Runes are small, weightless stones that allow users to cast spells using the Magic skill. Some of these spells can be used for combat while others can be used to benefit the player casting them.
Runes can either be bought from the various Magic shops found across RuneScape, created from rune essence through the Runecrafting skill, procured from drops by killing monsters, or picked up from spawns on the ground. It should also be noted that four runes:earth, air, fire, and water, can be substituted for when wielding the staff of earth, the staff of air, the staff of fire, and the staff of water respectively. The only time an elemental staff cannot be used to substitute for runes is when setting up a portal in the Portal Chamber of a player-owned house (POH), and charging weapons such as the trident of the seas. Keep in mind that creating a player-owned house is a member-only feature of the game.
Free-to-play runes Edit
All players can use the runes listed below, though free players can only craft runes up to body runes (using the Runecrafting skill), and the two 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. Also used in Ancient Magicks.||All||1|
|Mind rune||Used to cast basic missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Strike). Also used in Ancient Magicks.||All||1|
|Water rune||Used to cast water missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes. Also used in Ancient Magicks.||All||5|
|Earth rune||Used to cast earth missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes.||All||9|
|Fire rune||Used to cast fire missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes. Also used in Ancient Magicks.||All||14|
|Body rune||Used to cast low level curse spells.||All||20|
|Cosmic rune||Used for item enchanting spells (jewellery, crossbow bolts, and orbs).||Members||27|
|Chaos rune||Used to cast low level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Bolt) as well as Crumble Undead. Also used in Ancient Magicks.||Members||35|
|Nature rune||Used for Low and High Level Alchemy, Superheat and binding.||Members||44|
|Law rune||Used to cast teleportation spells.||Members||54|
|Death rune||Used to cast medium level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Blast).. Also used in Ancient Magicks.||Members||65|
Members Runes Edit
The Wizards' Guild located in Yanille has the cheapest Magic shops available to members. Located on its upper floors, it sells every available rune in the game, excluding astral, cosmic, and combination runes.
Only members can use the runes listed below.
|Astral rune||Used to cast Lunar spells. Must complete Lunar Diplomacy quest first. Can be made using the Runecrafting skill.|
|Blood rune||Used to cast high level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Wave). Also used in Ancient Magicks.|
|Soul rune||Used to cast high level curse spells and in teleother spells.|
Combination Runes Edit
These runes are members only, and act as one of each of their composite runes. To make them take the talisman to the altar you are going to. For example, if you wanted to make dust runes you'd bring air runes, and earth runes, and the earth and air talismans to either the air altar or earth altar. Note that crafting combination runes uses one of your talismans, so only craft combination runes of the talismans you have the most of.
|Rune||Combination||Cost Per Rune|
|Dust rune||Earth + Air||9 coins|
|Lava rune||Earth + Fire||3 coins|
|Mist rune||Water + Air||10 coins|
|Mud rune||Water + Earth||259 coins|
|Smoke rune||Air + Fire||13 coins|
|Steam rune||Fire + Water||64 coins|
Obtaining Runes Edit
Monster drops Edit
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 and south of Taverley
- Wizards in the Wizards' Tower south of Draynor Village
- Infernal Mages in the Slayer Tower
- Elemental Mages south of Falador
- Dark wizards in Draynor Village
- Chaos Druids in Taverley Dungeon
- Flesh Crawlers in 2nd floor of the Stronghold of Security
Rogue Trader Edit
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||Cost per rune|
|Air rune||4 coins|
|Mind rune||3 coins|
|Water rune||4 coins|
|Earth rune||4 coins|
|Fire rune||4 coins|
|Body rune||3 coins|
|Cosmic rune||62 coins|
|Chaos rune||150 coins|
|Nature rune||320 coins|
|Law rune||300 coins|
|Death rune||225 coins|
|Blood rune||500 coins|
|Soul rune||300 coins|
Respawn locations Edit
Here is a short list of respawn locations of runes throughout RuneScape.
|West Of Lumbridge and behind Luthas' house on Karamja Island, Dark Warriors Fortress.|
|Southern stairway in the Lumbridge Castle, Varrock Sewers, Wilderness, Dark Warriors Fortress.|
|Chasm Mines in Al Kharid, Dark Warriors Fortress.|
|North of Varrock, in Varrock Sewers, and Dark Warriors Fortress.|
|Chasm Mines in Al Kharid, inside Karamja Volcano, in Camelot Castle, and the Dark Warriors Fortress.|
|Varrock Palace grounds, Varrock Sewers, in the Zeke's Superior Scimitars, scattered in Level 6 - 8 Wilderness, Dark Warriors Fortress and Lava Maze.|
|Ice Plateau in Level 48 Wilderness.|
|Levels 36-40 Wilderness, and Dark Warriors Fortress.|
|Level 45 Wilderness, 2 treasure chests in East Ardougne and an island north of Rellekka. A Thieving level of 28 is required to open the chest.|
|South-west of Yanille in the Feldip Hills. Members only.|
|Treasure chest in the Chaos druid Tower and next to Demonic Ruins in the Wilderness. Members only. A Thieving level of 59 is required to open the chest.|
|Aubury||South-east Varrock||Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Chaos, Death||Non-members, but is often frequented by macroers meaning there may be a low stock.|
|Betty||Port Sarim||Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Chaos, Death||Non-members|
|Ali Morrisane||Al Kharid||All Except Astral||Requires The Feud and Rogue Trader Minigame|
|Magic Guild||Yanille||All except Astral and Cosmic||66+ Magic required, or 62+ with a magic potion|
|Baba Yaga||Lunar Isle||All except Cosmic||Must have started the Lunar Diplomacy quest. It also is the only shop in-game that sells 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|
|Pest Control||Void Knights' Outpost||Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Chaos, Death||It is not a good idea to buy from here because of the many players that play the minigame and is usually in short supply.|
The Barrows minigame provides large amounts of combat runes (Mind, Chaos, Death and Blood) from the chest, though very high combat skills are required in order to be successful at the Barrows.