FANDOM


m
m (Updated)
Line 1: Line 1:
{{See also|Pay-to-play Mining training}}
+
{{Otheruses|non-members methods of training the Mining skill|members' methods of training Mining|Pay-to-play Mining training}}
   
[[Mining]] is a fairly tedious skill to train, giving slow experience and having competition over rocks from other players. However, it can be a very rewarding skill in terms of money.
+
==Introduction==
  +
This guide describes the most effective pay-to-play methods to train the [[Mining]] skill. Mining is a gathering skill which typically involves collecting [[ores]] from different types of ore rock; ore rocks are often found in groups at [[mining sites]]. Players can also occasionally obtain [[uncut sapphires]], [[uncut emerald|emeralds]], [[uncut ruby|rubies]] and [[uncut diamond|diamonds]] while mining. [[Pickaxes]] are required when mining ores. Levelling up the Mining skill increases the rate at which players gain resources and experience while mining. As players level up they are also able to use pickaxes which mine at a faster rate. To gain the best experience rates possible, players are strongly recommended to use the highest level pickaxe available to them.
   
It is highly recommended that players teleport whenever possible - this lowers the amount of running time (especially with heavy loads, which results in more run energy being used).
+
The experience rate estimates in this guide assume that the best possible pickaxe is being used for the stated Mining level and do not incorporate the use of any experience boosting items or bonus experience. They also assume that players are not banking the ores that they obtain. Banking ores decreases the amount of experience players can gain per hour and, as most ores are not very valuable, is usually not worth the time taken from Mining training. Players using the Evolution of Combat mode can drop ores by adding the ore to their [[action bar]] and pressing the associated keybind to drop the ore. As opposed to dropping items directly from the inventory using their right-click drop option, dropping ore via the action bar does not interrupt mining.
   
==Equipment==
+
==Useful equipment==
[[Pickaxe]]s are the main tool required for mining. There are 6 different pickaxes available to free-to-play players for mining, ranging from bronze to rune. It is recommended that one uses the best available pickaxe for their level. Pickaxes can be used from the inventory, though adding them to one's [[toolbelt]] or wielding them (with the required [[Attack]] level for weapons of that metal) saves an inventory space. It should be noted that one can add tools to the toolbelt without having the required levels to use them. When doing so, players will automatically use the best Mining tool according to their level, regardless of whether that player has ever purchased the other pickaxes. Thus, the cost of any lower-tier pickaxes can be saved by simply buying a Rune pickaxe to begin with. ''(For example when a player with level 6 has a bronze Pickaxe in their toolbelt, but then puts a Rune pickaxe in their toolbelt, they will automatically use the best pickaxe available to the player, in this case a Steel pickaxe.)''
+
{| class="wikitable"
+
===Pickaxes===
!Level
+
! colspan="2" |Pickaxe
+
[[File:Rune pickaxe detail.png|left|80px]]
!Non-[[Grand Exchange]] price
+
!Grand Exchange price
+
In addition to Mining level requirements, pickaxes require certain [[Attack]] levels to be wielded. However players are able to use a pickaxe without equipping it, as pickaxes held in the inventory or [[tool belt]] are automatically used to mine. Once a pickaxe is added to the tool belt it cannot be removed, but players can add a higher level pickaxe to their tool belt if the pickaxe currently stored in the tool belt is inferior to the one being added. Players can add pickaxes which they do not currently have a high enough Mining level to use to their tool belt. If the pickaxe stored in a player’s tool belt requires a higher Mining level to use than the player currently possesses, the pickaxe will function as the best available pickaxe at the player’s current Mining level.
  +
  +
{|class="wikitable"
  +
!Level required
  +
!Image
  +
!Name
  +
!GE price
  +
!Notes
 
|-
 
|-
 
|1
 
|1
 
|[[File:Bronze pickaxe.png]]
 
|[[File:Bronze pickaxe.png]]
|[[Bronze pickaxe|Bronze]]
+
|[[Bronze pickaxe]]
|Free at [[Nurmof]] and [[Bob (smith)|Bob]]
 
 
|{{GEPrice|Bronze pickaxe}}
 
|{{GEPrice|Bronze pickaxe}}
  +
|This pickaxe is already stored in the player’s tool belt when their account is created.
 
|-
 
|-
 
|1
 
|1
 
|[[File:Iron pickaxe.png]]
 
|[[File:Iron pickaxe.png]]
|[[Iron pickaxe|Iron]]
+
|[[Iron pickaxe]]
|140 coins at [[Nurmof]]
 
 
|{{GEPrice|Iron pickaxe}}
 
|{{GEPrice|Iron pickaxe}}
  +
|Has a mining speed equivalent to that of a bronze pickaxe.
 
