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Planetary Mining

Mass Effect 2 Walkthrough and Guide

by Mike Hazleton  

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Planetary Mining

Methodology:

To mine a planet, visit it with the Normandy and hold LT (Xbox 360) to begin scanning. The noise-map to the right peaks in certain areas to indicate when certain resources have been found. You can then probe the location to unearth the resources. It is recommended that you purchase the starmaps at Baria Frontiers on Illium and unlock the Probe and Fuel upgrades for the Normandy if you are serious about scanning. Most planets have over a dozen locations featuring resources. A good tactic to speed up searching is to only hold the scan button sporadically, scanning every few inches on the screen, for example.

Resource Hotspots:

Certain resources tend to be common on particular planet-types. In the following section, all the planets high in particular resources will be listed. Note also that for the rare Element Zero, you need a planet that has once had an industrial population, and because of its rarity we are listing all planets containing the resource. Listings are by Cluster, then System, and finally Planet:

Element Zero

High:
Eagle Nebula, Amun, Anhur
Crescent Nebula, Lusam, Tarith
Eagle Nebula, Relic, Preying Mouth
Hawking Eta, Schwarzschild, Etamis
Hourglass Nebula, Faryar, Daratar
Hourglass Nebula, Osun, Erinie
Omega Nebula, Batalla, Thunawanuro
Pylos Nebula, Satent, Boro
Pylos Nebula, Satent, Raisaris
Rosetta Nebula, Enoch, Joab
Rosetta Nebula, Enoch, Mizraim
The Shrike Abyssal, Xe Cha, Tosal Nym
The Shrike Abyssal, Xe Cha, Zada Ban
Valhallan Threshold, Paz, Garvug

Moderate:
Caleston Rift, Aysur, Arvuna
Caleston Rift, Balor, Caleston
Crescent Nebula, Lusam, Tarith
Crescent Nebula, Zelene, Helyme
Eagle Nebula, Amun, Sekhmet
Far Rim, Dholen, Gotha
Hades Nexus, Pamyat, Dobrovolski
Hades Nexus, Sheol, Gei Hinnom
Krogan DMZ, Nith, Mantun
Minos Wasteland, Caestus, Invictus
Nubian Expanse, Kalabsha, Yamm
Omega Nebula, Batalla, Nearog
The Phoenix Massing, Salahiel, Ekuna
Pylos Nebula, Dirada, Siano
Rosetta Nebula, Alpha Draconis, 2175 Aeia
Rosetta Nebula, Enoch, Laban
The Shrike Abyssal, Urla Rast, Talis Fia
Sigurd's Cradle, Decoris, Sanctum
Titan Nebula, Haskins, Capek
Valhallan Threshold, Micah, Farlas
Valhallan Threshold, Micah, Israfil
Valhallan Threshold, Micah, Kakabel

Poor:
Hades Nexus, Hekate, Asteria
Hades Nexus, Hekate, Bothros
Shadow Sea, Iera, Prospect


Iridium

Caleston Rift, Aysur, Planet Agnin
Caleston Rift, Aysur, Shasu
Caleston Rift, Aysur, Shir
Caleston Rift, Solveig, Sinmara
Caleston Rift, Talava, Aitarus
Caleston Rift, Talava, Kaushus
Caleston Rift, Talava, Maitrum
Crescent Nebula, Zelene, Nepyma
Eagle Nebula, Imir, Gregas
Eagle Nebula, Relic, Beach Thunder
Eagle Nebula, Relic, Fitful Current
Hades Nexus, Pamyat, Dobrovolski
Hades Nexus, Pamyat, Komarov
Hawking Eta, Schwarzschild, Atahil
Hourglass Nebula, Faryar, Antictra
Hourglass Nebula, Faryar, Quarem
Hourglass Nebula, Ploitari, Aigela
Hourglass Nebula, Ploitari, Zanethu
Krogan DMZ, Aralakh, Durak
Krogan DMZ, Nith, Mantun
Minos Wasteland, Caestus, Temerarus
Omega Nebula, Fathar, Korar
Omega Nebula, Kairavamori, Sehtor
Omega Nebula, Kairavamori, Uwan Oche
Omega Nebula, Kairavamori, Vatar
The Phoenix Massing, Salahiel, Ekuna
The Phoenix Massing, Tassrah, Pahhur
Pylos Nebula, Dirada, Siano
Pylos Nebula, Dirada, Thenusi
Pylos Nebula, Satent, Raisaris
Rosetta Nebula, Enoch, Laban
Rosetta Nebula, Phi Clio, Parnassus
Shadow Sea, Iera, Watchman
The Shrike Abyssal, Xe Cha, Tosal Nym
Sigurd's Cradle, Skepsis, Crick
Sigurd's Cradle, Skepsis, Darwin
Sigurd's Cradle, Skepsis, Franklin
Solar System, Sol, Mercury
Solar System, Sol, Pluto
Titan Nebula, Haskins, Capek
Valhallan Threshold, Micah, Farlas
Valhallan Threshold, Micah, Israfil
Valhallan Threshold, Micah, Kakabel

