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    Mining Guide by DarkSpirit

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    Runescape Mining Guide
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    Copyright 2004-2006 Scott Moore
    
    This may be not be reproduced under any circumstances except for personal,
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    publicly without advance written permission. Use of this guide on any other web
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    violation of copyright.
    
    Please E-mail me at sgm1990@gmail.com if you see this used on another site.
    
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    Version History
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    Version 1.0 - finished on (19/02/2005)
    
    Version 1.1 - slight changes, Gem section and Limestone ore added (30/05/2005)
    
    Version 1.2 - a few typos fixed, 'Dr Ford' added to random events (30/08/2005)
    
    Version 1.3 - new mine added (17/02/2006)
    
    Version 1.4 - update to random events (27/06/2006)
    
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    Introduction
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    Mining is perhaps the most commonly used skill in all of Runescape. Money is
    avaiable from an early level and makes the skill appealing to all levels.
    Big money can be made if you are persistent and keep at it. Of course mining is
    used in conjunction with Smithing, but this guide will focus mainly on the
    mining side of things. This guide will include both f2p and members
    information.
    I hope you will find this guide useful and enjoyable to read.
    
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    Table Of Contents
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       I. When Can You Begin Mining? (WCYBM)
      II. Pickaxes (PXS)
     III. Ores (OS)
      IV. Smithing (SMTH)
       V. Gems (GMS)
      VI. Mine Locations (MLCTS)
     VII. Mining Random Events (MRES)
    VIII. Leveling Up (LVLUP)
      IX. Special Thanks (SPT)
    
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    I. When Can You Begin Mining? (WCYBM)
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    One of the good things about mining is that from when you set foot in Lumbridge
    you are able to mine. It is a f2p skill and requires only two things.
    
    1) A pickaxe
    2) An ore rock
    
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    II. Pickaxes (PXS)
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    At the current time there are 6 pickaxes avaliable.
    
    =Bronze Pick=
    Requires level 1 mining to use.
    Recommended price to buy - 1gp.
    
    =Iron Pick=
    Requires level 4 mining to use.
    Recommended price to buy - 100 gp.
    
    =Steel Pick=
    Requires level 6 mining to use.
    Recommended price to buy - 250 gp.
    
    =Mithril Pick=
    Requires level 21 mining to use.
    Recommended price to buy - 750 gp.
    
    =Adamant Pick=
    Requires level 31 mining to use.
    Recommended price to buy - 3,200 gp.
    
    =Runite Pick=
    Requires level 41 mining to use.
    Recommended price to buy - 32,000 gp.
    
    I would certainly suggest upgrading your pick every time you can use the next
    one. Although the price increases dramatically between addy and rune I do
    recommend the rune pick. For iron ore especially, it really will help you and
    all the top miners will use it.
    
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    III. Ores (OS)
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    Name               Level needed to mine               Experience given
    Clay                       1                                  5
    Copper                     1                                 17.5
    Tin                        1                                 17.5
    Limestone*                 1                                 26.5
    Blurite*                   10                                17.5
    Iron                       15                                35
    Silver                     20                                40
    Coal                       30                                50
    Gold                       40                                65
    Mithril                    55                                80
    Adamant                    70                                95
    Runite                     85                               125
    
    *Limestone is only used for quests at the current time
    **Blurite is only necessary for the Knight's Sword Quest.
    
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    IV. Smithing (SMTH)
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    This skill is often used in conjunction with mining. It is not necessary in
    making money but is useful. I won't go into much detail here as this is a
    mining guide.
    
    Ores required        Level needed        Experience given        Makes
    Copper + Tin              1                     6.5            Bronze Bar
    Iron**                    15                   12.5            Iron Bar
    Silver                    20                   13.5            Silver Bar
    Iron + 2 Coal             30                   17.5            Steel Bar
    Gold                      40                   22.5            Gold Bar
    Mithril + 4 Coal          50                   30              Mithril Bar
    Adamant + 6 Coal          70                   37.5            Adamant Bar
    Runite + 8 Coal           85                   50              Runite Bar
    
    **There is a 50% chance the iron ore will be impure and fail. To counter this
    use a 'Ring of Forging' (2k). This will give you 140 bars. MEMBERS ONLY.
    