|-
 
|-
 
|6
 
|6
 
|[[File:Steel pickaxe.png]]
 
|[[File:Steel pickaxe.png]]
|[[Steel pickaxe|Steel]]
+
|[[Steel pickaxe]]
|500 coins at [[Nurmof]]
 
 
|{{GEPrice|Steel pickaxe}}
 
|{{GEPrice|Steel pickaxe}}
  +
|
 
|-
 
|-
 
|21
 
|21
 
|[[File:Mithril pickaxe.png]]
 
|[[File:Mithril pickaxe.png]]
|[[Mithril pickaxe|Mithril]]
+
|[[Mithril pickaxe]]
|1300 coins at [[Nurmof]]
 
 
|{{GEPrice|Mithril pickaxe}}
 
|{{GEPrice|Mithril pickaxe}}
  +
|
 
|-
 
|-
 
|31
 
|31
 
|[[File:Adamant pickaxe.png]]
 
|[[File:Adamant pickaxe.png]]
|[[Adamant pickaxe|Adamant]]
+
|[[Adamant pickaxe]]
|3200 coins at [[Nurmof]]
 
 
|{{GEPrice|Adamant pickaxe}}
 
|{{GEPrice|Adamant pickaxe}}
  +
|
 
|-
 
|-
 
|41
 
|41
 
|[[File:Rune pickaxe.png]]
 
|[[File:Rune pickaxe.png]]
|[[Rune pickaxe|Rune]]
+
|[[Rune pickaxe]]
|32,000 coins at [[Nurmof]]
 
 
|{{GEPrice|Rune pickaxe}}
 
|{{GEPrice|Rune pickaxe}}
 
|}
 
|}
   
Players have the option to purchase a [[coal bag]] from the [[Rewards Trader]] for storage of extra coal. It takes 1 inventory space and holds 27 coal. Filling the bag during mining earns 1350 experience per bank trip. It requires 35 mining and 35 Dungeoneering (costs 4000 [[Dungeoneering tokens|tokens]]) to be bought and used.
+
===Mining urns===
   
[[Mining urn]]s are also recommended to carry along for experience boost they give.
+
[[File:Mining urn detail.png|right|100px]]
   
==Ores==
+
[[Urns]] can be used to gain additional Mining experience while training. When held in the inventory, urns are filled as the player mines ore. Only base experience gains counts towards filling the urn. Full urns can be teleported away to receive additional experience, equivalent to 20% of the Mining experience gained while filling the urn. Only one urn is filled at a time, though players may own up to a total of 10 full urns. If a player owns 10 full mining urns they must teleport at least 1 away before they can fill more urns. Urns are only tradable in their (nr), non-runed, forms. In order to use a mining urn the player must add an [[earth rune]] to it; this makes the urn untradeable.
There are many types or ores available to mine in free-to-play.
 
   
{| class="wikitable sortable" style="width: 100%; "
+
{|class="wikitable"
! colspan="2" |Ore
+
!Image
!Level
+
!Name
!Experience
+
!Crafting level required to add rune
!Notes
+
!GE price of non-runed urn
  +
!Charges gained from
  +
!Type of ore
  +
!Experience required to fill
  +
!Experience gained from teleporting
 
|-
 
|-
|[[File:Clay.png]]
+
|[[File:Cracked mining urn.png]]
|[[Clay]]
+
|[[Cracked mining urn]]
 
|1
 
|1
|5
+
|{{coins|{{GEP|Cracked mining urn (nr)}}}}
|Clay is used in [[Crafting]] to make small items such as [[pot]]s. When it is used with a water source, it makes [[Soft Clay]] which is used in [[Crafting]].
+
|Ores available at level 1
  +
|[[Clay]]<br>[[Copper ore]]<br>[[Tin ore]]<br>[[Rune essence]]
  +
|437.5
  +
|87.5
 
|-
 
|-
|[[File:Rune essence.png]]
+
|[[File:Fragile mining urn.png]]
|[[Rune essence]]
+
|[[Fragile mining urn]]
|1
+
|17
|5
+
|{{coins|{{GEP|Fragile mining urn (nr)}}}}
|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.
+
|Ores up to and including level 20
  +
|Clay<br>Copper ore<br>Tin ore<br>Rune essence<br>[[Blurite ore]]<br>[[Iron ore]]<br>[[Silver ore]]
  +
|1,000
  +
|200
 
|-
 
|-
|[[File:Copper ore.png]]
+
|[[File:Mining urn.png]]
|[[Copper ore|Copper]]
+
|[[Mining urn]]
|1
+
|32
|17.5
+
|{{coins|{{GEP|Mining urn (nr)}}}}
|Players can use the [[Smithing]] skill to smelt a [[copper ore]] with a [[tin ore]] to make a [[bronze bar]].
+
|Ores up to and including level 40
|-
+
|Clay<br>Copper ore<br>Tin ore<br>Rune essence<br>Blurite ore<br>Iron ore<br>Silver ore<br>[[Pure essence]]<br>[[Coal]]<br>[[Gold ore]]
|[[File:Tin ore.png]]
+
|1,625
|[[Tin ore|Tin]]
+
|325
|1
 
|17.5
 
|Players can use the [[Smithing]] skill to smelt a [[tin ore]] with a [[copper ore]] to make a [[bronze bar]].
 
