Runescape F2p Rune Ore Mining Guide!

OK, so you have 85 mining and want to mine a bunch of rune ore to make some cash! I will admit, I was not very good a rune mining to start out with, but after being 85 mining for around 2 years now I know most of the hints and tricks about mining rune on F2P. So lets get started.


  • Rune Pickaxe
  • 10 Cooked Lobsters

Note: Do NOT wield your rune pickaxe!!!

Many people have asked me, “Why are you not wielding your pick?” This is because I have been in situations when I do not get attacked because people do not think that I am a miner. Also, I don’t think it’s proven but I believe that you mine faster with a pickaxe in your inventory instead of having it wielded.

What Should I Wear?

I don’t like to try and pk other miners while I mine, so I think the best thing to wear would be monks robes. You can also wear dragonhide, but monks robes are easier and less expensive to replace.

Preparing Your Scouts

Scouts are absolutely essential while rune mining. They save you from 90% of pkers and switch worlds much more quickly. I recommend using at least 3 scouts in order to save as much world switching time as possible.

Your scout should bring 5-10 trout/salmon. This is for walking through the lava maze and for escaping pkers.Since you need to cut through 2 webs in order to get through the lava maze, you need a sword. The easiest way to get this is by talking to the Melee Combat Tutor right outside the Lumbridge general store. He gives you a training sword and a training shield.

Mining The Ores/World Times

OK. Now you’re at the rune rocks and all three of you scouts are in the lava maze. It’s time to finally start mining!

This is how you should mine. It’s pretty simple. First, scout worlds with your scouts until you find a world that has ore. Then log into your main and mine em!

There is a specific formula for world times, but I personally don’t like to use them because it’s annoying to plug all the numbers in. From my experience, I’ve managed to estimate the time the ores will respawn on a world pretty accurately. Here’s what I do:

  • Full World –> 12 minute respawn
  • 1800 People –> 14 minute respawn
  • 1600 People –> 16 minute respawn
  • 1300 People –> 18 minute respawn
  • 1100 People –> 19 minute respawn
  • 1000 People –> 20 minute respawn
  • 600-900 People –> 22 minute respawn
  • 24 minute respawn

Escaping Pkers

This is my favorite part of rune mining, if there weren’t any pkers I wouldn’t rune mine. This is what makes mining a thrill .

How to Escape One Pker

OK, so you scout a world and see that the rune rocks have ore and that there are no pkers! So you log into you main and start to mine the ore when suddenly, out of nowhere, a pker comes and attacks you.DO NOT PANIC. You must stay calm. Here is what you do when you get attacked. First, run around the rune rocks.

Now the pker is temporarily delayed. Now, if you have already mined both ores, go ahead and run for 10 seconds to log out. If there is still ore left, go attack a spider. Since the rune rocks is single-combat, this will prevent the pker from attacking you.

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  1. cool
    Posted May 16, 2007 at 7:08 am

    Nice guide i think im gonna use that some day! :O

  2. Zezima
    Posted July 5, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Nice guide =P

  3. Rikumaru
    Posted July 7, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    Thx for the guide man, i just got 85 mining tonight -.-

  4. r 0 0 n m4n
    Posted July 14, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    Definently the best rune mining guide I’ve heard on this site. Actually this IS the best guide on here I’ve read, you sound like you know what you’re talking about unlike most of the other guides.
    You should get a commendation. =P

  5. zezima
    Posted September 8, 2007 at 11:26 am

    very nice guide, and i personally think its one of the best =]

  6. warrior k50
    Posted September 20, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    very nice guide. the ore times have really helped me out a lot.

  7. arragorn257
    Posted October 10, 2007 at 7:53 am

    Go to vorock and go into the manhole. Then go to the spot with the deadly red spiders are. They are level 34 so you noobs dont even try you need to be a level 40 combat. Then get around 500 red spider eggs. Then go to the desert and sell them for 1k each. you will get millions!

  8. elvestreght
    Posted October 21, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    i think to add this guide event better you shoudl train magic at 25 or more so you can use bind it really help if you get out of run enery trust me

  9. mister x
    Posted November 8, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    Hey thanx a lot, im sure this guide will definitely improve my pkin skills! Ill try pking some miners when my combat gets higher!

  10. me
    Posted November 10, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    i got 75 mining,goin 4 85, but. arragorn is a narb, ;)

  11. Jack
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 7:32 pm

    That was really good tips. i am a level 56 minner. I am almost able to mine rune and I think that is a really good tip for people like me.

