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What is Mining?[]

Mining is the process of extracting resources from a planetary body, whether it be a planet, moon, or asteroid. Virtually all resources in Dual Universe are obtained through mining. All mining is done using the scanning tool or territory scanner to find deposits of valuable resources, and the nanoformer tool to extract those resources. Every character posses both of these tools by default.

Novaquark had declared initially that it would never be possible to automate or expedite the mining process. This decision is purely for the sake of game balance, because extra tools, such as robots, mining ships, and automated drilling could easily replace players, making it difficult for new players to get into the game world. However, at a later time after the full game release, it is possible that other methods of mining will be introduced, such as specialized hand tools or even special elements. Even if wiping out an entire planet by mining will be in theory possible, but extremely time consuming (several years for a large organization), it will remain practically impossible due to the cost in energy and time it will require.[1] Furthermore, NovarQuark repeatedly explained that the core of a planet will always be untouchable .

Mining is intended to come after scanning, once a desired resource is located. The amount of time it takes to mine a specific volume depends the type of resource and the mining skill level of the player. Technically, every voxel in the game can be considered a material, so mining even the basic rock of an asteroid is still considered mining, and follows the same parameters and rules as every resource.

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UPDATE: THE FUTURE OF MINING IN DUAL UNIVERSE - Taken from the April 15th, 2021 Dev Blog: The Future of Dual Universe Pt 3[]

Some elements of gameplay are more fun than others in Dual Universe. Mining can often be seen as a must-do for many new players, and because it is perceived as mandatory it can rapidly feel tedious. Earning quanta is fundamental. When we launched beta, it seemed like mining was almost the only way to get money, especially for new players who didn’t have much in the way of resources or allies.

To make it more interesting with a real sense of progression over time, here is the high-level plan:

  • Make it easier for newcomers to gather resources from the surface of planets without the need to dig;
  • Then, transition players to deploying mining units once they’ve claimed a territory. Mining units will supply a steady stream of ore, depending on the specifics of the tiles the player has claimed. These mining units come in tiers and should add a sense of progression even to early mining. There will also be a production optimization gameplay if you want to use several mining units.
  • For players who want to specialize in mining, we will introduce asteroid mining. Think of asteroids as epic mining with high reward potential. Asteroids will be spawned in the universe. Players will be able to scan clues in space to discover where they’re located. Some asteroids will contain not just regular ores, but also rare and valuable ones. Once discovered, there will be a delay before their location is broadcast to all players. This is an opportunity for explorers who find these asteroids to reap their resources first or monetize their location. The control of valuable asteroids will also create opportunities for combat, information trading, and collaboration between players. Please also note there will be asteroids in safe zones with lower-value ores.


Official Basic Mining Tutorial / Guide Video[]


Please note, the following walkthrough is meant to be used as guide explaining the individual steps of the tutorial available in game, which can be found as follows:

To get started, You would be able to find the Mining Institute located @ ::pos{0,2,29.0607,95.1856,291.9155} Alternately - all you have to do is to find a VR tutorial station at any of the Markets or districts, on any of the planets / moons. Once there, interacting with the VR station or  floor pad will provide the option to select all available tutorials including the Mining tutorial.


In-Game Institute / Surrogate VR Tutorials: M1 - Surface Harvesting Tutorial Walk Through[]

MINING TUTORIAL M1 - SURFACE HARVESTING

You will find the Mining Tutorial Building located @ ::pos{0,2,29.0607,95.1856,291.9155}

As you enter the building you will see in front of you the Mining Exhibition Area


Proceed Forward into the area if you would like some basic information on the materials you will find in Dual Universe and the Tiers they are categorized into.

All ore and refined materials in Dual Universe are categorized into "Tiers" -  Tier 1- Tier 5

Ore Tier Ore Type Refined Pure Ore Density (kg/L)
T1

BASIC

Bauxite Aluminum 1.28
Coal Carbon 1.35
Hematite Iron 5.04
Quartz Silicon 2.65
T2

UNCOMMON

Limestone Calcium 2.71
Chromite Chromium 4.54
Malachite Copper 4.00
Natron Sodium 1.55
T3

ADVANCED

Garnierite Nickel 2.6
Petalite Lithium 2.41
Pyrite Sulfur 5.01
Acanthite Silver 7.2
T4

RARE

Cryolite Fluorine 2.95
Cobaltite Cobalt 6.33
Gold Nuggets Gold 19.3
Kolbeckite Scandium 2.37
T5

EXOTIC

Columbite Niobium 5.38
Rhondite Manganese 3.76
Illmenite Titanium 4.55
Vanadinite Vanadium 6.95

As you can see on the floor there is a Golden Path laid out on the floor that will lead you to the Tutorial Area where you will access the mining tutorial itself via a VR Pod.


