RS3 Mining Guide - Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, gain levels fast!

RS3 Mining Guide - Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, gain levels fast!
RuneScape 3

Runescape mining skill is one of the many profitable skills in the game. If you have a high enough level, you could easily mine rare minerals to craft or sell. You can make a substantial in-game fortune. But leveling up to a point where you can make that dream a reality is going to take a while. 

Ever since the Mining rework a couple of years ago, Mining has become a whole new thing. There are tons of mechanics to figure out, and just a couple of months ago, there was a fix to reward active players. No more AFKing mining to gain free experience at cero stamina, more on that later. 

What’s unfortunate, is that, while this free to play skill lets you farm ores, rune essence, geodes, gems, and other rare goodies; there’s a significant gap in the experience progress free to play (F2P) players will gain compared to members players. But don’t worry, it’s not impossible. You get experience for every single swing of your pickaxe. As long as you hit an ore rock, you’ll get experience, F2P players may not get as many rare goods, but they’ll get there.

If you are ready to mine and click on those rockertunities for a while, set up your favorite playlist, fill your inventory with ore boxes, and start reading this guide. Because we are going to be here for a while.


The mechanics on how to mine

By far, the most significant change is that rocks are not destroyed; they work on stamina and HP, which is depleted. They also have a hardness stat, think of it as armor. These things have made them a less contested resource, and now you can even see “mining parties” with rocks full of players. At least you don’t have to be alone when grinding those ores for hours. So here are most of the changes and mechanics explained in a short fashion.

Durability - It’s a hp stat. Once you have done enough damage or have made enough progress, you’ll get an ore or a drop from the ore rock.

Stamina - This is a player stat, hitting the same ore rock over and over will deplete your stamina. You’ll have a bonus experience depending on your stamina stat unless you hit 0% stamina. A full stamina bar gives you more mining experience. It prevents AFK farming since you need to click the ore rock again to replenish it. At higher mining levels, it’ll take more hits to deplete. The level required to unlock the stamina bar is at level 15, while the cap is at level 88. 

Hardness - Again, think of it like armor, you’ll need a high-level pickaxe in order to deal damage or make progress to an ore rock. You’ll get an experience penalty if you hit a hard rock with a weak pickaxe. But be reminded that you’ll still get experience for every hit made. 

Strength -This your Strength stat. 10% of it is added to progress/damage. It’s possible to go over the ore rock progress bar and that damage it’s carried over. 100% of the progress can be carried over, meaning a potential two hit in one go.

Rockertunities - It's another incentive not to be AFK farming. From time to time, you’ll see them pop up as gold particles in other ore rocks of the same type. Progress is carried over from rock to rock so that you won’t miss it. You’ll get an extra x4 or x6 damage depending on your mining level. It means more goodies in less time, leading to more exp gained per hour.


Rockertunities may help you to gain ore. 

Critical Swing - From time to time, you’ll hit a critical swing, giving you bonus damage based on your mining level. The percentage of getting those critical hit chances is also affected by your mining level. This damage also gets multiplied by the rockertunity. Paying attention while farming can lead to some huge experience boosts.

Mining level Critical Hit Bonus
1 5
3 10
9 15
11 20
17 25
22 30
24 35
32 40
34 45
43 50
44 55
52 60
59 65
61 70
65 75
74 80
79 85
84 90
87 95
99 to 120 100


That was the basics of Mining. With these core mechanics in mind, you’ll soon fill your inventory with tons of ores, and rune essence of selling so you can watch the numbers on your bank account skyrocket! Heigh-ho heigh-ho! It’s time to mine.


Free to play Mining vs. pay to play Mining

There is a difference, but you’ll start to notice it around level 50, F2P has less gear available to farm the mining skill. That’s fewer pickaxes, gear, and even fewer minerals to mine. Experience wise, the losses are significant, end game (90 to 120), we are talking about a 110,000 experience per hour loss. So you might want to either become a member or make that mining playlist longer. 

We do advise you to try to go for the member’s route. If you use the marketplace correctly, you may even turn those in-game goodies into money to pay up for your membership. We have a guide on how to turn those Runescape hours into a profit. Feel free to check it out as well, and try that before jumping into an endless grind. It’s not impossible and highly advisable.

Nevertheless, we will point out the end of the route for F2P players up ahead as we talk about the useful items, abilities, and mining spots.


