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Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of Mining emote
Table of Contents
1.0 - Introduction

Welcome to the official Zybez Mining guide. In this guide and manual, you will find information on various ores, pickaxes, levels, as well as many other useful details. If you are looking for specific information and know which section it would be under, it is as easy as clicking the section in the Table of Contents. So sit back and relax, while we try to explain the wonderful skill of Mining as simply and clearly as possible.

Mining, though a slow skill at times, is one of the most profitable skills in the game of RuneScape and a large percentage of the items and coins in the RuneScape economy is the result of Mining.

2.0 - The Basics of Mining

Mining is extremely easy to get a grip on, begin by obtaining a pickaxe which you can use. Next find one of the many mining spots dotted around the RuneScape world, then left click your chosen rock whilst wielding or just by having a pickaxe in your inventory. Once you've mined the rock the ore that the rock was holding will now be in your inventory and the rock will change colour slightly, this indicates that the rock is no longer containing an ore. You can find out what ore is contained in a particular rock by right clicking and choosing "Prospect". After changing colour the rock will eventually respawn another ore which you can proceed to mine again, the more people in the world you're in the less time it takes to respawn.

3.0 - Requirements

As you gain levels in Mining, you are rewarded with the ability to use better pickaxes and with the better pickaxes the ability to mine higher level ores such as Mithril, Adamantite and even Runite. The requirements to use each pickaxe and mine each ore are listed in the tables and sections below.

3.1 - Pickaxes

Refer to the table below for the level requirements to use each pickaxe.

Picture Pickaxe Level to use (Mining) Level to wield (Attack) Cost
Zybez RuneScape Help's 

Screenshot of a Bronze Pickaxe Bronze pickaxe 1 1 0gp
Zybez RuneScape Help's 

Screenshot of a Iron Pickaxe Iron pickaxe 1 10 0gp
Zybez RuneScape Help's 

Screenshot of a Steel Pickaxe Steel pickaxe 6 20 0gp
Zybez RuneScape Help's 

Screenshot of a Mithril Pickaxe Mithril pickaxe 21 30 0gp
Zybez RuneScape Help's 

Screenshot of a Adamant Pickaxe Adamant pickaxe 31 40 0gp
Zybez RuneScape Help's 

Screenshot of a Rune Pickaxe Rune pickaxe 41 50 0gp
Dragon pickaxe 61 60 0gp

Special Pickaxes Equipment Name Level to use (Mining) Level to wield (Attack) Obtained from
Zybez RuneScape
Help's Screenshot of an Inferno Adze Inferno adze* 41 1 All Fired Up Activity
Zybez RuneScape
Help's Picture of Sacred Clay Pickaxe Sacred clay pickaxe** 40 1 Stealing Creation

* The Inferno adze is the equivalent of a Rune pickaxe.

** The Sacred clay pickaxe awards double the normal experience gained for every ore mined.

3.2 - Ores

Once mined, most ores can be used with a furnace and the appropriate Smithing level to create metal bars. These metal bars can then be used to smith armour and weapons relative to the type of metal bar used. Below you will find a section introducing all of the ores as well as level to mine, experience gained, respawn rate and more.

Clay
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Clay Ore

Clay is one of the first rocks you can mine and requires level 1 Mining to mine. When mined, you will receive 5 Mining experience along with a piece of clay in your inventory. The spawn rate of a Clay rock is 1 second and the best places to mine Clay are the Dwarven Mines, Southwest Varrock Mine and the Draynor village mine..

Rune Essence

Rune essence can be mined with level 1 Mining and after the completion of the quest Rune Mysteries. The only place it can be mined is the Rune Essence mine. When mined, you will receive 5 Mining experience and it spawns instantly. The Rune Essence mine can be accessed by speaking with:

Rune Essence is the main ingredient when making runes and training the Runecrafting skill, and can be mined for a decent profit.

Tin

Tin ore is one of two main ingredients that are used in making Bronze bars. It is one of the first rocks that you can mine when you start RuneScape and it is a great ore to mine for when training the early levels of Mining. It can be mined with level 1 Mining and when mined, you will receive 17.5 Mining experience. The spawn time is 3 seconds and the best place to mine Tin is the Southeast Varrock Mine.

Copper

Copper ore is the second ingredient along with Tin that is used in making Bronze bars. It can be mined at an early stage of Mining at level 1 and can be mined efficiently for experience at lower Mining levels. When mined, you will receive 17.5 Mining experience and the spawn time for Copper is 2 seconds. The best place to mine Copper is the Southeast Varrock Mine.

Limestone

Limestone is a unique rock, it is only primarily used in the skill Construction and not in the skill Smithing like most other ores are. Limestone can be mined with level 10 Mining and can be mined within the North-east Varrock Limestone and the Isafdar Limestone Mine. When mined you will receive 26.5 Mining experience, and it spawns every 10 seconds.

Blurite

Blurite ore is used and mined during the quest Knight's Sword, The, It can be mined with level 10 Mining and be can found within the Asgarnian Ice Dungeon. When mined, you will receive 17.5 Mining experience and the spawn time is 40 seconds.

Daeyalt

Daeyalt ore currently has no use except you can mine 15 Daeyalt ore and place them in a cart, and then have a Vyrewatch guard leave the mining area. Daeyalt can be mined with level 10 Mining and can be found within the Meiyerditch Mine. When mined you will receive 17.5 Mining experience and the spawn rate is 50 seconds.

