Death rune

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Death runes are one of the runes used to cast spells in the Magic skill. They are required to cast medium-level missile spells. Members with 65 Runecraft and who have completed Mourning's Ends 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.

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, nechryaels, 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.

Spells requiring death runes[edit source]

Icon Spell Level Runes Exp Category Spell Group Notes
Wind Blast icon.png Wind Blast 41 1Death3Air 25.5 Combat Standard Maximum of 13 damage per cast.
Water Blast icon.png Water Blast 47 1Death3Water3Air 28.5 Combat Standard Maximum of 14 damage per cast.
Iban Blast icon.png Iban Blast 50 1Death5Fire+Iban's staff.png 30 Combat Standard Maximum of 25 damage per cast. Requires completion of the Underground Pass quest and Iban's staff to be used. Iban's staff has 120 charges of this spell and can be increased to 2,500 charges for a price of 200,000 coins. One charge is used when fighting monsters and two charges are used when fighting other players.
Magic Dart icon.png Magic Dart 50 1Death4Mind+Slayer's staff.png 30 Combat Standard Maximum damage per cast of 10 + 10% of the Magic level of the caster, so essentially 15 to 19. The staff of the dead or toxic staff of the dead can also be used to cast this spell.
Smoke Rush icon.png Smoke Rush 50 2Death2Chaos1Fire1Air 30 Combat Ancient Maximum of 14 damage per cast. Poisons target starting at 2 damage.
Shadow Rush icon.png Shadow Rush 52 1Soul2Death2Chaos1Air 31 Combat Ancient Maximum of 15 damage per cast. Reduces target's Attack level by 10%.
Earth Blast icon.png Earth Blast 53 1Death4Earth3Air 31.5 Combat Standard Maximum of 15 damage per cast.
Blood Rush icon.png Blood Rush 56 1Blood2Death2Chaos 33 Combat Ancient Maximum of 16 damage per cast. Heals the caster for 25% of the damage inflicted on the target.
Ice Rush icon.png Ice Rush 58 2Death2Chaos2Water 34 Combat Ancient Maximum of 17 damage per cast. Freezes the target for 5 seconds.
Fire Blast icon.png Fire Blast 59 1Death5Fire4Air 34.5 Combat Standard Maximum of 16 damage per cast.
Smoke Burst icon.png Smoke Burst 62 2Death4Chaos2Fire2Air 36 Combat Ancient Hits a 3x3 area around a target for up to 18 damage each. Poisons targets starting at 2 damage.
Shadow Burst icon.png Shadow Burst 64 2Soul2Death4Chaos1Air 37 Combat Ancient Hits a 3x3 area around a target for up to 19 damage each. Reduces targets' Attack levels by 10% each.
Blood Burst icon.png Blood Burst 68 2Blood2Death4Chaos 39 Combat Ancient Hits a 3x3 area around a target for up to 21 damage each. Heals the caster for 25% of the damage inflicted on the targets.
Ice Burst icon.png Ice Burst 70 2Death4Chaos4Water 40 Combat Ancient Hits a 3x3 area around a target for up to 22 damage each. Freezes targets for 10 seconds.
Smoke Blitz icon.png Smoke Blitz 74 2Blood2Death2Fire2Air 42 Combat Ancient Maximum of 23 damage per cast. Poisons target starting at 4 damage.
Shadow Blitz icon.png Shadow Blitz 76 2Soul2Blood2Death2Air 43 Combat Ancient Maximum of 24 damage per cast. Reduces target's Attack level by 15%.
Blood Blitz icon.png Blood Blitz 80 4Blood2Death 45 Combat Ancient Maximum of 25 damage per cast. Heals the caster for 25% of the damage inflicted on the target.
Ice Blitz icon.png Ice Blitz 82 2Blood2Death3Water 46 Combat Ancient Maximum of 26 damage per cast. Freezes target for 15 seconds.
Tele Block icon.png Tele Block 85 1Law1Death1Chaos 80 Combat Standard Blocks target from teleporting for 5 minutes.
Teleport to Bounty Target icon.png Teleport to Bounty Target 85 1Law1Death1Chaos 45 Teleport All Teleports caster within 12 squares from their bounty target. This spell cannot be used in combat and the caster must be in the Wilderness and have a target in the Bounty Hunter minigame. Unlocked after purchasing the Bounty teleport scroll for 8,000,000 Bounty Hunter points.
Smoke Barrage icon.png Smoke Barrage 86 2Blood4Death4Fire5Air 48 Combat Ancient Hits a 3x3 area around a target for up to 27 damage each. Poisons targets starting at 4 damage.
Enchant Crossbow Bolt icon.png Enchant Crossbow Bolt (Onyx) 87 1Death1Cosmic20Fire10Onyx bolts 5.png 97 Enchantment Standard Enchants onyx tipped bolts.
Shadow Barrage icon.png Shadow Barrage 88 3Soul2Blood4Death4Air 48 Combat Ancient Hits a 3x3 area around a target for up to 28 damage each. Reduces targets' Attack levels by 15%.
Blood Barrage icon.png Blood Barrage 92 1Soul4Blood4Death 51 Combat Ancient Hits a 3x3 area around a target for up to 29 damage each. Heals the caster for 25% of the damage inflicted on the targets.
Vengeance Other icon.png Vengeance Other 93 2Death3Astral10Earth 108 Combat Lunar Another target player receives the Vengeance effect. The next time another player or an NPC attacks that player, the attacking player or NPC is dealt damage, up to 75% of the damage that player or NPC's first attack dealt.
Ice Barrage icon.png Ice Barrage 94 2Blood4Death6Water 52 Combat Ancient Hits a 3x3 area around a target for up to 30 damage each. Freezes targets for 20 seconds.
Vengeance icon.png Vengeance 94 2Death4Astral10Earth 112 Combat Lunar The caster receives the Vengeance effect. The next time a player or NPC attacks the caster, that player or NPC takes up to 75% of the damage their attack dealt.


Dropping monsters[edit | edit source]

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Crystal chest N/A 10 2; Common
Reward casket (medium) N/A 10–20 2; Common
Reward casket (elite) N/A 50–75 2; Common
Reward casket (master) N/A 100–200 2; Common
Infernal Mage 66 7 2; Common
Brine rat 70 7 2; Common
Ankou 75 10; 11 2; Common
Ogress Shaman 82 8–15 2; Common
Ogress Warrior 82 8–15 2; Common
Nechryael 115 5–10 2; Common
Dark beast 182 20 2; Common
Greater Nechryael 200 23 2; Common
King Black Dragon 276 7–45 2; Common
Rune dragon 380 40–100 2; Common
K'ril Tsutsaroth 650 120–124 2; Common
Rare drop table Varies 45 3; Uncommon (1/64)
Fire elemental 35 1 3; Uncommon
Lesser demon 82 3 3; Uncommon
Greater demon 92 5 3; Uncommon
Obor 106 49–77 3; Uncommon
Skeletal Wyvern 140 40 3; Uncommon
Chaos Elemental 305 125 3; Uncommon
Kraken 291 150 3; Uncommon
Kalphite Queen 333 175 3; Uncommon
Abyssal Sire 350 200–300 3; Uncommon
Zulrah 725 300 3; Uncommon
Moss giant 42 2 4; Rare
Ice giant 53 2–4 4; Rare
Hill giant 28 2 4; Rare
Iron dragon 189 15 4; Rare
Deranged archaeologist 276 45 4; Rare

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Kieren's Twitter account. 3 Mar 2016. Mod Kieren: "You guys wanted info on Barrows loot, here it is... Full size: [1] Explained the best I can!"