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Up to date as of February 02, 2010

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Mining is the process of extracting materials, usually minerals, from a body such as a planet or asteroid.

Janus VI was the location of a major Federation mining outpost, it was first colonized by Humans in the 2210s. In 2267 contact was made with the native Horta, expert miners by nature, after a rocky first contact the two groups learnt about each other and formed a mining alliance, making Janus one of the most productive and profitable operations in the know galaxy, sourcing raw ore and rare elements to the entire Federation. (TOS episode: "The Devil in the Dark"; DS9 novel: Devil in the Sky)

In 2267, Commander Krell reassured his men they would look back on the sedate world of Neural with pride from palaces once they had conquered it and mined its rich mineral wealth to the core. (TOS comic: The Order of Things)

The planet Konnoria V was notable for the brutality of its dilithium mines. (DS9 novel: Devil in the Sky)

Cardassians only typically mined on class M worlds, as it is not as cost effective to maintain operations in other non-native environments. Cardassian mining operations included the Xoxa colony and perhaps most famously Bajor, which they intensively mined during their occupation of the planet. The Cardassian operations left Bajor stripped of its resources and its own mining industry devastated. In 2370, in an attempt to revitalise Bajoran mining, a group of Bajoran private investors, in conjunction with the Federation, arranged for a family of Horta to be transported to the planet, in the hope their expert mining instincts would find deposits of minerals and ore the Cardassians missed or deemed too difficult to extract.

En route to Bajor the ship carrying the Horta was attacked by a Cardassian vessel which kidnapped the adult Horta. The Horta’s eggs arrived safely at Deep Space 9 but she was unaware of this and the Cardassians claimed they would damage her eggs unless she worked for them in a mine on the moon of Davonia. A rescue team soon retrieved the Horta and a group of fifty Bajoran slave labourers the Cardassians had working in their mines. However the Bajoran government, unaware of the private arrangement, refused to allow the Horta to settle of Bajor under ecological grounds. Instead the family settled on the Bajoran moon The Prodigal where they discovered valuable deposits of uranium, pergium and latinum. (DS9 novel: Devil in the Sky)


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Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From EQ2i, the EverQuest II wiki

Mining is the skill used when harvesting Gemstone or Metal Ore to obtain Ore Harvests or Gemstone Harvests


Picks can be used to improve mining skill or reduce the time it takes to harvest a rock.

Tool Useable
at Level
Obtain Effect
basic mining pick 1 This item is no longer sold by vendors, although it may be available on the broker. Increases Mining skill by 1.0
Ash Pick 20 Woodworker-crafted using a level 27 recipe. Reduces harvest time for mining by .5 seconds
Briarwood Pick 30 Woodworker-crafted using a level 37 recipe. Reduces harvest time for mining by 1 second
Teak Pick 40 Woodworker-crafted using a level 47 recipe. Reduces harvest time for mining by 1.5 seconds
Sandalwood Pick 50 Woodworker-crafted using a level 57 recipe. Reduces harvest time for mining by 2 seconds
Calibrated Automated Pickaxe CL30 Tinkerer-crafted using a 160 skill recipe Reduces harvest time for mining by -1.0 seconds
Increases Mining skill by +10
Miscalibrated Automated Pickaxe CL46 Tinkerer-crafted using a 235 skill recipe Reduces harvest time for mining by -1.0 seconds
Increases Mining skill by +15
Overclocked Automated Pickaxe CL66 Tinkerer-crafted using a 335 skill recipe Reduces harvest time for mining by -2.5 seconds
Increases Mining skill by +20

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Up to date as of February 07, 2010

From the RuneScape Wiki, the wiki for all things RuneScape

A player mining for adamantite ore using the Mining skill.
A pickaxe, the tool used for mining.
Mining is perhaps one of the few skills left largely unchanged since RuneScape Classic; A skill that allows players to extract ores, gems, essence and other resources from rocks in mines throughout RuneScape. Mined ores can be smelted at a furnace, turning them into metal bars that can be forged (shaped by hammering) into metal objects using the Smithing skill, or used in the Crafting skill. On the map, mining sites are identified with a regular pickaxe (File:Miningicon.PNG), and Mining stores are identified with a gold pickaxe (File:Mining shop icon.png) icon. The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at rank 2,000,000) on the hiscores for Mining is level 53. Mining is also the only skill that provides random rewards (gems) to free players.


How to Mine

To mine, players need a pickaxe that they have the required Mining level to mine with. Players should then choose where to mine, taking into consideration the proximity to a bank, and what ores are available. Players only need to left-click once on any rock containing ore to mine it (provided they have the level needed for that ore type). Players can discover which ore is in a rock by right-clicking and selecting Prospect (with or without a pickaxe). Experienced miners do not need to prospect every rock, as they recognise the colour of the rock and know the ore it contains. The obtained ores, gems, and essence can then be sold for profit, or used by the player for the Smithing, Crafting, and Runecrafting skills.

