Idleon Mining Build Guide – Increase Efficiency (Gear, Cards, Build)

Last Updated on April 3, 2024 by Samuel Franklin

Maximise your ore gains with our Idleon mining build guide designed for your Warrior classes to increase efficiency in the early game (up to World 3). Regardless of your current progress in Idleon ensuring a steady stream of copper, iron, gold and beyond to fuel your various account upgrades and equipment crafting is a common challenge. With new players constantly stuck on how to mine the next ore in progression this beginner mining guide will help you advance.

With World 3 introducing players to the printer where you can snapshot your mining setup for passive resource printing this guide is intended for players up to this point in progression. Beyond this stage there are so many sources of general skill efficiency and less mining specific optimisation to make that reaching your mining goals will happen naturally as you progress through respective world content mechanics. Guides for all other classes and skills are available on our Idleon builds page.

Table of Contents:
Mining Talents (Warrior, Barbarian/Squire & Special)
Mining Gear
Mining Cards
Mining Alchemy
Other Mining Build Optimisations

Mining Build Talents (Warrior, Barbarian and Squire)

Warrior class talents are the first element of a mining build and the largest early game impact to increase mining efficiency. They should be utilised as follows in approximate order of priority for tab 1 and tab 2 talents:

Talent Effect Notes
Brute_EfficiencyBrute Efficiency Increases skill efficiency The primary skill for mining efficiency that offers a large percentage increase.
Idle_SkillingIdle Skilling Increased skilling AFK gains Boosts ore gain and experience while AFK.
Big_PickBig Pick Bonus mining efficiency Boosts mining efficiency substantially, this must be placed on your attack bar to benefit from the effect.
Tool_ProficiencyTool Efficiency Increases mining power of equipped pickaxe Increases every 10 levels that make mining levels useful in boosting your efficiency.
Motherlode_MinerMotherlode Miner Increases multi-ore drop chance Increases the chance of dropping multiple ores that significant improves ore gained. There is also an alchemy bubble and star sign that provide this stat which combined cap at 300%.
Copper_CollectorCopper Collector Increases mining efficiency based on Copper Ore in storage Holding significant copper in your storage chest translates to mining efficiency although this is generally one of the weaker sources early game as you will have lower amounts of copper.
Haungry_For_GoldHaungry For Gold Increases golden food bonuses Boosts the golden peanut effect which improves efficiency.
Tempestuous_EmotionsTempestuous Emotions Increases mining experience gained Boosts experience gained to improve your mining levels and empower tool efficiency or equip new stronger pickaxes.
Health_OverdriveHealth Overdrive Increases HP % An alchemy bubble unlocked in World 2 turns your HP into mining efficiency which this percentage boost improves.
Health_BoosterHealth Booster Increases HP Same as above but this is a flat increase to HP.
Fist_of_RageFist of Rage Increases strength A small boost to mining by increasing your strength.
Absolute_UnitAbsolute Unit Increases strength Same as above.
Firmly_Grasp_ItFirmly Grasp It Temporarily boosts strength The first point provides 16 strength making this first point highly effective with future points being equivalent to Fist of Rage or Absolute Unit.

Tab 3 skills for either Barbarian or Squire should be considered as follows:

Talent Effect Notes
Super_SamplesSuper Samples (Squire) Increases sample size (World 3) With World 3 unlocked this allows you to snapshot a larger amount of your ore gains for automatic printing although does not boost your mining gains while AFKing at an ore node.
Shieldiest_StatuesStrongest/Shieldiest Statues Increases effect of statues Boosts the benefit of mining statues that you have accumulated to date that provide mining power.
STR_SummoreSTR Summore Increases strength Another source of strength to obtain.
Fistful_Of_ObolFistful of Obols Increases strength from obols Improves the strength gained from obols which is generally quite small and a low priority talent.
Back_To_BasicsBack to Basics Gives extra talent points for the Warrior tab (tab 2) If you need extra talent points in the previous tab this can help you max some of the stronger mining talents above.

Special Talents should be considered as follows:

