All players will have the ability to mine ores at special mining nodes on the world map. The Mining Skill allows you to mine at these places — it is unknown for certain whether the skill does anything to speed up your rate of mining, but it does not appear to do so.
Every so often, a rare rock may spawn in a mine; a red notification will appear in chat. To be able to mine the valuable rare ores from this rock, your character must be standing next to the red rock while mining. Rare ores require one extra level of mining over what is needed to mine the common ores of that mining location.
Ore Locations, Rarity, & Required Mining Level
Common (requires level 0/5 mining)
Rare (requires level 1/5 mining)
Underwater Cave MinesEdit
Common (requires level 2/5 mining)
Rare (requires level 3/5 mining)
Common (requires level 4/5 mining)
Rare (requires maxed 5/5 mining)
|Rare Earth Element|
|Pure Gold Bar|
And don't worry. Many people can mine the same node :)