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OSRS Mining Guide 1-99

OSRS Mining Guide 1-99



Mining is one of the original skills that came with the initial launch of Runescape and went hand-in-hand with Smithing. Unlike other gathering skills like Woodcutting or Fishing, Mining requires you manually click for each ore, making it one of the least AFK-able skills in the game. This OSRS Mining guide will go over the efficient ways of getting Level 99 so that it is a less painful process.

Some Items to Obtain

Like all other skills, some items will boost the XP rates or make the process more efficient. Here are the things you should get for a smoother skilling experience.

  • The Prospector's Kit - The whole set boosts Mining XP gain by 2.5%. While not recommended for anyone trying to fast-track to 99, it's still worth getting. It is part of a clue scroll trail and a good side task for anyone training in the Motherlode Mine.
  • Varrock Armor - Gives a chance of mining two ores at once, effectively doubling your gain. Get it from the Varrock Achievement Diaries. Completing different levels will award variants that are effective on different ores. You may use both the Prospector's Outfit and this armor to take advantage of both effects. The Prospector's Jacket can be replaced by the armor.
  • Mining Gloves - Gloves that sometimes keep the ore from depleting when you mine them. It has three variants, Regular, Superior, and Expert. Each one costs 60, 120, and 240 unidentified minerals, respectively. The difference between variants is the ores they affect, with Expert covering all ores up to Amethyst. These may be worn alongside the above items for maximum effect.

What is Power Mining?

It is a technique to drop everything you mine as soon as your inventory is filled. While you may not have to waste time going to and fro a bank, be careful if you want to use the ores you mine. Other players might take advantage of your training and use what you leave behind. Has a one-tick variant where you can instantly drop everything in one server tick.

OSRS Mining Guide & P2P

While the paid version of the game has more options to explore, mining is still a tedious skill that most players avoid. Fortunately, it is relatively fast to train and eventually profitable if you stick it out until higher levels. Multiple quests give mining experience, including Doric's Quest and Plague City, so you can skip to Iron rocks right away.

OSRS Iron Power Mining Guide (15+)

Mining Iron is one of the oldest and most consistent methods to train mining, and some players do it all the way to Level 99. It is really only worth doing it in areas with three rocks next to each other, like Fossil Island or the Al Karid Mine. To boost your power mining, wear Varrock Armor or the Prospector Kit.

The most optimal place to train would be the Mining Guild due to its passive mining boost, which will net just over 70,000 experience per hour. If you want to bank your ores, this is also the best place with a slight sacrifice in experience gain.

Granite Power Mining (75+)

While the Quarry in the middle of the Kharidian Desert seems impractical, it is one of the fastest training methods when utilizing 3-tick manipulation. It is best to use the South-West part of the mine, and with consistent use of your tick-manipulating items, you can get well over 100,000 XP per hour. Be sure to wear Desert Robes, water skins, or your Desert Amulet 4 to prevent thirst.

Alternative/AFK: Motherlode Mine (30+)

The Motherlode Mine is the only viable way to train this skill AFK. However, it comes at a sacrifice of a slower experience per hour. This minigame consists of multiple steps, including mining "Pay Dirt," putting it into the hopper, and picking up loads of clean ore.

The ore will be randomly generated and based on your mining level. With a higher mining level, more expensive ones will be unlocked, making a decent amount of money. Non-tradeable rewards are also unlocked, like the Coal Bag and the Prospector Kit for 2.5% additional mining experience.

You can start this minigame at Level 30 mining, but you would be lucky to break 20,000 XP per hour. If you start at Level 61 mining, you can get over 30,000 XP per hour.

Profitable: Gem Mine (50-75)

You can find the Gem Mine in Shilo Village. It can be an excellent mining spot because there are no monsters or enemies around. With the Karamja Gloves 3, you can teleport into the underground area of the mine, where there are more nodes to harvest. It also has a handy Bank Deposit Box there to store all the gems you get. Because Gem Rocks give a random jewel, it can also be a profitable method of training Mining.

Alternative: Volcanic Mine (70+)

If you have over 150 Kudos, this is the second-fastest method of training mining in the game. With a bit of practice and a diligent team, you can consistently blast through this minigame and get over 80,000 experience per hour. Luckily, the Minigame Group Finder makes it easy to find other players if you don't have a raid team.

Profitable: Runite Ore (85+)

Since Runite rocks are scarce and highly profitable, it can be challenging to compete with other players, including gold farmers. Luckily, multiple rock locations were added to the game. Utilizing skill total or PvP worlds, you can still consistently make up to 500,000 gold per hour but with a measly 5,000 (or less) experience per hour.

Runite Rock Locations

  • NorthWest of the Wilderness Lava Maze
  • Lava Maze Dungeon
  • The Wilderness Frozen Waste Plateau
  • Fossil Island
  • The North East Island in Neitiznot
  • Mourner Tunnels Mine
  • The Members-only part of the Mining Guild
  • The Heroes' Guild
  • The Myths' Guild
  • Mor UI Rek

OSRS Mining Guide & F2P

Training in F2P can be nearly the same speed as training in P2P, but with limited options and many bots to compete with. Fortunately, getting to Level 85 is a worthy goal as you can make more gold than most money-making methods in F2P.

Tin/Copper OSRS Power Mining Guide (1-15)

As doing Doric's Quest will only get you to Level 10, you will need to mine tin or copper before reaching iron. While it's still slow, you can quickly bang out the last five levels in Barbarians' Village, the Lumbridge Swamp, and several other locations.

Iron Power Mining (15+)

Mining iron is the most efficient means of getting to Level 99 in F2P as coal, mithril, and other ores have a lag between hits. Once you upgrade your pickaxe to Rune, you will instantly get iron ore within the first tick, so training mainly revolves around how fast you can click. You should quickly get between 40,000 to 60,000 experience per hour in most locations.

Since there are so many spots taken over by bots in F2P, it may be worth venturing into Wilderness locations like the Southern Wilderness Mine or the Hobgoblin Mine. You may also use P2P worlds and bring only your pickaxe to avoid losing anything of value.

Adamantite Ore (70+)

While it isn't the best option for training, Adamantite is still quite expensive and may be worth mining once you hit 70 mining. You can get around 8,000 mining XP and over 100,000 gold per hour if you don't have too much competition.

The most consistent place to score Adamant rocks with little competition would be in the Wilderness Hobgoblin Mine. There will be plenty of enemies attacking you, so you won't even have to worry about other players killing you.

Runite Ore (85+)

Runite Ore is even more scarce than in P2P, but it can still be one of the fastest money-making methods in the free version of the game. The only two rocks are to the NorthWest of the Lava Maze and are a frequent hotspot for PKers and bots. The best strategy would be to hop worlds, find rocks, including the PvP world, and have a secondary account to protect against other players. Note that XP gain is slow with this method, but you can earn so much OSRS gold.

Quests That Award Mining Experience

If you need a break from the tedious grind of training Mining, here are some quests to help you along:

  • Plague City
  • Doric's Quest
  • The Forsaken Tower
  • The Giant Dwarf
  • Heroes Quest
  • Another Slice of H.A.M.
  • The Lost Tribe
  • Between a Rock
  • Enakhra's Lament
  • Making Friends With My Arm
  • The Dig Site
  • Dragon Slayer 2
  • Song of the Elves

Final Thoughts

As mining isn't the most pleasant skill to train, this OSRS Mining Guide will help you blast through the levels and get yet another skill cape. If you are an Ironman, it is worth saving as much ore as you can to use with the Blast Furnace and smith alchable items. For regular accounts, it is better just to use power training methods.

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