Iron

Iron ore is one of the most abundant elements in RuneScape, and is mined by many people because of the chance to receive quick experience and a decent profit. Iron can be mined with level 15 Mining and the best places to mine Iron are the Taverley Mine, Southwest Varrock Mine and the Al-Kharid Chasm. When mined, you will receive 35 Mining experience and the spawn time is 10 seconds.

Elemental

Elemental ore can only be mined and used within the Elemental Workshop. Elemental ore can be obtained by attempting to mine an Elemental rock and then killing an Earth elemental. The quest Elemental Workshop I must be completed in order to mine and use the Elemental ore. Elemental ore can be mined with level 20 Mining, and when mined you will receive 40 Mining experience. The spawn time is 2 minutes.

Silver

Silver ore is used in Crafting and can be a viable source of Mining experience at lower levels. In order to mine Silver, you must have level 20 Mining. When mined, you will receive 40 Mining experience and the spawn time is 2 minutes. The best places to mine Silver are the Crafting Guild and the Al-Kharid Chasm.

Pure Essence

Pure Essence is the members version of Rune Essence and can be mined with level 30 Mining after the completion of the quest Rune Mysteries. Pure Essence can only be mined within the Rune Essence mine and only in a Member's world. When mined, you will receive 5 Mining experience and it spawns instantly. The Pure Essence mine can be accessed by speaking with:

Pure Essence is the main ingredient when making most Member's and high leveled runes and used to train Runecrafting. It can also be mined for a decent profit.

Coal

Coal like Iron, is one of the most abundant ores in the game of RuneScape and is always being bought by other players. It is one of the main items needed in making Steel bars through Runite bars and every type in between, Coal can be mined with level 30 Mining, and when mined you will receive 50 Mining experience. Coal can be mined best in the Mining Guild and at the Coal Trucks, and the spawn time is 1 minute.

Sandstone

Sandstone comes in four different sized pieces: 10kg, 5kg, 2kg and 1kg. Sandstone can be found in Enakhra's Quarry and can be mined with level 35 Mining. When mined, you will receive either 60, 50, 40 or 30 Mining experience based on the size of the Sandstone mined. Its spawn time is 8 seconds and it is one of two rocks mined if Powermining Granite.

Gold

Gold ore is mostly used in the skill Crafting and is smelted into Gold bars for quick and efficient Smithing experience. Gold can be mine with level 40 Mining and can be mined for fairly good experience at 65 Mining experience per ore. Gold can be mined best at the Crafting Guild, Arzinian Gold Mine and the Brimhaven North-West mine. The spawn time is 1 minute and 50 seconds, and Gold can be mined for a decent profit as well.

Gems

Gems, though found unexpectedly while mining, can also be mined purely for the gems themselves. Gem rocks can be found in the Shilo Village Gem Rocks, Shilo Village Underground and within the Al-Kharid Scorpion Mine Resource Dungeon. Gems can be mined with level 40 Mining and when mined, you will receive 65 Mining experience. The spawn time is 1 minute and 34 seconds, and can be mined for an excellent profit as well as for quick experience.


Obsidian

Obsidian shards can be mined after the completion of the quest TokTz-Ket-Dill with level 41 Mining. It can be found and mined within the TokTz-Ket-Dill Mine. When mined you will receive 40 Mining experience. Currently, obsidian has no use aside from its use in TokTz-Ket-Dill.

Granite

Granite, like Sandstone comes in multiple sizes: 5kg, 2kg and 500g. Granite can be found in Enakhra's Quarry and can be mined with level 45 Mining. When mined you will receive either 75, 60 or 50 Mining experience based on the size of the Granite mined. Granite's spawn time is 8 seconds and is one of two main rocks mined when Powermining Granite.

Rubium

Rubium can be mined during the quest Kennith's Concerns and has no other use besides its use during the quest. Rubium can be mined with level 46 Mining and you will receive 18 Mining experience per Rubium mined. The spawn time for Rubium is 40 to 45 seconds.

Mithril

Mithril ore is generally used in Smithing for training as well as a good money maker for Mining. Mithril can be mined with level 55 and can be found and mined in the Dwarven Mines Resource Dungeon and in the Al-Kharid Chasm. When mined, you will receive 80 Mining experience and it spawns in 2 to 4 minutes.

Adamantite

Adamantite ore is one of the more valuable ores in RuneScape and can be sold for a nice profit. In order to mine Adamantite, you must have level 70 Mining. Adamantite can be mined best in the Port Khazard Mine, the Elven Mine and the Northern Keldagrim Mines, The. You will receive 95 Mining experience per ore mined and the spawn time is 6 to 8 minutes.

Living Rock Minerals

Living minerals can be obtained by first killing either a Living rock protector, Living rock striker or a Living rock patriarch. When killed, their bodies will turn into Living rock remains, which with level 73 Mining can be mined. When mined, you will receive 25 Mining experience. The only place where you can mine the Living rock remains are the Living Rock Caverns.

Coal Deposits

The Coal deposits can be found within the Living Rock Caverns and require level 77 Mining to mine. The Coal deposits are unique as you can mine multiple Coal from a single deposit before it loses its ore. When mined, you will receive 50 Mining experience. The Coal deposits are a very good source of money when mined and banked and offer excellent experience rates.

