Players acquire ore, gems, and other materials using the Mining skill. Training this skill enables a player to access a wider variety of equipment (particularly pickaxes), to break blocks at a faster rate, and to mine a wider variety of materials. At low Mining levels and with basic equipment, mining speeds are drastically lower than they are in vanilla Minecraft. This, combined with the fact that ore stacks in groups of 8 rather than 64, makes this skill rather difficult to train. Nonetheless, as ore is always in high demand, Mining can be very rewarding.
Mining is closely related to the Smithing skill, in which players smelt their ore into tools, armor, and weapons. Since players gain more XP from smithing ore than they do from mining it, many players sell a portion of their ore rather than process it.