Luck will play a certain factor in how quickly ores are obtained from mining. While the player's Mining level and the type of pickaxe that they use have an influence, there remains a certain randomness that determines when the ore is finally mined. When two players of different levels both attempt to mine the same rock, it is unlikely for the lower-levelled player to get the ore. However, while the player's Mining level certainly affects the outcome, its influence has not yet been proven. Some players believe that they can get ores faster by repeatedly left-clicking on the rock until they get an ore because by clicking a rock, it will "reset the 'luck' timer" so players will just have to click until they get an ore in one strike of their pickaxe. However, this is unproven and has not been confirmed by JaGeX but is now removed from the game due to the advisor update


The pickaxes used in mining ores can be equipped like a weapon, giving players one more space in their inventory. A player's Mining level determines the type of pickaxe they can mine with (while their Attack level determines whether they can wield it and thus save that inventory space). As with all weapons, as the pickaxe type progresses, so to does its effectiveness both as a weapon and in its ability to mine faster. Pickaxes are sold by Nurmof in the Dwarven Mines, Tati in Keldagrim, Bob in Lumbridge (bronze only), or at the Grand Exchange. Furthermore, pickaxes can be forged at the appropriate Smithing level for players who have completed the Perils of Ice Mountain quest.

Pickaxe Mining level Attack level* Grand Exchange price
File:Bronze Pickaxe.PNG Bronze 1 1 38 coins update
File:Iron Pickaxe.PNG Iron 1 1 238 coins update
File:Steel Pickaxe.PNG Steel 6 5 598 coins update
File:Mithril Pickaxe.PNG Mithril 21 20 665 coins update
File:Adamant Pickaxe.PNG Adamant 31 30 1,875 coins update
File:Rune pickaxe.PNG Rune 41 40 19,100 coins update
File:DragonPickaxe.PNG Dragon 61 60 14,200,000 coins update
File:Volatile pickaxe.png Sacred Clay 40 1 20 Stealing Creation points (degrades; only from shop)
File:Infernoadze.png Inferno Adze 41 (and 92 Firemaking) 1 Not bought; reward from All Fired Up (minigame)
  • Not required. Attack is only required to wield, not mine. You can mine an ore with a pickaxe in your inventory, but wielding it gives you one extra inventory space.

Minable items

Sometimes uncut gems are found during mining.
This player mines rune/pure essence used in the Runecrafting skill.

Ores are obtained from the different rocks that are found in mines. On the minimap, mines are labelled with a grey pickaxe. The colour of a rock's vein corresponds to the ore's colour, so a black vein will yield coal ore, a blue vein will yield mithril ore, and so forth. Players can identify which kind of ore a rock is composed of via prospecting.

When a player clicks on a rock, they will hit it with their pickaxe and attempt to extract the ore. The higher level the rock (e.g., adamantite and runite), the longer the mining procedure will take, requiring the player to have patience.

After the ore has been mined, the rock will no longer have a visible vein of colour for a while. (In the past, the whole rock would change shade when the ore was mined.) Eventually, another ore will respawn and the rock will regain its vein of colour. Players can only mine a rock when ore is available. Ore respawn times differ with the level requirement of the rock and the amount of people on the server (e.g., runite rocks can take up to 25 minutes to respawn, while iron rocks take about 3 seconds). Rune essence is an exception to this as there is no respawn time and players can mine continuously.

Players can continuously mine multiple pieces of coal and gold ore in the Living Rock Caverns until the concentrated coal/gold rock collapses. Sometimes, players will mine two ores at once, gaining experience for both ores. While wearing Varrock armour, players may find that they can mine three ores at once in the cavern. Mining coal in the Living Rock Caverns requires level 77 Mining, while mining gold there requires level 80 Mining. Beware of aggressive, ranged/melee level 120, 140 and 200 creatures that protect the rocks.

Image Ore Level Experience Notes
File:Clay.PNG Clay 1 5 Clay is used in Crafting to make small items such as pots.
File:Rune Essence.PNG Rune essence 1 5 To mine rune essence, players will need to complete the Rune Mysteries quest. It is used in the 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.
File:Copper Ore.PNG Copper 1 17.5 Players can use the Smithing skill to smelt a copper ore with a tin ore to make a bronze bar.
File:Tin Ore.PNG Tin 1 17.5

Players can use the Smithing skill to smelt a tin ore with a copper ore to make a bronze bar.

