|Release date||4 January 2001 (Update)|
as of 23 May 2013 - update
as of 25 May 2013 - update
as of 25 May 2013 - update
Mining is a skill that allows players to extract ores, gems, rune essence and other resources from rocks in mines throughout RuneScape. Mined ores can be smelted at a furnace, turning them into bars that can be made into metal objects using the Smithing skill, the Construction skill or the Crafting skill. On the map, mining sites are identified with a regular pickaxe (), and Mining shops are identified with a gold pickaxe () icon. Mining is also the only skill that provides random rewards (gems) to free players besides strange rocks.
The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 585,556) on the hiscores for Mining is level 15. As of 25 May 2013, there are 31,704 current members that have achieved level 99 in Mining.
Mining was one of the skills available at RuneScape's launch on 4 January 2001. In the beginning, there was only one kind of pickaxe, just called Pickaxe which had to be used manually on the rock. It was not until 2003 that metal pickaxes were added to the game. With the large graphical update in 2004, random events were added. These included the Rock Golem, pickaxe heads falling off, and broken pickaxes. In 2006 players began to mine Granite in the quarry, some of the fastest mining experience in the game. In late 2009, the long-awaited dragon pickaxe was released as a drop from chaos dwogres, Chaos dwarf hand cannoneer, and Chaos dwarfs (only on battlefield), all of which are located on the Chaos Dwarf Battlefield.
How to MineEdit
To mine, players need a pickaxe (the better the pickaxe and your mining level the quicker it is to mine the ores) that they have the required Mining level to mine with. Players should then choose where to mine, taking into consideration the proximity to a bank, and what ores are available. Players only need to left-click once on any rock containing ore to mine it (provided they have the level needed for that ore type). The obtained ores, gems, and essence can then be sold for profit, or used by the player for the Smithing, Crafting, and Runecrafting skills.
Players used to be able to discover which ore was in a rock by right-clicking and selecting Prospect (with or without a pickaxe) which would require them to wait a few seconds before learning which ore the rock contained. However, most types of ores can now be determined by simply examining the rock. Experienced miners did not need to prospect every rock, as they recognised the colour of the rock and knew the ore it contained. However, an update made it so that simply hovering one's cursor over the rock would tell the player what ore was to be found in it, in the upper-left corner (though some rocks, like certain mineral veins, still have the "Prospect" option).
The pickaxes used in mining can be equipped like a weapon, giving players one more space in their inventory. A player's Mining level determines the type of pickaxe they can mine with (while their Attack level determines whether they can wield it and thus save that inventory space). As with all metal weapons, the better the pickaxe, the more effective it is as a tool and as a weapon. Pickaxes are sold by Nurmof in the Dwarven Mines, Tati in Keldagrim, Bob in Lumbridge (bronze only), or at the Grand Exchange. Furthermore, pickaxes can be forged at the appropriate Smithing level for members who have completed the Perils of Ice Mountain quest. Bronze pickaxes may also be stored in the toolbelt.
|Pickaxe||Mining level||Attack level*||Grand Exchange price|
|Dwarven army axe||1||1||Not bought; received from Burthorpe Tutorial|
|Bronze||1||1||116 coins (update)|
|Iron||1||10||246 coins (update)|
|Steel||6||20||390 coins (update)|
|Mithril||21||30||585 coins (update)|
|Adamant||31||40||1,727 coins (update)|
|Rune||41||50||18,895 coins (update)|
|Dragon||61||60||8,209,495 coins (update)|
|Sacred clay||40||1||20 Stealing Creation points (degrades; only from shop)|
|Inferno adze||41 (and 92 Firemaking)||1||Not bought; reward from All Fired Up activity|
* Not required. Attack is only required to wield, not mine. You can mine an ore with a pickaxe in your inventory, but wielding saves you one extra inventory space. This comes in handy when mining high level ores.
Solomon's General StoreEdit
Upon the release of Solomon's General Store on 17 July 2012, players can purchase an alternative animation for mining in the form of the Headbutt mining animation. This animation replaces the current animation for all mining and costs 220 runecoins.
When mining with this animation active, the chatbox will say "You begin bashing at the rock with your dense skull." instead of the normal mining message.
