Ore box

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An elder rune ore box

Ore boxes are items that store metal ores.

Initially, ore boxes can store up to 100 of each ore, which is increased by 20 as the player reaches certain level milestones. After completing the Everything Is Oresome achievement, requiring 90 Mining, the maximum capacity for each ore except gold and silver is increased by a further 20, up to a maximum of 140.

Gold and silver ores can only be stored after completing the Family Crest quest at a maximum of 100 ore each. Gold and silver ore are not subject to storage increases due to increased mining levels or completion of Everything is Oresome. Members may continue to store gold and silver ore in their ore box on free-to-play worlds after completion of the quest.

The Bronze ore box can be smithed directly at an anvil. Ore boxes may be upgraded from the previous tier to a higher tier by adding two bars of the desired metal onto an existing ore box at an anvil. Ore boxes may only be upgraded one tier at a time, and players must have the relevant smithing level to upgrade them. Alternatively, players may purchase and use any of the available ore boxes from the Grand Exchange regardless of the player's mining level.

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, allowing the player to fill the box with a keybind.

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.

The metal bank can be viewed via the "View metal bank" option, but no items may be deposited or withdrawn from it.

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[1]
Ingredients XP (from Scratch) Mining level for
storage increase[2]
GE price Profit of creation
(From scratch - bars)[3]
Profit of creation
(From scratch - ores)[4]
Profit of creation
(Prior Ore box + bars)[3]
Profit per 100 XP
Prior + Bars
(Scratch - bars)
Bronze ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bronze ore boxBronze ore box Copper ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Copper oreCopper ore
Tin ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tin oreTin ore
2 × Bronze bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bronze barBronze bar 30 7 1,353 −1,061 301 N/A −2.83
Iron ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Iron ore boxIron ore box Iron ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Iron oreIron ore 1 × Bronze ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bronze ore boxBronze ore box
2 × Iron bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Iron barIron bar
80 (110) 18 6,544 −158 412 903 8.86
(−69.62)
Steel ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steel ore boxSteel ore box Coal.png: RS3 Inventory image of CoalCoal
Silver ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Silver oreSilver ore
1 × Iron ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Iron ore boxIron ore box
2 × Steel bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steel barSteel bar
150 (260) 29 13,831 2,551 4,545 2,709 5.54
(10.19)
Mithril ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril ore boxMithril ore box Mithril ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril oreMithril ore 1 × Steel ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steel ore boxSteel ore box
2 × Mithril bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril barMithril bar
240 (500) 37 24,161 10,083 13,169 7,532 3.19
(4.96)
Adamant ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Adamant ore boxAdamant ore box Adamantite ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Adamantite oreAdamantite ore
Luminite.png: RS3 Inventory image of LuminiteLuminite
Gold ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Gold oreGold ore
1 × Mithril ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril ore boxMithril ore box
2 × Adamant bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Adamant barAdamant bar
340 (840) 41 42,559 19,507 23,623 9,424 3.61
(4.31)
Rune ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune ore boxRune ore box Runite ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Runite oreRunite ore 1 × Adamant ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Adamant ore boxAdamant ore box
2 × Rune bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune barRune bar
480 (1,320) 55 53,522 20,540 25,724 1,033 46.47
(6.43)
Orikalkum ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Orikalkum ore boxOrikalkum ore box Orichalcite ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Orichalcite oreOrichalcite ore
Drakolith.png: RS3 Inventory image of DrakolithDrakolith
1 × Rune ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune ore boxRune ore box
2 × Orikalkum bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Orikalkum barOrikalkum bar
700 (2,020) 66 65,253 20,343 26,739 −197 −355.33
(9.93)
Necronium ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Necronium ore boxNecronium ore box Necrite ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Necrite oreNecrite ore
Phasmatite.png: RS3 Inventory image of PhasmatitePhasmatite
1 × Orikalkum ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Orikalkum ore boxOrikalkum ore box
2 × Necronium bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Necronium barNecronium bar
1,000 (3,020) 72 98,512 37,490 45,780 17,147 5.83
(8.06)
Bane ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bane ore boxBane ore box Banite ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Banite oreBanite ore 1 × Necronium ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Necronium ore boxNecronium ore box
2 × Bane bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bane barBane bar
1,400 (4,420) 85 160,648 85,056 93,972 47,566 2.94
(5.2)
Elder rune ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elder rune ore boxElder rune ore box Light animica.png: RS3 Inventory image of Light animicaLight animica
Dark animica.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dark animicaDark animica
1 × Bane ore box.png: RS3 Inventory image of Bane ore boxBane ore box
2 × Elder rune bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Elder rune barElder rune bar
2,000 (6,420) 95 200,075 95,265 114,439 10,209 19.59
(6.74)
  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Increase does not count for gold or silver ores, which are always limited to 100.
  3. ^ a b Using the price of bars bought from Grand Exchange.
  4. ^ Using the price of ores bought from Grand Exchange.

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • ninja 16 May 2022 (Update):
    • You can now check your metal bank from any tier ore box.
      • You may not deposit or withdraw items from the metal bank when opening it via the ore box.
  • patch 4 May 2021 (Update):
    • Using the 'Fill' and 'Inspect' options on an Ore Box will no longer interrupt actions.
  • patch 11 January 2021 (Update):
    • You'll no longer receive popup messages regarding deposits in the ore box when smelting gold or silver before completing Family Crest.
  • patch 15 June 2020 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue that would cause the 'Inspect' option on ore boxes to cut off words if the chat character limit was reached.
  • patch 24 February 2020 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue in which the contents of an ore box was being deposited into a player's inventory if the box had previously been placed into a full bank upon death.
  • patch 22 July 2019 (Update):
    • The Ore Box tooltip has been adjusted to stop visual clipping when using a large variety of ores.
  • 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]

  • Ore stored in ore boxes are not counted towards carried weight of the player.
  • The value of ores stored in an ore box is not counted by the Wealth evaluator.