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Game: ICARUS
Content Type: Gaming Guides


To create tools that are more complicated than a stone axe or a mortar and pestle, you’ll need to do some mining. Here’s what you’ll need to create usable metals:

Other things to keep in mind:

  • Some ores don’t require smelting to be used. Furthermore, raw ore is a requirement for some of the recipes.
  • If you want to create tools (also knives and bow/crossbow ammo) with your smelted ores, you’ll also need to create an Anvil Bench.
  • Higher-tier ores require stronger Pickaxes to mine and higher-level furnaces to process — this is noted in the table below.
  • You will need the Machining Bench or the Fabricator to do a lot of crafting work with rarer metals.
  • Stone and Oxite can be picked up off the ground as well as mined from deposits.
  • Hidden caves have blocked entrances that yield stone when mined.
  • It’s possible to see some of the nodes exclusive to the caves outside of them, in close proximity to the entrance.

Deep Mining

There are two powerful drills that can be built and placed on Deep Mining Ore deposits, which are found throughout the Icarus landscape, as well as in some medium and large caves. These drills are expensive to craft, but will slowly mine a large amount of ore — if supplied with the Biofuel or Electricity they require to operate.

The mining speed varies depending on both the type of drill and the type of ore. The Electric version mines 25% faster than the Biofuel drill. The Biofuel drill mines Sulfur and Copper at a rate of 1 ore per minute, and Gold at a rate of 0.75 ore per minute.

To use a deep-mining drill, simply place it onto a deep ore deposit (it should snap into place) and then supply it with the requisite power source.

icarus mining guide deep mining vein sulfur
Sulfur
icarus mining guide deep mining vein iron
Iron
icarus mining guide deep mining vein silicon 1
Silica
icarus mining guide deep mining vein gold
Gold
icarus mining guide deep mining vein copper
Copper

How to Carry More Metal

If you’re finding yourself making too many trips back and forth from your base to the cave, you can bring your furnace to the cave! Ingots weigh significantly less than ore, and the weight of the furnace is worth the difference in weight between smelted and unsmelted ore.

The Gatherer’s Backpack grants you -45% Carry Weight of Ores, which makes it much easier to move ore around — while smelting the ore still ultimately makes it lighter, the backpack can help in many situations.

Ores

Ore Type
Location
Min. Required Pickaxe
Min. Required Furnace to Process
Yield
Forest, Arctic, Desert
Forest, Arctic, Desert
Forest, Arctic, Desert
Forest, Arctic, Desert
Forest, Arctic, Desert, Caves
n/a (used as fuel or in Steel Blooms)
Caves
2 Ore — 1 Ingot
Caves
2 Ore — 1 Ingot
Caves
2 Ore — 1 Ingot
Caves
Steel Pickaxe
5 Ore — 1 Ingot
Caves
Steel Pickaxe
1 Ore — 1 Ingot
Caves
Steel Pickaxe
5 Ore — 1 Ingot
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samyala
samyala
7 months ago

Don’t forget the Gatherer’s Backpack gives 45% in weight for ore and wood, which cumulated with various talent bonuses is incredible (7kg for 50 iron for me, for exemple)., enough to collect all nodes from a cave in one run. Essential for stockpile prospects.

samyala
samyala
Reply to  DanielD
7 months ago

Just got and tried the Inaris Neves Pickaxe. brought down iron ore to less than 4kg per 50!
Too bad these tools break so quickly (except for the bow, it’s almost eternal)

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