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[1]
Ingredients 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 of creation
(Prior ore box + ores)[4]
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 7 1,509 coins -51 coins 407 coins N/A N/A
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
2 × Iron bar
18 7,639 coins 3,541 coins 4,533 coins 3,592 coins 4,126 coins
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
2 × Steel bar
29 8,177 coins 1,991 coins 3,633 coins -1,550 coins -900 coins
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
2 × Mithril bar
37 16,944 coins 8,868 coins 11,024 coins 6,877 coins 7,391 coins
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
2 × Adamant bar
41 30,108 coins 17,140 coins 19,892 coins 8,272 coins 8,868 coins
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
2 × Rune bar
55 40,912 coins 21,342 coins 24,846 coins 4,202 coins 4,954 coins
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
2 × Orikalkum bar
66 56,539 coins 22,035 coins 26,471 coins 693 coins 1,625 coins
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
2 × Necronium bar
72 86,265 coins 34,221 coins 38,897 coins 12,186 coins 12,426 coins
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
2 × Bane bar
85 121,094 coins 41,586 coins 47,090 coins 7,365 coins 8,193 coins
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
2 × Elder rune bar
95 195,687 coins 88,481 coins 99,791 coins 46,895 coins 52,701 coins
  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. ^ a b Using the price of ores bought from Grand Exchange.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • 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.