File:Limestone.PNG Limestone 10 26.5 Members only. Limestone is needed in the members quest Regicide. It can be crafted into limestone bricks by using a chisel on them, which are used in the Construction skill. It is found next to the place where you start Rag and Bone Man.
File:Blurite Ore.PNG Blurite 10 17.5 Blurite is needed in the quest The Knight's Sword. It is also the only ore needed for smelting blurite bars, used to create Blurite limbs for crossbows and Blurite bolts (unf). It is nontradeable.
File:Iron Ore.PNG 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:Elemental ore.png Elemental 20 0 Members only. Elemental ore can only be mined during and after the Elemental Workshop quest, and is smelted with 4 coal into an elemental bar which is used in making Elemental shields and Elemental helmets.
File:Daeyalt ore.png Daeyalt 20 17.5 Members only. Daeyalt ore can only be mined from the Meiyerditch mines during and after the Darkness of Hallowvale quest. Mining 15 ores is required before being released from the mine. It is nontradeable.
File:Silver Ore.PNG Silver 20 40 Silver is used in the Crafting skill to make items, such as tiaras.
File:Pure Essence.PNG Pure essence 30 5 Members only. To mine pure essence, players will need to complete the Rune Mysteries quest. It is used in Runecrafting. Pure essence does not have a respawn time, allowing a player to click once on the rock and wait until his/her inventory is full.
File:Coal.gif Coal 30 50 Coal is very commonly used in Smithing, being required to make bars from steel to rune.
File:Sandstone.PNG Sandstone 35 30, 40, 50 or 60 Members only. Available at the quarry south of the Bandit Camp (Kharidian Desert). Used in Enakhra's Lament quest. When mined, it shows up in your inventory as a 1,2,5, or 10 kg block.
File:Uncut opal.gif
File:Uncut jade.png
File:Uncut red topaz.gif
File:Uncut sapphire.gif
File:Uncut emerald.gif
File:Uncut ruby.gif
File:Uncut diamond.gif
Gem Rock 40 65 Members only. Gem rocks are only available to members who have completed the Shilo Village quest or Lunar Diplomacy quest, there are gem rocks in the lunar mine as well as in Shilo Village. Gem rocks can also be found randomly during the Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup minigame or by mining ore or coal rocks. Mining a gem rock gives a player a gem ranging from opal to diamond (Meaning no dragonstone or onyx), which can be used in Crafting or Fletching.
File:Gold Ore.PNG Gold 40 65  Gold is used in the Crafting skill to make items, such as jewellery.
File:Perfect gold ore.png 'Perfect' gold ore 40 - 'Perfect' gold ore is used in the Family Crest quest to make a 'Perfect' ruby ring and 'Perfect' ruby necklace.
File:Granite.PNG Granite 45 50, 60 or 75 Members only. Available at the quarry south of the Bandit Camp (Kharidian Desert). Used in Enakhra's Lament and King's Ransom.
File:Rubium.png Rubium 46 17.5 Members only. Found on the walls deep within the Witchaven dungeon. Used in Kennith's Concerns.
File:Mithril Ore.PNG Mithril 55 80 Players can use the Smithing skill to smelt a Mithril ore with four coal to make a mithril bar.
File:lunarore.gif Lunar 60 - Members only. Used during the Lunar Diplomacy quest to make a lunar helm.
File:Adamant Ore.PNG Adamantite 70 95 Players can use the Smithing skill to smelt an Adamantite ore with six coal to make an adamantite bar.
File:Living minerals.gif Living Minerals 73 25 Living minerals are used as bait with a Fishing Rod to fish for Rocktail. Rocktail fishing spots are only found in the Living Rock Caverns. The minerals are only found by mining the remains of living rock protectors found in the caverns.
File:Coal.gif Concentrated coal rocks 77 55 Concentrated coal deposits give multiple ores, 50 experience each, or 2 ores adding up to 100 experience, and with very good experience, with the nearby deposit box.
File:Gold Ore.PNG Concentrated gold rocks 80 65 Concentrated gold deposits give multiple ores, 65 experience each, or 2 ores adding up to 130 experience, and with very good experience with the nearby deposit box.
File:Rune Ore.PNG Runite 85 125 Players can use the Smithing skill to smelt a Runite ore with eight coal to make a runite bar. This ore can take 10–20 minutes to respawn depending on how full the world is. You can only mine runite ore as a non-member in the wilderness, where there are only two rocks, and you run a high risk of being killed by revenants. As a member, there are many safer areas in which you can mine runite, but no more than two rocks in one place. This combined with the long respawn times makes world hopping highly recommended. Tips for mining in the wilderness: Bring food, as revenants can do very high damage and freeze you in place (however, eating lobster can unfreeze you, giving you both health and a chance to run away). It is nearly impossible to escape a revenant unless you switch worlds. They are very persistent and will keep following you no matter where you run to in the wilderness. Employing an exhaustion strategy, its only a matter of time before they catch up to you. Once you are attacked by a revenant, no other player will be it's target. If you are non member, it is highly recommended that you achieve a high combat level, with emphasis on defence before trying to mine the runite in the wilderness, as the chances of a revenants appear often.

