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Metal/Ore Type Unrecognized At Recognized At Vein Shape Other Metals Nearby
Copper N/A 0 Line approx 10 co-ords wide, blob approx 10 coords Tin, Zinc, Iron, Platinum
Iron 1 2 Line or blob. The blobs have copper veins going out from them Copper, Tin, Platinum
Tin 2 4 Blob on copper Copper
Zinc 3 6 hexagonal-ish ring Lead in center of ring
Aluminum 2 5 Spiral veins 1- 2 coords wide emanating from a central spot, interspersed with Magnesium along the same vein. Veins end in Aluminum blobs Magnesium
Lead 3 7 blob in the center of Zinc ring Zinc
Cobalt 5 10 Spiral vein, the vein is 5-10 coords wide, with about 15-20 coords blank between arms, the spiral is at least 100 coord large Center of the spiral : Antinomy
Antimony 6 13 small blob in the center of Cobalt Spiral Cobalt
Magnesium 8 16 A vein 1-2 coords wide connected to aluminum Aluminum
Silver 7 15 Spiraling vein a few coords wide Gold?
Platinum 12 24 Blob approx 15 coords wide between iron+iron, iron+copper Iron, Copper
Gold 11 22 Blob approx 15 coords wide on one end of Silver vein Silver
Nickel 17 35 Blob approx 30 coords wide

Ore Shapes

  • Copper - Curved 10 coords wide not always capped with another ore, but frequently tin. Blob about 10 coords diameter.
  • Tin - Cap on copper blob or vein.
  • Iron - jagged line, 1 coords wide.
  • Zinc - Hexagonal ring (around a central lead blob, T9 diameter 160 units one occurrence)
  • Aluminum - Spiral veins 1-2 coords wide, connected to Magnesium
  • Lead - Blob in the center of Zinc ring
  • Magnesium - Vein 1-2 coords wide connected to Aluminum
  • Silver - Long, winding vein 1-2 coords wide, sometimes changes to a blob along the vein
  • Platinum - Blob approx 15 coords wide
  • Gold - Blob approx 15 coords wide



First, you need to assemble a Dowsing Rod.

  • It is used to locate veins of metal Ore.
  • When carrying one, a Dowsing Icon will allow the checking of the coordinate you are on.
  • Dowsing starts a Focus timer.

Tips n Tricks

  • Sometimes the absence of an ore is as important as its presence. If you find a gap in a vein of ore, it's quite probable that you have an intersection of rare ore!
  • Focus helps you dowse more often
  • Constitution helps you detect a larger area

Perception detects the ore type and is the primary stat required. Each ore type requires a different perception level similar to stone quarries.

Each ore type has a different path trajectory (direction like curved, straight) and width (number of coordinates).

If the width of the ore path is narrow (e.g. 1 coord wide) then you have to be standing directly on top of it to detect it. Adding +CON allows you to detect a vein when you are near but not on top of it.

  • With base of 0 CON you get a message similar to: You detect nothing under your feet.
  • With ++CON you get a message similar to: You detect a vein of ore nearby.

In different tales, the distance between mines can be a significant difference between having multiple mines share the same ore field. Consider the placement of the mine carefully. Buildings and stone quarries and vineyards can impact the placement of a mine.

An indirect consideration is the distance to smelters and furnaces. Many guilds and players setup Public Mines and Smelters and upgrade them as advanced technologies are opened. Especially in Early Telling, these facilities are expensive to make and it is a great benefit to all players.


Perception Required

THIS INFO BELOW IS NOT CORRECT IN TELLING 8, Take it with a grain of salt. a dash (-) next to a number means that number or possibly lower, and needs to be updated as discovered

  • CON does not seem to make any difference beyond +1. (My tests show "nearby" is always only in a 5 co-ord range, no matter how much con) - Rhaom T8
Metal/Ore Type Unrecognized At Recognized At Vein Shape Other Metals Nearby
Copper N/A 0 Line approx 10 co-ords wide Tin, Zinc, Lead, Iron
Iron 1 2 Line 3-4 coords wide
Tin 2 4 Blob on end of copper, found solo, found ironxcopper
Aluminum 2 5 Line 2 to 5 co-ords wide with blobs On the end of iron, solo
Zinc 3 6 Ring Lead
Lead 3 7 Spot and Blob Zinc
Antimony (7) (13-)
Silver (7) (15) Line 2-3 co-ords wide. Plat? or Gold at end
Magnesium (8-) (16-)
Platinum (12-) (24) Blob cap on silver end?
Gold (13-) (24) Blob cap on Aluminum end?
Nickel (18) (35) Blob ?

Ore Shapes

  • Copper - Curved not always capped with another ore, but frequently is.
  • Iron - diagonal line, 4 horizontal coords wide.
  • Lead - Blob with a ring of Zinc surrounding it
  • Platinum - Intersection of Aluminium and Iron, forms a small 10 co-ord wide blob (found one blob that's 20'ish across -Tut)
  • Zinc - Ring around a central lead blob (T8- 1 sample @65 coord radius from lead)
  • Silver - Can also be a series of spots sprayed out on the map


a simple tool to document shared dowsing data, created by Snoerr https://atitd.unsanctioned.net/dowsing/

How to enter information into the dowsing data sheet:

  1. Use Dowsing Rod (Click 0 on hotkey)
  2. Go to your Main Tab and a message should say "You detect..." (if you don't see the message, see Tips below)
  3. Click Enter and type "/copy" in the Main Tab
  4. Go to the dowsing data sheet created by Snoerr and click on Clipboard on the upper right side.
  5. Paste the contents of your Main Tab and press Submit.

Tips: Make sure the box under Interface Options > Notifications > "Use the chat area instead of popups for many messages" is checked.