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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 rock20%30%
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 deposit20%30%
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
Abandoned Mine Yes 36 Haunted Mine
Coal truck mine Yes 12 None
Desert Mining Camp Yes 3 Tourist Trap
Desert Quarry Yes 2 None
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
Managing Miscellania mine Yes 6 Throne of Miscellania
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 105 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.

Transmutation[edit | edit source]

Divination Level Initial resource Energy Result DivinationXP Profit/loss
29 3 Iron ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Iron oreIron ore 2 Bright energy.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bright energyBright energy 1 Coal.png: RS3 Inventory image of CoalCoal 6 -1,329
63 3 Coal.png: RS3 Inventory image of CoalCoal 2 Vibrant energy.png: RS3 Inventory image of Vibrant energyVibrant energy 1 Mithril ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril oreMithril ore 13.3 -398

Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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Adventurer's chestN/A Reward4–6UnknownF2P icon.png
Christmas cracker crateN/A Reward1CommonF2P icon.png
Falador resource bundleN/A Reward1–2UnknownF2P icon.png
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.