Mining Training Guide

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Mining is a desirable skill to level. It can be a good source of income, and is helpful if you wish to train your smithing and crafting skills.

Mining Worlds

For the fastest experience (XP), do your mining on a server (world) with lots of people. The rocks will respawn faster on a busier world, which only means one thing- you will be able to raise your mining level very fast. The higher-level rocks take more time to respawn then lower level rocks. For example, depending on the amount of people on the server, rune rocks might take up to 25 minutes, as opposed to clay which respawns almost instantly. It is generally better to mine on a trading world such as world one or two. Although these servers have many more people logged in, most are concentrated around trading places such as banks or town centres. The rocks will respawn quicker on busy trading worlds, and the number of people mining in that world is likely to be equal to a quieter world.


Remember that your pickaxe affects how well you mine. It is very important to always use the highest-level pickaxe that your level will allow. Click here for more information on the different pickaxes available.

Power Mining (drop mining)

This is where a player fills their inventory with ores, and drops them all before repeating, as apposed to banking the ores. While this method of mining allows players to raise their mining level quickly, dropping a whole inventory of ores can take some time. In most locations, you will find that you can run (not walk) to a bank and deposit the ore in about the same amount of time as dropping, but benefit by having banked the ore. Also, for all you lazy people out there, banking the ore requires considerably less clicking. When your run energy percentage drops, you can always drop a load or two while it regenerates. If you do decide to power mine, the following locations can be used; Free to play power mining, iron, the Al-Kharid scorpion mine.

This mining location has a low concentration of people, making it good for power mining.

Pay to play power mining, Granite, the Granite Quarry in the Shantay desert.

The Granite Quarry

As you can see, there is no nearby bank, (the closest bank is in Nardah) so bank mining is not a good option. Power mining, however, is a great alternative because of the high xp given for succesfully mining sandstone and granite, as well as the low concentration of people in this mine.

Level 35 mining is required to mine sandstone, and 60 experience points are rewarded for each successfull sandstone that is extracted.

Level 45 mining is required to mine granite, and 70 experience points are rewarded for each successfull granite ore that is extracted.

Bank Mining

Always run on the way back from the bank, and if your energy percent allows, on your way to the bank as well. This will save alot of time. The equiptment you wear will affect the amount you are able to run, and therefore the pace you are able to gain ore, and xp at. The more weight you carry on your charachter means the less you will be able to run. Instead, you will have to resort to walking to and from the banks. It is strongly recommended to wear robes or nothing at all other than your pickaxe. Members are advised to wear the boots of lightness, obtained in The Temple of Ikov, so that their weight is lower. Also, wearing the spotted cape or spottier cape from the hunter skill can be very useful, as well as penance gloves from the barbarian assault mini-game. Having a higher agility level also allows a player to run longer.


Level 1-20

Option 1 (Rune Essence)

Copper and Tin ore are the only ores you can mine easily, however, the easiest way to train mining at these levels, while still earning money, is to mine Rune Essence in Varrock. (Option 3 on the map) To enter the rune essance mine, you will need to have completed the Rune Mysteries Quest.

The rune essence mine

Option 2 (Copper & Tin)

If you do choose to mine copper and tin ores, the ores at the mine south-east of Varrock are the closest to the bank. (Option 1 on the map), but the mining spot south-west of Varrock are a close second. (Option 2 on the map)

The Port Khazard mine has 3 copper and 3 tin ore rocks and a nearby bank in Yanille, but is only available to members.

Level 20-60

Once you have achieved level 20 mining, you will be faced with a choice. The choice you must make is this; Do you want to gain money, or experience? The fastest way to gain money is by using the coal trucks. The fastest way to gain experience is by mining iron.

Option 1 (Iron)

The best place to mine iron ore for F2P is south-west of Varrock (Option 2 on the above map). Make sure you use a busy world (1500 people or more) when mining at this spot. There is also silver which can be extracted. Silver is useful for training Crafting.

As mentioned above, if you choose to drop your iron instead of banking it, free players will find a decent iron spawn at the Al-Kharid scorpion mine.

P2P members can choose to mine iron just east of Ardougne, on the path to the Legends' Guild, as shown on the map below.

Option 2 (Coal Trucks)

The Coal Trucks are located north of the Fishing Guild and west of McGrubor's Wood. A dwarf by the name of "Mr. Stankers " operates this mine. He allows you to load up to 120 ores into his trucks on the side of the river closest to the coal spawns. You can then cross the log bridge and unload your ores from the trucks and bank them. This is considered one of the most efficient ways to mine coal in all of Runescape. At the coal truck mining area, there are over thirty coal rocks.

Option 3 (Lumbridge Cave Mine)

The Lumbridge Cave Mine is another option for mining between level 20 and 60. The special thing about this mine is that that an NPC named Mistag will buy your ores from you right on location. Essentially, you never have to make runs to the bank and you will still recieve a good profit.

Getting to the Mines
Go to Lumbridge castle, open the trapdoor in the kitchen with the chef, climb down the ladder and walk to the east side of the cellar. Enter through the hole and follow the path until you reach Kazgar. Talk to him and ask him to show you the way through the mine.

Once you arrive at the mine, you can mine 9 Iron and 10 Silver ores. Mistag will pay you much more for silver ores, so it is recommended that you mine silver instead of iron if you have 20 mining. However, iron is, of course, easier to mine.

Selling Ores On Location
Mistag will pay you 13.6 coins per iron ore, rounded down. It's best to sell to him in multiples of five (ten at a time) to get the most coins.

He will pay you a generous price of 60 coins per silver ore.

When you have sold the ores, you can continue this mining/selling process until the amount of money or mining experience you desire is achieved. Again, there is no need to bank as you're selling the ores and no inventory space is used up. When you are ready to leave the mine, simply talk to Mistag and ask him to lead you back out of the mine. He will bring you right next to Kazgar. Next, follow the small path to the northwest and go through the hole in the wall. If you have done part of the Recipe for Disaster quest, then you can bank right here at the chest. Otherwise, walk to the west side of the cellar and go up the stairs. You will now be back where you began; in the Lumbridge Castle kitchen.

Level 60-99

You will be spending alot of time in the mining guild. This is by far the best place to obtain coal, both for members and free players. the only requirement to access the mining guild is level 60 mining. However, if you drink a dwarven stout, which can be bought for 1gp at the pub in Falador, it will temporarily raise your mining level by one. This is useful if you wish to enter the mining guild at level 59 mining.

Guide credits
Written by: Anna Molly
Last update: 21-Jan-2009 23:50 by Tim
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