Bane

Bane ore can be mined with level 77 Mining, and the completion of Ritual of the Mahjarrat. It can then be smelted and smithed into various bane arrowtips and bolts.

Gold Deposits

Gold deposits can be found within the Living Rock Caverns and require level 80 Mining to mine. The Gold deposits are unique as you can mine multiple Gold from a single deposit before it loses its ore. When mined, you will receive 65 Mining experience. The Gold deposits are an excellent source of money when mined and banked and offer some of the best Mining experience in the game.

Runite

Runite ore is the most expensive and highest leveled ore you can mine in RuneScape. In order to mine Runite, you must have level 85 Mining, and when mined you will receive 125 Mining experience. Runite can be mined in the Heroes' Guild, at the Rune Rocks and in the Fremennik Isles Mines, and the spawn time is 12 to 24 minutes. Runite mining is one of the best money makers and RuneScape, and the experience is decent.

4.0 - Training Tips and Strategies

Before you begin Mining, I suggest you decide whether you want to make money, use the ores for the Smithing skill or just level Mining freely. If you want to keep the ores for money or for Smithing, you'll be banking most of your ores. If you just want the Mining levels fast and aren't interested in money, you will want to mine and drop your ores in a process called Powermining. Powermining is the act of dropping all your ores whilst Mining, the advantage of this is never having to leave your Mining spot which gains you levels a lot quicker. Though the disadvantage is that you will not make any money Powermining.

4.1 - Levelling
Free-to-Play
Levels 1-20

At the starting level of 1, there isn't really much to do in terms of training. For levels 1 to 20, you are primarily only going to focus on gaining the levels and ignoring the profit.

Start off by obtaining a Bronze pickaxe either from the other Players or by buying one from a shop. Once you have your Bronze pickaxe, head off to the Southwest Varrock Mine and get yourself situated at the Copper and Tins rocks. You may look around and notice that aside from the Giant rats, there are no real dangers at the mine. Making for a safe and great place to start off your journey through ascending the levels of Mining.

It doesn't particularly matter which rocks you mine whether it be mostly Copper or Tin as both rocks offer the same amount of Mining experience at 17.5 experience each. While mining, you can either mine and drop your ores for the quickest experience, or you can mine and bank your ores to sell them for money or to use in Smithing at the banks in Varrock. If you have access to the Champions' Guild you can make a shorter route and sell your Copper and Tin ores to Valaine within the guild.

After approximately 256 total Copper and Tin ores, you will have achieved level 20 Mining and can move on to the next step in your journey to level 99 Mining.

Levels 21-60

You are making fairly good progress, and can now mine both Silver and Iron in addition to Copper and Tin. By this time, I recommend obtaining a Mithril pickaxe. Though not necessarily an item that you need, it will make Mining both easier and faster.

With your pickaxe, head over to the Dwarven Mines or stay at the Southeast Varrock mine as you will be mining Iron till level 60. I recommend using the Dwarven mines for this step of the leveling as the Iron rocks at the Southeast Varrock mine can get very crowded and making mining very frustrating. While mining Iron, you can either mine and bank them at the banks in Falador or you can simply mine and drop them for the fastest experience.

The iron ores are located very close to the resource dungeon.

Alternatively, those who have delved into the dungeons of Daemonheim and have reached level 15 Dungeoneering have the ability to access the Dwarven Mines Resource Dungeon. The dungeon can be accessed by using the door just West of the Iron rocks when you walk into the Dwarven mine stairs.

Within the dungeon are a few varieties of ores, including Coal, Silver and Mithril. Most importantly, though, there is a bank deposit box within it, right aside the entrance. With the Iron rocks being just outside of the resource dungeon entrance, you can powermine Iron without having to drop the ores- saving time and money! Simply fill up your inventory with Iron ore, teleport into the resource dungeon, deposit your Iron, teleport back out, and repeat.

Make sure you flip between the banking and powermining method if you find your are getting tired of a particular one, you will be mining Iron for a fairly long amount of time. After mining approximately 7,694 Iron ore, you will reach level 60 Mining and advance to the next step of your journey.

Levels 61-99

Well done, you can now call yourself an official member of the Mining guild as you can now enter and mine the rocks within the Mining Guild. By this time you should know your stuff with Mining and be pretty well established with the types of ore, pickaxes and training methods. It is recommended to purchase a Rune pickaxe for mining now as it is very beneficial to your training with this next step.

With your pickaxe in hand, it's now time to head over to the Mining guild as you will now be mining Coal the rest of the way to level 99. Don't fret, as mining Coal within the guild is very relaxing, calm and profitable. It doesn't particularly matter which method of mining you use to mine Coal with, but like for Iron, I strongly suggest switching between mining and banking and powermining as you will be mining Coal for an extended amount of time.

After mining approximately 255,214 Coal, you will have reached the highest plateau in any skill, level 99 Mining. Congratulations as you have come a long way to make it to level 99. You can now call yourself a true miner in RuneScape and use the skill to your benefits.

Members

At the starting level of 1, there isn't really much to do in terms of training. For levels 1 to 20, you are primarily only going to focus on gaining the levels and ignoring the profit.

Start off by obtaining a Bronze pickaxe either from the other Players or by buying one from a shop. Once you have your Bronze pickaxe, head off to the Southeast Varrock Mine and get yourself situated at the Copper and Tins rocks. You may look around and notice that aside from the Giant rats, there are no real dangers at the mine. Making for a safe and great place to start off your journey through ascending the levels of Mining.

