From enemy item drops to forging and ascension materials, there are tons of resources to manage for efficient character builds in Genshin Impact. You may think you have more than enough, but it’s easier than you think to burn through your materials. One of the less obvious materials you’ll need is white iron. It’s an unassuming resource with tons of uses that you’re definitely going to need at some point. So where are the best places to find white iron in Genshin Impact?
This list will primarily focus on the best places to farm white iron chunks (the resource drop you get from white iron ore), but we’ll also include a few other options for gathering too.
*Note: this list includes locations throughout Monstadt, Liyue, and Inazuma. That means not every area will be available to players right off the bat. This list does not include areas which require players to solve tricky puzzles or level up the Sacred Sakura tree in Inazuma.
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What is White Iron Used For?
White iron isn’t the rarest resource in the game, but you will need it to get the full Genshin Impact experience.
When collecting white iron chunks, keep in mind its three main uses: forging, furniture creation, and commissions. New players won’t have to worry about furniture resources just yet though. To unlock furniture creation, you must finish “Archon Quest, Chapter I: A New Star Approaches” and reach Adventure Rank 35.
Regardless of where you decide to complete your weekly commissions, there’s a chance you’ll run into one that requires white iron chunks. Usually the number is pretty low (between 5 and 15), so it’s not too hard to fulfill. If you’re low on resources, though, you’ll want to make a quick farming run to complete the commission.
Once you complete the side quest “A Teapot to Call Home,” you’ll unlock the Serenitea Pot, which grants you your very own customizable space within Genshin Impact. You’ll be able to arrange things within it pretty much however you want…if you can find the furniture crafting recipes. Once you actually find them, you’ll also need to do some resource hunting in order to have the right crafting materials.
As of Version 2.6, there are nearly 100 different furniture pieces that require white iron chunks to create. Luckily, the recipes usually only call for a small amount of white iron. At the time of writing this, the most expensive piece is the Alchemist’s Crafting Bench, which needs 20 chunks. Most other pieces only need 4–8 chunks.
That doesn’t sound like a lot of iron for each piece, but if you want more than a single fence post or courtyard wall, you’ll definitely want to stock up.
There are a lot of options when it comes to forging, and many of them consume white iron chunks. Most of these are weapon crafting options, but you can also forge Fine Enhancement Ore to level up your existing weapons. The standard cost of forging a weapon (regardless of weapon type) is one billet, 50 crystal or amethyst chunks, 50 white iron chunks, and 500 mora.
50 chunks doesn’t sound too bad to forge one weapon, but the cost stacks up if you decide to refine the weapon. Refining your weapons may give you the best version, but it’ll also multiply costs by 5 (since fully refined forged weapons require you to forge the same weapon five times). That pushes resource costs up by quite a lot, meaning you’ll want to start farming materials sooner rather than later.
10 Best Places to Find White Iron
The easiest way to gather any resource in Genshin Impact is to go out and collect it yourself. That means farming.
Liyue is hands-down the best place to find and farm ores and minerals — as the land of the Geo Archon, it only makes sense! It has the highest concentration of white iron, so plenty of the best farming locations can be found here.
If you’re wanting to do some exploring in other nations, you can also find some decent farming locations throughout Monstadt and Inazuma. Liyue seems to have the highest concentration thus far, though.
1. Entrance to the Chasm
Even if you haven’t unlocked the Chasm yet, don’t sweat it. You can find a lot of ores near its entrance, which will be unlocked as soon as you get to Liyue. It makes sense that the Chasm has the most mining resources — it is the center of mining operations for all of Teyvat, after all.
Upon reaching the entrance to the Chasm, you may need to clear out some hilichurls, mitachurls, samachurls, and an Abyss mage or two. Once you do, you’ll have access to the densest mining area in the game.
2. Mt. Aocang
You’ll be able to find a lot of white iron sprinkled throughout the home of the Adepti. Mt. Aocang especially has a lot of ore scattered around. You may have to go searching for it a bit, since it doesn’t cluster up as much as it does near the Chasm, but there’s still to find plenty on top of the mountain and at its base.
Make sure you’re taking advantage of the higher elevated waypoints to gather ore here, otherwise you’ll be stuck climbing giant mountains all day.
3. Lisha, West of Mt. Tianheng
If you haven’t already discovered them, you’ll definitely want to check out the mining tunnels throughout Liyue. One entrance to the tunnels is in Lisha west of Mt. Tianheng. It can be a bit tricky to find the entrance to the mine, but once you do, you’ll often find lots of ores, minerals, and even crystalflies.
Be wary as you enter Liyue’s caves, though — their entrances are often guarded by hilichurls. Even once you’re past them, you may be caught unawares by a group of geo slimes.
4. Narukami Island, South Inazuma City
On the beaches of south Inazuma City, you’ll be able to find a lot of iron ores. They’re most often around the cliffs of the city, but you can also find some in the large cavern directly beneath the Tenryou Commission’s Headquarters. This is the best place to find white iron in Inazuma. It’s even more lucrative than most areas of Monstadt, to boot.
