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Earth rune

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.

RuneUse Runecrafting Lvl
Air rune
Air rune Used to cast air missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes. Also used in Ancient Magicks. All 1
Mind rune
Mind rune Used to cast basic missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Strike). Also used in Ancient Magicks. All 1
Water rune
Water rune Used to cast water missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes. Also used in Ancient Magicks. All 5
Earth rune
Earth rune Used to cast earth missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes. All 9
Fire rune
Fire rune Used to cast fire missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes. Also used in Ancient Magicks. All 14
Body rune
Body rune Used to cast low level curse spells. All 20
Cosmic rune
Cosmic rune Used for item enchanting spells (jewellery, crossbow bolts, and orbs). Members 27
Chaos rune
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
Nature rune Used for Low and High Level Alchemy, Superheat and binding. Members 44
Law rune
Law rune Used to cast teleportation spells. Members 54
Death rune
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
Astral rune Used to cast Lunar spells. Must complete Lunar Diplomacy quest first. Can be made using the Runecrafting skill.
Blood rune
Blood rune Used to cast high level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Wave). Also used in Ancient Magicks.
Soul rune
Soul rune Used to cast high level curse spells and in teleother spells.

Combination Runes Edit

Main article: Combination rune
These runes are members only, and act as one of each of their composite runes.
RuneCombination Cost Per Rune
Dust rune
Dust rune Earth + Air 2 coins
Lava rune
Lava rune Earth + Fire 3 coins
Mist rune
Mist rune Water + Air 10 coins
Mud rune
Mud rune Water + Earth 259 coins
Smoke rune
Smoke rune Air + Fire 13 coins
Steam rune
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.

Runecrafting Edit

Main article: Runecrafting

Runecrafting 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

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.

RuneCost per rune (usually much less than listed here)
Air rune
Air rune 4 coins
Mind rune
Mind rune 3 coins
Water rune
Water rune 4 coins
Earth rune
Earth rune 4 coins
Fire rune
Fire rune 4 coins
Body rune
Body rune 3 coins
Cosmic rune
Cosmic rune 62 coins
Chaos rune
Chaos rune 150 coins
Nature rune
Nature rune 320 coins
Law rune
Law rune 300 coins
Death rune
Death rune 225 coins
Blood rune
Blood rune 500 coins
Soul rune
Soul rune 300 coins

Respawn locations Edit

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

Air rune
West Of Lumbridge and behind Luthas' house on Karamja Island, Dark Warriors Fortress.
Mind rune
Southern stairway in the Lumbridge Castle, Varrock Sewers, Wilderness, Dark Warriors Fortress.
Water rune
Chasm Mines in Al Kharid, Dark Warriors Fortress.
Earth rune
North of Varrock, in Varrock Sewers, and Dark Warriors Fortress.
Fire rune
Chasm Mines in Al Kharid, inside Karamja Volcano, in Camelot Castle, and the Dark Warriors Fortress.
Body rune
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
Ice Plateau in Level 48 Wilderness.
Chaos rune
Levels 36-40 Wilderness, Trollweiss Mountain and Dark Warriors Fortress.
Nature rune
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.
Death rune
South-west of Yanille in the Feldip Hills. Members only.
Blood rune
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.

Shops Edit

There are several shops around RuneScape that sell runes. These are identified with the Magic shops icon Magic shop icon on the map.

ShopLocationRunes SoldNotes
AuburySouth-east VarrockAir, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Chaos, DeathNon-members, but is often frequented by bots meaning there may be a low stock.
BettyPort SarimAir, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Chaos, DeathNon-members
Ali MorrisaneAl KharidAll Except AstralRequires The Feud and Rogue Trader Minigame
Magic GuildYanilleAll except Astral and Cosmic66+ Magic required, or 62+ with a magic potion
Baba YagaLunar IsleAll except CosmicMust have started the Lunar Diplomacy quest. Currently the only shop to sell Astral runes.
Mage Training ArenaNorth of Duel ArenaAll except AstralUses Pizazz points instead of coins as currency.
Mage ArenaLevel 50-55 WildernessAll except Astral and SoulLocated in the mage bank, a non-wilderness area.
Mage of ZamorakLevel 5 Wilderness, north of EdgevilleAll except Astral and Cosmic and Nature
Ape AtollApe AtollAir, Water, Earth, Fire, Law
Pest ControlVoid Knights' OutpostAir, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Chaos, DeathIt is not a good idea to buy from here because of the many players that play the minigame and is usually in short supply.

Barrows Edit

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.

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