Mining iron ore

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Mining iron ore
RequirementsIron ore detail.png
Mining 15+ (60+ for access to the Mining Guild)
ProfitExperience gained
271,885Mining 59,500
InputsOutputs (271,885)
1,700 × Iron ore.png Iron ore (241,400)17 × Unidentified minerals.png Unidentified minerals (25,670) *4.94 × Uncut sapphire.png Uncut sapphire (1,354)2.47 × Uncut emerald.png Uncut emerald (1,233)1.24 × Uncut ruby.png Uncut ruby (1,328)0.31 × Uncut diamond.png Uncut diamond (899)

Iron ore is an ore always in demand, due to its use in producing iron and steel bars via Smithing. There are many locations to mine iron ore, but the Mining Guild features several advantages; a trio set of iron ore rocks that are extremely close to a deposit box, an invisible +7 boost to mining, a 50% reduced ore respawn timer (which means you never have downtime between ores respawning), and a 1/100 chance per iron ore to acquire Unidentified minerals. Unidentified minerals can be exchanged for increased profits, or for Mining gloves and their variants. Mining iron is the fastest way to acquire unidentified minerals in the game.

Optimal rates are achieved by utilizing Varrock Armour 1 or higher. A Celestial ring provides more ore per hour, but not enough to cover the time spent acquiring stardust. Gems provide more profit than an iron ore, so therefore profit rates for the Mining guild are calculated for wearing a charged amulet of glory.

The primary alternative to the Mining Guild location for iron ore is the Trahaearn Mine. You will not get unidentified materials, but you will get crystal shards, which will be rewarded at a 1/127 chance for each ore acquired, including bonus ores from mining enhancers[1]. This is 13.3 crystal shards per hour on average (Varrock armour assumed). Each shard obtained can be worth as much as 10,748.00 coins; this may be enough to make the celestial ring worth using, since it increases ore yield by 10%, meaning using it will yield 1.3 extra crystal shards per hour. If you wish to mine here, intentionally not using the amulet of glory to increase the amount of actual ore per hour may result in more profit via more crystal shards as well. The overall profit in the Trahaearn mine per hour will be around 384,140 coins.

The Mining Guild is located in Falador and can be most easily accessed using a Skills necklace. The Trahaearn mine is located within Prifddinas and can be accessed with a (eternal) teleport crystal or via the spirit tree network after completing Song of the Elves.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 14 April 2020. (Archived from the original on 15 April 2019.) Mod Ash: "I believe that's 1/127 from any type of ore. And it looks like the Varrock bonus would give you a second shard roll if you got a second ore."

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