You want to follow the path to the Mining Tutorial Area

You want to follow the directions to the Mining Tutorial itself.

Let's Start with Surface Harvesting


For the Surface Gathering Tutorial:

⦁ Take the MI elevators to the Surface Harvesting Tutorial Area

⦁ Locate an empty Tutorial VR Pod

⦁ Activate the Surface Harvesting Tutorial Pod by raycasting (looking at) the pad itself and using the "f" key

⦁ Upon Activation of the Tutorial Pad you will see the notification screen informing you of the rewards to be expected and the button for confirmation of the start of the tutorial.

⦁ Once Loaded in you will find yourself in a room being guided by Aphelia to follow the green path to begin

⦁ Reaching the end of the path brings you to a display of Tier 1 and Tier 2 Ores. These displays show the ores as how they appear in the world,  also that the harvestable surface rocks of these ores vary in appearance to the ore itself. Aphelia explains some basics of the ores and the Tier system by which they are categorized.

⦁ Aphelia, at this point sets a waypoint for you, located outside of the building, you are to reach to continue the tutorial.

⦁ Follow the white lined path across the platform and down the ramp, proceed to the waypoint indicated in your UI

⦁ Upon arriving at the waypoint Aphelia will continue the tutorial by indicating for you to equip your surface harvesting tool - Usually located in the Number 1 location of your toolbar, as highlighted at this step by Aphelia with a green box in your UI

⦁ Once the surface harvesting tool is equipped Aphelia instructs you to harvest some Tier 1 resources and places objective reminders in the upper left hand of the screen corresponding to these goals.

⦁ Harvestable Surface Materials can be Identified by hovering the reticle (mouse pointer) over them with the harvesting tool equipped.

⦁ Proceed to harvest the Required Tier 1 materials as indicated in the Objective Reminders  

⦁ Harvest the materials by raycasting (looking at) the surface rock and clicking and holding the LMB (left mouse button) until the harvesting mechanic has completed. This is indicated by the growing diamond in the reticle that disappears upon collection of the surface material targeted.

⦁ You will also receive a notification informing you of the both the type and amount of material that has been harvested

⦁ You are then instructed to collect enough Hematite (Iron Ore) to process a batch of Pure Iron - Iron is the purified form of hematite ore. All ore can be processed into pure materials, though higher tier materials will require coinciding talents and industry to achieve this goal.

⦁ Once the proper amount of Hematite Ore is collected, Aphelia instructs you to open your Nano-Crafter by hitting the "K" key

⦁ Aphelia then instructs you to filter the NanoCrafter listing by selecting the "Show only Doable" box indicated by the highlighted green box. This selection will show only the crafting schematics you currently have the materials to complete in your active container

⦁ Aphelia instructs you to select the PURE IRON schematic, and  also informs you at this time that there are talents that can reduce the amount of base materials such as ore it takes to craft a batch of pure material.

⦁ You are then instructed to start the batch by hitting the "Add to Batch" button highlighted in the green marker box

⦁ Once the crafting process has started you are informed that you may close the crafting window via the "X" highlighted in the green marker box located in the upper left corner of the crafting window.

⦁ Aphelia then places a waypoint in your UI and indicates for you to proceed back to the platform you came from.

⦁ Upon Arriving back at the starter location you are instructed to place your completed batch of IRON PURE into the highlighted container, this is done by raycasting (looking at) the element and hitting the "F" key. This is how you will interact with most elements in Dual Universe.