|-
 
|[[File:Blurite ore.png]]
 
|[[Blurite ore|Blurite]]
 
|10
 
|17.5
 
|Blurite is needed in the quest [[The Knight's Sword]].
 
|-
 
|[[File:Iron ore.png]]
 
|[[Iron ore|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]].
 
|-
 
|[[File:Silver ore.png]]
 
|[[Silver ore|Silver]]
 
|20
 
|40
 
|Silver is used in the [[Crafting]] skill to make items, such as [[tiara]]s.
 
|-
 
|[[File:Coal.png]]
 
|[[Coal]]
 
|30
 
|50
 
|
 
[[Coal]] is very commonly used in [[Smithing]], being required to make bars from steel to [[Rune bar|rune]].
 
|-
 
|[[File:Gold ore.png]]
 
|[[Gold ore|Gold]]
 
|40
 
|65
 
|Gold is used in the [[Crafting]] skill to make items, such as jewellery.
 
|-
 
|[[File:Mithril ore.png]]
 
|[[Mithril ore|Mithril]]
 
|55
 
|80
 
|Players can use the [[Smithing]] skill to smelt a [[Mithril ore]] with four [[coal]] to make a [[mithril bar]].
 
|-
 
|[[File:Adamantite ore.png]]
 
|[[Adamantite ore|Adamantite]]
 
|70
 
|95
 
|Players can use the [[Smithing]] skill to smelt an [[Adamantite ore]] with six [[coal]] to make an [[Adamant bar]].
 
|-
 
|[[File:Runite ore.png]]
 
|[[Runite ore|Runite]]
 
|85
 
|125
 
|
 
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, or 8.5 to 17 minutes for rocks located in the [[wilderness]]. For non-members there are only five rocks: two located in the deep [[wilderness]] and three in the resource dungeon in the mining guild (requiring 45 [[Dungeoneering]]). Members can additional locations in other safe areas, such as in the [[Heroes' Guild mine]].
 
 
|}
 
|}
   
==Quests==
+
==Methods==
There is only one quest in free-to-play that gives Mining experience as a reward.
 
* 1,000 - [[What's Mine is Yours]]
 
   
==Levelling Guide==
+
===Summary===
===Level 1 to 15===
 
[[Tin ore|Tin]] and [[Copper ore|Copper]] are the main ores mined at this level. They give decent experience (17.5 experience per ore) and profit and can be smithed. Even though the mining experience is fairly low many players often continue to mine copper or tin due to the speed of mining. Many players continue to mine Tin and Copper into much higher levels due to this and the lack of competition / overcrowding.
 
   
Clay gives 5 experience per ore. Clay is a good money-maker for new players but is considerably slower experience. You can also train on [[rune essence]] (5 experience each) after being teleported to it by a wizard such as [[Aubury]].
+
See [[Calculator:Mining|here]] to calculate how many ores will be obtained during training.
   
If you are a low level, it is recommended to stick with [[Tin ore|tin]] and [[Copper ore|copper]] until level 30, mining it from the south-east [[Lumbridge Swamp]] mining site; smithing all the ore in the north Lumbridge building containing both a furnace and anvil.
+
{|class="wikitable"
  +
!Level
  +
!Method
  +
!Experience per hour
  +
|-
  +
|1-15
  +
|Copper and tin
  +
|6,800
  +
|-
  +
|15-99
  +
|Iron
  +
|15,000-27,000
  +
|}
   
====Tin and Copper Locations====
+
===1-15: Copper and tin===
*South-east [[Lumbridge Swamp]] mining site where the [[Mining Instructor (Lumbridge)|Mining Tutor]] was previously located.
 
*[[South-east Varrock mining site]], which is near a bank.
 
*[[Dwarven Mine]]s
 
* [[Gunnarsgrunn mining site]] (only [[tin rocks]])
 
*[[South-west Varrock mining site]] (only tin rocks)
 
   
====Clay Locations====
+
[[File:Copper ore detail.png|left|90px]]
*[[South-west Varrock mining site]]
+
[[File:Tin-rock.png|right|90px]]
*[[Dwarven Mine]]s
 
*[[Rimmington mine]] south of [[Falador]]
 
*South [[Gunnarsgrunn mining site]]
 
*Burthorpe Mine
 
* [[Crafting Guild]]
 
   
===Level 15 to 30 (or 99)===
+
At level 1 Mining players should begin training by mining [[copper ore rocks|copper]] and/or [[tin ore rocks]]. Either type of ore give the same amount of Mining experience per ore mined and are obtained at the same rate while mining. Players can gain around 6,800 experience an hour mining [[copper ore|copper]] and/or [[tin ore]]. However as only 2,411 experience is required to reach level 15, it should take players with no previous experience of the skill about 20 minutes to reach level 15. Copper and tin ore rocks can be mined at the [[Lumbridge Swamp training mining site]] and the [[south-east Varrock mining site]].
[[Iron ore|Iron]] is a fast method of mining which yields a very good profit depending on the competition and mining and gives good experience (35 per ore). This is a very good method of power mining from Level 41. With the aid of a [[rune pickaxe]], you are able to mine iron ores very quickly, taking less than 1 second each. Power mining with urns grants about 45000 XP per hour; the fastest mining experience in the free game. At high levels of mining, mining iron is a fast way to make money, resulting in a profit of around 260,000 coins per hour.
 
