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For information on training this skill, see the Mining Training article.

Mining is a skill in RuneScape Classic that allows players to mine rocks and obtain various ores and minerals. Ores can be smelted into bars and then forged into armour and weapons.

Pickaxes[edit | edit source]

A player attempting to mine. A pickaxe bubble is visible above their head.

Before attempting to mine a rock, a player must have a pickaxe. The higher the level the pickaxe, the more swings the player will automatically take at the rock you are trying to mine with one click.

Pickaxes can be bought from Nurmof's Pickaxe Shop in the Dwarven Mine. Bronze Pickaxes can also be bought from various General Stores and other shops.

Image Pickaxe Level # of Swings Price
Bronze Pickaxe.png Bronze pickaxe 1 1 1 coin
Iron Pickaxe.png Iron pickaxe 1 2 140 coins
Steel Pickaxe.png Steel pickaxe 6 3 500 coins
Mithril Pickaxe.png Mithril pickaxe 21 5 1300 coins
Adamantite Pickaxe.png Adamant pickaxe 31 8 3200 coins
Rune Pickaxe.png Rune pickaxe 41 12 32000 coins

Rocks[edit | edit source]

Unlike modern RuneScape, attempting to mine a rock containing ore you do not have the Mining level for does not warn you that you cannot mine it. You will instead receive the message "You only succeed in scratching the rock".

Image Rock Image Ore Level Experience Respawn Rate Fatigue SU (%)
Strange rock.png Strange rocks Rocks.png Rocks 1 0 ~ 9 Seconds 0 (0.000%)
Clay rock.png Clay rock Clay.png Clay 1 5 ~ 1 Second 80 (0.1066%)
Copper rock.png Copper rock Copper ore.png Copper ore 1 17.5 2 - 4 Seconds 280 (0.3733%)
Tin rock.png Tin rock Tin ore.png Tin ore 1 17.5 2 - 4 Seconds 280 (0.3733%)
Blurite rock.png Blurite rock Blurite ore.png Blurite ore 10 17.5 ~ 8:30 minutes 280 (0.3733%)
Iron rock.png Iron rock Iron ore.png Iron ore 15 35 4 - 7 Seconds 560 (0.7466%)
Silver rock.png Silver rock Silver.png Silver 20 40 50 - 70 Seconds 640 (0.8533%)
Coal rock.png Coal rock Coal.png Coal 30 50 25 Seconds 800 (1.0667%)
Gold rock.png Gold rock Gold.png Gold 40 65 50 - 70 Seconds 1040 (1.3866%)
Gem rock.png Gem rock Uncut Opal.png Uncut Jade.png Uncut Red Topaz.png
Uncut sapphire.png Uncut emerald.png Uncut ruby.png Uncut diamond.png
Uncut gems 40 50 120 Seconds 800 (1.0667%)
Mithril rock.png Mithril rock Mithril ore.png Mithril ore 55 80 110 Seconds 1280 (1.7066%)
Adamantite rock.png Adamantite rock Adamantite ore.png Adamantite ore 70 95 180 - 220 Seconds 1520 (2.0266%)
Runite rock.png Runite rock Runite ore.png Runite ore 85 125 12 - 15 Minutes 2000 (2.6667%)

Gems[edit | edit source]

Uncut sapphire.png Uncut emerald.png Uncut ruby.png Uncut diamond.png

While mining rocks for ores, players may randomly find an uncut gem which include sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds. Finding a gem from regular rock gives no Mining experience. Mining gem rocks found in Shilo Village is a faster way to obtain uncut gems but the mine can only be accessed after completing the Shilo Village quest.

The higher level rocks have greater likelihood of finding a gem and wearing Charged Dragonstone Amulet also increases the chance.

Uncut gems can be used in the crafting skill to create various pieces of jewellery.

Certing[edit | edit source]

Giles and Jinno cert ores.

The following certificates can be exchanged by Giles in Draynor Village or by Jinno in Zanaris. Certing ores is useful to trade bulk amounts easier and faster.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Mining spot south-west of Varrock.

There are various mining sites in Runescape Classic each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

For a complete list of mines, see the Mines article.

For where to train Mining most efficiently, see Mining Training article.

Boosts[edit | edit source]

Item Boost Visibility
Dwarven Stout 1 level Visible

Quests[edit | edit source]

Mining is required to complete various quests:

Mining plays an important role in Digsite quest. Players can search the specimen trays, dig in level 1, 2 and 3 sites and pan for gold nuggets in the nearby river.

See: Digsite (location) for more information

The following quests give Mining experience as a reward:

  • Doric's Quest -
  • Digsite -
  • Hero's Quest -
  • Plague City -

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Before a hidden update Mining had to be done by using pickaxe on the rock.
  • Drinking Dwarven Stout temporarily increases Mining and Smithing levels by 1
  • Joe Bill64 was the first player to gain 99 Mining in 2002
  • Mining system was changed in November 2002 to give visual feedback of the rock's state and the respawn times were halved
  • In 2002 low fatigue soft rocks and high fatigue hard rocks were introduced for variety. They were removed with the release of Sleeping bags in May 2003
  • Before a hidden update on 27 February 2002, players had to mine by using a pickaxe (left click) on the rock.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]