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Mining Expedition
Mining expedition icon.png
Mission Details
Cave Type Linear
Deposit Type M.U.L.E
Objective(s) Collect 200-400 Morkite
Payout Credit.png 450-900
XP Payout Experience Points 1700-3400

Mining Expedition is a mission type in Deep Rock Galactic.

The dwarves have been sent into a cave rich in MorkiteMorkite and Gold, and are tasked with extracting the minerals inside.

A nearly identical tutorial version of Mining Expedition exists called Work Instructions which features the same caves each playthrough (although tunnels connecting the caves and resource placement is still randomized) and with a set Morkite quota of 100 (secondary objectives and crafting resources do not appear). It can be accessed via the Launch Tutorial button in the Getting Started section of the Miner's Manual.

Mining Expeditions are unlocked from the start, and are the first mission type available to new Miners.



The goal of a Mining Expedition mission is to collect a certain quantity of a shiny, dark blue resource named  Morkite. Morkite is exclusive to Mining Expedition missions. It glimmers in the darkness, making it easy to find, even in the largest of caverns. Once mined, the Morkite must be deposited into the M.U.L.E for it to count towards the quota.

While you must complete your primary objective to finish the mission, You can choose to collect an optional secondary objective resource for a   Credit bonus upon mission completion.

After the primary objective is completed, a red button will light up on the MULE to begin the extraction phase. Once pressed the Drop Pod will be called in to pick up the MULE and any surviving miners. It will wait for 5 minutes before departing, though the door will only open once the MULE has been secured, or at 15 seconds if by any reason the MULE can not reach the pod.


Mining Expedition caves are characterized by linear series of connected caves separated by dirt walls between them with a "treasure room" full of resources at the end. The treasure room features an abundance of rare Crafting Resources and Gold, encouraging players to reach the end of the mission. During extraction, the Drop Pod will usually land far away, at the other end of the cave to the miners, making a hectic and intense escape through the long and linear caverns.


Primary ObjectiveEdit

The required quota of Morkite differs based off the mission length and complexity. The payout is affected by Hazard Bonus.

Length Complexity Caverns Objective Primary Payout Secondary Payout
    3 Caverns Collect 200 Morkite   450   1700   200/250   900/800
    4 Caverns Collect 225 Morkite   495   1875   200/250   900/800
    4 Caverns Collect 250 Morkite   540   2048   200/250   900/800
    5 Caverns Collect 325 Morkite   720   2724   200/250   900/800
    5 Caverns Collect 400 Morkite   900   3400   200/250   900/800
Work Instructions
    3 Caverns Collect 100 Morkite   100 -

The amount of caverns (Including the treasure room) in the level depends on the length of the Mining Expedition.

Secondary ObjectiveEdit

  Collect 10 Alien Fossil

  Collect 15 Apoca Bloom

  Collect 20 Boolo Cap

  Collect 14 Ebonut

  Exterminate 10 Fleas

  Collect 12 Gunk Seed

  Collect 25 Hollomite


  • Morkite used to be the primary objective in the removed Search and Extract mission type.