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For information on training this skill, see the Mining Training article.

Mining is a skill in RuneScape Classic that allows players to mine rocks and obtain various ores and minerals. Ores can be smelted into bars and then forged into armour and weapons.



A player attempting to mine. A pickaxe bubble is visible above their head.

Before attempting to mine a rock, a player must have a pickaxe. The higher the level the pickaxe, the more swings the player will automatically take at the rock you are trying to mine with one click.

Pickaxes can be bought from Nurmof's Pickaxe Shop in the Dwarven Mine. Bronze Pickaxes can also be bought from various General Stores and other shops.

Image Pickaxe Level # of Swings Price
Bronze Pickaxe Bronze pickaxe 1 1 1 coin
Iron Pickaxe Iron pickaxe 1 2 140 coins
Steel Pickaxe Steel pickaxe 6 4 500 coins
Mithril Pickaxe Mithril pickaxe 21 6 1300 coins
Adamantite Pickaxe Adamant pickaxe 31 9 3200 coins
Rune Pickaxe Rune pickaxe 41 12 32000 coins


Unlike modern RuneScape, attempting to mine a rock containing ore you do not have the mining level for does not warn you that you cannot mine it. You will instead receive the message "You only succeed in scratching the rock".

Image Rock Image Ore Level Experience Respawn Rate
Clay rock Clay rock Clay Clay 1 5 ~ 1 Second
Copper rock Copper rock Copper ore Copper ore 1 17.5 2 - 4 Seconds
Tin rock Tin rock Tin ore Tin ore 1 17.5 2 - 4 Seconds
Bluriterock Blurite rock Blurite ore Blurite ore 10 17 2 - 3 Seconds
Iron rock Iron rock Iron ore Iron ore 15 35 4 - 7 Seconds
Silver rock Silver rock Silver Silver 20 40 50 - 70 Seconds
Coal rock Coal rock Coal Coal 30 50 25 Seconds
Goldrock Gold rock Gold Gold 40 65 50 - 70 Seconds
Gem rocks Gem rock Uncut Opal Uncut Jade Uncut Red Topaz
Uncut sapphire Uncut emerald Uncut ruby Uncut diamond
Uncut gems 40 50 120 Seconds
Mithril rock Mithril rock Mithril ore Mithril ore 55 80 110 Seconds
Adamantite rock Adamantite rock Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 70 95 180 - 220 Seconds
Runiteore Runite rock Runite ore Runite ore 85 125 12 - 15 Minutes


Uncut sapphire Uncut emerald Uncut ruby Uncut diamond

While mining rocks for ores, players may randomly find an uncut gem which include sapphires, emeralds, rubies and diamonds. Finding a gem from regular rock gives no mining experience. Mining gem rocks found in Shilo Village is a faster way to obtain uncut gems but the mine can only be accessed after completing the Shilo Village quest.

The higher level rocks have greater likelihood of finding a gem and wearing Charged Dragonstone Amulet also increases the chance.

Uncut gems can be used in the crafting skill to create various pieces of jewellery.


Giles and Jinno cert ores.

The following certificates can be exchanged by Giles in Draynor Village or by Jinno in Zanaris. Certing ores is useful to trade bulk amounts easier and faster.



Mining spot south-west of Varrock.

There are various mining sites in Runescape Classic each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

For a complete list of mines, see the Mines article.

For where to train mining most efficiently, see Mining Training article.

Quests Edit

Mining is required to complete various quests:

Mining plays an important role in Digsite quest. Players can search the specimen trays, dig in level 1, 2 and 3 sites and pan for gold nuggets in the nearby river.

See: Digsite (location) for more information

The following quests give mining experience as a reward:


  • Drinking Dwarven Stout temporarily increases mining and smithing levels by 1
  • Joe Bill64 was the first player to gain 99 mining in 2002
  • Mining system was changed in November 2002 to give visual feedback of the rock's state and the respawn times were halved
  • In 2002 low fatigue soft rocks and high fatigue hard rocks were introduced for variety. They were removed with the release of Sleeping bags in May 2003

See alsoEdit

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