Mining Guide for Elite Dangerous — CMDRs ToolBox (2022)

Author: Down To Earth Astronomy

There are two main types of mining in Elite: Dangerous, Core mining where rocks are cracked open to access the valuable materials inside and laser mining where rock are mined with a traditional mining laser. The equipment needed and locations used for the two types of mining are slightly different. In this guide we will go through both methods to teach you everything you need to know regardless of what type of mining you prefer.

Laser Mining

Laser mining is the simplest form of mining in elite and currently the most profitable way to mine.

Equipment

  • Mining Laser

  • Surface scanner

  • Refinery

  • Prospector limpet controller (1 - 2 active limpet is enough)

  • Collector limpet controller (6+ active limpets is recommended)

  • Cargo racks

  • Fuel Scoop

  • Shield generator (optional)

Recommended Ships

  • Python

  • Type-9

  • Imperial Cutter

Fitting your ship

Choose a ship

When laser mining the most importation feature of your ship is the number of optional internal slots since you will need a large number of collector limpets as well as a decent sized cargo hold. Therefore ships like the Cutter and Type-9 are a good choice, some like the Anaconda as well for its longer jump range. A Python is also a good option, even if it wont be able to carry the same cargo as some of the other ships. However it has the advantage of being able to dock at a medium station which can give you more options when looking for a place to sell.

You can see some of my recommended loadouts in the Ship Builds section.

Hardpoints

For hardpoints you only need mining lasers. They come in 2 sizes, small and medium. The medium lasers mine about twice as fast as the small ones. Try to fit 3 medium lasers or as many as your Power Distributed can handle.

Internals

For your internals fit a surface scanner in the lowest slot. If your second lowest slot is class 3 or higher fit a prospector limpet controller, if it is a class 1 or 2 fit a refinery. Since we will only be focusing on one material the size of the refinery doesn’t really matter. You should always fit N A-rated prospector limpet controller since the rating of the controller determines how many fragments you will get from the rock. Next try to find room for your collectors. It is recommended that you have 1 active limpet per small mining laser and 2 active limpets per medium laser.

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Use some of your largest slots for cargo and the remaining slots for a fuel scoop and a shield generator.

Finding the right spot to mine

When laser mining you have to go to a overlapping hotspots, meaning you will need to find 2 or 3 hotspots of the same type with overlapping areas. a list of overlaps can be found here http://edtools.ddns.net/miner.

How to Laser Mine

Once in the ring you need to locate a rock with a high % of the material you are looking for. Simply fire prospector limpets at the rocks around you until you find what you are looking for. Compared to core mining there is no need to use a pulse wave scanner. It’s good practice to keep the local planet targeted and always move towards it. This will ensure you do not fly in circles.

On at the rock launch your collectors and fire up your mining lasers. when mining try to position you’r self as close to the rock as you can to reduce the flight time for you collector limpets. Also try to mine at rotation-axis to reduce the number of limpets destroyed by hitting the rock.

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Core Mining

In core mining you will be looking for asteroids with mother lodes inside to crack open, and then collect the materials inside. This type of mining often gives you fewer materials per hour, and therefore is also less profitable than laser mining.

Equipment

  • Abrasion blaster

  • Seismic charge launcher

  • Pulse wave scanner

  • Surface scanner

  • Refinery

  • Prospector limpet controller (1 active limpet is enough)

  • Collector limpet controller (4 to 6 active limpets should do it)

  • Cargo racks

  • Shield generator

Recommended Ships

  • Imperial clipper

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  • Python

  • Cobra mk III - Good Starting ship

Fitting your ship

Choose a ship

Before you start mining you will obviously need a ship. Here you should be looking for a ship with a decent amount of internal slots as well as good speed and manoeuvrability. A lot of internal slots allows you to carry more cargo and the speed and manoeuvrability will help you locate and explode rocks faster. It is therefore recommended to use a ship like the imperial clipper or the python. The python has the advantage of being a medium ship which allows you to land on stations the clipper can't. The clipper on the other hand is faster than the python. If you are new to the game a Cobra mk III is a solid choice for a starter mining ship.

You can see some of my recommended loadouts in the Ship Builds section.

Hardpoints

For hardpoints you will need a Seismic charge launcher to crack the asteroids open and an abrasion blaster to shoot the fragments loose inside the rock. If you have spare hardpoints you can fit a few weapons, but that is optional.