⦁ This will open an inventory interface showing your active inventory in the left window and the inventory of the container unit in the right

⦁ By selecting the item with the LMB Items may simply be drag-and-dropped to the desired location in the target container (click the left mouse button and hold it down while the item is selected to drag, release to drop)

⦁ Once the item is transferred to the target container you can close the window via the "x" highlighted by the green marker box located in the upper right corner or hit the "esc" key

⦁ At this point you have completed the mining tutorial

⦁ Aphelia informs you of the Sanctuary Moon and its protections,  and reminds you to claim a tile there as a good way to start earning Quanta by Surface Harvesting there. Once again you are told of the shuttle service that can take you between Alioth and the Sanctuary Moon

⦁ To exit the Surface Harvesting Tutorial you proceed to follow the green path you originally came in on back to the market teleport pad indicated by the waypoint placed in your UI, once again you activate the pad by raycasting (looking at) the element and hitting the "F" key



CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE SURFACE HARVESTING TUTORIAL !!

You are rewarded 20,000 Quanta and 5000 Talent points





In-Game Institute / Surrogate VR Tutorials: M2 - Deep Mining Tutorial Walk Through[]

MINING TUTORIAL M2- MINING BASICS


You will find the Mining Tutorial Building located @ ::pos{0,2,29.0607,95.1856,291.9155}  

As you enter the building you will see in front of you the Mining Exhibition Area

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Proceed Forward into the area if you would like some basic information on the materials you will find in Dual Universe and the Tier they are categorized into.

All ore and refined materials in Dual Universe are categorized into "Tiers" -  Tier 1- Tier 5

Ore Tier Ore Type Refined Pure Ore Density (kg/L)
T1

BASIC

Bauxite Aluminum 1.28
Coal Carbon 1.35
Hematite Iron 5.04
Quartz Silicon 2.65
T2

UNCOMMON

Limestone Calcium 2.71
Chromite Chromium 4.54
Malachite Copper 4.00
Natron Sodium 1.55
T3

ADVANCED

Garnierite Nickel 2.6
Petalite Lithium 2.41
Pyrite Sulfur 5.01
Acanthite Silver 7.2
T4

RARE

Cryolite Fluorine 2.95
Cobaltite Cobalt 6.33
Gold Nuggets Gold 19.3
Kolbeckite Scandium 2.37
T5

EXOTIC

Columbite Niobium 5.38
Rhondite Manganese 3.76
Illmenite Titanium 4.55
Vanadinite Vanadium 6.95

As you can see on the floor there is a Golden Path laid out on the floor that will lead you to the Tutorial Area where you will access the mining tutorial itself via a VR Pod.

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  • You want to follow the path to the Mining Tutorial Area

You want to follow the directions to the Mining Tutorial itself.

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Let's learn about Mining Basics


For the Mining Basics Tutorial:

⦁ Take the M2 elevators to the Mining Basics Tutorial Area

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⦁ Locate an empty Tutorial VR Pod

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⦁ Activate the Mining Basics Tutorial Pod by ray-casting (looking at) the pad itself and using the "F" key

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⦁ Upon Activation of the Tutorial Pad you will see the notification screen informing you of the rewards to be expected and the button for confirmation of the start of the tutorial.

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⦁ Once Loaded in you will find yourself standing on a structure in a clearing being guided by Aphelia to activate your scanner tool to begin

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⦁ Upon activating your Scanner tool, Aphelia then explains the basic features and functionality of the device.  

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⦁ When active the scanner device emits a pulse every few feet the player moves.

⦁ The Center graph reveals any detected ores with a dot and colored line specific to each ore.

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⦁ Distance is represented on the vertical number line located on the right side of the scanner UI window ⦁ Aphelia notes the scanner tool has a range limit of 200 meters by default and that talents can increase the scanner's capabilities.

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⦁ The Relative talents can be located in your talent interface by hitting the F2 KEY and navigating to - Mining Category - Scanner Upgrades Talent. This information is provided as an FYI, these talents  may be addressed at a later time and are not necessary for completion of the tutorial.

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⦁ Aphelia now sets a waypoint for you, head towards the waypoint.

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⦁ Once the waypoint is reached the tutorial progresses

⦁ Aphelia informs you that Scanner results can be filtered further by hitting the TAB key to "lock" your interface, this enables you to interact directly with the scanner

⦁ Clicking on the Scanner graph gives access to the "Scanner Calibration" window

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⦁ The Scanner Calibration Window is the point of access to adjust the filter setting for your scanner tool. This will allow you to search for a specific ore type or tier,  and not display other ores in the detectable area of the scanners range.