   
Iron gives better XP per hour than both gold and coal. This is due to there being larger amounts of the rocks, and them having shorter respawn time. Unfortunately this is well-known and the rocks are generally very crowded with high-level miners.
+
===15-45: Iron===
   
Good locations for this are:
+
[[File:Iron ore detail.png|left|90px]]
*[[Dwarven Mine]] near the entrance to the [[Dwarven Mine resource dungeon|resource dungeon]]. This is arguably the best spot as you can easily bank your ore via the resource dungeon's deposit box (requires 15 [[Dungeoneering]]) which is somewhat quicker than dropping, unless you use [[Mouse keys]].
+
[[File:Iron-rock.png|right|90px]]
*[[South-east Varrock mining site]] (consider Teleporting back to Varrock to reduce running time). Disadvantage of the Varrock Mining Sites is the possibility of overcrowding.
 
*[[Al-Kharid Mine]] (if you wish to deposit ores in your bank, consider Teleporting to Al-Kharid to reduce running time).
 
*[[Rimmington mine]] south of [[Falador]]. There is a bank chest in the Clan Camp a bit to the north, if you are in a clan, use clan vexillum to speed up banking.
 
*[[South-west Varrock mining site]] (3 rocks)
 
*Hill Giant spot in Varrock, Enter the house, down the ladder. Go north till you reach hobgoblins and go west, you will find a mine, with 0-1 person inside. Contains 3 Iron rocks.
 
   
In the [[Dwarven Mine]] it is possible to significantly increase your experience rates with the following method:
+
At level 15 Mining players should start mining [[iron ore rocks]]. This gives between 15,000 experience an hour, at level 15 Mining, and 27,000 experience an hour, at level 99 Mining. The best place to mine iron ore is in the southern part of the [[Dwarven Mine]]; where 3 iron ore rocks are found in close proximity to one another. Players with level 15 [[Dungeoneering]] can enter the nearby [[Dwarven Mine hidden mine|resource dungeon]] to access a [[bank deposit]] box if they wish to bank their iron ore. The Dwarven Mine contains [[scorpions]] which are aggressive to players with a combat level of 53 or less and [[king scorpions]] which are aggressive to players with a combat level of 77 or less. It is possible to avoid being attacked by these creatures by trapping them behind ore rocks in the area. Alternative mining sites at which players can mine iron include the [[Al Kharid mining site]] and [[Rimmington mining site]]. Players will receive less mining experience an hour if mining at one of these locations, as the iron ore rocks are not located close to one another players will have to spend longer moving between ore rocks, decreasing the amount of time that can be spent mining. As iron ore is frequently successfully obtained from iron ore rocks, players may wish to mine iron ore on a highly populated world. The rate at which ore rocks replenish with ore increases according to the number of players present on a world, players will spend less time waiting for ore to respawn if they are on a highly populated world.
* Mine the three iron rocks from west to east.
 
* Once you have obtained the third ore, click on the copper ore-bearing rock a few steps to the north.
 
* As soon as the copper is in your inventory, click on the first iron rock again.
 
* As you're running back to the first rock, '''drop the copper ore''' - repeat
 
If done correctly, you should get back to the western iron rock just as the ore respawns. The method is quite intensive and takes a little while to get right.
 
   
For each inventory of iron, you will mine 9 copper ores. This increases the exp per inventory from 980 xp to 1137.5 xp Assuming that you fill 30 inventories an hour and bank them in the deposit box, this method results in an hourly mining experience rate of:
+
==Money making using the Mining skill==
   
1137.5 x 30 = '''34,125''' xp/hr
+
===Mining rune essence===
   
Without mining the copper ores you would only get 29,400 xp/hr. This is one of the best mining exp rates f2p players can receive, especially whilst still keeping the ores.
+
{|class="wikitable"
====Mining Guild====
+
!Level required
The [[Mining Guild]] requires a Level 60 Mining to enter or level of 59 by first drinking a [[dwarven stout]]. After [[Macro#ClusterFlutterer|ClusterFlutterer]] the guild is no longer as crowded as it used to be, making it a better place to train.
+
!Experience per hour
  +
!GP per hour
  +
!Details of method
  +
|-
  +
|None
  +
|4,825
  +
|37,000
  +
|[[Money making guide/Mining rune essence]]
  +
|}
   
The Mining Guild contains the following rocks:
+
===Mining clay===
*37 [[Coal rocks]]
 
*5 [[Mithril rocks]]
 