How to use pickaxes

As we said, the pickaxes get past the rock hardness, netting you more progress, experience, and ores. You can put them on your toolbelt, so they don’t take inventory slots. Pickaxes are locked by your Mining level, meaning you can’t use the most powerful ones right away. Your Attack stat determines if you can wield that pickaxe or not. They have a stat called “penetration,” it is checked against the hardness stat of a rock. If the damage dealt is less than the rock's hardness, it’ll reduce the damage done to it, and you’ll also gain an exp penalty. 

They have a damage range, meaning that they can deal between x and y amount based on your Strength stat, their penetration, and the rock hardness stat. Basically, you’ll roll for damage every time you use it. 

You'll start with only the bronze pickaxe available, but soon you'll unlock the iron pickaxe and many more. There are some unique pickaxes, but all of them are exclusive to pay to play players. They will give you more exp and more bonuses, like more gems per hour.

What’s the best pickaxe to use? The highest quality pickaxe available to you. A small part of your mining quest will be dedicated to upgrading and finding better pickaxes to mine with. And while you may use whichever pickaxe you want, you won't get far if you don't upgrade them. That been said, there are a couple of them that are neat to have since they can be augmented, netting you an extra ore here and there. They give the same stat as a regular pickaxe+5 from the same level tier. They are not a necessity, and some of the quests will take you a long time. Still, it’s good to know.

Dragon Pickaxe - You can buy it on the Grand Exchange if money is not an issue. Otherwise, it’s a rare drop on Chaos Dwarf Battlefield and Chaos Giants. Or as a possible reward on Triskelion Treasures and the Motherlode Maw. It requires level 60 mining. 

Gilded Dragon Pickaxe - You’ll need the Dragon Pickaxe and the Golden Mining Outfit for the Liquid Gold Nymph to make your Dragon Pickaxe into a Gilded Dragon Pickaxe. 

Crystal Pickaxe - Obtained by trading a Dragon Pickaxe and 4,000 harmonic dust to Lady Ithell.

Imcando Pickaxe - Obtained by combining a Gilded Dragon Pickaxe with the 4 Imcando Pickaxe fragments. You’ll get those from the geyser random event in the Lava Flow Mine after completing the quest “Birthright of the Dwarves.” To combine them, you’ll also need a 1,000,000 coins, and a redberry pie, give all of this to Thurgo. Hopefully, this won't leave your bank account empty.

Pickaxe of Earth and Song - If you manage to get past items, congratulations. It’s not over yet. You’ll need an Imcando Pickaxe, a Crystal Pickaxe, and a Blast Fusion Hammer for this monster. This last item is sold at 1,000,000 coins by the Blast Furnace Foreman, and it can only be bought after completing the Grandmaster quest While Guthix Sleeps. You can create this ultimate pickaxe at an anvil with a level 90 Smithing. With this monstrosity in hand, you'll never miss your iron pickaxes again.

Once you have access to the Pickaxe of Earth and Song, it will never stay in your inventory. Show it off!

Again, these are not a necessity, but a good upgrade over the other pickaxes. As a F2P player, the rune pickaxe +3 will be the last great pickaxe you’ll have access to. 


Other useful items for your inventory 

Mining Urns - Mining Urns give players a 20% bonus experience when transported and teleported. With a rune enhancer, that quickly goes up to 25%. That’s a fourth more mining experience just from using mining urns. It’ll matter a ton in the long run. 

Ore boxes - When Mining, you'll gain ores that will use inventory space. With ore boxes, you'll make fewer trips to the bank, and while in early levels, you can afford one or two trips to the bank, you'll want to have some boxes for the latter levels.

Ore boxes mean fewer trips to the bank. The Elder rune box, let’s you store up 100 ores from all minerals.


Varrock Armour - While wearing it, there’s a small chance you’ll get an extra ore and gain the experience from it. You can even double these effects by completing the New Varrock achievements. 

Golden mining suit - It gives an extra 1% exp per piece and an extra 1% if the set is completed. That’s a total of 6% extra mining experience. But do remember that this bonus stacks. This is a member's rewards from the Liquid Gold Nymph from the Lava Flow Mine. 

