Appalachian automation did not spare prospecting and mining at all. Prospectors before the Great War could upload the locations of their claims and then allow them to be sold via a network of U-Mine-It! vending machines around Mount Blair.
- A pointer quest. Once a map is purchased from the U-Mine-It! machine, it will point to a random location where minable ore veins will spawn. Players only need to pick up the riches laying on the ground - and deal with any wildlife seeking to jump their claim.
- On your map, a small area will be highlighted for the quest. Once you have traveled there, a small lump will be present on the ground, look at it and interact with it. No special equipment is needed (such as shovel or pick axe).
- Note that the lump can be difficult to spot, as it will move grass, trees etc up with it, and you have to be looking almost straight down to interact with it. Crouching helps as the hit box for the lump is closer to eye level.
- Once the lump is interacted with, the quest will complete, awarding a number of metal ores (including black titanium ore) which can be smelted at a chemist workshop for their corresponding scraps for use in crafting.