Skyrim Special Edition

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Adds fossils that you can find while mining to make mining more profitable and interesting, brought to you with the help of the creator of Legacy of the Dragonborn with built-in Legacy support!

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This mod was co-created by icecreamassassin, creator of Legacy of the Dragonborn, and aviform, who you will probably subconsciously connect with cheese at some point.

It adds 164 fossils that you can find randomly while mining, in tiers of rarity, to make mining more interesting and more profitable. You can even add the fossils you collect to your Legacy of the Dragonborn museum if using it and get fossils from archeology excavations as well! (patch required)


Adds the most commonly found fossils irl. This is the most common tier of fossils you'll find, ones that any beginner can find easily. This tier includes smaller, more indistinct fossils, such as bone and eggshell fragments and pieces of fossilized coral.

Adds fossils a beginner would have trouble finding on their own, but could easily find sold at a fair price. This tier includes fossilized shells, amber, trilobites and more.

Adds fossils a beginner almost certainly wouldn't find, and would have difficulty finding for sale at an affordable price (unless they're faked!) This tier includes fossilized eggs, skulls, claws, teeth, and more.

This tier is the rarest, comprised of fossils that would be (and are, since they're based on real fossils) considered national treasures if found, and includes large, distinct, unique fossils, such as an entire nest, the well-known Fighting Dinosaurs fossil (here named Fighting Saurians, along with many other renamed fossils, so as to not conflict with lore) and more. You will likely need to mine every ore in vanilla Skyrim for a shot at finding all of these rare fossils.

In the geodes found in Blackreach and gem deposits of Solstheim, you may find extra rare crystallized fossils among the normal possibilities. These fossils were crystallized over time and can only be found in geodes.



Meet Darnette Lauven, the Merethic paleontologist! Darnette can be found digging around the Eastmarch sulfuric pools in search of fossils or at her nearby camp where she will buy/sell/trade fossils you may have discovered. She also offers a new trade up system to cash in 5 fossils of a lower tier for a new fossil of the next tier up, enhancing the chances of getting those hard to find fossils!

New MCM options menu!
-Control drop rates of all three dig location types; 5% - 75% chance
-Control number of rolls received when digging at each site type; 1 to 5 chances
-Standard fossil default chance 20%
-Geode(crystal) site default chance 15%
-Volcanic(sulfuric) site default chance 25%
-Configure Fossil Site reset time between 5 days and 90 days (default 30)

An additional 12 fossils have also been added to the assortment

When mining heartstone deposits on Solsthiem or any mining deposit around the hot springs tundra area of Skyrim, you have a chance of finding a few extra special rare fossils among the normal possibilities.

These special dig sites can be found around the tundra hot springs and will yield 1 guaranteed fossil drop each time they are found and a chance for another; one on Tier 1 or above and one on Tier 2 or above. These very rare spots will also refresh after 30 in-game days to allow further digging.

Also included is the ability to find and assemble a fossilized dragon skeleton. Once you find all the bones, you can combine them at the forge and place the complete skeleton (you will need a very large open space for this, it is huge). This mod contains support for placing the skeleton, but you may find it easier to place it using Jaxons Positioner if you have it.

Once you find the fossils, you can keep them and display them in Legacy of the Dragonborn in the Gallery of Natural Science, or you can sell them for profit! How much each fossil sells for is dependent on rarity; tier one fossils will not sell for very much, while tier four will net you a very decent price.

The mod comes with built-in support for CCOR and Mining for Mages, and Patch support for Legacy of the Dragonborn (on Legacy's patch central page).

The way the Fossil Mining system works is two fold: first is a script which watches for the player to mine and listens for the strike sound of mining generated by the player, much like an animation event. It listens for 9 strikes by default (unless using CCOR faster or slower mining settings) and will roll on the fossil drop table. The second method is for direct pick axe attacks against mine deposits which uses an updating script which attaches another script temporarily to any ore deposit you are targeting. When you strike it, the script registers strike counts and yields a fossil roll after 9 hits.

Note for CCOR users; Setting the gem drop list option for CCOR to anything but vanilla can interfere with the drop rate of fossils, so adjust settings accordingly.

Check credits tab for more info.

Happy mining!