Prospector kit

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A male player wearing the prospector kit.
A female player wearing the prospector kit.

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, which requires mining 6,570 pay-dirt on average.

The full set, when worn, grants a 2.5% bonus Mining experience. If a player has completed the elite Varrock Diary, they may use Varrock armour 4 in place of the jacket to achieve the full set bonus, however by itself Varrock armour 4 will not grant any bonus experience. In addition, wearing pieces of the kit in the desert will reduce the need for waterskins, similar to the desert robes.[1]

Wearing the full set while entering the Mining Guild is one of the tasks in the hard Falador Diary, and wearing it to mine a runite ore is a master clue step. Varrock armour 4 may be used for the master clue step, but not the Falador Diary.

Despite having two lights attached to it, the Prospector Helmet does not act as a light source.

This set can be stored in the armour case space of a costume room in a player-owned house. Ultimate Ironmen will be unable to retrieve individual pieces until the full set is stored.

Star fragments (which can be bought for 3,000 Stardust each) may be used as a means of recolouring each piece of the Prospector Kit. Four of these are needed to recolour the entire set to make the Golden Prospector Kit, which will cost a total of 12,000 Stardust. This change in appearance cannot be undone.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Item XP Boost Buys for (in Golden nugget) Sells for (in Golden nugget) Boost (% per Golden nugget)
Prospector helmet inventory image Helmet +0.4% 40 32 0.010
Prospector jacket inventory image Jacket +0.8% 60 48 0.013
Prospector legs inventory image Legs +0.6% 50 40 0.012
Prospector boots inventory image Boots +0.2% 30 24 0.007
Set bonus +0.5% N/A
Complete set +2.5% 180 144 0.014

When obtaining the set, it is slightly more efficient to start by purchasing the more expensive items first. This can be calculated by adding up the experience boosts one would get when buying the items in either order. After completing the hard Falador Diary task, some players may wish to sell some pieces of the kit in order to unlock the upper Motherlode Mine floor for 100 golden nuggets. Doing so can be most efficiently done by selling the jacket, helmet, and boots. This returns 104 nuggets, leaving players with just the legs remaining for a 0.6% experience boost.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
24 September 2015

Additional ores gathered by Varrock armours now provide the bonus experience from the Prospector's outfit.

15 May 2014

The Prospector outfit now also provides some protection from desert heat.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ RuneScape Mythbusters Special - Ep. 2 (21:15 - 21:41) on Jagex's official Old School RuneScape YouTube channel.