Utility

In your utility slots you need a pulse wave scanner. This module allows you to scan the rocks around you so you can see which rocks might contain mother lodes. The remaining slots are up to you.

Internals

In your internal slots you will need a long list of modules. In your lowest slot you should fit a surface scanner, this is used to scan the rings around planets for hotspots where you get a higher chances for mother lodes. In your second lowest slot you should fit a prospector limpet controller. It's not that important which one you fit, but I usual fit the largest A-rate that will go in that slot. Next you will need a refinery. Again it's not that important which one, any of them will do. Having more bins is always nice, but you can make do with just 3 or 4 bins. Next you will need collector limpet controllers. You will most likely need more than one controller since you want around 4 to 6 active limpets. The more limpets you have the faster you can collect your materials, but it will take valuable internal slots away from your cargohold. Talking about cargo hold you will need Cargo racks. How much cargo is really up to you. I like to keep it around 200 T but more or less is also fine, it's really a matter of taste. Finally I recommend a shield generator. This is technically not mandatory, but since you will be flying around exploding asteroids it's probably a good idea to bring a shield.

Finding the right spot to mine

Before you set out mining you should consider where you want to sell your materials. The market in Elite can change from day to day so make sure you check the market before you leave. I recommend using a site like https://inara.cz/galaxy-commodities/ or https://eddb.io/commodity. You are looking for the most valuable of the following materials:

  • Alexandrite

  • Benitoite

  • Bromellite (Icy rings only)

  • Grandidierite

  • Low Temperature Diamonds (Icy rings only)

  • Monazite

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  • Musgravite

  • Painite

  • Rhodplumsite

  • Serendibite

  • Void Opals (Icy rings only)

Once you find your desired material make sure there is a station with good prices that has a demand of at least 10 times what you can carry in your cargohold. Due to the supply and demand change made in January 2020 the bigger a % of the station demand you carry the less they will pay you per ton. Once you find your station, stock op on limpets and begin looking for rings with a hotspot matching the material you are looking for. Fly up to the various ringed planets and scan them using your surface scanner. Once you find one drop into the hotspot and you are now ready to begin mining.

Locating mother lodes

Once in a hotspot it's a good idea to define a point-of-reference to ensure you are not flying in circles. Often people are using the local planet or a nearby hotspot and when looking for rocks keep moving in the direction of the point-of-reference to ensure you are always moving into new rocks. As you are flying through the belt keep firing you pulse wave scanner and look for rocks lighting up brightly. The intensity of the rock will vary depended on the distance, so this is something you will have to get a feeling for. Spotting rocks with mother loads is made a bit easier by the fact that they will always have the same shape. In metallic rings mother load rocks will always be tear-drop shaped as shown here. In icy rings the mother lode rocks look like pop-corn. If the rock has a mother load inside you will be able to spot cracks on the surface of the rock as you get closer. To be 100% sure you can fire a prospector which will reveal if the rock has a mother lode.

Mining mother loads

Once a rock with a mother lode is located you will see a number of fissures on the rock. They are also listed in the right hand panel under contacts. Each fissure will either be low-, medium- or high-strength, this is an indication of how much damage an explosion inside the fissure will do. Get your Seismic charge launcher and fire a charge into the fissure. You can control how powerful the explosion is going to be by holding down the trigger (low-, medium- or high-yield).

Many people think you have to match the yield of the charge with the strength of the fissure, however this is not the case. Just think of the explosion yield as how much damage you do and the fissure strength as how much “armour” it has. So a high-yield charge in a low-strength fissure will do the most damage, while a low-yield charge in a high-strength fissure will do the least amount of damage.

Once the first charge has been set a timer will start and an interface will open in the upper right-hand corner. Your aim is to get the signal into the blue area. The more charges you set the more the signal will increase. If you mange to overshoot into the red area you can disarm charges in the left hand panel by selecting a fissure with a charge and disarm it.

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Once all charge have been set you can go to the left hand panel and select any of the fissures with a charge in it and detonate it from there. You don’t have to manually detonate all the charges, once one goes off the rest will follow. Now back up away from the rock and watch it explode.

Once the rock is cracked open small fragments will appear that can be collected with your collector limpets. You will also see a number of surface deposits on the broken parts of the asteroid, these can be shot loose with an abrasion blaster to get even more fragments.

