Pay-dirt

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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[1], which can be used to purchase the prospector outfit and other mining-related rewards 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.

Mining Info[edit | edit source]

Ore vein
Level required Mining 30
Mining XP 60 xp
Rock Ore vein
Required tool Pickaxe
Respawn time 1 minute

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
Date unknown
The Medium Falador Diary and Hard Falador Diary no longer provide any increased chance of receiving higher ores when cleaning pay dirt.[2]
5 March 2015
(update | poll)
There is now a slightly increased chance at receiving higher ores when cleaning pay-dirt if you have completed the Falador Hard Diary and a further increased chance if you have completed the Falador Elite Diary.


References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 8 June 2015. (Archived from the original on 29 May 2020.) 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."
  2. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 15 March 2020. (Archived from the original on 15 March 2020.) Mod Ash: "There's just one buff to pay-dirt, and it's for the elite diary only. This matches what the diary master says if asked."

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Upon death in 20+ wilderness, one pay-dirt is converted to two coins.
  • While the pay-dirt is getting cleaned, its examine changes to It's getting cleaned in the channel of water.