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This article is about the type of ore. For the item used in the 2008 Easter event, see Bucket of coal.
Coal detail.png

Coal is a resource that can be obtained through mining coal rocks or concentrated coal rocks, requiring level 20 Mining, in various places around RuneScape.

Coal is required to craft elemental, steel and mithril bars. As players increase their Mining level and use higher tier pickaxes, they are able to mine coal at quicker rates.

Coal, like other mining resources, can be stored in an ore box. 100 coal can be stored in a steel ore box or higher. This capacity be increased by 20 at level 29 Mining and a further 20 with the completion of the Everything Is Oresome achievement.

Coal can be obtained through Managing Miscellania by having the player's subjects of Miscellania gather it for them. In order to gain coal, players must store money in the coffers and then set the focus of the subjects on mining. They will mine coal and possibly a few gem stones in the background for the player.

Mining[edit | edit source]

Coal.png Coal
Mining levelMining-icon.png 20Critical hit chance
SourceCoal rock10%15%
CoreYes check.svgMining-icon.png 25-
Stone spiritCoal stone spirit.png CoalRockertunity multiplier
GeodeSedimentary geode.png Sedimentaryx5x6
Rock statsMining-icon.png 21-
Durability140Double ore chance
Multiplier0.7Mining-icon.png 27-
Base ore1Geode chance
Varrock armour double chance10%15%
Varrock armour 1.png4%Mining-icon.png 23-
Coal.png Coal
Mining levelMining-icon.png 70Critical hit chance
SourceConcentrated coal deposit10%15%
CoreYes check.svgMining-icon.png 25-
Stone spiritCoal stone spirit.png CoalRockertunity multiplier
GeodeIgneous geode.png Igneousx5x6
Rock statsMining-icon.png 21-
Durability500Double ore chance
Multiplier0.8Mining-icon.png 27-
Base ore5Geode chance
Varrock armour double chance10%15%
Varrock armour 1.png4%Mining-icon.png 23-

Mine locations[edit | edit source]

Mine Members Amount Requirements
(Managing) Miscellania mine Yes 6 Throne of Miscellania
Abandoned Mine Yes 36 Haunted Mine
Coal truck mine Yes 12 None
Desert Mining Camp Yes 3 Tourist Trap
Dwarven coal mine No 7 None
Falador west mine No 3 None
Gunnarsgrunn mine No 4 None
Jatizso dungeon mine Yes 19 The Fremennik Isles
Keldagrim north-east mine Yes 6 Started The Giant Dwarf
Legends' Guild south-west mine Yes 4 None
Living Rock Caverns Yes 8 None
Lumbridge south-west mine No 3 None
Mining Guild No 8 60 Mining Mining
Miscellania Dungeon mine Yes 4 Part of Royal Trouble
TokTz-Ket-Dill mine Yes 7 TokTz-Ket-Dill
Trahaearn coal mine Yes 8 Plague's End

Value[edit | edit source]

The market price of coal is currently 118 coins. Coal maintained an average stable price of 175 coins prior to June 2009, but gradually rose to over 300 coins in the middle of 2010. After free trade was reinstated on 1 February 2011, the price briefly fell to an average 160 coins before it continued to fluctuate near 250 coins until 2013.

On 19 October 2015, during the Invasion of Falador event, double experience was awarded while training at the Artisans' Workshop. This caused the price of coal to rise dramatically, reaching an average Grand Exchange price of 492 coins on 24 October 2015, with a 7-day trading volume of 262,600,000.

