Motherlode Mine

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Motherlode Mine
RequirementsMotherlode Mine.png
Mining 30+
100 golden nuggets and Mining 72 for upper level
ProfitExperience gained
52,800 Mining 20,000
InputsOutputs (52,800)
330 × Coal.png Coal (52,800)

At level 30 Mining, coal (160) can be mined, and a popular members' place to mine it is in the Motherlode Mine located in the Falador Dwarven Mines. Also, players can obtain gold (246), mithril (125), adamantite (1,096), and runite (11,079) if they have the respective Mining levels. By mining pay-dirt and cleaning it in the machine located in the centre of the mine, players collect random ores from the sack. This is a very popular update to the Mining skill as it is low effort and can yield good profit and 20,000-35,000 experience per hour. Randomly, players can also receive golden nuggets that can be traded in for a Prospector's outfit, which grants a 2.5% XP boost to Mining if the full set is worn. At 72 Mining, which cannot be boosted, 100 nuggets are required to access the upper level. A dragon pickaxe or crystal pickaxe are strongly recommended for serious miners at this point.

Players can also bring a gem bag, which can bring every deposit to 27 pay-dirt per trip to the sack, which can make it easier to both overfill the sack and keep any gems obtained, the drop rate of which can be increased with an amulet of glory. However, after level 85 mining, using a glory and a gem bag only slightly raises the overall gp/h due to how receiving a gem works (at the time of this edit, the expected value of paydirt is 455gp at level 85).[confirmation needed]

Below are examples of optimal orders of deposits:

  • Regular sack: 27 + 27 + 26 + 28 = 108 pay-dirt, or 28 + 28 + 24 + 28 = 108 pay-dirt.
  • Upgraded sack: 21 + 28 + 28 + 28 + 28 + 28 + 28 = 189 pay-dirt, or 27 + 27 + 27 + 27 + 27 + 26 + 28 = 189 pay-dirt.

A coal bag can be used to speed up the banking of the ores retrieved from the sack (best used with an upgraded sack).

Upon completing the Elite Falador Achievement Diary, players will have an increased chance of receiving higher ores when cleaning pay-dirt. If possible, completing this will result in more expected profit per hour.

XP/Profit per hour Level 31 Level 41 Level 61 Level 70 Level 85 Level 99
Mining XP per hour 13,106 15,500 29,260 30,325 43,000 54,000
Profit per hour 31,662 50,976 71,202 115,966 256,502 322,119
Profit per hour with Crystal pickaxe (+3.03%) N/A N/A N/A N/A 264,274 331,879

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