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The Pan is a tool used to gather ore (and other items) from bodies of water. A Copper Pan is received from Willy after the Glittering Boulder at the bridge just west of the mine entrance is removed, revealing a stream in its place. This is accomplished by completing the Fish Tank Bundles or purchasing "Panning" from the Joja Community Development Form for data-sort-value="20000">Gold.png20,000g.


Go to the mountain area any day after the Glittering Boulder is removed. A cutscene will trigger where Willy is wondering about the disappearance of the boulder. He points out the shimmering lights in the water that indicate that the stream is carrying ore and minerals out of the Mountains. He then gives the player his extra Copper Pan from his backpack.

Thereafter, Copper Pans can be purchased from the Fish Shop for data-sort-value="2500">Gold.png2,500g.

Shimmering Lights


Watch for the shimmering lights that randomly appear in water, accompanied by the sound of something "falling" in the water. If the area can be reached, approach it, equip the Pan, and left-click on the shimmering lights. Using the Pan consumes no energy. The location(s) of the shimmering lights and the item(s) received from panning are predetermined at the beginning of the day in a region. Shimmering lights can appear in any lake, pond, or river, on the Beach during the Night Market, and on Ginger Island South.

It can also be placed on the player's head as a hat by moving it from inventory into the player's head equipment slot, while still functional as a tool when placed back in inventory. This is useful for saving inventory space.

Grades of Pan

Image Name Cost Ingredients Improvements
Copper Pan.png Copper Pan data-sort-value="2500">Gold.png2,500g N/A Can find 3 to 9 ores and up to 1 special item from panning.
Steel Pan.png Steel Pan data-sort-value="5000">Gold.png5,000g Iron Bar.png Iron Bar (5) Can find 4 to 10 ores and up to 2 special items from panning. Has a small chance to spawn another panning spot.
Gold Pan.png Gold Pan data-sort-value="10000">Gold.png10,000g Gold Bar.png Gold Bar (5) Can find 5 to 11 ores and up to 3 special items from panning. Slightly higher chance to spawn another panning spot.
Iridium Pan.png Iridium Pan data-sort-value="25000">Gold.png25,000g Iridium Bar.png Iridium Bar (5) Can find 6 to 12 ores and up to 4 special items from panning. Has a high chance to spawn another panning spot.

Items Obtained

A random number of one type of metal ore is always received from panning. This ranges from 3 to 9 for the Copper Pan up to 6 to 12 for the Iridium Pan. Luck buffs and daily luck can also very slightly increase the amount received (5 levels of Luck buff guarantees 1 extra ore, perfect daily luck increases amount of ore by 0.2 on average).[1]

The type of ore is random and depends on the Pan level, Luck buffs, and daily luck. The base chances are:

Pan level increases the chance to find iridium by 5% per level, daily luck by ±10%, and Luck buffs by 0.1% per level. The chance to find copper is reduced respectively.

In addition, various special items can be received. The number of rolls for these items is random, and is affected by the type of pan used, Luck level, and daily luck. The type of Pan sets a hard cap on the maximum number of rolls, with the Copper Pan being limited to 1 roll and Iridium Pan having up to 4 rolls. The Generous enchantment increases this cap by 2.

There is a base 40% chance for the roll to succeed, which is changed ±10% by daily luck, increased by 4% per level of Luck buff, and increased by 4% per Pan level (e.g. by 12% for the Iridium Pan). If the Pan is enchanted (no matter what enchantment), this becomes 5% per level, e.g. 15% for the Iridium Pan. Once this roll fails, more items are not given.

For example, for an Iridium Pan enchanted with Generous, there is a 55% base chance for the roll to succeed (modified by luck). If it succeeds, another item is rolled, and so on until there have been 6 rolls or one roll fails. This means that, on average, 1.18 special items are received for each panning. With +2 Luck and perfect daily luck, this increases to 73%, averaging 2.29 special items.

Exactly one item from the following is chosen each roll:

The decreases to Coal probability mirror the increases to Diamond probability. Also, Luck level very slightly increases Diamond chance and decreases the chance for the other gemstones.

In addition to the one item from above, the following may be added in each roll:

In addition to the special items, a few more items are rolled separately. There is a 5% chance to get an Artifact Trove, which is increased to 20% with the Archaeologist enchantment. This roll is repeated until it fails, giving 0.05 troves on average, or 0.25 with Archaeologist.

On Ginger Island, two extra items can be received: the Fossilized Tail with a 20% chance (only in the Dig Site river) or Taro Tubers with a 20% chance (everywhere else). Shimmering lights will appear at least every half hour at the Dig Site river.


Pans can also be placed on the player's head as a hat by moving it from inventory into the player's head equipment slot.

Image Name Description
Copper Pan (hat).png Copper Pan (hat) You place the copper pan on your head...
Steel Pan (hat).png Steel Pan (hat) You place the steel pan on your head...
Gold Pan (hat).png Gold Pan (hat) You place the gold pan on your head...
Iridium Pan (hat).png Iridium Pan (hat) You place the iridium pan on your head...


  • The Tracker profession can facilitate panning by adding a small green arrow when shimmering lights appear off-screen (but only within the current map region).


  1. See Pan::getPanItems in the game code.