FAQs

What is the most profitable thing to mine in elite dangerous? ›

Laser mining is the simplest form of mining in elite and currently the most profitable way to mine.

What equipment do I need to mine in elite dangerous? ›

An ideal mining ship requires at least one Class 2 hardpoint to fit larger mining tools for more efficient or profitable mining, and enough optional internal slots to hold a Refinery, a Collector Limpet Controller, a Prospector Limpet Controller, a Detailed Surface Scanner, and at least one Cargo Rack.

How do you mine efficiently in elite dangerous? ›

Basically you should pick items in your ship in disorder. Even before starting best fsd is always a

What is the best mineral to mine in elite dangerous? ›

The most profitable core mining material is either Void Opals or Low Temperature Diamonds. Void opals are commonly found around Icy rings. There are worth upwards of 650k per ton.

What is the best ship for laser mining Elite Dangerous? ›

Imperial Cutter - The Top-tier Mining Ship

It's considered one of the best combat ships, although there are a lot of other ships to choose from. However, it also costs over 200 million credits, so it's typically used by experienced Elite Dangerous players.

What is the most dangerous kind of mining? ›

Statistically, coal mining remains more dangerous than other kinds of mining, but only slightly. According to the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, the rate of coal-mining deaths in the United States between 2001 and 2005 was 0.15 per million production hours.

Is mining profitable elite dangerous? ›

Mining is the number-one way to make money in Elite Dangerous. There is no other activity that comes close to the potential profits of a long mining session, so buckle up, get your mining lasers ready, and start blasting those asteroids.

How do you know which asteroids to mine elite dangerous? ›

Select your asteroid belt that you want to mine by using the System View to find a belt that is showing as “Major Reserves”. Different belts have different commodity types. In the system with the belt you want to mine, select the asteroid cluster to mine using the navigation panel and super cruise there.

Is the krait mk2 good for mining? ›

Both the AspX and the Krait mk2 are good ships for deep core mining. Both have excellent forward visibility for spotting likely rocks when using the pulse wave or planting seismic charges. Both have enough hardpoints to allow you to mount weapons, but the Krait will hit a little harder.

Can you make ships in elite dangerous? ›

The player may upgrade components or purchase an entirely new ship based upon their needs and available funds. New ships can only be purchased at Stations with the Shipyard service, and modules can only be changed or upgraded at stations with the Outfitting service.

How do you mine tritium? ›

Just dive in, with a good armed miner ( a Conda for ex) AND for the extra frags you get from stones you will double the Tritium harvest. Rocks with 15-25% Tritium will get you 10-16 tones of Tritium - in under 1 minute.

Do you need a Refinery for mining in elite dangerous? ›

A Refinery is one of the required modules for miners. It takes scooped asteroid fragments and turns them into a sellable commodity.

Can you mine planets in elite dangerous? ›

To surface mine, outfit any ship of your choice with a Planetary Vehicle Hangar. Purchase an SRV and you are ready to go! An optional module that may come in use is the Detailed Surface Scanner. The DSS allows you to fire probes at planets and map them, which can show any geological, biological or xenological sites.

What do Prospector limpets do? ›

The Prospector Limpet Controller is a type of Limpet Controller module that can program limpets to scan asteroids and determine their composition.

Is the type 9 heavy good for mining? ›

The Type 9 has 2 medium hardpoints which are perfect for mining.

Is the Clipper a good mining ship elite dangerous? ›

With the clipper's fast speed and decent cargo hold this ship is as good as it gets when it comes to mining core deposits.

Is the adder a good mining ship? ›

As a miner, the Adder is the best ship available at its price range and will do very well until the Cobra MkIII can be afforded. Its Class 2 hardpoint allows it to mount a Class 2 Mining Laser, and combined with two Class 1 Mining Lasers in the smaller hardpoints, it can achieve a very efficient mining speed.

Is firedamp a gas? ›

Firedamp - Methane Gas (CH4)

Firedamp is a mining term for a set of explosive gases found in mines. It's mostly made up of methane and methane is often an interchangeable term when miners talk about firedamp. Methane (CH4) is a colourless, odourless, highly flammable, and highly explosive noxious gas.

