To begin mining, you should first obtain a basic pickaxe which can be picked up in a small house in the Barbarian Village. Once you have one, itâ€™s time to set out and find a place to mine. There are several mining spots around the city of Varrock, and the Scorpion Pit mine near the desert town of Al Kharid that should have plenty of ores to start mining.
Now that youâ€™ve found a place to mine, you can either jump right in and click on a rock to mine from, or you can prospect the rock. When you prospect a rock you will search for any ores inside and determine what type of ore is in the rock. This could take some time, so itâ€™s best to learn what color each different rock will be when it has ore in it. Now you can click on a rock to mine from it, and your character will keep mining until you obtain the ore.
From time to time you may find an uncut gem while mining. These can be crafted, and are valuable to anyone working on the skill. Gems can be cut with a chisel to make them more valuable when sold to a store, but most people would prefer uncut gems to work on their crafting. Thereâ€™s a greater chance of mining a gem if you are wearing a charged Amulet of Glory, but finding a gem can still be difficult.
See the below â€œGemsâ€ sub-section for more information.
If you need a quick â€œlevel-up,â€ a Dwarven Stout is just the drink for you. Stouts will raise both your mining and smithing levels by 1 for a short amount of time. They can be bought from the Rising Sun Bar in Falador for 3gp, so stock up on them if you plan on using many stouts during your mining career.
Mature Stouts & Beer
As a reward from the Forgettable Tale (of a Drunken Dwarf) Quest you will get 2 Mature Dwarven Stouts which will increase your Mining and Smithing levels by 2, not just the ordinary 1 level. When Brewing Beer there is a chance that it will become Mature and give extra bonuses. To make it more likely that it becomes Mature you can add â€œThe Stuffâ€ which is something you can buy as a reward from Trouble Brewing.
This is also known as â€œDrop Mining.â€ Powermining is when you rapidly mine ores on drop them solely for the purpose of gaining quick experience. Generally, players will powermine ores that are easy to mine, such as Iron, Copper, Sandstone and Granite. These ores respawn quickly and are easy to obtain.
Miners that are more skilled have the ability to use higher quality pickaxes which allow you to obtain ores more quickly when mining. Pickaxes range from Bronze being the lowest quality, and Rune being the highest, but they are rather expensive.
Pickaxes can be bought from Nurmofâ€™s Pickaxe Shop, which is found in the Dwarven Mines. There are two entrances to the mine: the first being in a building northeast of the east Falador bank, and the second being to the south of Ice Mountain (located north of Falador). The shop itself is found to the west of the entrance. You must go around the twisting passage, and the shop is north of the General Store.
Picture Pickaxe Mining Level Cost
Bronze 1 1gp
Iron 1 140gp
Steel 6 500gp
Mithril 21 1,300gp
Adamantite 31 3,200gp
Rune 41 32,000gp
Repairing a Pickaxe
From time to time, your Pickaxe head may become loose and happen to fly off of the handle while youâ€™re Mining from a rock. If this happens, just pick the Pickaxe Head up and reattach it to the handle.
A Pickaxe can be damaged beyond use if you mine from a steaming rock, and you will be unable to mine with it. Bring your Damaged Pickaxe to Nurmof and use it with him so that he can fix it for a fee.
Rocks & Ores
Of course, we canâ€™t forget the main part of mining; the ores! Each ore can be found in a specifically colored rock to match the ore, and when a rock is full of the ore it will change color. Instead of prospecting each rock, itâ€™s best to remember what each rock looks like, in order to make mining go much quicker.
Picture of Rock Picture of Ore Ore Mining Level Mining Experience
Clay 1 5
Copper 1 17.5
Tin 1 17.5
Iron 15 35
Silver 20 40
Coal 30 50
Gold 40 65
Mithril 55 80
Adamantite 70 95
Rune 85 125
While mining rocks, you may happen to mine a Gem. Gems can be used to make various objects such as jewelry or bolt tips, and come in a variety of types. Regular gems, including Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds can all be mined from regular rocks containing ore; the most common ones being Sapphires. If youâ€™re a Member and wearing a charged Amulet of Glory, youâ€™ll have a better chance of mining gems.