Mines table

Mine Clay Copper Tin Iron Silver Coal Gold Mithril Adamantite Runite Notes and hazards
Al Kharid mining site - 3 1 9 5 2 2 3 2 - Chasm Mine/Scorpion pit has a rock slope that's climbable at level 38 Agility.
Arzinian Mine - - - - - - 143 - - - Accessible after the Between a Rock... quest. Contains lots of gold veins, and a local dwarf to transport the gold ores to the bank (for a small fee of gold ores).
Barbarian Village mining site - - 5 - - 4 - - - - Very few safe spots for low-level miners; lacks copper ore needed for bronze
Brimhaven mining site - - - - - - 6 - - - On members-only side of Karamja island
Coal Trucks - - - - - 18 - - - - Coal trucks can hold up to 120 coal. You can hold up to 140 coal if the easy tasks of the Seers' Village Diary is completed, 168 if the medium diary is completed, and 196 if the hard diary is completed.
Crafting Guild mining site 6 - - - 6 - 7 - - - Level 40 Crafting and brown apron required.
North Crandor mining site South Crandor mining site - - - - - 10 3 8 3 - Accessible during and after the Dragon Slayer quest.
Dorgeshuun Mine - - - 9 12 - - - - - Accessible during and after the Lost Tribe quest. Is a good place to power-mine without losing a lot of money, as Mistag (at the southern end of the mine) will buy your iron and silver ores. Requires a light source.
Dwarven Mine 5 11 10 9 - 11 2 2 3 - Scorpions and King Scorpions at the south-eastern section. Nurmof at the east of the mine can repair broken pickaxes.
Edgeville dungeon mine - 2 2 3 3 6 - 1 2 - Skeletons, Hobgoblins, and more
Mourner Tunnels mine - - - - - - - - - 1 Dark Beasts, only accessible during and after Mourning's Ends Part 2
Grand Tree mine 9 - - 8 4 11 4 4 3 - Only accessible after The Grand Tree quest
Hero's Guild Mine - - - - - 11 - 2 2 2 Prerequisite - Hero's Quest
Bandit camp mining site - - 21 - 27 - 19 8 - Hobgoblins, Level 32 Wilderness. Beware of the Revenants.
Karamja Volcano mine - - - - - - 4 - - - Skeletons
Lumbridge Swamp training mining site - 5 5 - - - - - - - Safe place for low level miners.
West Lumbridge Swamp mining site - - - - - 7 - 5 2 -
Mining Guild - - - - - 37 - 5 - - Need level 60 Mining to enter
Central Fremennik Isles mining site - - - - - 7 - - - 1 Need The Fremennik Isles Quest
North Keldagrim mining area - - - - - - 8 - 10 2 Need Forgiveness of a Chaos Dwarf Quest
Rimmington mining site 2 5 2 6 - - 2 - - - Very Safe, with mobility can get into Falador to smelt.
North Edgeville mining site - - - 2 - 3 - - - - Skeletons, Level 6 Wilderness
South-east Varrock mining site - 9 6 4 - - - - - -
South-west Varrock mining site 3 - 8 3 3 - - - - -
Southern wilderness mining site - - - - - 34 - - - Skeletons, Level 9 Wilderness
Lava Maze runite mining site - - - - - - - - - 2 Level 46 Wilderness. Beware of the Revenants.

See Mines for a more detailed listing of mines.

Free-to-play mines

All players have access to these mines. See Mines for a more detailed listing of mines.

Misthalin mines

Asgarnia mines

Island mines

Wilderness mines

Members mines

Only members can access these mines. See Mines for a more detailed listing of mines.

Shooting Stars

Main article: Shooting Star

Shooting Stars are a part of the Distractions and Diversions, which is for members only. They can be found via a Telescope in a Player Owned House. They fall in waves every 2 hours on all Members worlds and will land around 2–15 minutes after each other. The stars can be from size 1 (10 Mining required) up to size 9 (90 Mining required). Bigger stars give more stardust, but are much harder to mine. There are nine areas in RuneScape that shooting stars will fall. You can learn more about the specific locations in the Distractions and Diversions guide. If you reach your limit of 200 stardust, you can still carry on mining the star for Mining experience. Mining stars give players stardust. 200 stardust may be exchanged for:

For an exact total of 86,234 coins.

If you are very desperate about finding a shooting star then make a clan to find them. If you are going to make a clan then you need someone in their Player Owned House to look through their telescope and find out where and when it will land, this way when one person finds it they can say where it is and what size it is. There is one problem, however, with making a clan. If there a lot of players in the clan then there will be more players mining the shooting star, which means that you would get comparatively less stardust.

Random events

Random events are events that happen at random times. They were introduced to stop macroers, or people who use programs to play RuneScape automatically for them. Some random events include non-player characters asking players to do a task for them and rewarding them if they are successful or monsters that appear and attack the player. In Mining, there are quite a few random events.