It doesn't particularly matter which rocks you mine whether it be mostly Copper or Tin as both rocks offer the same amount of Mining experience at 17.5 experience each. While mining, you can either mine and drop your ores for the quickest experience, or you can mine and bank your ores to sell them for money or to use in Smithing at the banks in Varrock. If you have access to the Champions' Guild you can make a shorter route and sell your Copper and Tin ores to Valaine within the guild.

After approximately 256 total Copper and Tin ores, you will have achieved level 20 Mining and can move on to the next step in your journey to level 99 Mining.

Levels 21-40

You are making fairly good progress, and can now mine both Silver and Iron in addition to Copper and Tin. By this time, I recommend obtaining a Mithril pickaxe. Though not necessarily an item that you need, it will make Mining both easier and faster.

With your pickaxe, travel to the area outside of the Piscatoris Fishing Colony to the Piscatoris Colony Mine. Even if you have not done the quest Swan Song you can still use this mine to train. You will be training here as this mine is a unique mine as it is one of very few mines at have a triangle of Iron rocks. A triangle of rocks means that the Iron rocks surround one square of land, making it possible to mine without ever having to move your character.

If you haven't completed Swan Song, you are going to be powermining Iron. If you have done Swan Song, you can mine and bank the Iron at the bank in the Piscatoris Fishing Colony or you can mine and drop the ore. After approximately 936 Iron ore mined, you will have reached level 40 Mining and can continue with your journey to level 99 Mining

Levels 41-77

Once you reach level 41 Mining, I recommend purchasing a Rune pickaxe as it will help you out greatly down the long run.

These next levels of Mining will be a bit different as you will be mining Coal using the Coal Trucks near Seers' Village. Like the triangle of Iron, the Coal trucks are unique as well. The trucks can be used to store 120 Coal and then transport it to a port near the bank in Seers' village. With the Coal trucks at your service, I suggest mining and banking the Coal as it will be more efficient down the road.

After mining approximately 28,768 Coal at the Coal trucks, you will achieve level 77 Mining and can move on to another type of Coal within the a dungeon where the rocks are living.

Levels 77-80

Being a well established miner at level 77 Mining, you can now enter more dangerous places to mine your ore effectively and efficiently. Make your way down to the Living Rock Caverns where you will be mining the Coal deposits.

Unlike regular Coal, the Coal deposits can be mined for Coal multiple times before the deposit is drained of resources. While mining Coal deposits, both methods of mining and banking and powermining Coal are both very effective as the Living Rock Caverns are open and home to a bank deposit. You will be mining the Coal deposits for a short amount of time so you should be able to stick with either mining and banking or powermining the Coal.

After mining approximately 10,210 Coal later, you will have achieved level 80 Mining and will be getting closer to the level 99 milestone.

Levels 80-99

This is it, the long haul to level 99. You've made it this far and should know the in's and out's of mining along with some training methods and based on if you powermined or not, you should have made a fairly decent profit along the way. For these last levels, you will continue to mine within the Living Rock Caverns, but you will be mining the Gold deposits. If you have enough money and wouldn't mind spending it on another pickaxe, buying the Dragon pickaxe for this method would be a good idea as it is a little better than the Rune pickaxe. If you don't have the money, that's fine as the Rune pickaxe isn't bad at all.

The Gold deposits are just like the Coal deposits except for one difference, they contain Gold and not Coal. While mining the Gold deposits, I recommend using the bank deposit within the caverns as Gold ore is valuable and is sought out by many players for its uses in Crafting and other skills. Whichever method you choose to mine the Gold deposits with, the experience will be great.

Approximately 169,975 Gold ore mined later, you will have reached the highest plateau and most famed level in all skills, level 99 Mining. Congratulations as you are now a true RuneScape miner. You can now use your new skill for your benefits. Job well done!

4.2 - Money Making

Mining, though a slow skill at times, is one of the most profitable skills in the game of RuneScape and a large percentage of the items and coins in the RuneScape economy is the result of Mining. From ores, to bars to armour and weapons, Mining is a very profitable skill which is overlooked.

Coal
  • Requirements: Level 30 Mining

Coal is one of the resources obtained in Mining that can be sold for a decent profit. Whether it be Members or Free to Play, there are many places around RuneScape in which you can mine Coal efficiently. I recommend mining Coal within the Mining Guild if you have level 60 Mining or higher because the guild is home to over 30 Coal rocks and is very close to a bank. If you don't have level 60 Mining, mining Coal in the Dwarven mines is the second best location.

If you have level 77 Mining, the Coal deposits within the Living Rock Caverns would be the overall best location to mine and bank Coal for a profit.

  • Estimated Profit per Hour: 85,000gp-112,000gp


Gold ore
  • Requirements: Level 40 Mining

Another valuable ore and resource obtained through Mining is Gold ore. Whether it be used to make jewellery or smelted into bars for Smithing experience, Gold ore is an item that is always in demand.

Gold ore can be mined and banked efficiently within the Crafting Guild and banked at Falador if you have a Brown apron and level 40 Crafting. If not, the Brimhaven North-West (known as the Circle of Gold) would be the next best if not the best place to mine and bank Gold ore using the bank in Ardougne.

If you have level 80 Mining, the Gold deposits within the Living Rock Caverns would be the overall best location to mine and bank Gold ore for profit.

