Mining, like every other skill in Life is Feudal, will take you quite some time to master. There are skills that you must level up before you can unlock mining, and the process of finding suitable materials to dig for is not exactly straightforward.
Our guide for mining aims to help you understand it from the most basic application, all the way through to when you’ll be searching for gold. We’ll cover how to get started with the skill, how to find the exact resource you’re looking for, and even how to keep from having the mine collapse on your head.
Getting Started with Mining
The most basic thing you can do while mining is to dig a tunnel. This is commonly done with a pick axe, but before you can even think about doing so, you’ll have to level your Terraforming skill up to 60. That will unlock the ability for you to dig the tunnel that will serve as your mine. In order to level up your Terraforming to the proper levels, spend some time lowering and raising the ground around where you plan to build your settlement. We wrote about this recently in our Life is Feudal Tips, which you should check out before continuing.
When your Terraforming has finally reached 60, grab a pick axe, saw, shovel, hammer and axe, and head out to one of the many mountains that you’ll find on the map. You’re looking for anything that has a rock surface to it, letting you know that the resources you’re looking for are potentially close.
Your next step is to right click on the rock face and choose the Prospecting option. Here you should have the ability to look for Copper Ore, which you’ll want to do. After you set your range you can search. We advise trying the default of two tiles when searching for Copper Ore. It’s fairly common, and you likely won’t have to look for long before you spot some. If there is none at the location that you first try, move on to the next and attempt to prospect for it again.
How to Dig a Tunnel
Once you have found Copper Ore within two tiles, ensure that your pick axe is ready to go and right click on the tile where you want to start digging the tunnel. You want to dig a tunnel down using the Terraforming menu, and it will take quite a few interactions before you see progress. While you’re doing this, you’ll start to accumulate stone in your inventory, which you’ll want to dump when you become too overburdened. Just set it off to the side somewhere by clicking and dragging it from your inventory to the ground.
When you see progress it will be in the form of a square hole, and it should give you access to dig a tunnel (not up or down) by right clicking on the now exposed vertical face of the rock and looking under Terraforming. Once you have your first bit of tunnel carved out, you can dig tunnels up, down or straight ahead. This is the basic idea behind the mine - you can burrow your way into the side of a mountain to find the resources you’re looking for.
Each resource has a different look about it, but you can tell that it’s something more than rock by the specs of color that show through. When you spot something that you believe to be Copper Ore (or Iron, Silver and Gold), stop digging a tunnel using the Terraforming option and switch to the Mining option. For our purposes, we’ll assume you found Copper Ore, and will choose the appropriate corresponding option under Mining. As you do this, you’ll start to see Copper Ore appear in your inventory. When you are full and can’t carry more, pray to return to your home.
As we mentioned, finding Copper Ore is very easy, but Iron, Silver and Gold are somewhat more difficult. This is where it pays to have a plan while prospecting.
When you right click on the ground and choose Prospecting, you’ll see that you can search for different resources, and that you have to choose a range between 2 and 20. Keep in mind, that range could be 20 deep, not 20 off to the side. This is where gold gets tricky, as gold tends to be buried deep into the sides of the mountain.
Let’s assume that you prospect for gold at a range of 20 and you find some. The next step would be for you to stand in exactly the same place (mark this spot by dropping something on the ground, creating a bag to act as a marker. Also, turn grass off) and try prospecting for gold at a range of 10. If you get some, lower it even more. If you don’t find any in a 10 range, try moving forward two tiles and repeating the process.
You get the idea here. You have to continuously refine your searches until you get a rough idea of where to begin digging your tunnel. As you begin to dig your tunnel where you believe the resource is, continue to prospect to ensure you’re on the right track.
Reinforcing your Mine
Life is Feudal is a brutal game, and even when you think you have mining figured out, you don’t. You see, mines are typically not very stable, which is why players brought the axe and saw with them. While you’re mining you’ll need to head out and cut down a decent quality tree, and carry it back to the spot where you have opted to mine. From here, hop into the mine and right click on the sides of it, which should give you the option to reinforce (you’ll also need a hammer for this). If you don’t reinforce your mine as you dig into the earth, it will eventually collapse and all that work will have been for nothing.
How to Find and Mine Gold
There are quite a few theories on where to find gold, but the common spot that keeps popping up for us is the large mountain that is toward the northern part of the map. It’s the biggest mountain in the game, and pressing M while in-game will show you a map so you can see what we mean. Head that way, and then prepare to do quite a lot of prospecting. It’s unlikely that you’ll get too close while prospecting since gold tends to be deep into the mountain. Our advice would be to dig into the mountain, and then continue to prospect until you get closer.
As a final tip, be sure to check out mines that you come across that other people have created. They are very easy to spot while you’re out and about, and they didn’t dig them for fun (probably not). If it’s there, there is a good chance you’ll find at least Copper Ore, which is quite valuable depending on your progress into the game.
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