Mining Guide for Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Mining Guide for Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

There are two mines in the game, the Spring Mine and Lake Mine. You can access the Spring Mine anytime. Unless you have the Teleport Stone, you can only access the Lake Mine during winter.

You can find ores to upgrade your tools while mining, making mining an important activity in the game. You can also find ores and gems to sell for extra gold.

Mining Information

Stairs leading to the lower floors of the mine | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Stairs leading to the lower floors of the mine

To mine, you need to equip the hoe and press the B button while facing an empty spot on the soil. If you’re lucky, an item may turn up when mining. A staircase will appear randomly while digging, and taking it will lead you to the lower floors of the mine.

Digging using the hoe inside the mines | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Digging using the hoe inside the mines

You can only dig one square at a time, so don’t bother using the power attack of the hoe. The power attack only works on your farm. All levels of the hoe will work, although the better the quality of your hoe is, the less stamina it consumes.

Important Note: Do not use the Cursed Hoe when mining! Each use of the Cursed Hoe consumes a lot of stamina and you may pass out quickly.

Breaking rocks with the hammer will sometimes reveal random ores | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Breaking rocks with the hammer will sometimes reveal random ores

There are also small rocks inside the mines that contain ores. You need to bring a hammer to break them down. Like the hoe, the hammer’s power attacks do not work inside the mines.

Time does not pass while you are inside the mines. The Gem of the Goddess’s stamina recovery and the Gem of the Kappa’s fatigue recovery do not work while you are inside the mines.

The only way to recover stamina and fatigue is to bring food or medicine like Bodigizer and Turbojolt.

Mining Tips

Copper ore obtained from a broken rock | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Copper ore obtained from a broken rock

When you enter the floor of a mine, you need to dig around the soil to find the stairs that will lead down the next floor. The location of the stairs is random and sometimes it can appear under rocks. Break the rocks with your hammer and dig the soil using the hoe.

The stairs will never appear on the red marked areas | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
The stairs will never appear on the red marked areas

The stairs will never appear on the edges of the floor, or next to the stairs that will lead you out of the mine. Save your stamina by avoiding these spots and focus on the central part of the floor.

The best method to save your stamina is to do the save/reload process. Using this process, you’ll consume minimal stamina and you can dig further in the mine.

  • After going down the stairs, save your game.
  • Start digging and breaking rocks to find the next set of stairs that will lead to the lower floors.
  • Once you find the stairs, memorize its spot.
  • Reload your game and dig on the same spot where you found the stairs. It will still be in that same spot.

There is a bug in the game where the stairs leading to the lower floors do not appear. To avoid this, you can take the following steps:

  • Find the stairs leading down to the lower floor.
  • Save your game and go down to the next floor.
  • Dig and find the next set of stairs. If it does not appear, reload your game. This will reset the floor layout and put the stairs on a random spot.

The Spring Mine

Entrance to the Spring Mine, located next to the waterfall | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Entrance to the Spring Mine, located next to the waterfall

You can find the entrance to the Spring Mine next to the waterfall. It has 255 floors and contains ores you can use to upgrade your tools. You can also find adamantite in this mine, which you can use to make the “maker” machines.

Items found in rocks:

Item NameFloorUsesShipping Price
Junk OreAll floorsNone1G
Copper OreAll floorsUpgrades tool to copper level15G
Silver OreAll floorsUpgrades tool to silver level20G
Gold OreFloor 3 and belowUpgrades tool to gold level25G
Mystrile OreFloor 5 and belowUpgrades tool to mystrile level40G
OrichalcumFloor 10 and belowUsed to make accessories (earrings, necklace)50G
AdamantiteFloor 10 and belowUsed to make Makers (cheese, mayonnaise, and yarn maker)50G
Goddess JewelsFloor 60, 102, 123, 152, 155, 171, 190, 202, 222Collect all 9 to make the Gem of the GoddessN/A
Teleport StoneFloor 255Teleport to any area in the gameN/A
Mythic StoneFloor 60 and belowUpgrades tools to mythic level20,000G

Items found on the ground:

Item NameFloorUsesShipping Price
Gold BagAll floorsInstantly adds 10GN/A
Black GrassAll floorsRestores stamina/fatigue10G
Power BerryFloor 100Increases maximum staminaN/A
Recipe for French FriesFloor 255Learn the recipe for French friesN/A

The Lake Mine

Location of the Lake Mine entrance | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Location of the Lake Mine entrance

The entrance to the Lake Mine is on an island in the middle of the lake at Mother’s Hill. You can find powerful cursed tools and rare jewels inside this mine. You can access this mine during any season if you have the Teleport Stone, otherwise you need to wait until winter to enter this mine.

Items found in rocks: 

Item NameFloorUsesShipping Price
AgateAll floorsCan be shipped or used as a gift62G
AmethystAll floors60G
FluoriteAll floors65G
PeridotAll floors68G
TopazAll floors70G
RubyAll floors75G
EmeraldFloors ending in 580G
DiamondFloors ending in 0100G
Moon StoneFloors ending in 855G
Sand RoseFloors ending in 960G
Pink DiamondFloor 30, 70, 90, 110, 130, 170, 190, 25510,000G
AlexandriteFloor 50, 100, 150, 200, 251 and below10,000G
Kappa JewelsFloor 0, 40, 60, 80, 120, 140, 160, 180, 255Collect all 9 to make the Gem of the KappaN/A

Items found on the ground:

Item NameFloorUsesShipping Price
Power BerryFloor 19Increases maximum staminaN/A
Cursed Fishing RodFloor 29Remove the curse to get the Blessed RodN/A
Cursed HoeFloor 39Remove the curse to get the Blessed HoeN/A
Cursed AxeFloor 49Remove the curse to get the Blessed AxeN/A
Cursed HammerFloor 59Remove the curse to get the Blessed HammerN/A
Cursed Watering CanFloor 69Remove the curse to get the Blessed Watering CanN/A
Cursed SickleFloor 79Remove the curse to get the Blessed SickleN/A

Check the guide on how to remove the curse from the cursed tools here: How to Get Cursed and Blessed Tools in Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town

Additional Tips

Maximize your mining profits by bringing your basket in the mines | Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
Maximize your mining profits by bringing your basket in the mines
  • Bring your basket in the mines! You can fill it with ores and then ship them when you come back to the surface. This is a decent way to make some gold, especially when you have access to the Lake Mine where you can find lots of rare ores.
  • Bring a lot of medicine if you plan to dig in the mines. You can buy Bodigizer and Turbojolt at the clinic to recover your stamina and fatigue. It is not a good idea to pass out in the mines!
  • Eat the black grasses you find on the earlier floors of the mine. They help in recovering your stamina a little, so you can dig deeper and find more expensive ores.
  • Collect Power Berries before going deep in any of the mines. The more stamina you have, the deeper you can go without requiring to eat or drink medicine.