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I am working on farming white iron chunks and crystal chunks in the open world to build a 4-star weapon frame, and to top up my expedition materials.

However when I re-visit previous places on the map the ores are missing. Do these ores and crystals re-spawn? Or are they a one shot deal?

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  • I know that some things respawn on Mondays, I don't know if ores are one of them.
    – Powerlord
    Oct 4 '20 at 21:05
  • Will have to test on the Daily Reset at 4am CEST in Europe, 5am EST in USA and UTC +8 for Asia. I guess park a character next to a node and log back in the next day?
    – David Yell
    Oct 5 '20 at 8:24
  • I heard on a twitch stream that farming ores is one thing you can do in a friend's co-op world, so you could try joining someone else in their world and farming their ore; haven't tested the veracity of that myself, though.
    – Showsni
    Oct 9 '20 at 9:03
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According to internal testing, this is how often ores respawn:

  • Iron Chunk deposits respawn every 24 hours
  • White Iron deposits respawn every 48 hours
  • Crystal Ore deposits respawn every 72 hours.

In addition to those 3 basic ores that you can find throughout Tevyat, the specialty ores such as Cor Lapis and Noctilous Jade (both currently found only in Liyue) follow the Crystal Chunk's timer -- they respawn every 72 hours.

Don't forget to send your unused characters out on expeditions. Make sure to select the 20h option -- this yields the highest rewards and can be well worth it if you do not have the time to play the game much (3-4 White Iron ore, 7-8 Crystal Chunks). The current expedition areas that yield ores are Yaoguang Shoal in Liyue, Whispering Woods and Dadaupa Gorge in Mondstadt.

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Do not forget about Shitou in Liyue Harbor! He sells a stack of Iron Chunks, White Iron Ore, and Noctilous Jade, and his shop refreshes every 3 days.

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As Showsni mentions in the comments above, doing material farming rotations with your buddies is a good way to not only save time, but greatly improve efficiency in farming ores. As long as you are in close proximity to your friend while you or them or harvesting an ore, you will both receive the material when any of you picks it up. This means that you effectively have twice the mineral deposits you can farm as you have two separate worlds.

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These ores do respawn. The timer is somewhat nebulous, I've heard 10-24 hours as a respawn. Personally, I find that I can revisit an area roughly 24 hours after I've cleared it out and everything will be back. To note these areas, I mark them on my map with a star and check in around the same time every day.

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