Ores are obtained from the different rocks that are found in mines. On the minimap, mines are labelled with a grey pickaxe. The colour of a rock's vein corresponds to the ore's colour, so a black vein will yield coal ore, a dark blue vein will yield mithril ore, and so forth. Players used to be able to identify which kind of ore a rock is composed of via prospecting. However, due to an update, players can now examine the rock to find the ore type and the "prospect" option has been removed.
When a player clicks on a rock, they will hit it with their pickaxe and attempt to extract the ore. The higher level the rock (e.g., adamantite and runite), the longer the mining procedure will take, requiring the player to have some degree of patience.
After the ore has been mined, the rock will no longer have a visible vein of colour for a while. (In the past, the whole rock would change shade when the ore was mined.) Eventually, another ore will respawn and the rock will regain its vein of colour. Players can only mine a rock when ore is available. Ore respawn times differ with the level requirement of the rock and the amount of people on the server (e.g., runite rocks can take up to 25 minutes to respawn, while iron rocks take about 10 seconds). Rune essence is an exception to this as there is no respawn time and players can mine continuously.
Players can continuously mine multiple pieces of coal and gold ore in the Living Rock Caverns until the concentrated coal/gold rock collapses. Sometimes, players will mine two ores at once, gaining experience for both ores. While wearing Varrock armour, players may find that they can mine three ores at once in the cavern. Mining coal in the Living Rock Caverns requires level 77 Mining, while mining gold there requires level 80 Mining. Beware of aggressive, ranged/melee level 132 creatures that protect the rocks. Using world 84 can protect individuals from the rock creatures as there is a high volume of players in this world.
|Clay||1||5||Clay is used in Crafting to make small items such as pots. When it is used with a water source, it make Soft Clay which is used in Crafting.|
|Rune essence||1||5||To mine rune essence, players will need to complete the Rune Mysteries quest. It is used in Runecrafting. Rune essence does not have a respawn time, allowing a player to click once on the rock and wait until his/her inventory is full.|
|Copper||1||17.5||Players can use the Smithing skill to smelt a copper ore with a tin ore to make a bronze bar.|
|Tin||1||17.5||Players can use the Smithing skill to smelt a tin ore with a copper ore to make a bronze bar.|
|Limestone||10||26.5||Members only. Limestone is needed in the members quest Regicide and for the Varrock Tasks. It can be crafted into limestone bricks by using a chisel on them, which are used in the Construction skill. It is found next to the place where you start Rag and Bone Man.|
|Blurite||10||17.5||Blurite is needed in the quest The Knight's Sword. It is also the only ore needed for smelting blurite bars, used to create Blurite limbs for crossbows and Blurite bolts (unf). It is nontradeable.|
|Iron||15||35||Players can use the Smithing skill to smelt an iron ore to make an iron bar or smelt it with 2 Coal to make a steel bar.|
|Elemental||20||0||Members only. Elemental ore can only be mined during and after the Elemental Workshop I quest, and is smelted with 4 coal into an elemental bar which is used in making Elemental shields, Elemental helmets, and Elemental Bodies.|
|Daeyalt||20||17.5||Members only. Daeyalt ore can only be mined from the Meiyerditch mines during and after the Darkness of Hallowvale quest. Mining 15 ores is required before being released from the mine. It is nontradeable.|
|Silver||20||40||Silver is used in the Crafting skill to make items, such as tiaras.|
|Pure essence||30||5||Members only. To mine pure essence, players will need to complete the Rune Mysteries quest. It is used in Runecrafting. Pure essence does not have a respawn time, allowing a player to click once on the rock and wait until his/her inventory is full.|
|Sandstone||35||30, 40, 50 or 60||Members only. Available at the quarry south of the Bandit Camp (Kharidian Desert). Used in Enakhra's Lament quest. When mined, it shows up in your inventory as a 1, 2, 5, or 10 kg block. (If calculating yourself, divide by 60 as the exp per rock is over 60. To be more exact divide by 62 as the exp per rock is about 62.4702(tested by many trials))|
