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A size-4 crashed star

Shooting Star is a Mining Distractions and Diversion, introduced with the 2 September 2008 gaming update. It is available to all players. Stars can be mined for experience in addition to a daily reward.

A fast guide for solo star hunters can be found here.

Introduction[edit | edit source]

Shooting Stars fall from the sky every two hours or so. They generally fall across all worlds within fifteen minutes of each other. If players reach the core of the star before the next star falls on that world, a Star sprite appears and gives rewards.

Seconds before the star lands, a shadow is cast which players can examine to read: The shadow of a shooting star. There is also a sound while the shadow is visible and when the star lands. If the shooting star lands on top of the player, you will walk out of the star, then begin mining. Additionally, logging into a world while standing on the spot of the star will allow the player to clip into the star itself, moving out when clicking elsewhere, or attempting to mine the star.

Requirements & Recommendations[edit | edit source]

There are no level requirements to mine a fallen star, however higher mining levels are recommended for higher tiered stars. Furthermore, players should consider bringing the following:

Getting started[edit | edit source]

A still-falling star viewed through a telescope.

Locating[edit | edit source]

Star crash sites[edit | edit source]

Members may make use of a telescope to reveal the area in which the star will fall. In each area, there are a number of predetermined locations in which the star may actually land. There will generally be a mine or bank within the given area.

The only way to locate the actual crash site is to search each possible crash site in the given area until the star is found. The following areas are available for all players.

Al Kharid[edit | edit source]

Name: Location Fastest way to get there World Map location
Al Kharid bank Next to cart, north west edge of Palace.
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Al Kharid mine
a.k.a. Scorpion mine
In the mine north of Al Kharid and west of the Duel Arena.
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Duel Arena bank chest At the Duel Arena west of the hospital area and south of the entrance to the Mage Training Arena.
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Asgarnia[edit | edit source]

Name: Location Fastest way to get there World Map location
Crafting Guild Inside the Crafting Guild by the gold rocks. (40 Crafting required to enter)
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Shooting Star (Crafting guild) location.png
Artisans' Workshop To the north of the Artisans' Workshop in south-eastern Falador
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Shooting Star (Falador east bank) location.png
Rimmington mining site In the centre of the big mine north of Rimmington.
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Falador west mine In the mine east of the dark wizard tower, north of Makeover Mage, west from Falador.
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Crandor[edit | edit source]

Name: Location Fastest way to get there World Map location
Southern Crandor mine The south-western mining area on Crandor. Accessible via the underground tunnel though the Crandor and Karamja Dungeon after Dragon Slayer. Enter the dungeon via the entrance atop Karamja Volcano, south-east of the entrance to TzHaar City.

To get to the Karamja volcano:

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Fremennik lands or Lunar Isle[edit | edit source]

Name: Location Fastest way to get there World Map location In-game view
Keldagrim entrance mining site (Keldagrim mine) In the mine located south of cave entrance to Keldagrim.
  • Fairy ring to DKS
  • Enchanted lyre teleport
  • House teleport if house in Rellekka
  • Slayer ring to Slayer dungeon, then head north
  • Arctic Bear teleport (Requires 71 Summoning)
  • Fremennik lodestone home teleport
Shooting Star (Keldagrim entrance) location.png
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Jatizso mine (outside above the mine proper) To the right of the mine's entrance on north-west Jatizso. Go through west gate to reach.
Shooting Star (Jatizso) location.png
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Lunar Isle mine Aboveground at the ladder to the Rune essence mines on Lunar Isle. Watch out for the aggressive suqah, which can deal heavy damage.
Shooting Star (Lunar Isle) location.png
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Managing Miscellania mining site A few squares south of coal mine on Miscellania.
Shooting Star (Miscellania) location.png
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Central Fremennik Isles mining site (Neitiznot Drakolith mine) From Neitiznot, go across the first bridge to where the Ice troll runts are and it will still be green grass not white snow, then as far east as possible. Take some food against the aggressive trolls.
Shooting Star map grassy island north of Neitiznot.png
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Rellekka mining site The mining site in the fenced off area inside the town of Rellekka.
  • Enchanted lyre teleport
  • House teleport if house in Rellekka
  • Fairy ring to AJR or DKS
  • Fremennik lodestone home teleport
Shooting Star (Rellekka) location.png
Click for in-game view.

