Old School RuneScape Wiki
This article is about the ore. For the rock, see Coal rock.

Coal detail.png

Coal is one of the most important mined materials in RuneScape, as it is required to smelt all smithable metals above iron (other than gold or silver), in increasing amounts. It is a necessary ingredient to make elemental, steel, mithril, adamant, and rune bars.

Coal can be mined by players with a Mining level of 30 or higher, granting 50 Mining experience per ore mined. After being mined, a coal rock takes 30 seconds to respawn.

27 pieces of coal can be stored into one inventory space by using a Coal bag, obtained from Prospector Percy's Nugget Shop for 100 golden nuggets at Motherlode Mine.


Along with a sufficient Smithing level, the primary ingredient to make bars is the metallic ore itself and the secondary ingredient is a number of coal. Half the amount of coal is required if using the Blast Furnace.

Obtaining coal

As with most natural resources, mining coal is the most efficient way to acquire it.

Below is a list of popular locations; for a complete list, see coal rock page.

Free areas

Member areas

Members can also get coal by having the subjects of Miscellania gather it upon completion of Throne of Miscellania. In order to gain coal, players must put a number of coins in the coffers and set the subjects so that they will be mining. They will automatically mine coal and a few gems.

Additionally, coal can be purchased from Ordan's Ore Seller shop, which is located downstairs in the Blast Furnace factory in the eastern side of Keldagrim. It can also be bought at the Ore store ran by Hring Hring in Jatizso. It sells the ores at a lower price than at blast furnace, but it has a much lower quantity in stock. The stock quantity does restore quickly, however.

Dropping monsters

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Chaos dwarf 48 1 2; Common
Rockslug 29 1 2; Common
Mountain troll 69; 71 3 (noted) 2; Common
Cerberus 318 120 (noted) 2; Common
Abyssal Sire 350 180–220 (noted) 2; Common
General Graardor 624 115–120 (noted) 2; Common
Young impling N/A 1 3; Uncommon
Earth impling N/A 1 (noted) 3; Uncommon
Dwarf 10 1 3; Uncommon
Thug 10 1 3; Uncommon
H.A.M. Guard 12; 18; 22 1 3; Uncommon
Moss giant 42 1 3; Uncommon
Small Lizard 12 1 (noted) 3; Uncommon
Desert Lizard 12; 24; 42 1–2 (noted) 3; Uncommon
Ice troll runt 74 3 (noted) 3; Uncommon
Ice troll male 98 3 (noted) 3; Uncommon
Ice troll grunt 74 3–6 (noted) 3; Uncommon
Dagannoth Rex 303 100 (noted) 3; Uncommon
Zulrah 725 200 (noted) 3; Uncommon
Ice troll female 82 1–3 (noted) 4; Rare
Ice troll 120; 121; 122; 123; 124 3 4; Rare


  • In the game, mining coal gives a higher chance of receiving gems than other mining spots. In real life, it is the same as coal beds can usually supply the needed pressure and carbon for gems to form.
  • Coal is not an ore; ore requires extraction to obtain the element, whereas coal is found in its usable form.
  • As a joke around Christmas time, some players give coal to other players saying it's because they have been very naughty this year, e.g. killing innocent guards, picking people's pockets, etc.
  • It's possible for two players to receive coal if they are mining it at the same time.
  • The examine text states "Hmm a non-renewable energy source!", a reference to coal in real life as it cannot be replenished once extracted.

See also