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


Iron ore is used to make iron ingots at a smelter. It is used in creating and improving iron weapons and armor. Iron ore may be transmuted into silver ore using the Transmute Mineral Ore spell.

Iron Ore VeinsEdit

Iron Ore Veins may be mined with a pickaxe to obtain Iron Ore. Each vein has a chance to produce a precious gem. The veins reset once every 30 in-game days.


Iron Ore may be purchased from blacksmiths, or any merchant that sells miscellaneous goods.

They can also be mined in the following locations:

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  • 16 veins in Halted Stream Camp, northwest of Whiterun.
  • 10 veins in Fort Fellhammer, south-southeast of Dawnstar.
  • 8 veins in Embershard Mine, southwest of Riverwood.
  • 6 veins in Iron Breaker Mine, southeast in Dawnstar, near the smelter.
  • 5 veins in Left Hand Mine, just southeast of Markarth.
  • 5 veins in Gloombound Mine, southeast of Windhelm.
  • 5 veins in Knifepoint Mine at Knifepoint Ridge (note that three veins are locked behind a door with a leveled lock).
  • 4 veins in Nchuand-Zel Excavation Site, located in Markarth's Understone Keep.
  • 4 veins in Rockwallow Mine, east of Morthal (located in Stonehills).
  • 5 veins in Blind Cliff Cave, which is northeast of Markarth and southeast of Karthwasten. The first three can be found upon entering the large cavern, immediately to the right - two on the floor, one on the wall. Another is just up the first ramp, and another is just a few paces up. 
  • 3 veins in Lost Knife Cave (Lost Knife Hideout), northeast of Ivarstead near Fort Amol.
  • 3 veins in Northwind Mine, north of Northwind Summit (appears to be right next to the Summit on the map) and northwest of Shor's Stone.
  • 3 ore veins near Evergreen Grove, which is located north-northwest of Falkreath, west of the Falkreath Watchtower. The first vein is to the north - from where the alchemist lies dead, head west past the dirt ledges and then turn right up the slope, the vein is against a huge rock cropping. The other two veins can be found by going in different directions from the same starting point - the Dragon Mound that's very near the pond. First, head south-southeast down the slope until reaching a large, flat rock jutting out of the side of the hill; the vein is just underneath this rock. Then, return to the mound and this time head southwest right up to another giant rock cropping, from there turn right and walk a few paces forward; the vein will be next to the rock ledge on the right-hand side.
  • 7 ore pieces in Faldar's Tooth, which is east-northeast of Heartwood Mill. They are on a shelf next to a forge.
  • 2 veins in Movarth's Lair, which is located northeast of Morthal.
  • 2 veins in Whistling Mine, southeast of Winterhold.
  • 2 veins southwest of Sarethi Farm, which is west-southwest of the Rift Watchtower and directly north of Treva's Watch.
  • 2 veins in Bleak Falls Barrow, located up the northbound path from Secunda's Kiss.
  • 2 veins below the tower of the Riverwood Folly, which is an unmarked location south-southeast of Bleak Falls Barrow.
  • 2 veins on an island north from Ysgramor's Tomb, which is located northwest of Winterhold.
  • 2 veins outside Purewater Run, which is located west of Dushnikh Yal - one vein is just east of the cave, the other is a ways south down the hill. 
  • 2 veins behind the entrance to Geirmund's Hall, which is east of Ivarstead, on the island in the middle of Lake Geir, between several trees.
  • 2 veins slightly east of Secunda's Kiss, which is located southwest of Whiterun. They are quite a ways up the mountain, so follow the pathway leading up to Bleak Falls Barrow past the second turn until two snowy trees stand a few feet away and a snowberry bush is seen on the right-hand side. A flat ledge overlooking Secunda's Kiss is just past the pair of trees and the bush - this is where the ore veins are. A frost troll often spawns here.
  • 2 veins above the road leading to the southeast corner of the game world. From Stendarr's Beacon, head down the hill across the path and head back up another hill on the other side. Upon reaching a bloody path, turn left (north) and walk straight ahead until the ore veins are found.
  • 2 veins in Broken Oar Grotto, located west of the Solitude Lighthouse and Brinewater Grotto; one on the path along the wall to the right after ascending the ramps seen upon entering the grotto, and one to the left of the bridge leading to the large wooden structure.