Kandarin[edit | edit source]

Name: Location Fastest way to get there World Map location In-game view
Legends' Guild mining site (Ardougne eastern mine) At the mine south-west of the Legends' Guild.
Shooting Star (Legends' Guild) location.png
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South-east Ardougne mining site (Monastery mine) At the iron rocks north of the monastery, south of East Ardougne.
Shooting Star (south of East Ardougne) location.png
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Coal truck mining site In the middle of the coal rocks that supply the Coal trucks. Crossing the balance log requires 20 Agility.
Shooting Star (Coal Trucks) location.png
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Yanille Bank (Magic Guild) In Yanille, between bank and Magic Guild.
Shooting Star (Yanille) location.png
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Fight Arena mining site The mining spot north-east of Yanille, south-west of Port Khazard.
Shooting Star (Port Khazard) location.png
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Karamja[edit | edit source]

Name: Location Fastest way to get there World Map location In-game view
Karamja north-western mining site (Horseshoe mine) North west of Brimhaven, near the northern gold mines north of the summoning obelisk. Often called the "Horseshoe mine" by shooting star hunters, due to its shape.
Shooting Star (Brimhaven north-western mining site) location.png
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Brimhaven mining site At the gold rocks south of the entrance to Brimhaven Dungeon.
Shooting Star (Brimhaven dungeon entrance) location.png
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Karamja mining site (Nature mine) In the mine west of the Nature altar. Near the direct centre of the Karamja landmass. Often called 'Nats' or 'Nature mine' by shooting star hunters.
Shooting Star (Karamja) location.png
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Shilo Village mining site Next to the gem rocks in Shilo Village north-west corner.
Shooting Star (Shilo Village) location.png
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Kharidian Desert[edit | edit source]

Name: Location Fastest way to get there World Map location In-game view
Uzer mining site At the necrite mine north of Uzer. North-east of the Desert hunting area.
Shooting Star (north of Uzer) location.png
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Nardah mining site (Desert gold mine) (Vulture mine) At the mine just west of the place on the world map labelled "Vultures".
Shooting Star map north of Sophanem.png
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Nardah bank Just south-east of the bank in Nardah.
Shooting Star (Nardah) location.png
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Western desert mining site (Granite and sandstone quarry) In the centre of the granite and sandstone quarry
Shooting Star (Quarry) location.png
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Misthalin[edit | edit source]

Name: Location Fastest way to get there World Map location
Lumbridge south-east mine In the Lumbridge swamp, just north of the eastern mining area.
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Varrock South-East mine South of the mine south-east of Varrock, outside the fence.
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Shooting Star (south-east of Varrock) location.png
Varrock South-West mine
a.k.a. Champions' Guild mine
Southern end of the mine south-west side of Varrock, west of the Champions' Guild.
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Aubury's Rune Shop South-east of Varrock's eastern bank, between the bank and the rune shop.
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Shooting Star (Varrock east bank) location.png
  1. ^ a b The destination of the Varrock Teleport spell can be changed by the Varrock achievements

Piscatoris, Gnome Stronghold or Tirannwn[edit | edit source]

Name: Location Fastest way to get there World Map location In-game view
Gnome Stronghold Bank In the Gnome Stronghold, near the stairs to the bank in the middle of the stronghold. South-west of the spirit tree.
Shooting Star (Tree Gnome Stronghold) location.png
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Lletya bank Inside the lodge of Lletya, a bit south of the entrance.
Shooting Star (Lletya) location.png
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Piscatoris mining site A few squares south of the mining site just south of Piscatoris Fishing Colony.
Shooting Star (Piscatoris) location.png
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Morytania or Mos Le'Harmless[edit | edit source]

Nearby Bank/Mine Location Fastest way to get there World Map location In-game view
Burgh de Rott Bank About 10 squares north-east of the bank.
Shooting Star (Burgh de Rott) location.png
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Canifis Bank Right next to Canifis bank. North-west side of the bank.
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Mos Le'Harmless bank North-east of the Mos Le'Harmless docks.
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Wilderness[edit | edit source]

