon and are used in crafting the Railjack.
Copernics are resources only minable in Orb Vallis from blue veins and are used when building your Railjack.
- Warframes that have invisibility such as Loki or Ivara can mine while invisible to avoid getting disrupted by enemies in order to prevent mining efficiency.
- Using Warframes that have defensive abilities such as Frost with his Snow Globe or Gara with her Mass Vitrify, can help keep enemies away while you attempt to mine nodes in an area.
- Having an active resource booster will double the amount of ores and gems that you obtain while mining.
- The Smeeta Kavat can give you a buff that doubles the amount of resources you gain, including ores and gems when mining.
- The effects of both the resource booster and Kavat buff stack and will further increase the amount of resources you gain, causing you to get an extremely large amount of ores and gems when both are active.