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Runescape Mining Overview

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Mining is the skill with which you extract ores from rocks. These ores can be smelted into bars and mixed into useful items such as amour and weapons. 
A typical mining site before you are able to start Mining, you will need to acquire a key piece of equipment commonly known as the pickaxe.

Initially, you will only be able to use a bronze pickaxe, available for purchase at Bob's Brilliant Axes in Lumbridge, re-spawn points in Rimmington and the Barbarian Village, and in some general stores across RuneScape. As your skill increases you will find yourself able to wield pickaxes of a higher quality, making it far easier for you to mine.

Mining sites can be found throughout RuneScape, though not every Mining site will contain all possible ores. To locate the different Mining sites, look for the following symbol on your maps.

It is worth noting that not all Mining sites are shown on the map: you may need to search in other places, such as within dungeons, or along mysterious paths, to find other hidden sites.

Different rocks contain different types of ore. To find out what ore a specific rock contains you will need to 'Prospect' it. To do this, simply right-click on the rock and select the 'Prospect rocks' option from the list that appears on your screen. This will tell you what ore the rock contains. Over time, you will be able to tell which rocks contain what ore by the color of the rocks instead of prospecting them.

Once you have found type of ore that you wish to obtain, you will need to start Mining the rock. You can do this by either using a wielded pickaxe, or just by having one in your inventory. When you select 'Mine Rocks' from the menu, your character will automatically use the pickaxe. If your pickaxe was in your inventory, it will return there; if you were wielding the pickaxe, it will stay in your wielded inventory slot.

The speed at which you mine ores is based on a combination of your Mining level and the type of pickaxe you are using. The animation has no effect on this.


When you become a skilled miner you will be able to mine increasingly difficult ores. This makes the process of extracting the ore from the rock take longer. The amount of time taken can be reduced by using a good quality pickaxe, so, when Mining, make sure that you use the highest level pickaxe that you can.

Different pickaxes you can use to extract ore from rocks are shown in the table below. You can obtain these different pickaxes by buying them from Nurmof in the Dwarven Mines.

Dwarven Mine 

The Dwarven Mine contains coal, gold, adamantine, mithril, iron, copper, clay and tin ores to mine from. Mining shops can be identified by the Mining shop symbol.

Please note that the Mining shop icon will not be visible on the main map, because the locations of the shops are underground. To view the item on your mini-map you will have to be underground and within range of the shops. These will be in the Dwarven Mine and Keldagrim.

The Dwarven Mine contains shops, ores to mine from, anvils and a lot of dwarves. The Mining shops of the Dwarven Mine offer a range of supplies for Smithing and Mining, and the opportunity to make money from this skill. You can do this by selling your mined ores to Drogo's Mining Emporium.

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