Surveying

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Surveying
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Skill Type:
Trade Skill
Max Level:
80
Skill Trainers:

Analyzing the land to locate valuable resources or important locations. Surveying has many uses, but is most commonly used to make resource maps for Geology and Mining.

Surveying Overview

Surveying is a skill that produces surveys that lead to gems and minerals. Creating surveys increases the Surveying skill, while using the surveys increases Geology (mineral surveys) or Mining (mining surveys).

In-Game Description

Analyzing the land to locate valuable resources or important locations. Surveying has many uses, but is most commonly used to make resource maps for Geology and Mining.

Training Surveying

  • Jaime Fatholm will teach you surveying when you become Comfortable with her. This can be done by completing her 2 initial favors. Once she's Comfortable with you, Jaime will give you a few starting ingredients and teach you the recipe for Serbule Redwall Crystal Survey and Serbule Hills Redwall Crystal Survey. In the Recipe window, you can see that they require 1 Simple Parchment, 1 Basic Ink, and 1 Redwall Crystal (only a 20% chance to consume the Crystal). The parchment and ink can be bought from Jaime.
Once you get all three ingredients you can create a map by pushing the 'Survey' button on the recipe. The survey map will be placed in your inventory. You will need to be in the area (ie Serbule or Serbule Hills) for which you want to create a survey.

Connected Skills

Sub-Skills:

  • None

Secondary Skills:

  • None

Related Skills:


Surveying Complete Recipe List

Click "Expand" on the box below to view a complete list of Recipes for the Surveying skill.

