Pay-dirt is obtained whilst mining ore veins within the Motherlode Mine. Mining pay-dirt grants 60 (up to 61.5 with full prospector outfit) Mining experience and requires a minimum Mining level of 30. Pay-dirt can be cleaned by depositing them into the hopper in the centre of the mine. Once cleaned players must search a sack to claim their ores, which is dependent on the player's Mining level. Pay-dirt cannot be deposited in the bank.
Players have a 7/255 (2.74%) chance of obtaining a golden nugget per pay-dirt, which can be used to purchase the prospector outfit from Prospector Percy's Nugget Shop.
What the pay-dirt becomes is determined at the time it is mined. If using a temporary boost, to try to get ore above your level, use the boost while mining, as opposed to using the boost at the hopper and sack.
- ↑ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 8 Jun 2015. Mod Ash: "Sorry, I just rechecked. It's actually a flat rate of 2.74% at all levels for a paydirt to become a gold nugget."
- Upon death in 20+ wilderness, one pay-dirt is converted to two coins.