The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Trophies
Hard Worker
Chop wood, mine ore, and cook food

Might sound easy enough, but it’s all about getting the right stuff and being in the right place. I’ll break down all three, and some are obviously easier than others:

Chop wood – Simple, go to Riverwood and on the left, by the river will be a wood cutting machine. Around the bottom of the machine, there will be several wood chopping blocks. In order to activate them, you will need a woodcutter's axe. There is one between the bridge and the grindstone on the western side of the machine. Once you have the axe, activate one of the chopping blocks.

Mine ore – For this one, for starters, you need a pick-axe, so whenever you see one lying around, pick it up… or buy one. Then you need to find something to ore and actually finding somewhere is easier said than done. I’ve compiled a few locations for you to get you started (this isn’t all of them, just a selection that I encountered in my travels):

  • Movarth’s Lair – northeast of Morthal (have to go here for ‘Laid to Rest’ quest).
  • Shor’s Stone, inside Redbelly Mine – Some great ebony ore here to mine. Shor’s Stone (a small mining village) is in the non snowy mountain range in between Windhelm and Riften, on the right hand side.
  • Darkwater Crossing, inside Goldenrock Mine – at the south of Wildhelm in the far south of the swampland, where the river ends on the far left, you’ll find this small fishing village.
  • Embershard Mine - Southwest of Riverwood.
  • Note: Icons with two crossed pick-axes on the map signifies the location of a mine that will have materials to mine and even might house a pick-axe.

Cook – You just need any cooking pot, a recipe (which are in the game in the “cook” menu when you click on the pot) and a load of ingredients. Ingredients can be found all over and for the pot, we used the Breezehome pot (the house that you can buy in Whiterun after you become Thane) with the following recipes being the easiest because the ingredients can be found in most barrels and in a lot of shops:

  • Apple Cabbage Stew – requires cabbage, red apple and salt pile.
  • Cabbage Potato Soup – requires cabbage, leak, salt pile and potato.
  • Salmon Steak – requires salmon meat and salt pile.
  • Vegetable Soup – requires tomato, leek, potato, cabbage.
  • Venison Chop – requires 1 venison and 1 salt pile.
  • Venison Stew – requires leek, potato, 2 salt piles and venison.
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User Comments
 Comment #1 by Defau1t
Thursday, November 17, 2011 @ 04:15:28 AM

Get yourself a Woodcutter's Axe, Pickaxe, and Salt Pile and this trophy
is a breeze. You can find Woodchopping Blocks, Various Veins, and Cooking areas
all over Skyrim. Recipes can be found here:

 Comment #2 by ZenthForbias
Sunday, November 27, 2011 @ 10:02:24 AM

Another place to mine ore is to go to the top if the Throat, work your way up the side of the mountain and there will be some Ebony mines, Malch mines, and an enchanted pickaxe

 Comment #3 by Megabluex
Friday, January 27, 2012 @ 03:43:19 PM

I think you have to do all this in one day.

 Comment #4 by twyz
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 @ 11:24:00 PM

You don't.

 Comment #5 by UndergroundHipHopHead
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 @ 07:17:51 PM

Didn't unlock for me. Anyone else having issues with this trophy?

 Comment #6 by gagespoop
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 @ 01:03:46 PM

Lol i didnt realize i didnt have this one until the other day... i hadnt chopped wood and that was all i had to do for it :P

 Comment #7 by labtech468
Friday, February 28, 2014 @ 04:30:15 AM

It unlocked fine for me. I chopped wood months after I did the other two.

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Game Info


US November 11, 2011
Europe November 11, 2011
Japan December 08, 2011

Resolution: 480p, 720p, 1080i
Sound: Dolby Digital
Players: 1
ESRB: Mature
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