Why is methane called firedamp? ›

Firedamp is any flammable gas found in coal mines, typically coalbed methane. It is particularly found in areas where the coal is bituminous. The gas accumulates in pockets in the coal and adjacent strata and when they are penetrated the release can trigger explosions.

Is mining still dangerous? ›

Coal mining is a relatively dangerous industry. Employees in coal mining are more likely to be killed or to incur a non-fatal injury or illness, and their injuries are more likely to be severe than workers in private industry as a whole, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

How do I scan planet rings for hotspots elite dangerous? ›

Location. Locating a Hotspot first requires locating a Planetary Ring System using the Discovery Scanner and Full Spectrum System Scanner, then traveling to it in Supercruise. When close enough to the rings, the Detailed Surface Scanner can be activated to probe the rings.

How do you mine a core? ›

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Where are low temperature diamonds elite dangerous? ›

Low Temperature Diamonds are a Mineral Commodity. They can only be obtained by mining them from icy Planetary Ring Systems.

How do you know if an asteroid has void opals? ›

You scan the asteroid, if the asteroid has greenish or red spots on super bright yellow background...you'll have VO's for sure.

How do you scan an asteroid? ›

How it works is you look around asteroid belts using a new utility module called a Pulse Wave Scanner, and the previously existing prospector limpets, to find asteroids with a juicy gem core. Once you find one, you can crack it open using a seismic charge launcher to get at the valuable resources inside.

Can you mine asteroid belt elite dangerous? ›

You can mine asteroids at Resource Extraction Site (RES), located near planets with planetary rings, and at asteroid belts.

Is the Keelback worth it? ›

Overall the Keelback is an adequate multipurpose ship, equally capable of exploration, combat, and trading, but mining is where it capitalizes on its abilities. Compared to similar ships such as the Asp Scout, the Keelback generally does a much better job, but has a much lower jump range.

How much does it cost to outfit a krait mk2? ›

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Can you laser mine void opals? ›

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What do I need for laser mining? ›

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Where can I mine Painite? ›

Note that in metallic rings, Painite is only present on asteroid surfaces and must be mined with Mining Lasers, while in metal-rich rings, it is only present in deep core deposits and must be mined with Seismic Charge Launchers.

What is the most powerful ship in Elite Dangerous? ›

The Imperial Clipper is one of the most powerful all-rounder ships in Elite Dangerous. To purchase it, you'll need to have achieved either the Empire rank of Baron or better with the Imperial Navy, or achieved Allied status with the faction the base owner is connected with.

What is the biggest ship you can get in Elite Dangerous? ›

The Type-9 Heavy is the largest dedicated trading ship in Elite Dangerous. It's an absolute monster, with a cargo capacity of 300t as default and the potential to be upgraded to 700t. That puts it just behind the Imperial Cutter for the largest cargo capacity in the game, though it's a minimal difference.

What is the best all round ship in Elite Dangerous? ›

The Cobra MkIII is the best multipurpose ship in Elite Dangerous: Horizons for beginner players with limited budgets. This small spaceship will set you back 349,718 credits, which makes it a real bargain. You can potentially turn this into a ship worth six to seven million credits with upgrades.

How much is tritium worth? ›

This wasn't ordinary hydrogen but its rare radioactive isotope tritium, in which two neutrons and a proton cling together in the nucleus. At $30,000 per gram, it's almost as precious as a diamond, but for fusion researchers the price is worth paying.

Where can I find tritium Ed? ›

It can be purchased from Starports with a Refinery economy, or mined from surface and sub-surface deposits on icy asteroids.

Where can I mine Musgravite? ›

Musgravite is a rare Mineral Commodity that can be mined from Hotspots in rocky Planetary Ring Systems.

What does Refinery Full mean? ›

This means your bins are full and the refinery is stalled. Empty bins of unwanted stuff. One other time this happens is when you are mining with more than enough limpet running and you're collecting fragements so fast that the bins fill up before it can process the next bin at 100%.

How do I mine in 2021 Elite Dangerous? ›

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Where can I find bauxite elite dangerous? ›

Bauxite is imho found in rocky rings. Have a look at systems with an extraction economy, perhaps you find a rocky ring or asteroid belt. If mining in rings, don't drop into ressource extraction sites (RES), but instead drop into random locations in the ring.