There are also other kinds of gems, including Opals, Jades and Red Topazes which can only be mined from the Shilo Village rocks. Once you complete the Shilo Village Quest, you will be able to use these rocks to mine all types of gems.
Picture Gem Mining Experience
Red Topaz 65
Some of the ores that youâ€™ll mine in RuneScape only have a certain purpose, such as being used in a quest. Others have unique uses instead of being able to be smithed into armor and weapons.
Picture Ore Mining Level Mining Experience Use
Limestone 1 26.5 Use a Chisel with this to make a Limestone Brick. Used in the Construction skill.
Rune Essence 1 5 Used in Runecrafting to make Freeplay Runes.
Plain Rock 1 1 Used for baloon toads in Recipe for Disaster.
Bluerite 10 17 Used in the Knightâ€™s Sword Quest.
Elemental 20 0 (not mined) Used in the Elemental Workshop Quest.
Daeyalt 20 17 Used in the Darkness of Hallowvale Quest. Itâ€™s worth noting that there are 3 ores per rock, and it is possible to powermine it.
Pure Essence 30 5 Used in Runecrafting to make any type of Runes.
Sandstone 35 1kg - 30
2kg - 40
5kg - 50
10kg - 60 Sandstone is currently only used during the Enakhrasâ€™s Lament Quest. It is pretty easy to mine and can be powermined for fast experience.
Gem Rocks 40 65 Found in Shilo Village. You can mine any gem (except Dragonstone) from these.
Granite 45 Tiny- 50
Small - 60
Medium - 75 Granite is currently only used during the Enakhrasâ€™s Lament Quest. If you have a high enough mining level it is possible to effectively powermine it for quick experience.
Lunar Ore 60 - Used only during the Lunar Diplomacy Quest.
A higher mining level will make it easier to mine bigger chunks of Sandstone. You can also break the chunks of Sandstone with a chisel. For example a 5kg piece would break into two 2kg and a 1kg. You can only carve granite during the quest. Chiseling sandstone does not give any crafting experience.
Ore Respawn Times
Each ore in the game takes a certain amount of time to respawn, or reappear so that you can mine it. Generally, the higher-level ores take a longer time to respawn than lower level ones, and the number of players on a server also effect ore respawn times: the more people on a server, the quicker an ore will respawn. The following is a chart of approximate respawn times for ores:
Average Ore Respawn Times
Ore Server Population
2,000 1,600 1,200 800 400 0
Clay 1 sec 1.2 sec 1.4 sec 1.6 sec 1.8 sec 2 sec
Tin & Copper 2 sec 2.4 sec 2.8 sec 3.2 sec 3.6 sec 4 sec
Iron 5 sec 6 sec 7 sec 8 sec 9 sec 10 sec
Silver 1 min 1m 12 s 1m 24s 1m 36s 1m 48s 2 min
Coal 30 sec 36 sec 42 sec 48 sec 54 sec 1 min
Gold 1 min 1m 12s 1m 24s 1m 36s 1m 48s 2 min
Mithril 2 min 2m 24s 2m 48s 3m 12s 3m 36s 4 min
Adamant 4 min 4m 48s 5m 36s 6m 24s 7m 12s 8 min
Rune 12m 30s 15 min 17m 30s 20 min 22m 30s 25 min
Timing spawns on perfectly empty servers without the aid of a private server is technically impossible, and as such these are approximated times.
In the case of rune ores, accurately timing the spawns becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible, on lesser populated servers as the times differ by up to a minute between spawns due to rapidly changing sever sizes. As such, these times are based on the underlying pattern, and were loosely checked for accuracy.