Magic golem outfit - The Magic golem outfit gives you a 5% critical chance, +1 Rockertunity multiplier when fully worn. It also drops aggro from living rock creatures. Even while wearing the golem outfit, if you own a Varrok Armour and have used it once, you’ll get the double ore chance. And if you own the Gold mining outfit, wearing the magic golem outfit will give you its passive effects even when not wearing it. It doesn't need to be in your inventory for the golem outfit to have its passive effect. You just need to own it.

Mining cape - You’ll gain access to it after achieving level 99 mining. It gives bonuses experience equal to the level requirements from the rock you are Mining. It also gives you a 5% chance of receiving double ores and core rocks.

Summoning familiars - Some familiars give mining bonuses, most of them give you a damage boost. You’ll need to have the required level on the summoning skill to call upon them. They are, Desert Wyrn, Void Ravager, Obsidian Golem, Gargoyle, and Lava Titan. The Waterfiend familiar grants you a 5% chance of getting an extra ore or core rocks. Remember that these familiars expire after a while. 

That’s it for useful items. There are a couple more, but the exp gained from them is not worth the investment. Use them if you have them, don’t worry about them if you don’t.


Mining level 1 - level 89 

We’ll assume you are using the best pickaxe available to you. Enhance them and buy new ones when needed. Otherwise, you’ll be here for a longer time. We’ll also assume that you’ll pay moderate attention, not a 100% micromanagement. If you do, you’ll get better rates per hour. 

Let’s say you are just starting your mining career and that you are currently level 1 mining. This is how you should approach it. Everything else is self-explanatory. Just don’t be 100% AFK farming. A heads up, Varrock has all the rocks you’ll need to get from level 1 to 50.

Level 1-10. Do copper or tin for around 5,000 exp the hour. The mining sites are the Lumbridge Swamp mining site, the Burthorpe mine, and the Sout-east Varrok mining site. Achieving level 10 mining should take less than half an hour.

Level 11-20. Do iron for around 15,000 experience per hour. You can go to the South-west Varrock mining site, South-west Lumbridge swamp mining site. When you unlock energy mining or the stamina bar we’ve been talking about, players must start paying close attention to their iron mining adventures. Basically, don’t AFK, we can’t stress this enough.

Level 21-30. Mine coal rocks. The Falador mining site, South-west Lumbridge swamp, and the Barbarian village mining site will net you 25,000 mining experience per hour. 

Level 31-40. Time to mine some cool sounding minerals. Mithril ore rocks are found on the South-east Varrok mining site, the Karmaja Volcano mine, and South-west Varrock mining site. You’ll get 40,000 experience per hour. 

Level 41-50. You can go for Adamantite or Luminite ore rocks, and they’ll net you 45,000 experience per hour. Adamantite can be found on the South-east Varrok mining site, the Anachronia western ruin mine, and the Rimmingtone mining site. Luminite can be found on the Battlefield mining site, the Mining Guild resource dungeon, Anachronia wester ruin mine, and the Dwarven mine. 

Level 51-60. F2P players, this is as far as you are going to get. Runite ore rocks give 60,000 experience per hour. Find them on the Mining Guild, the South and north Crandor mining sites, and the Fight Arena mining sites.

Level 61-75. Mine either Orchalcite or Drakolith ore rocks. You’ll get 70,000 exp per hour. Find the Orchalchite rocks on Anachronia canyon mine, the Mining Guild, and the Southwestern wilderness mining site. While the Drakolith can be found at the Mining guild resource dungeon, Karamja mining site, Al Kharid mining site resource dungeon, and the Heroes’ guild mine. 

Level 75-81. Necrite or Phasmatite. The first you’ll find at the Al Kharid mining site resource dungeon, and the Uzer mining site. The latter ore rocks are located at the Abandon mine, Dwarven mine hidden mine, and south of Port Phasmatys.That’s around 85,000 experience the hour.

Level 82-89. Mine Banite for around 110,000 the hour. You can find Banite on the Glacor Cave, Abomination Cave, or the Jatizso Dungeon after completing the following quests, respectively, Ritual of Mahjarrat, Heroe’s Welcome, or the Fremennik Achievements. You can also find it on Hallvar. 


Levels 90 and above - Testing your Iron will

To get past through the later levels, you'll need a bit more set up. By this point, players have a couple more options available to them. At the very end, it all comes to personal preference. You may use what sounds convenient or efficient for you. Players have different opinions on how to approach these levels.