  • Estimated Profit per Hour: 50,000gp-100,000gp
Adamantite ore

Used for making armour along with being a valuable item, mining Adamantite ore can be very profitable and be worth the time it takes to mine one.

The Elven Mine is one of the best places to mine Adamantite ore efficiently. Though to bank it using this spot, you must have completed the quest Roving Elves to access the bank in Lletya. The next best location to mine and bank Adamantite ore would be in the North Keldagrim mining area, only accessible after the completion of the quest Forgiveness of a Chaos Dwarf.

  • Estimated Profit per Hour: 200,000gp-250,000gp


Runite ore
  • Requirements: Level 85 Mining

Runite ore is the foundation of one of the most abundant armour in the game and is extremely valuable. Only those who have truly showed their mastery of Mining can take advantage of the true money maker within Mining, Runite ore.

Though there are multiple locations to mine Runite ore from, there are only four that I will focus on; the Hero's Guild, Rune Rocks, Fremennik Isles and the Mining Guild Resource Dungeon. You will want to travel to all locations and mine the Runite ore from the rocks and keeping switching worlds every few times in order to get the most out of the rocks. Sometimes worlds may be empty of Runite ore, and you will have to go to the next location which can get stressful and frustrating. No matter what, Runite ore is always very profitable and worth the time.

  • Estimated Profit per Hour: 750,000gp-1,500,000gp
Mining Runite ore can be very stressful as the ore is sought out by many people, making it hard to find a world in which a rock has not been drained of its ore.
4.3 - Granite Power Mining

What Is It?

Powermining Granite is the fastest method of gaining Mining experience and the quickest way to ascend the levels. Though Powermining Granite is different than regular mining as instead of mining and keeping your ores, you mine and drop the ores you mined. By doing this, you never have to leave your mining location, making for the best experience. Powermining Granite is a great way to train Mining, though you will not make any profit while doing so.

The Setup

The only location where Granite is available is at Enakhra's Quarry deep within the desert. Since the mine is in the desert, your lifepoints will be lowered from the intensity of the heat. This being said, you will need to bring some sort of food with you or else you will die. Below is a setup I recommend you use.

* - Requires completion of the quest Dealing with Scabaras.

The Process

The process of Powermining Granite is rather simple;

  1. Mine a piece of Granite or Sandstone
  2. Click on another Granite or Sandstone rock
  3. Drop the recently mined Granite right after you click on a new rock
  4. Repeat
  • Estimated Experience per Hour: 40,000-65,000 experience
4.4 - Living Rock Caverns

Located deep below the Dwarven mines in Falador rest a place home to new rocks and new creatures. This place is known as the Living Rock Caverns and is accessible by climbing down the rope opposite of the Summoning obelisk within the Dwarven mines. Along with new resources, the caverns contain three new creatures as well, the Living rock protector, Living rock striker and the rare Living rock patriarch. However only the true miners can take full benefits of the caverns as it is home to three new resources to mine; Living Minerals, Coal Deposits and Gold deposits.

Living Minerals

Players who are strong enough to take on and defeat one of the Living rock strikers, protectors or the patriarch will find themselves lucky enough to notice that besides the great drops, there will be a Living rock remain on the ground where the creature once lived. Those with level 73 Mining can mine the Living rock remain in order to obtain a resource, Living minerals. Living minerals offer a chance at some good experience as well as for making a decent profit as they can be sold to other players as they are the main bait for Rocktail fish.

  • Estimated Experience per Hour: 12,000 - 15,000
  • Estimated Profit per Hour: 150,000 - 200,000
Coal and Gold Deposits

Coal and Gold deposits are very unique when it comes to standard rocks. Instead of being able to only receive one ore for a rock, you can mine the deposits for multiple ores at once before the rock is drained of its resources. Coal deposits require level 77 Mining to mine and Gold deposits require level 80 Mining to mine. Both deposits are great for training and an excellent way to make money as there is a bank deposit within the caverns where you can deposit your ores to be taken to the bank. Coal and Gold deposits are very efficient for Mining experience as well as for profit too.

Coal Deposits
  • Estimated Experience per Hour: 30,000
  • Estimated Profit per Hour: 170,000gp - 210,000gp

Gold Deposits
  • Estimated Experience per Hour: 45,000 - 65,000
  • Estimated Profit per Hour: 180,000gp - 220,000gp
You can gain both Smithing and Magic experience by casting the spell Superheat Item with level 43 Magic. By casting Superheat Item, you can turn your mined Gold ore into Gold bars.
4.5 - Lava Flow Mine

After the completion of the quest King of Dwarves, a new mine becomes available called the Lava flow mine. Within the Lava flow mine, players mine away at crust that forms in different segments, on any of the four channels within the mine. The amount of experience is gain is all dependent on the flow rate of the lava, with the slowest flow rate yielding the most experience. Though the Mining experience is great, you will receive no resources from mining the lava, other than gems.

Flow Rate Experience per Crust Mined
100% 50
90% 60
80% 70
70% 80
60% 90
50% 100

Mining experienced gained when mining crust on each flow rate.