   
The Resource Dungeon contains:
+
{|class="wikitable"
*3 [[Runite rocks]]
+
!Level required
*4 [[Adamantite rocks]]
+
!Experience per hour
*8 [[Mithril rocks]]
+
!GP per hour
  +
!Details of method
  +
|-
  +
|None
  +
|4,200
  +
|121,000
  +
|[[Money making guide/Mining clay]]
  +
|}
   
====Varying your routine====
+
===Mining iron ore===
A good way to stray from routine is to multi-task while Mining: [[high alchemy]] while mining in the Dwarven Mine (three rocks). The idea is to mine the first iron rock, click on the second iron rock and while your character is turning (or running for the third rock which is far than the two adjacent rocks), click high alchemy on the item you wish to convert, and keep on repeating those three steps. A full load of iron ore plus high alchemy in between takes about two minutes. Once your inventory is full, deposit your iron ore in a deposit box or bank, and repeat. This way you can get Magic and Mining experience at the same time.
 
   
It's roughly:
+
{|class="wikitable"
  +
!Level required
  +
!Experience per hour
  +
!GP per hour
  +
!Details of method
  +
|-
  +
|15 Mining<br>15 [[Dungeoneering]]<br>29 Combat
  +
|33,600
  +
|200,000
  +
|[[Money making guide/Mining iron ore]]
  +
|}
   
35*26 = 910 xp / 2 min (Mining)
+
===Mining adamantite ore===
   
65*18 = 1170 xp / 2 min (Magic)
+
{|class="wikitable"
  +
!Level required
  +
!Experience per hour
  +
!GP per hour
  +
!Details of method
  +
|-
  +
|70 Mining
  +
|11,400
  +
|159,000
  +
|[[Money making guide/Mining adamantite ore]]
  +
|}
   
===Level 20 to 30===
+
===Mining runite ore===
[[Silver ore]] can be mined at level 20, however, it is not recommended past level 30 mining where coal can be mined. Silver ore brings in {{GEP|Silver ore}} coins per ore. This is a good way to gain money for lower level players.The Mining experience earned is 40 per ore.
 
   
Locations:
+
{|class="wikitable"
*South-West Varrock Mine (three rocks). The trip back to Varrock Bank can be shortened by using Varrock Teleport.
+
!Level required
*Al Kharid Mines, although it's recommended to use the home teleport spell, as round trips are lengthy.
+
!Experience per hour
*Dwarven Mine Resource Dungeon, has three rocks and a bank deposit box.
+
!GP per hour
+
!Details of method
===Level 30 to 40===
+
|-
[[Coal]] can be mined at level 30 mining. Coal gives 50 experience each. Coal can be used by the [[Smithing]] skill to produce different types of bars.
+
|85+ Mining<br>83 [[Summoning]] recommended
+
|15,000
Locations:
+
|1,295,000
*[[Dwarven Mine resource dungeon]], has 13 rocks and a bank deposit box in Falador. You can use the dungeon entrance in Falador to dramatically decrease the distance between the rocks and the bank.
+
|[[Money making guide/Mining runite ore]]
*South-west of the water altar near Draynor Village in the Lumbridge Swamp, there are also 7 coal rocks.
+
|}
 
===Level 40 to 70===
 
[[Gold ore]] can be mined at level 40 mining. Gold ore gives 65 experience each, and takes a maximum of two minutes to respawn. This used to be a valuable ore which many players mined for profit. {{#ifexpr:{{GEP|Gold ore}} > {{GEP|Coal}}|Gold ore is currently worth more than coal, being {{GEP|Gold ore}} coins each.|Gold ore is currently worth less than coal, being {{GEP|Gold ore}} coins each.}}
 
 
Mining gold is an inefficient method of gaining XP. The largest amount of gold rocks in one place is at the [[Crafting Guild]], which has seven. If one were lucky enough to get ore from all seven rocks in a row, one would only receive approximately 228 XP every minute. Mining iron at the Dwarven Mine would grant a similar amount of XP for repeatedly mining only one of the nine rocks there.
 
'''From level 41 on, it is highly recommended that you get a [[Rune pickaxe]] and start to mine iron ore again.'''
 
 
Possibly the most efficient way of mining iron is to go on an near-empty server, and mine the 4 irons in Varrock east mine using a rune pickaxe. Teleport to Burthorpe lodestone and unload (this lodestone is closest to the bank), and then teleport back to the Varrock lodestone.
 
 
Another good location for this is the [[Karamja Volcano|Karamja-Crandor volcano]], as many players here are training on the [[lesser demons]]. Beware though, if you are under level 45 [[Combat level|combat]], the [[skeletons]] here are aggressive to you.
 
 
If you are a part of a clan, you can get a [[clan vexillum]]; wield the vexillum (you will need a pickaxe in your toolbelt and level 40 crafting). Teleport to the [[clan camp]] and run west until you reach the [[Crafting Guild]]. Mine the gold rocks until your inventory is full, and teleport to the clan camp to bank your goods at the Bank chest, then run west and repeat.
 
