Mining is one of the original non-combat skills preferred by skillers. Mining is often the skill newcomers to Old School Runescape try to train first. This is clear from the mine South-East of Varrock which is constantly populated in all free-to-play worlds.
To effectively train Mining for OSRS gold and EXP, players have very few options in the early levels. There are two good mines for the first two ores Copper and Tin. One of the mines lie South-East of Varrock. Mining here is generally not recommended on free-to-play worlds. There is rarely a free ore in this mine as many new players and some bots are constantly farming Copper and Tin ores for Old School Runescape gold and Mining EXP.
The other mine is highly recommended as it is rarely populated by more than one player even on free-to-play worlds. This mine lies South-East of Lumbridge, the starting town for new players. There are plenty of Copper and Tin ores in this mine even for 2?3 players and the Bank of Lumbridge is quite close even when compared to the Varrock mine.
Leveling on Copper and Tin ores until 15 is the way to go as there is no other efficient way to gain Mining EXP. From level 15 onwards on Free-to-Play worlds there is also only one ore worth the time ? Iron. Iron ores grant an immense amount of EXP and are worth a fair amount of OSRS gold on the Grand Exchange. Leveling with Iron ores for Old School Runescape gold should be done in the Dwarven Mine. There is an option to go to the Al-Kharid mine if the player intends to drop Iron ores. Of course, mining this way will not grant any OSRS gold.
Membership in Old School Runescape grants lots of benefits and these often include easier skill leveling with more zones or more comfortable routes from the bank to the mining area. Members also have access to Varrock Sets of armor that can grant 2 ores instead of one when mining.
Players with Membership have to options when leveling Mining for OSRS gold early on. One is to complete Doric?s Quest and The Digsite which grant enough experience to skip straight to level 32. After that mining Iron Ore is the best way to get to 75. Another option is to do the usual 1?15 Copper/Tin and 15?75 for Iron Ores. Members have access to additional areas to farm Iron Ores in the Mining Guild. Other good areas for mining include the Lovakengj mine, the Piscatoris mine, the Al Kharid Mine, Fossil Island valley (near the mushtree) and the Resource Area (level 51 Wilderness).
Iron Ores have a decent price of Old School Runescape gold on the Grand Exchange. Powermining by dropping ores on the ground once mined is of course much more effective EXP per hour but players cannot get any OSRS gp for their efforts.
From level 75 onwards Members should mine only Granite with the 3-tick method. While much more click intensive and less AFK than any other mining method, this grants the largest amount of EXP per hour. For profit players can mine ores like Runite and sell them for a large amounts of Runescape gold on the Grand Exchange. Pure skilling, of course, is a slightly slower way to gain Runscape gold than other methods but it also is more fun and grants more EXP in skills.
Smithing is often combined with Mining when skilling due to the ingredients required for Smithing. In Old School Runescape, Smithing EXP can be gained either by creating Bronze to Rune bars or by creating items out of them. Smithing is also one of the most expensive and in some cases the most profitable skill in Runescape due to the wide variety of items that can be created and sold on the Grand Exchange for Runescape gold.
One of the easiest way to gain a lot of Smithing EXP in Old School Runescape is to start out by doing The Knight?s Sword quest. This quest grants nearly 13 thousand exp instantly moving the Smithing skill from 1 to 29. Leveling in other ways is not recommended due to the quest being such an effective source of EXP.
From level 29 the best source of EXP per OSRS gold and per hour is creating Platebodies. From 29 to 33 Bronze Platebodies, 33?48 Iron Platebodies, 48?68 Steel Platebodies, 68?88 Mithril Platebodies, 88?99 Adamant Platebodies are the best sources of EXP respectively. Remember that selling platebodies on the Grand Exchange can grant some Runescape gold but usually will not give too much profit due to the cost of either bars or ores.
Smithing is a simple skill to level up but is also one of the most expensive ones out there. If you intend to buy ores or bars for RS gold at the Grand Exchange, prepare to spend millions of gp!
As usual with Old School Runescape and Runescape 3, membership adds a lot of opportunities and content to the game. Leveling Smithing to 99 is no different. One of the largest additions in Old School Runescape P2P Smithing is the Blast Furnance. Blast Furnance requires slightly more running around but reduces the coal required to smelt a bar by 50%.
Early levels of Smithing will be quite similar to the OSRS Smithing F2P guide. Leveling from 1 to 29 should be the with The Knight?s Sword quest, 29 to 30 with a few Bronze items and 30 to 40 with any smithable Iron item.
Members have a lot more opportunities from 40. A quick way to get to 99 is to smelt Gold Bars at the Blast Furnance. This method costs a lot of Old School Runescape gold due to the price of gold ore and takes some setup as Goldsmith Gauntlets are required to get the most EXP per hour. Unfortunately, smelting Gold Bars this way is a net loss in Runescape gold and getting to 99 will cost around 64m GP.
Another way to level Smithing for members is to use the Blast Furnance to smelt Steel Bars. Steel is the first bar that requires coal. Generally, Steel Bars are a net loss but due to the Blast Furnance mechanics, they can turn a large profit if sold for RS gold on the Grand Exchange. Having a Coal Bag and Ice Gloves can increase the amount of Steel Bars created per hour.
Steel bars will be the best option for most members as they can be started at the Blast Furnance from 30 (instead of 40) and can turn a profit. Even if the bars are not sold on the Grand Exchange, they can be turned into Cannonballs or Dart tips for more OSRS gold.