Ultimate Ironman Guide/Mining

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Mining training on an Ultimate Ironman is mostly relegated to "powermining" (where the ore is dropped rather than being smelted) due to inventory and banking restrictions. While this makes the skill relatively quick to train, it also means there is very little direct incentive to train the skill besides requirements such as those from Quests and Achievement Diaries. That said, a high Mining level can be useful for some Mining-related activities, such as Volcanic Mine and Zalcano. For training the skill, pickaxes can clasically be sourced from shops in the Dwarven Mine under Falador, with easy access through the Keldagrim minecart system (starting from the Grand Exchange or Blast Furnace) or the Skills necklace teleport to the Mining Guild.

Early Training - Quests[edit | edit source]

15+ - Mining Iron[edit | edit source]

Mining and dropping iron ores at a 3-rock location

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. Each rock can be mined in turn, and the three ores dropped before returning to the first rock and repeating the cycle. 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.

Iron rocks in this orientation can be found in a number of places, including the Al Kharid Mine, the Piscatoris mine, the Lovakengj mine, the Mount Karuulm mine, and on Fossil Island valley (south-east, near the mushtree). At 60+ Mining, two more locations can be used in the Mining Guild, where the passive Mining boost and faster ore respawn in the area can further increase experience rates.

Players should expect 55k-70k experience per hour using this method, depending on Mining level, pickaxe type, and focus. Because this training method does not require much inventory space, it can be trained in conjunction with other skills that require more inventory space, such as Farming. Some players optionally choose to pair this Mining training method with Smithing, by using Superheat Item to turn the iron ore into iron bars for use on a nearby anvil.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Smithing.

30+ - Motherload Mine[edit | edit source]

Main article: Motherlode Mine

As a more passive alternative to other training methods, mining pay-dirt at the Motherlode Mine is a much lower effort way to train, though it offers lower experience rates as a consequence. Experience rates are highly dependent on Mining level, as a higher level means the player is more likely to mine higher level ores. Players can gain up to 30k experience per hour at level 70 Mining, 42k experience per hour at level 85 and 53k experience per hour at level 99.

Golden nuggets obtained through the minigame can be used to buy the prospector kit, double the size of the pay-dirt big, and unlock the upper level of the mine. The prospector kit is not particularly useful for Mining training due to the Varrock armour's ore-doubling effect, but it is required for the hard Falador Diary, and can be stored in an Armour case at 46+ Construction. At 72 Mining, it is recommended to unlock the upper level of the mine, as it makes training here even easier.

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.

50+ - Volcanic Mine[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Volcanic Mine

Another alternative training method is the Volcanic Mine, a minigame on Fossil Island unlocked with 50 Mining and completion of the Bone Voyage quest. The training method does not differ much from that of regular accounts, though noted Saradomin brews and Super restores can be used in place of regular food.

Experience rates can vary greatly depending on the player's skill and team. With a skilled team, players can expect 70k-100k experience per hour.

Reward points from the activity can be used to buy the ash covered tome and the enhanced Fertile Soil it unlocks. Extra points can be spent on runite ore, either for its value or to use in smithing rune dart tips for use in combat. Fossils earned can be stored or turned into numulites, especially if the player wants to use the Volcanic Mine as a Gravestone. Pyrophosphite and calcite can be used at the Mycelium pool for training Prayer.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Prayer.

75+ - Mining Granite[edit | edit source]

3-tick granite mining in action.

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 115k–125k experience per hour at 99 Mining. When granite mining without tick manipulation, you can expect to get up to 63k experience per hour at level 99 Mining.

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 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.

Similar to mining iron, because the player is constantly dropping the granite as they mine it, this method can be done in conjunction with other inventory-filling skills, such as Farming.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Farming.

Passive Training - Runecraft[edit | edit source]

While training Runecraft by crafting either Soul runes or Blood runes, mining the dense essence blocks at the Arceuus essence mine gives some Mining experience as well. If runecrafting blood runes, for every 100k Runecraft experience gained, the player should expect around 12k Mining experience. If runecrafting soul runes, for every 100k Runecraft experience gained, the player should expect around 10k Mining experience.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Runecraft.

Passive Training - Crafting[edit | edit source]

If the player is grinding sandstone to create buckets of sand for Crafting training, they will gain small amounts of Mining experience from the mining of the sandstone. If crafting lantern lenses, for every 100k Crafting experience gained, the player should expect around 14k Mining experience. If crafting empty light orbs, for every 100k Crafting experience gained, the player should expect around 11k Mining experience.

For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Crafting.