Lvl Name First-Time XP XP Ingredients Results Description Source
1 Serbule Hills Rubywall Crystal Survey 75 25 icon_5306.png Simple Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5056.png Rubywall Crystal x1 (!)
Serbule Hills Rubywall Crystal Survey Uses a chunk of synthetic "rubywall" crystal to locate another chunk growing unnaturally in Serbule Hills.  ???
1 Serbule Rubywall Crystal Survey 75 25 icon_5306.png Simple Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5056.png Rubywall Crystal x1 (!)
Serbule Rubywall Crystal Survey Uses a chunk of synthetic "rubywall" crystal to locate another chunk growing unnaturally in Serbule.  ???
5 Serbule Hills Orange Mineral Survey 120 40 icon_5306.png Basic Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5056.png Rubywall Crystal x1 (!)
Serbule Hills Orange Mineral Survey Records the location of a mineral deposit in or around Serbule Hills. The resulting survey requires Geology 3 to use. Training: Jaime Fatholm
7 Serbule Hills Simple Mining Survey 120 40 icon_5306.png Simple Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5297.png Simple Metal Slab x1 (!)
Serbule Hills Simple Mining Survey Records the location of metal that can be mined in Serbule Hills. Training: Jaime Fatholm
10 Serbule Hills White Mineral Survey 165 55 icon_5306.png Good Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5056.png Rubywall Crystal x1 (!)
Serbule Hills White Mineral Survey Records the location of a mineral deposit in or around Serbule Hills. The resulting survey requires Geology 5 to use. Training: Jaime Fatholm
15 Serbule Blue Mineral Survey 210 70 icon_5306.png Expert's Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5056.png Rubywall Crystal x1 (!)
Serbule Blue Mineral Survey Records the location of a mineral deposit in or around Serbule. The resulting survey requires Geology 8 to use. Training: Jaime Fatholm
15 Serbule Hills Basic Mining Survey 210 70 icon_5306.png Basic Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5298.png Basic Metal Slab x1 (!)
Serbule Hills Basic Mining Survey Records the location of metal that can be mined in Serbule Hills. The resulting survey requires Mining 10. Training: Jaime Fatholm
20 Serbule Green Mineral Survey 255 85 icon_5306.png Master Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5056.png Rubywall Crystal x1 (!)
Serbule Green Mineral Survey Records the location of a mineral deposit in or around Serbule. The resulting survey requires Geology 13 to use. Training: Jaime Fatholm
25 Eltibule Good Mining Survey 300 100 icon_5306.png Good Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5299.png Good Metal Slab x1 (!)
Eltibule Good Mining Survey Records the location of metal that can be mined in Eltibule. The resulting survey requires Mining 15. Training: Jaime Fatholm
25 Eltibule Orange Mineral Survey 300 100 icon_5306.png Expert's Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5056.png Rubywall Crystal x1 (!)
Eltibule Orange Mineral Survey Records the location of a mineral deposit in or around Eltibule. The resulting survey requires Geology 20 to use. Training: Jaime Fatholm
28 Kur Mountains Simple Metal Motherlode Map 300 100 icon_5306.png Good Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Advanced Ink x1
icon_5355.png Tundra Lichen x1 (!)
icon_5297.png Simple Metal Slab x5
Kur Mountains Simple Metal Motherlode Map Collects some information about a large supply of metal in or around Kur Mountains. The resulting survey requires Mining 23 to use. Motherlodes are much more difficult to track down than regular survey maps. Training: Jaime Fatholm
30 Serbule White Mineral Survey 345 115 icon_5306.png Expert's Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5056.png Rubywall Crystal x1 (!)
Serbule White Mineral Survey Records the location of a mineral deposit in or around Serbule. The resulting survey requires Geology 20 to use. Training: Jaime Fatholm
33 Kur Mountains Basic Metal Motherlode Map 345 115 icon_5306.png Expert's Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Advanced Ink x1
icon_5355.png Tundra Lichen x1 (!)
icon_5298.png Basic Metal Slab x5
Kur Mountains Basic Metal Motherlode Map Collects some information about a large supply of metal in or around Kur Mountains. The resulting survey requires Mining 28 to use. Motherlodes are much more difficult to track down than regular survey maps. Training: Jaime Fatholm
35 Eltibule Blue Mineral Survey 390 130 icon_5306.png Basic Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5056.png Rubywall Crystal x1 (!)
Eltibule Blue Mineral Survey Records the location of a mineral deposit in or around Eltibule. The resulting survey requires Geology 27 to use. Training: Jaime Fatholm
35 Eltibule Expert's Mining Survey 390 130 icon_5306.png Expert's Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5300.png Expert-Quality Metal Slab x1 (!)
Eltibule Expert's Mining Survey Records the location of metal that can be mined in Eltibule. The resulting survey requires Mining 27. Training: Jaime Fatholm
40 Eltibule Green Mineral Survey 435 145 icon_5306.png Good Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5056.png Rubywall Crystal x1 (!)
Eltibule Green Mineral Survey Records the location of a mineral deposit in or around Eltibule. The resulting survey requires Geology 35 to use. Training: Jaime Fatholm
43 Kur Mountains Good Metal Motherlode Map 435 145 icon_5306.png Master Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Advanced Ink x1
icon_5355.png Tundra Lichen x1 (!)
icon_5299.png Good Metal Slab x5
Kur Mountains Good Metal Motherlode Map Collects some information about a large supply of metal in or around Kur Mountains. The resulting survey requires Mining 38 to use. Motherlodes are much more difficult to track down than regular survey maps. Training: Jaime Fatholm
45 Eltibule Master's Mining Survey 480 160 icon_5306.png Master Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5301.png Masterwork Metal Slab x1 (!)
Eltibule Master's Mining Survey Records the location of metal that can be mined in Eltibule. The resulting survey requires Mining 35. Training: Jaime Fatholm
45 Kur Mountains Blue Mineral Survey 480 160 icon_5306.png Master Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5295.png Ice Core x1 (!)
Kur Mountains Blue Mineral Survey Records the location of a mineral deposit in or around Kur Mountains. The resulting survey requires Geology 50 to use. Gift: Glowing Sphere
45 Kur Mountains Green Mineral Survey 480 160 icon_5306.png Expert's Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5295.png Ice Core x1 (!)
Kur Mountains Green Mineral Survey Records the location of a mineral deposit in or around Kur Mountains. The resulting survey requires Geology 50 to use. Gift: Glowing Sphere
45 Kur Mountains Orange Mineral Survey 480 160 icon_5306.png Good Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5295.png Ice Core x1 (!)
Kur Mountains Orange Mineral Survey Records the location of a mineral deposit in or around Kur Mountains. The resulting survey requires Geology 45 to use. Gift: Glowing Sphere
45 Kur Mountains White Mineral Survey 480 160 icon_5306.png Basic Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5295.png Ice Core x1 (!)
Kur Mountains White Mineral Survey Records the location of a mineral deposit in or around Kur Mountains. The resulting survey requires Geology 45 to use. Gift: Glowing Sphere
48 Ilmari Expert Metal Motherlode Map 480 160 icon_5306.png Amazing Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Advanced Ink x1
icon_5516.png Magic Sand x1 (!)
icon_5300.png Expert-Quality Metal Slab x5
Ilmari Expert Metal Motherlode Map Collects some information about a large supply of metal in the Ilmari Desert. The resulting survey requires Mining 43 to use. Motherlodes are much more difficult to track down than regular survey maps. Training: Urzab
50 Eltibule Amazing Mining Survey 525 175 icon_5306.png Amazing Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Basic Ink x1
icon_5576.png Amazing Metal Slab x1 (!)
Eltibule Amazing Mining Survey Records the location of metal that can be mined in Eltibule. The resulting survey requires Mining 45. Training: Jaime Fatholm
53 Ilmari Master's Metal Motherlode Map 525 175 icon_5306.png Amazing Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Expert Ink x1
icon_5516.png Magic Sand x1 (!)
icon_5301.png Masterwork Metal Slab x5
Ilmari Master's Metal Motherlode Map Collects some information about a large supply of metal in the Ilmari Desert. The resulting survey requires Mining 48 to use. Motherlodes are much more difficult to track down than regular survey maps. Training: Urzab
58 Ilmari Amazing Metal Motherlode Map 570 190 icon_5306.png Amazing Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Amazing Ink x1
icon_5516.png Magic Sand x1
icon_5576.png Amazing Metal Slab x5
Ilmari Amazing Metal Motherlode Map Collects some information about a large supply of metal in the Ilmari Desert. The resulting survey requires Mining 53 to use. Motherlodes are much more difficult to track down than regular survey maps. Training: Urzab
60 Gazluk Astounding Metal Motherlode Map 615 205 icon_5306.png Astounding Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Amazing Ink x1
icon_6295.png Semi-Real Hassium x1
icon_5577.png Astounding Metal Slab x5
Gazluk Astounding Metal Motherlode Map Collects some information about a large supply of metal on the Gazluk Plateau. The resulting survey requires Mining 58 to use. Motherlodes are much more difficult to track down than regular survey maps. Training: Urzab
60 Ilmari Astounding Metal Motherlode Map 615 205 icon_5306.png Amazing Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Amazing Ink x1
icon_5516.png Magic Sand x1
icon_5577.png Astounding Metal Slab x5
Ilmari Astounding Metal Motherlode Map Collects some information about a large supply of metal in the Ilmari Desert. The resulting survey requires Mining 58 to use. Motherlodes are much more difficult to track down than regular survey maps. Training: Urzab
65 Gazluk Superb Metal Motherlode Map 660 220 icon_5306.png Astounding Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Amazing Ink x1
icon_6295.png Semi-Real Hassium x1
icon_5578.png Superb Metal Slab x5
Gazluk Superb Metal Motherlode Map Collects some information about a large supply of metal on the Gazluk Plateau. The resulting survey requires Mining 63 to use. Motherlodes are much more difficult to track down than regular survey maps. Training: Urzab
70 Povus Astounding Mining Survey Map 705 235 icon_5306.png Superb Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Amazing Ink x1
icon_5577.png Astounding Metal Slab x1
Povus Astounding Mining Survey Map Records the location of metal in Povus. The resulting survey requires Mining 68 to use. Training: Dachak the Digger
75 Povus Superb Mining Survey Map 750 250 icon_5306.png Superb Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Amazing Ink x1
icon_5578.png Superb Metal Slab x1
Povus Superb Mining Survey Map Records the location of metal in Povus. The resulting survey requires Mining 74 to use. Training: Dachak the Digger
80 Povus Marvelous Mining Survey Map 795 265 icon_5306.png Superb Parchment x1
icon_5888.png Amazing Ink x1
icon_6402.png Marvelous Metal Slab x1
Povus Marvelous Mining Survey Map Records the location of metal in Povus. The resulting survey requires Mining 80 to use. Training: Dachak the Digger

