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This article is about the ore. For the rock it's extracted from, see Runite rock.

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Runite ore can be obtained through the Mining skill in various places throughout Old School RuneScape by mining a runite rock. It requires level 85 Mining and grants 125 Mining experience. The ore can be smelted with 8 coal through the Smithing skill to form a runite bar, which can then be smithed into various rune weapons and armour.

Runite ore is the most difficult ore to obtain as it is usually found in the Wilderness or other high-risk locations, has very few available rocks to mine from, and it has an exceptionally long respawn time of 12 minutes, prompting most players to switch worlds frequently while mining.

Dropping monsters

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Corporeal Beast 785 20 (noted) 2; Common
King Black Dragon 276 1 3; Uncommon
Dark beast 182 1 (noted) 3; Uncommon
Zulrah 725 2 (noted) 3; Uncommon
Lizardman shaman 150 3–5 (noted) 3; Uncommon
Cerberus 318 5 (noted) 3; Uncommon
Abyssal Sire 350 6 (noted) 3; Uncommon
Rune dragon 380 3–5 (noted) 3; Uncommon
Gargoyle 111 1 3; Uncommon (1/64)
Brutal Black Dragon 318 3 (noted) 4; Rare
Grotesque Guardians 248&228 3–6 (noted) 3; Uncommon


Name Location Requirement Rocks Threat? Notes Members? Map
Frozen Waste Plateau Wilderness Level 53 - Ice Plateau None 3 PKers and various mid-level monsters (namely Ice warriors, Ice giants, and Ice spiders) West of Mage Arena Bank. Yes Frozen Waste Plateau map.png
Lava Maze Runite Mine Wilderness Level 46 - North-west of Lava Maze None 2 PKers and Deadly red spiders North-west of Lava Maze. No Lava Maze map.png
Heroes' Guild Mine Heroes' Guild Heroes' Quest 2 Giant bats By some crates. Yes Heroes' Guild dungeon map.png
Central Fremennik Isles Mine Neitiznot Isle Fremennik Isles 1 Trolls North-west of Neitiznot across a bridge on the central isle. 7 Coal rocks also found here. Yes Neitiznot Rune Mine.png
Mourner Tunnels Mine Mourner Tunnels Mourning's Ends Part II 1 Dark beasts Wear Mourner gear. Yes Mourner Tunnels & Temple of Light map.png
Lava Maze Dungeon Mine Wilderness Level 44 - Lava Maze Dungeon None 1 PKers, Poison spiders, and Black dragons Past a maze in the centre of Lava Maze, where the Lava Maze Dungeon's eastern entrance can be found. Yes Lava Maze Dungeon map.png
Fossil Island Mine Fossil Island Bone Voyage 2 None East of campsite bank chest Yes Fossil Island map.png
Myths' Guild Mine Myths' Guild Dragon Slayer II 2 None Western side of Corsair Cove Dungeon in Myths' Guild basement Yes Corsair Cove Dungeon map.png

Respawn rate

As of 17 July 2014 and according to the Boss Pets and Spawn Rates update:

Spawn rates of pretty much everything in Old School will now be consistent throughout all worlds...[and] resources and monsters now spawn at a standardised rate throughout all worlds regardless of how many people are currently online.
— Mods Alfred, Ash, John C, Mat K, Reach, Ronan & Weath

That means runite ore spawns at a standardised spawn rate, which is 12 minutes after it was last mined, no matter how many players are on a world. Whether it's zero or 2000 players in a single server, all ore across the game will respawn at the same rate.

Other way of obtaining

Another way of obtaining runite ore is through the Motherlode Mine. With a Mining level of 85 or higher, one can wash pay-dirt and have a small chance of receiving runite ore along with 75 experience. Also, this can be done at 82 Mining utilising the dragon pickaxe special. It is also possible to obtain runite ore at 75 Mining, but this only applies in blast mining, where you get a 10+ mining boost.