Resources can be used to create weapons, armors, and buildings in Albion Online. As with all other game elements, resources are divided into eight tiers. To gather any resource, an appropriate tool of no lower than one tier below than that of the desired resource must be in the player's inventory (not necessarily equipped), requiring the player to progress through the Destiny Board to unlock the ability to harvest successively better materials. Each resource must first be refined at their corresponding crafting building before it can be used in crafting.
The more dangerous the zone, the higher the tier of resource that can be found:
- Blue zones contain tier 1 - 4 resources and enemies.
- Yellow zones contain tier 3 - 5 resources and enemies.
- Red zones contain tier 4 - 6 resources and enemies.
- Black zones contain tier 1 - 8 resources and enemies.
At each tier level beyond tier 1, new traits are unlocked:
- Tier 2 resources and higher must be refined before used in crafting.
- Tier 3 resources and higher require not only the correct amount of raw resources but also a refined resource of one tier below to be refined. For example, to craft a silver cost to all refinements, affected by the building's usage fee. both a and two are required. In addition, tier 3 and higher resources add a
- Tier 4 - 8 resources may be found in normal, uncommon, rare or exceptional qualities. To harvest a resource of uncommon, rare or exceptional quality a tool of the same tier as the resource must be used.
|Resource type||Tool / Building||Tier 1||Tier 2||Tier 3||Tier 4||Tier 5||Tier 6||Tier 7||Tier 8|
Resource nodes are the interactable objects from which resources can be gathered with their respective tools. Resource nodes spawn randomly in zones according to their biome. Their spawn point will be stationary for one day, from when the servers first come back online after scheduled maintenance (starting at 10 UTC), until the next scheduled maintenance. After that, every spawn point is randomly selected from a batch of potential spawn locations unique to the cluster.
There are two types of resource nodes - normal nodes and big nodes. Big nodes only have a chance to spawn in the place of a normal T7 or T8 resource node, and contain significantly more charges. (These are identical to the pre-queen T7 & T8 nodes).
Over the course of the day, the charges in normal resource nodes recharge slowly, depending on the tier, according to the chart below:
|Tier||Max Charges||Fastest to Slowest Respawn|
|2||9||5 to 15 minutes|
|3||9||6 to 17 minutes|
|4||6||7 to 24 minutes|
|5||5||12 to 38 minutes|
|6||5||67 to 203 minutes|
|7||3||3 to 11 hours|
|8||2||9 to 29 hours|
Big resource nodes spawn with full charges, according to the chart below:
|Tier||Max Charges||Fastest to Slowest Respawn|
|7||23||33 to 101 hours|
|8||27||36 to 110 hours|
Every resource node except hide nodes can exist as either a stationary node or an attackable enemy (which spawn according to the primary resource in the cluster, for example fiber attackable enemies in swamps). Hide nodes will always be attackable enemies. Gathering from killed attackable enemies is faster than from stationary nodes.
More information about resource mobs, aspects and bosses can be found in their article.
Besides normal attackable resource enemies, there are also larger boss monsters called aspects which can spawn in place of a T6 node of the primary resource in a biome. Aspects are boss monsters that usually are balanced for small teams of players, rewarding their slayers with a 500-charge T6 resource node, which harvests at 5x charges per tick. Aspects can also spawn enchanted, or randomly become enchanted, or lose their enchantment just like any other resource nodes.
Resource Outcrops and Bosses
Some zones will have icons like seen below, called resource outcrops. Around these, you will find an increased amount of nodes. They will also spawn a resource boss, not to be confused with an aspect, which can spawn anywhere in accordance with their biome. If you find a resource boss and kill it, you can note its respawn time will be precisely 48 hours from then on.
All resources can spawn enchanted. For fiber, hide, ore, and wood, weapons and armor crafted with the enchanted refined resources will be stronger, their item power increasing by 100 per enchantment rarity. In contrast, enchanted stone is treated as multiple unenchanted stone for refining purposes, as there is no enchanted refined blocks (uncommon stone is worth 2x regular stone, rare worth 4x regular, and exceptional worth 8x regular.)
Enchanted resources spawn in three varieties excluding unenchanted. They are uncommon, rare and exceptional, by order of increasing rarity and power. Often, players will refer to unenchanted as "flat", uncommon as ".1", rare as ".2" and exceptional as ".3". Enchanted resources can only spawn from T4 and upwards. Gathering them will yield increased gathering fame.
The rarity of an enchantment depends on the enchantment rate of the zone. It can be viewed for every zone at the top of the zone map (default key N). Detailed information about the spawn chance of every enchantment can be viewed by hovering on the indicated area.
Enchantment rates in the Outlands vary from 11-22% depending on how close the cluster is to the center of the map, and up to an additional 20% depending on the level of the territory tower in the cluster.
Resource distribution has been updated to encourage travel and transport throughout the Royal Continent. The territories around the Royal cities now hold more enchanted resources, providing an excellent source for economic and equipment boosts. 
Two Tier 5 yellow zones between each Royal city and Caerleon are now red zones with a 20% enchantment rate for Tier 4 and Tier 5 resources.
- Merlyn Update - Ver. 1.12.365 / REV 123101 - 31 July 2018