I am going to start by saying this is not a huge sample size. I will layout my thought process and what I did to achieve the results below. My miner is a pure crafter with only Magery to fight and defend himself. I use a Mage bow to fight the Ore elementals I mine up. I did all this mining in Illshinar, for the Paragon Elementals. I was after the high end coloerd ore. In this sample, I used 15 Garg picks and almost 2 sturdy shovels. The way I mined - I began by strip mining, to see what the veins would give. I Prospected every single spot. If it started as regular Iron and upgraded to DC, I mined it out as DC with a sturdy Shovel, as I needed DC and had a large supply of Shadow already. If the spot prospected to Shadow or better, I mined it dry with a garg pick. I mined every spot I hit dry. I remembered all the high end spots ( gold thru Val) and went back about every 10 min to the Val spots and filled my time with the gold thru Verite spots. So this is NOT a random sample, instead the best way I have found to MAXIMIZE YOUR COLORED ORE RATIO! I mined with a fire beetle and smelted all the ore I got off of every spot as soon as the spot was drained. I smelted the entire whole piles of ore, including the 25 ore gained from killing Ore elementals. The results are in the Ingots I ended up with. I of coarse lost my fare share of ore to smelting failures on Gold thru Valorite. I did do all of my mining and smelting as an Elf with +5 mining gloves on Siege. Total Ingots Mined - 5,456 Iron Ingots - - - - 863 -15.82% DC Ingots - - - - - 913 - 6.73% Shadow Ingots - - 16 - .003% Copper Ingots - - 175 - 3.2% Bronze Ingots - - 169 - 3.1% Gold Ingots - - - - 758 - 3.89% Agapite Ingots - - 746 - 13.67% Verite Ingots - - - 562 - 10.3% Valorite Ingots - - 1254 - 22.98% My Valorite Returns were great this round, I constantly had between 2 and 4 spots that could be upgraded to Valorite, they did move around some though. I mined up a total of 31 Ore Elementals, and I think 3 of them were Paragons. All of the elementals were Gold thru Valorite with the exception of one Bronze elemental. I killed all the elementals and thier ore is also in the totals. Conclusion: as an elf miner at 105 Mining, killing Ore elementals, after smelting I saw an approxomate ratio of 16% Iron Ingots to 84% colored. Have fun mining!!!!