Runescape Mining Guide
Mining is Runescape is one of the most loved and practised skills. Who wouldn't love hitting rocks all day, finding rare gems, and dumping ore into your bank, then going back to chip at those rocks all day? No, seriously, mining is a big money maker in Runescape, especially when you hit those high-levels.
The mining skill is pretty interesting. The greater you increase in level, the greater variety of ores you have to mine, and the greater variety of pickaxes you can use increases. Also, certain ores that were pretty time-consuming for you to mine previously become easier and easier to mine as your mining level increases.
Here is a table explaining what pickaxes you're able to use at certain levels:
Pickaxe --- Level to Use
Bronze Pickaxe --- 1
Iron Pickaxe --- 1
Steel Pickaxe --- 6
Mithril Pickaxe --- 21
Adamant Pickaxe --- 31
Rune Pickaxe --- 41
You also have a variety of ores your able to mine at different levels. For example, at level 1 you can only mine Rune Essence, Clay, Copper and Tin. At level 10 you can mine Blurite and Limestone, and at level 15 your open to mine the wonderful ore Iron. There are obviously many more different ores you can mine at greater levels, but it'd take a real long time to list them all.
There is always a great demand for certain ores, and that's because the mining skill is entwined with the smithing skill. Smithing allows people to use ores, smelt them in a furnace to make metal bars, and then smith those metal bars in order to create various pieces of armour and weaponry. There are a lot of people in the world of Runescape who craft their own armour instead of having to spend a lot of money buying it. There are even some who can craft Rune armour as well!
It's very important to find good places to start mining, the better places are usually nearer to the banks for easy depositing to save time. One good mining place to start out is the mines that are south-east of Varrock (with the closest bank being the east Varrock bank).
In merchanting, many people prefer to merchant ores because of this massive demand for them. For example, coal is a supplement to ores which is necessary when smelting to get steel, mithril, adamant and runite bars; and so it has an absolute massive demand and so people merchant coal because of this. Experience coal miners can usually make a lot of gold pieces supplying this demand for coal.
Overall, mining is a very popular skill and easy to get into. To begin all you really need is a pickaxe and some time. The rest will follow! -:)
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