Talent Effect Notes
Tick_TockTick Tock Increases away gains for fighting and skilling The best special talent for away gains and should be maxed first as it can be difficult to obtain this statistic elsewhere.
SupersourceSupersource Increases base efficiency for all skills Available through Party Dungeons this flat boost to your efficiency can be used to help you push early into Iron or Gold ore. Beyond this point it can still help when boosted by % mining efficiency.
Action_FrenzyAction Frenzy Increases speed for all skills. Also from Party Dungeons this skill increases your skilling speed for mining which is great for resources and also earning some of the important cards to boost your mining even further.
Attacks_On_SimmerAttacks on Simmer Boosts AFK gains for attack moves As Big Pick is considered an active skill you can get the benefit of gains by maxing out this special talent.
Frothy_MalkFrothy Malk Boost foods give higher bonuses While not effective early game to boost mining gains as you progress into W2 and W3 you’ll likely be focused on boost foods and potions to push mining gains further which this skill improves.
Toilet_Paper_PostageToiler Paper Postage Stamps giving skill efficiency have higher bonuses As your stamps reach higher levels this can be a notable boost although before this is not particular powerful.
Rando_Event_LootyRando Event Looty Increased AFK gains rate A small boost to AFK gains depending on your luck at random event loot.
Dummy_Thicc_StatsDummy Thicc Stats % all stat A small boost to stat as STR boosts your mining gains that grows increasingly powerful as your account grows.
Ubercharged_HealthUbercharged Health Increased base HP Boosts the gains from the alchemy bubble that turns HP into mining power.
Will_Of_The_EldestWill Of The Eldest Extra base stat Place enough points in this skill to match your highest level character divided by 10. For example if you have a level 73 character you want to place 7 points for a small STR boost.


Mining Gear

Equipment provide some of the largest boosts to mining alongside your talent selection and you should always strive to have the best pickaxe available to you with one for each ore type.

Equipment (Slot) Effect Notes
Viking_CapViking Cap (Helmet) 10% Mining Efficiency Anvil craft
Dirty_Coal_Miner_Baggy_Soot_PantsDirty Coal Miner Baggy Soot Pants (Pants) 5% Mining Efficiency Anvil craft
Cavern_TrekkersCavern Trekkers (Shoes) 20% Mining Efficiency Anvil craft, can be upgraded to Rough Rockers (35% mining efficiency)
Persephones_BouquetPersephones Bouquet (Pendant) 15% Skill Afk Gain Party Dungeons
Serrated_Rex_RingSerrated Rex Ring (Rings) 8% Skill Efficiency Party Dungeons (Rex Ring) then Baba Yaga drop for upgraded version
Gilded_Efaunt_Dislodged_TusksGilded Efaunt Dislodged Tusks (Cape) 10% Skill Efficiency Gilded Efaunt (W2 Nightmare boss)
Blunder_HeroBlunder Hero (Trophy) 3% Skill Afk Gain Scripticus (W1 town) quest line
King_of_FoodKing of Food (Trophy) 20% Food Effect Picnic Stowaway (W1 Froggy Fields) quest line
Time_Candy_ChainTime Candy Keychain (Keychain) 2-5% All Afk Gain Party Dungeons Tier 3 keychain


Mining Cards

Cards are another central mechanic to tap into to improve your mining gains with sources of afk gains and mining efficiency available here. Players can also pair this with a card set like ‘Easy Resources’ which is a good option due to the skill efficiency it provides. The primary cards to boost efficiency up to World 3 are below, players can also add in card drop rate and mining experience if required and fill any remaining slots with strength or HP.

Card Effect
50px-Iron_Ore_CardIron Ore % Total Mining Efficiency
50px-Platinum_Ore_CardPlatinum Ore % Mining Away Gains
50px-Dementia_Ore_CardDementia Ore % Mining Speed
50px-Void_Ore_CardVoid Ore % Total Mining Efficiency
50px-Bunny_CardBunny % Skill AFK gain rate
50px-Amarok_CardAmarok % Skill AFK gain rate


Mining Alchemy

Alchemy is the last of the big contributors to your overall mining gains and while small initially continues to grow alongside your account to provide a massive boost. While these are primarily in the orange cauldron there are also some bubbles in other cauldrons with my recommended priority order for bubbles being:

Alchemy Bubble (Number) Effect Upgrade Material
Blood (Orange #4)
Increase multi-ore chance (must be equipped) 36px-FlyFly
36px-OrangeBubble8Stronk Tools (Orange #8) Pickaxes give more skilling power 36px-Platinum_OrePlatinum Ore
36px-OrangeBubble3Hearty Diggy (Orange #3) Boosts mining efficiency based on max HP 36px-Jungle_LogsJungle Logs
36px-OrangeBubble2Warriors Rule (Orange #2) Orange passive bubbles give higher bonuses 36px-Spore_CapSpore Cap
36px-YellowBubble5Prowesessary (Yellow #5) Lowers efficiency requirements for skilling quantity drop multipliers 36px-Potty_RollsPotty Rolls
36px-PurpleBubble10All For Kill (Purple #10) Attack talents contribute more to AFK gains (similar to Attacks on Simmer talent) 36px-Veiny_LogsVeiny Logs
36px-OrangeBubble1Roid Ragin (Orange #1) Total strength (STR) 36px-Oak_LogsOak Logs

For alchemy vials that boost mining players will want to unlock the Void Ore vial that provides mining efficiency.

