Dwarf Fortress: How To Find Iron

Unable to forge Iron gear? Check out our guide on how to find Iron in Dwarf Fortress.

Dwarf Fortress features a plethora of items and resources that can be used for several purposes. One of these includes Iron metal. It can be used for trading goods, furniture, weapons, and armor. You can use it for the production of Steel which can be used for several military purposes. You can also use Iron to forge different types of Alloys. But several players are unable to find this metal anywhere around the world. Not to worry, check out our guide on how to find Iron in Dwarf Fortress.

How to Find Iron in Dwarf Fortress

Unfortunately, you cannot find or get Iron directly around the world. You can get Iron only from its three types of Ores in Dwarf Fortress. These three Iron Ores are as follows:

  • Hematite
  • Magnetite
  • Limonite

You can find all of the above Iron ores in the Sedimentary Layers. This is the first layer that you will find below the soil. But occasionally you can find Hematite in Igneous extrusive layers. These include Rhyolite, Basalt, Andesite, Dacite, and Obsidian layers. As you find any Iron Ore, you will be prompted that you have hit Iron Ore.

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Alternatively, you can also hit the “Find Desirable location” option. For that, you need to change some parameters. These are as follows:

  • Flux Stone Layer: Yes
  • Shallow Metal: Multiple
  • Elevation: Medium
  • Drainage: Multiple or High

Regardless, there’s no guarantee to find any iron ore by changing these Parameters. But you can embark on different layers of Sedimentary stones to find the Iron Ores. Mentioned below are all the different layers of Sedimentary stones you can find:

  • Claystone
  • Rock salt
  • Limestone
  • Conglomerate
  • Sandstone
  • Siltstone
  • Mudstone
  • Shale
  • Dolomite
  • Chert
  • Chalk

Once you have got your hands on any Iron Ores, you can smelter them at the Mealsmith’s Forge. You will get four Iron Bars in exchange for smelting the Ores at the Forge. Then, you can craft several Iron weapons from the Iron Bars.

That’s everything covered about how to find the Iron in Dwarf Fortress. If you liked this guide, check out our more guides on how to bury the dead, how to build Temple, what is Floor Fungus, and more Dwarf Fortress Guides right here on Gamer Tweak.