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Pay-dirt is obtained whilst mining ore veins within the Motherlode Mine. Mining pay-dirt grants 60 Mining experience and requires a minimum Mining level of 30. Pay-dirt can be cleaned by depositing them into the hopper in the centre of the mine. Once cleaned players must search a sack to claim their ores, which is dependent on the player's Mining level. Pay-dirt cannot be deposited in the bank.

Players have a 7/255 (2.74%) chance of obtaining a golden nugget per pay-dirt[1], which can be used to purchase the prospector outfit from Prospector Percy's Nugget Shop.

What the pay-dirt becomes is determined at the time it is mined. If using a temporary boost, to try to get ore above your level, use the boost while mining, as opposed to using the boost at the hopper and sack.


  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 8 Jun 2015. Mod Ash: "Sorry, I just rechecked. It's actually a flat rate of 2.74% at all levels for a paydirt to become a gold nugget."
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