  • 2 veins along the base of the rock wall just south of Duskglow Crevice, which is located northwest of Silverdrift Lair and southeast of Dawnstar.  
  • 2 veins in Mzinchaleft, a Dwemer Ruin located southeast of Dawnstar and north of Frostmere Crypt.
  • 2 veins in Saarthal, which is located southwest of Winterhold, west of the Shrine of Azura, and north of Mount Anthor.
  • 2 near Ysgramor's Tomb - one directly to the west, on the sand, and one a short ways northeast, past a cropping of rocks. 
  • 2 veins in between Falkreath and Roadside Ruins. To find them, go to the cemetery behind Falkreath's Hall of the Dead. From there, head up a small, steep hill to the right and then go a ways left. The veins are by a small ledge.
  • 2 veins near The Shadow Stone, which stands south of Riften and Nightingale Hall. The first is just southwest of the Stone, next to some rocks, and the other is at the bottom of the small rocky cliff west of the Stone and east of Snow-Shod Farm.
  • 2 veins in the cave section of Avanchnzel, which is located west-southwest of Riften and northwest of Largashbur. The first vein is to the left of the downward slope, on the upper ledge. The second is in the third cavern of the cave from the entrance - head through the passage after the downward slope, and the vein is to the right. 
  • 1 vein north of Blizzard Rest, which is located north of Whiterun and south of Dawnstar. 
  • 1 vein in Ustengrav Depths. After descending a few flights of stairs upon entering the Depths, just before coming to a flame spout trap, the ore vein rests to the right, along the southern wall of a ledge that overlooks the main chamber.
  • 1 vein a few feet west of the entrance to Ustengrav, which is located northeast of Morthal. 
  • 1 vein south of Movarth's Lair, up the small hill where the entrance to the cave sits.
  • 1 vein in White River Watch, which is located east of Whiterun, on the road past Honningbrew Meadery. The vein is above the cage holding the wolf.
  • 1 vein in Tolvald's Cave, which is located southeast of Ansilvund and east of Shor's Watchtower. The vein is just past the small bandit camp in the first room.
  • 1 vein west of Lost Tongue Overlook, which is a Dragon Lair south of The Shadow Stone. It is against the rocky cliff at a landing in the winding staircase that leads up to the dragon and the Word Wall.
  • 1 vein east of Lost Tongue Overlook, down the cliff and hidden in the rocks.
  • 1 vein north of Snow-Shod Farm, which is west of The Shadow Stone. The vein is located on a small island southeast of the Goldenglow Estate.
  • 1 vein northeast of Heartwood Mill, which is west of Faldar's Tooth and east of Angarvunde. To find the vein, cross the bridge that heads east and turn left on the other side. The vein is hidden among the rocks just behind two small, orange-leaved trees.
  • 1 vein outside Ansilvund, which is located just east of Cragslane Cavern and northeast of Shor's Stone. The vein is just a few steps behind the cooking spit where a leveled mage will be found. 
  • 1 vein just across the small lake next to Lost Knife Cave.
  • 1 vein in Swindler's Den, which is west of Whiterun and east of Rorikstead. The vein is just past the Alik'r hideout, in the tunnel at the foot of the dirt path leading up.
  • 1 vein west of Riverwood, across the river, a little south of Anise's Cabin
  • 1 vein in Half-Moon Mill, north of Falkreath. The vein is just past the house.
  • 1 vein northwest of Narzulbur, an Orc Stronghold southeast of Windhelm. The vein is just behind some rocks.
  • 1 vein southeast of Cragwallow Slope, which is located south of Narzulbur. The vein is just up the hill among a pile of rocks.
  • 1 vein south of Traitor's Post, which is east of Hollyfrost Farm. The vein is up a large cliff, so follow the path that leads southwest up toward the Sacellum of Boethiah. This path can be found by heading east up the stone road, it is on the right side just before the broken-down unmarked tower that is home to two frost trolls.
  • 1 vein southeast of Riverside Shack, which is south of Windhelm. The vein is located just up the rocky hill.
  • 1 vein north of Eldergleam Sanctuary, which is southwest of Bonestrewn Crest and north of Darkwater Crossing
  • 1 vein in Rebel's Cairn, which is northwest of Bleakwind Bluff and southeast of Sundered Towers. To find the vein,turn right upon entering the cave. It is just behind a pillar, tucked under a small ledge.
  • 1 vein southwest of Rorikstead.
  • 1 vein north of Rorikstead.
