|Release date||4 January 2001 (Update)|
|High Alch||27 coins|
|Low Alch||18 coins|
|Store price||Not sold|
|Exchange price||270 coins (info)|
|Examine||Hmm a non-renewable energy source!|
Coal can be mined with a pickaxe by players with a Mining level of 30 or higher, granting 50 Mining experience. Players can, however, mine it at a faster rate the higher their Mining level. After being mined, a coal rock takes an average of 42 seconds to respawn.
Free to PlayEdit
The Mining Guild at Falador is first of the most popular ways of mining coal (minimum level 60 required to enter) as it has at least 30 coal rocks. The Dwarven Mine is second of the most popular ways of obtaining coal among free players, mainly due to its proximity to the Falador East Bank and the bank deposit box in the resource dungeon, though players with combat levels less than 113 may be attacked by level 56 king scorpions. However, oftentimes, players will forcefully take the areas being mined in due to the area's popularity. Players with at least level 15 Dungeoneering may also enter the Dwarven Mine resource dungeon through the Dwarven Mines where there are 13 coal rocks and a bank deposit box. This is a good way to mine coal on low-populated server because of unlimited inventory space due to the deposit box. The Southern Wilderness mining site or the Bandit camp mining site have good amounts of coal, despite the aggressive monsters and the possibility of facing PKers. For those that prefer high-level monsters to PKers, Crandor has many coal rocks, though it is far from an F2P bank. The South-west Lumbridge swamp mining site is popular, though it is often crowded and not suggested for lower-level players. One of the least used mining spots is the one in the Edgeville Dungeon because players with combat levels less than 51 may experience difficulties due to the level 25 Skeletons there. Also, watch out for the hobgoblins, which are level 40 and level 46. This mining site has 6 coal rocks.
A convenient spot for mining coal is the Al Kharid mining site, where players may choose to deposit their coal through Fadli in the Duel Arena or the Al Kharid bank. But this mine usually has people in it. Another good area to mine coal is the Barbarian Village. There are four coal rocks, and it is not far from a bank.
Another one is just west of Falador, across the Agility shortcut. If players have level 5 Agility, they can mine the two coal rocks there and zip back to the bank over the wall many times. Due to only two coal rocks being available, it is recommended to switch worlds if there is already a miner on one of the rocks.
Members have more options when it comes to mining coal. They can use the Keldagrim north-east mine which, despite its distance from a bank, can be used effectively due to a general lack of players.
The Coal Trucks in Kandarin may be a good solution for members without the required Mining level for the Guild, since they can mine and store 120 coal (up to 200 while wearing seers' headband 4) in the trucks at the mine, then retrieve it from the trucks by Seers' Village. This allows players four and a quarter full loads of coal in one trip, or five and a quarter full loads if they carry one load with them. However, low-level players may find it difficult to mine here, as the level 44 giant bats are aggressive.
If members have completed the The Grand Tree quest, the Grand Tree mine can be very useful for mining coal (11 coal rocks) as it is usually empty and is very close to the bank in the second floor of the Grand Tree.
Another easy way to get coal is to go to the small mine between East Ardougne and the Legends' Guild, which has 12 coal rocks and is usually abandoned. The bank in the southern part of East Ardougne is also a very short walk away. There are a number of level 46 grizzly bears in the area who will attack players below 93 combat.
Coal can also be obtained by having the subjects of Miscellania gather it. In order to gain coal, players must put a number of coins in the coffers and set the subjects so that they will be mining. They will automatically mine coal and a few gems.
At level 77 players can mine concentrated coal deposits in the Living Rock Caverns. At high levels, this is a very fast method of obtaining coal, as players can mine more than one coal at once, and coal rocks contain a large number of coal rather than just one. A bank deposit is also very close to the coal rocks. However, this method requires a high combat level, because of the semi-aggressive level 132-136 monsters which inhabit the dungeon, one of which uses ranged attacks.
Another good way for members who have the Ardougne cloak and a ring of kinship is to teleport to the monastery south of Ardougne and walk just outside. There are a few coal and iron rocks there. To bank, the player can teleport to the Dungeoneering bank, then teleport back to the monastery. A plus side to this method is that all teleport items can be worn. If players have completed The Elder Kiln, the Tokkul-Zo is better than the ring of kinship, because of faster banking. There is rarely competition at these rocks.
The market price of coal was previously stable at around 170 coins each, but rose gradually to over 300 coins in the middle of 2010. Since then, its price has declined slightly to about 250 coins. After free trade was reinstated on 1 February 2011, the price briefly fell to about 160 coins. However, due to an increasing amount of bots and the fact that the speed of gathering ores is largely dependent on the amount of players fighting over rocks, the competition over rocks caused the bots to decrease mining efficiency among themselves and legitimate players, causing the price to rise dramatically. It's currently at 270 coins. Players may prefer to mine iron ore instead of coal, because it can be mined at a faster rate and is worth around twice as much (291).
Despite there being better options, coal is a great way to make money because of its high demand at the Grand Exchange. Unfortunately, coal is always under competition from other miners and can be guarded by monsters such as hobgoblins at the Hobgoblin Mine.
- Miners can mine coal from a large quantity of coal rocks in the Mining Guild, which requires level 60 Mining to enter (59 with dwarven stout; 58 with mature dwarven stout).
- The new resource dungeon in the Dwarven Mine includes 13 coal rocks and a deposit box, but requires level 15 Dungeoneering.
Coal, like all other mined rocks, respawns at a rate directly proportional to the number of people in the rock's RuneScape world. If the world is empty, the rock respawns in 1 minute; if it is full (with 2000 players), it respawns in 30 seconds. Thus the respawn rate of coal is
where x is the number of players in the world.
A table of respawn rates is given below.
- In the game, mining coal gives a higher chance of receiving gems than other mining spots. In real life it is the same, as coal beds can usually supply the needed pressure and carbon for gems to form.
- Another way to obtain coal is to explore for treasure using dwarven squads during a Mobilising Armies round. Players can also get it as a spoil of war.
- Coal is not an ore; ore requires extraction to obtain the element, whereas coal is found in its usable form.
- As a joke around Christmas time, some players give coal to other players saying it's because they have been very naughty this year, e.g. killing innocent guards, picking people's pockets, etc. This was turned on its head during the 2009 Christmas event, where the naughty NPC Tiny Thom was delighted to have been given a lump of coal due to its market value.
- Coal rocks in the Keldagrim north-east mine have not been updated, and are completely black, rather than brown or grey with black veins.
- It's possible for two players to receive coal if they are mining it at the same time.
- Though the description states "Hmm a non-renewable energy source!", coal respawns very quickly. However, this is quite likely meant as a joke on real life.