If anything's wrong with this, feel free to correct it. Stuff needed: (1) A miner with decent mining skill (2) regular shovel (3) prospector's tool (4) gargoyle pickaxe The exact steps are: 1. Hit the mine floor/mountain with the regular shovel. 2. If the resulting ore is regular ore, continue to step 3. If the resulting ore is dull copper, skip to step 4. If the resulting ore is any other ore (shadow and higher), move about 8 tiles to try again in a different spot. 3. Hit the mine floor/mountain with the prospector's tool. The tool should indicate that dull copper can be mined there. 4. Dig the surface with the gargoyle pickaxe. It should be mining up shadow ore for you, and hopefully soon, a shadow elemental will pop. An explanation is: Both the prospector's tool and the gargoyle pickaxe cause the 'level' of the ore mined to increase by 1 (the lowest being regular ore, the highest being valorite). The aim is to be digging on ground which, with a gargoyle pickaxe, will result in shadow ore being mined. This happens in 2 ways. The surface has to be naturally producing regular ore and then be boosted up 2 levels of ore by stacking the effects of a prospector's tool and the gargoyle pickaxe, or, the surface has to be naturally producing dull copper and then be boosted up 1 level with the gargoyle pickaxe. This description could be incomplete - - I don't have a miner and could be missing something. In any case, this process works and should be helpful to people trying to dig shadow elementals.