Name Location Fastest way to get there World Map location
Wilderness (Level 6) South mine
a.k.a. Zamorak mage/Abyss mine
North of the Mage of Zamorak that teleports one to the Abyss. East of the Obelisk of Air.
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Shooting Star (north of Edgeville) location.png
Wilderness (Level 9) South-West mine North of the Black Knight's Fortress and north-west of Edgeville
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Shooting Star (south of Dark Warriors' Fortress) location.png
Wilderness Volcano Just north of the south-east entrance to the Wilderness Volcano, outside of the volcano's crater. North of the Wilderness (Level 14) Volcano mine.
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Shooting Star (Wilderness Volcano) location.png
Wilderness (Level 35) Hobgoblin Mine North of Dark Warriors' Fortress and Bandit camp.
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Wilderness (Level 47) Lava Maze mine At the phasmatite rocks north-east of the caged greater demons, north-west of the Lava Maze.
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Wilderness (Level 54) Pirates' Hideout mine South of the mine, west of the Mage Arena.
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Mage Arena bank Level 56 Wilderness, north of the Mage Arena entrance
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  1. ^ The destination of the Varrock Teleport spell can be changed by the Varrock achievements

Mining[edit | edit source]

Size9star.png Shooting star
Mining levelMining-icon.png 1
OutputStardust
CoreX mark.svg
Rock stats
Durability1
Hardness0
Multiplier1
Base ore0

Shooting stars come in sizes from 1 to 9. Players can find out how large the star is by examining it or prospecting it. Additionally, prospecting it will reveal the progress to the next level. (See Star sizes below for experience for each star size.)

The first person to mine the star will be rewarded with Mining experience equal to 75 times their Mining level. This is called a tag. You do not need a pickaxe to get the tag, though you cannot mine the star further without a pickaxe. This player's name will also be added to the Shooting Star Noticeboard in the house north of the Observatory.

Each layer of the star is mined from 0% to 100%, at which point the outermost layer sloughs off and the star's size is reduced by one. The amount left to mine of the current layer can be determined by prospecting while mining. The more people mining a star, the faster getting through the layers.

Players will receive stardust as they mine the star, receiving experience every time a piece of stardust is mined. Players can only own a maximum of 200 stardust at a time.

A Size-9 Crashed Star.

Stardust can be banked, but the 200 maximum counts stardust in your bank as well. If 200 stardust has been reached, experience will still be received for mining in exactly the same manner as with lower amounts stardust.

Once the final layer (when the star is size one) is fully mined, a star sprite will be released, and players will not be able to mine any more. The star sprite in the remains of its star can be spoken to in order to exchange stardust for a reward (See Rewards, below). Star sprites will reward only once per day; a day is the 24 hour period beginning at 00:00 (UTC). The star sprite will stay for ten minutes before eventually disappearing.

If the star is not fully mined and the sprite not released by time the next star falls, the rock vanishes without an opportunity to exchange star dust. However, stardust need not be exchanged at the star at which it was received, meaning that if a player mines some dust but didn't manage to break open the star, they could still exchange it with the star sprite in the next star.

Notes

  • The Star fall cycle will reset during a system update and stars on the ground before the update will vanish.
  • It is possible that the telescopes of two POH will show different timers. (For example, one might say its 10–12 minutes away while the other says 9–11 minutes). In this case the landing time is narrowed down to the time when the timers overlap (In this case in 10–11 minutes)
  • At very infrequent intervals the star will fall in a different kingdom than the one named. This may happen on one world, or across many. Most instances of this glitch it has affected only a single fall, although it has lasted up to half a day.
  • Only one star can be crashed per given world at a time. If a star is not mined or finished being mined, it will automatically despawn when the star from the next wave arrives.
  • The following terms are very common amongst star hunters:
    • Scoper: When working in a team, the person remaining at the telescope to tell everyone when the star crashed.
    • Spotter: When working in a team, the people who stand at possible star landing sites and wait until the star lands at one of their spots. Once they have found the star they advise the Scoper and the other spotters.
    • Tag: To first reach the star and receive the exp for it (see rewards).
    • Teletubby/Tubby: nickname for the star sprite.
    • "To tub a star": To finish mining the last layer, releasing the star sprite.
    • Higher star sizes will give less total stardust than at lower sizes, so for the same number of miners, a high star size reduces to the next size faster than for a low star size.
Star size Number of stardust/star size
9 15
8 40
7 40
6 80
5 175
4 250
3 439
2 700
1 1,200

Rewards[edit | edit source]