Lava Flow Mine
  • Estimated Experience per Hour: 35,000-40,000
  • Estimated Profit per Hour: 0gp (excluding gems)
5.0 - Mining Activities and Places
5.1 - Star Hunting

The Shooting star Distraction and Diversion is a great way to put your Mining skills to the test and gain some great experience and rewards while doing so. Shooting stars can be seen using a telescope found in a Player Owned House and can be found by going to the location where the telescope says it will land. The only items you need to mine a fallen star would be a pickaxe, and the stars can be mined by multiple people at once.

When mined, you will receive Stardust from the star, which can be used once the star is mined completely, for rewards. Depending on the size of the star, the experience rate per stardust varies. Below is a table showing the required level to mine the star and how much experience will be received per stardust mined.

Star SizeMining LevelExperience Gained Per Stardust
11014
22025
33029
44032
55047
66071
770114
880145
990210


Note: As you continue to mine the star, the size of it will decrease, so you can wait for someone to mine the star to a lower size if you don't have the required level.

As you mine the star, you will receive stardust as mentioned in the passage above. Once a star is mined to the centre and completely gone, a Star sprite will appear, who will take your Stardust in exchange for rewards. The extent of the reward is based on how much Stardust you have mined, and you can only receive a maximum of 200 Stardust per star.


Reaching a star first earns you extra experience when gathering stardust.


Below is a table of all the possible rewards you can get in exchange for your Stardust.

PictureNameAmount
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of Cosmic RuneCosmic Rune134-152
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of Astral RuneAstral Rune46-52
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of Gold OreGold Ore12-20
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of GPCoins10,000 to 50,002gp

In addition, the Star sprite will give you the power to receive double the amount of ores when mining for the next 15 minutes following your interactions with the Star sprite.

5.2 - Shilo Village Gem Rocks

The Shilo Village Gem Rocks are a great place to train Mining as well as gain a good profit. In order to access the gem mine, you must have completed the quest Shilo Village. The gem mine is home to seven Gem rocks and each can be mined to receive a gem type of either; Opal, Jade, Red Topaz, Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby or Diamond.

Though the gem mining doesn't seem like much, the Gem rocks grant the same amount of experience as Gold ore, can be mined quickly and are far more profitable than most types of ore. There are two types of methods that can be used while mining the Gem rocks; Mine and bank, and Mine and chisel. However for both methods, I recommend wearing a charged Amulet of glory as it will help you mine the gems faster.

Mine and Bank
  • Requirements: Level 40 Mining, Pickaxe

This is the most simple method of gem mining and is the most profitable. As the name implies, this method involves mining the gems, and then banking them at the bank in Shilo Village. By doing this, you will only receive Mining experience but the profits will be excellent.

  • Estimated Profit per Hour: 300,000gp-600,000gp
  • Estimated Experience per Hour: 15,000 Mining
Mine and Chisel
  • Requirements: Level 40 Mining, Pickaxe, Chisel, Levels 1-43 Crafting

This method is a little more complex than the previously mentioned method. The experience rates are better but the profit isn't as good. For this method, you will be mining the gems and cutting them twice into bolt tips using the Chisel. No banking is required for this method as you will be cutting all your gems into stackable piles of bolt tips. You will receive both Mining and Crafting experience by doing this method, but the profits will not be as good.

  • Estimated Profit per Hour: 200,000gp-500,000gp
  • Estimated Experience per Hour: 20,000 Mining, 5,000 Crafting
Underground Mine

For those who have completed the Hard tasks for the Karamja Tasks, you will have been rewarded a pair of Karamja Gloves 3. By operating these gloves, you can teleport to an underground Gem mine beneath Shilo Village. The underground Gem mine contains the same number of Gem rocks as the above mine (eight) but the rocks are more separated apart. This mine is also rarely ever crowded.

6.0 - Dorgeshuun Power Mining

While some people enjoy mining enough to do it constantly, how are you going to get to that fabled 85th level? Most people choose to power mine iron ores and drop them on the ground. This makes zero profit and it takes time out of your leveling to drop the ores; not very time efficient. Reading this guide, you will know the secret of the best way to power mine iron with very low requirements to do so.

Requirements

There is only one quest required to access the Dorgeshuun mines - Lost Tribe, The quest. There are, however, many items which will be very helpful. These are listed below:

Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of the required inventory for Dorgeshuun 

Powermining
  1. Chisel (optional) - To cut any gems you may mine.
  2. Lit Lantern - A light source is a necessity in the Lumbridge caves. A lit lantern is preferable, as there is no naked flame, or oil to run out of. Should you be left without a light source, you will be dealt one damage every half-second; very dangerous.
  3. Mining Helm - This is an alternative to the lantern. It will help you light the way and be unaffected by the bats and bugs. It has to be lit to work, obviously. You need level 65 Firemaking to light one of these, so a lantern is recommended unless you would rather use the helm. This also opens up another inventory space for you since the lantern will not take it up. Also note that another alternative light source is the Seer's headband (1,2, or 3).
  4. Tinderbox - Use this to reignite your light source if it goes out.
  5. Pickaxe (any kind) - Obviously needed to mine the ores.
  6. Ring of Duelling (optional) - You may or may not want this to get out of the mining spot quickly should you need to leave for whatever reason.

If you are using a lantern, Candle through Bullseye, you should bring a tinderbox. If you are just using a Mining Helm then you don't need to bring one, as they don't go out while you wear them. Consequently, creatures within the Dorgeshuun Mines drop a tinderbox, should you need one for whatever reason. If you have these items, you should have no trouble getting into the area, mining there, and leaving when you are ready to do so.

