Old School RuneScape Training Guide

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Levels 1-15 – Copper Ore / Tin Ore

From level 1 to 15 players should mine copper or tin. This can be done anywhere, though the Lumbridge Swamp mining site is debatably the easiest, due to its relative lack of players and it's collection of only Copper and Tin rocks. Players should consider mining 14 Copper and 14 Tin whilst wielding their pickaxe, and banking these ores for future use in training Smithing.

Another option is to mine clay (south-west Varrock Mine, but beware of the mugger if your combat level is less than 18. West Varrock bank is reasonably close to these clay rocks, and you can use the clay to train your crafting.

A third option (requires the completion of Rune Mysteries quest) is to mine rune essence. East Varrock bank and Aubury (to teleport to the rune essence mine) are a good combination to use for mining rune essence.

From levels 15 to 30 players should mine iron at a location which has three Iron ores in a triangle, allowing the player to mine all three rocks without moving. There are five such locations: the Legends' Guild mining site, the Piscatoris mining site, the East Ardougne mining site, the Al Kharid Mine, and also the Resource Area in 51 wild. There is also another spot just to the south-west of the Fishing Trawler minigame, very close to a bank chest with no enemies to worry about.

Above level 60 the upper limit experience per hour rate is just over 50, 000.

Levels 30-80/99 – Coal / Ore Veins - Motherlode Mine

From levels 30 to 80 players should train Mining on ore veins within the Motherlode Mine. Unlike the other methods, you receive both good experience per hour and money here. The presence of a bank chest allows you to bank the ores you receive.

To maximize experience and profit per hour, plan a route to follow. Mining the pay dirt randomly can tax both your run energy and your concentration, and can therefore lead to demotivation and loss of potential experience and profit. Some of the most popular routes include the loops in the south-east corner and the north-west corner. Completing the Falador medium diary grants the player access to a shortcut within the motherlode mine.

You can increase your chance of receiving higher level ores by completing the Falador hard tasks and further by completing the elite diary. And also, getting the full Prospector kit adds a bonus 2.5% experince while mining. The kit is purchasable from Prospector Percy with Golden nuggets that are obtained through cleaning pay-dirt.

Once you get to level 72 mining and have 100 golden nuggets (To be paid to Prospector Percy), remember to use the upper levels of the mine (There is a ladder north of Prospector Percy). The upper levels have more concentrated ore veins compared to the lower level and It might be less crowded due to the higher mining level requirement and therefore it will probably speed up the mining process.

This method of training is used the most to get to 99 Mining, mainly because it is not as click-intensive as mining granite, and usually makes a lot of profit, whereas mining granite makes no profit at all and is extremely click-intensive.

Mining for money

Mining can be a great skill, but it can also be boring. Though it can be dull and time consuming, it can be very profitable if you concentrate.

The new minigame Motherlode Mine can be VERY profitable, and very good xp. It is suggested to mine at motherlode mine as soon as you get 30 mining until at least 85. At 85 you can mine rune rocks or stay at motherlode mine.

Levels 1-20 – Copper Ore / Tin Ore / Clay

Mining is an easy skill to begin with. From 1-20, you have 2 choices.

  1. Mine Tin & Copper for bronze bars.
  2. Mine Clay to make soft clay. (Located outside of Barbarian Village).
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