Platinum:

Caleston Rift, Aysur, Arvuna
Caleston Rift, Balor, Bres
Caleston Rift, Balor, Caleston
Caleston Rift, Balor, Cerunnos
Caleston Rift, Balor, Elatha
Caleston Rift, Balor, Partholon
Crescent Nebula, Lusam, Tarith
Crescent Nebula, Ondeste, Acaeria
Crescent Nebula, Ondeste, Maisuth
Eagle Nebula, Amun, Anhur
Eagle Nebula, Relic, Rough Tide
Hades Nexus, Hekate, Bothros
Hades Nexus, Pamyat, Patsayev
Hades Nexus, Sheol, Gei Hinnom
Hawking Eta, Schwarzschild, Etamis
Hourglass Nebula, Faryar, Daratar
Hourglass Nebula, Osun, Erinie
Minos Wasteland, Caestus, Invictus
Nubian Expanse, Dakka, Bannik
Nubian Expanse, Dakka, Zirnita
Omega Nebula, Arinlarkan, Utha
Omega Nebula, Fathar, Dorgai
Omega Nebula, Fathar, Lorek
Omega Nebula, Sahrabarik, Bindur
Pylos Nebula, Kriseroi, Theonax
Pylos Nebula, Satent, Anedia
Pylos Nebula, Satent, Boro
Rosetta Nebula, Alpha Draconis, 2175 Aeia
Rosetta Nebula, Enoch, Joab
The Shrike Abyssal, Urla Rast, Rosh
The Shrike Abyssal, Urla Rast, Talis Fia
Sigurd's Cradle, Decoris, Sanctum
Sigurd's Cradle, Skepsis, Keimowitz
Sigurd's Cradle, Skepsis, Watson

Palladium:


Caleston Rift, Aysur, Shir
Caleston Rift, Aysur, Tamgauta
Caleston Rift, Solveig, Surtur
Caleston Rift, Talava, Taitus
Crescent Nebula, Lusam, Doriae
Crescent Nebula, Lusam, Euntanta
Crescent Nebula, Ondeste, Zesmeni
Crescent Nebula, Tasale, Beregale
Crescent Nebula, Tasale, Ponolus
Crescent Nebula, Zelene, Epho
Eagle Nebula, Amun, Neith
Eagle Nebula, Malgus, Flett
Eagle Nebula, Malgus, Wrill
Eagle Nebula, Relic, Murky Water
Eagle Nebula, Relic, Rough Tide
Far Rim, Dholen, Gotha
Hades Nexus, Hekate, Asteria
Hades Nexus, Hekate, Ker
Hades Nexus, Pamyat, Volkov
Hawking Eta, Century, Cantra
Hawking Eta, Century, Klendagon
Hawking Eta, Century, Tamahera
Hawking Eta, Thorne, Lethe
Hourglass Nebula, Faryar, Alingon
Hourglass Nebula, Faryar, Tunfigel
Hourglass Nebula, Faryar, Wenrum
Hourglass Nebula, Osun, Aganju
Hourglass Nebula, Ploitari, Synalus
Hourglass Nebula, Ploitari, Thegan
Krogan DMZ, Aralakh, Kruban
Minos Wasteland, Fortis, Aequitas
Minos Wasteland, Fortis, Pietas
Minos Wasteland, Fortis, Vir
Nubian Expanse, Dakka, Bannik
Omega Nebula, Batalla, Logasiri
The Phoenix Massing, Tassrah, Sarapai
Pylos Nebula, Dirada, Canalus
Shadow Sea, Iera, Venture
The Shrike Abyssal, Urla Rast, Bovis Tor
The Shrike Abyssal, Xe Cha, Zada Ban
Sigurd's Cradle, Decoris, Laena
Solar System, Sol, Venus
Titan Nebula, Haskins, Capek
Valhallan Threshold, Micah, Kakabel



 
 
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Comments for Planetary Mining

 
 
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Dec 10th 2014 Guest
Thanks this really help but i am curious why is ISMAR Frontier not on the list the planets in faia system are Imaen RICH VIANTEL RICH ZORYA N/A HITO POOR the Aquila system planets VOLTURNO GOOD LEPINI POOR VECCHIO RICH METAPONTO POOR POLLINO POOR and elysta system planets ZEONA RICH SELEAS RICH ODASST RICH HESANO POOR MELILE MODERATE so why are these not listed.
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Mar 17th 2014 Guest
Thanks! This really helped!
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Aug 13th 2013 Guest
The mako was great n the first one if they had made in crossbreed of the mako and the hammerhead it would be perfect
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Sep 27th 2011 Guest
It really helped me...
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Jun 3rd 2011 Guest
Thank you sooooooo much for this i dont know whats worse the planet scanning in this one or the mako in the first
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