Gold ore

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Gold ore
Gold ore.png
Released4 January 2001 (Update)
Quest itemNo
ExamineThis needs refining.
Value150 coins
High alch90 coins
Low alch60 coins
Weight2.267 kg
Respawn time500 ticks (300 seconds)
Grand Exchange
Exchange202 coins (info)
Buy limit30,000
Daily volume25,562,217
Advanced data
Item ID444
Gold ore detail.png

Gold ore can be mined at level 40 Mining providing 65 Mining experience. After gold rocks are mined, it will take 60 seconds until it reappears. Gold ore is used to smelt gold bars. Smelting a gold bar gives 22.5 Smithing experience, or 56.2 with the goldsmith gauntlets equipped. The bar can then be crafted into various types of jewellery through the Crafting skill at a furnace, rather than an anvil like other bars. An anvil is used however to make a gold helmet or golden bowl for the quests Between a Rock... and Legends' Quest. Many items require a mould to create.

A frequently occurring item, gold ore can additionally be obtained through a large number of different means, other than mining. It can be bought from shops, obtained from monster drops and pickpocketing, as a reward from a variety of chests and reward crates, through the Gnome Restaurant and Volcanic Mine minigames, and can also be obtained by handing in nuggets to Terry Balando at the Digsite.

The chance to successfully mine gold ore scales linearly with the player's mining level. Were it possible to mine gold ore at level 1, players would have a 3% chance per mining cycle to successfully mine the ore. At level 99, players have a 29% chance to successfully mine the ore per mining cycle.[1]

Wearing either mining gloves or expert mining gloves while mining a gold rock grants a 33.33% chance for the rock to not deplete upon mining a gold ore, allowing the player to mine an additional ore before depleting.

Smelting gold ore currently gives some of the fastest Smithing experience available in the game whilst wearing goldsmith gauntlets (or a Smithing cape/Max cape) and smelting at the Blast Furnace. This method tends to average 250,000-350,000 experience per hour, but at maximum efficiency players can reach upwards of 420,000 experience per hour. For non-Ironmen, this method currently has a profit/XP of -1.83, along with additional costs of 72,000/hour to use the Blast Furnace, and 91,782/hour, assuming an average of 36 doses of Stamina potion used per hour. See Blast Furnace/Strategies.

For Ironmen, as of 30 November 2022, Ordan sells gold ore at a set price of 225, regardless of stock held, and also restocks significantly faster. When bought from Ordan and smelted with goldsmith gauntlets equipped, gold ore has a cost of 4.00 per Smithing XP, along with an additional cost of 72,000/hour if using the Blast Furnace.

Mining Info[edit | edit source]

Gold rocks
Level requiredMining 40
Mining XP65 xp
RockGold rocks
Required toolPickaxe
Respawn time1 minute

Money making[edit | edit source]

The following money making guide is available for Gold ore:

MethodHourly profitSkills
Mining gold ore101,000 Mining 40+ , Crafting 40+ (optional)

Products[edit | edit source]

Gold bar.pngGold bar
(Blast Furnace)
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  • Smithing 40
  • Smithing 22.5
Gold bar.pngGold bar
(Regular furnace)
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  • Smithing 40
  • Smithing 22.5
Gold bar.pngGold bar
Free-to-play icon.png
  • Smithing 40
  • Magic 43
  • Smithing 22.5
  • Magic 53

Item sources[edit | edit source]

