This article is about the type of ore. For the item used in the 2008 Easter event, see Bucket of coal.
Coal detail

Coal is a resource that can be obtained through mining coal rocks or concentrated coal rocks, requiring level 30 Mining, in various places around RuneScape. Successfully mining coal gains the player 50 Mining experience. Coal is required to craft Elemental, Steel, Mithril, Adamant, and rune bars. As players Mining level increases, they are able to mine coal at quicker rates.

81 pieces of coal may be stored with a coal bag, requiring only one inventory space. The coal bag may be purchased from Marmaros at Daemonheim for 4,000 Dungeoneering tokens.

Coal can be obtained through Managing Miscellania by having the player's subjects of Miscellania gather it for them. In order to gain coal, players must store money in the coffers and then set the focus of the subjects on mining. They will mine coal and possibly a few gem stones in the background for the player.

Coal is also a possible reward from Temple Trekking.


Coal Coal
Mining level Mining 30
Source Coal rocks
Experience (per ore)
Mining 50 XP
Equipment 5.9 XP
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Coal Coal
Mining level Mining 77
Source Concentrated coal rocks
Experience (per ore)
Mining 50 XP
Equipment 5.9 XP
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Respawn rate

Mine locations


The market price of coal is currently 81 coins. Coal maintained an average stable price of 175 coins prior to June 2009, but gradually rose to over 300 coins in the middle of 2010. After free trade was reinstated on 1 February 2011, the price briefly fell to an average 160 coins before it continued to fluctuate near 250 coins until 2013.

On 19 October 2015, during the Invasion of Falador event, double experience was awarded while training at the Artisans' Workshop. This caused the price of coal to rise dramatically, reaching an average Grand Exchange price of 492 coins on 24 October 2015, with a 7-day trading volume of 262,600,000.

A rework of Mining and Smithing was planned for September 2016[1]. However, the rework has since been postponed to 2017 due to player feedback.[2] Coal was planned to only be required for lower tier bars while new secondary ingredients would be required for the new bars. This caused the price of coal to steadily decrease in value, maintaining a 30-day average of approximately 178 coins during September 2016.

Iron ore can be mined at a faster rate which is helpful if players wish to gain some money from mining. It also has a current Grand Exchange price of 413 coins which has a price difference of 332 coins over coal. Because of the increased cost, many players prefer to mine iron instead.


Divination Level Initial resource Energy Result DivinationXP Profit/loss
29 3 Iron ore Iron ore 2 Bright energy 1 Bright energy 1 Coal Coal 6 -1,400
63 3 Coal Coal 2 Vibrant energy 1 Vibrant energy 1 Mithril ore Mithril ore 13.3 -321

Drop sources

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Adventurer's chestN/A4–6Unknown
Ancient mage1031–10Common
Ancient ranger1031–8Common
Ancient warrior1031–8Uncommon
Automaton Generator 84; 11525Common
Automaton Guardian 84; 11525Common
Automaton Tracer 84; 11525Common
Avaryss, the Unceasing1000552–596Common
Bandit (Kharid Bandit Camp)541Common
Bandit (Pollnivneach)531Common
Bandit (Wilderness)181Uncommon
Bandit Brawler112; 1181Uncommon
Barrel (Viyeldi caves)N/A1–4Rare
Black Guard 42; 471Uncommon
Blood reaver108; 1241–10Uncommon
Bloodveld 61; 68; 922Uncommon
Catablepon 53; 543–7Rare
Chaos Giant12621–39Uncommon
Chaos dwarf 28; 45; 47; 84; 101; 1081Common
Cockroach drone42Common
Cockroach worker301–2Uncommon
Crystal chestN/A150Common
Crystal chestN/A80Common
Demon Flash MobN/A80Common
Demon boss20080Common
Desert Lizard 35; 49; 631–2Uncommon
Dwarf9; 14; 39; 441Uncommon
Earth implingN/A6Uncommon
Falador resource bundleN/A1–2Unknown
Festive crackerN/A1–50Common
Fire spiritN/A4Common
General Graardor 210; 624115–120Common
General Graardor 210; 624153–187Uncommon
Ghast 28; 35; 63; 912Uncommon
Giant ant soldier701–7Uncommon
Giant ant worker491–10Uncommon
Giant frog441Uncommon
Giant mole23040Unknown
Giant mole23060Uncommon
Glowing crackerN/A25–100Common
Gnome RestaurantN/A12–22Rare
Goblin Raider561Uncommon
Goblin statue705Uncommon

Store locations

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Seller Location Cost Currency Base stock Members?
Drogo's Mining EmporiumDwarven Mines45Coins 25Coins 0No
Ore SellerKeldagrim45Coins 25Coins 100Yes
Ore StoreJatizso45Coins 25Coins 0Yes
Sani's Orefully Affordable StoreNew Varrock45Zemomark10Yes


[FAQ] • [doc]


  • Coal is not an ore. Ore requires extraction to obtain the element while coal is already in its usable form.
  • In RuneScape, coal rocks have a higher chance of awarding gems than other mined resources. One can observe this in the real world as well. In the real world, coal beds can supply the needed carbon and pressure that gems require to form.
  • Coal can be obtained through the Mobilising Armies minigame by exploring for treasure using Dwarven squads during a round. Players may also obtain coal as spoils of war.
  • As a joke around Christmas time, some players give coal to other players. This is a reference to a well known Christmas tradition where coal is given instead of presents to those who have been naughty that year. This was turned on its head during the 2009 Christmas event, where the naughty NPC Tiny Thom was delighted to have been given a lump of coal due to its market value.
  • Coal rocks in Keldagrim's north-east mine have not been updated like the other coal rocks. They remain completely black when coal can be harvested from them.
  • It's possible for two players to mine coal from the same rock.
  • The examine text states, "Hmm a non-renewable energy source!" This is a joke about coal in the real world. Coal cannot be replenished once extracted.


  1. ^ Mining and Smithing Rework concept first look!. 14 June 2016.*
  2. ^ Mod Osborne. "Mining & Smithing Rework Postponed." 29 July 2016. RuneScape News.