Ultimate Ironman Guide/Mining
Mining training on an Ultimate Ironman is mostly relegated to "powermining" (where the ore is dropped rather than being smelted) due to inventory and banking restrictions. While this makes the skill relatively quick to train, it also means there is very little direct incentive to train the skill besides requirements such as those from quests and Achievement Diaries. That said, a high Mining level can be useful for some Mining-related activities, such Zalcano and Chambers of Xeric.
Pickaxes up to rune can bought from the mining shops. Players who have the fancy jewellery box in their player-owned house can quickly access Yarsul's Prodigious Pickaxes in the Mining Guild (requires level 60 Mining) or Nurmof's Pickaxe Shop. in the Dwarven Mine. Alternatively, players can use a minigame teleport to Blast Furnace and run a bit north to Pickaxe-Is-Mine.
A dragon pickaxe is only obtainable from Wilderness bosses. The fastest method to obtain one is to safespot Chaos Elemental, or safespot Callisto using chinchompas. The pickaxe and its variants can be stored in a STASH unit next to the soul altar.
Early training: Quests[edit | edit source]
- The Forsaken Tower - requires 20% Lovakengj favour, rewards 500xp
- Doric's Quest - no requirements, rewards 1,300xp
- Plague City - no requirements, rewards 2,425xp
- The Dig Site - requires 10 , 10 , 25 , rewards 15,300xp
- The Lost Tribe - requires 17 , 13 , 13 , rewards 3,000xp
- Another Slice of H.A.M. - requires The Lost Tribe, 15 , 25 , rewards 3,000xp
Fastest experience[edit | edit source]
Levels 1–15: Mining copper/tin[edit | edit source]
From level 1 to 15, players should mine copper or tin. This can be done anywhere, though the Lumbridge Swamp mining site is debatably the easiest due to its relative lack of players and aggressive monsters, and its collection of copper and tin rocks.
To progress from level 1 to level 15, you will need 2,411 experience. You will need to mine a combination of 138 copper or tin ores to reach level 15, since they both give 17.5 experience a piece.
Levels 15–45/70/99: Mining iron[edit | edit source]
Mining iron offers the fastest experience from level 15 to 45. At level 45, 3-tick mining granite becomes faster assuming good performance, but this method is much easier and offers relatively fast experience even at higher levels. Players who are inexperienced with tick manipulation methods, or do not plan to use tick manipulation at all, are advised to mine iron up to level 70.
Wearing Varrock armour 1 or higher increases the overall experience rate for this method, as it gives the player 10% chance to mine 2 ores at once while worn.
From level 15 to 60, players should mine iron at a location that has three iron rocks in a triangle, as such a formation that allows the player to mine all three rocks without moving. Drop the ores while waiting for the rocks to respawn. There are seven such locations available at this level that are viable:
- Legends' Guild Mine
- Al Kharid Mine
- Piscatoris Mine
- Lovakengj Mine
- Verdant Valley
- Mount Karuulm Mine
- South Mor Ul Rek mine
If using tick manipulation, the best place to mine iron is in the Legends' Guild mine, which has 4 iron rocks close to each other in the eastern part. Start the 3-tick cycle with a herb and tar (or other suitable items) while moving between rocks, and drop the ores between mines. This method is faster than using a triangle spot, but because this method is much more advanced and significantly harder than using a triangle spot, it is only recommended for players who plan on 3-tick mining granite from level 45 onwards.
From level 60 onwards, the pay-to-play area of the Mining Guild becomes the best option, as the respawn time for rocks mined in this area is halved. This makes it so the players do not have to wait for the rocks to respawn or use tick manipulation. With correct timing and accurate clicks, players can drop the ore between mines and keep mining continuously.
Players can expect to gain up to around 45,000–55,000 experience per hour below level 60 when not using tick manipulation. From level 60 and above, the maximum experience rate in the Mining Guild caps at around 70,000–80,000 experience per hour, depending on performance and the pickaxe used.
Because this training method does not require much gearing up or inventory space, it can be trained in conjunction with other skills that require more inventory space, such as Farming. At lower levels, some players optionally choose to pair this Mining training method with Smithing, by using Superheat Item to turn the iron ore into iron bars for use on a nearby anvil.
For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Smithing.
Levels 45–99: Mining granite[edit | edit source]
3-tick mining granite (commonly referred to as "3t4g", 3-tick 4 granite) at the Quarry offers the fastest Mining experience in the game. This method is extremely click-intensive and can be hard to learn, however. Tick manipulation must be used for this method, as without it the experience rates are signficantly reduced and this method would not be worth doing. Players who are inexperienced with tick manipulation methods may find it worthwhile to train with iron to higher levels before attempting to train with granite, as mining iron still offers fairly high rates at lower levels.
The four granite rocks are located the south-west area of the Quarry. The fastest way to get there is to teleport with the Camulet. Players must have some sort of desert heat protection in order to survive. Desert amulet 4 provides immunity to the desert heat while worn, alternatively wearing the Hitpoints cape along with a regen bracelet will outheal the damage taken from desert heat. If neither of those are an option, the player can bring waterskins and fill them with the lunar spell Humidify.
Wearing Varrock armour 2 or higher increases the overall experience rate for this method, as it gives the player 10% chance to mine 2 ores at once while worn. Using a crystal pickaxe is not recommended for this method should the player have one, as it does not bring any benefits or increase experience rates because of tick manipulation being used, and it costs crystal shards to use.
