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LotRO The Complete Prospector

Updated Mon, Jan 05, 2009 by Darkgolem

The Complete Prospector

By Darkgolem

Prospecting is by far the most profitable of all the resource gathering professions.  This is because metals have side a wide range of uses.  Tailoring, Woodworking, Metalsmithing, Jewelrycrafting, Weaponsmithing all have some (and often all) recipes which use metals.  This is probably the profitable of all professions relative to time spent, since you don't have to do spend time doing crafting quests, or buying recipes, or anything else.
    When prospecting, follow these basic rules:
  • Leaving an iron node of any sort ungathered when soloing is a sin.  It is simply too valuable to pass buy unless you will die if you try to collect it.
  • Never sell refined ingots, always sell the base smelted metal.
  • When your specifically prospecting (not questing, etc.) just mine.  Don't get distracted.
  • Get a horse as soon as possible.
These steps are key to successful and rapid prospecting.  Ideally, by 35th level, you should be able to know where all the ore is in an area, and travel from one to the other on your horse, and be able to collect about 100 ore in about an hour.  The reason for this grinding is simple.  Ore is very valuable, and in very high demand.  A simple stack of 50 Dwarf-iron ingots sell in the auction house for 1 gold piece.  Silver sells for a fortune too, as does Rich Iron and others (none as much as Dwarf-iron though.  Your money is made (and your crafting sped up if you have another craft that uses metal) by your skill at prospecting quickly.

Mining Resource Locations
Level of Resource
Areas Found
Metal Resource
Precious Metal Resource
Tier 1 (Levels 5 - 14)
Shire, Eastern Bree-land, Ered Luin
Tin, Copper
Copper, Agate, Amethyst, Copper Salts
Tier 2 (Levels 15 - 24) Shire (Greenfields), Ered Luin (Haugh Lin), Lone Lands (Western), North Downs Bree-Land (Old Forest, Eastern Bree-Fields)
Barrow-Iron
Silver, Bloodstone, Opal, Umber
Tier 3 (Levels 25 - 34) Lone Lands (Eastern), North Downs (Eastern), Evendim (Eastern), Trollshaws Rich Iron
Gold, Ruby, Sapphire
Tier 4 (Levels 35 - 44) Evendim (Western),
Dwarf-Iron
Platinum, Adamant
Tier 5 (Levels 45 - 50) Forochel, Angmar, Misty Mountains
Ancient Iron,
Ancient Nickel
Ancient Silver, Beryl, Moonstone

The Recipes

Prospecting

The recipes you can use as a prospector are used in a variety of crafts.  Certain woodworking crafts use the, as do a few of the tailoring recipes.  Of course metalsmithing, jewelrycrafting and weaponsmithing all use lots of ore.  There are certain complications in some of these recipes, based upon complications in crafting.  For example, bronze is made of both tin and copper, used for tier 1 metalsmithing, while copper is used for just jewelrycrafting.  This can make one wonder what to make.  In general, make metals in their original state.  Almost always, someone has more use for based ingots rather than alloys or refined ingots. 

All recipes have a 6% chance of having a critical result once you have achieved mastery in a tier, and a critical gains you 3 rather than 1 products (or 5 for those that have 2 ingots as a result of a normal recipe.)  For tier 4 and higher ore, you must go to Thorin's Hall or have a high level of reputation with the Rivendell Elves or Forochel, since these three places have superior forges (and only Thorin's Gate has public forges).

For each tier, you have a different amount of tier points you must earn.

Crafting Tier Point Requirements
Tier
Proficiency
Mastery
1
200
400
2
280
560
3
360
720
4
440
880
5
520
1040


Prospector Recipes
Tier 1 (Apprentice)
Name
Description
Contents
Tier  Points Earned
Value
Smelting
Bronze Ingot (2)
"A smelted ingot of bronze."
2 Copper Ore
1 Tin Ore
8
88C
Copper Ingot
"A smelted ingot of Copper." 2 Copper Ore
8
44C
Tier 2 (Journeyman)
Refining
Low-grade Steel Ingot
"An ingot of carbon steel.  Though the metal quality is poor, the impurities have been expertly removed."
1 Barrow-iron ingot
1 Coal
6
66C
Smelting
Barrow-iron Ingot
"A smelted ingot of low-quality iron."
2 Barrow-iron Ore
8
66C
Silver Ingot
"A smelted ingot of pure silver, suitable for jewellery."
2 Silver Ore
8
66C
Tier 3 (Expert)
Refining
High-grade Steel Ingot
"An ingot of purified carbon steel."
1 Rich Iron Ingot
1 Coal
6
1S, 10C
White Gold (2)
"A lustrous ingot of alloyed gold."
1 Gold Ingot
1 Silver Ingot
6
2S, 20C
Smelting
Gold Ingot
"An ingot of smelted gold."
2 Gold Ore
8
1S, 10C
Rich Iron Ingot
"An ingot of smelted iron." 2 Rich Iron Ore
8
1S, 10C
Tier 4 (Artisan)
Refining
Dwarf-steel Ingot
"An ingot of purified steel, smelted in a fiery forge."
1 Dwarf-iron Ingot
1 Coal
6
1S, 61C
Westernesse Steel Ingot
"An ingot of purified steel, smelted in the manner of the ancient world of man."
1 Dwarf-iron Ingot
1 Coal
6
1S, 61C
Smelting
Dwarf-iron Ingot
"A high-quality ingot of smelted iron."
2 Dwarf-iron Ore
6
1S, 61C
Platinum Ingot
"An ingot of purified platinum, it is quite heavy."
2 Platinum Ore
6
1S, 61C
Tier 5 (Master)
Refining
Ancient-steel Ingot (2)
"This purified steel, wrought from ancient iron, can only be forged by a true master."
1 Ancient Iron ingot
1 Westernesse Steel Ingot
6
4S, 14C
Elven-steel Ingot
"An ingot of purified steel, smelted in an elven forge."
1 Ancient Iron ingot
1 coal
6
2S, 7C
Smelting
Ancient Iron Ingot
"This ingot is dark, difficult to work, but full of potential."
2 Ancient Iron ore
8
2S, 70C
Ancient Nickel Ingot
"This ingot of nickel is silvery-white, difficult to work, but full of potential."
2 Ancient Nickel ore
8
2S, 70C
Ancient Silver Ingot
"This ingot of ancient silver can be used to product beautiful adornments."
2 Ancient Silver ore
8
2S, 70C

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