Pay-to-play Mining training

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Equipment[edit | edit source]

The only item required to mine is a pickaxe. In order to achieve the greatest amount of experience and ores, one should always use the best pickaxe available at their Mining level. However, certain low level rocks become attainable at maximum speed at higher mining levels, even with lower level pickaxes. Although a certain Attack level is required to wield one, players are still able to use the pickaxe to mine without the required Attack level.

Using the infernal pickaxe (making one requires 85 Smithing) is recommended if powermining for the fastest experience, as it will smelt 1/3 of the ores mined, reducing the amount of ores that need to be dropped and also providing passive Smithing experience. It can be charged with dragon pickaxes or smouldering stones. The latter are usually cheaper, but using the infernal pickaxe can still be somewhat expensive for some players. For other methods, the crystal pickaxe performs better and it should be used if the player has enough crystal shards for it.

Completing task sets from the Varrock Diary grants the player Varrock armour, which gives the player 10% chance of mining 2 ores at once while worn. Varrock armour 1 gives this bonus ores up to coal, 2 up to mithril, 3 up to adamantite and 4 up to amethyst (additionally, works as a prospector jacket).

The prospector kit obtained from Prospector Percy in the Motherlode Mine provides a total of 2.5% bonus experience per ore mined. The outfit is not time-efficient to get if the player is going for 99 Mining using the fastest methods, however it is a requirement for a master clue step and a hard task in the Falador Diary so the player might want to get it anyway. There are also mining gloves available in the Mining Guild, however they do not bring any benefits when using the training methods below.

Pickaxes[edit | edit source]

Item MiningMining icon.png AttackAttack icon.png Weight Members only Item?
Bronze pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Bronze pickaxe Bronze pickaxe 1 1 2.25 kg No
Iron pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Iron pickaxe Iron pickaxe 1 1 2.25 kg No
Steel pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Steel pickaxe Steel pickaxe 6 5 2.25 kg No
Black pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Black pickaxe Black pickaxe 11 10 0 kg No
Mithril pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Mithril pickaxe Mithril pickaxe 21 20 1.8 kg No
Adamant pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Adamant pickaxe Adamant pickaxe 31 30 2 kg No
Rune pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Rune pickaxe Rune pickaxe 41 40 2.2 kg No
Dragon pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Dragon pickaxe Dragon pickaxe 61 60 2.2 kg Yes

Other pickaxes[edit | edit source]

Item MiningMining icon.png AttackAttack icon.png Weight Members only Item?
3rd age pickaxe.png: Inventory image of 3rd age pickaxe 3rd age pickaxe 61 60 2.2 kg Yes
Dragon pickaxe (upgraded).png: Inventory image of Dragon pickaxe (upgraded) Dragon pickaxe (upgraded) 61 60 2.2 kg Yes
Infernal pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Infernal pickaxe Infernal pickaxe 61 60 2 kg Yes
Crystal pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Crystal pickaxe Crystal pickaxe 71 70 1 kg Yes


Ore table[edit | edit source]

Level required Name Experience Members only Ore?
1 Rune essence.png: Inventory image of Rune essence Rune essence 5 No
1 Clay.png: Inventory image of Clay Clay 5 No
1 Copper ore.png: Inventory image of Copper ore Copper 17.5 No
1 Tin ore.png: Inventory image of Tin ore Tin 17.5 No
10 Blurite ore.png: Inventory image of Blurite ore Blurite ore 17.5 No
10 Limestone.png: Inventory image of Limestone Limestone 26.5 Yes
15 Iron ore.png: Inventory image of Iron ore Iron 35 No
20 Silver ore.png: Inventory image of Silver ore Silver ore 40 No
30 Coal.png: Inventory image of Coal Coal 50 No
30 Pure essence.png: Inventory image of Pure essence Pure essence 5 No (Members required to mine)
35 Sandstone.png: Inventory image of Sandstone Sandstone 30,40,50,60 Yes
40 Gold ore.png: Inventory image of Gold ore Gold ore 65 No
40 Gem rock.png: Inventory image of Gem rock Gem rock 65 Yes
45 Granite.png: Inventory image of Granite Granite 50,60,75 Yes
55 Mithril ore.png: Inventory image of Mithril ore Mithril ore 80 No
65 Lovakite ore.png: Inventory image of Lovakite ore Lovakite ore 10 Yes
70 Adamantite ore.png: Inventory image of Adamantite ore Adamantite 95 No
85 Runite ore.png: Inventory image of Runite ore Runite 125 No
92 Amethyst.png: Inventory image of Amethyst Amethyst 240 Yes

Prospectors Kit[edit | edit source]

Main article: Motherlode Mine

The Prospector kit is an experience-boosting set, purchasable from Prospector Percy's Nugget Shop in the Motherlode Mine. Pieces of the kit are purchased using golden nuggets obtained randomly through mining pay-dirt. The set costs 180 nuggets in total.

