—Information accurate as of: build 904.83
High Quality Metal Ore is a valuable natural resource, mostly for its capability to be smelted by Furnace into the important High Quality Metal. It smelts in 20 seconds requiring approximately 10 wood, maximized by the Large Furnace High Quality Metal Ore is the rarest ore by far. It used to be available from any type of Rock; depending on the node type, one or three could be found. Since Devblog 166, it is only available as the final mining strike bonus from Metal Rocks. These changes push players towards harvesting with a Mining Quarry.
The ore is more common in the Arctic region than the Arid region.