How do you mine Scarab? ›

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How do you mine asteroids? ›

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Where can I mine platinum in elite dangerous? ›

Platinum is a Metal Commodity. It can only be obtained by mining it from asteroids in Metallic Planetary Ring Systems.

Can you reuse Prospector limpets? ›

Depending on which prospector limpet controller you use it can support either one or two limpets at once. If you used the "large" version when you fire off that third prospector limpet the first limpet expires. So, shoot off a prospector limpet at a rock.

Can you recall collector limpets? ›

You can't. If you have some collecter limpets out and are done mining, you have to leave them behind. Oh, so you waste the money you spent on them. great.

How do multi limpet controllers work? ›

The Mining Multi Limpet Controller is a Limpet Controller that can program limpets with either the Collector or Prospector functions as needed. Although it is more flexible than the specialised modules it combines, it is only available in a small size, is less efficient, and has significantly greater mass.

Which type of mining is the most profitable? ›

Bitcoin is still the most profitable coin to mine with an ASIC, but not GPU. Bitcoin GPU mining is not profitable currently even with a mining pool. But you can mine with pools that allow you to contribute the hash rate to mine other crypto and get rewarded in Bitcoin.

Is mining profitable elite dangerous? ›

Mining is the number-one way to make money in Elite Dangerous. There is no other activity that comes close to the potential profits of a long mining session, so buckle up, get your mining lasers ready, and start blasting those asteroids.

What is the most profitable mineral to mining? ›

In terms of revenue, iron ore and copper are the most profitable segments of many of the world's leading diversified mining companies.

Is the krait mk2 good for mining? ›

Both the AspX and the Krait mk2 are good ships for deep core mining. Both have excellent forward visibility for spotting likely rocks when using the pulse wave or planting seismic charges. Both have enough hardpoints to allow you to mount weapons, but the Krait will hit a little harder.

Which GPU is best for mining? ›

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti. Best overall GPU for crypto mining. ...
  • AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT. Best runner-up GPU for crypto mining. ...
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090. Best GPU for mining performance. ...
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070. Best GPU for value crypto mining. ...
  • AMD Radeon RX 580. Best budget AMD GPU for crypto mining. ...
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Is mining still profitable 2022? ›

Yes! Crypto, especially bitcoin mining, is still profitable in 2022. It might seem a little complicated now, but everything will eventually fall into place. Since Bitcoin price impacts all miners, here are three factors you can exploit to make you a profitable miner in 2022.

Who is the world's biggest miner? ›

Glencore

How do I scan planet rings for hotspots elite dangerous? ›

Location. Locating a Hotspot first requires locating a Planetary Ring System using the Discovery Scanner and Full Spectrum System Scanner, then traveling to it in Supercruise. When close enough to the rings, the Detailed Surface Scanner can be activated to probe the rings.

How do you mine tritium? ›

Just dive in, with a good armed miner ( a Conda for ex) AND for the extra frags you get from stones you will double the Tritium harvest. Rocks with 15-25% Tritium will get you 10-16 tones of Tritium - in under 1 minute.

What's the rarest metal? ›

The rarest metal on earth is actually francium, but because this unstable element has a half life of a mere 22 minutes, it has no practical use. Tantalum, on the other hand, is used to make capacitors in electronic equipment such as mobile phones, DVD players, video game systems, and computers.

Is silver rarer than gold? ›

Gold is much rarer than silver, and this imbalance in supply and demand between the two metals makes up the majority of the difference in their prices. However, both precious metals have significant value.

What are the top 5 mined minerals? ›

The most recent edition of World Mineral Production, published by the British Geological Survey (BGS), reports that as of 2016, the five most-mined minerals in the world are coal, iron, bauxite, phosphorous rock, and gypsum.

Is the Keelback worth it? ›

Overall the Keelback is an adequate multipurpose ship, equally capable of exploration, combat, and trading, but mining is where it capitalizes on its abilities. Compared to similar ships such as the Asp Scout, the Keelback generally does a much better job, but has a much lower jump range.

How much does it cost to outfit a krait mk2? ›

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How do you mine elite? ›

You need several things to start mining in Elite: Dangerous: A refinery and a mining laser. Once you obtain these, simply fly to an RES or asteroid belt and find some asteroids that you want to mine. Then, use the mining laser until chunks of rock fly off of the asteroid and pick it up with your cargo scoop.

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