Players should drop the mined pieces of granite on the ground between mines. This is done by starting the 3-tick action and clicking on the next rock, quickly dropping the granite and clicking the rock again. This requires accurate clicking and some practice to perform consistently, but it is much more efficient than dropping a full inventory. It is recommended to use resizable mode, zoom in and turn the camera south so that there is as little distance from the inventory to the rocks as possible. Turning data orbs off is also helpful to prevent any misclicks when clicking on the southernmost rock.
With good performance, players can gain up to around 60,000–70,000 experience per hour at level 45, increasing to around 85,000–90,000 experience per hour at level 70 and 105,000–115,000 experience per hour at higher levels. At level 99 with the Mining cape perk, it is possible to gain up to 125,000–130,000 experience per hour. Without tick manipulation players can expect to gain only around 63,000 experience per hour at best.
Similarly to mining iron, mining granite does not require much inventory space or gearing up. This method can be done in conjunction with other inventory-filling skills, such as Farming, although having some space for the granite rocks is recommended for convenience.
For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Farming.
Other methods[edit | edit source]
Levels 30–99: Motherlode Mine[edit | edit source]
Mining in the Motherlode Mine is a slow training method, but it requires relatively low amount of effort. This method is not generally recommended for Ultimate Ironmen, as they cannot bank the ores obtained from pay-dirt. Players who are seeking for a low-effort alternative to mining granite or iron are advised to mine in the Volcanic Mine from level 70 onwards.
Players can obtain golden nuggets through cleaning pay-dirt, which can be used to purchase perks and rewards from Prospector Percy. The most notable reward is the Prospector kit, which adds a bonus 2.5% experience while mining. The prospector kit can be stored in the armour case in the player-owned house, and having all the parts from the prospector kit is a requirement for the hard Falador Diary.
Completing the medium tasks of the Falador Diary is recommended, as this grants the player access to a shortcut (requires level 54 Agility) to an area which is relatively close to the hopper. Completion of the elite diary will also increase the chance of receiving higher-level ores.
Should the player continue mining in the Motherlode Mine after obtaining the prospector kit, it is recommended to unlock the upper levels of the mine. This requires 100 golden nuggets, and level 72 Mining is required to mine there. The upper levels have more concentrated ore veins compared to the lower level, and they deplete after they have been mined for a set amount of time, unlike in the lower area, where it's a random chance per pay-dirt mined, making one vein last longer on average.
Experience rates scale depending on the level. Players can gain up to 30,000 experience per hour at level 70, increasing to around 42,000 experience per hour at level 85 and 53,000 experience per hour at level 99.
Levels 70–99: Volcanic Mine[edit | edit source]
The Volcanic Mine minigame on Fossil Island offers relatively fast experience and it requires low amount of effort to participate in. However, this method requires coordinated teamwork and it has fairly high requirements for Ultimate Ironmen to do it effectively. Level 50 required to enter the mine, but it is recommended to use faster methods until level 70 as the experience is notably slower below that level.
To enter the mine, players must have completed the Bone Voyage quest, have earned at least 150 Kudos and have claimed the five unidentified small fossils from Peter after fully building the Museum Camp. Players must also pay Petrified Pete 30 numulites every time they wish to enter the mine. Over time, players will slightly profit numulites in the mine, however. Having a dragon or crystal pickaxe is also recommended for faster experience.
Players will need to have a lot of noted Saradomin brews or cooked food (such as cooked manta rays from Zulrah) for healing. Using uncooked food is not recommended, as players would have to cook it between games, which likely slows the team down. It is also strongly recommended to have an ornate rejuvenation pool in the player-owned house to restore stats and save supplies. If using Saradomin brews, players should bring a super restore to restore lowered stats or make some house tablets, as sometimes the Magic level may be lowered enough so the player cannot cast Teleport to House. Having a high Prayer level is also helpful.
Experience rates scale depending on the Mining level. In a good team, players can gain around 65,000–70,000 experience per hour at level 70, increasing to around 75,000–80,000 experience per hour at level 85 and 85,000–90,000 experience per hour at level 99 when using a dragon pickaxe. With a crystal pickaxe, players can gain up to around 70,000–75,000 experience per hour at level 71, 85,000 experience per hour at level 85 and 95,000 experience per hour at level 99.
Reward points from the activity can be used to buy the ash covered tome and the enhanced Fertile Soil it unlocks. Extra points can be spent on runite ore, either for its value or to use in smithing rune dart tips for use in combat. Fossils earned can be stored or turned into numulites, especially if the player wants to use the Volcanic Mine as a Gravestone. Pyrophosphite and calcite can be used at the Mycelium pool for training Prayer.
For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Prayer.
Passive training: Runecraft[edit | edit source]
Crafting blood or soul runes in Arceuus grants the player some passive Mining experience from mining the dense essence blocks at the Arceuus essence mine. The player can expect to gain around 12,000 Mining experience for every 100,000 Runecraft experience when crafting blood runes, and 10,000 Mining experience for every 100,000 Runecraft experience when crafting soul runes.
For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Runecraft.
Passive training: Crafting[edit | edit source]
Mining sandstone for Crafting training grants the player some passive Mining experience. If crafting lantern lenses, for every 100,000 Crafting experience gained, the player should expect around 14,000 Mining experience. If crafting empty light orbs, for every 100,000 Crafting experience gained, the player should expect around 11,000 Mining experience.
For more information, see Ultimate Ironman Guide/Crafting.
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