Surveying Mechanics

Using A Basic Survey

Right click a survey in your inventory and a little red spot will temporarily blink on the minimap (it can be difficult to see if it is on a bright area, it seems to blend in). An on screen message will also give you approximate distances, though it is less practical. It can also help to enlarge your map window, by dragging the lower right corner.

Once you are near enough to the location indicated by the red spot (inside the 100x100 meter box around the treasure), you click the survey map again, and you will get your crystal or mining reward. At that time you will also get XP in either Geology or Mining, depending on the kind of survey.

Getting attacked while trying to use a survey will cancel it and force you to re-click, so try to kill any annoying mobs around you first.

Tip: A common technique for running multiple surveys is to sort the maps by the "quadrant" they're in on the map, and then run through each quadrant! Another helpful technique can be to mark the (closest) survey destinations with a Pin (Point of Interest dot) on the map; Once you are close to the dot you can right click the surveys to see if you are close enough. (Note be sure to remove the Pin after you collected the survey).

Speed Bonus

Whenever you finish a survey, a short timer starts. If you finish another survey within that time, you are rewarded with a speed bonus that gives you random minerals, ores, or other ingredients. The pool of random options depends on what zone you are in and what type of survey you're doing (mineral or mining). For example, completing a mineral survey in Serbule will be more likely to reward green or blue minerals, while Eltibule will likely reward orange and white. If you want to take advantage of the bonus, it is recommended to create a few Surveys, take a look at their locations, and plan which one should be done first, second, third, etc. in fast succession.

For Serbule and Eltibule, the timer is randomly chosen from a number between 1.5-3.5 minutes. In Kur, it's 2.5-4.5.