For an exhaustive list of all known sources for this item, see here.
Ancient chestN/A Casket.png1–2,978 (noted)2 × 1/33
Angry barbarian spirit166 Multicombat.png12/128
Barrel (Viyeldi caves)N/A Casket.png(noted)Rare
Berserk barbarian spirit166 Multicombat.png12/128
Bloodveld76; 81 Multicombat.png12/128
Brimstone chestN/A Casket.png100–200 (noted)1/15
Calvar'ion264 Multicombat.png200 (noted)6/128
Chaos Golem70 Multicombat.png2–36/52
Chest (Ancient Vault)N/A Casket.png400 (noted)Unknown
Chest (Tombs of Amascut)N/A Casket.png12–569 (noted)3 × 1/27
Deranged archaeologist276 Multicombat.png10 (noted)6/128
Earth impling jarN/A Casket.png11/10
Earth impling36; 46 Hunter icon.png11/10
Eclectic impling jarN/A Casket.png11/10
Eclectic impling50; 60 Hunter icon.png11/10
Elf (Thieving)85 Thieving icon.png11/128
Elven Crystal ChestN/A Casket.png350–500 (noted)12/256
Enraged barbarian spirit166 Multicombat.png12/128
Flaming pyrelord97 Multicombat.png18/128
Gargoyle111 Multicombat.png10–20 (noted)10/128
Giant skeleton (Tarn's Lair)100 Multicombat.png12/128
Gnome child75 Thieving icon.png18/128
Gnome woman75 Thieving icon.png18/128
Gnome75 Thieving icon.png18/128
Gold rocks40 Mining icon.png1Always
Gold vein40 Mining icon.png1Always
Greater demon Wilderness Slayer Cave104 Multicombat.png10 (noted)1/41
Grotesque Guardians Multicombat.png40–75 (noted)2 × 7/137
Harpie Bug Swarm46 Multicombat.png18/128
Hero80 Thieving icon.png11/128
Infernal pyrelord134 Multicombat.png28/128
Insatiable Bloodveld202 Multicombat.png13 × 2/128
Insatiable mutated Bloodveld278 Multicombat.png13 × 7/128
Kalphite Queen333 Multicombat.png250 (noted)4/126
King Black Dragon276 Multicombat.png100 (noted)2/128
Larran's big chestN/A Casket.png150–250 (noted)4/60
Larran's small chestN/A Casket.png81–179 (noted)4/60
Lesser demon Regular82; 87; 94 Multicombat.png12/128
Lesser demon Wilderness Slayer Cave94 Multicombat.png(noted)2/39
The Leviathan593; 798 Multicombat.png67; 101 (noted)8/100
Marble gargoyle349 Multicombat.png10–20 (noted)3 × 10/128
Monumental chestN/A Casket.png300–360 (noted)3 × 1/30
Mummy Ancient Pyramid96; 103 Multicombat.png1100/513
Mutated Bloodveld123 Multicombat.png17/128
The Nightmare814 Multicombat.png9–176 (noted)4/100
Ore pack (Volcanic Mine)N/A Casket.png(noted)Common
Phantom Muspah741 Multicombat.png180 (noted)2 × 10/220
Phosani's Nightmare Multicombat.png165–305 (noted)4/100
Professor ManglethorpN/A Casket.png6–11 (noted)23/512
Pyrefiend43; 48 Multicombat.png18/128
Pyrelord60 Multicombat.png28/128
Shop Counter (ore)82 Thieving icon.png110/80
Skeleton (Tarn's Lair) Medium level40; 63; 72; 77 Multicombat.png12/128
Skeleton (Tarn's Lair) High level81; 87 Multicombat.png12/128
Skeleton (mage)94 Multicombat.png12/128
Skeleton brute132 Multicombat.png12/128
Skeleton heavy132 Multicombat.png12/128
Skeleton hero149 Multicombat.png12/128
Skeleton thug132 Multicombat.png12/128
Skeleton warlord132 Multicombat.png12/128
Spindel302 Multicombat.png180 (noted)6/128
Supply crateN/A Casket.png8–11 (noted)Varies
Thermonuclear smoke devil301 Multicombat.png200 (noted)2/107
Tribesman32 Multicombat.png15/138
Tribeswoman32 Multicombat.png15/138
Venenatis464 Multicombat.png675 (noted)6/128
Vet'ion454 Multicombat.png101–675 (noted)6/128
The Whisperer587; 791 Multicombat.png88; 133 (noted)1/100
Zalcano336 Multicombat.png86–721 (noted)3/36
Zombie (Tarn's Lair) Low level40–56 Multicombat.png32/128

Spawns[edit | edit source]

Location Members Spawns Map
North Brimhaven mineMember icon.png1Maplink
Varrock - west bank basement[2]Free-to-play icon.png1Maplink
Ruins (east), level 27 WildernessFree-to-play icon.png1Maplink
Rogues' Castle (3rd floor[UK]4th floor[US]), level 53 WildernessMember icon.png1Maplink
Rogues' Castle (ground floor[UK]1st floor[US]), level 53 WildernessMember icon.png3Maplink
  1. ^
  2. ^ This spawn requires telekinetic grab to obtain.

Shop locations[edit | edit source]

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in stock
sold at
bought at
Ore seller.Blast Furnace in Keldagrim1002m Coins 100.png 225Coins 25.png 600.0%Member icon.png
TzHaar-Hur-Lek's Ore and Gem StoreMor Ul Rek01m Tokkul 25.png 225Tokkul 5.png 222.0%Member icon.png
TzHaar-Hur-Rin's Ore and Gem Store (Karamja gloves, Ironman)Mor Ul Rek121m Tokkul 25.png 195Tokkul 25.png 522.0%Member icon.png
Ore storeJatizso56sCoins 100.png 165Coins 100.png 1053.0%Member icon.png
Petrified Pete's Ore ShopVolcanic MineN/A150N/A0.0%Member icon.png

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
10 September 2020

The Grand Exchange buy limit was changed from 13,000 to 30,000.

16 April 2015

The experience boost from goldsmith gauntlets is now correctly applied when using gold ore on a furnace.

Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]

Gold ore detail (beta).png
Gold ore detail.png
Gold ore (beta).png
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RuneScape 2
29 March 2004 –

References[edit | edit source]