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"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 Gold 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 givers[]

Quest giver Quest giver's location Buys
Beitild Iron-Breaker Mine (Dawnstar) Iron Ore
Dushnamub Gloombound Mine (Eastmarch) Ebony Ore
Gestur Rockbreaker Rockwallow Mine (Hjaalmarch) Iron Ore
Gharol Dushnikh Mine (The Reach) Orichalcum Ore
Grogmar gro-Burzag Redbelly Mine (The Rift) Iron Ore
Kjeld Steamscorch Mine (Eastmarch) Malachite Ore
Leigelf Quicksilver Mine (Dawnstar) Quicksilver Ore
Pavo Attius 1 Kolskeggr Mine (The Reach) Gold Ore
Perth 2 Soljund's Sinkhole (The Reach) Moonstone Ore
Shuftharz Mor Khazgur Mine (The Reach) Orichalcum Ore
Skaggi Scar-Face Left Hand Mine (The Reach) Iron Ore
Thorgar Whistling Mine (Winterhold) Iron Ore
Verner Rock-Chucker Goldenrock 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 rewards[]

Mine Region Ore Gold per ore Quantity of veins Total Gold
Iron-Breaker Mine Dawnstar Iron Ore 7 6 126
Gloombound Mine Eastmarch Ebony Ore 60 16 2880
Rockwallow Mine Hjaalmarch Iron Ore 7 4 84
Steamscorch Mine Eastmarch Malachite Ore 30 7 630
Quicksilver Mine Dawnstar Quicksilver Ore 25 5 375
Kolskeggr Mine 1 The Reach Gold Ore 50 17 2550
Soljund's Sinkhole 1 The Reach Moonstone Ore 30 5 450
Mor Khazgur Mine The Reach Orichalcum Ore 20 7 420
Left Hand Mine The Reach Iron Ore 7 5 105
Whistling Mine Winterhold Iron Ore 7 2 42
Goldenrock Mine Eastmarch Corundum Ore 20 4 240
Redbelly Mine The Rift Iron Ore 7 0 0
Dushnikh Mine The Reach Orichalcum Ore 20 7 420

1 Will only buy ore if assisted.


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


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Chop wood, mine ore, and cook food
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