Other Mining Build Optimisation

In order to truly min-max your mining output players will want to use every single Idleon mechanic available. While I’ve covered the largest contributors above when you are looking to progress further you will need to use these options which still contribute to mining gains but require a little extra effort to obtain or provide smaller boosts. These extra mining optimisations include:


Mining Star Signs

Star signs for your Idleon mining build with players equipping as many as possible based on their current maximum star signs. In order of priority I recommend:

  • Dwarfo Beadus (+5% Mining Efficiency +20% Multi-Ore Chance)
  • The Big Comatose (+2% Skill AFK Gain)
  • The OG Killer (+5% Carry Cap +1% Skill AFK gain +2% All Skill Prowess)


Mining Food

Food can often be an overlooked way to gain some efficiency and players should equip the following foods where possible based on availability and number of food slots in this order:

Food Item Effect Source
Icing_IronbiteIcing Ironbite Increases Mining Speed by 15% Anvil
Golden_PeanutGolden Peanut Increases Mining Efficiency Anvil
Golden_JamGolden Jam Increases Max Health W1 Colosseum or Picnic Stowaway
Small_Life_PotionSmall Life Potion Increases base HP (30) W1 Shop
Average_Life_PotionAverage Life Potion  Increases base HP (120) W2 Shop
Decent_Life_PotionDecent Life Potion  Increases base HP (250) W3 Shop


Mining Statues

For statues you want to make sure that you give as many to the W1 statue as possible from your miner although from W2 onwards there is an item that allows all characters in your account to share statue progress.

Statue Effect Source
Mining_StatueMining Statue Increases Mining Power Crystal Monsters & W1 trees
Health_StatueHealth Statue Increases Base HP  Crystal Monsters
Feasty_StatueFeasty Statue Increases Food Bonuses  Crystal Monsters


Mining Stamps

There are a number of stamps that boost your mining prowess in Idleon where you can invest resources for further gains. The below are the key mining focused stamps and doesn’t include the HP or strength stamps:

Stamp (Tab) Effect Source Resource
Pickaxe_StampPickaxe (Skills) Mining Efficiency Mr Pigibank Oak Logs
Twin_Ores_StampTwin Ores (Skills) Multi-ore Chance Sheepie (W3 Mob) Thief Hood
Cool_Diggy_Tool_StampCool Diggy Tool Stamp (Skills) Mining Efficiency Snowman (W3 Mob) Iron Hatchet
Potion_StampPotion Stamp (Misc) Food Effect Papua Piggea Quest Icing Ironbite
Golden_Apple_StampGolden Apple Stamp (Misc) Golden Food Effect Mutton Quest Golden Nomwich


Mining Build Post Office

The post office can be a long journey to unlocking boxes for various fighting and skilling character builds. It is still an important contributor though and I recommend you focus on placing your boxes in the following priority order for your primary miner:

Box Effect
50px-Mine_ShipmentDwarven Supplies +% Mining Efficiency
+% Prowess Effect
+% Mining AFK Gains
50px-Health_ShipmentLocally Sourced Organs + Base Max HP
+% Max HP
50px-Food_ShipmentCarepack From Mum +% Health Food Effect
+% Boost Food Effect

Mining Build Obols

Obols are another small boost to mining potential with personal and family obol pages to fill for maximum gains. While you will eventually acquire some sources of AFK gains later in your Idleon adventure during the early game you’ll primarily want to target mining obols that are only available through the alchemy liquid shop.


Mining Build Shrines

Shrines are fairly basic when it comes to mining given there are no direct boosting shrines for mining but there are two available in W3 that provide some benefit while you swing your pickaxe at the ore nodes of the W1 mines.

Shrine Effect
Isaccian_ShrineIsaccian Shrine Increases Max HP
Primordial_ShrinePrimordial Shrine Increases AFK gain


Mining Build Prayers

There are two prayers available that will benefit your mining gains with Skilled Dimwit being easy to acquire while Zerg Rushogen will take significantly longer as it requires sufficiently levelled wizard towers for the tower defence mini game.

Prayer Effect Source
Skilled_DimwitSkilled Dimwit Increased skill efficiency
Decreased skill experience gain
Goblin Gorefest Wave 25
Zerg_RushogenZerg Rushogen Increased AFK gain rate
Decrease carry capacity
Goblin Gorefest Wave 121

Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team and enjoys video games across all genres and platforms.

Idleon has secured its place as one of Sam’s favourite games due to its nostalgic MapleStory vibes and the ability to play while working on Games Finder reviews, articles and guides. He also enjoys the optimisation challenge of the various game mechanics introduced in each new world that provide new opportunities to maximise his damage and printer output. With thousands of hours played Sam is regularly pushing the highest levels of Idleon content as he looks to make small percentage account gains while sharing his experience with other players.

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for this guide, I had no idea I’ve been making my miners really bad. You saved me.

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