Mining information in Mass Effect Andromeda is covered in this page.
In MEA, mining provides you Minerals for upgrade/development new items. While Ryder can manually pick up resources and elements from mineral deposits scattered around the planet, the process is a lot more efficient if you do it from the Nomad instead. While driving around in the Nomad, hit right on the d-pad to bring up the mining screen in the top left corner. Whenever you're in an area rich with resources, the screen will light up, indicating which materials and elements you can mine from that specific location.
Materials in Mass Effect Andromeda
Crafting new weapons, armor, and equipment requires a variety of materials. Though there are strange new isotopes and ores in Andromeda, our scientists have identified familiar elements.
Heavy metals such as iron, cadmium, and nickel are used in construction and heavy manufacturing. Their density makes them useful for armor components and ammunition blocks.
Many light metals-including silicon, berylium, magnesium, and aluminum - are resistant to corrosion and invaluable for computer components, heat sinks, and high-conductive electrical wiring. while lithium has both engineering and medical applications.
Titanium, a transition metal, is eagerly sought-after for starship construction. Vanadium improves steel quality and is used by the aerospace industry.
Noble metals - including platinum, copper, and iridium - are rare and valuable in the Milky Way. They are often used in high-quality electronics or machine parts that require high precision.
Minerals like graphite, used to manufacture carbon nanotubes and carbon fiber, and fluorite for high-precision scientific lenses, are more common but equally useful.
The Initiative pays well for more hazardous materials. Uranium is used in weaponery and nuclear-powered facilities, while element zero has applications in multiple fields: heavy industry, starship engines, jump-jet components, or even as an ingredient in many advanced medicines, to name but a few.
Ryder can mine materials while walking around using the omni-tool, but you may also use a mining drone using the Nomad's mining system.
|Aluminum (Al)||A valuable non-magnetic light metal, useful in construction and manufacturing despite its relatively low melting point.||Eos, Kadara|
|Beryllium (Be)||An ideal metal for lightweight construction in a variety of applications. Useful as an alloying element.||Voeld, Kadara|
|Cadmium (Cd)||A metal often used in constructing electronic components and in complex manufacturing.||Voeld, Kadara|
|Copper (Cu)||A noble metal with high conductivity that makes it useful for a variety of purposes.||Voeld, Kadara|
|Element Zero (Ez)||Electrically stimulated element zero creates “mass effect” fields. It's the basis of much modern technology, including faster-than-light travel.||Voeld, Elaaden|
|Fluorite (F)||A mineral used for creating precision scientific lenses, among other applications.||Eos|
|Graphite (C)||The crystalline carbon mineral is an electrical conductor and a useful part of many manufacturing processes.||Eos, Elaaden|
|Iridium (Ir)||A hard, ultra-dense metallic element that is highly resistant to heat and corrosion.||Kadara|
|Iron (Fe)||A common metallic element found in many planetary cores. Broadly useful for multiple engineering purposes.||Eos, Elaaden|
|Lithium (Li)||A useful light metal used in multiple engineering applications, including vehicle batteries, radiation shields, and high-quality steel production.||Eos|
|Magnesium (Mg)||A light and sturdy metal. Magnesium alloys are integral to many complex Initiative structures.||H-047c|
|Nickel (Ni)||A corrosion-resistant transition metal useful for manufacturing purposes.||Havarl|
|Platinum (Pt)||A malleable noble metal with multiple catalytic applications. Also possesses a degree of cultural cachet among humans.||Havarl, Voeld, H-047c|
|Silicon (Si)||A metalloid element useful in electronics manufacturing and the fabrication of ceramic compounds.||Elaaden, H-047c|
|Titanium (Ti)||An extremely strong transition metal vital for manufacturing starship components and other equipment.||Kadara, H-047c|
|Uranium (U)||A heavy, radioactive element valuable in nuclear technologies and, in its depleted state, for armor plating.||H-047C|
|Vanadium (V)||A rare metal that can be used to produce various construction alloys.||Eos|