Death rune

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Death rune
Death rune.png
Released24 May 2001 (Update)
Quest itemNo
ExamineUsed for medium level missile spells.
Value180 coins
High alch108 coins
Low alch72 coins
Weight0 kg
Respawn time200 ticks (120 seconds)
Grand Exchange
Exchange168 coins (info)
Buy limit25,000
Daily volume83,206,581
Advanced data
Item ID560
Death rune detail.png

Death runes are one of the runes used to cast spells in the Magic skill. They are required to cast medium-level missile spells, like Wind Blast, Water Blast, Earth Blast, and Fire Blast. Members with 65 Runecraft and who have completed Mourning's End Part II can craft death runes at the Death Altar by using pure essence on it, with each essence yielding one death rune. Each death rune yields 10 Runecraft experience. Players with 99 Runecraft will always craft two death runes per essence. Crafting death runes from essence is a requirement for the Hard Ardougne Diary.

Death runes can be bought from all Magic shops with a stock of 250, except for the Magic shop on Ape Atoll. Several monsters, such as ankous, nechryael, and dark beasts, commonly drop death runes. They can also be found in the Barrows Chest with at least 631[1] rewards potential.

Players can exchange a cat with the civilians in West Ardougne for 100 death runes, or 200 if they have completed the easy Ardougne diary. Kittens and lazy cats are not accepted, but overgrown cats are.

Barbarian Assault uses a unique variant of death runes that are untradeable and have an alchemy value of 0 to prevent potential exploits. Nightmare Zone also uses a variant, also being untradeable and having an alchemy value of 0, in addition to being unusable for non-combat spells.

Runecraft info[edit | edit source]

Runecraft Runecraft65 (b)10
2 runes per essence after level 99.
Member icon.png
Ticks1 (0.6s)
ToolsDeath tiara.pngDeath talisman.pngFacilitiesDeath Altar
Pure essence.pngPure essence12
Total Cost2
Death rune.pngDeath rune1168

Runecraft Runecraft65 (b)15
2 runes per essence after level 99.
Member icon.png
Ticks1 (0.6s)
ToolsDeath tiara.pngDeath talisman.pngFacilitiesDeath Altar
Daeyalt essence.pngDaeyalt essence1N/A
Total Cost0
Death rune.pngDeath rune1168

Runecraft Runecraft65 (b)10
2 runes per essence after level 99.
Accessible only in the Guardians of the Rift minigame.
Member icon.png
Ticks1 (0.6s)
ToolsNoneFacilitiesDeath Altar
Guardian essence.pngGuardian essence1N/A
Total Cost0
Death rune.pngDeath rune1168
Catalytic guardian stone.pngCatalytic guardian stone1N/A

Spells requiring death runes[edit source]

