Runes

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Earth rune.png

Runes are small, weightless, magical stones with icons on them representing various elements. Players need the right combinations of runes to cast spells using the Magic skill.

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.

Elemental staves (the staff of earth, the staff of air, the staff of fire, and the staff of water) provide an unlimited amount of runes of their stated type to cast spells while wielding them.

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.

Rune Use Runecraft Level GE price
Air rune.png
Air rune Used to cast air missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes. Free 1 5
Mind rune.png
Mind rune Used to cast basic missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Strike). Free 1 4
Water rune.png
Water rune Used to cast water missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes. Free 5 5
Earth rune.png
Earth rune Used to cast earth missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes. Free 9 5
Fire rune.png
Fire rune Used to cast fire missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes. Free 14 5
Body rune.png
Body rune Used to cast low level curse spells. Free 20 4
Cosmic rune.png
Cosmic rune Used for item enchanting spells (jewellery, crossbow bolts, and orbs). Members 27 146
Chaos rune.png
Chaos rune Used to cast low level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Bolt) as well as Crumble Undead. Members 35 92
Nature rune.png
Nature rune Used for transmutation spells such as Low and High Level Alchemy and Superheat Item, as well as Binding. Members 44 206
Law rune.png
Law rune Used to cast teleportation spells. Members 54 188
Death rune.png
Death rune Used to cast medium level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Blast). Members 65 223

Members runes[edit | edit source]

The Wizards' Guild located in Yanille has the cheapest Magic shops available to members. Located on its upper floors, it sells every rune except astral, cosmic, wrath, and combination runes.

Only members can use the runes listed below.

Rune Use Level GE price
Astral rune.png
Astral rune Used to cast Lunar spells. Lunar Diplomacy is required to craft and use these runes. 40 157
Blood rune.png
Blood rune Used to cast high level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Wave). 77 363
Soul rune.png
Soul rune Used to cast high level curse spells and in teleother spells. 90 144
Wrath rune.png
Wrath rune Used to cast high level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Surge). 95 386

Combination runes[edit | edit source]

Main article: Combination rune
These runes are members only, and act as one of each of their composite runes.
Rune Combination Level GE price
Mist rune.png: Inventory image of Mist runeMist rune Air rune.png: Inventory image of Air runeAir rune and Water rune.png: Inventory image of Water runeWater rune 6 104
Dust rune.png: Inventory image of Dust runeDust rune Air rune.png: Inventory image of Air runeAir rune and Earth rune.png: Inventory image of Earth runeEarth rune 10 3
Mud rune.png: Inventory image of Mud runeMud rune Water rune.png: Inventory image of Water runeWater rune and Earth rune.png: Inventory image of Earth runeEarth rune 13 175
Smoke rune.png: Inventory image of Smoke runeSmoke rune Air rune.png: Inventory image of Air runeAir rune and Fire rune.png: Inventory image of Fire runeFire rune 15 69
Steam rune.png: Inventory image of Steam runeSteam rune Water rune.png: Inventory image of Water runeWater rune and Fire rune.png: Inventory image of Fire runeFire rune 19 74
Lava rune.png: Inventory image of Lava runeLava rune Earth rune.png: Inventory image of Earth runeEarth rune and Fire rune.png: Inventory image of Fire runeFire rune 23 5

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.

Runecraft[edit | edit source]

Main article: Runecraft

Runecraft is the skill of crafting runes from rune essence. Through this skill, players can create their own runes for use in Magic.

Rogue Trader[edit | edit source]

Main article: Rogue Trader

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
Air rune.png
Air rune 4 coins
Mind rune.png
Mind rune 3 coins
Water rune.png
Water rune 4 coins
Earth rune.png
Earth rune 4 coins
Fire rune.png
Fire rune 4 coins
Body rune.png
Body rune 3 coins
Cosmic rune.png
Cosmic rune 62 coins
Chaos rune.png
Chaos rune 150 coins
Nature rune.png
Nature rune 320 coins
Law rune.png
Law rune 300 coins
Death rune.png
Death rune 225 coins
Blood rune.png
Blood rune 500 coins
Soul rune.png
Soul rune 300 coins

Respawn locations[edit | edit source]

Here is a short list of respawn locations of runes throughout RuneScape.

Rune Location
Air rune.png
West of Lumbridge and behind Luthas' house on Karamja, Dark Warriors' Fortress.
Mind rune.png
Southern stairway in the Lumbridge Castle, Varrock Sewers, Wilderness, Dark Warriors' Fortress.
Water rune.png
Chasm mines in Al Kharid, Dark Warriors' Fortress.
Earth rune.png
North of Varrock, in Varrock Sewers, and Dark Warriors' Fortress.
Fire rune.png
Chasm mines in Al Kharid, inside Karamja Volcano, in Camelot Castle, and the Dark Warriors' Fortress.
Body rune.png
Varrock Palace grounds, Varrock Sewers, in the Zeke's Superior Scimitars, scattered in Level 6 - 8 Wilderness, Dark Warriors' Fortress and Lava Maze.
Cosmic rune.png
Ice Plateau in level 48 Wilderness.
Chaos rune.png
Levels 36-40 Wilderness, Trollweiss Mountain and Dark Warriors' Fortress.
Nature rune.png
Level 45 Wilderness, 2 treasure chests in East Ardougne and an island north of Rellekka (can be pick-locked with 28 Thieving)
Death rune.png
South-west of Yanille in the Feldip Hills.
Blood rune.png
Treasure chest in the Chaos Druid Tower (can be pick-locked with 59 Thieving) and the Demonic Ruins in the Wilderness

Rune shops[edit | edit source]

There are several Magic shops around RuneScape that sell runes. These are identified with the flame icon Magic shop icon.png on the map. Shop names in italics are members-only.

Shop Location Runes Sold Notes
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

Barrows[edit | edit source]

Main article: Barrows

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.