|Gem Rock||40||65||Members only. Gem rocks are only available to members who have level 75 dungeoneering (Al Kharid hidden mine) or have completed the Shilo Village quest or Lunar Diplomacy quest; there are gem rocks in the lunar mine as well as in Shilo Village. Gems can also be found randomly during the Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup activity, by mining rocks or from various quests and rewards. Mining a gem rock gives the player a random gem ranging from opal to diamond (meaning no dragonstone or onyx), which can be used in Crafting or Fletching. Although the type of gem received is random, you are much more likely to receive a low level gem. An experienced miner with a high level pickaxe can make up to 300k an hour mining these rocks when dropping lower level gems from their inventory.|
|Gold||40||65||Gold is used in the Crafting skill to make items, such as jewellery.|
|'Perfect' gold ore||40||-||'Perfect' gold ore is used in the Family Crest quest to make a 'Perfect' ruby ring and 'Perfect' ruby necklace.|
|Granite||45||50, 60 or 75||Members only. Available at the quarry south of the Bandit Camp (Kharidian Desert). Used in Enakhra's Lament and King's Ransom. Granite is often used for powermining as mining Granite can be upwards of 60k xp per hour.|
|Rubium||46||17.5||Members only. Found on the walls deep within the Witchaven dungeon. Used in Kennith's Concerns.|
|Mithril||55||80||Players can use the Smithing skill to smelt a Mithril ore with four coal to make a mithril bar.|
|Lunar||60||-||Members only. Used during the Lunar Diplomacy quest to make a lunar helm.|
|Adamantite||70||95||Players can use the Smithing skill to smelt an Adamantite ore with six coal to make an Adamant bar.|
|Living minerals||73||25||Living minerals are used as bait with a Fishing Rod to fish for Rocktail. Rocktail fishing spots are only found in the Living Rock Caverns. The minerals are only found by mining the remains of living rock creatures found in the caverns.|
|Bane ore||77||90||Available after the quest Ritual of the Mahjarrat. Used to create bane bolts/arrow heads.|
|Concentrated coal rocks||77||50||Concentrated coal deposits give multiple ores, 50 experience each, or 2 ores adding up to 100 experience, and with very good experience, with the nearby deposit box. Concentrated coal rocks are only found in the Living Rock Caverns.|
|Concentrated gold rocks||80||65||Concentrated gold deposits give multiple ores, 65 experience each, or 2 ores adding up to 130 experience, and with very good experience with the nearby deposit box. Concentrated gold rocks are only found in the Living Rock Caverns.|
|Red sandstone||81||70||This is the ingredient used to create Robust glass (which in turn is required to craft Potion flasks) after As a First Resort..., players are only able to mine a maximum of 50 Red sandstone daily, which resets at midnight GMT.|
Players can use the Smithing skill to smelt a Runite ore with eight coal to make a Rune bar. This ore can take 12.5–25 minutes to respawn depending on how full the world is. For non members there are only five rocks: two located in the deep wilderness and three in the resource dungeon in the mining guild (with 45 dungeoneering). As a member, there are many safer areas in which you can mine runite, but no more than three rocks in one place. This combined with the long respawn times makes world hopping more efficient.
Since 1 February 2011, the rune rocks located inside the Wilderness have had their respawn time cut by 1/3. They now take 8.5 to 17 minutes.
Table of Mining LocationsEdit
|Mine||Rock||Notes and hazards|
|Al Kharid mining site||0||3||1||9||5||2||2||2||
|0||Chasm Mine/Scorpion pit has a rock slope that's climbable at level 38 Agility.|
|Dondakan's mine||0||0||0||0||0||0||146||0||0||0||Members only. Accessible after the Between a Rock... quest. Contains lots of gold veins, and a local dwarf to transport the gold ores to the bank (for a small fee of gold ores). Alternately, the bank is a 30 sec longer trip from the local boat man|
|Gunnarsgrunn mining site||6||0||5||0||0||4||0||0||0||0||Very few safe spots for low-level miners; lacks copper ore needed for bronze|
|Brimhaven mining site||0||0||0||0||0||0||6||0||0||0||On members-only side of Karamja island; May be far from bank unless Shilo Village Quest is completed|
|Coal Trucks||0||0||0||0||0||18||0||0||0||0||Members only. Coal trucks can hold up to 120 coal. You can hold up to 140 coal if the easy Seers' Village Tasks are completed, 168 if the medium tasks are completed, and 196 if the hard tasks are completed. If the elite tasks are completed, 200 coal in the trucks will go directly to your bank.|
|Crafting Guild mining site||6||0||0||0||6||0||7||0||0||0||Level 40 Crafting and brown apron required. Usually vacant of miners, because of crafting requirements.|