Spell Magic Magic Runes Type Spellbook
Lvl Exp
Wind Blast inventory image Wind Blast 41 25.5 3Air 1Death Combat Standard
Water Blast inventory image Water Blast 47 28.5 3Air 3Water 1Death Combat Standard
Iban Blast inventory image Iban Blast 50 30 5Fire 1Death +Iban's staff Combat Standard
Magic Dart inventory image Magic Dart 50 30 1Death 4Mind +Slayer's staff Combat Standard
Dark Lure inventory image Dark Lure 50 60 1Death 1Nature Combat Arceuus
Smoke Rush inventory image Smoke Rush 50 30 1Air 1Fire 2Chaos 2Death Combat Ancient
Shadow Rush inventory image Shadow Rush 52 31 1Air 2Chaos 2Death 1Soul Combat Ancient
Earth Blast inventory image Earth Blast 53 31.5 3Air 4Earth 1Death Combat Standard
Blood Rush inventory image Blood Rush 56 33 1Blood 2Chaos 2Death Combat Ancient
Skeletal Grasp inventory image Skeletal Grasp 56 33 8Earth 1Death Combat Arceuus
Resurrect Superior Ghost inventory image Resurrect Superior Ghost 57 70 10Earth 1Cosmic 5Death Combat Arceuus
Resurrect Superior Skeleton inventory image Resurrect Superior Skeleton 57 70 10Earth 1Cosmic 5Death Combat Arceuus
Resurrect Superior Zombie inventory image Resurrect Superior Zombie 57 70 10Earth 1Cosmic 5Death Combat Arceuus
Ice Rush inventory image Ice Rush 58 34 2Water 2Chaos 2Death Combat Ancient
Fire Blast inventory image Fire Blast 59 34.5 4Air 5Fire 1Death Combat Standard
Smoke Burst inventory image Smoke Burst 62 36 2Air 2Fire 4Chaos 2Death Combat Ancient
Shadow Burst inventory image Shadow Burst 64 37 1Air 4Chaos 2Death 2Soul Combat Ancient
Lesser Corruption inventory image Lesser Corruption 64 75 1Death 2Soul Combat Arceuus
Blood Burst inventory image Blood Burst 68 39 2Blood 4Chaos 2Death Combat Ancient
Ice Burst inventory image Ice Burst 70 40 4Water 4Chaos 2Death Combat Ancient
Smoke Blitz inventory image Smoke Blitz 74 42 2Air 2Fire 2Blood 2Death Combat Ancient
Shadow Blitz inventory image Shadow Blitz 76 43 2Air 2Blood 2Death 2Soul Combat Ancient
Death Charge inventory image Death Charge 80 90 1Blood 1Death 1Soul Utility Arceuus
Blood Blitz inventory image Blood Blitz 80 45 4Blood 2Death Combat Ancient
Ice Blitz inventory image Ice Blitz 82 46 3Water 2Blood 2Death Combat Ancient
Tele Block inventory image Tele Block 85 80 1Chaos 1Death 1Law Combat Standard
Teleport to Target inventory image Teleport to Target 85 45 1Chaos 1Death 1Law Teleport All except Arceuus
Smoke Barrage inventory image Smoke Barrage 86 48 4Air 4Fire 2Blood 4Death Combat Ancient
Enchant Crossbow Bolt (Onyx) inventory image Enchant Crossbow Bolt
87 97 20Fire 1Cosmic 1Death 10Onyx bolts Utility Standard
Shadow Barrage inventory image Shadow Barrage 88 48 4Air 2Blood 4Death 3Soul Combat Ancient
Blood Barrage inventory image Blood Barrage 92 51 4Blood 4Death 1Soul Combat Ancient
Vengeance Other inventory image Vengeance Other 93 108 10Earth 3Astral 2Death Combat Lunar
Ice Barrage inventory image Ice Barrage 94 52 6Water 2Blood 4Death Combat Ancient
Vengeance inventory image Vengeance 94 112 10Earth 4Astral 2Death Combat Lunar

Products[edit | edit source]

Onyx bolts (e).pngOnyx bolts (e) × 10
Member icon.png
  • Magic 87
  • Magic 97.0
Onyx dragon bolts (e).pngOnyx dragon bolts (e) × 10
Member icon.png
  • Magic 87
  • Magic 97.0
Rune case 3 icon.pngRune case
(High catalytic)
Member icon.png
  • Construction 41
  • Runecraft 90
  • Construction 247
  • Runecraft 25

Item sources[edit | edit source]