The full set, when worn, grants a 2.5% bonus Mining experience.

Check out Prospector Percy's Nugget Shop rewards on how to obtain this experience-boosting set.

Item XP Boost Cost (in Golden nugget.png) Sells for (in Golden nugget.png) Boost per nugget

(% per Golden nugget.png)

Prospector helmet.png Helmet +0.4% 40 32 0.010
Prospector jacket.png Jacket +0.8% 60 48 0.013
Prospector legs.png Legs +0.6% 50 40 0.012
Prospector boots.png Boots +0.2% 30 24 0.007
Set bonus +0.5%
Complete set +2.5 % 180 144 0.014

Varrock Armour 1, 2, 3, and 4[edit | edit source]

The Varrock Diary is a set of achievement diaries whose tasks revolve around areas in and near Varrock, such as the Barbarian Village and Edgeville. Players looking to claim their rewards can do so from Toby in Varrock, just behind the Varrock General Store.

Rewards for completing each tier of the achievement diaries is as follows:

Varrock Armour 1
Varrock armour 1 detail.png
  • 10% chance of mining 2 ores at once up to coal (also works for clay with or without bracelet of clay). Experience is granted for both ores mined.
  • 10% chance of smelting 2 bars from 2 ores simultaneously up to steel when using the Edgeville furnace. Experience is granted for both bars.
Varrock Armour 2
Varrock armour 2 detail.png
Varrock Armour 3
Varrock armour 3 detail.png
Varrock Armour 4
Varrock armour 4 detail.png

Quests for Mining experience[edit | edit source]

Quest Experience
reward
Mining
requirement
Other requirements
The Forsaken Tower 500 - 20% Lovakengj favour
Doric's Quest 1,300 - -
Plague City 2,425 - -
The Giant Dwarf 2,500 - 14 ThievingThieving icon.png, 12 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 16 FiremakingFiremaking icon.png, 33 MagicMagic icon.png
Heroes' Quest 2,575 50 MiningMining icon.png 55 QuestQuest point icon.png, 53 CookingCooking icon.png, 53 FishingFishing icon.png, 25 HerbloreHerblore icon.png
Another Slice of H.A.M. 3,000 - 15 AttackAttack icon.png, 25 PrayerPrayer icon.png
The Lost Tribe 3,000 17 MiningMining icon.png 13 AgilityAgility icon.png, 13 ThievingThieving icon.png
Between a Rock... 5,000 40 MiningMining icon.png 30 DefenceDefence icon.png, 50 SmithingSmithing icon.png
Enakhra's Lament 7,000 45 MiningMining icon.png-optional 50 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 45 FiremakingFiremaking icon.png, 43 PrayerPrayer icon.png, 39 MagicMagic icon.png
Making Friends with My Arm 10,000 72 MiningMining icon.png 35 ConstructionConstruction icon.png, 66 FiremakingFiremaking icon.png, 68 AgilityAgility icon.png
The Dig Site 15,300 - 10 AgilityAgility icon.png, 10 HerbloreHerblore icon.png, 25 ThievingThieving icon.png
Dragon Slayer II 18,000 68 MiningMining icon.png 200 QuestQuest point icon.png, 75 MagicMagic icon.png, 70 SmithingSmithing icon.png, 62 CraftingCrafting icon.png, 60 AgilityAgility icon.png, 60 ThievingThieving icon.png, 50 ConstructionConstruction icon.png, 50 HitpointsHitpoints icon.png
Song of the Elves 20,000 70 MiningMining icon.png 70 AgilityAgility icon.png, 70 ConstructionConstruction icon.png, 70 FarmingFarming icon.png, 70 HerbloreHerblore icon.png, 70 HunterHunter icon.png, 70 SmithingSmithing icon.png, 70 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png
Total 90,600

Fastest experience[edit | edit source]

To gain Mining experience most efficiently, players should always drop the ores they mine ("powermining" or "dropmining"). Players can quickly drop their items by holding the shift key and clicking on the ore once shift drop has been enabled in the options.