Mining Speed Bonuses

Mineral Speed Bonuses

For mineral (gem) maps, the speed bonus is determined by location

Location Bonus
Serbule Hills
Serbule
Blue or Green Gems and, more rarely, 'Ilmari' gems
Eltibule
Kur
Orange or White Gems and, more rarely, 'Ilmari' gems

Using A Motherlode Map

Motherlode maps are more difficult than normal surveys, but give much greater rewards. When you use them, no red dot will appear on your minimap, and won't be given the exact location. You'll only be told the distance to the motherlode. If you're 1000 meters away, the motherlode could be on any point in the 1000-radius circle around you. When you find the motherlode, you'll be rewarded with 15-30 slabs, with a mean of 22 per motherlode survey.

Motherlode bonus ores

When you complete a motherlode survey you will receive slabs plus a bonus of a small amount of ore, slabs, dust, or other materials. The following table shows which materials you are likely to receive, arranged approximately from most likely to least likely.

Survey Possible bonus ores
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(~2/survey), (~1-2/survey), (~1-2/survey), (~1-2/survey), (rare, < 0.5/survey) , (rare, < 0.5/survey)
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Geology Survey Maps

Recipe Geology Lvl Req Geology XP Gain Map Leads To List of Crystals Obtainable by the Survey
1 25
1 25
3 25 Orange Crystals
5 40 White Crystals
8 40 Blue Crystals
13 55 Green Crystals
20 50 Orange Crystals
20 85 White Crystals
27 60 Blue Crystals
35 80 Green Crystals
50  ??? Blue Crystals
50  ??? Green Crystals
45  ??? Orange Crystals
45  ??? White Crystals


Mining Survey Maps

Recipe Mining Lvl Mining XP Gain Map Leads To
0 25
10 55
15 70
28* 255 and icon_5580.png Ore
27 100
33* 300 and icon_5580.png Ore
43* 390 and icon_5580.png Ore
35 130
48*  ??? and icon_5580.png Ore
45 160
53*  ??? and icon_5580.png Ore
58*  ??? and icon_5580.png Ore
63*  ??? and icon_5580.png Ore
58**  ??? and icon_5580.png Ore or Magic Sand
63**  ??? and icon_5580.png Ore

*Motherlodes require 5 more mining levels than the survey to actually mine them despite what the survey says.

**Higher level Motherlodes require 2 mining levels below the survey to mine them so the required surveying level is higher.


Surveying Stat Bonuses

Level Bonus Totals
10 Max Map Pins (per map) +1 Max Map Pins (per map) +1
20 Max Map Pins (per map) +1 Max Map Pins (per map) +2
30 Max Map Pins (per map) +1 Max Map Pins (per map) +3
40 Max Map Pins (per map) +1 Max Map Pins (per map) +4
50 Max Map Pins (per map) +1 Max Map Pins (per map) +5
70 Max Map Pins (per map) +1 Max Map Pins (per map) +6


Surveying Level Up Rewards

Level Reward
10 +1 to Geology
20 +1 to Foraging
25 +1 to Fishing
30 +1 to Mining
37 +1 to Foraging
44 +1 to Geology
50 +1 to Mining

Surveying Experience Table

Click Expand to view the Experience Table for Surveying

Level Experience Total Experience
1 50 50
2 50 100
3 50 150
4 50 200
5 100 300
6 100 400
7 100 500
8 100 600
9 100 700
10 200 900
11 200 1100
12 200 1300
13 200 1500
14 200 1700
15 400 2100
16 400 2500
17 400 2900
18 400 3300
19 400 3700
20 600 4300
21 600 4900
22 600 5500
23 600 6100
24 600 6700
25 800 7500
26 800 8300
27 800 9100
28 800 9900
29 800 10700
30 1000 11700
31 1000 12700
32 1000 13700
33 1000 14700
34 1000 15700
35 1200 16900
36 1200 18100
37 1200 19300
38 1200 20500
39 1200 21700
40 1500 23200
41 1500 24700
42 1500 26200
43 1500 27700
44 1500 29200
45 2000 31200
46 2000 33200
47 2000 35200
48 2000 37200
49 2000 39200
50 2500 41700
51 2500 44200
52 2500 46700
53 2500 49200
54 2500 51700
55 3000 54700
56 3000 57700
57 3000 60700
58 3000 63700
59 3000 66700
60 4000 70700
61 4000 74700
62 4000 78700
63 4000 82700
64 4000 86700
65 5000 91700
66 5000 96700
67 5000 101700
68 5000 106700
69 5000 111700
70 5000 116700
71 6000 122700
72 6000 128700
73 6000 134700
74 6000 140700
75 6000 146700
76 7000 153700
77 7000 160700
78 7000 167700
79 7000 174700
80 7000 181700


Trivia

Players (in raven form or with flight potions) used to be able to use surveys while flying hundreds of feet above the ground! Now, you must be on the ground to actually dig up your reward.


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