Main article: Mining
"Are you looking for work? The mines are nearby. You bring me ore, I'll give you coin."

Mine Ore is a quest available in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. This is a radiant quest in which the Dragonborn can earn GoldIcon for selling ore collected from ore veins in mines and the wild.


  1. Find a pickaxe
  2. Mine ore
  3. Sell ore to buyers


A citizen may give a suggestion of the radiant quest through dialogue, such as:

"Are you looking for work? The mines are nearby. You bring me ore, I'll give you coin."

Regardless of whether prompted, approaching an ore vein with a pickaxe in your inventory and pressing the "Activate" button initiates mining. Ore or a gem will be awarded every few swings of the Dragonborn's mining animation until the vein is depleted or the player cancels the action. Mining can also be done in a faster, safer method by attacking an ore vein with a pickaxe, which will not require any animation to be canceled should the player need to. The ore can be sold to the quest giver, although they will only accept the type of ore found in the nearest mine. Merchants also accept ore for a lesser price along with the gems found in the veins.

Quest locations and quest giversEdit

Quest giverQuest giver's locationBuys
BeitildIron-Breaker Mine (Dawnstar)Iron Ore
DushnamubGloombound Mine (Eastmarch)Ebony Ore
Gestur RockbreakerRockwallow Mine (Hjaalmarch)Iron Ore
GharolDushnikh Mine (The Reach)Orichalcum Ore
Grogmar gro-BurzagRedbelly Mine (The Rift)Iron Ore
KjeldSteamscorch Mine (Eastmarch)Malachite Ore
LeigelfQuicksilver Mine (Dawnstar)Quicksilver Ore
Pavo Attius 1Kolskeggr Mine (The Reach)Gold Ore
Perth 2Soljund's Sinkhole (The Reach)Moonstone Ore
ShuftharzMor Khazgur Mine (The Reach)Orichalcum Ore
Skaggi Scar-FaceLeft Hand Mine (The Reach)Iron Ore
ThorgarWhistling Mine (Winterhold)Iron Ore
Verner Rock-ChuckerGoldenrock Mine (Eastmarch)Corundum Ore

1 Will buy ore once the quest "Kolskeggr Mine" has been completed.
2 Will buy ore once the quest "Soljund's Sinkhole" has been completed.

Potential rewardsEdit

MineRegionOreGoldIcon per oreQuantity of veinsTotal GoldIcon
Iron-Breaker MineDawnstarIron Ore76126
Gloombound MineEastmarchEbony Ore60162880
Rockwallow MineHjaalmarchIron Ore7484
Steamscorch MineEastmarchMalachite Ore307630
Quicksilver MineDawnstarQuicksilver Ore255375
Kolskeggr Mine 1The ReachGold Ore50172550
Soljund's Sinkhole 1The ReachMoonstone Ore305450
Mor Khazgur MineThe ReachOrichalcum Ore207420
Left Hand MineThe ReachIron Ore75105
Whistling MineWinterholdIron Ore7242
Goldenrock MineEastmarchCorundum Ore204240
Redbelly MineThe RiftIron Ore700
Dushnikh MineThe ReachOrichalcum Ore207420

1 Will only buy ore if assisted.


  • This quest counts toward the favors for citizens, and is required to become Thane in Holds.
  • This quest does not have any stages or objectives.


Hard Worker (Achievement)
Hard Worker
Chop wood, mine ore, and cook food
Points 10 Gamer points
Bronze trophy

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