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All dead, all rotten, a great battle long ago Elves, men and Orcses...

–Gollum, The Two Towers


Remains is an ore found in the Dead Marshes biome. Unlike most ores, remains do not generate in stone. Instead, they generate in dirt under the watery patches of the Dead Marshes.

This means that remains blocks are often hard to get to, due to their tendency to spawn underwater, and the minor inconvenience that a marsh wraith will spawn and try to kill you if you step into the water.

Upon digging up a block of remains, the player gains the achievement "Worth the Risk?".

Naturally spawned remains.

Loot[]

When dug with any type of shovel, remains will yield all sorts of loot. The exception to this is with shovels with the silken modifier, which yield the remains ore instead of the loot detailed below.

Common items[]

Remains will always yield these bones when dug up:

Drop Quantity Image
bone 1-5 Bone.png
Elf bone 1-4 Elf Bone.png
Orc bone 1-5 OrcBone.png
Dwarf bone 1-2 DwarfBone.png

In a test when breaking 320 blocks, 181 bones, 146 Elf bones, 135 Orc bones, and 21 Dwarf bones were dug up. On average, you will get about 1.5 bones per block.

Other items[]

In addition to the items above, there is a chance of finding more valuable loot in the Dead Marshes:

Note: All of these percentages were obtained in-game by breaking 320 blocks. Actual drop rates may vary.

Drop Quantity Chance Image
ancient armour plate 1-2 37.19 % Ancient Armour Plate.png
ancient sword blade 1-2 17.19 % Ancient Sword Blade.png
ancient sword hilt 1-2 14.69 % Ancient Sword Hilt.png
ancient sword tip 1-2 16.25% Ancient Sword Tip.png
skeleton skull 1-2 9.06 % Skeleton Skull.png
silver coin 1-16 5.63 % Silver Coin.png
silver nugget 1-6 8.75 % Silver Nugget.png
gold nugget 1-5 7.5% Gold Nugget.png
mithril nugget 1 1.25% Mithril Nugget.png

Lore[]

Like the lost souls of the water, remains is a remnant of a great battle here during the second age. The last alliance, led by Elendil and Gil-Galad, drove Sauron back through Middle-earth to Mordor. This resulted in many battles and the ruin of regions such as the Dead Marshes and Brown Lands.

Ores of Middle-earth

Vanilla: Coal • Gold • Iron
Common: CopperNitreSaltSilverSulfurTin
Gems: AmberAmethystDiamondEmeraldOpalRubySapphireTopaz
Biome-specific: DurnorEdhelvirGlowstoneGulduril
Lapis LazuliMithrilMorgul IronRemains