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Shooting stars, Runescapes' Distractions and Diversions
Now I have 99 woodcutting I decided to work on my mining a bit, I have set myself a challenge to get all my stats to 80 and probably farming as my next 99, but I set about getting 80 mining, I use my normal trick of taking ore mining coal and superheating addy bars on site, click here to review my guide. I had help from my Lava Titan giving me a 10 mining boost, click, click, click, click, click, click, heat and repeat, not as boring as click * 28 then bank but still very boring, I had heard about people getting mining xp from the meteors from the Distractions and Diversions mini game and decided to give it a go.
I went to my house and had a look out of the telescope, it said a meteor was going to land in the next 1hr 20 minutes to 1hr 40 minutes (similar time but for indication only), I went and did some farming and came back after 1hr 20 min and the meteor was going to land in 0 to 20 minutes, I trotted off to the area and ran around the mines and banks looking for it, I couldn't find it so I went back home and it was still going to land in 0 to 7 minutes, I couldn't see any point in running around so I kept looking through the telescope until it no longer gave a time, I then quickly teled to one of the likely sites and ran around all the sites that it may land, I eventually found it next to the magic shop with a tele-tubby stood in the middle, poop I got there too late, it must have been a low level star because it only lasted a few minutes at most.
I wasn't going to be beaten and decided to try again, went to my house and had a look, made a note of the time and trained a skill until the time it was estimated to land, I then went back to my house and watched until the time was not given and teled to the first likely place, it wasn't there so ran to the next and there was a ring of white dots on the mini map, I ran around and started to mine the level 4 star getting mining xp and star dust.
The mining xp was good so I decided to train on shooting stars a bit more, the next day I found a quiet world and found a star on my own I got the finders xp and continued to mine for 20 minutes before someone else turned up.
First you need a telescope in yours or someone else's house, you can use the one at the observatory but home is a lot more convenient.
You will get an indication as to when and where it will drop, If you have a friend have a look through the telescope you will have a different set of time scales so you can narrow it down even more, Use the latest minimum time and the earliest maximum time from both players.
Your time 1hr 20 minutes to 1hr 40 minutes
Friends time 1hr 30 minutes to 1hr 50 minutes
Narrowed time 1hr 30 minutes to 1hr 40 minutes
Using a better telescope reduces the size of the drop window, a mahogany scope reduces the window to 2 minutes, this makes it a lot easier to plan your star hunting time around your skill times.
Go and train a skill and wait until your drop window and get to your house just before, you will have an indication where it will drop so have tele runes and jewellery to tele to the places and some super energy pots so you can keep running.
Keep looking in the telescope, look then close the window then look again when its in the time window as soon as it stops showing a meteor tele to the first place and run to the next location as quickly as possible until you locate it.
Apparently the higher level shooting stars give more xp per star dust, I haven't checked yet but I do know you will get more xp from the lower level stars, I guess the xp is greater at higher levels but because you have a higher mining level than the requirement for the small stars the xp will be less but more often, you can watch the xp shoot up frequently on the small stars.
The shooting star will drop in predetermined areas and there are about 6 places for each area, its luck if you get it the first time.
Places it may fall are
• By the mine entrance North East Falador
• The mine over the wall West of Falador
• Rimmington mine
• Mine Inside the Crafting guild (Brown apron required)
• Falador Square
• East mining guild
Crandor or Karamja
• Crandor mine - north or south
• Brimhaven, near metal dragon dungeon entrance
• Nature altar mine North of Shilo Village
• Shilo Village gem mine
• Gold mine on the peninsula North of Brimhaven
Fremennik lands or Lunar Isle
* The mine in Rellekka
• The mine in Miscellania
• The mine ladder North West of Jatizso
• North East Neitznot, South of the rune rock peninsula
• Mine South of entrance to Keldagrim, East of Relleka.
• Essence mine North East Lunar Isle
• Coal Trucks Near Seers
• Outside Yanille bank
• Near Monastery Mines
• Mine East of Ardougne, south of legends
• Mine North East of Yanille and South West of port khazard
• Outside Nardah bank
• Clay Mine North of Uzer
• Vultures Gold Mine North West of the Agility Pyramid
• Outside Al Kharid bank
• Scorpion mine North of Al Kharid
• Duel Arena near hospital
• Quarry, South of the bandit camp
• Lumbridge Swamp west or east mine
• Varrock west or east mine
• East Varrock, beside the magic shop
Morytania or Mos Le'Harmless
• North of Canifis bank
* North of Burgh de Rott bank
• South of Mos Le'Harmless bank
Piscatoris, the Gnome Stronghold or Tirannwn
• South of the fishing colony, North East of Fairy ring AKQ
• Gnome Stronghold - North of bank, west of spirit tree
• Lletya South of the Elf teleport crystal destination
• Skeleton mine
• Zamorak mage mine
• Bounty Hunter banker
• Hobgoblin Mine
• Rune rocks
* Pirates' Hideout mine
* Outide Mage arena bank
These are places located by myself and friends and may not be conclusive, if you know any more please let me know.
If you can not access all places you can change world and find a meteor landing somewhere else, you can even mine 1 and change world and mine another one.
After you have 200 stardust you can no longer mine any more until you trade it in with the star sprite in the centre of the star, after trading in you can mine a further 200 stardust but not trade in until the following day, even with it in your bank you will not gain any more stardust.
Even if you do not get stardust you will still get good mining xp so it is well worth doing.
Shooting Star Hunting Clan Chat
You can join a clan with other shooting star hunters, this will make locating a star a lot easier, the problem is you will have many hunters mining the same star and a high level star will be demolished very quickly giving you little star dust and little xp, clans are for social meetings not for xp so I would suggest you avoid them.
There is a small benefit with clans and that is you can monitor different worlds, if you finish 1 star on one world you can hop and mine another on a different world.
I had found that out myself from a player I was mining with yesterday, probably about the same time you wrote the comment, I had to train a construction level to get one but I am going for 80 in all stats as a goal, I now have 78 construction, just high enough to build a mahogany telescope with a gilded cup of tea and a magic saw.
Make tea & use your Crystal Saw... And you can put one in at level 78 Construction..... (As already noted)
Or... With Evil Dave's Stew (+6 Bonus) and your Crystal Saw.. You can put it in at 75 Construction....
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