|North Crandor mining site South Crandor mining site||0||0||0||0||0||10||3||8||3||0||Accessible during and after the Dragon Slayer quest.|
|Dorgeshuun Mine||0||0||0||9||12||0||0||0||0||0||Members only. Accessible during and after the Lost Tribe quest. Is a good place to power-mine without losing a lot of money, as Mistag (at the southern end of the mine) will buy your iron and silver ores. Requires a light source.|
|Dwarven Mine||5||11||10||9||3||24||2||2||3||0||Scorpions and King Scorpions at the south-eastern section. These numbers include the mining ores in the Resource Dungeon, which requires 15 dungeoneering level to enter. Nurmof at the east of the mine can repair broken pickaxes.The resource dungeon has also a deposit box for fast banking.|
|Edgeville dungeon mine||0||2||2||3||3||6||0||1||2||0||Skeletons, Hobgoblins, and more.|
|Mourner Tunnels mine||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||Members only. Dark Beasts present, only accessible during and after Mourning's Ends Part 2|
|Grand Tree mine||9||0||0||8||4||11||4||4||3||0||Members only. Only accessible after The Grand Tree quest.|
|Heroes' Guild mine||0||0||0||0||0||11||0||2||2||2||Members only. Hero's Quest required.|
|Bandit camp mining site||0||0||0||16||0||20||0||22||8||0||Hobgoblins, Level 32 Wilderness. Beware of Player Killers.|
|Karamja Volcano mine||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||0||0||0||Skeletons|
|Lumbridge Swamp training mining site||0||5||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Safe place for low level miners.|
|West Lumbridge Swamp mining site||0||0||0||0||0||7||0||5||2||0||Good spot for mining in free worlds|
|Mining Guild||0||0||0||0||0||37||0||13||4||3||Need level 60 Mining to enter. These numbers include the mining ores in the Resource Dungeon, which requires 45 dungeoneering level to enter.|
|Central Fremennik Isles mining site||0||0||0||0||0||7||0||0||0||1||Members only. Accessible after The Fremennik Isles Quest|
|Keldagrim north mine||0||0||0||0||0||0||8||0||10||2||Members only. Accessible after Forgiveness of a Chaos Dwarf Quest|
|Rimmington mining site||2||5||2||6||0||0||2||0||0||0||Very Safe, with mobility can get into Falador to smelt.|
|Southern Wilderness mining site||0||0||0||2||0||3||0||0||0||0||Skeletons, Level 6 Wilderness|
|South-east Varrock mining site||0||9||6||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||To the south is a bear that may pose a threat for low levels.|
|South-west Varrock mining site||3||0||8||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||Muggers|
|South-Western Wilderness mining site||0||0||0||0||0||34||0||0||0||0||Skeletons, Level 9 Wilderness|
|Lava Maze runite mining site||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||Level 46 Wilderness.|
|Lava Maze Dungeon mine||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||Members only. Level 45 Wilderness, underground between the Poison Spiders and Black Dragons. Antipoison and Anti-dragon shield recommended, slashing weapon or knife required to access.|
|Hellhound's cave||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||Members only. Hellhounds, Ogres.|
See Mines and mining sites for a more detailed listing of mines.
Shooting Stars are a part of the Distractions and Diversions, which is for members only. They can be found via a telescope in a Player Owned House. They fall in waves every 2 hours on all Members worlds and will land around 2–15 minutes after each other. The stars can be from size 1 (10 Mining required) up to size 9 (90 Mining required). Bigger stars give more stardust in total, but are much harder to mine. There are nine areas in RuneScape where shooting stars will land at. You can learn more about the specific locations in the Distractions and Diversions guide. If you reach your limit of 200 stardust, you can still carry on mining the star for Mining experience. Mining stars give players stardust. 200 stardust may be exchanged for:
For an exact total of 83,518 coins.
- Chance to receive double ores when mining for a limited amount of time.
There are clans that specialize in finding shooting stars. The Distractions and Diversions section of the official RuneScape forums is home to several of these clans.
Wilderness Warbands is a members Distractions and Diversions where the player or a group of players attempt to loot supplies and trade it in for experience. One of the possible loots are Mining supplies. Players can loot up to a maximum of 25 supplies per camp or 75 supplies daily. Turning the supplies to Quercus will give players experience based on how many supplies they have looted and what their current level is.
