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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 216 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 experience per hour, 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. Several monsters are 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 experience gained from mining iron, including dropping ores while walking to and from rocks. This can easily boost experience 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 216 coins, is often a good source of money for low level players. Sometimes it is even more worthwhile to make iron bars (342 coins), even with the risk of failing to smelt the bar.

Dropping monstersEdit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Dwarf9; 20; 56; 641Common
Dark warrior161Common
Small Lizard301 (noted)Common
Desert Lizard35; 49; 631–2 (noted)Common
Banshee371 (noted)Common
Flesh Crawler39; 401–10 (noted)Common
Rockslug42; 491Common
Jungle horror671 (noted)Common
Ork statue713Common
Ogre statue754Common
Lizard (Slayer)771–2 (noted)Common
Ourg statue791–4Common
H.A.M. Guard32; 441Uncommon
White Knight351Uncommon
Black Guard Berserker53; 561Uncommon
Goblin statue703Uncommon
Rock Crab711Uncommon
Guard18; 25; 351Rare
Werewolf63; 891–5Rare
Dagannoth Rex303150 (noted)Rare
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