Runes can either be bought from the various Magic shops found throughout Old School RuneScape, created from rune essence through the Runecraft skill, procured from drops by killing monsters, or picked up from various spawns on the ground.
Free-to-play runes[edit | edit source]
All players can use the runes listed below, though free players can only craft runes up to body runes (using the Runecraft skill). The two free-to-play Magic stores (in Varrock and Port Sarim) only sell the basic elemental runes, chaos runes, and death runes.
|Air rune||Used to cast air missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes.||Free||1||5|
|Mind rune||Used to cast basic missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Strike).||Free||2||3|
|Water rune||Used to cast water missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes.||Free||5||5|
|Earth rune||Used to cast earth missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes.||Free||9||5|
|Fire rune||Used to cast fire missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes.||Free||14||5|
|Body rune||Used to cast low level curse spells.||Free||20||5|
|Cosmic rune||Used for item enchanting spells (jewellery, crossbow bolts, and orbs).||Members||27||136|
|Chaos rune||Used to cast low level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Bolt) as well as Crumble Undead.||Members||35||48|
|Nature rune||Used for transmutation spells such as Low and High Level Alchemy and Superheat Item, as well as Binding.||Members||44||204|
|Law rune||Used to cast teleportation spells.||Members||54||152|
|Death rune||Used to cast medium level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Blast).||Members||65||201|
Members runes[edit | edit source]
Only members can use the runes listed below.
|Astral rune||Used to cast Lunar spells. Lunar Diplomacy is required to craft and use these runes.||40||136|
|Blood rune||Used to cast high level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Wave).||77||370|
|Soul rune||Used to cast high level curse spells and in teleother spells.||90||157|
|Wrath rune||Used to cast very high level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Surge).||95||343|
Combination runes[edit | edit source]
These runes are members only, and act as one of each of their composite runes.
|Mist rune||Air rune
|Dust rune||Air rune
|Mud rune||Water rune
|Smoke rune||Air rune
|Steam rune||Water rune
|Lava rune||Earth rune
Obtaining runes[edit | edit source]
Monster drops[edit | edit source]
Many monsters drop runes in RuneScape, but some more than others. These are some of the most notable and easy.
- Level 7 and 20 Dark wizards south of Varrock, south of Taverley, and in Draynor Village
- Wizards in the Wizards' Tower south of Draynor Village
- Elemental mages south of Falador
- Chaos druids in Taverley Dungeon and Edgeville Dungeon
- Flesh Crawlers in 2nd floor of the Stronghold of Security
- Zombie (common) in 2nd floor of the Stronghold of Security
- Infernal Mages in the Slayer Tower
Runecraft[edit | edit source]
Rogue Trader[edit | edit source]
Runes can be obtained by completing Ali Morrisane's Rogue Trader minigame, which players may complete after finishing The Feud quest. After completing the minigame, players are able to obtain runes for a cheaper price. Unlike most shops, prices here stay the same while you are buying or selling runes.
|Rune||Price sold at|
Rune shops[edit | edit source]
There are several Magic shops around RuneScape that sell runes. These are identified with the flame icon on the map. Shop names in italics are members-only. Note wrath runes can not be bought from shops anywhere.
|Aubury||South-east Varrock||Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Chaos, Death||Often frequented by players and bots, so its stock is frequently low.|
|Betty||Port Sarim||Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Chaos, Death|
|Ali Morrisane||Al Kharid||All except Astral||Requires completion of The Feud and Rogue Trader|
|Magic Guild||Yanille||All except Astral and Cosmic||66 Magic required to enter the Magic Guild (can be boosted)|
|Baba Yaga||Lunar Isle||All except Cosmic||Must have started the Lunar Diplomacy quest. Currently the only shop to sell Astral runes.|
|Mage Training Arena||North of Duel Arena||All except Astral||Uses Pizazz points instead of coins as currency.|
|Mage Arena||Level 50-55 Wilderness||All except Astral and Soul||Located in the mage bank, a non-wilderness area.|
|Mage of Zamorak||Level 5 Wilderness, north of Edgeville||All except Astral and Cosmic and Nature|
|Ape Atoll||Ape Atoll||Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Law||Requires completion of Monkey Madness II or a Greegree to access.|
|Pest Control||Void Knights' Outpost||Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Chaos, Death|
|Amlodd's Magical Supplies||North-west Prifddinas||All except Soul||Requires Completion of Song of the Elves|
|TzHaar-Mej-Roh's Rune Store||Mor Ul Rek||Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Body, Chaos, Death||Runes can only be bought with the Tokkul currency. Players often sell chaos runes here to get 300000 Tokkul to buy an uncut onyx from the Ore and Gem Store.|
|Thyria's Wares||Arceuus||Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Body, Chaos, Death||Accessing it requires a player to have 20% Arceuus favour.|
Barrows[edit | edit source]
The Barrows minigame provides large amounts of catalytic runes (mind, chaos, death, and blood) from the chest, though very high combat skills are required in order to be successful at the Barrows.