Mining Guide for Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Mining Guide for Harvest Moon: Back to Nature

Mining requires at least a Hoe and access to one of two Mines which are open based on the season and is the only way to get certain items important for upgrading your tools and farm.

Mines

A Mystrile ore dug up in the mine. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
A Mystrile ore dug up in the mine.

There are two mines in the game, the Waterfall Mine and the Winter Mine. You can find ores to upgrade your tools in the Waterfall Mine. The Winter Mine has rare ores used to make jewelry or machines like the cheese and mayonnaise maker.

Both mines have ten floors, and time stops while you are inside the mines. If you pass out while inside the mines, you will wake up at the clinic later in the day. 

If you bought the basket from the supermarket, you can bring it with you in the mines and fill it with ores to sell later.

Finding the Ladder

To go deeper into the mines, you must dig the soil using your hoe until you find a ladder that will lead to the lower floors. The lower floors have more rare ores like mystrile and adamantite.

The trick to find the ladder on the current floor is to dig in the area diagonally opposite to the one you just climbed down.

Save your stamina by digging in the right areas. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Save your stamina by digging in the right areas.
Found the ladder leading down. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Found the ladder leading down. 

This ladder will lead you further down the mines. The ladder you just climbed down will lead you directly outside of the mine, not the previous floor. It is impossible to return to a higher floor so make sure you’re ready before climbing down.

The ladder will never appear on the red marked areas. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
The ladder will never appear on the red marked areas.

The ladder will never appear on the outer tiles near the walls, so save your stamina and don’t dig on the edges.

There is a Power Berry on both the Waterfall and the Winter Mine, which can be randomly dug up on any of its ten floors.

Waterfall Mine

Entrance to the Waterfall Mine. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Entrance to the Waterfall Mine.

The Waterfall Mine is located south of your farm near the hot springs. It is accessible all year round.

Waterfall Mine Items

ItemValueUsage
Junk Ore1GNone
Money Bag10GInstantly adds 10G
Copper Ore15GUsed to upgrade tools to copper quality
Silver Ore20GUsed to upgrade tools to silver quality
Gold Ore25GUsed to upgrade tools to gold quality
Mystrile Ore40GUsed to upgrade tools to mystrile quality

Winter Mine

Entrance to the Winter Mine. | Harvest Moon: Back to Nature
Entrance to the Winter Mine.

The Winter Mine is on a small island in the middle of a lake at the base of Mother’s Hill. It is only accessible during Winter.

There is a cave on the mine’s 10th floor that leads to the area where you can catch the catfish, one of the six “King Fish” in the game.

Winter Mine Items

ItemValueUsage
Junk Ore1GNone
Money Bag10GInstantly adds 10G
Mystrile Ore40GUsed to upgrade tools to mystrile quality
Orichalcum50GUsed to make accessories for a girl (necklace or earring)
Adamantite50GUsed to make the Mayonnaise, Yarn, and Cheese Maker