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Mining is the process of retrieving ore from the ground. Currently, most places known for mining are inside dungeons or mountainous regions. This skill is not available at trainers. To use, have a pick with mining ability equipped. Find a fresh ore vein and right-click your pick to start digging. Mining Picks are available at Smithing vendors for new prospectors. Deepmetal ore can only be mined using both the pick and the satchel

Mining veins are areas where the skill works. They are good usually for about 5 attempts (+/-) before becoming exhausted. The refresh time is around 30 minutes.

Items that assist with mining

Anti-Macro Bot

Occasionally, you will get a message to pop up in a color (Red, Blue, White) that will prompt you to enter a statement in order to continue mining. The following text will appear on your screen:

"!**You are being checked for unattended macroing. Enter the COLOR of this message into /cm passcolor within 3 minutes. Possible colors are RED BLUE WHITE.**! !**Syntax: /cm passcolor COLOR**!"

At this time, if the proper statement is entered, you will be blessed (unless already under the effects of a mining blessing).

Types of blessings are:

  • "You do not feel blessed this time" - Nothing happens
  • "You feel blessed with luck" - You will harvest ores more frequently while under the effects of this blessing.
  • "You feel blessed with a very agile mind" - Your mining skill will increase significantly faster while under the effects of this blessing.
  • "You feel blessed with unusual talent" - Not sure, possible temporary skill increase, allowing the harvesting of more advanced ores?

Blessings last approximately 3-5 minutes.

Experience gains

Mining is not a very difficult tradeskill, but rather time-consuming. Because of this, the experience gains from a skill-up are not substantial enough to consider this a way to gain levels. However, the mining skill doesn't have trivial levels so skill-ups will occur in the course of mining regardless of the type of ore you are mining.


Skill Level XP Gain
1 - 30 327
31 - 60 545
61 - 90 1090
91 - 120 1636
121 - 140 2181
141 - 160 2727
161 - 190 3272
191 - 220 4363
221 - 250 5454
Total 598770

How to mine

Mining Picks are available at smithing vendors for new prospectors. To mine, equip a Mining Pick, find a fresh ore vein, and right-click your pick to start digging. Wait until you get some sort of a result message before using your pick again. You will either mine some ore, get some loose rocks, or ruin the ore you were trying to mine. As your skill increases, you will get less ruin messages and gain the ability to mine more advanced ores. Mining veins are areas where the skill works. They are good usually for about around 5 attempts before becoming exhausted. The refresh time has been lowered to respawn every 30 minutes or so. There tend to be many ore veins in each location, so spend some time moving around after getting the "this vein is exhausted" message.


Required skill Ore type
0 Iron Ore
53 Copper Ore
80 Silver Ore
120 Dalium Ore
150 Mithril Ore
220 Obsidian Ore
235 Ghostmetal Ore
235 Warpmetal Ore
258* Deepmetal Ore
Note: *Requires Mastercrafted Mining Pick and Prospector's Satchel.

Helpful hints:

  • Mark mining spots on your map if you easily forget their locations.
  • Mining spots are often concentrated together. If they haven't been touched in a while, you can retrieve tons of ore and earn easy experience/skill in a relatively short amount of time.
  • Save the loose rocks you dig up and use a forge to turn them into Minerals - 10 Loose Rocks make 1 Minerals. Then combine 6 Minerals in a Forge to make a Mineral Dust (you can also buy from smithing merchants), a component of Temperings. You can set it aside for future crafting or sell it to a vendor for a bit of platinum.
  • Ore is heavy, but a stack of 20 ores weighs the same as a single ore.
  • If you don't like repetitive right-clicking, just click, hold, and drag your primary slot into your hotkeys.
  • Be nice to your fellow miners, work out areas you can mine without mining on top of each other. If not, you'll get the "Someone stole the ore you were working on" message.


Mining locations

Zones with ore deposits

On 11/30/06, Wiz wrote: There are over 40 mineable zones in the game.
Keep seeking out those mines and add them here!


Zone Prospector's Satchel Location Ore type Comment
Blackburrow This zone has significant ore deposits. Cave to the left of Centaur Hills zoneline, with gnoll diggers in. Copper, Silver #
Cyrtho Malath This zone has almost no ore deposits. ? Deepmetal #
Eastern Badlands This zone is extremely rich in ore. In valley beside path leading to King's Pass. Silver, Ghostmetal #
Everchill Caverns This zone has almost no ore deposits. ? Mithril #
Everfrost This zone has a Small amount of ore deposits. Around Halas zoneline. Iron #
Faentharc Woods This zone is rich in ore. In gemathian caves. Dalium, Mithril #
Fearstone Keep This zone has a Small amount of ore deposits. ? Copper, Silver #
Fire Grottos This zone has a Small amount of ore deposits. ? ? #
Great Divide This zone is rich in ore. Mines in south-eastern corner of zone. Copper, Mithril #
Halas This zone has almost no ore deposits. Around Everfrost zoneline. Iron #
Halls of Mielech This zone has almost no ore deposits. In the room with miners. Dalium #
Heartland Plateau This zone is extremely rich in ore. Goblin Caves, eastern zone area. Dalium, Mithril Additional: Carbonite Ore
Lake Starfall This zone has significant ore deposits. Island chain south of Mansion of Portals. Not in game - ore deposits never added #
North Kaladim This zone has a Small amount of ore deposits. ? Ghostmetal #
Obsidian Shard Mountains This zone is extremely rich in ore. Most rocky areas. Iron, Obsidian #
Oggok Mines This zone has significant ore deposits. tunnels where the lesser minerites roam ? Mining skill 250 and +8 with items, 200 attempts nothing but rocks.
Red Sun Mines This zone is rich in ore. ? Mithril, Obsidian #
Red Sun Peaks This zone is very rich in ore. Various spots scattered on the hills. Not in game, ore deposits never added #
Ruins of First City This zone is extremely rich in ore. Passage and platform behind entrance hall, more spots deeper in zone. Deepmetal #
Sadri Malath This zone is very rich in ore. Plenty of ore almost anywhere on main island on rocky ground. Iron #
Steamfont Mountains This zone is rich in ore. In the mines in north-eastern corner of zone. Copper, Silver #
Stormkeep This zone has almost no ore deposits. ? Iron #
Sundered Mountains This zone has significant ore deposits. In tunnel to The Rust. Warpmetal #
Surefall Glade This zone has significant ore deposits. In hidden caves behind waterfall and behind treants. Iron #
The Bloodied Quarry This zone has significant ore deposits. ? ? Sparse ore veins with few attempts each. No ore found out of 6 veins.
The Deepshade This zone has almost no ore deposits. ? ? #
Thurgadin This zone has significant ore deposits. In mines area. Iron, Copper #
Tunnels of Lasanth This zone has significant ore deposits. Inside pools area of tunnels. Copper, Warpmets #
Underhill This zone has a Small amount of ore deposits. Cave in northern zone area. Iron Must be Small race or shrink.
Valley of Erimal This zone has almost no ore deposits. Inside tunnel. Iron, Copper #
Western Wastelands This zone has significant ore deposits. In tunnel to Siren's Grotto. Dalium #

Zones without ore deposits

Zones within which the Prospector's Satchel reports: "There is no ore in this zone."

See also