Free-to-play Mining training

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This guide outlines the best methods for training the Mining skill in free-to-play. Even though mining runite ore with 85 Mining is one of the fastest free-to-play money making methods, profit from lower level ores is very low so it is more efficient to drop mined ores when training and use the saved time for other money making methods.

Pickaxes[edit | edit source]

Pickaxes are required to train Mining, ranging from bronze to rune. Each tier up decreases the tick interval between rolls to mine an ore and thus it is recommended to always use the highest tier pickaxe available. If the Attack level requirement is met, save an inventory space by equipping the pickaxe.

Pickaxe Mining Level Attack Level How to obtain GE Price Weight Ticks between rolls
Bronze pickaxe.png Bronze pickaxe 1 1 Nurmof/Bob/Yarsul (60+ Mining): 1
Spawns at:
45 2.267 kg 8
Iron pickaxe.png Iron pickaxe 1 1 Nurmof/Yarsul: 140 106 2.267 kg 7
Steel pickaxe.png Steel pickaxe 6 5 Nurmof/Yarsul: 500 316 2.267 kg 6
Black pickaxe.png Black pickaxe 11 10 Reward casket (beginner) 3,060 0.01 kg 5
Mithril pickaxe.png Mithril pickaxe 21 20 Nurmof/Yarsul: 1,300 337 1.814 kg 5
Adamant pickaxe.png Adamant pickaxe 31 30 Nurmof/Yarsul: 3,200 1,647 2.721 kg 4
Rune pickaxe.png Rune pickaxe 41 40 Nurmof/Yarsul: 32,000 18,614 2.267 kg 3

Ores[edit | edit source]

Ore Mining Mining
Level Exp
Rune essence.png Rune essence 1 5.0
Clay.png Clay 1 5.0
Copper ore.png Copper ore 1 17.5
Tin ore.png Tin ore 1 17.5
Blurite ore.png Blurite ore 10 17.5
Barronite shards.png Barronite shards 14 16.0
Barronite deposit.png Barronite deposit 14 32.0
Iron ore.png Iron ore 15 35.0
Silver ore.png Silver ore 20 40.0
Coal.png Coal 30 50.0
Gold ore.png Gold ore 40 65.0
Mithril ore.png Mithril ore 55 80.0
Adamantite ore.png Adamantite ore 70 95.0
Runite ore.png Runite ore 85 125.0

Levels 1–99[edit | edit source]

Level 1–10: Doric's Quest[edit | edit source]

It is recommended to complete Doric's Quest early on for the reward of 1,300 Mining experience, enough to level Mining from 1 to 10. It can be completed immediately by already having the required materials, 6 clay, 4 copper ore, and 2 iron ore.

Levels 1/10–15: Copper ore/Tin ore[edit | edit source]

Copper ore.pngTin ore.png Mine copper and tin rocks to 15 Mining for 17.5 each. If banking the ores for Smithing, mine at the South-east Varrock mine and bank in the eastern Varrock bank, otherwise the safest and easiest location are East Lumbridge Swamp mine or the northern Dwarven Mines

  • Starting experience: 0
  • Experience needed for 15 from 0: 2,411
  • Copper ore or tin ore required for 15 from 0: 138 (2,415 experience)
  • Starting experience at 10: 1,300
  • Experience needed for 15 from 10: 1,111
  • Copper ore or tin ore required for 15 from 10: 64 (1,120 experience)

Levels 15–99: Iron ore[edit | edit source]

Iron ore.png The fastest experience from this point onward is from iron rocks for 35 experience each. Maximise experience by dropping ores and from mining at locations where one tile is surrounded by three iron rocks for zero travel time while waiting for respawns. At 41 Mining with a rune pickaxe all three ores can be mined and the player can face back towards the first just before it respawns, allowing for non-stop mining. The only location in free-to-play with one tile surrounded by three iron ores is Al Kharid Mine, which has aggressive level 14 scorpions, but the mining spot itself is safe from them.

At 41 Mining, the maximum experience rate is around 50,000 experience per hour. Using tick manipulation, experience rates of 65,000-76,000 per hour are obtainable using an alternate account to attack the player with auto-retaliate on while in the Wilderness at the Bandit Camp mine.

  • Starting experience: 2,420
  • Experience required: 13,032,020
  • Iron ore required: 372,344 (13,032,040 experience)
  • Banking profit: 17,127,824

Money making methods[edit | edit source]

Levels 70–85: Adamantite ore[edit | edit source]

Adamantite ore.png Mining adamantite ore can be a good free-to-play money-making method. The best place to mine adamantite is within the Mining Guild, requiring 60 Mining. It has has two rocks and ores can be banked at the east Falador bank. Hopping worlds is faster than waiting for them to respawn. Mining adamantite rocks give 95 experience each. See Money making guide/Mining adamantite ore (free-to-play) for more information.

  • Starting experience: 737,627
  • Experience required: 1,935,487
  • Adamantite ore required: 20,374 (1,935,530 experience)
  • Profit: 20,659,236

Levels 85–99: Runite ore[edit | edit source]

Runite ore.png Runite mining is highly profitable, but extremely slow and dangerous because the only runite rocks are in the Wilderness at the Lava Maze runite mine. Like adamantite, it is faster and safer to hop worlds instead of waiting for ores to respawn. Mining runite rocks give 125 experience each. See Money making guide/Mining runite ore (free-to-play) for more information.

  • Starting experience: 3,258,610
  • Experience required: 9,775,821
  • Runite ore required: 78,207 (9,775,875 experience)
  • Profit: 875,449,158

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Levels 1/10–14/15: Rune essences[edit | edit source]

Rune essence.png With the completion or progression of Rune Mysteries, players can mine rune essences at the rune essence mine to create runes for Runecraft training later or drop them for faster Mining rates. As for training Mining, this is a slow training method with each rune essence giving 5 experience (a total of 140 Mining XP per inventory) but it's the only AFK-able training method until the player can access the Ruins of Camdozaal after completing Below Ice Mountain.

  • Starting experience: 0
  • Experience needed for 15 from 0: 2,411
  • Rune essence required for 15 from 0: 483 (2,415 experience)
  • Starting experience at 10: 1,300
  • Experience needed for 15 from 10: 953 or 1,111
  • Rune essence required for 15 from 10: 223 (1,115 experience)

Levels 14–99: Barronite shards and deposits[edit | edit source]

Barronite shards.pngBarronite deposit.png Completing the free-to-play Below Ice Mountain quest rewards the player with access to the Ruins of Camdozaal where you can mine barronite shards from barronite rocks. Mining barronite shards gives 16 experience each and mining barronite deposits gives 32 experience each, making this a slower training method than mining iron ore but it is very AFK-able compared to iron ore, making barronites a good training alternative to iron ore and an improvement over mining rune essences. Barronite shards can be used to purchase rewards from Ramarno and while the barronite deposits can be used for Smithing, dropping them is recommended if solely training Mining.

Purchasing the permanent Charm of Mining buff and the one-hour Charm of Boost from Ramarno's Shard Exchange yields higher experience rates.