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Claiming the rewards
The Star Sprite
  • The first person to click on the star will receive experience equal to 75 times their Mining level.
  • Stardust can be exchanged with a star sprite in a fully mined star for a reward determined by how much dust the player had with them, up to (for 200 stardust):
    • 152 cosmic runes (68,248)
    • 52 astral runes (25,428)
    • 20 gold stone spirits (7,540)
    • 50,002 coins
      • The GE values for these items currently add up to: 151,218.
    • A 15 minute mining boost to receive "double ore" when mining (The timer on the bonus pauses when logged out). However, the chance of getting an additional ore is actually +25%. This boost works on runite, as well as special ores such as red sandstone, bane ore, and corrupted ore. This bonus does allow the player to exceed the daily limit for mining red and crystal sandstone.
      • The extra ore bonus stacks with the Varrock armour or golden mining suit, so it is possible to mine three ores from one rock (only up to adamantite ore).
      • The extra ore bonus can be used at Red sandstone mine and Crystal-flecked sandstone mine to bypass the daily limit of these locations, and therefore is highly recommended.
      • It is possible to receive 4 ores at once while mining in Living Rock Caverns, having the extra ore bonus active and wearing the Varrock armour.
      • It does NOT seem possible to get the effects of this boost while mining with stone stone spirits in your inventory. Stone spirits will be used by default and the chance of an extra ore appears to be eliminated until stone spirits are banked or used up.
  • There is a chance that you mine geodes from various layers of the star. Wearing a charged amulet of glory increases this chance. Wearing a ring of wealth doubles the chances of receiving a metamorphic geode as opposed to an igneous geode. This has nothing to do with the stardust limit, meaning that you will keep getting geodes regardless of being maxed out on stardust.
The Shooting Star noticeboard

Treasure Hunter[edit | edit source]

A different distraction and diversion is chosen each week to give the player a Key token for simply participating. Once every 4 weeks, the player may gain a key token for mining a crashed star. Key tokens can only be received when the Shooting Star D&D is the designated D&D of the week.

In addition to obtaining extra key tokens for Treasure Hunter, players can receive D&D tokens for shooting stars, allowing them to exchange stardust with the sprite once more on top of the daily limit. Each token can be used once and players may only use one token per day, meaning the player can only exchange stardust with the star sprite up to a maximum of twice per day.

Scoreboard[edit | edit source]

In the Observatory professor's house is a noticeboard which lists the last five stars to be discovered on that world, how long ago they were, and who discovered them.

Achievement[edit | edit source]

It's Late and I'm Awake (RuneScore.png 10) – Hand in 200 stardust to a star sprite after mining a shooting star.

Update history[edit | edit source]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • patch 11 March 2019 (Update):
    • As Shooting Stars can now be mined at any level, their milestone entries on the Mining skillguide have been removed.
  • patch 14 January 2019 (Update):
    • Shooting stars have been re-enabled.
  • patch 9 January 2017 (Update):
    • Mining a shooting star will now give augmented pickaxes XP.
  • patch 4 January 2011 (Update):
    • Large crashed stars had a z-bias issue fixed.
  • patch 9 November 2010 (Update):
    • Shooting stars will now appear much sooner after a system update.
  • patch 8 April 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed a typo in the Shooting Star chat.
  • patch 20 January 2009 (Update):
    • The Shooting Star distraction and diversion code has been adjusted so that you're no longer given strange estimates of the next landing e.g. 1 hour 61 minutes should obviously be 2 hours 1 minute.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Stars used to land in bounty hunter worlds, but they would always land in the wilderness.
  • On 27 October 2011, as part of celebrations for measures against botting, the experience received for mining a star was tripled for the day, and the reward for exchanging stardust was improved. The experience received for finding a star was tripled, but the chance of receiving double ores was the same.
  • While looking through the telescope in your player-owned house, if a star is not in the sky, your player may say "Woah, It's full of stars!" This is a reference to the 1968 movie '2001: A Space Odyssey' and it's 1984 sequel '2010,' based on the novels by Arthur C. Clarke.
  • While looking through the telescope in your player-owned house, if a star is not in the sky, your player may also say "Oh no! A giant space spider is eating the moon!", followed by "Oh, it was just a spider crawling across the lens." This is likely a reference to 'The Shooting Star,' the 1948 Tintin adventure, in which a similar incident occurs.
  • On 2 April 2012 the Squeal of Fortune was updated to allow players to receive a spin ticket from the Shooting Star D&D. However, a ticket could only be obtained from this D&D when it was the designated Distraction and Diversion of the week. The Squeal of Fortune has since been replaced by Treasure Hunter.
  • As of 9 October 2017 the Shooting Star D&D can be played in F2P worlds.
  • Until the Mining and Smithing Rework on 7 January 2019, fallen stars required a Mining level ten times that of the stars tier (Size 7 star required 70 Mining). They also used to give gems occasionally.