5. Kannazuka Island, South Kujou Encampment
Kannazuka isn’t a bad area to find white iron, but it isn’t as densely packed as Liyue or south Inazuma City. You’ll still find a lot of amethyst and white iron throughout the shallow waters south of the Kujou Encampment, though, so it’s worth exploring if you need the ore.
6. Tsurumi Island, West Wakukau Shoal
Tsurumi Island is similar to Kannazuka when it comes to ore density. With some running around, you can find around ten pieces by scouring west Wakukau Shoal. New players won’t be able to access this area for a while, though, since Inazuma itself takes a while to get to. If you are able to explore here, make sure you work top down! No one wants to climb back up tall cliffs looking for missed ore.
Wolvendom is one of the best places to find white iron in Monstadt. It has some of the most concentrated ore deposits, and it’s easy to find the rocks and cliffs where white iron can usually be found without having to traverse vast, flat plains.
You can find ore deposits roughly halfway between the Wolvendom waypoint and the Dominator of Wolves weekly boss. There are also some at the entrance to the wolf arena near the cliffs as well.
8. Base of the Stormbearer Mountains
You can usually find a nice mix of everything at the base of the Stormbearer Mountains if you know where to look. Mountainous, rocky areas are always the best places to find ores and crystals. That means if you stick to the water near the Stormbearer Mountains, you can find cliff bases rich with ores.
The nice thing about this location is that it is relatively free of enemies. Beware whopperflowers, though — they like to sneak up on travelers around this location.
9. Ridge Between Liyue & Monstadt
The boundary line between Liyue and Monstadt is hazy at best, so you may not be able to access this area just yet if you’ve recently started Genshin Impact.
The ridge between Liyue and Monstadt is a great place to find white iron sprinkled around. It gets a bit annoying, though. Unlike most of the other farming areas in Teyvat, this area doesn’t have a convenient waypoint, so you’ll need to do some running.
If you don’t have the time to explore or farm, you can also send characters out on expeditions. This automates the process and lets you collect materials through the Adventurer’s Guild. There are currently three slots available for gathering iron, white iron, and crystal chunks through character expeditions. Two are in Monstadt and one is in Liyue.
The rewards vary depending on the length of the expeditions. The quickest expedition, at four hours, will give you 2–3 white iron chunks. The mid expeditions at eight and twelve hours both give 6–7. Lastly, the twenty-hour expedition only gives 3–4 due to the higher gains in crystal chunks.
Iron and white iron chunks have a quicker respawn time than crystal/ amethyst and magic crystal deposits so you can usually go back after 24–48 hours to mine them again. Crystals usually respawn after 72 hours.
Other Sources of White Iron
If you’ve totally cleared out every area you can find for white iron, there are still a few options left. Exploring and farming are going to have the highest yield results, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find it anywhere else once you’ve exhausted all other routes.
There are two shops where you can purchase white iron chunks from NPCs. One is in Liyue and the other is in Inazuma. We wouldn’t recommend relying on the shops for your iron chunks, though. They don’t sell a very high volume and the reset times make them an inefficient resource.
If you just need a small amount of mineral chunks on short notice, though, you can purchase up to 10 chunks every three days from Shitou in Liyue. He is located in the main plaza of Liyue Harbor. You can also purchase the same amount every three days from Qiuyue in Inazuma on Ritou Island. Buying out a shop it will come to a total of 4,000 Mora or 400 Mora per chunk.
(If you’re short on Mora, check out our list on the 10 best ways to farm mora fast!)
Ask the Blacksmiths
When you speak with Wagner in Monstadt, Hajime in Inazuma, or Master Zhang in Liyue, you will see the option to learn more about ore deposits. If you ask them about it they will mark 3–5 mineral-rich deposits on your map.
Unfortunately, this method isn’t very helpful if you need white iron. The deposits are usually crystal/ amethyst and magic crystals. You won’t be able to find much if any iron at these deposits. Depending on where the deposits are, you may be able to explore and find some iron and white iron in the area. We don’t recommend relying on this, though, as it’s not a very efficient method.
Best Characters for Mining
Not all characters are going to be helpful while mining white iron. Bow users are especially useless while mining. Their arrows do little to no damage on minerals even with charged shots, so it’s not worth even trying. You can make some slow progress with sword and polearm users, but it will take forever to collect anything.
If you have her, Nigguang will hands down be one of the best characters to have while mining. Her passive talent, “Trove of Marvelous Treasures,” will show you where ore and crystal deposits are on the minimap, and she can take out even the hardest crystals and ores after just a few hits.
Another great character to use for mining is the Geo Archon himself, Zhongli. If you hold his elemental skill, he releases a powerful geo AOE attack that takes out crystals and ores in one hit within range. That means if you find a dense area of ores, you can begin harvesting them after just one hit. So having Zhongli definitely makes mining a lot easier.
If you don’t have either Zhongli or Nigguang, that’s fine — any claymore user will be able to harvest ores after 3–4 hits. Pyro catalysts can also be used, but take more time. You’re better off swapping a claymore in even if they aren’t on your normal team.
Join the High Ground
There you have it — the best places to find white iron in Genshin Impact. Hopefully you found some useful hints and some new farming grounds for ores. Don’t forget to share this article with the iron deficient Genshin fan in your life and let us know below if you’ve found a secret trove that we didn’t cover in our list!