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. Latter are usually cheaper, but using the infernal pickaxe can still be somewhat expensive for some players.

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 runite (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.

Ore table[edit | edit source]

Level required Name Experience
1 Rune essence.pngRune essence 5
1 Clay.pngClay 5
1 Copper ore.pngCopper 17.5
1 Tin ore.pngTin 17.5
10 Blurite ore.pngBlurite ore 17.5
10 Limestone.pngLimestone 26.5
15 Iron ore.pngIron 35
20 Silver ore.pngSilver ore 40
30 Coal.pngCoal 50
30 Pure essence.pngPure essence 5
35 Sandstone (10kg).pngSandstone 30,40,50,60
40 Gold ore.pngGold ore 65
40 Uncut red topaz.pngGem rock 65
45 Granite (5kg).pngGranite 50,60,75
55 Mithril ore.pngMithril ore 80
65 Lovakite ore.pngLovakite ore 10
70 Adamantite ore.pngAdamantite 95
85 Runite ore.pngRunite 125
92 Amethyst.pngAmethyst 240

Quests for Mining experience[edit | edit source]

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.

Levels 1–37[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 early levels and use adamant pickaxe right from the start.

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, 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]

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From level 15 to 75, players should mine iron at a location that has three iron rocks in a triangle, as such a formation allows the player to mine all three rocks without moving. There are nine such locations: the Legends' Guild mine, two in the pay-to-play area of the Mining Guild, the Lovakengj mine, the Piscatoris mine, the Al Kharid Mine, Fossil Island valley (south-east, near the mushtree) and the Resource Area (level 51 Wilderness).

Having Varrock armour 1 or higher is strongly recommended for this method, as it gives the player 10% chance to mine 2 ores at once while worn, increasing the overall experience rate.

From level 60 and above, the maximum experience rate is around 60,000 experience per hour, and roughly 70,000 experience per hour in the pay-to-play area of the Mining Guild because of the invisible +7 level boost given inside.

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

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From level 75 Mining onwards, 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 "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. Compared to regular granite mining without tick manipulation, you can expect to get up to 93,750 experience per hour at 99 Mining.

When doing this method, it is advised 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. It is also recommended to turn data orbs off to prevent any misclicks when clicking on the southernmost rock.

Having Varrock armour 2 or higher is strongly recommended for this method, as it gives the player 10% chance to mine 2 ores at once while worn, increasing the overall experience rate.

As the Quarry is located in the desert, some sort of desert heat protection is necessary in order to survive. Desert amulet 4 offers 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]

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Mining in the Motherlode Mine is 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.

Completing medium tasks of the Falador Diary grants the player access to a shortcut (requires 54 Agility) within the Motherlode Mine. There are no diary bonuses to which type of ore you receive.[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 Falador Diary.

Once the player reaches level 72 Mining and has 100 golden nuggets, it is recommended to use the upper levels of the mine. The upper levels have more concentrated ore veins compared to the lower level, and they deplete based on time unlike in the lower area, 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 – Gem rocks[edit | edit source]

Mining gem rocks at the underground portion of 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 not recommended unless the player is hunting for the rock golem pet, as the Blast Mine minigame offers better experience and profit.

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

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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]

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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 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 depend on the player's Mining level, 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. 28 May 2015. Mod Ash: "There are absolutely no diary bonuses in the Motherlode Mine's ore-choosing code."