 
===Level 55 to 70===
 
[[Mithril ore]] can be mined at level 55. This ore gives 80 experience and is a middle-level money maker, but is not recommended past level 70.
 
 
A good location for this ore is the Mining Guild (60 mining required). For players who are more daring, the [[Bandit Camp mining site]] in the [[Wilderness]] can be a good location. With 22 mithril rocks in place, players can easily get a full inventory without having to wait for the rocks to respawn, although there are no banks near here and other players can attack you here.
 
 
For a fast speed in levelling mining, [[Crandor]] is a good place to mine Mithril rocks and has 7 rocks. Be careful of monsters that can attack without warning if you are too close. Unfortunately, there are no close banks or deposit boxes to deposit all of your ores, which makes this a poor location for making money. If you are willing to make money this way, use an [[Explorer's ring|Explorer's ring 3/4]] once you have a full inventory and then deposit the ores into your bank. Then running back is needed to return to Crandor. The only other alternative is to run to and from Crandor and the East Falador Bank.
 
 
With level 15 [[Dungeoneering]] you can enter the [[resource dungeon]] in the dwarven mine, contains 6 mithril rocks, 3 silver and 11 coal with a bank deposit.Outside the dungeon entrance are 3 iron rocks. While you wait for the Mithril inside and outside the dungeon to respawn, you can mine the iron, and bank it inside the dungeon, which can be very profitable and be incredibly fast XP.
 
 
Once you reach level 45 [[Dungeoneering]] you can enter the [[Mining guild resource dungeon|Mining Guild resource dungeon]], which contains 8 mithril rocks, 4 adamantite rocks, and 3 runite rocks.
 
 
===Level 60 to 99===
 
[[Coal]] can be mined at level 30. However, it is faster to mine it at a Mining level of 60, because this level allows access to the [[Mining Guild]]. This ore is crucial to smithing and therefore it is a very good method if you bank ores as you can make good money from this. Coal gives 50 experience per ore. Teleport spells that are near banks make the process of banking faster. You can also get a [[coal bag]], which is a reward from [[dungeoneering]], to carry more coal per inventory and to bank less often. The [[coal bag]] can be acquired with 4000 [[Dungeoneering tokens]] if you have 35 mining.
 
 
Good locations for this ore are:
 
*The [[Dwarven Mine hidden mine]], with 15 [[Dungeoneering]], you can access the bank deposit in the resource dungeon for quicker banking.
 
*[[Gunnarsgrunn]], close to the banks in Varrock and [[Edgeville]].
 
*[[West Lumbridge Swamp mining site|West Lumbridge Swamp Mining Site]] - Faster if combined with [[Lumbridge Teleports]].
 
*Edgeville Dungeon, generally only for power levelers. It has 6 coal rocks, and generally empty of players. However, beware of skeletons and the occasional hobgoblin.
 
*[[Southern wilderness mining site]], for those with higher combat level, getting ore is almost guaranteed because the mine is not usually crowded. There is a danger from being attacked by other players, but it's relatively low. It is recommended that players do not take valuables, due to the risk of death from another player.
 
 
===Level 70 to 99===
 
[[Adamantite ore]] can be mined at level 70. This is a good money making method of mining, because each ore can sell for {{GEPrice|Adamantite ore}} coins.
 
 
Good locations for this ore are in the Dwarven Mine, the Lumbridge south west mine, the Bandit camp mining site, or on Crandor.
 
 
===Level 85 to 99===
 
[[Runite ore]] can be mined at level 85. These are valuable, since ores sell for {{GEPrice|Runite ore}} coins, but is very slow to respawn, and takes considerable time to mine, making it poor experience, but potentially great profit. With the return of player-versus-player combat in the wilderness, caution is advised when mining in the wilderness.
 
 
An alternative that requires level 45 Dungeoneering is located in the [[Mining Guild]]. This [[resource dungeon]] gives you 4,400 Dungeoneering experience when you first enter and contains 3 runite ore as well as 8 mithril and 4 adamantite ore. The very low degree of risk in this area can make it very tedious to find runite ores.
 
 
===Superheating===
 
[[Superheat item|Superheating]] is a magic spell that allows you to smelt a bar without the need for a furnace, and can be used to prolong the duration of your mining trip.
 
 
The following stats are required:
 
*Level 55+ Mining (70 for adamant, 85 for rune)
 
*Level 43 Magic
 
*Level 50+ Smithing (70 for adamant, 85 for rune)
 
 
The following items are required:
 
*Staff of fire (equipped)
 
*Pickaxe
 
*Nature runes (amount varies)
 
*If your Smithing is level 55 to 69, you will need 22 Mithril ore (4 free inventory spaces)
 
*If your Smithing is level 70 to 84, you will need 20 Adamantite ore (6 free inventory spaces)
 
*If your Smithing is level 85+, you will need 18 Runite ore (8 free inventory spaces)
 
 
*Note: If you are willing to take gems as random award; additional free spaces can be allocated.
 
