The following is a guide on how to get 99 Mining. There are two main ways to achieve this goal which have been split up into different categories.

  1. Fastest Experience Method
  2. Money Making Method

Pickaxes

Level Image Axe Name
1 Bronze Pickaxe
1 Iron Pickaxe
6 Steel Pickaxe
21 Mithril Pickaxe
31 Adamant Pickaxe
41 Rune Pickaxe

Fastest Experience Method

Levels 1-15: Copper and Tin Ore

  • Experience Per Ore: 17.5
  • Ores Needed to Mine: 138

Copper and Tin can be found in almost every mining location, but the most common areas to mine them are in the Varrock South-East Mine, Varrock South-West Mine, or the Al Kharid Mine.

Levels 15-65: Iron Ore

  • Experience Per Ore: 35
  • Ores Needed to Mine: 12,772

Mining Iron Ore is the fastest experience up until about level 65. Experience can be as much as 50K per hour. There are many locations to mine Iron Ore but there are only a few locations where the rocks are arranged such that there are 3 around one tile, meaning you don't have to do any walking. At level 50 Mining, Iron Ore was tested to give 43K experience per hour in a full world with 3 rocks around the player.


One of a few locations where there are 3 iron ores surrounding one tile.

At level 50 mining, we calculated that mining Iron Ore and dropping it will get you about 43K experience per hour. This will obviously be much greater with higher levels.

Optional for Levels 40-65: Coal

  • Experience Per Ore: 50
  • Ores Needed to Mine: 8,245

Mining Coal isn't as fast as mining Iron Ore, however, it is a common method to use. The most favoured location are at the Coal Trucks West of Seers' Village. Once your inventory is full, use the coal trucks to put your Coal into which you can later bank in Seers' Village.

Alternatively, you can mine Coal at the Grand Tree mine. It is said to be slightly faster there and no energy potions are necessary.

At level 53 Mining, experience rates average at around 17K experience per hour.

Levels 65-99: Granite

  • Experience Per Ore: 50-75 (depending on size)
  • Ores Needed to Mine: Anywhere between 167,801 and 251,701

Mining Granite is the fastest experience of all ores. Experience per hour can be as high as 60K or as low as 40K. Granite can be found in the Quarry located South of the Bandit Camp. Because it is in the desert, you must bring waterskins and it is highly recommended to bring desert robes to reduce the need for water.

If you have access to the Lunar Spellbook, you can use the Humidify spell to fill the waterskins when they run out.

Money Making Method

This method is designed to make you a good amount of money while training to 99 Mining at a fairly fast pace. Prices change overtime, so it's best to check prices before continuing.

Levels 1-15: Copper and Tin Ore

  • Experience Per Ore: 17.5
  • Ores Needed to Mine: 138

Copper and Tin can be found in almost every mining location, but the most common areas to mine them are in the Varrock South-East Mine, Varrock South-West Mine, or the Al Kharid Mine.

Levels 15-40: Iron Ore

  • Experience Per Ore: 35
  • Ores Needed to Mine: 995

Mining Iron Ore is the fastest experience and the most profitable ore to mine up until level 40. There are many locations to mine Iron Ore but there are only a few locations where the rocks are arranged such that there are 3 around one tile, meaning you don't have to do any walking.

The closest mine-to-bank location is at the Piscatoris Fishing Colony.

Levels 40-85: Gold Ore

  • Experience Per Ore: 65
  • Ores Needed to Mine: 49,560

There are a few locations that are good for mining Gold Ore, however, the absolute best location is at the Brimhaven North-Western Mine by setting up your house to be located in Brimhaven so that you can use Teleport to House and a Ring of Duelling or an Amulet of Glory.

At level 52 Mining, experience rates average at around 15K experience per hour when mining Gold.

Levels 85-99: Runite (Rune) Ore

  • Experience Per Ore: 125
  • Ores Needed to Mine: 78,207

Mining Runite Ore is where you'll not only spend most of your time, but you'll also make the most of your money at this stage. The two best locations to mine Runite Ore are deep in the Wilderness or in the Heroes' Guild Mine. Note that the Heroes' Guild Mine is usually more populated with other miners.

After mining the ore, switch worlds over and over again until you have a full inventory as it takes 12.5-25 minutes for the Runite Ore to respawn.

If mining in the Wilderness, make sure to bring some food and a teleport tab. It is recommended to log out if you see someone who looks like they would PK you.

There are multiple ways to get out of the Wilderness when your inventory is full. One method is by running to the Mage Arena lever, pulling it, and banking there. Another method is by running to the King Black Dragon's lair and teleporting out (you must be in the lair to teleport away). The last method is to run South until you're able to teleport out at level 20 Wilderness.

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