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Notice that all money-making ways in this table are available for both non-members and members.

Mining is a fast money making method used among lower level players. More experienced players will find that mining can be slow but still extremely profitable at high levels. It is also useful to have some kind of device for quick access to banks. As your mining level increases you will mine ores more quickly and as a result earn more money per hour. Some players work in pairs where one player will mine the ore and the other will bank it and run back to collect more. Sometimes players will hire someone to bank their ores for them and occasionally full-scale mining operations are created.

Effectiveness Requirements Details

0*****
Coins 1000 16,000 coins per hour16128

Level 1 Mining.

Rune Mysteries completed.

Mining Rune Essence

Rune essence can be mined at the Rune Essence Mine once Rune Mysteries has been completed and sells for 16 coins each. If using the preferred and fastest method, along with optimal gear, up to 1008 rune essence can be mined per hour, which equates to 16128 coins and 5040 xp per hour. Rune essence should not be confused with pure essence which can only be mined in members worlds, while rune essence is mined only in free to play worlds. Essences mine quickly; it takes approximately 55 seconds to fill an inventory, and if using Aubury and banking in Varrock, a further 50 seconds to bank the mined essence and return to the mine for another load.

While Varrock is the fastest method to mine essence, Sedridor who is located on the second floor of the Wizards' Tower, can also teleport the player to the Rune Essence Mine. This location is only recomended with a Runecrafting level of 50+ so the deposit box in the runecrafting guild can be used. Although players who have the explorer's ring 3 may use it to teleport to the cabbage patch south of Falador and use a wicked hood to teleport back to Sedridor.

To decrease the time per run, it is recommended to use the best pickaxe that can be both wield and used and wear nothing else (with the exception of the explorer's ring which can be used to run-replenish a certain amount of times). It is also recommended to rest when the player's energy level is near depleted.


3*****
Coins 1000 290,000 coins per hour286440

Level 1 Mining.

Level 15 Dungeoneering to enter the Dwarven Mine resource dungeon (optional).

Level 40 Crafting and a brown apron to enter the Crafting Guild (optional).

Mining Clay

Clay can be mined at any mining level and sells for 341 coins each. If using the preferred and fastest method, along with optimal gear, up to 840 clay can be mined per hour, which equates to 286440 coins and 3890 xp per hour. Clay may also be used with any container of water (such as a bucket of water, or directly from a water source to turn the clay into soft clay, which sells for the higher price of 419 coins and hence further increases profits.

Clay rocks are located at a number of mines. The most commonly used free to play mine for clay is the South-West Varrock Mine, though clay is also found in the Draynor Mine, the Dwarven Mine, Rimmington Mine, Barbarian Village and the Crafting Guild.

Clay is always in high demand - massive amount of players (F2P and P2P alike) need it for various skills. This means clay & soft clay can always be sold easily and may be sold at a higher price than standard. The clan vexillum and ring of kinship teleports can be used to shorten the bank trips if you're mining at the Crafting Guild. If mining in the Dwarven Mines, the deposit box inside the resource dungeon can be used if the player has at least level 15 Dungeoneering.

Risks:


2*****
Coins 1000 150,000 coins per hour147440

Level 15 Mining.

Level 15 Dungeoneering to enter the Dwarven Mine resource dungeon (optional).

Mining Iron

Iron ore sells for 388 coins, and is very quick to mine. The West Varrock Mine is decent due to its proximity to a bank, but the East Varrock Mine and the Dwarven Mines are also popular. At 15 Dungeoneering, the Dwarven Mines surpass all other F2P mining locations due to the addition of a deposit box in the Resource Dungeon. This allows for extremely fast banking. It should be noted that iron is the best moneymaking ore, as well as the best training ore, until higher levels. As of now iron ore mining is the fastest money making way for f2p with the drop of price of yews and lack of bots making around 75k per hour.

