One of the last important commodities I want to cover that I haven’t written anything about yet is 🏆 Gold. In the case that gold is found in your territory, you are very lucky and you are going to make good money. But how to find and use it exactly? Let’s take a look at it.
Where can you mine gold?
The gold fields in Victoria 3 are a little more tricky than they might seem at first. At the start of the game, there are only 10 states (provinces) where gold can be found/mined, and the rest of the provinces need to be discovered over time. A map with locations where gold is available for you at the start of the game is presented below.
A list of specific provinces with gold available from the beginning can be also very useful. As you can see, the number “discovered gold” indicates the size of the deposit and how many gold mines can be built on the site.
Where can you discover gold?
The game consists of another 30 provinces, where more gold may be found. Whether you hold a province of such potential for finding gold or oil or not, you need to have a look at your states. In case you see any information as presented below, you should be prepared that some gold can be found there.
On the other hand, if you don’t want to wait too long, I have prepared a list of where the gold can be discovered along with information on how much you can discover. We have a similar table for 🛢️ Oil. To get the gold discovered, the entire state has to be owned by a full-fledged state (not the original inhabitants). Then the discovery can happen at any point in time.
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How to make a profit from gold?
You can benefit from gold in two ways. When gold appears in your country, you will see a pop-up in which you can decide whether to start a “gold rush” and the country will get a bonus to migration +50% (for a period of about 2 to 5 years) or to keep the gold for yourself and so get a bonus to income in the form of minting.
In case you decide to process the gold somehow, there are two buildings you need to know about. The first is the gold mines, which produce +10 gold per level. Or you can build Gold Fields which generate +20 gold per level and which are self-generating.