The tool used for mining in Runescape is a pickaxe. Different pickaxes can be used at different levels; which can all be conveniently viewed by clicking on the mining skill while logged into a Runescape account.
The best pickaxe to use for mining in Runescape is the dragon pickaxe; however, this pickaxe cannot be used until level 61 mining and level 60 Attack are achieved. Check out The Guide to 99 Attack for tips on training to meet this requirement. Also, this is a member’s only item.
The most common pickaxe to see Runescape miners using is the rune pickaxe; since it costs less, it can be used by players with lower mining levels and the rune pickaxe is the best non-members pickaxe.
Mining to Level 30
In order to start training for 99 mining from level one, begin mining tin or copper ore at the mining spot located just southeast of the bank in east Varrock. Make trips to the bank in east Varrock whenever your inventory is full. Mine these copper and tin rocks until level 15 mining is achieved; then turn to mining the iron rocks located in the same mining area. Mine iron ore until level 30 is achieved.
Mining Coal Ore to Level 99 Mining
From level 30 to level 55 mining, the entire 25 levels must be trained by mining coal. There are two good spots to mine coal. The best spot to mine coal in Runescape is underneath the Grand Tree, in the Gnome Stronghold mine; as there are 11 coal rocks to mine and a bank on the second floor of the tree. Although the Gnome Stronghold mine in the Grand Tree is the best spot to mine coal, the requirement of having completed the Tree Gnome Stronghold quest restricts many people from being to access the mine.
The second best place to mine coal in Runescape is in the Barbarian Village mine, located south of Edgeville. This mine has four coal rocks and rarely has anyone mining them. There are also three banks to run to when you have mined a full load of coal ore; including the bank in Edgeville, west Falador, and west Varrock.
These are the two best spots to mine coal until level 60 mining is reached, then the Mining Guild, located in east Falador; becomes the best coal mining spot with 18 coal rocks available. There is also a bank nearby, located in southeast Falador.
One way to train to 99 mining is by mining coal. Coal provides very good and fast mining experience, giving Runescape players to get 99 mining fast. Coal can also be sold for a decent amount of money; however, if money is a main concern to earn while training to 99 mining, there is a better strategy for you to follow.
How to Make the Most Money Training Mining
After mining coal to level 55 mining, you may find yourself not wanting to mine coal all the way to 99 mining. At level 55 mining, Runescape players are allowed to mine mithril ore. This is a great opportunity to turn away from mining coal, as mithril ore will sell for more money; however, one disadvantage to mining mithril ore is the mining process and rock re-spawn times are slower than they are for coal.
The best ways to train to level 70 mining is to mine coal or mithril ore. Once level 70 is obtained, adamantite ore can be mined. Since adamantite ore sells for around 1,000 gb in the Grand Exchange. The best place to mine adamantite ore in Runescape is under the Grand Tree in the Gnome Stronghold; the same place where the 11 coal rocks were mentioned in the first page.
Finally, when level 85 mining is reached, runite ore can be mined; which sells for around 11,000 gb each! The best place to mine runite ore is in the Heroes’ Guild, where there are two runite rocks.
The Heroes’ Guild is located north of Taverley and south of Burthorpe, next to the White Wolf Mountain and the Chaos Temple. The Heroes’ Quest must be completed in order to access the two runite rocks in the Heroes’ Guild.
The Journey is Long, but Rewarding!
It’s not lie and clearly obvious training to 99 mining in Runescape takes several months, especially if you are trying to make the most money mining; so a high level of dedication is required to really get 99 mining fast. Although it does take a very long time 99 mining, all the ore mined will provide millions of gb to work with and a great money making opportunity every time funds get low.
Hopefully this 99 mining guide has provided you with good enough information to make training to 99 mining faster and more rewarding. Good luck training to 99 mining!
Information: Author, Christopher Kochan, has played Runescape for several years; beginning around the same time as the original wilderness, or "the wild." He has obtained several level 99 skills, including every combat skill. This guide is based off his experiments and knowledge gained through the time he spent playing.
Images: Author personally took screen shots during his game play, for the purpose of his Bright Hub articles only.
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