Risks: If a player with a higher Mining level is also mining the iron ore, you may not be able to get any, Level 6 mugger in the mine south-west of Varrock and king scorpions if you enter the Dwarven Mine from the Falador entrance or mine the iron in the southern end of the mine.


0*****
Coins 1000 12,000 coins per hour11760

Level 20 Mining.

Level 40 Crafting to enter the Crafting Guild (optional).

Mining Silver

Silver ore sells for 105 coins each, and is found in accessible locations. The best is the West Varrock Mine due to its proximity to a bank, but the Al Kharid mine is also available. Unfortunately, silver ore rocks only respawn every 2 minutes, which means a lot of time standing around waiting for the ore to become available for mining, which greatly reduces the profit per hour. A way to keep your profit per hour at a steady pace is to mine another type of ore (iron would be best) while waiting on the silver ore to respawn. Silver ore may also be mined from the Crafting Guild and there are twice as many rocks as anywhere else.

Risks: If a player with a higher Mining level is also mining the silver ore, you may not be able to get any, Level 14 scorpions in the Al Kharid mine and Level 6 mugger in the West Varrock Mine.


1*****
Coins 1000 65,000 coins per hour64960

Level 30 Mining.

Level 15 Dungeoneering (optional).
Explorer's ring 3 (optional).

Mining Coal

At this level you can mine coal and sell it for 224 coins each. However, mining coal is a slow process until much higher Mining levels are reached (50+). The most profitable place to mine coal is the Dwarven Mine resource dungeon (Need 15 Dungeoneering) and using the deposit box there. There are 13 coal rocks there and usually 3-5 other people in that mine. Mining at the Lumbridge Swamp south-west mine without an explorer's ring 3 generates 31,000 coins/hour; mining in the Gunnarsgrunn and banking at Edgeville generates 29,000 coins/hour.

Risks: If a player with a higher Mining level is also mining the coal, you may not be able to get any.


0*****
Coins 1000 31,000 coins per hour31280

Level 40 Mining.

Reached Crandor Island on the Dragon Slayer quest.
30 gold (for the boat).

Mining Gold (Karamja/Crandor)

Although Crandor island and the Karamja volcano would seem to be poor locations due to their distance from a bank, the slow respawn rate of gold means that mining in these locations is relatively profitable since there are more rocks (4 in each location). The recommended method is:

  • Use the mine inside the Karamja volcano
  • When you have a full load use the cabbage teleport feature of the explorer's ring 3 to get from the mine to the deposit box near the Monks of Entrana or the home teleport spell to bank in Draynor
  • Use the Varrock Teleport spell when done to get from the mine to the Grand Exchange

Risks: If a player with a higher Mining level is also mining the gold, you may not be able to get any and Level 14 Scorpions and Level 22 Skeletons.


1*****
Coins 1000 53,000 coins per hour53380

Level 40 Mining.

Level 40 Crafting and a Brown apron to enter the Crafting Guild.

Mining Gold (Crafting Guild)

There are 7 gold rocks at the crafting guild, meaning the mining goes quicker, but its distance from a bank means the final profit is reduced.

Risks: If a player with a higher Mining level is also mining the gold ore, you may not be able to get any.


0*****
Coins 1 0 coins per hour0

Level 55 Mining.

Level 60 Mining to enter the Mining Guild (optional).

Level 15 Dungeoneering to enter the Dwarven Mine resource dungeon (optional).

Mining Mithril

Mithril ore sells for 805 coins each, but supply is very limited for non-members. The Mining Guild contains 5 mithril rocks (but requires 60 Mining), and mining from mithril rocks in the Wilderness or Lumbridge Swamp is also possible. There are 3 mithril rocks at the Al Kharid mining area, and there is also mithril on Crandor, although the distance and the presence of aggressive monsters does not make it a convenient place to mine. The current best place to mine mithril for Free players is the resource dungeon in the Dwarven Mines, however competition is an issue in the location. Another option is to use the hidden mine - the resource dungeon in the mining guild.

