Mining (Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley)

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After doing the part time job with Rudolph at least five times, the mine becomes available for free use whenever you feel like it. There you can find precious minerals vital for upgrading your tools or giving to people as presents. You start out with access to one room only, but as time goes by new rooms with rarer metals open up for use. Here's a simple map of the mines:

Room 1 Unlock[edit]

  • Available: After working for Rudolph 5 times
  • Items: Junk Ore, Limestone, Mineral Crystal, iron ore, copper ore, silver ore, gold ore, blue rock, orichalcon, rare metal, moonlight stone Rare item: Rare pot, mysterious clay doll, mysterious tool, Earthen vase


Room 2 Unlock[edit]

  • Available: Summer 1st, year 1
  • Items: Junk Ore, Limestone, Mineral Crystal, iron ore, copper ore, silver ore, gold ore, blue rock, orichalcon, rare metal, moonlight stone Rare item: Mysterious clay doll, mysterious tool, Earthen vase


Room 3 Unlock[edit]

  • Available: Autumn 1st, year 1
  • Items: Junk Ore, Limestone, Mineral Crystal, iron ore, copper ore, silver ore, blue rock, orichalcon, moonlight stone Rare item: Mysterious tool, Earthen vase


Room 4A Unlock[edit]

  • Available: Winter 1st, year 1
  • Items: Junk Ore, Limestone, Mineral Crystal, gold ore, orichalcon, moonlight stone Rare item: Mysterious clay doll


Room 4B Unlock[edit]

  • Available: Winter 1st, year 1
  • Items: Junk Ore, Mineral Crystal, rare metal, orichalcon, Blue rock Rare item: Earthen Vase


Room 5A Unlock[edit]

  • Available: Winter, year 1 (after Mecha Mole event)
  • Items: Junk Ore, sapphire, ruby, amethyst Rare item: Ammonite shell, trilobite fossil, plant fossil, fish fossil, rare pot, mysterious clay doll, mysterious tool, earthen vase


Room 5B Unlock[edit]

  • Available: Winter, year 1 (after Mecha Mole event)
  • Items: Junk Ore, sapphire, ruby, amethyst Rare item: Rare pot


Room 6 Unlock[edit]

  • Available: Summer, year 2
  • Items: Junk Ore, mineral crystal, aquamarine, Rare item: Earthen vase, mysterious tool


Smashing rocks[edit]

As you've probably observed there are ways to create combos with the rocks in the mines so that a chain reaction will destroy them all with a single blow. Yellow rocks can be pushed so that this can happen. Follow the patterns in the pictures below to achieve this:

Room 1[edit]

Room 2[edit]

Room 3[edit]

Room 4A[edit]

Room 4B[edit]