When mining your player may find a gem in the rock. A player's chances of finding gems are increased when wearing an charged amulet of glory or ring of wealth. If wearing both, the effects double. There also seems to be a positive correlation between a player's mining level and the frequency of gems they receive while mining. In other words, the higher leveled the ore, the more likely it is to receive gems while mining it. There is also an extremely small chance of finding more than one gem in a rock (this happens quite often when mining a Shooting Star). If your inventory is full you are still able to find gems, however the gem will be dropped and you will receive the message "You do not have enough space in your inventory, so you drop the gem on the floor.".
Gems that can be found in rocks are Uncut sapphires, Uncut emeralds, Uncut rubies and Uncut diamonds. If you use a (superior) Gem-finding scrimshaw you also have the chance to receive Uncut dragonstones and Uncut onyxes from a rock. The scrimshaw will also increase the diamonds found, with higher leveled rocks increasing the chance for higher gems.
Note: Gems cannot be found while mining Mineral deposits.
Rock golem (discontinued)Edit
While mining, a Rock Golem may appear and begin attacking the player.
The combat level of the golem depends on the player's combat level, and it will always be higher than the player's. The Rock Golem's combat level varies from level 14 to 159. Players may either attempt to kill it, or run away. The Rock Golem also had a ranged attack. If a player killed the golem, it would drop ores, dwarven stouts, pickaxes, uncut gems, or nothing.
Rock Golems were especially vulnerable to pickaxes.
Pickaxe head (discontinued)Edit
While mining, the player's Pickaxe head may fly off. The head lands somewhere nearby, usually 3 to 10 squares away. When this occurs, the player has to find the pickaxe head quickly before it disappears or before someone else sees and grabs it (and some would try to extort money from the player to return the pickaxe head). Once retrieved, the player can use the pickaxe head on the handle to put the pickaxe back together.
Also from the update of 25 February 2009, this random event has been discontinued. Any pickaxe heads in a player's inventory or bank were transformed back into a full pickaxe. Handles were removed from the game.
Animation when miningEdit
It should be noted that when mining a player's animation will never be stopped unless they log out, die, or left-click somewhere else or eat/drink anything or drop something. So, with this in mind, players could, in theory, mine continuously until the ore runs out. One example of this is when players are attacked, their mining animation may be delayed or seem as if it has been stopped, but in reality they are actually still mining.
Players could also transfer to another ore if they feel that the ore they are mining is taking too long. The animation will transfer and you might find mining faster this way.
Also known as drop mining, this is where a player fills their inventory with ores, drops them all, and repeats. While this method of mining allows players to raise their Mining level quickly, dropping a whole inventory of ores can take some time. Also, by using this method, a player would be missing out on Smithing experience or money from selling the ore. As of the Evolution of Combat, a player can place the ore that requires dropping onto their Action bar, and by pressing and then holding the key required to 'use' the entire inventory of ore. This drops the ore, so you can quickly, and efficiently, drop ores in a fraction of the time taken usually. Another method of power mining is to drop an ore just as another ore is mined, allowing players to mine while dropping ores at nearly the same speed as mining without dropping ores. Some mining spots for:
- Free-to-play- Power mining iron is a popular way to quickly raise levels in free-to-play, although it is not an ideal thing to do, now that iron is at such a high price. Good locations include the Bandit camp mining site (located in levels 29-31 wilderness) and the Al Kharid mining site. Other good locations are in the Rimmington mining site, as this area is usually deserted. Mining and dropping iron can lead to around 20,000 exp an hour. Many high level players prefer to mine iron in the dwarven mines and bank it in the bank booth in the nearby dungeon. (requires 15 Dungeoneering)
- Members- The Granite Quarry in the Kharidian Desert is a useful place to power mine. This requires the player to carry Waterskins or an Enchanted water tiara to avoid the effects of the desert heat, but Granite provides better experience than iron. You can also cast the Lunar Spell "Humidify" to keep your water skins filled (another less efficient method is, if you have completed Enakhra's Lament, you can run inside of the temple and use the fountain that you melted during the quest). You can get up to 50,000 experience an hour doing granite, although most players are only able to get around 40,000 per hour. If a player chooses to mine iron instead, the mine south of Piscatoris Fishing Colony is another good place to power mine iron. The Lava flow mine (after King of the Dwarves) is another way of power training that does not require you to drop ores. This method gives an average of around 50,000 experience per hour and does not require much attention compared to mining ores, and has side rewards including the Golden mining suit. Living Rock Caverns provides a large sum of experience mining coal/gold veins earning you 45,000-85,000 experience per hour. Living rock creatures in the area make this area a bit risky.
