Gold Ore is a material found in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Gold ore is used to make gold ingots at a smelter. It is not possible to make armor or weapons from it (although one can use it to improve the Dragon Priest Mask Konahrik), but it is possible to make jewelry.


Gold Ores may be transmuted from iron and silver ore using the Transmute Mineral Ore Alteration spell.

Gold Ore VeinEdit

Gold Ore Veins are mined with a pickaxe to obtain Gold Ore. Each vein, when mined, has a chance to produce a precious gem, like all other ore veins.


Gold Ore can be purchased from Blacksmith merchants, found as loot, or mined:

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  • 17 veins in Kolskeggr Mine, south of the Lover Stone near Markarth. 3 ore pieces and 4 ingots (2 of which are hidden in a cart). The total ore here is 54.
  • 4 veins at Darkshade, three inside and one just outside the entrance.
  • 3 veins in Lost Prospect Mine, east of Riften, north of the mountains. Veins are located behind the waterfall.
  • 2 veins in Blackreach.
  • 2 veins just outside Fort Neugrad. Access through the Prison basement, across the small pond in the basement and then continue across the lake outside. You can also reach these veins by exiting the fort through the log wall to the north. Then turn east toward the lake and follow the shore a short distance until you see a path that heads uphill.
  • 2 veins above the entrance of The Chill, north of Septimus Signus' Outpost.
  • 2 veins in the mountains southeast of Windhelm, just west of the Sacellum of Boethiah.
  • 4 veins in Bthardamz; 2 in the Lower District and 2 in the Upper District.
  • 2 veins northeast of Septimus Signus' Outpost, at the top of a large, rocky outcropping on a large island covered in Horkers, just before you reach the glaciers.
  • 2 ore can be found on a shelf below deck in the Wreck of the Brinehammer.
  • 2 veins directly north of Narzulbur. Head up the hill to the left of the entrance, the veins will be on the ridge to the left of the Snow Bear's den.
  • 1 vein in Greywater Grotto, south/southwest of Helgen on the map.
  • 1 vein in Greenspring Hollow, southeast near the water.
  • 1 vein located directly west of Falkreath. From the end of the stone fence on the right at the west exit for Falkreath, directly west until a rock is reached. Proceed to the right of the rock, directly west until the cliff. The vein is visible to the north, underneath a rock protrusion.
  • 1 vein located almost directly south of Angi's Camp, in the mountains, almost at the edge of the playable area. Look for a small canyon in between two mountains.
  • 1 vein in Lost Knife Hideout (last torch to the right of the are with cages), northeast of Ivarstead (just southwest of Fort Amol).
  • 1 vein in Moss Mother Cavern, west of Riverwood past Ilinalta's Deep.
  • 1 vein in an unmarked location named Stormcloak Crag, directly south of Anga's Mill, southwest of Windhelm, in a crevice marked with a flagpole. (Same entry under Corundum Ore - directly south of Anga's Mill, southwest of Windhelm, in a crevice marked with a flagpole. Climb the mountain south of the mill until you come across an alcove with a Frost Troll in it. The crevice with both is south of the alcove below the flagpole.)
  • 1 vein outside Darkshade, to the right of the cave entrance.
  • 1 vein directly Northeast of Dawnstar on a very small island. Northeast of a large snow covered island.
  • 1 vein near the Shrine of Dibella: Watching Dawnstar (an unmarked location), on a rock outcropping, directly south of Dawnstar.
  • 1 vein southeast of Hillgrund's Tomb.
  • 1 vein on the north end of the mountain outside the walls of Whiterun.
  • 1 vein to the right of the Word Wall above Ysgramor's Tomb.
  • 1 vein uphill and northeast of Silent Moons Camp, not quite halfway between there and Halted Stream Camp.
  • 1 vein south of the road about halfway between Silverdrift Lair and Nightgate Inn.
  • 1 vein on a small island, due west of Broken Oar Grotto, southwest of the Wreck of the Icerunner.
  • 1 ore on a shelf in the first section of Forelhost Stronghold.
  • 1 vein in the spider's den after your swim underwater from the well in Forelhost Crypt.
  • 1 vein going along the east wall outside of Whiterun by a small ruin with a chest, may have a dead guard nearby. About a quarter of the way between Whitewatch Tower and Battle-Born Farm.
  • 1 vein between Mistwatch and Steamcrag Camp, on the slope to the northwest and above the friendly giant and dead mammoth.
  • 1 vein on the mountain east of Swindler's Den.
  • 1 vein just up the hill near Sacellum of Boethiah near a ledge with a dead deer and either two Ice Wraiths or two frost trolls.
  • 11 gold ingots in Shrine of Mehrunes Dagon, 5 in the open chest and 3 on top of both metal dressers. 
  • 1 vein just northwest of the entrance to Kagrenzel.
  • 1 vein in Ansilvund Burial Chambers, in a corner in the southeast portion of the local map. A draugr may be seen there attempting to mine it with an Ancient Nord Battle Axe.
  • Can be found on Dwarven Spiders.
  • May be found on Draugr.
  • Many types of ore can be obtained from killing Gargoyles.DG These ores can be rare and gold ore is commonly obtained.
  • In Solstheim, 1 vein is found near Haknir's Shoal close to some dead Reavers killed by Rieklings.
  • One ore at the bottom of a clay bowl in Labyrinthian, as well as two Gold ore veins, though one cannot be mined.
  • 3 on the table behind a master locked gate in an area below 2 ballista traps in Raldbthar.


Source Weight WeightIcon Septims GoldIcon Ingot Weight WeightIcon Septims GoldIcon
Gold Ore (2) 1 50 Gold Ingot 1 100



Madesi in Riften asks the Dragonborn to bring him one gold ore, along with a mammoth tusk, and two flawless sapphires.



  • Pavo Attius is a known buyer of gold ore. He will buy any gold ore the Dragonborn currently has, at 50 GoldIcon per piece.