Level 89-97. Corrupted ore. You’ll need to finish the Plague’s End quest. Do them for around 180,000 experience per hour. You can mine it from the Seren Stones in the Trahaearn’s Clan district. A Corrupted ore is not an ore rock. So bonuses doubling the ores gained, and other does not affect Corrupted ores

Level 91-97. You could alternatively go for light/dark Animica. Light Animica can be found on the Anachronia Sout-West mine, Lletya mining site, at the very entrance of Smoke Dungeon. Mine dark Animica rocks within the Empty Throne Room and the Anachronia Swamp mine. Honestly, you could finish your journey here, but there’s another method that requires a bit more set up.

Level 97 - 120. Alaea Crablets. This is going to be a bit tricky. You’ll need to go to the Arc region and explore Uncharted Isles, you’ll need to complete the Impressing the Locals quest first, and the Flag Fall mini-quest to this effectively. You’ll need to buy supplies to embark into Uncharted Isles. When you find an island with a colony of Alalea crablets, you can claim it with a “claim island flag.” That way, you’ll be able to return to it. 

Alalea crablets drop Alalea sea salt, which you can sell to buy more supplies to pay up for your expenses while Mining. It’s self-sustainable after a while. If you did the set up correctly, you should be gaining around 190,000 exp per hour.  


Other ways of farming mining exp

So, there are many ways to gain mining exp, but this is the most effective way to get to level 90 or 120. There are 28 quests related to Mining, but the ones wielding the most exp gain for your “current level,” are locked behind many skill caps. Not all of them are hard and long, but in reality, just do quests for either the rewards or as a break from farming mining exp.  

These are the must-do quests to get rare items or unlock milestones when farming the mining skill - Ritual of the Mahjarrat, Plague’s End, and Birthright of the Dwarves. Again, it's better to just straight-up hit those rocks.

There is also a Distraction and Diversion and a minigame (Cabbage Facepunch Bonanza, and Stealing Creation, Barbarian Assault) that give you Mining exp but are not worth it exp wise.

What could be a nice alternative is mining sandstone rocks in the Worker District of Menaphos. You could gain up to 150,000 exp per hour, but the desert heat will take a toll on your hp bar, making this method limited. There are a couple of ways of circumventing the negative effect tough. And be reminded that you won’t get ore for doing it.


Mining for GP

Mining is one of those skills that can net you tons of gold. There are a couple of methods out there for making money, but Mining is quite simple and straightforward. Hit a rock, gain ore, sell them for money. The most profitable minerals are Granite, concentrated gold rocks, and Animica. 

For Granite, you only need level 45 mining, and the divination skill is recommended to have it on 68. Granite deposits are located in the desert, meaning you’ll need those pesky crocodile tears to mine indefinitely or take some damage. If you are mining with the highest level pickaxe that you are able to wield, but at the mining level of 45 with max Strength, you’ll be making around 1,700,000 GP the hour. 

This being the most profitable method of money-making while Mining. Mining gold rocks and Animica require a higher level of Mining and high-level pickaxe to be effective in the money-making department.  

So that's it, that's the basics and methods to use for Mining in RuneScape. Now, it's time for you to go fill those ore boxes, clicking the rockertunities, and use your best pickaxe to mine and farm for levels.



How do you mine fast in Runescape?

There is no way to mine fast, but you can prepare and level fast. To mine, you’ll need to use a pickaxe on an ore rock several times to gain ores or rune essence. In this guide, you’ll find the basics for Mining in Runescape and the best way to go about your farming hours.


How long does it take to get 99 mining RS3?

A lot of time. Some estimate that around 400 hours, and that’s assuming you find the best spots to farm ore time and time again. 


How do you mine fast in OSRS?

There is no way to mine fast in OSRS. It is what it is. But there are ways to be efficient about it without it being an impossible task. Players have come together and have written many guides on the subject. If you may want to use an OSRS mining guide, we recommend you look them up. Just type in “mining guide OSRS,” and soon, you’ll be reading a mining OSRS guide.


What do you do with unidentified minerals, OSRS?

You'll mine them from the rocks on the OSRS mining guild, they are considered rare minerals, and you may trade them for mining gloves or superior mining gloves. The mining guild OSRS is located in Falador.


Does Strength affect mining RS3? 

Yes, yes, it does. 10% of your Strength translates into extra damage to rock with any pickaxe you use. So you might want to get those combat skills high enough before Mining.



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