RuneScape: Fast & Simple Guide for Levelling Mining
This guide will teach you the best method of levelling Mining. The guide is targeted towards Free-to-Players, non-members. You will also learn the basics, ways to effectively train and some bonus tips. I myself have achieved 99 mining, so you can be sure these techniques work!
Many of my friends think how the hell I even had the patience to master mining. Even today, a mining skill cape will get you more attention then most other skill capes. Unfortunately, you can only buy a mining skill cape if you are a member, but you could still go around stating your mining level through Quick Chat! I mastered it because I just seemed to like the skill, I enjoyed levelling it. Anyway, my guide is separated into three sections, The Basics, Training and Bonus Tips. This way you can read the section that most applies to you, saving you time.
You don’t need to complete any quest to begin mining; in fact you can have a taste of the skill during the Tutorial. If you choose to use the option that requires mining you will leave the tutorial and enter runescape being level 5 in the skill. The only tool you will need is a pickaxe. There are various types of pickaxes; better pickaxes can be used as you level up in mining. The advantage of using a better pickaxe is that you collect ores faster; I recommend you use the best pickaxe for your level to maximize your experience per hour. Currently the Dragon Pickaxe is the best in the game; you will need a mining level of at least 61 to use it. However, this pickaxe is for members only, so a Rune Pickaxe (41) is a non-member best. It’s important to note that you don’t need to wield a pickaxe to use; it only has to be in your inventory. If you want to wield it to free up one inventory space then you will need an attack level at least 1 level below that required to use the pickaxe. Using a rune pickaxe as an example, you will need an attack level of at least 40 to wield it and a mining level of at least 41 to use it.
There are many types of ores, each needing a minimum level to collect. Different types of ores take different times to re-spawn, the higher the required level to mine it, the long it takes. What I mean by this is that there are two phases an ore rock can be in, one with ore that’s minable and the other without ore which can’t be mined. You can tell which phase the rock is in by right-clicking it and selecting Prospect or Examine. Although, the easiest way is to look at the rock itself and what colour its veins are. Copper is orange, tin is grey, silver is sliver, coal is black, gold is gold, mithril is blue, adamantite is green and runite is light blue. The actual shape of the rocks may be different, but the only important part is the colour of their veins. I’m not going to bother stating each ores re-spawn times for two reasons. One is that their re-spawn times heavily depend on the population of the world, the higher the population the faster the ore will re-spawn. Two, the ores I will be telling you to mine are the best to train on, therefore knowing their re-spawn times aren’t important. Ores can be found at various mines across runescape, I will be telling you where some of the best mines are as you read through the Training section. As you mine ores there is also a small chance you will get an Uncut Gem, and a even smaller chance you will get two at once. The types of gems you can get are Sapphires, Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds. I’m not really sure what the chances are, but I do know that the order of how often you get each type is the same as how I have just listed them. Gems are used by people training the Crafting skill, so you will find that collecting them yields a little extra cash while mining.