  • 1 vein near South Cold Rock Pass, just to the right of the cave entrance.
  • 1 vein in Greywater Grotto, which is south of Helgen. The vein is to the right of the small waterfall.
  • 1 vein at Anga's Mill, which is located west of Windhelm. The vein is directly south, across the river, in the snow next to a round rock.
  • 1 vein directly across from the entrance to Forsaken Cave, which is located northeast of Nightgate Inn and west-southwest of Fort Kastav, near Yorgrim Overlook. From another approach, it can be found by walking just east from the rocky path, tucked next to a cropping of rocks.
  • 1 vein near the top of the entrance to Hob's Fall Cave, which is located west of Saarthal and south of The Tower Stone. It appears right next to Frostflow Lighthouse on the map. Upon finding the rocky crop above the entrance to the cave, turn left up the small slope. The ore vein is on the ground next to a large rock.
  • 1 vein on the island with The Lady Stone, which is located east of Half-Moon Mill and south of Ilinalta's Deep
  • 1 vein southwest of Reachwind Eyrie, which is located north-northeast of Dushnikh Yal and southeast of Markarth.
  • 1 vein by the entrance of Reachwater Rock, which is located north of Reachwind Eyrie and southeast of Markarth.
  • 1 vein on the rock wall outside of the northern tower of the Valtheim Towers, which is located north of Guldun Rock and east of Whiterun. 
  • 1 vein between Darkwater Crossing and Eldergleam Sanctuary, amongst the sulfur pools to the east.
  • 1 vein by some rocks along the wall outside of Whiterun. Go east along the south wall from the main entrance, the vein is at the base of second wooden guard tower.
  • 1 vein directly northeast of Mixwater Mill, which is southwest of Windhelm and south of Mara's Eye Pond. The vein is just off the path and up the hill.
  • 1 vein in the frozen section of Bloodlet Throne, which is located south of Ancient's Ascent and east-southeast of Falkreath. Upon entering, descend the stairs and turn left. Behind the player is a tunnel leading to another room which leads to this frozen area.
  • 1 vein in Brood Cavern, which is southwest of Morthal. The vein is just behind the dead deer.
  • 1 vein at Hunter's Camp: The Guardian Stones, which is an unmarked location. To find it, head west to the river's edge from The Guardian Stones. The camp consists of a boat, one hunter, and one tent.
  • 1 vein just east of Stillborn Cave, which is north of Windhelm.
  • 1 vein on the mountain just south of Cragslane Cavern, which is north of Shor's Stone and west of Ansilvund.
  • 1 vein up and to the east of the entrance to of Lakeview Manor, which is a house that can be built with the Hearthfire add-on. It is just north of Pinewatch and east of Shriekwind Bastion
  • 1 vein at Bonestrewn Crest, south of Windhelm. The third word (freeze) for the Frost Breath shout is also found there.
  • 1 vein just north of Gallows Rock, southwest of Windhelm.
  • 1 vein between Battle-Born Farm and Chillfurrow Farm, both are east of Whiterun.
  • 1 vein just north of Whiterun, behind Dragonsreach (outside the city walls).
  • 1 vein across from the Windhelm Docks
  • 1 vein just east of Darkshade, which is a cave east of Valtheim Towers, down the waterfall along the White River. The vein is on the same side of the river as the cave.
  • 1 vein to the left of Ravenscar Hollow, which is located northwest of Solitude
  • 1 vein a little ways east of Orphan's Tear, a boat located northwest of Fort Hraggstad and west of Widow's Watch Ruins.
  • 1 vein at the waterfront at Bleakcoast Cave, which is located east-southeast of Winterhold and north of Snow Veil Sanctum.
  • 1 vein to the left of the road that leads to Dayspring Canyon, an unmarked location that serves as the home of Fort Dawnguard
  • 1 vein at the base of the path leading up to the Statue to Meridia, which is located north of Dragon Bridge and the Haafingar Stormcloak Camp. The vein is on the ground between two pine trees, to the west of the stone arch marking the beginning of the path.
  • 1 vein on the big island just northeast of The Apprentice Stone, which is located northwest of Morthal and south of Solitude.
  • 1 vein just north of Roadside Ruins, which is a small ruin located north-northwest of Falkreath and west of Shriekwind Bastion. The vein is on the side of a small ledge.
  • 1 vein just outside the Falkreath Watchtower, which is located just west of Shriekwind Bastion and north of Falkreath. The vein is to the left of the entrance.
