Where to find and farm Copper in Lightyear Frontier

Where to find and farm Copper in Lightyear Frontier

Time for some gardening.

There are many resources to find and gather in Lightyear Frontier, and some are available only after you complete a certain objective or two. One such resource is Copper, which you must unlock before you can find and farm it in Lightyear Frontier.

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To unlock Copper in Lightyear Frontier, you must complete the mission ‘Restore Edge Cliffs’. The mission can be found in the Edge Cliffs biome south of The Meadow, where you first start the game.

How to unlock Copper in Lightyear Frontier

Completing the Restore Edge Cliffs mission requires you to clear the biome of Noxious Weeds using your mech’s Vacuum Harvester. The mission is similar in structure to ‘Restore Pine Heights’ (to get those Red Crystals), but doesn’t require you to also clean up Noxious Slime. Walk around the area and remove all the red, gnarly weeds growing around the biome. Once you reach 100% completion, the mission is finished and you can view the area in full detail on your map.

Where to find and farm Copper in Lightyear Frontier edge cliffs mission completion announcement
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To get Copper to spawn in Edge Cliffs, you’ll need to sleep at least once after finishing the aforementioned mission. Doing so will cause Copper Deposits to appear in a few key areas in Edge Cliffs, growing out of nodes in the ground. The largest source of Copper is near the southern border of the biome. I’d avoid the tree since it only has a single node. Like with Aluminum, you can mine for Copper Ore using your Spike Saw.

Here is a map of where you can find and farm Copper Deposits in Edge Cliffs:

Where to find and farm Copper in Lightyear Frontier location of copper deposits on the edge cliffs map
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What recipes unlock with Copper in Lightyear Frontier

Copper Ore, when gathered, will unlock a lot of recipes and blueprints in Lightyear Frontier. Two of the most important are for Copper Wire and the Grinder.

Here are a few recipes and blueprints Copper Ore unlocks:

  • Copper Wire
  • Battery
  • Flower Press
  • Grinder
  • Radio Tower
Lightyear Frontier How to get a Grinder
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How to make Copper Wire in Lightyear Frontier

Copper Wire can be made by inserting Copper Ore into an Assembler. It takes two Copper Ore to make one Copper Wire, but its construction is instant — unlike the Grinder. Getting Copper Wire awards you with even more recipes and blueprints in the game.

Here are recipes and blueprints that require Copper Wire:

  • Aluminum Electronics
  • Iron Electronics
  • Steel Electronics
  • Advanced Furnace
  • Grinder
  • Weather Station
  • Strange Lamp
  • Silo

Copper Wire is also used to upgrade your mech’s abilities at the Upgrade Depot.


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