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Air rune detail

Air runes are one of the four basic elemental runes. They are the most basic and most common runes in RuneScape. All players with a Runecrafting level of 1 can craft air runes at the air altar west of Varrock. Crafting air runes provides 5 Runecrafting experience per rune essence or pure essence used.

InformationEdit

Air runes are used in most missile spells as well as most teleportation spells. They are used very often, so players should have a large supply of air runes at hand if practising magic, or an air staff to have an infinite supply. Air staves can be bought from Zaff's Superior Staves in Varrock or from the Grand Exchange.

Prayer urns (impious, accursed and infernal) can be finished by adding an air rune to them.

Air runes can be combined with water runes to make mist runes, with earth runes to make dust runes, and with fire runes to make smoke runes.

The magic tutor in Lumbridge formerly supplied players with 30 air runes and 30 mind runes, provided that players had no runes in their inventory or bank, and it has been 30 minutes since they last claimed items from either the magic or ranged tutor, though this feature has since been removed. Now, all players can obtain 30 air and mind runes that Aubury of Varrock samples instead; after a half hour, one can re-obtain all 30 air and mind runes.

Instruments that provides unlimited air rune to all players when equipped are: staff of air, air battlestaff, mystic air staff, avernic wand, tower mindspike, mindspike, bat staff and Armadyl battlestaff.

Members can obtain Air runes in drops of 45 by killing Shadow warriors, and, for free players, air runes are dropped every time by the air wizard.

Air runes can sometimes be found inside barrels.

The maximum likely limit for crafting air runes in one air altar visit is 2538. This would be achieved by having 99 Runecrafting (giving a 10x bonus) and carrying 78 essence to craft (23 in the normal inventory, 48 in the 5 sizes of Runecrafting pouch and 7 with any abyssal summoning creature) and a full set of wicked robes, which grants 175 essence per day (which can be withdrawn from the hood once your inventory is emptied). Whilst wearing an explorer's ring this can be increased, it has a 1 in 10 chance of creating an extra rune per essence. It is possible that a few extra air runes could be gained from the use of the explorer's ring. 

SpellsEdit

Air runes are needed in a large number of spells, as shown in the list below, for this reason many mages will use a staff of air, Caitlin's staff, Mindspike (air), air battlestaff, mystic air staffbat staff or Armadyl battlestaff instead of air runes (in order of accuracy).

Free spellsEdit

All players can cast these spells.

Member spellsEdit

Only members can cast these spells:

DisassemblyEdit

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Store locationsEdit

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Seller Cost Currency Base stock Members?
Ali's Discount Wares17Coins 5Coins 300Yes
Aubury's Rune ShopFree sample-30No
Aubury's Rune Shop (New Varrock)Free sample-15Yes
Baba Yaga's Magic Shop17Coins 5Coins 1000Yes
Battle Runes17Coins 5Coins 100Yes
Betty's Magic Emporium17Coins 5Coins 300No
Burthorpe Guard Quartermaster17Coins 5Coins 20No
Carwen Essencebinder Magical Runes ShopFree sample-30No
Freebie mage weapons shopFree sample-10000Yes
Lundail's Arena-side Rune Shop17Coins 5Coins 1000Yes
Magic Guild Store - Runes and Staves17Coins 5Coins 1000Yes
Tutab's Magical Market17Coins 5Coins 1000Yes
TzHaar-Mej-Roh's Rune Store26Tokkul1000Yes
Void Knight Magic Store17Coins 5Coins 1000Yes

Dropping monstersEdit

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Air elemental4415–20Common
Air wizard164–10Common
Al Kharid warrior18UnknownUncommon
Ancient mage103150–250Common
Aviansie89; 92; 9515–30Common
Banshee373Common
Barrel (Viyeldi caves)N/A1–11Uncommon
Black dragon10075Uncommon
Blood reaver108250Common
Brine rat4918Uncommon
Chaos druid329–36Common
Chaos druid warrior6512–36Common
Chaos dwarf 28; 47; 10112–24Common
Chaos dwarf hand cannoneer70; 10124Common
Chaos dwogre92; 9824Uncommon
Cockroach drone41–10Common
Colonel Radick238Unknown
Corpse Spider410Common
Corpse archer1812Uncommon
Corpse mage2118Uncommon
Crawling corpse torso910Uncommon
Crystal chestN/A200Always
Dagon'hai Monk7710–36Common
Dark wizardN/A10–18Common
Dragith Nurn2618Uncommon
Dung kalphiteN/A5Common
Earth warrior7845Very rare
Earth warrior (elite)8845Very rare
Eclectic implingN/A30–60Common
Elite Dark Mage9811–40Common
Elite Dark Warrior9840Common
Elite Khazard guard77; 844–10Common
Essence implingN/A30Common
Essence impling jarN/A30Uncommon
Exiled kalphite paragon8430–88Uncommon
Exiled kalphite soldier8430–88Common
Farmer74Unknown
Fire spiritN/A5–200Common
Fortress guard521Uncommon
Ghast 28; 35; 63; 911–3Common
Giant Mole (historical)76105Common
Giant ant worker493–48Common
Giant skeleton (Shadow Dungeon)8430Uncommon
Giant skeleton (Tarn's Lair)8430Uncommon
Giant spider2; 33; 394–6Uncommon
Goblin1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 10; 11; 842–10Common
Greater reborn mage8275Rare
Guard18; 25; 356Common
Guthix wizard126; 13360–189Uncommon
Icefiend35; 841–5Uncommon

TriviaEdit

  • The most air runes required for a spell are 30, for the Charge Air Orb spell.
  • The value of 1 air rune in Investment Credits in Mobilising Armies is 6 Investment Credits.

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