Smithing[edit | edit source]

Smithing Level Primary Secondary Result SmithingXP Profit/loss
20 1 x Iron ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Iron oreIron ore 1 x Coal.png: RS3 Inventory image of CoalCoal 1 x Steel bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steel barSteel bar 3 211
30 1 x Mithril ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril oreMithril ore 1 x Coal.png: RS3 Inventory image of CoalCoal 1 x Mithril bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril barMithril bar 5 275

Transmutation[edit | edit source]

Coal.png Coal
Divination-Hourglass.pngMake-X GE icon.png
6 XP-?118
Divination Divination level29
P2P icon.png Members only
Bright energy 1.pngBright energy2138276
Iron ore.pngIron ore33641,092
Total price1,368

Uses[edit | edit source]

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ItemSkillsMaterialsGE price
Adamant ingot I.png Adamant ingot I
  • Smithing
Adamant ingot II.png Adamant ingot II
  • Smithing
Adamant ingot III.png Adamant ingot III
  • 70 Smithing
Adamant ingot IV.png Adamant ingot IV
  • Smithing
Divine coal rock.png Divine coal rock
  • 20 Divination
Elemental bar.png Elemental bar
  • 20 Smithing
Mithril bar.png Mithril bar
  • 30 Smithing
Mithril ingot I.png Mithril ingot I
  • Smithing
Mithril ingot II.png Mithril ingot II
  • Smithing
Mithril ingot III.png Mithril ingot III
  • 60 Smithing
Mithril ingot IV.png Mithril ingot IV
  • Smithing
Mithril ore.png Mithril ore
  • 63 Divination
Rune ingot I.png Rune ingot I
  • Smithing
Rune ingot II.png Rune ingot II
  • Smithing
Rune ingot III.png Rune ingot III
  • 90 Smithing
Rune ingot IV.png Rune ingot IV
  • Smithing
Steel bar.png Steel bar
  • 20 Smithing
Steel ingot I.png Steel ingot I
  • Smithing
Steel ingot II.png Steel ingot II
  • Smithing
Steel ingot III.png Steel ingot III
  • 45 Smithing
Steel ingot IV.png Steel ingot IV
  • Smithing

Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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Adventurer's chestN/A Reward4–6UnknownN/A
Christmas cracker crateN/A Reward1CommonN/A
Falador resource bundleN/A Reward1–2UnknownN/A
Festive cracker? Multicombat.png1; 50 (noted)CommonP2P icon.png
Glowing cracker? Multicombat.png25–100 (noted)CommonP2P icon.png
New Varrock guard56; 90 Multicombat.png11/128P2P icon.png
New Varrock guard captain104 Multicombat.png1UncommonP2P icon.png

Store locations[edit | edit source]

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SellerLocationCostCurrencyBase stockMembers?
Drogo's Mining EmporiumDwarven Mines42Coins 25.png Coins0F2P icon.png
Ore StoreJatizso42Coins 25.png Coins0P2P icon.png
Sani's Orefully Affordable StoreNew Varrock42Zemomark 25.png Zemomark10P2P icon.png

Disassembly[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 7 January 2019 (Update):
    • Adamant and runite now use luminite rather than coal as the secondary ingredient for smelting. Luminite can be mined at mining level 40.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Coal is not an ore. Ore requires extraction to obtain the element while coal is already in its usable form.
  • In RuneScape, coal rocks have a higher chance of awarding gems than other mined resources. One can observe this in the real world as well. In the real world, coal beds can supply the needed carbon and pressure that gems require to form.
  • As a joke around Christmas time, some players give coal to other players. This is a reference to a well known Christmas tradition where coal is given instead of presents to those who have been naughty that year. This was turned on its head during the 2009 Christmas event, where the naughty NPC Tiny Thom was delighted to have been given a lump of coal due to its market value.
  • Prior to the Mining and Smithing rework:
    • Coal was widely used in the Smithing skill. The looming changes caused the value of coal to steadily drop.[1][2]
    • The examine text of coal stated, "Hmm a non-renewable energy source!". This is a joke about coal in the real world as coal cannot be replenished once extracted.
    • Coal was also required for making adamant and runite bars, requiring 6 and 8 pieces of coal respectively. Steel and mithril bars also required 2 and 4 pieces of coal respectively.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mining and Smithing Rework concept first look!. 14 June 2016.*
  2. ^ Mod Osborne. "Mining & Smithing Rework Postponed." 29 July 2016. RuneScape News.