I have tried several plays on survival, but I can never find gold to make a science machine. Is there a trick to finding gold?

  • I've found that if I mess with the world generation settings, sometimes I can't find certain things in my worlds (gold included). Are you perhaps changing any of the settings?
    – agent86
    Dec 18, 2014 at 15:52
  • @agent86 I'm playing with default settings.
    – user973
    Dec 18, 2014 at 15:53

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Gold is most easily mined from large boulders with gold veins visible on the side.

Gold Rock

It can be mined with a pickaxe. These rocks are most commonly found in Savannah and Rockyland biomes.

Other sources for gold include Graveyards, Caves (Earthquakes and Stalgmites), and trades with the Pig King.

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    gold can also be found on the ground near graveyards Dec 17, 2014 at 23:14
  • I'm pretty sure MadMAxJr knows about the boulders. He was asking how to FIND gold, not how to mine it once it's found.
    – MBender
    Dec 17, 2014 at 23:19
  • I'm surprised he didn't mention graveyards. Another way of postponing your need for gold somewhat is by playing as Wickerbottom, who doesn't need a science machine to build the tier-1 stuff. You can start making backpacks, spears, crock pots and meat racks right away.
    – Konerak
    Dec 18, 2014 at 7:27
  • Tips on where to actually find the gold are helpful, thanks folks!
    – user973
    Dec 18, 2014 at 15:54
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    Updated with some additional gold sources.
    – Sconibulus
    Dec 18, 2014 at 16:49

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