Prospector's tools can also be obtained by blacksmiths turning in bulk orders. This item will allow you to extract ore one color higher than the one normally yielded by a vein. For instance, if you use it on a verite vein, you will obtain valorite. The process to use this item is to dig once with the shovel/pickaxe, use the tool on the ore vein then dig normally to empty the spot.
and Stone Gargoyles
sometimes carry a
gargoyle's pickaxe. These pickaxes have a variable number of uses between 100 and 120 approximately and can also be obtained by blacksmiths turning in a completed bulk order deed. Using a gargoyle's pickaxe boosts the ore vein by one level and will stack with the same effect from a prospectors tool. For example an agapite vein can be raised to verite with a prospector tool and then to valorite with a gargoyle pickaxe. This item also has a chance to spawn an Ore
Elemental of the same color as the ore you are currently mining.
A smith cannot use the colored ingots unless he has the required skill
for that color.
If a smith has the minimum skill requirement for a color, the success
on smithing seems the same, even on exceptional quality plate chests.
Smithing colors has no effect on the rate of skill gain.
6 Gems used to craft a variety of items spawn randomly when mining at GM level. These are:
Normal, jewelry gems, spawn randomly when mining at GM level when the miner has read the book 'Mining for Quality Gems' bought from a blacksmith in the Royal City, Ter Mur facet and has selected from the context menu on his mining tool 'set to ore and gems'
Crystaline Blackrock spawns randomly when mining at GM level in the Ter Mur Facet (These can also be found as loot on ore elementals dug using a gargoyle pickaxe on all facets)
Saltpeter can be mined from niter deposits in dungeons or from boats. Only miners with high luck can find these deposits which can occur in 5 different sizes. Once found the miner must mine the deposit until it is consumed. The niter will decay if not mined when found.
A Small Niter Deposit
A Larger Niter Deposit
A Huge Niter Deposit
A Massive Niter Deposit
A Gigantic Niter Deposit
Thanks to Dymos, GM-Smith of the Cove's Merchants and Craftsmen (CMC) on
Chesapeake for most of the information on colored ore and ingots.
Thanks to Elowyn of Moonglow for pictures of the different colored