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⦁ Aphelia instructs you to filter all but Tier 1 ores for this tutorial by clicking on all of the other categories in the scanner calibration window to remove them from the scan filter.

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⦁ This will be indicated by that tier going "dark"

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⦁ You are then instructed to filter the scanner results further by de-selecting Quartz from the Tier 1 Ore Category

⦁ You are told to take notice above the Tier Columns the Long /Short Range buttons to be noted for use, later in the tutorial

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⦁ Aphelia then informs you to close the Scanner Calibration window by hitting the TAB key as before

⦁ You are also told to take notice of the filtering options displayed in the main scanner window once the filter options are chosen.

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⦁ Aphelia sets a new waypoint in your UI, you are instructed to head towards the waypoint with your scanner tool active

⦁ Upon arrival at the next waypoint, Aphelia informs you that you can also manually trigger the scanners pulse by hitting the LMB (left mouse button) while holding the LEFT ALT key

⦁ Trigger the manual pulse to continue the tutorial

⦁ Once the manual pulse has been triggered, a new waypoint is set

⦁ Head towards Waypoint 3 by following the marker in your UI

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⦁ Upon reaching Waypoint 3 the tutorial progresses

⦁ Aphelia begins to explain the basic mechanics of mining in DU, likening it to a game of "Hot and Cold" and that finding the best location is most easily done by picking a spot and investigating the cardinal directions around it.

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⦁ You are then instructed to move to the next waypoint marker set to the North.

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⦁ As you travel to the next waypoint, take note of the relative distance to the ore displayed in your scanner graph.  In this example it is about 100 meters away

⦁ Upon Arriving at the North Waypoint the tutorial progresses, a new waypoint is then set to the South

⦁ Proceed to the South Waypoint

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⦁ As you travel towards the South Waypoint, once again note the relative position of the ore in your scanner graph.

⦁ Upon reaching the South Waypoint notice the distance to the ore is now 150m, this is too far, Aphelia instructs you to head back to the Antenna Waypoint

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⦁ Once at the Antenna Waypoint you are to search the East and West cardinal directions from the original starting point

⦁ Head to the East Waypoint, noting the relative position of the ore in your scanner graph.

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⦁ Once you arrive at the East Waypoint note the position of the ore in the scanner graph

⦁ You are now even further from the ore, in this example about 175 meters

⦁ A new waypoint is set to the West, head towards the West Waypoint.

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⦁ Upon arriving at the West Waypoint you will be less than 100 meters from the ore. That makes this a good place to start digging.

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⦁ Now you must learn to orient yourself via Angles and Altitude

⦁ You are instructed that to continue the tutorial you must activate your light by hitting the "L" key

⦁ With your flashlight active you will be able gauge your relative position by using  the pitch indicator headings displayed in your HUD, seen here highlighted in the green marker boxes. This can help you precisely orient yourself to a heading and keep your digging organized.

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⦁ Also take note of your Altitude Display, highlighted in the green marker box in the upper right of the display. it will let you know how far to dig and to know your depth underground.

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⦁ You are then informed you can use your Scanner Tool, Directional Detector, or Mining Tool to dig.

⦁ For this tutorial keep your scanner tool active, target the terrain and clicking or holding the LMB-(left mouse button)

⦁ You are reminded that when digging you need to maintain a shallow enough angle, from 40 to 60 degrees, to be easily traversed on your exit . If the angle is too steep you won't be able to climb back out!

⦁ You are also informed that if you find yourself stuck due to the tunnel your digging to be too narrow you can also dig out the edges using the tool.

⦁ It is worth noting at this time a talent that affects all digging tools the - DIG TOOL EFFICIENCY- talent is by far one of the most important talents for anyone doing any amount of mining or terraforming, Seen here in this example the talent allows for a larger selectable  digging sphere. Hold The left shift key and scroll MMB (middle mouse button/wheel)with a digging tool active to increase / decrease the size of your digging sphere.

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⦁ You are instructed to dig towards the new waypoint set underground.

⦁ As you dig down, Aphelia informs you of some basic ore location data- basic ores are found at surface depths and the rarer ores are found at deeper depths.

⦁ You can Activate Auto-Dig by clicking the MMB -(middle mouse button) with a digging tool active.