When you pray to the Gods of RuneScape, they will help you by making you instantly stronger, or un-affected by a foesâ€™ attack, depending on the prayer that you use. To use more prayers and to make them last longer, you should bury bones which are dropped by many monsters throughout RuneScape.
You can find a graphical prayer list by clicking on the silver-colored symbol located to the right of the game screen. It will tell you which prayers you are using, the ones that you can use, and any ones that you canâ€™t use yet. To activate a prayer just click on the one you wish to use, and to de-activate it just click on it again.
Colored-in Icon: This means that you have enough experience and are a high enough level in order to use the prayer.
Lit-up Icon: The prayer is in use and will continue to drain your prayer points until you stop praying.
Blacked-out Icon: Youâ€™re unable to use the prayer until you reach the required prayer level.
Rangers can be quite powerful as they become stronger and more experienced at the art of Ranging, but you need to know several things before starting out.
The weapon of choice for many Rangers is the Bow, which uses arrows to hit your enemy. There are 2 kinds of bows: Shortbows and Longbows. Shortbows are known to fire arrows more quickly than Longbows, but theyâ€™re mainly used for close combat. You can also use a Crossbow and bolts, but generally they are less effective as you become a more experienced Ranger, since they only add 6 to Ranged Attack.
The basic Ranging equipment can be bought from Loweâ€™s Archery Store in Varrock, located just northeast of the General Store, and also from a new Arrow Merchant in Rimmington which is a great place to buy supplies due to the fact that most people disregard it, and the stocks are always high.
Thereâ€™s also a Memberâ€™s shop in Catherby that sells more advanced equipment, the Grand Tree Shop that sells bows and arrows, and of course the Ranging Guild. The Fletching skill can be used to make bows and arrows.
Runecrafting is an interesting and fun skill to practice in RuneScape, as there are many different kinds of Runes to make, and several parts to making them using this skill. Often times, you will not be standing in the same spot for a long time, so the skill moves along quickly and you can get a great deal of Runes crafted in a short time.
Before you can start crafting your own Runes, you need to mine some Rune Essence from the Essence Mine. Of course, not just anyone can find this mine, and only several characters in RuneScape can teleport you to it:
Aubury - Located in the Varrock Magic Shop.
Wizard Sedridor - Located in the Basement of the Wizard Tower.
Wizard Distentor - Found in the Yanille Magic Guild.
Wizard Cromperty - Located just northeast of the Ardougne Market.
Brimstail Gnome - Found in a cave in the southwest corner of the Tree Gnome Stronghold.
The Slayer skill gives you the ability to kill enemies that would otherwise be unharmed by your attacks, by using Slayer equipment and your experience in the skill. You can begin the Slayer skill at any time by speaking to any of the 5 Slayer Masters, located in different parts of the RuneScape world:
Turael - East of the bar in Burthorpe.
Mazchna - In the northeast corner of Canifis.
Vannaka - In the Edgeville Dungeon, east of the Wilderness gate.
Chaeldar - South of the entrance to the Lost City of Zanaris.
Duradel - Above the fishing shop in Shilo Village.
If youâ€™re having trouble finding a Slayer Master, just look for the Slayer Icon on your map. It would also be wise to start off with the Slayer Master in Burthorpe, as he generally gives easier tasks than the others.
There are two main parts to smithing in RuneScape: making the metal bars, and smithing them into useful items. Before you can start smithing your weapons and armor, you should first either mine the ores you need, or buy them from other players. Buying the ores or bars from other players may be faster than mining them, but it can be quite expensive.
In order to make a metal bar, you need to have the correct amount of ores, and many of the metals require another type of ore to make a bar. For a complete list, you can refer to the Smelting Chart. Each item you make will need a different number of bars to smith it, and that info can be found in the Smithing Chart for the specific metal.
These helpful drinks can be bought in the Rising Sun bar in Falador for 3gp per drink. They will raise your Smithing and Mining levels by 1 point for a limited amount of time, allowing you to smith objects a level higher than your actual level.
Mature Stouts & Beer