Levels 1–37 – Questing[edit | edit source]

Completing Doric's Quest, The Dig Site, Plague City, The Giant Dwarf, The Lost Tribe and Another Slice of H.A.M. grants the player a total of 27,525 Mining experience, which elevates a level 1 Mining to level 37. All of the quests have fairly low requirements, and completing them allows the player to skip the early levels, and use an adamant pickaxe right from the start. This method is recommended if the early level grind is not for you.

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

If the player is not willing to do any quests, copper or tin should be mined from level 1 to 15. This can be done anywhere, though the Lumbridge Swamp mining site is debatably the easiest due to its relative lack of players and aggressive monsters, and its collection of copper and tin rocks.

To progress from level 1 to level 15, you will need 2411 experience. You will need to mine a combination of 138 copper or tin ores to reach level 15, since they both give 17.5 experience a piece.

Levels 15–75 – Iron ore[edit | edit source]

Mining iron in the Mining Guild.

Mining iron offers the fastest experience from level 15 to 75. Having Varrock armour 1 or higher increases the overall experience rate for this method, as it gives the player 10% chance to mine 2 ores at once while worn.

From level 15 to 60, players should mine iron at a location that has three iron rocks in a triangle, as such a formation that allows the player to mine all three rocks without moving.

There are eight such locations available at this level:

  1. Legends' Guild Mine
  2. Al Kharid Mine
  3. Piscatoris Mine
  4. Lovakengj Mine
  5. Verdant Valley
  6. Fossil Island (near the Verdant Valley mushtree)
  7. Mount Karuulm Mine
  8. Resource Area (level 51 Wilderness) Drop the ores while waiting for the rocks to respawn.

If using tick manipulation, the best place to mine iron is in the Legends' Guild mine, which has 4 iron rocks close to each other in the eastern part. Start the 3-tick cycle with a herb and tar (or other suitable items) while moving between rocks, and drop the ores between mines. This method is faster than using a triangle spot, but because this method is much more advanced and significantly harder than using a triangle spot, it is only recommended for players who plan on 3-tick mining granite from level 75 onwards.

From level 60+, the pay-to-play area of the Mining Guild becomes the best option, as the respawn time for rocks mined in this area is halved. This makes it so the players do not have to wait for the rocks to respawn or use tick manipulation; with correct timing and accurate clicks, players can drop the ore between mines and keep mining continuously.

Players can expect to gain up to around 45,000–55,000 experience per hour below level 60 when not using tick manipulation. From level 60 and above, the maximum experience rate in the Mining Guild caps at around 70,000–80,000 experience per hour, depending on performance and the pickaxe used.

Banking the ores is not recommended as this slows down experience rates a lot and the iron ores are usually not worth very much. However, those who experience hand pain from intensive clicking will see their endurance increase greatly if they choose to bank the ores, rather than dropping every one. Those who wish to bank their ores are advised to use the pay-to-play area in the Mining Guild, which has a triangle spot near to the bank chest.

Levels 75–99 – Granite[edit | edit source]

3-tick granite mining in action.

From level 75+ Mining, the fastest experience is gained by 3-tick mining granite in the south-west area of the Quarry, which has 4 granite rocks close to each other (commonly referred to as "3t4g", 3-tick 4 granite). This method offers by far the best experience rates, but it is extremely click-intensive and can be hard to learn. With good performance it is possible to achieve 115,000–125,000 experience per hour at 99 Mining. When granite mining without tick manipulation, you can expect to get up to 63,750 experience per hour at 99 Mining.

Having Varrock armour 2 or higher increases the overall experience rate for this method, as it gives the player 10% chance to mine 2 ores at once while worn. It also strongly recommended to use an infernal pickaxe if the player can afford to use it, as it significantly reduces the amount of ores that need to be dropped and also provides passive Smithing experience. One fully charged infernal pickaxe lasts for around 900,000–1,000,000 Mining experience. Using a crystal pickaxe is not recommended for this method, as it does not bring any benefits or increase experience rates because of tick manipulation being used, and it costs crystal shards to use.

When doing this method, it is recommended to use resizable mode, zoom in and turn the camera south so that there is as little distance from the inventory to the rocks as possible. Turning data orbs off is also helpful to prevent any misclicks when clicking on the southernmost rock.

It is advised to drop the mined ore on the ground between mines. This is done by starting the 3-tick action and clicking on the next rock, quickly dropping the ore and clicking the rock again. This requires accurate clicking and some practice to perform consistently, but it is much more efficient than dropping a full inventory.

