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Mined from certain rocks, usually found high on mountains, in caves, rivers, or deep water sources. Can be refined in a forge or used on machines like the Fabricator.
 
— In-game Description

Metal is a resource required for the Metal Pick and Metal Hatchet. Metal is a scarce resource in the beginning, and becomes more essential as one progresses. Metal can be gathered from stones, especially the yellowish striped rocks, using the Stone or Metal Pick, the Stone or Metal Hatchet, or the Ankylosaurus or Doedicurus. The most effective way being the Metal Pick or Ankylosaurus. Although the Stone Pick does not gather much, one only needs to gather 2 Metal to produce the Metal Pick (after refining them into a Metal Ingot in the Refining Forge or Industrial Forge) which is more efficient in harvesting, with the Ankylosaurus being even more efficient. The yellowish striped rocks were added to mountains in patch 174.0.

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