This Distraction and Diversion has been rated as Standard Risk. See the minigames page for a definition of high and low risk.
Have you ever wished for a more fun way to train Mining? Perhaps you are bored of dropping ore and want to be rewarded as well as gaining impressive amounts of experience. Whatever your wish may be, it is just a shooting star away!
Shooting Star has you exploring RuneScape to find these heavenly beings. The point of finding one is so that you can mine it for the experience and rewards. Shooting Stars are categorised according to size, ranging from 1 to 9. Higher level stars require higher Mining levels to break, but will yield more experience. Below is a table showing the different Star sizes, the Mining level required to mine them, and the amount of experience each level of Stardust gives.
*If you are the first one to find a crashed star, you will be rewarded with extra Mining experience (Level x 75), as well as having your name posted on the Shooting Star Noticeboard at the Observatory.
As you mine the star, you will collect Stardust, which can be redeemed for rewards later on. In order to free the Star Sprite and claim the rewards, you must first locate a star. When you find one, mine at it with a pickaxe to break the star down. Higher levelled stars will take longer to completely break, as whenever a star breaks, it will lower by 1 size. To reach the Star Sprite, you must reduce the size to 0. This is mostly a group effort, as other players will be hunting and mining these stars as well.
Locating the Shooting Star is the main part of this minigame. The first thing you should do is go to your player-owned house (or someone else's house) and look at the skies using the telescope in the Study. This will give you an estimate as to when the star will crash, as well as the general area. Note that if the telescope is blocked by a room built in front of it, it will not work.
A Wooden (Oak) telescope gives a 24 minute window for the landing, and a Teak telescope gives a nine minute window, but a Mahogany telescope gives a very accurate two minute window for the landing.
The telescope will always give a hint as to where the star will land, but it refers to a large territory in Runescape, usually containing 5 to 7 possible landing sites. The table below lists the hints and the potential locations that go with that hint. Alternatively, you can open this map to view the regions:
Below is a table that has information on star locations. Stars are usually located near a mining site, so those should be the first places to look when searching for one. They occasionally land near a bank.
When you finally reach the Star Sprite, he is willing to offer you rewards depending on how much Stardust you collected. These rewards include:
*These are the rewards for getting the full 200 Stardust. If you get less than 200, you may find that your rewards will be somewhat less than listed.
**Mining two ores stacks with wearing Varrock armour, making it possible to mine three ores from a single rock if both effects occur.
There are certain restrictions to the rewards. You may only have up to 200 Stardust at one time. You may not mine anymore even if you bank it, and there is no drop option, only destroy (Stars can still be mined for experience though). Finally, the Star Sprite will only reward you once per day.
On certain weeks, Shooting Star will award all players who take part in it spin tickets for the Squeal of Fortune. To access this reward, simply attempt to mine some stardust from a fallen star.
You can check whether this Distraction and Diversion is offering spin tickets by checking the Squeal of Fortune in-game.
These are some things to keep in mind whenever you go star hunting:
Original Guide by: manoman
Special Thanks to: Iglw & Zaaps
Thanks to: Aurhora, Baffler, Cowman_133, D_Jeff, Dark_Aura, darkblade986, doggyd, hotdogcore, Howlin0001, imjosh, jaa_master, Jaffy1, Khil01, Krazyboy6000, onuasdad, pokemama, Vhellcat, Vulxai, Warriormonkx, Wachtwoord, Zaaps1
Last updated by: Saradomin_Mage
Last updated: 23-May-2012
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