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For the variant encountered in Daemonheim, see Death rune (Dungeoneering).
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Death rune detail

Death runes are used in great amounts by mages that cast Ancient Magicks, as they are needed to cast the different varieties of the rush and burst combat spells. Death runes are also needed to cast the level 85 spell Teleport Block, the only free-to-play spell which requires death runes. Members can create death runes using the Runecrafting skill at level 65 at the Death altar in the Temple of Light after completing the quest Mourning's Ends Part II.

The value of 1 Death rune in Investment Credits in Mobilising Armies is 63 Investment Credits.

These are the most powerful rune stocked in any store in free-to-play. Before the Evolution of Combat update was released, non-members needed death runes to cast blast spells. Free players can craft Death runes with 65 Runecrafting in dungeons of Daemonheim (the quest is not required to craft them in Daemonheim), making it the highest requirement rune to be crafted in Daemonheim for free players. Crafting them in Daemonheim as a free player is pointless as the only spell that they can cast with Death runes is not available inside dungeons. Crafting them gives 10 experience per essence (or 0.2 experience per essence in Daemonheim).

Prior to the update which gave most stores in RuneScape an infinite stock of their goods and a fixed price, death runes were often bought from magic stores until they ran out of stock because there was high demand and the store price was slightly under the street price. After the update, the store price was raised above the street price. However, due to the new update in which all stores are different for each player, players can only purchase a limited number of death runes in game each day, creating a lack of death runes and making it much harder to purchase large quantities quickly on the Grand Exchange. In the Runespan, Death Runes are worth 2.5 points each once siphoned.

Price / Experience comparison
Grand Exchange price GP / Exp
(per essence)
Nature rune 438 48.7
Law rune 217 22.8
Death rune 238 16.7
Blood rune 482 45.9
Soul rune 757 68.8

Adult cats can be exchanged for 100 death runes with a Civilian in West Ardougne (or 200 death runes while possessing the Ardougne cloak 1 or better. Please note that you don't have to wear or carry it).

250 Death runes (along with 750 Air runes) can also be obtained from any Slayer Master for 35 Slayer reward points after completing the Smoking Kills quest.


Free-to-play spellsEdit

With the Evolution of Combat update, the only use for death runes in free-to-play worlds is in casting Teleport Block.

Pay-to-play spellsEdit

These spells can only be cast in pay-to-play:

* Part of the Ancient Magicks spellbook and can only be cast by players who have completed the Desert Treasure quest and have switched their spellbook to Ancient Magicks.

** Part of the Lunar spellbook and can only be cast by players who have completed the Lunar Diplomacy quest and have switched their spellbook to Lunar Spells.


For members there is a Death rune spawn in the Feldip Hills. It respawns 1 minute and 45 seconds after picking it up (see map for location).

Death Rune spawn map

The blue square marks the location of the Death rune spawn.

Collecting free runes Edit

Death rune drops are commonly ignored by players who are killing monsters, due to their low value in comparison to other drops. Players can gather large amounts of free death runes by finding a location where someone is killing monsters that drop these, and gather up the drops themselves.

Store locationsEdit

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Seller Cost Currency Base stock Members?
Ali's Discount Wares310Coins 250Coins 300Yes
Aubury's Rune Shop310Coins 250Coins 10No
Aubury's Rune Shop (New Varrock)310Zemomark10Yes
Baba Yaga's Magic Shop310Coins 250Coins 300Yes
Battle Runes310Coins 250Coins 30Yes
Betty's Magic Emporium310Coins 250Coins 10No
Carwen Essencebinder Magical Runes Shop310Coins 250Coins 10No
Freebie mage weapons shopFree sample-10000Yes
Lundail's Arena-side Rune Shop310Coins 250Coins 300Yes
Magic Guild Store - Runes and Staves310Coins 250Coins 1000Yes
TzHaar-Mej-Roh's Rune Store465Tokkul100Yes
Void Knight Magic Store310Coins 250Coins 100Yes


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Dropping MonstersEdit

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Air elemental441Uncommon
Angry barbarian spirit1065Uncommon
Ankou60; 61; 6310Uncommon
Ankou (elite)7210Uncommon
Armoured zombie 42; 46; 84; 86; 913Uncommon
Bandit (Kharid Bandit Camp)542Uncommon
Bandit (Pollnivneach)532Uncommon
Bandit (Wilderness)182Rare
Bandit Brawler 112; 1182Rare
Basilisk 70; 7710Rare
Berserk barbarian spirit1065Uncommon
Black Knight30; 332Uncommon
Black Knight Titan282Unknown
Black dragon1005–50Very rare
Black key blackN/AUnknownRare
Black key brownN/AUnknownRare
Black key crimsonN/AUnknownRare
Black key purpleN/AUnknownRare
Black key redN/AUnknownRare
Bladed muspah15020Common
Blood reaver10815Rare
Blue dragon745Very rare
Brine rat497Common
Bronze dragon8625–45Uncommon
Brutish jadinko913Uncommon
Chaos Elemental305100–226Rare
Chaos Giant12635–44Uncommon
Chaos dwarf 28; 47; 1013–6Rare
Chaos dwarf hand cannoneer70; 1013Uncommon
Chaos dwogre92; 986Uncommon
Chewed bonesN/A8–15Common
Columbarium keyN/A8–15Common
Crystal chestN/A50Always
Cyclops57; 63; 68; 912Rare
Dagannoth Prime30392Unknown
Dark beast10510Uncommon
Dark beast (elite)11430Uncommon
Desert strykewyrm10315Uncommon
Earth elemental441Unknown
Earth warrior782Uncommon
Earth warrior (elite)882Uncommon
Elite Black Knight1001–3Uncommon
Elite Dark Mage983–6Rare
Enraged barbarian spirit1065Uncommon
Essence implingN/A13Rare
Essence impling jarN/A13Uncommon


  • The most death runes required for a spell are 2, for the Smoke, Shadow, Blood and Ice Burst spells.
  • The picture on a Death Rune shows a skull & X, which is most likely meant to imitate the jolly roger or more commonly known as the skull & crossbones.
  • Death was rolling a Death Rune with his fingers in 2009 Hallowe'en event. This may be a reference to Pirates of the Caribbean, when Jack did this with one of the cursed Aztec gold coins while in skeletal form.
  • Prior to the Evolution of Combat update, death runes were used in Blast spells, Surge spells, Blitz spells and Barrage spells. The removal of their usage in these spells caused a dramatic fall in their Grand Exchange price.
  • Although Death runes have no use in Dungeoneering for free players following the Evolution of Combat, they can still be runecrafted and can even be found in the starting room.
  • In the german version of runescape, they're called "afterlife runes".

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