  • 1 vein in Cronvangr Cave, which is south-southwest of Windhelm and directly east of Mixwater Mill. The vein is in one of the first two chambers.
  • 1 vein northwest of The Serpent Stone, which stands north of Windhelm and east of Winterhold. The vein is near the (invisible) boundaries of the game world.
  • 1 vein in Crystaldrift Cave, which is located west of Lost Tongue Overlook, northeast of the Ruins of Rkund, and a ways south of Riften. The vein is right next to an alcove with a shallow puddle of water.
  • 1 vein in Glenmoril Coven, which is located northwest of Falkreath and southwest of Whiterun. It is near the Falkreath Imperial Camp. To find the vein, go up the slope to the upper level of the cave (it doesn't matter which slope is taken) and go down the large cavern opening that is closest to the slope on the right (west) side of the cave. If one heads up the right (west) slope, the cavern opening will be on their left. If one heads up the left (east) slope, it will be across the wooden planks and straight ahead. This opening, as opposed to the other opening on the upper area (along the north wall), is decorated by two lit sconces. Head into the cavern, the ore vein is just around the corner (which is decorated with yet another sconce), to the left. One should see it when turning this corner, though it is rather dark.
  • 1 vein near the Shrine of Talos Massacre, an unmarked location. To find it, head east uphill from The Guardian Stones following the winding cobble path. Eventually, the path will split in two - go right (southwest) past a felled tree on the right. Straight ahead is a stepped path leading up to a rocky promontory upon which stands a Shrine of Talos. The vein is against the rocks of the ledge on the far (west) side. Alternatively, one can head west a few paces from Anise's Cabin and then turn left and swim across the lake from the rocky shore. Then, head left up the cobble path past what appears to be pieces of a Nordic structure and immediately turn right up the hill and walk until the vein is found.
  • 1 vein in Southfringe Sanctum, which is south of Fort Neugrad. The vein is in the large cavern near the table with the weapons and materials.
  • 1 vein northeast uphill directly from the Thalmor Embassy.
  • 1 vein near Pinefrost Tower, which is north of Rimerock Burrow and a ways northwest of Solitude. To find it, follow the cobble path leading west, and after heading downhill turn right and go down the snowy path leading north. Near the shore on the right-hand side, against the rocks of the mountain, is the vein.
  • 1 vein near Karthspire Camp, which is west of Soljund's Sinkhole and east of Markarth. To find it, exit the camp via the westward ramp that leads into the river (it is on the opposite end of the camp from the Hagraven). Cross the river; the vein is on the bank next to the rocks.
  • 1 vein in the Karthspire, which is next to Karthspire Camp. The vein is in the big cavern with the juniper bushes next to the stairs on the right-hand side.
  • 1 vein near Harmugstahl, which is east of Dragontooth Crater and north of Karthwasten. To find it, turn north from the front steps of Harmugstahl and head toward a dwarven arch by the waterfall. The vein is on the ground in front of the arch.
  • 1 vein at Red Eagle Redoubt, which is east of Markarth and south of Karthwasten. The vein is at the camp that is southwards up the hill from the cave, just west-southwest of the campfire.
  • 1 vein at Dwemer Ruins: Karth River Confluence, which is an unmarked location west of Liar's Retreat on the river bank (past the Reach Stormcloak Camp, if it's there.) The vein is just east of the crumbled altar, among a cropping of rocks.
  • 1 vein near Valthume, which is east of Arkngthamz and southeast of Markarth. To find it, follow the path north from Valthume - it will turn up west and then north again. Just before heading back downhill, turn right past a couple of juniper bushes. The vein is there.
  • 2 ore pieces in Baldor Iron-Shaper's House in the Skaal Village on Solstheim. They are in a tray on the upper level of the house.


Source Weight WeightIcon Gold GoldIcon Ingot Weight WeightIcon Gold GoldIcon
Iron Ore 1 2 Iron Ingot
1 7



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  • ore respawn

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    • Soz 4 necro but is what 85.225 said correct? needs testing
    • Yes, what  85.225 said is in fact true. if the mine is not marked "cleared" then you can revisit the mine after waiting only 10 days.