  12. nathan172199
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    if u need money mine gold and sell 500gp each

  13. Taxadoxnuva
    Posted December 20, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Miners RULZ As they get giant pay out!!

    And this guide RULZ TOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!11

  14. hisser345
    Posted January 6, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    hey man i am mining over 50 rune ore a DAY!


  15. Zezima (REAL)
    Posted January 19, 2008 at 8:25 pm

    Zezima don’t need no guide.

  16. trickster426
    Posted February 26, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Nice…If you need any help with any thing in the game anyone add my other acc pawnin c4ain he’s a noob but i still know everything…

  17. sharpnife033
    Posted March 13, 2008 at 10:48 am

    nice guide ive been following it for 2 days helps a lot =)

  18. defil3d
    Posted March 26, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    First of all I just wanted to state that I am coming out of the closet :D The only reason I act like a girl is because… well that’s my personality. Second of all, nice guide :D

  19. Uloveme
    Posted March 29, 2008 at 9:25 am

    this guide is bad… zezima says its good but hes a noob. Oo

  20. zezima
    Posted April 16, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    hmm i sometimes find the odd few article or two about RS stating to be me… its kind of funny… but annoying.

  21. hendy 2k7
    Posted April 21, 2008 at 5:04 am

    ive started a noob acc called rich noobz12 im makin him a skiller but if i go far into the wilderness where the rune ore is but i am sure to die as you cant teleport past 20 wilderness what should i do? is there any other rune ores that aren’t in the wildy?

  22. kingduffy 1
    Posted April 21, 2008 at 5:08 am

    I personaly think that jagex should make rune ore easier to mine because like hendy said if you are a noob like a skiller you can mine a full inventory of rune ore and when you run away to bank or the grand exchange whilst you are still in the wilderness revenants can kill you and thats 280k lost.

  23. guy
    Posted April 26, 2008 at 12:08 am

    not bad good guide

  24. lmfao
    Posted May 17, 2008 at 8:27 am

    good guide dude! :) i miss the wilderness, I’ve pked a lot of rune minners in there =/

  25. brayan alejandro
    Posted May 31, 2008 at 10:16 am


  26. nonononono82
    Posted June 11, 2008 at 7:16 am

    this guide rocks i used to be a lv 7 miner when i read his guide i mined iron ore till 85 best way since it respons quick and gives 30
    exp now im a lv 90 miner wearing full dragon thank you sooooo much
    all people read this awesome guide

    ps who ever said there zezimas a noob zezima dosnt go to guides

  27. zezima
    Posted June 16, 2008 at 10:44 am

    your all noobs you aren’t me im me u r noobs

  28. jonny
    Posted June 26, 2008 at 11:36 am

    nice guide , ithink i get for 85

  29. soontobe85
    Posted July 3, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    i like your guide im almost 85 mining =O
    and zezima is a noob. =]

  30. nice guide add me
    Posted July 5, 2008 at 2:48 am

    nice guide add me lol i give away free iron ore lol

  31. 85 Mining wannabe
    Posted July 21, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    I got 66 mining, I want 85 mining so bad to be rich and get Santa hat, this guide inspired me. Thnaks man :D

  32. noclap
    Posted July 26, 2008 at 6:26 am

    hate to rain on ur parade but stupid jagex took away wilderness. its just not rune scape without wildy

  33. noclap
    Posted July 26, 2008 at 6:32 am

    i remember when i was always getting killed in wildy at lvl 20. those were the good old days

  34. Pure Light
    Posted August 7, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Nice, Guide I think it makes it harder with the revs around they can still hit you when you are in a 1vs1 combat zone.

  35. Loopylung
    Posted August 21, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Why do people pretend to be something when they clearly are not? I HATE YOU ALL!!!

  36. zezima
    Posted August 21, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    This is loopylung, and look at how easy it was to instantly become zezima! not even hard. I dont beleive any of you are who you say you are, and you should do likewise, even about me.

    Because, who knows, I could really be Defil3d.

    Or kingduffy1

    Or zezima


  37. Hummer_h9
    Posted September 22, 2008 at 3:14 am

    nice guide i havent been to wildy sence they destoryed it lol
    i just mine in heros now

  38. zezima is a noob
    Posted September 29, 2008 at 10:50 am

    zezima if u are that good why u come and check the guide lol noooboooob

  39. slarking02
    Posted September 30, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Lol rofl i met the real zezima and she isnt mean . and yes zezima is a girl.

