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One of the best places for members to mine coal in Runescape is at the coal trucks just west of McGrubor's Wood (an important area for Runescape's Fishing Competition quest). Here, there are 18 coal rocks and 3 carts. As you mine the coal, you can put it into the nearby carts and then retrieve it later at the cart station near the bank in Seers' Village. The carts will normally hold 120 pieces of coal, but if you wear the Seers' Headband, they'll hold even more – up to 196 ores with the Seers' Headband 3.
The only drawback to the area is that it might be a bit annoying to those with a combat level of 54 or lower. There are several level 27 Giant Bats in the area that are aggressive and will attack anyone with those lower levels. However, if you have a combat level of 55 or higher, they won't bother you at all. Even if your combat level isn't that high, you can manage to avoid the bats if you move to different areas of the mine or stand on opposite sides of the coal rocks when mining.
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If you have a Mining skill level of at least 60 or can obtain this level through the use of stat-boosting items, the Mining Guild is an excellent place to mine coal since it is so close to the east Falador bank and contains 37 coal rocks. The Mining Guild has two entrances – one in the dwarven mines and one in southeast Falador. The latter entrance is the one closest to a bank and is shown in the screenshot to the right. (Click the image for a larger view.)
All players, both free and members, can access the Mining Guild as long as they have the required Mining level. If you're stuck at level 59, you can run over to the Rising Sun in Falador and buy a Dwarven Stout for 3 gp that will boost your Mining level by 1, allowing you to get in the guild. However, this boost doesn't last for very long, so it is best to drink the ale right before entering. Once inside the Mining Guild, you'll be able to stay when the boost disappears. But, if you leave, you'll need to drink another one before entering again.
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Another area in Runescape with an ample number of coal rocks is just northeast of East Ardougne. This is a members-only location, but it has the advantage of usually being deserted and still not too far from the southern East Ardougne bank. There are 12 coal rocks here, so you should be able to mine constantly without having to wait too long for the ore to respawn.
Another advantage of this mining area is that it also has a number of iron rocks. This can be helpful if you're mining both coal and iron to smelt together to make steel bars.
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Southwest Lumbridge Swamp
If you're a free player that can't get into the Mining Guild yet, you can still mine coal at the mine in the southwest area of the Lumbridge Swamp. There are 7 coal rocks here in addition to 5 mithril and 2 adamantite rocks.
The closest bank to this mining location is in Draynor Village, and it is a good little jaunt to get there. Still, if you have a lower Mining level and aren't a member, it's not that bad of a run, especially if you can carry a full inventory of coal on every trip.
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