- In Runescape Classic your extra ores auto drop.
The Ability bar bar can be used to drop ores extremely quickly.
This is a far less popular type of power mining. The main difference is that players do not drop all of their precious ores. All you need is a friend who is willing to run back and forth from the bank to your mining spot for payment or profit of ores. When you have a full inventory of Iron ore (F2P), Granite (P2P), or Concentrated coal rocks/Concentrated gold rocks (P2P), you trade them to your runner before mining another full load of ores. Your runner will then take the ores to the bank and withdraw them as notes before bringing them back to you for payment or a percentage of the ores, usually half. This is still a good form of power mining that allows you to keep some of your ores and runners can also profit from your ability to mine quickly. The reason this is so unpopular is that it is usually very easy for a runner to find a power miner who is dropping or willing to give all of their ores for free.
This term refers to the use of the Superheat Item spell, available to players with level 43 or higher magic. Using this technique allows players to emerge from a mine with an inventory full of bars instead of ores, at the cost of one nature rune per bar (with a fire staff equipped). Players should enter the mine with an equipped fire staff, a stack of nature runes, and a pickaxe in their inventory. After mining the appropriate ore and coal, the player casts the spell, which frees up extra inventory space so the process can continue. This allows players to spend far longer in a mine before returning to a bank, and streamlines the smelting process. Using this technique to create mithril bars in the Mining Guild is one of the most effective ways to gain Mining and Smithing experience in the game. When casting Superheat Item on an iron ore there is no chance of failure. Using the explorer's ring's superheat item will save inventory space. Another useful item that is great for this method would be a Coal Bag gained through the Dungeoneering skill.
Busy world versus empty worldEdit
The rate that ore respawn for each rock has a linear relationship with the number of players logged in that world. This means that the same rock will respawn quicker in a busy world, like World 1 or World 2, than it would in a world with fewer players, such as World 125. This is especially important to consider when power mining (see above).
For general mining, it is slightly more advisable that players go to a quieter trading world such as World 125. Although it has a slower rate of rock respawn, there are much fewer players in the world and, therefore, less competition for the rocks. As for selling the ores, the Grand Exchange allows the player to make offers with players in all servers. The only disadvantage, as mentioned before, is the ore respawn rate plus the disadvantage of the traditional method of trading as there would be very few people wishing to purchase your ore.
But if you find a world with lots of players and a mining spot that fits for you where there are no players at all, the ore will respawn quickly, and you will not have any competition either.
Wield the pickaxeEdit
Wielding the pickaxe frees up an inventory spot for one more ore. This is not feasible when using superheat. To wield picks players must have the appropriate Attack level, as the pickaxe is considered a weapon.
Wear light itemsEdit
Players are strongly recommended to wear few items or nothing at all other than their pickaxe. Members are advised to wear the boots of lightness, obtained in the Temple of Ikov dungeon (no quests required), so that their weight is lower, therefore allowing them to run for longer periods of time. Also, wearing the Spotted cape or Spottier cape from the Hunter Skill can be very useful, as well as Penance gloves from the Barbarian Assault activity and the Agile legs and the Agile top from the Agility skill. Wearing armour adds even more weight, which rapidly decreases run energy. However when you are mining in the Living Rock Caverns it might be better to wear defensive armour as the Living Rock creatures are aggressive towards you and can kill you.
Wear Varrock armour and Amulet of GloryEdit
Among other benefits, the Varrock armour (obtained from completing the different levels of difficulty of the Varrock Tasks) offers a 9%-11% chance of obtaining two ores at the same time from one rock. The player will get experience for both ores. As the Varrock armour is upgraded upon completing the tasks, this unique effect will be available for rocks up to adamantite. Wearing an amulet of glory or ring of wealth will also increase the chance of obtaining gems.
- Mining cape raises one level when cape is equipped, or when a player selects the 'boost' option that comes with the cape. However, 99 Mining is required.
- Dwarven Stout - Drinking this will raise a player's Mining and Smithing levels by 1 for a short time. Dwarven stouts can be bought in Falador one at a time, or members can buy them in bulk in Burthorpe. They are also a common drop from dwarves, and can be bought in several places in members areas, as well as brewed using the Cooking skill. There are several re-spawns in the dwarf tavern along the shortcut under White Wolf Mountain (you need to complete Fishing Contest to go there).