For an exhaustive list of all known sources for this item, see here.
Abyssal Sire350 Multicombat.png330–3705/139
Adamant dragon338 Multicombat.png30–607/110
Air elemental34 Multicombat.png14/128
Alchemical Hydra426 Multicombat.png150–3002 × 6/101
Ancient Wizard98; 112 Multicombat.png5–245/50
Ancient Wyvern210 Multicombat.png47–534/132
Ancient chestN/A Casket.png1–3,6402 × 1/33
Angry barbarian spirit166 Multicombat.png55/128
Ankou Wilderness Slayer Cave98 Multicombat.png153/92
Ankou Wilderness Slayer Cave98 Multicombat.png173/92
Ankou Regular (m)75; 82; 86; 95 Multicombat.png1010/100
Balfrug Kreeyath151 Multicombat.png5–108/127
Bandit (Bandit Camp)57; 74 Multicombat.png23/128
Bandit Level 130130 Multicombat.png42/128
Bandit Level 2222 Multicombat.png22/128
Bandit Level 130130 Multicombat.png42/128
Barbarian Assault/Rewards MediumN/A Casket.png250–3001/32
Basilisk Knight204 Multicombat.png10–253/52
Basilisk Sentinel358 Multicombat.png10–253/52
Berserk barbarian spirit166 Multicombat.png55/128
Black Chest (black)N/A Casket.png10–294.4/141.11
Black Chest (brown)N/A Casket.png10–294.4/141.02
Black Chest (crimson)N/A Casket.png10–294.4/141.07
Black Chest (purple)N/A Casket.png10–294.4/141.15
Black Chest (red)N/A Casket.png10–294.4/140.98
Black Knight Titan Normal120 Multicombat.png21/128
Black Knight Regular33 Multicombat.png22/128
Black demon Wilderness Slayer Cave188 Multicombat.png58/74
Black dragon Wilderness Slayer Cave247 Multicombat.png108/128
Brassican Mage140 Multicombat.png5–245/50
Brine rat70 Multicombat.png718/128
Bronze dragon131; 143 Multicombat.png251/128
Brutal black dragon318 Multicombat.png757/128
Brutal blue dragon271 Multicombat.png118/128
Brutal red dragon289 Multicombat.png258/128
Bryophyta Members Multicombat.png1005/118
Bryophyta F2P Multicombat.png1006/118
Cache of runesN/A Casket.png1,000–1,5001/5
Cache of runesN/A Casket.png1,800–2,4001/10
Cache of runesN/A Casket.png2,800–3,6001/30
Callisto470 Multicombat.png3007/128
Cave kraken127 Multicombat.png3016/200
Cerberus318 Multicombat.png1003/128
Chaos Elemental305 Multicombat.png12510/128
Chaos dwarf48 Multicombat.png31/128
Chest (Barrows)N/A Casket.png70–837 × 125/1,012
Chest (Dorgesh-Kaan Average)52 Thieving icon.png2–41/20
Chest (Isle of Souls Dungeon)28 Thieving icon.png1–220/200
Chest (Rogues' Castle)84 Thieving icon.png301/66
Chest (Rogues' Castle, inside)N/A Casket.png3–52/128
Chest (Tombs of Amascut)N/A Casket.png57–2,5643 × 1/27
Chewed bonesN/A Casket.png8–1518/128
Coffin (Hallowed Sepulchre) MidN/A Casket.png60–1001/10
Colossal Hydra309 Multicombat.png30–609/128
Corporeal Beast785 Multicombat.png30022/512
Crystal chestN/A Casket.png1012/128
Cyclops Ardougne Zoo56 Multicombat.png21/128
Dagannoth Prime303 Multicombat.png25–852/128
Dark ChestN/A Casket.png201–399186/3,778
Dark beast182 Multicombat.png208/128
Demonic gorilla275 Multicombat.png50–7535/500
Drake192 Multicombat.png20–4010/85
Earth elemental35 Multicombat.png14/128
Earth warrior51 Multicombat.png24/128
Elf (Thieving)85 Thieving icon.png28/128
Elven Crystal ChestN/A Casket.png50–10017/256
Enraged barbarian spirit166 Multicombat.png55/128
Essence impling jarN/A Casket.png131/100
Essence impling42; 52 Hunter icon.png131/100
Feral Vampyre61–130 Multicombat.png210/128
Ferocious barbarian spirit166 Multicombat.png5–98/128
Fire elemental35 Multicombat.png14/128
Flaming pyrelord97 Multicombat.png33/128
Former VampyreN/A Casket.png10Rare
Gargoyle111 Multicombat.png155/128
Giant Mole230 Multicombat.png73/128
Gnome RestaurantN/A Casket.png7–13Rare
Gold Chest (black)N/A Casket.png10–299/144.18
Gold Chest (brown)N/A Casket.png10–299/143.99
Gold Chest (crimson)N/A Casket.png10–299/144.08
Gold Chest (purple)N/A Casket.png10–299/144.28
Gold Chest (red)N/A Casket.png10–299/143.91
Greater Nechryael Regular200 Multicombat.png2312/128
Greater Nechryael Wilderness Slayer Cave200 Multicombat.png2312/112
Greater demon Regular92; 100; 101; 113 Multicombat.png53/128
Greater demon Wilderness Slayer Cave104 Multicombat.png55/41
Greater demon Wilderness Slayer Cave104 Multicombat.png152/41
Green dragon Wilderness Slayer Cave88 Multicombat.png151/128
Grotesque Guardians Multicombat.png60–1002 × 5/137
Grubby ChestN/A Casket.png20010/100
Guardian Drake386 Multicombat.png20–403 × 10/85
Hallowed sackN/A Casket.png60–1001/10
Harpie Bug Swarm46 Multicombat.png33/128
Hero80 Thieving icon.png28/128
Hill Giant (Dark)28 Multicombat.png21/128
Hill Giant (Giants' Plateau)28 Multicombat.png21/128
Hill Giant28 Multicombat.png21/128
Hydra194 Multicombat.png30–609/128
Ice giant Regular53 Multicombat.png31/128
Ice giant Wilderness Slayer Cave67 Multicombat.png53/62
Ice giant Wilderness Slayer Cave67 Multicombat.png31/62
Ice troll120; 121; 123; 124 Multicombat.png151/128
Ice warrior57 Multicombat.png23/128
Infernal Mage66 Multicombat.png718/128
Infernal pyrelord134 Multicombat.png53/128
Intricate pouchN/A Casket.png150–2005/45
