- "This deposit contains a good deal of ore. Breaking the rock will yield rock salt, flint, and other ore and minerals of varying value."
- — Hyrule Compendium
Ore Deposits are rocks found across Hyrule that can be destroyed for Materials in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. They are large and shiny rocks that can be destroyed by Link to mine gems and mineral based materials. The deposits contain a good deal of ores and breaking the rock will yield Rock Salt, Flint, and other ore and materials of varying value. Additionally Ore Deposits appear as the weak point for all types of Talus Mini-boss. They are classified in the "Treasure" section of the Hyrule Compendium along when Treasure Chest. Ore Deposits can be broken when most weapons though generally it is best to use weapons such as the Iron Sledgehammer, Cobble Crusher, Stone Smasher, Boulder Breaker, and Drillshaft as they can break Ore Deposits in a single hit. They can also be destroyed with Remote Bombs.
There are three type of Ore Deposits depending on the rarity of the gems: standard Ore Deposits, Rare Ore Deposits and Luminous Stone Deposits. The standard type of ore deposit commonly produces Flint, Rock Salt, and Amber when broken, though may rarely produce rare gemstones such as Opal, Ruby, Topaz, Sapphire, and even Diamond though very rarely. Rare Ore Deposits are bigger and have growths that sparkle. They tend to produce rare gemstones more often, though occasionally produce the more common Flint as well. Luminous Stone Deposits contain mostly Luminous Stone, though occasionally produce Flint as well. Due to being made of mostly Luminous Stone, this type of ore deposit glows at night or in dark areas such as Thyphlo Ruins making them easier to differentiate between them and normal Ore Deposits.
Talus have a special Ore Deposit on their body which function as their weak point; Talus collapse and die when they are destroyed. However Talus Ore Deposits are stronger than normal Ore Deposits and take more hits to break as they shatter completely when a Talus' life meter is depleted.