- Mature dwarven stout - Members only. Drinking this will raise a player's Mining and Smithing by 2 levels for a short time. Players receive two mature dwarven stouts as a reward for completing the quest Forgettable Tale of a Drunken Dwarf, but they can also be brewed using the Cooking skill. This does not stack with ordinary dwarven stout.
- A brown spicy stew can raise Mining temporarily by up to 6; however, it can also decrease it by up to 6.
- Braindeath 'rum' raises Mining by one level and Strength by 3, but decreases some other stats.
- Desert wyrms summoned with the Summoning skill will give the player's Mining an invisible boost of 1 level.
- Void ravagers summoned with the Summoning skill will give the player's Mining a boost of 1 level + 1 invisible boost.
- Obsidian golems summoned with the Summoning skill will give the player's Mining an invisible boost of 7 levels.
- Lava titans summoned with the Summoning skill will give the player's Mining an invisible boost of 10 levels.
- Star sprites from a Shooting Star will reward you with being able to mine 2 ores at once (25% chance), lasting for the amount of stardust you collected (200 stardust equals a 15-minute boost); it does work on runite.
Green cells are those which offer the highest bonuses obtainable for the item on that row.
Pale Green cells are those which offer the highest invisible boost for the item on that row.
Invisible boosts are always mentioned in second.
|2||Doesn't stack||Mature Dwarven Stout|
|1||Doesn't stack||Doesn't stack||Braindeath Rum|
|1 + 1 (invisible)||1 + 1 (invisible) (Doesn't stack)||2 + 1 (invisible)||1 + 1 (invisible)||Familiar|
|10 (invisible)||1 + 10 (invisible)||2 + 10 (invisible)||1 + 10 (invisible)||Doesn't stack||Familiar (invisible boost)|
|6||Doesn't stack||Doesn't stack||Doesn't stack||6+ 1 (invisible)||6+ 10 (invisible)||Spicy Stew|
|1||Doesn't stack||Doesn't stack||Doesn't stack||2 + 1 (invisible)||1 + 10 (invisible)||Doesn't stack||Operating Mining cape|
(Requires 99 Mining)
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with to obtain highest boost:
- Golden mining suit pieces increases mining experience by 5% when you have the entire outfit set equipped. It gives 1% extra experience per item of the set worn.
- Amulet of glory (at least 1 charge) increases the chance of finding gems while mining.
- Ring of Wealth (at least 1 charge) doubles the gems you receive.
- Varrock armour gives you a chance of doubling the ore you receive, stacks with the effect of shooting stars.
- Penance Master Horn gives a double experience bonus, but needs to be charged in the Barbarian Assault minigame.
- Sacred clay pickaxe gives a double experience bonus, but degrades after a certain amount of uses.
- Coal bag can hold up to 27 additional pieces of coal.
- Gem bag can hold up to 100 gems for you (Sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds).
- Quarrymaster aura's will increase the chance of receiving ores.
- Gem-finding scrimshaw (Superior) will give a chance to receive more uncut diamonds from rocks and even chances for uncut dragonstones and uncut onyxes. Higher rocks will give a chance for better gems and a better chance for gems in general.
- Rock-crushing scrimshaw (Superior) will give a 15% chance to crush ore as you mine it giving 50% extra experience for that ore.
- Mining ring obtained from working in a Clan Citadel will give 50% bonus experience for a limited amount of experience.
Special Mining AreasEdit
- Coal Trucks - The coal trucks are located west from Seers' Village and north from Ardougne. There are 18 coal rocks and handy carts for storing coal in. The carts can store 120 at a time and it is also recommended to take 28 coal when leaving as well. There is a quick way or a slow way to get to and from the coal trucks.
- Quick Way: With 20 Agility go across the log that is on the east side of the coal trucks. The Camelot teleport spell can also be used for quick access to the Seers' bank
- Slow Way: To walk all the way around the lake, past the fishing guild, to Seers' Village.
- Once in Seers' Village go north-west from Seers' Village bank and there are more coal trucks in the shed. Remove all the coal and bank, repeating the process until all the ore has been taken.
After completing the Seers' Village Tasks the coal trucks can hold up to a max of 196 coal before having to be emptied.