 
'''Steps:'''
 
#Bring the ores you wish to smelt and the other required materials to any location with coal ore, such as the Mining Guild.
 
#Mine coal until you fill your inventory.
 
#Cast "Superheat Item" on whichever primary ore you brought.
 
#Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you run out of primary ore.
 
 
If you have Mithril ore, you can mine up to 92 coal without banking. If you have Adamantite ore, you can mine up to 126 coal without banking. If you have Runite ore, you can mine up to 152 coal without banking.
 
 
You can repeat this process as many times as desired.
 
 
===Dwarven Mine===
 
 
===Resource Dungeon===
 
[[File:Dwarven Mine resource dungeon entrance.png|thumb|Entrance to Hidden Resource Dungeon in the Dwarven Mine]]
 
[[File:Dwarven Mine resource dungeon exit.png|thumb|Bank Deposit Box in the Hidden Resource Dungeon]]
 
 
Mining at the Dwarven Mine Resource Dungeon requires at least 15 [[Dungeoneering]].
 
 
At the Dwarven Mine there is a very efficient way to obtain ores and experience with the update on [[10 July]] [[2010]] adding hidden resource dungeons. However the speed and overall effectiveness of this method is severely decreased by the fact that the resource dungeons are generally very crowded. The quickest way to this location is via teleport to Falador then into the Dwarven Mines. Directly in front of the stairs is a resource dungeon (though 15 dungeoneering is required to enter it) with a Bank Deposit inside. Here, players just mine away at ores and bank ores directly inside the mine.
 
 
If players intend to mine ores in a crowded world, coal can be obtained easier by moving to coal spawns a few seconds before they respawn in a circle. Mine a coal ore in one area and when it runs out, run to another zone that's about to have multiple coal rocks respawn. That way players get a few extra seconds to get the ore while other miners will be running. However, after the nuking of bots in November 2011, this area is generally deemed empty.
 
 
===Dwarven Mine Resource Dungeon, Superheat and Urns===
 
You can combine these methods to remain in the [[Mining Guild]] for extended periods and gaining additional experience through the use of [[Mining urn|Mining]] and [[Smelting urn]]s. Typical inventory load is Fire staff, nature runes, 1 smelting urn, 4-5 mining urns, gem bag, coal bag and 10 mithril ores (optional). Drop into the Resource dungeon to see if runite or adamantite (also check main mining area) ores are available otherwise mine coal and fill up your coal bag. Drop any uncut gems into your gem bag. As you mine coal the mining urns get full and releases additional inventory slots when you teleport them. As you superheat mithril ores the smelting urn get full and releases an additional slot when teleported. This may take two rounds, so you may occasionally need to bring two smelting urns. Members will need to adjust the number of urns as they will gain additional experience for the higher level urns they can obtain which give experience for mining and smelting the higher ores.
 
 
==Current prices==
 
{{See also|Grand Exchange Market Watch/Mining}}
 
===Ores===
 
{{GEHeader}}
 
{{GEItem|clay}}
 
{{GEItem|copper ore}}
 
{{GEItem|tin ore}}
 
{{GEItem|iron ore}}
 
{{GEItem|silver ore}}
 
{{GEItem|coal}}
 
{{GEItem|gold ore}}
 
{{GEItem|mithril ore}}
 
{{GEItem|adamantite ore}}
 
{{GEItem|runite ore}}
 
{{GETableEnd}}
 
 
==See Also==
 
*[[Calculators#Mining|Mining Calculators]]
 
   
 
{{Training guides}}
 
{{Training guides}}

Revision as of 15:59, May 16, 2015

This article is about non-members methods of training the Mining skill. For members' methods of training Mining, see Pay-to-play Mining training.

Introduction

This guide describes the most effective pay-to-play methods to train the Mining skill. Mining is a gathering skill which typically involves collecting ores from different types of ore rock; ore rocks are often found in groups at mining sites. Players can also occasionally obtain uncut sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds while mining. Pickaxes are required when mining ores. Levelling up the Mining skill increases the rate at which players gain resources and experience while mining. As players level up they are also able to use pickaxes which mine at a faster rate. To gain the best experience rates possible, players are strongly recommended to use the highest level pickaxe available to them.

The experience rate estimates in this guide assume that the best possible pickaxe is being used for the stated Mining level and do not incorporate the use of any experience boosting items or bonus experience. They also assume that players are not banking the ores that they obtain. Banking ores decreases the amount of experience players can gain per hour and, as most ores are not very valuable, is usually not worth the time taken from Mining training. Players using the Evolution of Combat mode can drop ores by adding the ore to their action bar and pressing the associated keybind to drop the ore. As opposed to dropping items directly from the inventory using their right-click drop option, dropping ore via the action bar does not interrupt mining.

