1-99 Mining Guide
Mining, released in January of 2001, is one of the most basic skills in Old School RuneScape. This gathering skill features the ability to gain ores and gems from a variety of rocks, which can be further used in other skills. With all the various ores and methods for mining in OSRS, it can be quite intimidating when figuring out a pathway to 99 mining. But don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work for you – and collated the best methods to get to 99 mining in OSRS.
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The only mandatory item you need for mining is a pickaxe. To maximise your output of both experience and ores, the best pickaxe available at your mining level should always be used. For starters, there’s the bronze and iron pickaxes at level 1 (you should be using the iron variant). At level 6, there’s the steel pickaxe. At level 11, there’s the black pickaxe. At level 21, there’s the mithril pickaxe. At level 31, you should move onto the adamant pickaxe. At level 41, you should use the rune pickaxe. And finally, at level 61, you should move onto the dragon pickaxe. The infernal pickaxe is also quite a niche pickaxe at level 61, which we’ll talk about later on.
Additionally, by doing tasks from the Varrock Diary, you can gain Varrock armour. This armour gives you a 10% chance of mining 2 ores at once when you wear it. As you progress through the diaries, you’re 10% chance of mining 2 ores expands to more types of ores.
The prospector kit received from Prospector Percy in the Motherlode Mine provides you with a 2.5% bonus experience as you’re mining. If that interests you, you’ll need to grind it out in the motherlode mine for hours upon hours. We’ll save the Motherlode Mine guide for another time!
Without further ado, let’s jump into the levelling guide. Under each subheading, you’ll see the most efficient methods to gain experience for mining in OSRS. By following these methods, you’ll get to 99 mining before you know it!
Levels 1-15 – Mining Copper/Tin
To start your mining journey, you’ll be mining copper and tin ore from levels 1 to 15. This can be achieved anywhere, but due to its relative lack of players and hostile creatures, and its range of copper and tin rocks, the Lumbridge Swamp mining site is widely considered the best spot.
Levels 15-75 – Mining Iron
Moving on – this one is a bit of a grind! From levels 15 through to 75, the most efficient method is to mine iron. There are a few technical aspects to this particular method, so stay focused!
Firstly, you should be mining iron in a triangle formation from levels 15 to 60, which provides the most experience. For example, you could mine at the: Al Kharid Mine, Lovakengj Mine, Verdant Valley, Legends’ Guild Mine, Piscatoris Mine, Mount Karuulm Mine, South Mor Ul Rek Mine, or the resource area in level 51 Wilderness.
Once you hit level 60, the next best spot to mine iron is at the Mining Guild, where the respawn time is halved. It’s up to you if you’d like to bank your ores or not. However, we recommend you don’t, as it significantly reduces your experience rates.
Levels 75-99 – Mining Granite
We’re almost there! From levels 75 to 99, you’ll be mining granite. For this method, we highly recommend you employ the use of 3-tick mining, which increases your experience rates significantly.
The granite rocks are found in the southwestern region of the Quarry, which has 4 granite near each other. The easiest way to get to there is to teleport with your Camulet. You must have some kind of protection against desert heat to survive. Desert amulet 4 offers protection to desert heat when being worn, and instead wearing the Hitpoints cape along with a regen bracelet will heal more than the damage from desert heat. If none of these are available to you, you can carry waterskins and fill them with Humidify, the lunar spell.
When you’re mining granite, if you’re wearing Varrock armour 2 or higher, you’ll experience an increase in the overall experience rate, as it will give you a 10 percent chance to mine 2 ores at once. It is also highly recommended to use an infernal pickaxe if you can afford to use it, because it greatly reduces the quantity of ores to be dropped and also offers passive Smithing experience.
Also, the mined bits of granite should be dropped between each successful mine. This is achieved by beginning the 3-tick action and then clicking on the next rock, dropping the granite quickly and clicking the rock again. It involves precise clicking and some practise to reliably execute, but it's much more effective than dropping a complete inventory. It is advised to use resizable mode, zoom in and turn the camera south so that as little distance to the rocks as possible exists from the inventory. Turning the data orbs off is also helpful when clicking on the southernmost rock to prevent any mistakes in clicking that can slow efficiency. Keep doing that until level 99, and you’ll become a master at Mining!
And with that, we wrap up our 1-99 Mining Guide for OSRS. If you’ve found that helpful, let us know, and stay tuned for more guides! Best of luck.