- Mining Guild - In the Mining Guild there are 37 coal and 5 mithril rocks. It is close to a bank (just climb the ladders to the west and head north). Level 60 Mining is required to enter (level 59 miners can achieve this by drinking a Dwarven Stout just before entering the guild). There is one especially efficient place to mine, in the south-east corner, where there are 6 coal in very close proximity. Mining mithril is not recommended in the guild unless there is no-one else at the rocks. An anvil is available outside of the guild in the North end of the mines. The anvil, in combination with the superheat spell, allows the player to smith the ores they mine. The smithed items can be turned into coins with the high alchemy spell or sold at the nearby shop avoiding trips to the bank.
You can save a couple of seconds while banking using the skills necklace's Mining Guild teleport, which teleports you directly in front of the stairs leading down to the mining area.
- Crafting Guild - The Crafting Guild is the best place in free play to mine gold, silver, and clay. 40 crafting and a Brown apron (or a crafting accomplishment cape gained at level 99 crafting) are required to enter. Members can easily teleport there by use of a Skills necklace or the balloon transport system. Gold ore is very valuable and in high demand by members using the Goldsmith Gauntlets for quick smithing experience, so free players hoping to make money mining would benefit greatly by training their Crafting level to 40.
- Arzinian Mine - After completing the Between a Rock... quest, members can access the largest gold mine in the game, with 146 gold rocks. Players must talk to Dondakan while wearing a Gold helmet in order to access it. To leave the mine, simply remove the helmet or log off and log in again. The mine is very far from a bank; however, a short ways away, there is a dwarf who will deliver Gold ore to the bank for you in exchange for a 20% cut of the profits, rounded up. The fee is halved if the player is wearing a Ring of Charos (a).
- Shooting Star - A shooting star can be seen through a telescope in a Player-owned house every two hours. Details will be given, such as the location of impact site and time remaining until impact. Once a shooting star has crashed onto Gielinor, a player may search it out and mine it. Mining the star will give the player stardust, which can be exchanged for some rewards from a Star sprite at the middle of the star, after the star has been fully mined. The sprite will also give the player an ability to mine more than one ore per rock (for a limited amount of time). Only 200 stardust pieces can be mined from the star. After that, the player can continue to mine the star and get experience (amount of experience depends on the level of star, or the amount of outer shell of the star still intact). This can be helpful to assist people in breaking the star apart so they can get their reward. Also, a star sprite can only reward a player once per day. It is recommended that the player exchanges a full 200 stardust pieces, for a larger reward.
- Living Rock Caverns - The living rock cavern has Concentrated coal rocks and Concentrated gold rocks, which can be mined for multiple amounts of ore, gaining fast amounts of experience, and with the nearby deposit box, you gain good amounts of money from it. You need 77 and 80 Mining for coal and gold respectively.
- Dwarven Mine resource dungeon - Requires level 15 Dungeoneering to enter, but contains 3 silver rocks, 13 coal rocks and 6 mithril rocks, along with a bank deposit box. This mining location is by far the closest location to a bank/deposit box in Runescape, and therefore it is a very favourable place to mine, especially in free to play servers.
- Lava Flow Mine - After completing the King of the Dwarves quest, players unlock a new area to mine with a chance to receive the Golden mining suit. There are a number of distractions at the mine which are pretty much just random events. To successfully achieve the best experience, you must make sure you are mining at the segment with a 50% lava flow which can be checked by clicking the gauges. No ore is produced here.
- On 3 July 2007, the mining animation was dramatically changed. The change initially irked some players, likely because they had become accustomed to the very steady pace and sound of the prior animation. Some players believe this "nerf'd" mining as the animation seems longer thus apparently increasing the time a rock is hit before an ore is yielded.
- There were some old RS Classic mining rocks around Ardougne, where some players have been known to pull off the ring of stone trick to surprise unsuspecting players. However, these rocks were graphically updated to the new look on 17 November 2009.
- Early in RS classic it was possible to mine gems from rocks, that you did not have the proper level to normally mine ore. This allowed a player to rapidly click on the rock and obtain gems without actually mining it. This exploit was swiftly fixed.
- It is possible to obtain the ore from a rock a few seconds after someone else has mined the ore from the same rock.
- Mines and mining sites
- Free-to-play Mining training, a guide to training Mining for free-to-play players
- Pay-to-play Mining training, a guide to training Mining for pay-to-play players
- Quest experience rewards - Mining
- Grand Exchange Market Watch/Mining
- Mining/Level up table
- Mining Calculators
|Standard Metals and Ores|