⦁ Once you approach the waypoint you are instructed to take a break from digging to explore a new tool, open your inventory and see the tool highlighted with the green marker box

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⦁ You are instructed to drag the flattening tool to your number 9 slot of your toolbar.

⦁ Once done, Aphelia explains the basic function of the flattening tool and the use it will serve in this tutorial.

⦁ The Flattening Tool will allow for much greater speed when digging horizontally, as well as providing a smooth, level surface to navigate on.

⦁ Aphelia informs of that with wisely chosen talents, The Flattening tool can dig much larger tunnels than the mining tool on its own and will keep your tunnels perfectly flat.

⦁ The relative talents - Flatten Tool Optimization - Flattening Efficiency  -  Terraforming Operations Speed  - are shown in the example as an FYI, and can be addressed at a later time as they are not required to complete this tutorial.

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⦁ To continue the tutorial activate your Terraforming tool you just placed in the number 9 slot of your toolbar.

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⦁ Use the terraforming tool to head towards the ore.

⦁ Aphelia explains the benefits and organization the terraforming tool can provide while setting up your mining tunnels.

⦁ When you are closer to the ore Aphelia then instructs you to activate your scanning tool again, then to hit the TAB key and and click on the scanner graph.

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⦁ You are then instructed to activate Short Range mode by clicking the button marked short range highlighted in the green marker box.

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⦁ The short range mode of the scanner  is extremely useful when you have narrowed down the distance to your target. It has a maximum range of 50 meters which allows for much greater precision and efficiency when in close proximity to the target ore.

⦁ Aphelia instructs you to look around and manually activate your scanner a few times- using left alt and LMB to try and get closer to the ore. Once completed the tutorial continues.

⦁ Once this is done a new waypoint is set for you to dig to, dig towards the new waypoint, when you arrive at the waypoint you will find a waypoint marker as seen in the example.

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⦁ Once you arrive at the waypoint the tutorial continues

⦁ You are instructed to activate your Directional Detector

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⦁ The Directional Detector is useful when in extremely close proximity to the ore, it can be very difficult to tell which direction to dig in, the directional detector has a base range of 35 meters, this can be increased with talents to a maximum of 50 meters

⦁ Move the reticle around in a slow sweeping motion, you'll eventually notice bars on your scanner that shrink and grow, along with the sound of static. This indicates ore in the direction you are pointing.

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⦁ Once found you can clear away more of the terrain revealing the ore vein you are here to mine, as you reveal the ore vein you will notice it is outlined in green, all ore will highlight green as long as you have a mining or scanning tool active. This will help greatly in being able to retrieve even the smallest amount of ore leaving nothing behind.

⦁ Now that you have located and cleared the area around the target ore vein, and have a basic understanding of the Scanner Tools, Directional Detector, Terraforming tool,  and Mining tool, let's finish up this tutorial by actually having you mine some of this ore.

⦁ Aphelia Instructs you to collect 500 liters of the target ore.

⦁ To gather ore: Place your targeting reticle on the highlighted ore vein, Then hold down the LMB, your brush will start purple and slowly increase in size. when you have reached max size or are happy with the radius release the LMB to collect the ore. The ore will be collected as long as you have room in your active inventory. Veins can vary in size from a few thousand liters to hundreds of thousands of liters in a single vein.

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⦁ Once you have gathered 500 liters of ore, you have proven that you are able to locate and harvest raw materials in Dual Universe

⦁ A new waypoint is set in your UI for you to return to the beginning of the tutorial to exit, proceed to the waypoint.

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⦁ Once you have arrived back at the starting point, you can exit the tutorial by raycasting (looking at) the Tutorial VR Pad and hitting the "F" key.

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CONGRATULATIONS YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE M2 MINING TUTORIAL !!!

You are rewarded 20,000 Quanta and 5000 Talent points



Asteroid Mining and Detection[]

to be populated

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References[]

  1. @jcbaillie (J.C. Baillie), Twitter, https://twitter.com/jcbaillie/status/896656233280753664. 08/13/2017.
  2. jcbaillie, Dual Universe DevBlog, "SCANNING & MINING", https://devblog.dualthegame.com/2016/11/04/scanning-mining/. 04/11/2016.
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