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Iron ore
Iron ore
Release date 4 January 2001 (Update)
Members? No
Quest item? No
Tradeable? Yes
Equipable? No
Stackable? No
High Alch 10 coins
Low Alch 6 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price Not sold
Exchange price 265 coins (info)
Buy limit 25,000
Examine Can be smelted into an iron bar. Used in Smithing (15).
Weight 2.25 kg
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Iron ore is unrefined iron. A player with a Mining level of 15 or higher can mine iron ore from iron ore rocks found in various mines, granting 35 Mining experience for each ore mined. This gives a player 980 experience per inventory. Iron ore's respawn times differ according to the number of players within a world; on average one respawn takes 10 seconds. Lower level players often use it to train with, because of the moderate experience, low respawn time, and relatively low required level to mine and smith. If done fast, mining and dropping iron ores can result in 30k exp/hr, one of the fastest methods to train mining. If mined fast with an urn, theoretically up to 36,000 experience can be gained each hour.

With a Divination level of at least 17, 3 copper ore or tin ore may be transmuted into 1 iron ore. This costs 2 flickering energy and yields 3.7 Divination experience. With a Divination level of at least 22, 3 iron ore may be transmuted into 1 silver ore. This costs 2 bright energy and yields 5.2 Divination experience. With a Divination level of at least 29, 3 iron ore may be transmuted into 1 coal. This costs 2 bright energy and yields 6 Divination experience.

Players with 15 or higher Smithing can smelt iron ore into an iron bar by using it on a furnace, granting 12.5 Smithing experience. Initially, there is only a 50% chance that you will be able to get a bar out of an iron ore unless smelted while a player is wearing a ring of forging using the Superheat Item spell from a normal spell book, in which case the chance will be 100%. Note: A ring of forging only lasts for 140 smelts. The chance that a player will successfully smelt a piece of iron ore will increase by 1% with each Smithing level, up until the player reaches 45 Smithing, giving the player an 80% chance to smelt the ore.

It can also be used with level 16 Summoning, 7 spirit shards, and 1 gold charm to summon a granite crab.

Another way to get iron ore is as a drop. The flesh crawler is known to drop iron ore regularly.

The noted form is a possible reward from Temple Trekking and can sometimes be found inside barrels.

There are number of ways to maximise exp gained from mining iron, including dropping ores while walking to and from rocks. This can easily boost exp rates from 20k per hour to well over 30k.


A player can smelt an iron ore into an iron bar through the Smithing skill by using it on a furnace, granting 12.5 Smithing experience and requiring level 15 Smithing.

Unlike most ores, the chance of smelting iron ore into iron bars correctly is not 100%, but is between 50% and 80% depending on your Smithing level. At level 15 Smithing, you have a 50% chance of each ore becoming a bar, and the chance increases by 1% every level to a maximum of 80% at level 45. When the player reaches level 45, they get a message via the smithing guide icon saying "Your chance of smelting Iron Bars has reached its maximum." Once made, iron bars can then be used on anvils to create iron items.

A player can also smelt an iron ore into a steel bar by using it on a furnace along with 2 coal or just one using the Blast Furnace, granting 17.5 Smithing experience. This requires level 30 Smithing and has a 100% success rate.

Iron ore, currently worth 265 coins, is often a good source of money for low level players. Sometimes it is even more worthwhile to make iron bars (388 coins), even with the risk of failing to smelt the bar.

Dropping monsters Edit

Levels 1 to 100 Edit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Dark warrior 8 1 Common
Dwarf 14; 20 1 Common
Small Lizard 30 1 (noted) Common
Desert lizard 50; 70; 90 1–2 (noted) Common
Rockslug 60; 70 1 Common
Flesh Crawler 56; 57; 58 3–10 (noted) Common
Jungle Horror 96 1 (noted) Common
H.A.M. Guard 44; 52 1 Uncommon
Zombie 18–32 1 Uncommon
Banshee 54 1 Uncommon
Skeleton 16–46 1 Uncommon
White Knight 50 1 Uncommon
Goblin statue 100 3 Uncommon
Black Guard berserker 66 1 Uncommon
Guard 26; 36; 50 1 Rare
Werewolf 90; 128 1 Rare

Levels 100+Edit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Ourg statue 114 1–4 Common
Ogre statue 108 4 Common
Ork statue 102 3 Common
Lizard (Slayer) 110 1–2 (noted) Common
Rock crab 102 1 Uncommon
Dagannoth Rex 156 150 (noted) Rare
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