This article is about clay as it is mined. For the form of clay used mainly in Crafting, see Soft clay. For the rock that clay comes from, see Clay rock.
Clay detail

Clay (sometimes called hard clay to distinguish it from soft clay) is a material that players can obtain with level 1 Mining, to gain 5 Mining experience. When mined, it almost spawns instantly.

Players can mine clay rocks at the following locations:

If a player uses water on clay, soft clay is created. This is used to make pottery in Crafting, furniture in Construction, and Magic tablets.

If a bracelet of clay is worn while mining, soft clay is mined instead. Clue geodes are still obtainable when using a bracelet of clay.

It is rare to find a gem in a clay rock.

Dropping monsters

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Imp 2; 7 2 3; Uncommon
Mutated zygomite 74; 86 1 3; Uncommon


  • Clay is the fastest respawning rock as it respawns in just one game tick.
  • Since clay is rarely fought over, beginners will find it an easy way to get a small start on Mining. However, it is very inefficient and anyone who wish to train Mining should move on to copper, tin, or iron.
  • The closest mining spot to bank for clay in F2P is at West Varrock Mine, except for the Crafting Guild (however, it does require a Crafting level of 40).
  • Players can get 200M experience by mining exactly 40,000,000 clay.
  • Training Mining with clay from level 1 to 99 would require a total of 2,606,887 pieces of clay be mined, which would turn a profit of 344,109,084 if sold at 132 each. It takes about 1 minute to mine 28 clay using a Rune pickaxe and about 1 minute to bank and return, so this means about 840 clay per hour for a total of 3,104 hours of work.