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Metals and Minerals from Official Mystara Sources

by Håvard


Iron Commonly used by Iron Age civilizations Harmful to Fey RC, B1
Steel Pre-industrial carbonized Iron Harmful to Fey. Used to make Steel Living Statues. Used with flint to start fire. RC
Platinum Precious metal used in valuable coins   RC
Gold Precious metal used in valuable coins   RC
Silver Precious metal used in valuable coins Harmful to Lycanthropes and some Undead. Used to make Silver Golems, Silver Living Statues and Silver Warriors. RC
Brass Alloy made of copper and zinc   Gaz8, B1
Electrum a naturally occurring alloy of gold and silver, with trace amounts of copper and other metals. Used in coins   RC
Copper Metal often used in coins very high thermal and electrical conductivity. Ideal for wands of lightningbolt or similar items? RC, B1
Lead a soft, malleable, and heavy metal with a bluish-white color that tarnishes to a dull grayish color when exposed to air If ingested or inhaled, lead and its compounds are poisonous to animals and humans. Optional: May block certain magic such as X-Ray, teleportation, scrying and similar spells  
Pewter Alloy made mostly out of Tin Often used to make cutlery, tankards etc B1
Bronze Alloy primarily from copper Used to make Bronze Golems. Often used by Bronze Age cultures in the Hollow World and elsewhere RC
Mithril Rare silver like metal May have magical properties. Found near the Black Eagle Barony in Karameikos. Gaz11 p57
Adamantine Extremely strong metal   AC9 p 63
Eisenmond Metal that glows with a blue-ish hue Found in Thunder Rift. More details here. DragonQuest
Cinnabryl A special mineral tied to the Red Curse Found on the Savage Coast SC Boxed Set, VotPA
Red Steel Red metal made from depleted Cinnabryl Found on the Savage Coast SC Boxed Set
Blackmoor Metal Metal from a bygone age   DA 1-4
Fire Elemental Metal Metal from the elemental plane   RC
Water Elemental Metal Metal from the elemental plane   RC
Earth Elemental Metal Metal from the elemental plane   RC
Air Elemental Metal Metal from the elemental plane   RC
Meteor Metal   Found in The Crater WotI, PWA
Ironwood Appears as wood, but hard as steel Made by the Ironwood spell VotPA
Glassteel Glass made into metallic quality by the E'ar Found on the Savage Coast and the Immortal's Arm region SC Boxed Set
Sunfire iron alloy Special golden alloy made by Clerics of Halav in the Hollow World. HWR3
World Shield Ore Metal with Anti-Magical properties Could be the metal discovered by Ezechiel Naramis in Glantri Gaz3, HWA1, HWA2
Dracophorite (Dracopyrite) Rare and highly inflammable. Recently discovered in Glantri Attracts fire-breathing dragons6who eat this metal to enhance their breath weapon. Note: Name for this metal was provided by Bruce Heard in this thread in 2016 Gaz3 p88-89, AC2
Nak reddish metal used by Planar Spiders (Chaks)   I11
Emerondian Thorn-Steel A vegetable material as hard as steel grown by the people of Emerond   Dragon #166


Obsidian Volcanic Rock Used to make Obsidian Golems. Used by Azcans to make weapons and tools. According to Dave Arneson's Blackmoor (Unofficial), these gems are associated with Abjuration Magic RC, HW
Agate A precious stone found within volcanic rock, characterized by bright colors   RC
Quartz a crystaline mineral   RC
Turqoise an opaque, blue-to-green mineral According to Dave Arneson's Blackmoor (Unofficial), these gems are associated with Illusion Magic RC
Crystal A colorless rock crystal Used to make Crystal Living Statues. Used to make magical Crystal Balls RC
Jasper an aggregate of minerals, usually red, yellow, brown or green in color; and rarely blue.   RC
Onyx A banded mineral. Commonly contain parallel bands of black and/or white   RC
Amber fossilized tree resin. Used to make Amber Golems. Some claim it has healing properties RC
Amethyst a violet variety of quartz often used in jewelry According to Dave Arneson's Blackmoor (Unofficial), these gems are associated with Enchantment Magic RC
Coral Skeleton of marine coral colored red or pink Coral may have medicinal uses RC
Garnet found in many colors including red, orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, blue, black, pink, and colorless, with reddish shades most common.   RC
Jade A green ornament stone made from Nepherite or Jadeite Used to make Jade Living Statues RC
Aquamarine a blue or cyan variety of beryl   RC
Pearl A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Some believe Giant Oysters (AC2 p 18) contain giant sized pearls (see X2). Nuari are exellent pearl divers RC, DotE
Pearl, Pink As pearl, but more valuable rare Supplement II
Pearl, Black A black pearl Can store one magic user spell Supplement II
Pearl, Gold A golden pearl Can store one cleric spell Supplement II
Pearl, Red a red pearl Allows a fighter to heal 10 HP per day when kept close to the wound Supplement II
Pearl, Silver a silver pearl Worth 10.000-100.000 GP Supplement II
Topaz Pure topaz is colorless and transparent but is usually tinted by impurities; typical topaz is wine red, yellow, pale gray, reddish-orange, or blue brown, but can be of many different colors According to Dave Arneson's Blackmoor (Unofficial), these gems are associated with Divination Magic RC
Carbuncle A red stone, typically garnet   RC
Opal Precious opal ranges from clear through white, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown, and black. Of these hues, the black opals are the most rare, whereas white and greens are the most common. According to Dave Arneson's Blackmoor (Unofficial), these gems are associated with Abjuration Magic RC
Emerald a gemstone and a variety of the mineral beryl colored green According to Dave Arneson's Blackmoor (Unofficial), these gems are associated with Evocation Magic RC
Ruby A ruby is a pink to blood-red colored gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum According to Dave Arneson's Blackmoor (Unofficial), these gems are associated with Conjuration Magic RC
Saphire Sapphire is a gemstone variety of the mineral corundum. It is typically blue in colors, but can be of other colors except red   RC
Diamond A diamond can be found in any color in addition to colorless. Some of the colored diamonds, such as pink, are very rare.   RC
Jacinth an orange-red transparent variety of zircon used as a gemstone   RC
Starstone Not actually a separate type of gemstones, but rather a version of any other gems that has a star like shape at the center. Highly valuable.   RC
Tristal (Corundum) The substance of which emeralds and rubies are made   RC
Heliodor A golden form of Beryl Note: This gemstone is not mentioned in any Mystara source. According to Dave Arneson's Blackmoor (Unofficial), these gems are associated with Transmutation Magic DAB
Soul Crystals Will dissipate in Sunlight Used by Shadowelf Shamans and believed to contain the souls of Shadowelves Gaz13
Abelaat Crystals Exist in different colors with different properties Formed from mixing of Abelaat and human blood Escape from Thunder Rift
Black Jade Presumably a very rare form of jade   B7
Fire Agate Red Gemstone Supposed to ward off evil spirits B3 (Orange Cover)

Other Minerals

Porcelain     Gaz11
Marble     B3
Alabaster     B2
Limestone     HWA1
Granite   Regular rock The Tainted Sword
Red Granite   Reddish rock of unknown magical properties The Tainted Sword
Pumice Volcanic rock floats in water B1
Sulphur   Alchemical substrance B1
Slate   Rock containing clay or volcanic ash B1
Shale   Rock containing clay and mud B1

Check out this list of rare materials from other editions.