Ore box

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An elder rune ore box

Ore boxes are items that store metal ores. Initially, they can store up to 100 of each ore, increased by 20 for certain ores at certain Mining levels (see table below). Completing the Everything Is Oresome achievement (90 Mining required, boostable) also increases storage by 20 for all ores, allowing up to 140 to be stored. These two effects are independent of each other.

Gold and silver ores can only be stored after completing the Family Crest quest and are not subject to storage increases, but are rather always limited to 100 ores each. If a player completed the quest whilst a member, they are still able to store gold and silver without membership.

The ore boxes can be made at an anvil.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

The ore box's left-click option, "fill", fills the box with all ores in the player's inventory. Ores (including noted ores) can also be individually used on the box to fill it with all ore of that type. A mouse-over tooltip is displayed showing the contents of the ore box sorted from the lowest to the highest tier. The ore box can be added to the action bar, and clicking it there allows filling of the box without interrupting mining.

The ore box cannot be emptied into a player's inventory. Once filled it can only be emptied into a bank, deposit box or metal bank. The "Deposit-All" option in the metal bank empties the ore box as well as having an "empty" option that works in the bank interface. With deposit boxes, the ore box must be used on it to deposit the contents without banking the ore box, as the empty option does not exist in the deposit box interface, but this does allow the player to return to mining. Simply placing an ore box into the bank also empties the box, placing all the ores stored within it into the bank. If there isn't enough space in the bank, the ore(s) will stay in the box while banked.

Ore boxes share storage between them, so there is no use in owning multiple boxes. The player cannot fill the ore box while carrying more than one of them in their inventory. Attempting to fill the ore box whilst carrying several of them simply results in the player character exclaiming "I can't hold all these ore boxes!", with no ore being added to the box.

A temporary boost in Mining level can increase the capacity temporarily.

Dying in the Wilderness with an ore box of any tier, if unprotected, will result in the box and all ores contained within dropping on the ground for the killer. If the player protects their ore box, any ores contained within the ore box will be dropped on the ground for the killer; however, the ore box will be kept.

If the inventory is filled by mining while carrying the ore box, the game displays a message that the player could fill the box, even if the material mined cannot be stored there (such as when the box is already full).

Types of ore boxes[edit | edit source]

Ore box Highest tier of
ore storable
Ingredients Mining level for
storage increase
GE price Cost of creation
(From scratch)[1]
Bronze ore box.png: Inventory image of Bronze ore boxBronze ore box Copper ore.png: Inventory image of Copper oreCopper ore
Tin ore.png: Inventory image of Tin oreTin ore
2 × Bronze bar 7 629 coins 1,090 coins
Iron ore box.png: Inventory image of Iron ore boxIron ore box Iron ore.png: Inventory image of Iron oreIron ore 1 × Bronze ore box
2 × Iron bar
18 2,399 coins 3,422 coins
Steel ore box.png: Inventory image of Steel ore boxSteel ore box Coal.png: Inventory image of CoalCoal
Silver ore.png: Inventory image of Silver oreSilver ore[2]
1 × Iron ore box
2 × Steel bar
29[3] 2,062 coins 5,280 coins
Mithril ore box.png: Inventory image of Mithril ore boxMithril ore box Mithril ore.png: Inventory image of Mithril oreMithril ore 1 × Steel ore box
2 × Mithril bar
37 5,010 coins 6,772 coins
Adamant ore box.png: Inventory image of Adamant ore boxAdamant ore box Adamantite ore.png: Inventory image of Adamantite oreAdamantite ore
Luminite.png: Inventory image of LuminiteLuminite
Gold ore.png: Inventory image of Gold oreGold ore[2]
1 × Mithril ore box
2 × Adamant bar
41[3] 10,646 coins 10,172 coins
Rune ore box.png: Inventory image of Rune ore boxRune ore box Runite ore.png: Inventory image of Runite oreRunite ore 1 × Adamant ore box
2 × Rune bar
55 19,529 coins 15,230 coins
Orikalkum ore box.png: Inventory image of Orikalkum ore boxOrikalkum ore box Orichalcite ore.png: Inventory image of Orichalcite oreOrichalcite ore
Drakolith.png: Inventory image of DrakolithDrakolith
1 × Rune ore box
2 × Orikalkum bar
66 11,396 coins 24,568 coins
Necronium ore box.png: Inventory image of Necronium ore boxNecronium ore box Necrite ore.png: Inventory image of Necrite oreNecrite ore
Phasmatite.png: Inventory image of PhasmatitePhasmatite
1 × Orikalkum ore box
2 × Necronium bar
72 20,999 coins 36,216 coins
Bane ore box.png: Inventory image of Bane ore boxBane ore box Banite ore.png: Inventory image of Banite oreBanite ore 1 × Necronium ore box
2 × Bane bar
85 29,078 coins 50,050 coins
Elder rune ore box.png: Inventory image of Elder rune ore boxElder rune ore box Light animica.png: Inventory image of Light animicaLight animica
Dark animica.png: Inventory image of Dark animicaDark animica
1 × Bane ore box
2 × Elder rune bar
95 146,503 coins 70,330 coins

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 14 January 2019 (Update):
    • It is now no longer possible to fill ore boxes when you have multiple of them on you.
  • patch 4 February 2019 (Update):
    • No longer autofill noted ores - you can still use the noted ores on the ore box to store them if you wish.
  • patch 28 January 2019 (Update):.
    • There is now a warning when attempting to alch or disassemble them.
    • Smithing and ore boxes are no longer allowed in New Varrock.
  • patch 7 January 2019 (Update):
    • You can make an ore box using the smithing skill. Depending on its upgrade level, it can store up to 100 of each ore.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • As of June 15, 2019, ore stored in ore boxes are not encumbering (meaning that they are not counted towards carried or worn weight of the player). It is unclear if this was intentional or a bug.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Using the price of bars bought from GE.
  2. ^ a b Silver and gold ores require completion of Family Crest to be stored in the ore box and metal bank. A player who has completed the quest may store gold and silver without membership.
  3. ^ a b Increase does not count for gold or silver ores, which are always limited to 100.