Risks: If a player with a higher Mining level is also mining the mithril ore, you may not be able to get any.


0*****
Coins 1 0 coins per hour0

Level 60 Mining. Mining Coal (Mining Guild)

Once you can enter the Mining Guild, coal mining speeds up noticeably as there are many coal rocks inside the guild, and the guild is very close to the eastern bank in Falador.

Risks: If a player with a higher Mining level is also mining the coal, you may not be able to get any.


2*****
Coins 1000 190,000 coins per hour188265

Level 70 Mining.

Level 15 Dungeoneering to enter the Hidden resource dungeon (optional).

Mining Adamantite

Adamantite ore sells for 2445 each and can be found in the Hobgoblin Mine (level 45-50 Wilderness), the west Lumbridge Swamp mine, Al Kharid, Crandor, Dwarven Mine and the Edgeville Dungeon. Do not pass through the Bandit Camp on your way to or from the mine. Mining adamantite ore by hopping worlds can earn you up to 188265 coins per hour.

Risks: If a player with a higher Mining level is also mining the adamantite ore, you may not be able to get any.


0*****
Coins 1 0 coins per hour0

Level 85 Mining.

Level 45 Dungeoneering to enter the Hidden resource dungeon (optional).

Mining Runite

Runite ore is the most expensive ore in the game, at 11852 coins each. It is found in two locations; the two rocks in level 61 Wilderness and the runite rocks in the mining guild resource dungeon (45 Dungeoneering required). The amount of time it takes runite to respawn is dependent on world population; it will spawn quicker on more-populated worlds (12.5–25 minutes). Most players who mine runite tend to switch worlds rather than wait for the ore to respawn. It is recommended not to hop to busy servers, as the rocks may be mined already. Also, turning private chat off is effective, so that friends won't be bothered by the spamming messages of the world switches. Also, it is highly recommended NOT to start mining runite at level 85 because of the number of players at that level trying the same tactic as you (level 89-90+ is recommended).

Timing assumptions (assuming you use no more than 25 energy points)

  • Walking/running time from Grand Exchange to bank in Al Kharid = 3:30
  • Walking/running time from Al Kharid mine to bank in Al Kharid = 1:15
  • Walking/running time from Grand Exchange to West Varrock Mine = 0:45
  • Walking/running time from West Varrock Mine to bank = 0:40
  • Walking/running time from Grand Exchange to Crafting guild = 3:00
  • Walking/running time from Crafting guild to bank = 1:00
  • Walking/running time from Grand Exchange to East Varrock Mine = 2:00
  • Walking/running time from East Varrock Mine to bank = 0:45
  • Walking/running time from Grand Exchange to north entrance of Dwarven Mine = 2:15
  • Walking/running time from north entrance of Dwarven Mine to south entrance of Dwarven Mine = 0:45
  • Walking/running time from south entrance of Dwarven Mine to closest iron ore = 0:15
  • Walking/running time from south entrance of Dwarven Mine to bank = 0:45 (0:25,requires 15 dungeoneering)
  • Walking/running time from south entrance of Dwarven Mine to Grand Exchange (overland route through Falador) = 3:15
  • Walking/running time from north entrance of Dwarven Mine to closest iron ore = 0:20
  • Walking/running time from north entrance of Dwarven Mine to bank in Edgeville = 1:15
  • Walking/running time from Gunnarsgrunn to bank in Edgeville = 0:40
  • Walking/running time from Grand Exchange to Gunnarsgrunn = 1:00
  • Walking/running time from Rimmington mine to bank in Draynor village (using cabbage teleport) = 0:45
  • Walking/running time from bank in Draynor village to Rimmington mine = 1:00
  • Walking/running time from Rimmington mine to Grand Exchange (using cabbage teleport) = 2:30

Due to constantly changing prices for items on the Grand Exchange, some information in this article may or may not be current.
It is strongly recommended to check the live prices on the Grand Exchange before making larger investments in any method
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