Useful equipment

Pickaxes

Rune pickaxe detail

In addition to Mining level requirements, pickaxes require certain Attack levels to be wielded. However players are able to use a pickaxe without equipping it, as pickaxes held in the inventory or tool belt are automatically used to mine. Once a pickaxe is added to the tool belt it cannot be removed, but players can add a higher level pickaxe to their tool belt if the pickaxe currently stored in the tool belt is inferior to the one being added. Players can add pickaxes which they do not currently have a high enough Mining level to use to their tool belt. If the pickaxe stored in a player’s tool belt requires a higher Mining level to use than the player currently possesses, the pickaxe will function as the best available pickaxe at the player’s current Mining level.

Level required Image Name GE price Notes
1 Bronze pickaxe Bronze pickaxe 1,231 This pickaxe is already stored in the player’s tool belt when their account is created.
1 Iron pickaxe Iron pickaxe 4,065 Has a mining speed equivalent to that of a bronze pickaxe.
6 Steel pickaxe Steel pickaxe 1,887
21 Mithril pickaxe Mithril pickaxe 2,828
31 Adamant pickaxe Adamant pickaxe 5,407
41 Rune pickaxe Rune pickaxe 22,097

Mining urns

Urns can be used to gain additional Mining experience while training. When held in the inventory, urns are filled as the player mines ore. Only base experience gains counts towards filling the urn. Full urns can be teleported away to receive additional experience, equivalent to 20% of the Mining experience gained while filling the urn. Only one urn is filled at a time, though players may own up to a total of 10 full urns. If a player owns 10 full mining urns they must teleport at least 1 away before they can fill more urns. Urns are only tradable in their (nr), non-runed, forms. In order to use a mining urn the player must add an earth rune to it; this makes the urn untradeable.

Image Name Crafting level required to add rune GE price of non-runed urn Charges gained from Type of ore Experience required to fill Experience gained from teleporting
Cracked mining urn Cracked mining urn 1 896 Ores available at level 1 Clay
Copper ore
Tin ore
Rune essence
437.5 87.5
Fragile mining urn Fragile mining urn 17 1,105 Ores up to and including level 20 Clay
Copper ore
Tin ore
Rune essence
Blurite ore
Iron ore
Silver ore
1,000 200
File:Mining urn.png Mining urn 32 Script error Ores up to and including level 40 Clay
Copper ore
Tin ore
Rune essence
Blurite ore
Iron ore
Silver ore
Pure essence
Coal
Gold ore
1,625 325

Methods

Summary

See here to calculate how many ores will be obtained during training.

Level Method Experience per hour
1-15 Copper and tin 6,800
15-99 Iron 15,000-27,000

1-15: Copper and tin

Copper ore detail
Tin-rock

At level 1 Mining players should begin training by mining copper and/or tin ore rocks. Either type of ore give the same amount of Mining experience per ore mined and are obtained at the same rate while mining. Players can gain around 6,800 experience an hour mining copper and/or tin ore. However as only 2,411 experience is required to reach level 15, it should take players with no previous experience of the skill about 20 minutes to reach level 15. Copper and tin ore rocks can be mined at the Lumbridge Swamp training mining site and the south-east Varrock mining site.

15-45: Iron

Iron ore detail
Iron-rock

At level 15 Mining players should start mining iron ore rocks. This gives between 15,000 experience an hour, at level 15 Mining, and 27,000 experience an hour, at level 99 Mining. The best place to mine iron ore is in the southern part of the Dwarven Mine; where 3 iron ore rocks are found in close proximity to one another. Players with level 15 Dungeoneering can enter the nearby resource dungeon to access a bank deposit box if they wish to bank their iron ore. The Dwarven Mine contains scorpions which are aggressive to players with a combat level of 53 or less and king scorpions which are aggressive to players with a combat level of 77 or less. It is possible to avoid being attacked by these creatures by trapping them behind ore rocks in the area. Alternative mining sites at which players can mine iron include the Al Kharid mining site and Rimmington mining site. Players will receive less mining experience an hour if mining at one of these locations, as the iron ore rocks are not located close to one another players will have to spend longer moving between ore rocks, decreasing the amount of time that can be spent mining. As iron ore is frequently successfully obtained from iron ore rocks, players may wish to mine iron ore on a highly populated world. The rate at which ore rocks replenish with ore increases according to the number of players present on a world, players will spend less time waiting for ore to respawn if they are on a highly populated world.

Money making using the Mining skill

Mining rune essence

Level required Experience per hour GP per hour Details of method
None 4,825 37,000 Money making guide/Mining rune essence

Mining clay

Level required Experience per hour GP per hour Details of method
None 4,200 121,000 Money making guide/Mining clay

Mining iron ore

Level required Experience per hour GP per hour Details of method
15 Mining
15 Dungeoneering
29 Combat
33,600 200,000 Money making guide/Mining iron ore

Mining adamantite ore

Level required Experience per hour GP per hour Details of method
70 Mining 11,400 159,000 Money making guide/Mining adamantite ore

Mining runite ore

Level required Experience per hour GP per hour Details of method
85+ Mining
83 Summoning recommended
15,000 1,295,000 Money making guide/Mining runite ore
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.