  40. Avater07
    Posted October 1, 2008 at 8:59 pm

    was nice guide when pkilling existed :/ now it boring I miss thrill of pkers when mining

  41. zezima
    Posted October 21, 2008 at 1:57 pm


  42. i own zezma
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 1:47 am

    i own you zezma i got 99 range 99 attack 99 defense 99 mage and 99 strength and im only lv 121. ill own you in pvp i hit up to 121 in members world pvp

  43. i own zezma
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 1:49 am

    i mean 111 dark bow 55 56 special dragon arrow

  44. i own zezma
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 1:53 am

    zezma just got owned i killed you before you can reach me

  45. i own zezma
    Posted October 26, 2008 at 1:56 am

    this guide sucks just go to bh and kill anyone you see then run back out store the stuff in your bank then go back in and get the stuff all done

  46. zezima
    Posted November 22, 2008 at 3:37 am


  47. killer54186
    Posted November 30, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    zezima isn’t even at the top of the high scores anymore

  48. salita5
    Posted December 8, 2008 at 5:05 am

    the guide is good pitty im not 85 mining THATS BECAUSE I HATE rs now to many rules pvp is lame there is a price limit of 10k they Call it improving runescape I call it destroying it=)

  49. ???????????
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 4:05 am

    I am currently a non-member, and I want to get my total level up really high without increasing my combat level. Do you have any ideas on how I can do this?

    These are my stats in numerical order:

    Strenght:66, Attack:65, Hitpoints:65, Defence:64, Mining:57, Cooking:53, Woodcutting:53, Firemaking:51, Fishing:50, Smithing:45, Prayer:45, Crafting:43, Thieving:41, Magic:40, Range:35, Runecraft:30, Agility:25, Fletching:16, Herblore:6, Construction:6, Slayer:3, Farming:1, Humter:1, Summoning:1.

    My current goals are:Fishing and Woodcutting in the hiscores.

    Member total level:100, non-member total level:762, overall total level:862.

    Is there any way that I can increase my total level without becoming a member?

    Posted December 23, 2008 at 4:08 am

    zez, ur a noob and every1 knows it. your a nolife dude, who plays rs 24:7. i look up u in the highscores and it says 1200 mill xp, i sure hope u get BUTT cancer from sitting down too much.\


  51. Lilbush509
    Posted December 23, 2008 at 4:09 am

    u9 fghiughe 9une9unj 9udgn8dfbn89bdfhgbdf bdubbnini i bi b!!!!

  52. mherebuzzin8 lovin this guide =P
    Posted December 25, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    firstly if you look at zezima’s score and gertjaars he is in the lead by 15 mil ? why is he not at thye top…
    and good guide btw =P , i mage a pker but he’s now a skiller
    i am gettin membership tommorows from game (trademark) buying a wallie card £10 =]

  53. mherebuzzin8 lovin this guide =P
    Posted December 25, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    sorry bout bad grammar * i meant a made a pker… and i mean zezima is at the top!!! Dumbledore’s army! FTW!

  54. mherebuzzin8 lovin this guide =P
    Posted December 25, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    my mining is 53 btw look me up on hiscores!
    i got 40 craft so i can mine gold in the crafting guild i got 556k in a day =P
    look me up on HISCORES!!!

    *{retailer}* our client has badd grammar ;)
    **we are sorry for that**

  55. nonnedtoknow
    Posted December 25, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    iam barley mining runite a day and make like 4.8m a day!!!!!and lol i have 84 mining tk stout!i think i like being att by revs rather then pkers :P )

  56. Nhl Freak0
    Posted December 31, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Sweet guide Asko!, gonna go for 85. Ty!!! If you ever make another guide, don’t forget to tell us about it on here! Any Clan Wars ppl who have “big” clans, add me!!

  57. Bianca
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Ur times are wrong.

  58. 85 miner now!
    Posted January 13, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Hey! Remember post 31? ^_- Well, I got 85 mining now, so yer, mining for santa hat…

  59. War Ceremony
    Posted January 14, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    lvl 3, f2p skiller, 83 mining =( … takes so long …

  60. noobsicle
    Posted January 30, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    come on people prolly liek 2 people here have 85+ mining

  61. War Ceremony
    Posted February 4, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    make that 3, i got 85 mining on jan 19th lol

  62. bluedog305
    Posted February 15, 2009 at 3:54 am

    yeah this helped alot thanks

  63. bungle
    Posted February 28, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    where can i mine rune ore

  64. hero
    Posted March 3, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    where do we even mine runes?