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    V. Gems (GMS)
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    Occasionally you may find a gem. These are used for Crafting Jewellery. There
    are 4 f2p gems and 4 members gems to be found. The following are the 5 gems
    that can be found from mining any rock in the Runescape World:
    -Sapphire
    -Emerald
    -Ruby
    -Diamond
    -Dragonstone*
    
    *Members Only
    
    The other 3 members only gems are to be found at Shilo Village and are:
    -Opal
    -Jade
    -Red Topaz
    
    By mining a gem you receive 65 exp towards your mining. This will not make the
    ore disappear and you will just continue mining the rock until you receive the
    ore. If you would like to have a higher chance of getting a gem, and
    are a member, equip an Amulet Of Glory.
    
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    VI. Mine Locations (MLCTS)
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Varrock SE         South-east of varrock        Copper          East Varrock
                                                    Tin
                                                    Iron
    This mine is great for beginning your mining skill. It has plenty of copper and
    tin and there is always enough for you to mine some. The iron is popular and
    does get very crowded - best avoid the iron here.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Varrock SW         North of Champ's Guild       Clay            West Varrock
                                                    Tin
                                                    Iron
                                                    Silver
    A nice mining spot. I do not prefer it to Varrock SE but the silver is
    appealing. This mine does get crowded and the tin is not very useful as there
    is no copper here.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Swamp Mine         Lumbridge Swamp              Coal            Draynor Village
                                                    Mithril
                                                    Adamant
    This mine is great for high levels as it offers a fair amount of addy and mith.
    However it will be crowded as the coal is popular and in short supply.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Barbarian's Mine   Barbarian's Village          Tin             Edgeville
                                                    Coal
    The coal isn't bad but this mine should really be avoided.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Scorpion's Pit     North of Al-Kharid           Copper          Al-Kharid
                                                    Tin
                                                    Iron
                                                    Silver
                                                    Coal
                                                    Gold
                                                    Mithril
                                                    Adamant
    This is a brilliant mine for any level of miner with a decent combat or lots of
    food. The variety of ore means it will be busy but there is generally plenty of
    iron, copper and tin to go around. I recommend this mine to all.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Mining Camp        Desert/South of Al-Kharid    Copper          Al-Kharid
                                                    Tin
                                                    Mithril
                                                    Adamant
    If you are a high enough level to mine the addy and mith then this mine is a
    great place to go. However the copper and tin are not worth it as there are
    plenty of alternative mines that offer these.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Edgeville Mine     Edgeville Dungeon            Copper          Edgeville
                                                    Tin
                                                    Iron
                                                    Silver
                                                    Coal
                                                    Mithril
                                                    Adamant
    In one word - AVOID! This really isn't a nice mine and is only worth going for
    adamant. If you want to raise your combat whilst mining, and can withstand the
    skeletons' attacks then it may be the mine for you.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Dwarven Mine       Under Falador                Clay            SE Falador
                                                    Copper
                                                    Tin
                                                    Iron
                                                    Coal
                                                    Gold
                                                    Mithril
                                                    Adamant
    This is the mine for all. A superb range of ores and many rocks to mine
    from. I do not recommend you visit this mine as soon as you step into the
    Runescape world as the scorpions are a pain and the king scorpion causes
    problems for nearly everyone. However as soon as you can safely run or fight a
    scorpion I think this mine should be worth visiting.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Rimmington Mine    North of Rimmington          Clay            East Falador
                                                    Copper
                                                    Tin
                                                    Iron
                                                    Gold
    This mine has the ores for a medium leveled miner but lacks in not being close
    to a bank. The closest alternative is Dwarven Mine and therefore there is no
    competition. However due to the lack of interest this mine gets it is ideal if
    you have just leveled up to mining iron or gold as it is rarely crowded.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Taverly Mine       South of Taverly             Clay            West Falador***
                                                    Tin
                                                    Iron
                                                    Coal
    ***Although this is the closest bank it is a sort of one way trip as you can
    only climb the wall from members back into f2p.
    This makes the mine difficult to get to and for the ore avaliable it is not
    worth the bother. This mine is best avoided.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Karamja Jungle     North of Shilo Village       Iron            Shilo Village
    Mine                                            Coal
                                                    Silver
                                                    Mithril
                                                    Adamant
    Has a collection of nice ore but the distance to a bank kills it. For what it
    gives it is worth a look but I wouldn't make it your usual mining location.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Under The Volcano  Under Karajma's Volcano      Gold            Crandor
    Terrible mine to use! 4 gold and nothing else...don't bother.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Sewer Mine         South of Ardougne Bank       Iron            East Ardougne
                                                    Coal
    A fairly small mine that requires level 20 theiving. If you are a high enough
    magic level I recommend you take runes for the Superheat Item spell, to turn
    the iron and coal into steel bars. Good place to get steel from but no other
    really good uses.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    East Ardougne Mine South of Legend's Guild      Iron            East Ardougne
                                                    Coal
    Good mine that will be crowded. I would use the same mine and smelt using
    Superheat Item here, as the iron and coal are convienently together.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Coal Trucks        West of Seers Village        Coal            Seers Village
    My favorite mine. Lots of coal will make this mine busy, but is generally fine
    on a less full world. The best thing about this mine is that you can put 120
    coal into the truck and then unload it at Seers Village. Great for power mining
    coal to sell as you will not have to leave the mine until you have over 120
    coal - you can also have another 28 in your inventory if the truck is full.
    Top Mine!
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Grand Tree Mine    Under the Grand Tree         Clay            Grand Tree
                                                    Tin
                                                    Iron
                                                    Silver
                                                    Coal
                                                    Mithril
                                                    Adamant
    I can't say much about this mine as I have yet to complete the Grand Tree
    Quest... However I have been told it is a nice mine that has ore for every
    level of miner. Take a look if you have done the quest and see what you think.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Khazard Mine       North-east of Yanille        Clay            Yanille
                                                    Tin
                                                    Copper
                                                    Iron
                                                    Coal (only one)
                                                    Mithril
    Mainly for the low level miner. There are many better alternatives to this.
    Will be empty as the distance from bank and lack of coal are annoying problems.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Arzinian Mine      Keldagrim                    Gold            Keldagrim Bank
    A nice mine with tonnes of gold, namely 146 ores. You can ferry your gold into
    the Keldagrim Bank for a tiny cost. In order to enter this mine however, you
    must have completed "Between A Rock" quest and be wearing the Golden Helmet.
    To enter speak to Dondakan while wearing it and you will be able to go in.
    Enjoy!
    