When mining your player may find a gem in the rock. A player's chances of finding gems are increased when wearing a charged amulet of glory. There also seems to be a positive correlation between a player's mining level and the frequency of gems they receive while mining - that is, the higher one's mining level is, the more likely they are to receive gems while mining. There is also an extremely small chance of finding more than one gem in a rock.

Rock golem (Discontinued)

A player attacking a rock golem.

While mining, a Rock Golem may appear and begin attacking the player.

The combat level of the golem depends on the player's combat level, and it will always be higher than the player's. The Rock Golem's combat level varies from level 14 to 159. Players may either attempt to kill it, or run away. The Rock Golem also has a ranged attack. If a player kills the golem, it can drop ores, dwarven stouts, pickaxes, uncut gems, or nothing.

Rock Golems are especially vulnerable to pickaxes.

Since the random event update, Rock Golems cannot be found with a random event - though, they are in the enchanted valley with the rest of the discontinued random creatures.

Exploding rock (Discontinued)

The Exploding rock event can occur when a player mines a rock that has gas bubbling out of it. If a player continues mining this rock once it starts smoking, they will likely set a spark and it will explode, dealing 10 damage to the player and destroying the head of the player's pickaxe. The player can get it repaired, for a price, by Nurmof, the dwarf who sells pickaxes in the Dwarven Mine, or by Bob in Lumbridge. Bob can also repair barrows equipment (member item only).

A good trick to save money was to go to the Grand Exchange buy a broken pickaxe then go to Bob in Lumbridge and get him to fix it for you. With the Random Event update, broken pickaxes do not exist any more.

Pickaxe head (Discontinued)

While mining, the player's Pickaxe head may fly off. The head lands somewhere nearby, usually 3 to 10 squares away. When this occurs, the player has to find the pickaxe head quickly before it disappears or before someone else sees and grabs it (and some would try to extort money from the player to return the pickaxe head). Once retrieved, the player can use the pickaxe head on the handle to put the pickaxe back together.

With the update of 25 February 2009, this has been discontinued. Any pickaxe heads in a player's inventory or bank was transformed back into a full pickaxe. Handles were removed from the game.


Animation when mining

It should be noted that when mining a player's animation will never be stopped unless they log out, die, or left-click somewhere else or eat/drink anything or drop something. So, with this in mind, players could, in theory, mine continuously until the ore runs out. One example of this is when players are attacked, their mining animation may be delayed or seem as if it has been stopped, but in reality they are actually still mining.

Players could also transfer to another ore if they feel that the ore they are mining is taking too long. The animation will transfer and you might find mining faster this way.

Power mining

Also known as drop mining, this is where a player fills their inventory with ores, drops them all, and repeats. While this method of mining allows players to raise their Mining level quickly, dropping a whole inventory of ores can take some time. Also, by using this method, a player would be missing out on Smithing experience or money from selling the ore. Another method of power mining is to drop an ore just as another ore is mined, allowing players to mine while dropping ores at nearly the same speed as mining without dropping ores. Some mining spots for:

  • Free-to-play- Power mining iron is a popular way to quickly raise levels in free-to-play. Good locations include the Hobgoblin Mine (located in levels 29-31 wilderness) and the Al-Kharid (Scorpion) Mine. Other good locations are in the Rimmington Mine, as this area is usually deserted. Mining and dropping iron can lead to around 37000 exp an hour. However, the Dwarven Mine is not as good for lower levelled players, as there are level 14 Scorpions and two level 32 King Scorpions which are aggressive towards players under level 65.
  • Members- The Granite Quarry in the Al-Kharid desert is a useful place to power mine. This requires the player to carry Waterskins or an Enchanted water tiara to avoid the effects of the desert heat, but Granite provides better experience than iron. You can also cast the Lunar Spell "Humidify" to keep your water skins filled (another less efficient method is, if you have completed Enakhra's Lament, you can run inside of the temple and use the fountain that you melted during the quest). You can get up to 80,000 experience an hour doing granite, although most players are only able to get around 50k per hour. The only mining spot in the Quarry that can provide 80k exp per hour, is the "Crossover", the area with two sandstones and 2 granites next to each other. If a player chooses to mine iron instead, the mine south of Piscatoris Fishing Colony is another good place to power mine iron.
  • On RSC your extra ores auto drop.

An extremely helpful tip when dropping the ores is to generally drop a stack of ores located near the top. A stack refers to one of the four columns (in your inventory, since there are 28 spaces, with 7 in each column, four per row). Right-click and drop the first ore located near your upper most stack, and as soon as you click on the Drop option, right-click again and just repeat the process. The reason why this method is good is since it doesn't require much timing or accuracy, since the right-clicking will be based on your previous right-click. The Drop option is conveniently located right below each pixel, so this provides a smooth flux of movement!