Jelly Regular Multicombat.png53/128
Jelly Wilderness Slayer Cave Multicombat.png153/64
Jungle horror70 Multicombat.png15/129
K'ril Tsutsaroth650 Multicombat.png120–1258/127
Kalphite Queen333 Multicombat.png1506/128
Kalphite Soldier85 Multicombat.png33/128
Killerwatt55 Multicombat.png23/140
Kraken291 Multicombat.png15010/128
Lava dragon252 Multicombat.png205/128
Lesser demon Regular82; 87; 94 Multicombat.png33/128
Lesser demon Wilderness Slayer Cave94 Multicombat.png103/39
Lesser demon Wilderness Slayer Cave94 Multicombat.png301/39
Lizardman shaman150 Multicombat.png20–3012.5/250
Lobstrosity68 Multicombat.png105/118
Long-tailed Wyvern152 Multicombat.png154/123
Malevolent Mage162 Multicombat.png718/128
Marble gargoyle349 Multicombat.png153 × 5/128
Monumental chestN/A Casket.png500–6003 × 1/30
Moss giant Iorwerth Dungeon84 Multicombat.png10–201/128
Moss giant Regular42; 48 Multicombat.png31/128
Muddy chestN/A Casket.png2Always
Nechryael115 Multicombat.png56/116
Nechryael115 Multicombat.png106/116
Nechryarch Greater300 Multicombat.png233 × 12/128
Nechryarch Normal300 Multicombat.png53 × 6/116
Nechryarch Normal300 Multicombat.png103 × 6/116
Necromancer68 Multicombat.png4–82/52
Nex Multicombat.png85–170Common
Night beast374 Multicombat.png203 × 8/128
Obor106 Multicombat.png40–7910/118
Ogress Shaman82 Multicombat.png8–156/116
Ogress Warrior82 Multicombat.png8–156/116
Otherworldly being64 Multicombat.png24/128
Phosani's Nightmare Multicombat.png165–3054/100
Professor ImblewynN/A Casket.png7–13Unknown
Professor ManglethorpN/A Casket.png7–13Uncommon
Professor OnglewipN/A Casket.png7–13Uncommon
Pyrefiend43; 48 Multicombat.png33/128
Pyrelord60 Multicombat.png53/128
Red dragon152 Multicombat.png53/128
Revenant cyclops82 Multicombat.png30–601/42.38
Revenant dark beast120 Multicombat.png30–601/24.75
Revenant demon98 Multicombat.png30–601/35.01
Revenant dragon135 Multicombat.png30–601/19.9
Revenant goblin15 Multicombat.png30–601/345.56
Revenant hellhound90 Multicombat.png30–601/38.34
Revenant hobgoblin60 Multicombat.png30–601/72.29
Revenant imp7 Multicombat.png30–601/605
Revenant knight126 Multicombat.png30–601/21.29
Revenant maledictus397 Multicombat.png30–601/19.9
Revenant ork105 Multicombat.png30–601/29.04
Revenant pyrefiend52 Multicombat.png30–601/81.81
Reward Chest (The Gauntlet)N/A Casket.png100–1602 × 1/24
Reward Chest (The Gauntlet) (Corrupted)N/A Casket.png125–1753 × 1/24
Reward casket (elite) Mimic bonusN/A Casket.png600Common
Reward casket (elite)N/A Casket.png50–751/32.3
Reward casket (master)N/A Casket.png100–2001/30.3
Reward casket (master) Mimic bonusN/A Casket.png600Common
Reward casket (medium)N/A Casket.png10–201/34.1
Rewards GuardianN/A Casket.png5–12010/125
Rune dragon380 Multicombat.png50–1007/127
Sarachnis318 Multicombat.png80–1005/100
Saradomin wizard108 Multicombat.png456/128
Shadow warrior48 Multicombat.png24/128
Silver Chest (black)N/A Casket.png10–309/152.6
Silver Chest (brown)N/A Casket.png10–309/152.46
Silver Chest (crimson)N/A Casket.png10–309/152.53
Silver Chest (purple)N/A Casket.png10–309/152.67
Silver Chest (red)N/A Casket.png10–309/152.39
Skeletal Wyvern140 Multicombat.png404/128
Skeleton brute132 Multicombat.png55/128
Skeleton heavy132 Multicombat.png55/128
Skeleton hero149 Multicombat.png55/128
Skeleton thug132 Multicombat.png55/128
Skeleton warlord132 Multicombat.png55/128
Skotizo321 Multicombat.png5007/100
Spider (araxyte) Level 8787 Multicombat.png10–155/110
Spider (araxyte) Level 123123 Multicombat.png10–155/110
Spiritual mage120; 121; 123 Multicombat.png158/128
Spiritual mage Zaros182 Multicombat.png254/128
Spitting Wyvern139 Multicombat.png154/123
Spoils of warN/A Casket.png150–3003 × 5/90
Strange shrineN/A Casket.png0–4211/9
Taloned Wyvern147 Multicombat.png154/123
Temple Spider75 Multicombat.png10–152/100
The Mimic186 Multicombat.png480; 600Common
The Nightmare814 Multicombat.png24–1764/100
Thug10 Multicombat.png21/128
Tortured gorilla141; 142 Multicombat.png10–20Rare
Tstanon Karlak145 Multicombat.png5–108/127
Tyras guard110 Multicombat.png53/128
TzHaar-Mej (monster)103 Multicombat.png2Rare
Undead Druid105 Multicombat.png20–303/100
Vampyre JuvinateN/A Casket.png10Rare
Venenatis464 Multicombat.png3007/128
Vet'ion454 Multicombat.png3007/128
Vitreous Jelly206 Multicombat.png53 × 3/128
Vitreous warped Jelly241 Multicombat.png153 × 3/128
Vorkath392; 732 Multicombat.png300–5002 × 6/150
Vyre82 Thieving icon.png28/132
Vyrewatch Sentinel151 Multicombat.png6–1010/93
Vyrewatch87–125 Multicombat.png4–1210/96
Wallasalki98 Multicombat.png1–1010/128
Warped Jelly112 Multicombat.png153/128
Water elemental34 Multicombat.png14/128
Waterfiend115 Multicombat.png235/128
Zakl'n Gritch142 Multicombat.png5–108/127
Zalcano336 Multicombat.png201–8311/36
Zamorak crafter19 Multicombat.png32/70
Zamorak wizard65 Multicombat.png456/128
Zombie (Tarn's Lair) Medium level61–80 Multicombat.png43/128
Zulrah725 Multicombat.png3002 × 12/248

