Skyrim:Mine Ore

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SR-qico-Miscellaneous.png 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 Options

This is a radiant quest which you can receive from any of the following people. Total Gold 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 Region Ore Gold per Ore Veins in Mine Total Gold
Beitild Iron-Breaker Mine Dawnstar Iron Ore 7 6 126
Dushnamub Gloombound Mine Eastmarch Ebony Ore 60 16 2880
Gestur Rockbreaker Rockwallow Mine Hjaalmarch Iron Ore 7 4 84
Gharol Dushnikh Mine The Reach Orichalcum Ore 20 7 420
Grogmar gro-Burzag Redbelly Mine The Rift Iron Ore 7 0 0
Kjeld Steamscorch Mine Eastmarch Malachite Ore 30 7 630
Leigelf Quicksilver Mine Dawnstar Quicksilver Ore 25 5 375
Pavo Attius* Kolskeggr Mine The Reach Gold Ore 50 17 2550
Perth* Soljund's Sinkhole The Reach Moonstone Ore 30 5 450
Shuftharz Mor Khazgur Mine The Reach Orichalcum Ore 20 7 420
Skaggi Scar-Face Left Hand Mine The Reach Iron Ore 7 5 105
Thorgar Whistling Mine Winterhold Iron Ore 7 2 42
Verner Rock-Chucker Goldenrock Mine 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:

  • SR-achievement-Hard Worker.png {{{name}}} ({{{points}}} points)
    • 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.
  • The potential quest givers are identified based on membership in the FavorJobsMineOreFaction faction.
  • Dialogue for selling the ore only appears if you have the specified type of ore in your inventory.
  • They will buy all the ore of the specified type that you are carrying, meaning if you want to save any you'll have to get it out of your inventory first.
  • Selling ore through direct dialogue doesn't increase the Speech skill, unlike selling through the merchant screen.
  • 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.