Ore Running

This is a far less popular type of power mining. The main difference is that players do not drop all of their precious ores. All you need is a friend who is willing to run back and forth from the bank to your mining spot for payment or profit of ores. When you have a full inventory of Iron ore (F2P) or Granite (P2P), you trade them to your runner before mining another full load of ores. Your runner will then take the ores to the bank and withdraw them as notes before bringing them back to you for payment or a percentage of the ores, usually half. This is still a good form of power mining that allows you to keep some of your ores and runners can also profit from your ability to mine quickly. The reason this is so unpopular is that it is usually very easy for a runner to find a power miner who is dropping or willing to give all of their ores for free. With the new trading limits enforced by runescape, it is harder to ore run as a non member can only trade 10,000 coins in a period of 15 minutes which is highly inefficient.

Magic Mining

This term refers to the use of the Superheat Item spell, available to players with level 43 or higher magic. Using this technique allows players to emerge from a mine with an inventory full of bars instead of ores, at the cost of one nature rune per bar (with a fire staff equipped). Players should enter the mine with an equipped fire staff, a stack of nature runes, and a pickaxe in their inventory. After mining the appropriate ore and coal, the player casts the spell, which frees up extra inventory space so the process can continue. This allows players to spend far longer in a mine before returning to a bank, and streamlines the smelting process. Using this technique to create mithril bars in the Mining Guild is one of the most effective ways to gain Mining and Smithing experience in the game. In addition, when casting Superheat Item on an iron ore, there is no longer a 50% chance of success; it is always 100% when casting Superheat Item.

Busy world versus empty world

The rate that ore respawn for each rock is proportional to the number of players logged in that world. This means that the same rock will respawn quicker in a busy world, like World 1 or World 2, than it would in a world with fewer players, such as World 127. This is especially important to consider when power mining (see above).

For general mining, it is slightly more advisable that players go to a quieter trading world such as World 127. Although it has a slower rate of rock respawn, there are much fewer players in the world and, therefore, less competition for the rocks. As for selling the ores, the new method of trading in the Grand Exchange allows the player to make offers with players in all servers. The only disadvantage, as mentioned before, is the ore respawn rate plus the disadvantage of the traditional method of trading as there would be very few people wishing to purchase your ore.

Wield the pickaxe

Players are strongly recommended to wield their pickaxe. This way, they have more inventory space to allow them to carry ores. To wield picks players must have the appropriate Attack level, as the pickaxe is considered a weapon.

Wear light items

Players are strongly recommended to wear few items or nothing at all other than their pickaxe. Members are advised to wear the boots of lightness, obtained in the Temple of Ikov quest, so that their weight is lower, therefore allowing them to run for longer periods of time. 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. If they are wearing armour, then they would be quite heavy, making them lose a large amount of energy in a short amount of time.

Wear Varrock armour

Among other benefits, the Varrock armour (obtained from completing the different levels of difficulty of the Varrock Diary) offers a small chance of obtaining two ores at the same time from one rock. The player will get experience for both ores. As the Varrock armour is upgraded upon completing the tasks of the diary, this unique effect will be available for rocks up to adamantite.

Wilderness mine tips

In the Wilderness, players can be attacked by dangerous Revenants, all of whom can hit very high in any attack style, and can freeze and/or teleblock. They can even steal players out of combat with another monster. Before you begin mining, check which attack you are weakest to in terms of equipment bonus (Magic or Ranged. Melee doesn't matter since you'll be running and will not be next to the Revenant), as revenants primarily attack with whatever you are weakest to. If a Revenant does attack you, the best thing to do is to use the Howl scroll (while you have a spirit wolf around) to make it flee; or if you don't have a wolf, turn on the protection prayer of which attack you are weakest to if you can, run away (preferably south, in hopes that they won't be able to attack you in a lower level of the wilderness), and switch worlds as soon as you're out of range.

Switch worlds

For higher level ores such as adamantite or runite, it is sometimes faster to switch between servers rather than wait for the rocks to respawn. This is not recommended for any lower level ores.

PvP Worlds

If you want to power mine you could go to a PvP world with nothing but wielding a pickaxe and a chest-type armour and shield. Usually all the other players are too busy attacking each other to mine or notice you, so you have almost no competition. With the update of being auto-skulled, you must be willing to lose your pickaxe and armour. If you want to keep the ores for profit, keep your inventory on the log out screen and watch your mini-map. Log out if you notice anyone running toward you. Wearing a dragon hide body and legs are preferred over two pieces of rune armour to prevent getting hit from long range by magic spells.

  • It is also recommended to wield only the pickaxe when mining in a normal world and leave your armour in a bank to have less weight.

Non-member Training

Here are some suggested training methods for players to raise their Mining level.