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    The following are mines in the wilderness. Be careful and take just a pick and
    some food if you want to.
    
    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Skeleton Mine      Level 9 Wilds NE Edgeville   Coal            Edgeville
    This mine does get overrun with PKers and will not be busy. The skeletons are
    a nuisance - I wouldn't choose this mine to be my regular.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Hobgoblin's Mine   Level 32 Wilds               Iron            Edgeville
                                                    Coal
                                                    Mithril
                                                    Adamant
    I really don't know what to make of this mine. It has a good selection of ores
    for high level miners but is far from a bank... PKers make this mine dangerous
    and the hobgoblins are annoying. I don't like it but I recommend you try it as
    it does offer lots of mithril and adamant rocks.
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Pirate's Mine      Level 52 Wilds               Iron            Mage Arena
                                                    Coal
                                                    Mithril
                                                    Adamant
    Doesn't offer many ores, will be swarming with PKers, very dangerous...
    AVOID!
    
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    Name               Location                     Ore avaliable   Closest bank
    Runite Mine        Level 48 Wilds               Runite          Edgeville
    Only place to my knowledge that offers this precious ore. Therefore, if you
    want it go get it. However be careful as this is a good spot for PKers to prey
    on.
    
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    VII. Mining Random Events (MRES)
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    These events may happen at any time whilst mining, usually after a long period.
    They are nothing to worry about, providing you take the correct precautions.
    Here they are:
    
    +Rock Golem+
    This nasty monster will appear and attack you if you don't run away. Its level
    will depend on your combat and so you can be sure it won't kill you in one hit.
    If you want to kill it, it drops pickaxes, dwarven stouts and ore. Otherwise
    just run away for a few seconds until it goes away.
    