Store locations[edit | edit source]

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in stock
sold at
bought at
TzHaar-Mej-Roh's Rune StoreMor Ul Rek2,5001m 3sTokkul 25.png 270Tokkul 25.png 27Member icon.png
TzHaar-Mej-Roh's Rune Store (Karamja gloves)Mor Ul Rek2,5001m 3sTokkul 25.png 234Tokkul 25.png 63Member icon.png
Battle RunesWilderness5030sCoins 100.png 234Coins 25.png 72Member icon.png
Ali's Discount Wares. (runes)Al Kharid10030sCoins 100.png 225Coins 25.png 90Member icon.png
Lundail's Arena-side Rune Shop.Mage Arena2509sCoins 100.png 180Coins 100.png 108Member icon.png
Thyria's WaresArceuus2509sCoins 100.png 180Coins 100.png 108Member icon.png
Magic Guild Store (Runes and Staves)Wizards' Guild2509sCoins 100.png 180Coins 100.png 108Member icon.png
Betty's Magic Emporium.Port Sarim2509sCoins 100.png 180Coins 100.png 108Free-to-play icon.png
Baba Yaga's Magic Shop.Lunar Isle2509sCoins 100.png 180Coins 25.png 99Member icon.png
Battle Runes (Enter the Abyss)Wilderness5006sCoins 100.png 180Coins 25.png 99Member icon.png
Amlodd's Magical SuppliesPrifddinas2509sCoins 100.png 180Coins 25.png 99Member icon.png
Aubury's Rune Shop.Varrock2509sCoins 100.png 180Coins 100.png 108Free-to-play icon.png
Void Knight Magic StoreVoid Knights' Outpost2509sCoins 100.png 180Coins 100.png 108Member icon.png

Item spawns[edit | edit source]

Location Members Spawns Map
Feldip Hills - west of the gnome gliderMember icon.png1Maplink

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
10 September 2020

The Grand Exchange buy limit was changed from 10,000 to 25,000.

13 June 2005
  • The item's value was increased from 30 to 180.
  • The item was graphically updated for a second time.
1 June 2005

The item was graphically updated.

Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]

Death rune detail (historical v1).png
Death rune detail.png
Death rune (historical, v1).png
Death rune (historical, v2).png
Death rune.png
29 March 2004 –
1 June 2005
1 June 2005 –
13 June 2005
13 June 2005 –

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. Mod Kieren's Twitter account. 3 March 2016. (Archived from the original on 2 September 2017.) Mod Kieren: "You guys wanted info on Barrows loot, here it is... Full size: [1] Explained the best I can!"