This Oldschool Runescape Guide, shows you everything you need to know for maximising your efficiency when it comes to training the Mining skill. Firstly, we’ll look over the fastest methods to 99 and then provide some good alternatives for those who prefer a slower route to 99.
Below is our recommended method to train Mining. As it is most efficient to train the skill as quickly as possible, to allow you to spend the time you save on other skills or strong money makers such as high-level PVM. High mining is also useful for high-level PVM such as the Chambers of Xeric.
Early game mining can be skipped easily with quests. Complete the following quests to gain 27,525 Mining experience:
Another Slice of H.A.M
The Dig Site
The Giant Dwarf
The Lost Tribe
From levels 15 to 45, mining iron ore provides the fastest experience. With tick manipulation methods, granite becomes faster from levels 45. However, if you are not interested in using tick manipulation then it is recommended to mine iron until level 70 mining.
At level 60, the mining guild becomes available, which is the best location for mining iron in OSRS. As the respawn timer for ore in the guild is halved. Meaning players do not need to use tick manipulation or wait on rocks to respawn if done correctly.
Experience rates are around 45k-55k per hour below 60. Rising to 70k-80k per hour at the Mining Guild.
At the Quarry in the Desert, players can find Granite rocks. This offers the fastest mining experience rates in OSRS. However, the method is very intense, requiring 3-tick manipulation in order to achieve the best experience rates.
The best way to travel to the Quarry is using the Camulet teleport to Enkhra’s Temple, exit the Temple and run a little south-west. Upon completion of the Desert hard diary, players can teleport directly to the entrance.
A crystal pickaxe is not recommended at the Quarry, as it does not bring any benefit due to the use of tick manipulation tactics. Infernal Pickaxe however, can be useful, as it will reduce the amount of ore that must be dropped. Additionally, wearing Varrock armour 2 while training can provide a small boost to experience rates, due to the 10% chance to mine double ores at once.
Experience rates with good click performance are as follows. From level 45; around 60,000 – 70,000 experience per hour. From level 70; 85,000 – 95,000 mining exp per hour. From level 85 around 105,000 – 115,000 exp per hour. Finally at level 99, players can expect up to 130,000 experience per hour.
Below is a list of strong alternative training methods for the Mining skill. If you’re interested in lower-intensity, more AFK methods for the skill, or if you’re interested in making some profit while training.
Motherlode Mine offers slow experience rates. However, you benefit from a very low-intense training method that can also provide some profit through-out. Experience rates are around 30k per hour at level 70. Increasing to 42k at level 85 and 53k at level 99.
The fastest way to reach the mine is by using the skills necklace to teleport to the Mining Guild. Then running a very short distance to the entrance.
It is recommended to save your golden nuggets to unlock the Prospector kit which adds 2.5% additional mining experience. You will also want to pay the 100 nugget fee upon reaching level 72 to unlock the upper level of the mine, which benefits from more concentrated ore veins. With a closer trip to the ore cart and bank.
The Volcanic Mine is a minigame in OSRS, located on Fossil Island. It offers some of the best experience for mining when not using tick manipulation methods. This also comes at relatively low effort, however, you require a team, so using the official world is recommended.
The requirements are also relatively high in contrast to other methods. 70 Mining, the completion of Bone Voyage quest, 150 Kudos and you must have helped Peter fully build the Museum Camp.
Volcanic Mine Experience Rates
Another minigame, the Blast Mine offers good experience rates, along with some profit and does not require tick manipulation. However, it is not recommended to start here before level 75, as this is when you are able to obtain runite from the blast mine.
Wear as much weight-reducing equipment as possible and bring a number of stamina potions to restore run. To complete the minigame you will also need dynamites, a chisel and a tinderbox.
Experience rates scale based on your mining level. Expect 55,000 experience per hour at level 75. Around 65,000 mining exp at level 90 and 75,000+ exp per hour at level 99.