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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 have RuneScape membership.

FeaturesEdit

MiningEdit

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 may be mined in one vein.

CleaningEdit

When finished mining, players can clean the pay-dirt by depositing it into hopper at the water circuit. 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.

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.


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).

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 3-4 damage.

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 and soft clay packs, which contains 100 soft clay.

RatesEdit

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. Edit

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 34,325 38,952 46,140
Profit per hour Coins 10000 17,000 Coins 10000 25,000 Coins 10000 100,000 Coins 10000 134,000 Coins 10000 174,000 Coins 10000 259,000

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 34,325
85 Mining-icon 52,290 55,490 38,952
99 Mining-icon 52,290 61,740 46,140
  1. Granite requires 45 Mining, so it can only be mined at said level or higher.

TriviaEdit

  • 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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