Getting There
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of the Entrance Dorgeshuun Powermining Area

Firstly, I choose to wear a lit mining helm, and rune pickaxe. Make your way to Lumbridge Castle, and head into the kitchen. Climb down the trap door into the dungeon, and you will see a small hole in the wall. Ensure your light source is lit, then climb through.

Now, you won't have to make your way through the dungeon to get to the Dorgeshuun goblins. Down the road a bit you you'll bump into Kazgar. He'll take you straight to where you need to go. Talk to him to begin the conversation (Picture). Choose the second option "Can you show me the way to the mine?" and he will instantly drop you off at the entrance of the mining area; free of charge.

Within the Dorgeshuun dwellings, you will find an array of things that you can do; all mining related. Here is a handy map to see what ores are available (Picture).

Although only two kinds of ore are available, you came here for iron anyway. You're going to focus on two spots, and it is your choice to choose which one.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Map Of The Dorgeshuun Mining 

Area Number 1
Spot One

Has two rocks close to each other and one rock behind them. This would be the closer of the two. It does, however, require more walking to get the iron than to get rid of it. This is the recommended spot to mine, as it has a lot of silver ore.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Map Of The Dorgeshuun Mining 

Area Number 2
Spot Two

Has three iron rocks close to each other. The only disadvantage to this one is that it is far away from the spot you need to get rid of the ores. This one is useful for getting the ores quickly.


Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Dorgeshuun Goblin
Getting Rid of the Ores

If you have at least started the Recipe for Disaster quest, you can use the Culinaromancers' Chest to bank your ores. You can do this quite quickly by getting the goblins to guide you through the caves.

If you haven't completed the quest, you can easily get rid of them by talking to Mistag found at the entrance of the mine (Picture). This one armed fellow will buy one of your ores for only 13 coins, but if you sell him 2 it will be rounded up to 27. Select the "Okay" option to finish the transaction.

Dangers

No place is perfect, and there is no exception. While the area is good, there are a few things that you will need to watch out for.

  1. Always keep your light source lit. Should you fail to do so, you will get hurt very quickly.
  2. Watch the Goblin Miners, as they try to mine the ores as well. While they never truly get the ore from the rock, you can accidentally attack them and possibly get hurt from the fight. They, however, are not the only danger. A good solution to this problem is to wield a bow, but no arrows.
  3. There are also three kinds of monsters: Goblin Miner (Level 11), Goblin Guard (Level 24), Goblin Guard (Level 26).

As an added bonus, the Goblins tend to take care of their own kind and will not hesitate to help their troubled pal if you attack them.

Extras

The Miners and Guards drop four items that can only be dropped in the Dorgeshuun mines.

Picture Item Attack DefenceOther Obtained
Zybez 

RuneScape Help's Screenshot of the Bone ClubBone Club Stab: -4; Slash: -4; Crush: +16; Magic: -4; Range: +0 - Strength: +15 Cave goblin guard
Zybez 

RuneScape Help's Screenshot of the Bone Spear Bone Spear Stab: +11; Slash: +11; Crush: +11; Magic: +0; Range +0 - Strength: +13 Cave goblin guard
Zybez 

RuneScape Help's Screenshot of the Bone Dagger Bone Dagger Stab: +5; Slash: +3; Crush: -4; Magic: +1; Range +0 +1 Magic Strength: +4 Nardok
Zybez 

RuneScape Help's Screenshot of the Mining Helmet Mining Helmet - Slash: +4; Crush: +5; Magic: -1; Range: +4 - Cave goblin miner
7.0 - Miscellaneous
7.1 - Gems

Occasionally, whilst Mining, a gem will appear in your inventory. These gems range from Sapphire to Diamond and can be used with the Crafting skill to make jewellery or sold for a profit. A charged Amulet of glory will increase your chances of mining a gem. Once you've completed the Shilo Village quest you will have access to the town along with its Gem mine. Please refer back to section 5.2 - Shilo Village Gem Rocks for more information on the Shilo Village Gem Mine.

7.2 - Varrock Armour

After completing any of the Varrock Tasks you receive a Varrock armour based on the difficulty of the completed diary. The Varrock armour benefits Mining by having a chance of receiving two ores at for one ore mined. The information for each armour is presented in the table below

Picture Name Requirements Mining Benefits
Zybez RuneScape Help's 

Screenshot of a Bronze Pickaxe Varrock Armour 1 Varrock Achievement Diary Easy A chance of receiving two ores at once when mining rocks up to and including Coal
Zybez RuneScape Help's 

Screenshot of a Bronze Pickaxe Varrock Armour 2 Varrock Achievement Diary Intermediate A chance of receiving two ores at once when mining rocks up to and including Mithril
Zybez RuneScape Help's 

Screenshot of a Bronze Pickaxe Varrock Armour 3 Varrock Achievement Diary
Hard
A chance of receiving two ores at once when mining rocks up to and including Adamant
Varrock Armour 4 Varrock Achievement Diary Elite -
7.3 - Mining Enhancers
Items