    +Steaming Rocks+
    If this ever occurs...RUN! If you continue to mine the rock it will explode
    hurting you and breaking your pick. If your pick does break you need to take it
    to Nurof the Dwarf in the Dwarven Mine.
    
    +Pick Breaking+
    Occasionally your pick head and handle will separate. The head will fly a few
    paces away from you. Pick it up as soon as you can a use the head with the
    handle. This isn't something to worry about, but be alert.
    
    +Dr Ford+
    Sometimes your mining and a chunk of rock hits you on the head. You will
    notice this because stars fly around your head. This doctor will appear and
    you have to talk to him. He will hold up some fingers and you need to select
    the correct amount. If you get it right you get a treat - a piece of fruit...
    However if you ignore him or get it wrong he moves you to a quiet location,
    to recover.
    
    *UPDATE* Dr Ford has now been removed from the random events.
    
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    VIII. Leveling Up (LVLUP)
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    So you know the pickaxes, you know the ores, you know where the ores are - 
    well here is how you can level up. I will take you up to level 60 by which time
    you will have found your prefered mining location and will have decided whether
    to mine for money or smelt as well.
    
    **Level 1 - 15**
    When the tutorial is complete you will have a pickaxe. Head for Varrock SE mine
    after banking your other equipment in a Varrock bank. Mine a full inventory of
    copper then an inventory of tin, banking each time. You should at this point be
    leveling up pretty quickly. When you have 100 tin and 100 copper head for
    Al-Kharid and smelt it. Repeat this proccess until you are level 15 mining.
    
    **Level 15 - 30**
    Unless you have been mining non stop I would have thought you would have a
    decent combat - or at least to withstand a scorpion attack. I suggest trying a
    new mine such as Scorpion's Pit or Dwarven Mine. These are a lot of fun.
    Continue mining copper and tin but try to get some iron as well. It will be
    hard at first as there will be higher levels among you. It is a good time to
    upgrade your pick to steel. If you are in Scorpion's Pit and have 20 mining
    also try for some silver. Use the same proccess a before - mine a lot of ore,
    then smelt it. Continue doing this until you are level 30.
    
    **Level 30 - 50**
    You should now be solidly mining iron. As soon as you reach level 31, upgrade
    your pick to addy. If you are a member you might want to try coal trucks but
    I would wait until you are a little higher in level. I would now store your
    iron and not smelt it, but if you want a good smithing, then definitly continue
    to do this. There is not much gold about so do not worry about mining any, just
    concentrate on iron and coal if you can get it. It will take longer to get
    to level 50 but the rewards will be getting better.
    
    **Level 50 - 60**
    If you haven't already - buy a rune pick! This will be a key tool from now on.
    Power mine iron continually. Don't bank it either, unless you are wanting a
    good smithing level where you may wish to. Coal will still be a challenge to 
    get but you should try to get some of this to. When you reach level 59 mining
    buy a dwarven stout and go into the Mining Guild. There is so much coal here
    there will always be some avaliable. You will now be able to make good money
    from coal and iron. Coal sells around 100-180gp and iron 50-100gp.
    
    **Level 60+ **
    There is nothing more I can teach after level 60. You will have your preferred
    mining location. You will know whether you are going to mine coal and iron for
    big money or wait and get some through smithing. However I strongly suggest
    that members use coal trucks for getting coal and the Mining Guild if you are
    f2p. Mithril also sells for a lot of money and so it is always good to mine it
    if you use the Mining Guild.
    
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    IX. Special Thanks (SPT)
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    Thank-you for reading this guide and I hope it is a big help to you in getting
    your mining level high.
    
    I would like to thank the following people for their support and/or help:
    
    -blackmage200 = for recommendation of GameFAQs.
    
    -Tip.it = for helping fill the gaps in the factual parts of my guide.
    
    -Cherise Tweaker = pointing out error in Coal Trucks.
    
    -CJayC = for accepting this guide. 
    
    -Yourself = for taking the time to read it!
    
    Thanks again...Happy mining!

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