Usually, embers can also be harvested along with crafting resources as a by-product. The type of Ember obtained is random and usually dependent on how rare the ember is.
— From Cataclysms and their Effects, 1st Edition
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Several organic plants can provide valuable resources for crafting and scientific purposes.
There are 3 Organic compounds which can be harvested by interacting or destroying. Organic compounds which can be harvested, provide Chimeric Compound. They also occasionally provide Embers.
Ice Flowers when harvested provide Ice flower sap, which can be used as coolant. It can only be harvested inside Shaper bubbles (also called Shaper Globes) during Icetide. Ice Flowers sap can be harvested only during Ice Flower Frenzy.
Several open mineral nodes can provide valuable resources for crafting and scientific purposes.
There are 3 minerals which can be harvested by interacting or destroying. The mineral nodes which can be harvested, provide Chimeric Alloy. They occasionally provide Embers.
Corium is a special mineral formed inside a Titan when it dies. They can also be found inside Luminaries who obtain these rare minerals from fallen titans. Corium can only be harvested when there is a need for it, such as Crafting the Dawn Shield. Corium can only be obtained as Key Item when needed.
Crystals are considered very valuable and come in small and large varieties, and both can be harvested. The small variety can be found anywhere, whereas the large variety can only be found around Storm Clouds or inside conjunctions.
Salvaging is the act of collecting resources from abandoned javelins, hidden containers, or breaking down unwanted equipment. Salvaged goods always provide the appropriate crafting resources.
Often times, lancers will have to abandon their javelins when severely damaged. These javelins still contain valuable Javelin Parts which can be harvested for parts. Most, if not almost all abandoned javelins are either Ranger or Colossus as these two are the most popular types.
Interceptor haven't been found abandoned for now as they are either used for diplomatic missions by corvus or specialized Freelancers. Storm javelins are not found either because they are mostly used by Dominion or specialized Freelancers.
There several camps where people store items and forget them. These items can be salvaged for weapon parts, chimeric compounds, and chimeric alloys.
In active camps, these do not indicate whether they can be salvaged or not, but they have a health bar and glow. These are destructible boxes and their contents can only be obtained by breaking them apart.
The rusted boxes found under water cannot be destroyed.
Salvaging in Forge or Vault
Pots and Camp Containers
When pots and other containers inside active or abandoned camps are destroyed, they can provide resupply units such as repair-kit and ammo.