The Ore Deposits are a type of item that contain valuable Materials in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. They are large and shiny rocks that can be destroyed by Link to mine gems and mineral based materials. The deposits contain a good deal of ores and breaking the rock will yield Rock Salt, Flint, and other ore and materials of varying value. Additionally Ore Deposits appear as the weak point for all types of Talus Mini-boss. They are classified in the "Treasure" section of the Hyrule Compendium along when Treasure Chest. Ore Deposits can be broken when most weapons though generally it is best to use weapons such as the Iron Sledgehammer, Cobble Crusher, Stone Smasher, Boulder Breaker, and Drillshaft as they can break Ore Deposits in a single hit.

Types of Ore Deposits

There are three type of Ore Deposits depending on the rarity of the gems:

Ore Deposit

"This deposit contains a good deal of ore. Breaking the rock will yield rock salt, flint, and other ore and minerals of varying value."
— Hyrule Compendium description

The standard type of ore deposit which commonly produces Flint, Rock Salt, and Amber when broken, though may rarely produce rare gemstones such as Opal, Ruby, Topaz, Sapphire, and even Diamond though very rarely. They also appear as the weak point for Stone Talus mini-bosses.

List of Ore/Gemstones

Rare Ore Deposit

"This deposit contains a good deal of precious ore and the occasional rare mineral, like ruby and sapphire. Break it open to see what it has to offer!"
— Hyrule Compendium description

Rare Ore Deposits are bigger and have growths that tend to sparkle. They tend to produce rare gemstones more often, though occasionally produce the more common Flint as well. Additionally they appear as the weak point of the Stone Talus (Rare) mini-boss variant.

List of Ore/Gemstones

Luminous Stone Deposit

"This deposit contains quite a bit of luminous stone. Crack it open to get at the easily processed rocks within."
— Hyrule Compendium description

Luminous Stone Deposits tend to contain mostly Luminous Stone, though occasionally produce Flint as well. Due to being made of mostly Luminous Stone, this type of ore deposit glows at night or in dark areas such as Thyphlo Ruins making them easier to differentiate between them and normal Ore Deposits. Additionally they also appear as the weak point for the Stone Talus (Luminous) mini-boss variant.

List of Ore/Gemstones

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