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Skyrim:Mine Ore

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Get paid to mine ore.
Quest Giver: Radiant
Location(s): Radiant
Reward: Radiant Gold
Disposition: 0→1 (quest giver)
ID: FavorJobsMineOre
Required Items: Radiant
Suggested Level: Any
Difficulty: Easy
Mining for ore

Radiant OptionsEdit

This is a radiant quest which you can receive from any of the following people. Total   in the following table is simply the amount you can obtain by mining all the veins in the quest-giver's mine; more money is possible if you also sell ores collected elsewhere.

Quest Giver Mine Map Marker Region Ore   per Ore Veins in Mine Total  
Beitild Iron-Breaker Mine Dawnstar The Pale Iron Ore 7 6 126
Dushnamub Gloombound Mine Gloombound Mine Eastmarch Ebony Ore 60 16 2880
Gestur Rockbreaker Rockwallow Mine Stonehills Hjaalmarch Iron Ore 7 4 84
Gharol Dushnikh Mine Dushnikh Yal The Reach Orichalcum Ore 20 7 420
Grogmar gro-Burzag Redbelly Mine Shor's Stone The Rift Iron Ore 7 0 0
Kjeld Steamscorch Mine Kynesgrove Eastmarch Malachite Ore 30 7 630
Leigelf Quicksilver Mine Dawnstar The Pale Quicksilver Ore 25 5 375
Pavo Attius* Kolskeggr Mine Kolskeggr Mine The Reach Gold Ore 50 17 2550
Perth* Soljund's Sinkhole Soljund's Sinkhole The Reach Moonstone Ore 30 5 450
Shuftharz Mor Khazgur Mine Mor Khazgur The Reach Orichalcum Ore 20 7 420
Skaggi Scar-Face Left Hand Mine Left Hand Mine The Reach Iron Ore 7 5 105
Thorgar Whistling Mine Whistling Mine Winterhold Iron Ore 7 2 42
Verner Rock-Chucker Goldenrock Mine Darkwater Crossing Eastmarch Corundum Ore 20 4 240
*These people will only buy ore from you if you help them reclaim their mines.
Iron Ore is the only ore that you can sell for more than its base value. Miners pay you 7 gold per iron ore, but the base value is only 2 gold.


If you talk to one of the quest givers, they will offer to pay you for any ore you mine. Each quest-giver will only accept a single type of ore, as listed in the above table. You can also mine ore without talking to a quest giver, and either sell them the ore later or use the ore yourself (e.g., by smelting it). For most ores you are paid its standard base value, with the exception of Iron Ore, for which you receive 7 gold instead of 2 gold. The amount you are paid is fixed, and does not depend upon your Speech skill or perks. All ore of the specified type will be purchased.

Information on how and where to mine is provided at Mining.


An Achievement is related to mining ore:

  •   Hard Worker (10 points/Bronze) — Chop wood, mine ore, and cook food
    • To obtain this achievement you do not need to sell the ore, or even talk to any of the quest givers. Simply activating an ore vein is sufficient.


  • This quest does not have any stages or objectives.
  • This quest can be repeated indefinitely.
  • The dialogue option to sell the ore only appears if you have the specified type of ore in your inventory.
  • The quest giver will buy all the ore of the specified type that you are carrying, so if you want to save any, you must remove it from your inventory first.
  • Money you earn from mining ore is fixed, and if the ore is sold through direct dialogue rather than the merchant screen, is not affected by your Speech skill. This makes the quest one of the few ways to make money without increasing any skills, which will help control your level. This is useful when wanting to train in a certain skill as many times as possible. It is also one of the few ways to earn money without doing any questing, merchanting, or crafting.
  • Completing this quest at Redbelly Mine will raise your favor with the owner, Grogmar, and he will make you blood-kin to the Orcs as a result.
  • Because this is a favor quest which affects the quest giver's disposition, it will count towards the "Help the People" part of the thane quest for the quest giver's hold.