Asteroids are divided into different classes, which are visible after scanning. The classes are A, B, C and D. Ore cores are only found in the Class A variety and are the precious essence of asteroids. The asteroids decrease in mineable ore as one goes from A to D.
Asteroid cores are the most profitable products of asteroids (specifically, Class A asteroids). Every Class A asteroid contains a core, and the Void System's unique Class A asteroids contain a core called Void Essence which fetches a very high price in shops. Titanium cores can often be found outside the S'porrk system in the Ni'mrrod (Vossk) system.
Cores are very difficult to mine without Gunant's Drill, and players without this drill can find it hard to achieve the Adv. Geologist or Adv. Miner medals. An easy way to find which asteroids have cores would be to buy a Hiroto Ultrascan. While the scanner may be expensive it is the only scanner on the market that will tell you which asteroids have cores in them without scanning every asteroid in orbit.
Cores are required for many blueprints:
|Doxtrit Core||1t||Icarus Heavy AS|
|Cesogen Core||12t||Gamma Shield II|
|Perrius Core||2t||Ion Lambda Mk2|
|Novanium Core||5t||Pandora Leech|
- If your cargo hold fills up while mining a Class A asteroid and you manage to mine the core, the core will take cargo space priority and 1t of ore that you mined will be ejected to make room.
- If you can't find a core that you need but you have the ore, you can bring it to the Mido Mining Plant in Coromesk, Skavac system, and turn 30t (100t for Extreme) of ore into a core of the same type.
- In non-Extreme difficulties, all types of Core (except for Void Essence and Novanium Core) can be bought at P'arrenkk Station in the Y'mirr System.