The Dredge Refined Metal resource is used for crafting Hull upgrades, a curved metal that has locations across the map. However, it can also be bought, allowing you to get it more easily than searching for it manually - though it's not cheap. We'll lay out how to buy it below, where it's usually found, and an easy Refined Metal location for players in Dredge to start building up their boat with Hull upgrades.
How to get Refined Metal in Dredge
You can get Refined Metal in Dredge from the Dusty Pontoon, operated by the Travelling Merchant, who sells it for $500 a piece. The Rusty Pontoon's location is on the map above, on the North side of the bay on Northwest Gale Cliffs, across from the town of Ingfell on the bay's opposite side. There are other Pontoons that sell Refined Metal, but this is the first one you're likely to find in the game.
$500 is clearly pretty expensive, but it's not hard to make the money in this area: the bay is full of fishing spots, and the Merchant does buy fish; in fact, she buys basically everything you have to offer. This means that if you don't have the money, you can just go out and harvest the bay a few times, which should provide both the funds for the Refined Metal and the subsequent Hull upgrade without having to put yourself in too much danger. Just be careful about going into the network of cliffs South of you - that's a far riskier place to hunt, owing to things that hunt you back.
You can also find Refined Metal in select locations around the map, usually behind barriers that need the Dredge explosives to clear. In fact, the wall of rocks on the South side of the Ingfell bay, just down from the Pontoon, is obstructing another piece of Refined Metal! Just blow it up once you have the explosives and, assuming you remember how to dredge in Dredge, pull it up from the marked spot on the water.
When you find Refined Metal, make sure to put it in Storage. It's a part of every major Hull upgrade, allowing you to take more damage and expanding your cargo hold in the process, so you'll want it saved for those moments.
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