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This article is about non-members methods of training the Mining skill. For members' methods of training Mining, see Pay-to-play Mining training.
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IntroductionEdit

This guide describes the most effective free-to-play methods to train the Mining skill. The experience rate estimates in this guide assume that the best possible pickaxe is being used for the stated Mining level and do not incorporate the use of any experience boosting items or bonus experience. They also assume that players do not bank the ores that they obtain. Banking ores decreases the amount of experience players can gain per hour and, as most ores are not very valuable, is usually not worth the time taken from Mining training. Players using the Evolution of Combat mode can drop ores by adding the ore to their action bar and pressing the associated keybind to drop the ore. As opposed to dropping items directly from the inventory using their right-click drop option, dropping ore via the action bar does not interrupt mining.

Mining is a gathering skill which typically involves collecting ores from different types of ore rock; ore rocks are often found in groups at mining sites. Players can also occasionally obtain uncut sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds while mining. A pickaxe is required when mining. Levelling up the Mining skill increases the rate at which players gain resources and experience while mining. As players level up they are also able to use better pickaxes. To gain the best experience rates possible, players are strongly recommended to use the highest level pickaxe available to them.

Useful equipmentEdit

PickaxesEdit

Rune pickaxe detail

In addition to Mining level requirements, pickaxes require certain Attack levels to be wielded. However players are able to use a pickaxe without equipping it, as pickaxes held in the inventory or tool belt are automatically used to mine. Once a pickaxe is added to the tool belt it cannot be removed, but players can add a higher level pickaxe to their tool belt if the pickaxe currently stored in the tool belt is inferior to the one being added. Players can add pickaxes which they do not currently have a high enough Mining level to use to their tool belt. If the pickaxe stored in a player's tool belt requires a higher Mining level to use than the player currently possesses, the pickaxe will function as the best available pickaxe at the player's current Mining level.

Level required Image Name GE price Notes
1 Bronze pickaxe Bronze pickaxe 215 This pickaxe is already stored in the player's tool belt when their account is created.
1 Iron pickaxe Iron pickaxe 1,291 Has a mining speed equivalent to that of a bronze pickaxe.
6 Steel pickaxe Steel pickaxe 1,883
21 Mithril pickaxe Mithril pickaxe 2,437
31 Adamant pickaxe Adamant pickaxe 4,340
41 Rune pickaxe Rune pickaxe 18,644

UrnsEdit

Mining urn detail

Urns can be used to gain additional Mining experience while training. When held in the inventory, urns are filled as the player mines ore. Only base experience gains counts towards filling the urn. Full urns can be teleported away to receive additional experience, equivalent to 20% of the Mining experience gained while filling the urn. Only one urn is filled at a time, though players may own up to a total of 10 full urns. If a player owns 10 full mining urns they must teleport at least 1 away before they can fill more urns. Urns are only tradeable in their (nr), non-runed, forms. In order to use a mining urn the player must add an earth rune to it; this makes the urn untradeable.

Image Name Crafting level required to add rune GE price of non-runed urn Charges gained from Type of ore Experience required to fill Experience gained from teleporting
Cracked mining urn Cracked mining urn 1 459 Ores available at level 1 Clay
Copper ore
Tin ore
Rune essence
437.5 87.5
Fragile mining urn Fragile mining urn 17 157 Ores up to and including level 20 The above, plus:
Blurite ore
Iron ore
Silver ore
1,000 200
Mining urn Mining urn 32 822 Ores up to and including level 40 The above, plus:
Pure essence
Coal
Gold ore
1,625 325

Golem outfitsEdit

Magic golem outfit equipped

Parts of golem outfits could be won as a prize from Treasure Hunter between the 19 June and 23 June 2014. The sapphire golem outfit, emerald golem outfit and ruby golem outfit consist of head slot, body slot, leg slot, hand slot and feet slot items. When wearing a complete version of any of these three outfits, the player's chance of successfully mining a resource is increased by 5%.

Players who won all pieces of the sapphire golem outfit, emerald golem outfit, and ruby golem outfit could combine these outfits' components to form the magic golem outfit. When wearing a complete magic golem outfit, the player's chance of successfully mining a resource is increased by 7% (as opposed to 5% with the other golem outfits).

MethodsEdit

SummaryEdit

See here to calculate how many ores will be obtained during training.

Level Method Experience per hour
1-15 copper and tin 6,800
15-99+ iron 15,000-27,000

Levels 1-15: copper and tinEdit

Copper ore detail
Tin-rock

At level 1 Mining players should begin training by mining copper and/or tin ore rocks. Either type of ore give the same amount of Mining experience per ore mined and are obtained at the same rate while mining. Players can gain around 6,800 experience an hour mining copper and/or tin ore. However as only 2,411 experience is required to reach level 15, it should take players with no previous experience of the skill about 20 minutes to reach level 15. Copper and tin ore rocks can be mined at the Lumbridge Swamp training mining site and the south-east Varrock mining site.

Levels 15-99+: ironEdit

Iron ore detail
Iron-rock

At level 15 Mining players should start mining iron ore rocks. This gives between 15,000 experience an hour, at level 15 Mining, and 27,000 experience an hour, at level 99 Mining.

The best place to mine iron ore is in the southern part of the Dwarven Mine, where 3 iron ore rocks are found in close proximity to one another. Players with level 15 Dungeoneering can enter the nearby resource dungeon to access a bank deposit box if they wish to bank their iron ore. The Dwarven Mine contains king scorpions which are aggressive to players with a combat level of 77 or lower. It is possible to avoid being attacked by these creatures by trapping them behind rocks in the area.

Players who wish to avoid aggressive monsters or who do not have level 15 Dungeoneering could alternatively mine at the Falador mining site or the South-east Varrock mining site, though mining at these locations give less experience an hour.

As iron ore is frequently successfully obtained, players may wish to mine iron ore on a highly populated world. The rate at which ore rocks replenish with ore increases according to the number of players present on a world. Players will spend less time waiting for ore to replenish if they are on a highly populated world.

Money making using the Mining skillEdit

Mining rune essenceEdit

Level required Experience per hour Profit per hour Details of method
None 4,825 Mining-icon 29,915 Money making guide/Mining rune essence

Mining clayEdit

Level required Experience per hour Profit per hour Details of method
None 4,200 Mining-icon 205,800 Money making guide/Mining clay

Mining iron oreEdit

Level required Experience per hour Profit per hour Details of method
15 Mining-icon
15 Dungeoneering-icon

29 Multicombat

33,600 Mining-icon 327,360 Money making guide/Mining iron ore

Mining adamantite oreEdit

Level required Experience per hour Profit per hour Details of method
70+ Mining-icon
45 Dungeoneering-icon (recommended)
11,400 Mining-icon 172,800 Money making guide/Mining adamantite ore

Mining runite oreEdit

Level required Experience per hour Profit per hour Details of method
85+ Mining-icon 15,000 Mining-icon 1,350,330 Money making guide/Mining runite ore

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