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Ore is a basic resource item, usually obtained by mining Asteroids. Using a Hand Drill or ship-mounted Drill will destroy the rock and release the Ores as objects in the world to be collected. While useless on its own, Ore can be processed in a Refinery, Basic Refinery, or Survival Kit to be turned into a useful Material.

Appearance and Identification

Identifying ore patches purely by sight can be frustrating, especially if there are two similar ores next to one another (such as Platinum and Silicon). It is for this reason that an Ore Detector is always highly recommended for the initial identification process. The Hand Drill has a small Ore Detector built in, whereas a ship-based Ore Detector has a larger detection radius. This will put the name of the ore on the HUD in approximately the center of the ore patch. However, once you have identified the vein you wish to obtain, it can often be more effective to rely on sight to guide your mining, and so a Spotlight is almost always useful for this purpose, to more easily see where one vein ends and another begins.

See the images and descriptions in the table below for more information on each ore.

Ore Information

Stone

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Raw Material
Stone
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Mass1 kg
1,000 g
1,000,000 mg
1.0e-3 t
Volume0.37 L
3.7e-4 m³
0.037 hL
370 mL
Refined Mass50.4 g
0.0504 kg
50,400 mg
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A sample of Stone

Color varies slightly. Typically a matte midtone grey, the appearance of stone can vary a bit between brown and black.

Rarity: 31% [1]

Iron Ore (Fe)

Iron Ore Icon.png
Raw Material
Iron Ore
Raw Icon.png
Mass1 kg
1,000 g
1,000,000 mg
1.0e-3 t
Volume0.37 L
3.7e-4 m³
0.037 hL
370 mL
Refined Mass700 g
0.7 kg
700,000 mg
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A sample of Iron Ore

Red and Grey. Iron is fairly easy to identify due to being so common and in such contrast to the grey of the surrounding stone. Focus on looking for reddish, rust-colored areas if Iron is a priority.

Rarity: 50% [1]

Nickel Ore (Ni)

Nickel Ore Icon.png
Raw Material
Nickel Ore
Raw Icon.png
Mass1 kg
1,000 g
1,000,000 mg
1.0e-3 t
Volume0.37 L
3.7e-4 m³
0.037 hL
370 mL
Refined Mass400 g
0.4 kg
400,000 mg
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A sample of Nickel Ore

Brown. Nickel is a straight, flat, brown, which when it spawns next to Iron shows strikingly enough to be discernable.

Rarity: 2% [1]

Cobalt Ore (Co)

Cobalt Ore Icon.png
Raw Material
Cobalt Ore
Raw Icon.png
Mass1 kg
1,000 g
1,000,000 mg
1.0e-3 t
Volume0.37 L
3.7e-4 m³
0.037 hL
370 mL
Refined Mass300 g
0.3 kg
300,000 mg
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A sample of Cobalt Ore

Yellowish-Grey with Brown streaks. With a grey base, it can be difficult to discern from surrounding stone, so search for the distinct brownish-yellow bands.

Rarity: 2.2% [1]

Magnesium Ore (Mg)

Magnesium Ore Icon.png
Raw Material
Magnesium Ore
Raw Icon.png
Mass1 kg
1,000 g
1,000,000 mg
1.0e-3 t
Volume0.37 L
3.7e-4 m³
0.037 hL
370 mL
Refined Mass7 g
0.007 kg
7,000 mg
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A sample of Magnesium Ore

Blue. Rather distinct, Magnesium is not very hard to identify, but is fairly rare, so always keep a look out for the bluish hue!

Rarity: 2.4% [1]

Silicon Ore (Si)

Silicon Ore Icon.png
Raw Material
Silicon Ore
Raw Icon.png
Mass1 kg
1,000 g
1,000,000 mg
1.0e-3 t
Volume0.37 L
3.7e-4 m³
0.037 hL
370 mL
Refined Mass700 g
0.7 kg
700,000 mg
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A sample of Silicon Ore

Grey. One of three greyish ores, Silicon can be the most difficult to spot due to how close its color and texture are to base stone. Its color will often vary to a light grey, almost white sheen, so look for uncharacteristically light patches.

Rarity: 2% [1]

Silver Ore (Ag)

Silver Ore Icon.png
Raw Material
Silver Ore
Raw Icon.png
Mass1 kg
1,000 g
1,000,000 mg
1.0e-3 t
Volume0.37 L
3.7e-4 m³
0.037 hL
370 mL
Refined Mass100 g
0.1 kg
100,000 mg
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A sample of Silver Ore

Bluish-Silver. Another grey ore, Silver can be differentiated between Platinum most by its contrast: dark areas are jet black, while highlights are bright white. "Shiny" is an apt description.

Rarity: 2% [1]

Gold Ore (Au)

Gold Ore Icon.png
Raw Material
Gold Ore
Raw Icon.png
Mass1 kg
1,000 g
1,000,000 mg
1.0e-3 t
Volume0.37 L
3.7e-4 m³
0.037 hL
370 mL
Refined Mass10 g
0.01 kg
10,000 mg
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A sample of Gold Ore

Gold. Very distinct. Can vary more to a grey-yellow in small patches or where it starts to mix with stone or iron.

Rarity: 2% [1]

Platinum Ore (Pt)

Platinum Ore Icon.png
Raw Material
Platinum Ore
Raw Icon.png
Mass1 kg
1,000 g
1,000,000 mg
1.0e-3 t
Volume0.37 L
3.7e-4 m³
0.037 hL
370 mL
Refined Mass5 g
0.005 kg
5,000 mg
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A sample of Platinum Ore

Grey. Can be hard to differentiate between this and stone or silicon. The most reliable distinction is the texture rather than color: stone and silicon have a rough look, while platinum is smooth.

Rarity: 2% [1]

Uranium Ore (U)

Uranium Ore Icon.png
Raw Material
Uranium Ore
Raw Icon.png
Mass1 kg
1,000 g
1,000,000 mg
1.0e-3 t
Volume0.37 L
3.7e-4 m³
0.037 hL
370 mL
Refined Mass10 g
0.01 kg
10,000 mg
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A sample of Uranium Ore

Black. Jet black, very shiny. Hard to miss, even in shadow (unless your server's Skybox has low light).

Rarity: 4.4% [1]

Ice

Ice Icon.png
Raw Material
Ice
Raw Icon.png
Mass1 kg
1,000 g
1,000,000 mg
1.0e-3 t
Volume0.37 L
3.7e-4 m³
0.037 hL
370 mL
Refined Mass100 g
0.1 kg
100,000 mg
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A sample of Ice

Blue. Blue and White, Shiny.

Scrap Metal

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Raw Material
Scrap Metal
Raw Icon.png
Mass1 kg
1,000 g
1,000,000 mg
1.0e-3 t
Volume0.254 L
2.54e-4 m³
0.0254 hL
254 mL
Refined Mass800 g
0.8 kg
800,000 mg
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While technically not a mineral, it behaves just like the other ores. Scrap is acquired by drilling Blocks or grinding damaged blocks.

Refining

Each Ore (including Stone) yields some sort of useable Material once it has been refined within a Refinery or Basic Refinery. Each Ore (except for Stone) has exactly one type of Material that it produces, at various rates of efficiency; e.g. 1000 kg of Uranium Ore will not produce 1000 kg of Uranium Ingots. See each type of refiner (Refinery, Basic Refinery, Survival Kit) for their conversion tables.


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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 File:Ore Rarity Test.xlsx Space Engineers v01.047 - New World Generator, Asteroids Scenario, Extreme Asteroid Amount (16 large, 80 small)