  • Level 1 to 15: Mine clay, and sell it for 160 coins, or use it for crafting. An alternative which also levels Runecrafting or provides income is rune essence. Rune essence is easier to mine because only a left-click is required and a full inventory is mined in one go. Rune essence can be mined only after completing the Rune Mysteries quest, by talking to Sedridor in the basement of the wizard's tower, or Aubury in Varrock (recommended as it is close to Varrock east bank).
  • Level 15 to 40: Mine iron rocks. Iron can be obtained quickly, making it a valuable rock to use when levelling up. Iron is the best ore to gain experience all the way to level 99. If coins are needed, then coal can be mined, but it's better to wait until access to the Mining Guild has been granted at level 60 Mining. From level 41 onwards the player can mine with a rune pickaxe and usually mine iron in one strike of pickaxe.
  • Level 40 to 60: Mine iron rocks in the Dwarven Mine or gold rocks in the Crafting Guild. Getting up these levels will take much longer and players should be prepared to put in some time. Power mining iron as recommended for the previous levels will take about 84 hours of work. Putting in an hour a day it could be done in about 3 months.
  • Level 60 to 85: Mine coal rocks in the Mining Guild, or continue power mining iron as the faster option.
  • Level 85 to 99: To continue levelling the player should now mine coal in the guild. If coins are wanted mine runite ore in the wilderness. Power mining iron is recommended for the quickest rate of experience in the non-member worlds.

Member Training

Members have additional training options:

  • Similar to non-members, mining iron is very good experience. If you have Ardougne cape 1 the best place to mine iron ore is north of the Kandarin Monastery, you can teleport there using the cape. There is 6 iron rocks there and you can bank quickly using a ring of duelling. This method is quicker than dropping the ore, unless you are using mousekeys.
  • There is an additional 3 iron rock formation east of Ardougne, and another south of the Piscatoris Fishing Colony. The iron mine closest to a bank is north of Yanille, where there are nine iron rocks nearby. The most efficient spot for mining in this area is the 3 iron rock formation in the southwest part of the mine. These iron ore can also be banked in the Port Khazard deposit box, although it is actually a closer walk to the Yanille bank from the 3 iron formation.
  • Members also have the option to combine mining with very fast banking trips. The Ring of duelling and some of the dragonstone equipment allow players to teleport to a bank and quickly get back to the mining area. Slower teleport options involve using a house portal.
    • The Shilo Village gem rock mine is easily reached by activating the Karamja gloves 3. The gloves teleport ends at the gem mine. Mining the gems rocks on the group and the ones below allows continuous mining. With a Ring of duelling-based bank trip, this gives very fast Mining experience.
    • The Crafting guild gold rock mine are within easy reach using a Skill necklace teleport. After mining the gold ores, use a Ring of duelling to Castle Wars bank.
  • Another decent mining option is to mine and drop granite rock; with the Enchanted water tiara players can stay at the mines for extended periods of time; employ the use of the Humidify (Lunar Magics) spell with water-skins, this allows the miner to remain in the desert as long as the required runes are available in the inventory. Granite power-mining gives more experience per hour than iron.
  • A very good way to powermine is iron mining in the Dorgeshuun Mines (requires the Lost Tribe quest). This has the advantage that you can quickly sell all your ores to Mistag to get some money (albeit not much, but more than most powermining).
  • Mining Shooting Stars gives the fastest experience and does not require banking; however, only one appears every two hours, making it difficult to mine for long periods of time. It is also beneficial because you can receive rewards for mining into the core, as well as experience. See Distractions and Diversions for more information.
  • Drop mining only is interesting if bank trips are slow. The mining area south of the Piscatoris Fishing Colony is very close to the teleport of the Spirit Kyatt familiar. The mine features three iron rocks around a single square, enabling mining without moving. On a full world this allows for constant mining. Use duel rings and glory amulets to bank the ores.
  • For players at and above level 80 Mining, mining concentrated Gold rocks is a fast way of levelling. Players can mine a full load of ores then use the nearby deposit pulley to send the ores to bank. The concentrated Gold rocks are located in Living Rock Caverns..

Temporary boosts

A player wearing a Mining cape and performing the Skillcape emote.

Special Mining Areas

  • Coal Trucks - The coal trucks are located west from Seers' Village and north from Ardougne. There are 18 coal rocks and handy carts for storing coal in. The carts can store 120 at a time and it is also recommended to take 28 coal when leaving as well. There is a quick way or a slow way to get to and from the coal trucks.
Quick Way: With 20 Agility go across the log that is on the east side of the coal trucks. The Camelot teleport spell can also be used for quick access to the Seers' bank
Slow Way: To walk all the way around the lake, past the fishing guild, to Seers' Village.
Once in Seers' Village go north-west from Seers' Village bank and there are more coal trucks in the shed. Remove all the coal and bank, repeating the process until all the ore has been taken.

After completing the Seers' Village Diary the coal trucks can hold up to a max of 196 coal before having to be emptied.

