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Players who won all pieces of the sapphire golem outfit, emerald golem outfit, and ruby golem outfit could combine these outfits' components to form the [[magic golem outfit]]. When wearing a complete magic golem outfit, the player's chance of successfully mining a resource is increased by 7% (as opposed to 5% with the other golem outfits).
 
Players who won all pieces of the sapphire golem outfit, emerald golem outfit, and ruby golem outfit could combine these outfits' components to form the [[magic golem outfit]]. When wearing a complete magic golem outfit, the player's chance of successfully mining a resource is increased by 7% (as opposed to 5% with the other golem outfits).
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==Methods==
 
==Methods==
 
===Summary===
 
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!Method
 
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|1-15
 
|copper and tin
 
|6,800
 
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|15-99+
 
|iron
 
|15,000-27,000
 
 
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|1-99+
 
|1-99+
 
|rune essence
 
|rune essence
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===Levels 1-15: copper and tin===
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===Levels 1-99+: rune essence===
[[File:Copper ore detail.png|left|90px]]
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[[File:Rune essence detail.png|left|100px]]
[[File:Tin-rock.png|right|90px]]
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The best training method available to free to play players is to mine [[rune essence]], using the [[action bar]] to drop the essence obtained. Rune essence can only be found at the [[Rune Essence mine]], which can players can access using the right-click teleport options on [[Aubury]] in [[Varrock]]; [[Archmage Sedridor]] in [[Wizards' Tower]]; or [[Carwen Essencebinder]] in [[Burthrope]]. Pickaxes' level seems to have a negative effect on their ability to mine rune essence: a [[bronze pickaxe]] is most effective in mining rune essence. Equipping a bronze pickaxe will ensure that this is used instead of any higher level pickaxe that the player may have stored in their [[toolbelt]]. Using a bronze pickaxe the player may gain around 26,000 experience an hour. This experience rate is gained at any Mining level.
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]].
 
 
===Levels 15-99+: iron===
 
[[File:Iron ore detail.png|left|90px]]
 
[[File:Iron-rock.png|right|90px]]
 
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 [[king scorpions]] which are aggressive to players with a combat level of 77 or lower. It is possible to avoid being attacked by these creatures by trapping them behind rocks in the area.
 
 
Players who wish to avoid aggressive monsters or who do not have level 15 Dungeoneering could alternatively mine at the [[Falador mining site]] or the [[South-east Varrock mining site]], though mining at these locations give less experience an hour.
 
 
As iron ore is frequently successfully obtained, 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 replenish if they are on a highly populated world.
 
 
=== Levels 1-99+: rune essence ===
 
[[File:Rune essence detail.png|thumb|130x130px]]
 
Players may [[Powermining|powermine]] [[Rune essence]] by dragging a rune essence onto the action bar and holding down the associated key: this drops essence immediately as it is gathered (as with other ores). As of February 8, 2017, each type of pickaxe appears to have a fixed rate of mining rune essence which is independent of mining level. Unexpectedly, a [[Bronze Pick|Bronze Pickaxe]] has the fastest mining rate: it mines 7 rune essence per 8 [[Game tick|game ticks]]. An iron pickaxe mines 6 per 7 ticks, steel mines 5 per 6 ticks, mithril mines 4 per 5 ticks, adamant mines 3 per 4 ticks, and rune mines 2 per 3 ticks. No matter what type of pickaxe is in one's [[Toolbelt]], one may always wield a bronze pickaxe to force using it over the pickaxe on the toolbelt.
 
   
 
==Money making using the Mining skill==
 
==Money making using the Mining skill==

Revision as of 12:01, February 24, 2017

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 free-to-play methods to train the Mining skill. 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 do not bank 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.

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. A pickaxe is required when mining. 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 better pickaxes. To gain the best experience rates possible, players are strongly recommended to use the highest level pickaxe available to them.

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 Image Name GE price Notes
1 Bronze pickaxe Bronze pickaxe 1,456 This pickaxe is already stored in the player's tool belt when their account is created.
1 Iron pickaxe Iron pickaxe 4,343 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

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 tradeable 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 1 908 Ores available at level 1 Clay
Copper ore
Tin ore
Rune essence
437.5 87.5
Fragile mining urn Fragile mining urn 17 1,194 Ores up to and including level 20 The above, plus:
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 The above, plus:
Pure essence
Coal
Gold ore
1,625 325

Golem outfits

Magic golem outfit equipped

Parts of golem outfits could be won as a prize from Treasure Hunter between the 19 June and 23 June 2014. The sapphire golem outfit, emerald golem outfit and ruby golem outfit consist of head slot, body slot, leg slot, hand slot and feet slot items. When wearing a complete version of any of these three outfits, the player's chance of successfully mining a resource is increased by 5%.

Players who won all pieces of the sapphire golem outfit, emerald golem outfit, and ruby golem outfit could combine these outfits' components to form the magic golem outfit. When wearing a complete magic golem outfit, the player's chance of successfully mining a resource is increased by 7% (as opposed to 5% with the other golem outfits).

Methods

Summary

See here to calculate how many ores will be obtained during training. The following figures do not include boosts nor urns.

Level Method Experience per hour
1-99+ rune essence 26,000

Levels 1-99+: rune essence

Rune essence detail

The best training method available to free to play players is to mine rune essence, using the action bar to drop the essence obtained. Rune essence can only be found at the Rune Essence mine, which can players can access using the right-click teleport options on Aubury in Varrock; Archmage Sedridor in Wizards' Tower; or Carwen Essencebinder in Burthrope. Pickaxes' level seems to have a negative effect on their ability to mine rune essence: a bronze pickaxe is most effective in mining rune essence. Equipping a bronze pickaxe will ensure that this is used instead of any higher level pickaxe that the player may have stored in their toolbelt. Using a bronze pickaxe the player may gain around 26,000 experience an hour. This experience rate is gained at any Mining level.

Money making using the Mining skill

Mining rune essence

Level required Experience per hour Profit per hour Details of method
None 4,825 Mining 30,880 Money making guide/Mining rune essence

Mining clay

Level required Experience per hour Profit per hour Details of method
None 4,200 Mining 285,600 Money making guide/Mining clay

Mining iron ore

Level required Experience per hour Profit per hour Details of method
15 Mining
15 Dungeoneering

29 Multicombat

33,600 Mining 431,040 Money making guide/Mining iron ore

Mining adamantite ore

Level required Experience per hour Profit per hour Details of method
70+ Mining
45 Dungeoneering (recommended)
11,400 Mining 27,240 Money making guide/Mining adamantite ore

Mining runite ore

Level required Experience per hour Profit per hour Details of method
85+ Mining 15,000 Mining 166,004 Money making guide/Mining runite ore
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