  65. er
    Posted March 6, 2009 at 2:55 am


  66. darkoddjoke
    Posted March 21, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Hey old man this article isn’t even present day. I mean like order for there to be pkers you need to be in a pvp world. :P . Now go check and there will be changes.
    Btw I’m the best runescape player ever (I think….)!

  67. Posted April 3, 2009 at 4:04 am

    cool guide well wriiten. but now there r revendants in wilderness . u need to be on pvp world to get attacked by pkers

  68. Zezima
    Posted April 9, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    First place if im a noob why do I have 99 in all skills
    (except summoning)….?

  69. Teh noob show
    Posted April 9, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    You guys are so immature……btw im not cheking this guide for help I wanted to see how stupid people are……Owned noob…………..

  70. Wasup
    Posted April 13, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    How much xp can i get per hour powermining iron our with 71 mining

  71. xxphatmagexx
    Posted April 21, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    i’m going to have a party on april 24 2009 6:30 on world 134 armour and cash drops

  72. Zezima
    Posted June 1, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I’m a noob

  73. nobody 109
    Posted June 4, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    lol… your making it sound easy 2 escape from pkers? well take another guess… I love killing those rune miners good drops and its fun. all a pker needs 2 do is stand out of the scouts sight range and wen the miner logges on ur dead. mostly every 1 who goes hunting miners got binds making escaping really hard. The ice trick doesent work because if u leave non multi and there is a clan there thats 100% death either way. So gl mining rune ores ^.^ (my runescape user name is “nobody 109″ just letting u know)

  74. Posted June 9, 2009 at 3:51 am

    Oh dear i need to rewrite some guides :D these are so outdated

  75. skeyblade1
    Posted July 1, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    all you fake zezimas really ruin his or her name!!! ive never seen so much disrespect to a person who plays just to enjoy the game!
    If i were you all i would be ashamed!

  76. skeyblade1
    Posted July 1, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    oh this guide is good…..if it were 2007!!!!

  77. Posted July 2, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Published by Asko O. on May 16, 2007 in RuneScape :D so shut it! :)

  78. War Ceremony
    Posted August 2, 2009 at 12:00 am

    all you pkers are noobs lmao i bet you couldn\’t kill a chicken… rune miners have nothing to be afraid of…

    i got 85 mining like a year ago at lvl 3… now im a tank and i mine in pvp all the time, no pker can ever kill me rofl

  79. Posted August 28, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    is it the only f2p mining spot

  80. Gertjaars
    Posted October 5, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Fail kids, you make 4.8m a day? I make 2.5m per hour
    Selling my acc btw I am gertjaars and I’m quitting

  81. Posted January 9, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    ive got an easier way just bring 3-4 lobs varrock teleport runes and rune pickaxe and rune scimi this is for pvp worlds and bh worlds so first go to the runeite or place and if there is a miner there weild ur rune scimitar and start attacking him if ur lucky he will have the 2 rune ores in his inv wihich menas he\’s risking so go ahead and kill him >:) pick his good loot and varrock tele if ur bh ull tele to edgeville and bank the loot/ore or if jus pvp wirld run west to the bankj and bank it there

  82. H0rny tits
    Posted January 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    When I’m a alone I like to fantise about long hairy pubes tangled in my braces and the taste of nice sweaty greesy balls in my mouth gaging over 12 inch cocks. I’m coming out of the closet cause I ruined my old closet by cuming over the walls. The color before I ruined them was red now there are pure white stains all over and my mom asked if she cud lick it off but they didn’t come off. So now we have to hire a painter to rape me and to paint my cum covered walls, let’s pray for this to happen when I get a boner. Zezima is hot and I suck his tiny runescape penis in my wet dreams with my dad

  83. Posted January 15, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Awsome article/guide
    how much cash did you make from this one

  84. Peter Zezima
    Posted January 20, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    I’m going to add you as a friend. Please email me at for more details.

  85. rewben2
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 4:42 am

    u didnt list where it is….

  86. Posted April 23, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    well good, good but instead of bringing food just bring full d’hide (makes mage attacks less likelihood to hit) and teleport runes

    but overall the best mining guide i have read so far

  87. hydronab
    Posted August 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    yeah this is good guide, except now wield ur pickaxe because revs dont care if your miner or not! The scout idea is new, I never though of that, definately gunna try this when i get 85 mining

  88. miner635
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Great guide!
    It help’s a lot.

  89. Posted October 31, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    gran guia de mineria, ayuda mucho con la mineria

  90. Trollz
    Posted March 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    hmmm Now someone just needs to make a escape bot… lol

  91. Botter
    Posted September 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Im will bot that runite ore but i have only 74 mining =(

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