Fae Iron is a rare drop while mining regular Iron Ore in New World. Its drop rate is pretty tiny, so you won't be finding much of this rare drop without making the right preparations. You need a better Pickaxe and a pile of potatoes. Yep.
This guide covers the best areas to mine regular Iron Ore, as well as how you can increase your chances of finding Fae Iron while you mine. In short, it involves crafting items that increase your Mining Luck. We'll show you how to do this.
Updated November 18, 2021: As you are working through your first few levels, completing quests, and getting stuck into the hardcore crafting elements of the game, you'll find yourself needing to look for Fae Iron — a very rare drop from Iron. The question of where to find this resource has been cropping up a lot, so we're updating this article with a video guide and a few extra details to hopefully help you get more Fae Iron.
Where Do You Get Fae Iron?
Fae Iron is a rare drop that you can get from mining regular Iron Ore veins. You can check out our full Iron mining guide below.
Some of our favorite spots to mine Iron in the early game include Everfall and First Light, although you may have moved on from these areas by the time you start hunting for Fae Iron.
How To Improve Your Fae Iron Drop Rate - Mining Luck Perks
The number one method to improve the rate at which Fae Iron drops from mining is to increase your Mining Luck skill.
- Mining Luck is an equipment perk that can be gained while crafting new gear.
- It can be found on every piece of armor, including gloves, helmets, and chest pieces.
- You can also get a mining luck boost via a crafted Pickaxe.
- Use Azoth while crafting to increase the chance of a powerful mining luck perk, ranging from 3 to 3.5 percent on most apparel, with a higher value possible for the Pickaxe itself. Remember, the more Azoth you use, the better chance of a high-tier perk you have.
If you want to know more about crafting in New World, check out our complete guide here. As a final side note about mining luck, overall mining speed and skill is determined by your mining level, so you should get cracking open those ores if you want a better chance of finding Fae Iron.
How To Attach The Miner's Luck Perk During Crafting
You will need to improve your engineering skill to craft a better pickaxe. To attach the Miner's Luck perk to your Pickaxe you will need the Starmetal Miner's Charm. This is a rare(ish) drop from various supply chests, urns, coffers, etc, that you will find while questing and exploring. There may also be some available via the trading posts, but these might be quite expensive during this early stage of the game.
Just add in the Starmetal Miner's Charm to any crafting of a Pickaxe and you'll get a Pickaxe with extra mining luck. This should increase your chances of finding Fae Iron.
How To Get Fae Iron To Drop - Mining Luck Food
As well as crafting items with the Mining Luck perk, you can also consume special types of food that will increase your mining luck for a short period of time.
- Roasted Potatoes - Potatoes, Butter, Peppercorn (requires level 1 cooking at a tier 2 kitchen, and will increase your Luck when mining by 1000 for 20 minutes)
- Herb-Roasted Potatoes - Potatoes, Honey, Butter, Cinnamon (level 5 cooking at a tier 2 kitchen, 1400 mining luck increase for 25 minutes)
- Boiled Potatoes - Cauliflower, Butter, Seasoning Blend, Water, Potatoes (level 20 cooking at a tier 3 kitchen, increases mining luck by 1700 points for 30 minutes)
- Poultry With Roasted Potatoes - Butter, Potatoes, Sausage, Nut, Seasoning Blend, Poultry (cooking level 40 at a tier 4 kitchen, 1900 points of mining luck for 35 minutes)
- Salted Roasted Vegetables - Oregano, Parsley, Butter, Salt, Nut, Squash, Potatoes (cooking level 60 at a tier 5 kitchen, 2000 points of mining luck for 40 minutes.
The mining luck value basically translates into a percentage drop increase, so the 1700 increase from Boiled Potatoes, for example, is a 1.7 percent chance increase of getting Fae Iron from Iron Ore.
Potatoes are relatively easy to come by in New World, often found growing in farms dotted around the starting areas. It's probably a good idea to just go straight for the Herb-Roasted Potatoes, so collect Honey from your settlement (check out the beehive), turn milk into butter at a cooking station, and lastly, gather Cinnamon, which is another rare drop from Herbs plants.
Later, you can craft Boiled Potatoes, Poultry with Roasted Potatoes, and Salted Roasted Potatoes, for larger mining luck increases. These items require a lot more ingredients to cook, though.