  • Mining Guild - In the Mining Guild there are 37 coal and 5 mithril rocks. It is close to a bank (just climb the ladders to the west and head north). Level 60 Mining is required to enter (level 59 miners can achieve this by drinking a Dwarven Stout just before entering the guild). There is one especially efficient place to mine, in the south-east corner, where there are 6 coal in very close proximity. Mining mithril is not recommended in the guild unless there is no-one else at the rocks. An anvil is available outside of the guild in the North end of the mines. The anvil, in combination with the superheat spell, allows the player to smith the ores they mine. The smithed items can be turned into coins with the high alchemy spell or sold at the nearby shop avoiding trips to the bank.

You can save a couple of seconds while banking using the skills necklace's Mining Guild teleport, which teleports you directly in front of the stairs leading down to the mining area.

  • Crafting Guild - The Crafting Guild is the best place in free play to mine gold, silver, and clay. 40 crafting and a Brown apron are required to enter. Members can easily teleport there by use of a Skills necklace or the balloon transport system. Gold ore is very valuable and in high demand by members using the Goldsmith Gauntlets for quick smithing experience, so free players hoping to make money mining would benefit greatly by training their Crafting level to 40.
  • Arzinian Mine - After completing the Between a Rock... quest, members can access the largest gold mine in the game, with over 100 gold rocks. Players must talk to Dondakan while wearing a Gold helmet in order to access it. To leave the mine, simply remove the helmet or log off and log in again. The mine is very far from a bank; however, a short ways away, there is a dwarf who will deliver Gold ore to the bank for you in exchange for a 20% cut of the profits, rounded up. The fee is halved if the player is wearing a Ring of Charos (a).
  • Shooting Star - A shooting star can be seen through a telescope in a Player-owned house every two hours. Details will be given, such as the location of impact site and time remaining until impact. Once a shooting star has crashed onto Gielinor, a player may search it out and mine it. Mining the star will give the player stardust, which can be exchanged for some rewards from a Star sprite at the middle of the star, after the star has been fully mined. The sprite will also give the player an ability to mine more than one ore per rock (for a limited amount of time). Only 200 stardust pieces can be mined from the star. After that, the player can continue to mine the star and get experience (amount of experience depends on the level of star, or the amount of outer shell of the star still intact). This can be helpful to assist people in breaking the star apart so they can get their reward. Also, a star sprite can only reward a player once per day. It is recommended that the player exchanges a full 200 stardust pieces, for a larger reward.


  • In the days after the release of the Sacred Clay Pickaxe, when you started to mine, the pickaxe would change to look like a Bronze pickaxe for the duration of the animation, and until you managed to mine the ore. Jagex has since fixed this glitch.
  • On 3 July 2007, the mining animation was dramatically changed. The change initially irked some players, likely because they had become accustomed to the very steady pace and sound of the prior animation. Some players believe this "nerfed" mining as the animation seems longer thus apparently increasing the time a rock is hit before an ore is yielded.
  • A common myth states that mining with the pickaxe equipped without a shield will allow you to mine faster than any other way. It is not true.
  • The Emote of the Mining Skillcape very faintly resembles the special attack of the Barrelchest Anchor, also in some way, it seems to resemble the Inferno Adze (although the pickaxe seen in the emote seems to be made of steel but it's on fire).
  • If you prospect a rock and another player successfully mines the ore before you finish prospecting the rock, it will give you a message saying "This rock contains ore."
  • On 9 September 2009, the dragon pickaxe was released making it the best pickaxe in the game.
  • There are some old RS Classic mining rocks around Ardougne, where some players have been known to pull off the ring of stone trick to surprise unsuspecting players. However, these rocks were graphically updated to the new new look on 17 November 2009.
  • There are old RS Classic mining rocks near Rellekka, north of Shilo Village, and south of Keldagrim. The ring of stone can be used at these locations to transform into rocks that are identical in appearance.
  • You cannot obtain gems while mining pure essence.
  • When you start to mine a rock and, before you finish, trade with another player, it appears that you are picking away at the player. It will only work if the player is next to you.
  • Some rocks, when looked at from a certain angle, look like the faces of the Tzhaar.
  • With the release of the Living Rock Caverns, the number of people with 99 mining started to rise, as mining now became easy to train, similar to Woodcutting or Fishing.

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This article is about the practice of extracting ores and minerals. You may be looking for the automated weapons.

Mining was the business of mineral and metal excavation and extraction. Many planets, such as Peragus II, Ord Cestus, or Bespin, were constantly mined. The Expansion Region got its name as the planets there were constantly mined when first discovered. Mining was an important source of credits.

Some mining was conducted using hand held lasers.


Minerals and metals collected through mining

Technology used in mining



References and notes

  1. The Courtship of Princess Leia
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords
  3. Aliens in the Empire
  4. Star Wars: Complete Locations
  5. Jedi Apprentice: The Day of Reckoning
  6. Star Wars: Lethal Alliance
  7. The Thrawn Trilogy Sourcebook
  8. 8.0 8.1 Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  9. Heir to the Empire
  10. Death in the Undercity
  11. Star Wars Galaxies: Episode III Rage of the Wookiees

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