Picture Name Requirements Cost Mining Bonus Notes
Coal bag 35 Dungeoneering, 35 Mining 4,000 Dungeoneering tokens - Can be used to store 27 Coal.
Gem bag 25 Dungeoneering, 25 Crafting 2,000 Dungeoneering tokens - Can be used to store 100 gems of the Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby and Diamond variety.
Penance horn Barbarian Assault - - Can allow for double experience to be gained while Mining if enough potential has been earned.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Mining Cape Image Mining Cape 99 Mining 99,000 Coins +1 Can be purchased from a Dwarf for 99,000 Coins with level 99 Mining.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Desert wyrm pouch Image Desert Wyrm 18 Summoning 0 Coins +1* Invisible Mining boost of +1 and will mine ores up to Iron.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Void ravager pouch Image Void Ravager 34 Summoning 0 Coins +1* Invisible Mining boost of +1, will forage ores.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Obsidian golem pouch Image Obsidian golem 73 Summoning 0 Coins +7* Invisible Mining boost of +7, can be used in combat.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Lava titan pouch Image Lava Titan 83 Summoning 0 Coins +10* Invisible Mining boost of +10, can fight in combat.

* Items denoted with an asterisk give invisible boosts, which don't give you actual skill increases or allow you to do things you wouldn't normally be able to do. They just allow you to complete tasks where the speed depends on your level more quickly.


Edibles

Picture Name Mining Bonus Other Effects Notes
Zybez RuneScape Help's Braindeath Rum Image Braindeath 'Rum' +1 +3 Strength
-5 Attack
-7 Defence
-5 Ranged
-4 Prayer
-4 Magic
-3 Herblore
-8 Agility
Heals 150 LP
Completion of the quest Rum Deal is required. Can be purchased from the Rust Anchor pub in Port Sarim after the completion of the quest Rocking Out.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Dwarven Stout Image Dwarven stout +1 +1 Smithing, -2 Attack
-2 Strength, -2 Defence
Can be purchased from the Falador Pub and the Rising Sun Inn, can be brewed with level 19 Cooking.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Dwarven Stout (m) Image Dwarven stout(m) +2 +2 Smithing, -2 Attack
-2 Strength, -2 Defence
Can be made with level 19 Cooking.
Zybez RuneScape Help's Brown Spice Image Brown Spice -6 to +6 -6 to +6 Woodcutting, Herblore, Farming and Fishing Upon completion of the Evil Dave sub quest of the Recipe for Disaster quest, you can add spice to stew. To determine the effect of the stew with the spice, simply multiply the number of doses you put in by 2. Note that your levels can go up or down at random when you drink this stew.
7.4 - Mining Urns

With the addition to pottery in the Crafting skill, players can now create, charge and teleport various types of urns for five different skills for experience in the particular skill that the urn was used on. Of the five skills, Mining is one of them, and with the right Crafting level, players can create an urn, fire it, fill it with scraps or cut offs from training Mining, add an Earth rune, and then teleport it to Ernie in Varrock for an alloted amount of Mining experience.

For more information, please view the Crafting skill guide, as well as the Pottery and Urns section.

Image Urn Mining Experience Crafting Required
Cracked mining urn 87.5* Level 1
Fragile mining urn 200* Level 17
Mining urn 325* Level 32
Strong mining urn 400* Level 48
Decorated mining urn 625* Level 59

*- Mining experience will be gained when the urn is teleported to Ernie.

8.0 - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is the Dragon pickaxe worth it?

A: If you can afford it, then buy it. Otherwise if you can use the money elsewhere, be content with a Rune pickaxe. The Dragon pickaxe isn't that much better.

Q: How can Mining and Smithing be trained simultaneously?

A: Bank the ores as you mine them. Once you feel you have mined enough ores, go to a bank close to a furnace such as Falador. Smelt the ores and bank the bars. Finally, go to a bank close to an anvil such as Varrock to smith the bars into items.

Q: Should I train Mining and Smithing simultaneously?

A: It would be a good idea to train Smithing with the ores you have obtained during Mining. By doing this, you save money as well as being self sufficient. This could be done right after you mine your ores by going to a furnace, smelting and then smithing. Or you can mine and bank all the ores you need and then go from the bank to the furnace to the anvil to smelt and smith your ores.

Q: Where would be the best places to use the Varrock Armour when training Mining?

A: It would be a good idea to wear the Varrock Armour anywhere you mine as it will make mining your ores fastest and thus will result in better experience rates. Though it is strongly recommended to wear it inside the Living Rock Caverns when mining the Coal and Gold Deposits.

Q: With the addition of the Dungeoneering Resource dungeons, are there any dungeons that benefit Mining?

A: The Resource dungeons within the Dwarven mines, Mining guild, and Al-Kharid Chasm all benefit Mining. There are Mithril, Silver and Coal rocks within the Dwarven mines dungeon as well as a bank deposit. With use of the bank deposit box, you can mine both Coal inside of the dungeon and Iron outside of the dungeon effectively. Within the Mining guild dungeon, there are Mithril, Adamantite and Runite rocks, making it a great place to make money. Within the Al-Kharid dungeon there are Gem, Gold and Silver rocks, making it an ideal location for money making.

Q: Are there any Clan Chats that discuss or are designated to Mining topics only?

A: Yes, the following Clan Chats are designated for Mining:

  • Star find - Shooting star hunting

9.0 - Related Guides and Tips
Related Guides

Runite Ore Mining F2P by CakesArePies

Mining Gem Rocks by Debenkey

Mining Adamantite by Debenkey

Living Rock Caverns by Lieutenant Dan

Complete In-depth Guide to the Living Rock Caverns by Flailed

Lava Flow Mine by Wizard Hat

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