As the Quarry is located in the desert, some sort of desert heat protection is necessary in order to survive. Desert amulet 4 provides immunity to the desert heat while worn, alternatively wearing the Hitpoints cape along with a regen bracelet will outheal the damage taken from desert heat. If neither of those are an option, the player can bring waterskins and fill them with the lunar spell Humidify.

Other methods[edit | edit source]

Levels 30–99 – Motherlode Mine[edit | edit source]

Motherlode Mine.png

Mining in the Motherlode Mine is a common way to train Mining, as it requires relatively low effort compared to other methods and offers decent profit at higher levels. However, experience rates are significantly lower as a result.

Profit at higher levels is recommended when you can mine Mithril ore, at 55+ mining. Below 55 mining is for the Prospector kit.

Completing medium tasks of the Falador Diary grants the player access to a shortcut (requires 54 Agility) within the Motherlode Mine. Completion of the elite diary will also increase the chance of receiving higher-level ores.[1]

Additionally, players are able to obtain golden nuggets through cleaning pay-dirt. These can be used to purchase the Prospector kit from Prospector Percy, which adds a bonus 2.5% experience while mining. Having all the parts from the prospector kit is a requirement for completing the hard task set of the Falador Diary.

Once the player reaches level 72 Mining and has 100 golden nuggets, it is recommended to unlock the upper levels of the mine. The upper levels have more concentrated ore veins compared to the lower level, and they deplete after they have been mined for a set amount of time, unlike in the lower area, where it's a random chance per pay-dirt mined, making one vein last longer on average.

Players can gain up to 30,000 experience per hour at level 70 Mining, 42,000 experience per hour at level 85 and 53,000 experience per hour at level 99.

Levels 61–75/99 – Gem rocks[edit | edit source]

Mining gem rocks at the underground portion of the Shilo Village mine becomes a viable option for players who have completed hard tasks of the Karamja Diary. Players can use the nearby bank deposit box after they have mined a full inventory of gems. Experience rates with a charged amulet of glory equipped and a dragon pickaxe average around 41,000–42,000 experience per hour below 70 Mining, 52,000 experience per hour at 80, 58,000 experience per hour at 90 and 63,000 experience per hour at 99. However, doing this method past 75 Mining is generally not recommended, as the Blast Mine minigame offers better experience and similar profit. However, gem rocks are the fastest method on average to obtain the rock golem pet and the only viable source of opal, jade and red topaz, which can be particularly useful for ironmen.

With tick manipulation, the experience rates can reach as high as 86,000 at 99 Mining, which is among the highest for any Mining method while also yielding around 1,043,196.63 profit per hour. However, the Volcanic Mine offers slightly higher experience rates at much lower effort, albeit much lower profit.

Levels 70–99 – Volcanic Mine[edit | edit source]

Volcanic Mine.png

Participating in the Volcanic Mine minigame can offer the best experience rates outside of the Quarry. To enter the mine, players must have level 50 in Mining, and have earned at least 150 Kudos. In addition, players must pay Petrified Pete 30 numulites every time they wish to enter the mine.

In a good team, the player can gain roughly 75,000–80,000 experience per hour at level 85 Mining and 85,000–90,000 experience per hour at level 99.

The official world for this minigame is world 323, although it is recommended to search for a team — the Minigame Group Finder includes a clan chat for Volcanic Mine, where players may be found making groups.

Levels 75–99 – Blast Mine[edit | edit source]

Blast mine.png

Participating in the Blast Mine minigame (which requires having 100% Lovakengj favour) offers decent experience and good profit from level 75 onwards. This is due to being able to obtain runite ore at that level, which makes the bulk of the profit gained. It is possible to participate in the minigame below 75 Mining, but this is not recommended as the lack of runite ores will severely hamper experience and profit rates. Having a higher Mining level increases the chances of obtaining better ores, increasing experience and profit as a result.

A common inventory setup is to have noted dynamites along with unnoted ones, a chisel, a tinderbox, and a stamina potion. As soon as you run out of dynamite, run to the nearby bank chest to unnote more dynamite for blasting. Having weight-reducing clothing (such as the graceful outfit) is very beneficial in order to save run energy. Since the chance of getting higher-level ores depends on the player's Mining level, the dragon pickaxe's special attack can be used to temporarily increase the current Mining level. Equip the prospector kit when collecting the ores from the operator for extra experience.

Players can gain up to around 55,000 experience per hour at 75 Mining, 65,000 experience per hour at level 90 and 70,000–75,000 experience per hour at level 99

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 8 Nov 2017. Mod Ash: "[Was the diary reward for ore-choosing fixed?] 18th June 2015, yes."