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Motherlode Mine
Motherlode Mine
Kingdom Asgarnia
Main Music Pick & Shovel
Levels 1
Strongest Monster None
Quests None
Inhabitants/Race Humans and dwarves
Dwarven Mine map
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Prospector Percy chathead

The Motherlode Mine is a Mining training area that was added to Old School RuneScape on 24 April 2014. It is located in the Dwarven Mine and was discovered by Prospector Percy. Players can enter the caverns from the southern portion of the Dwarven Mine under Falador and Ice Mountain.

There are no quest requirements necessary to enter this area. Players must have at least level 30 Mining to mine here, and you will need to be P2P.



Mining ore veins

A player mining an ore vein in the Motherlode Mine.

Players can mine the ore veins within the mine. Players will collect pay-dirt, which can be mined for 60 experience each. A maximum of twenty-four may be mined in one vein.


When finished mining, players can clean the pay-dirt by depositing it into hopper at the water circuit. The player will be able to see their pay-dirt flowing toward the sack at the other end of the water circuit; note that if the player logs out before their pay-dirt reaches the sack, it is NOT lost. After cleaning the pay-dirt, players receive Mining experience for cleaning the ore, which can then be retrieved from the sack. Players can receive ores that range from coal to runite, depending upon their level. Ores are determined when mined from the vein, so a player can receive ore above their current level if they use a mining boost such as a dwarven stout or the dragon pickaxe's special attack.

Motherlode fixing

A player fixing a waterwheel.

Ore Level Experience
Coal Coal 30 0 experience
Golden nugget Golden nugget 30 0 experience
Gold ore Gold ore 40 15 experience
Mithril ore Mithril ore 55 30 experience
Adamantite ore Adamantite ore 70 45 experience
Runite ore Runite ore 85 75 experience

Once the sack is filled with at least 81 pay-dirt, the player may no longer deposit pay-dirt and must first begin emptying the sack before more can be deposited. In about 3 full inventory loads, the player will receive a message saying that the sack is getting full, which will let you know you must empty it (The sack can hold 104 pay-dirt if you do 4 inventory loads of 26 ore).

Occasionally, the water wheels may break; players must carry a hammer to fix them. Hammers can be found in several of the crates, which surround the machine. Fixing the machine gives players Smithing experience equal to 1.5 times their level (e.g. A player with 50 Smithing will gain 75 Smithing experience for fixing). Alternatively, you can get a hammer out of the crate closest to the hopper. Simply deposit your pay dirt, take the hammer, repair the wheels, then drop the hammer. This saves a spot in your inventory which, over long periods of time, can easily add up.

Rock fallsEdit

Occasionally in certain areas of the mine, there may be rock falls blocking the players way. These can be mined granting 10 experience, but more will fall soon, and if the player is in the way, the player can take 1 damage.

Shortcut Edit

There is a shortcut on east side of the Motherlode Mine, which leads to the middle. To use this shortcut, players require an Agility level of 54 and completion of the medium Falador Achievement Diary.

Golden nuggetsEdit

Golden nugget detail

Golden nuggets are obtained randomly depending on your Mining level by searching the sack after cleaning the pay-dirt. They are the currency used at Prospector Percy's Nugget Shop. Percy will sell players the prospector kit, the coal bag, the gem bag, and soft clay packs, which contain 100 soft clay.


Motherlode Mine XP and ProfitEdit

Note: All rates are rough estimates and may vary; based on Mod John C's forum post on 22 April 2014.

XP/Profit per hour Level 31 Level 41 Level 61 Level 70 Level 85 Level 99
Mining XP per hour 22,006 26,055 29,260 30,325 32,952 35,140
Profit per hour 10,000 69,000 100,000 134,000 174,000 210,000

Iron ore vs Granite vs Motherlode MineEdit

Level Iron Ore Granite [1] Motherlode Mine
31 Mining-icon 28,560 N/A 22,006
41 Mining-icon 42,000 N/A 26,055
61 Mining-icon 49,350 40,410 29,260
75 Mining-icon 52,290 48,400 30,325
85 Mining-icon 52,290 55,490 32,952
99 Mining-icon 52,290 61,740 35,140
  1. Granite requires 45 Mining, so it can only be mined at said level or higher.


  • On the western side of the mine, there is an NPC named Runite Minor, who is named after the designer of the Motherlode Mine and winner of the 2014 Player Designed Content.

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