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This article is about the miniquest. For other uses, see Trader (disambiguation).

Rogue Trader is a miniquest playable after completing The Feud quest. There are 3 parts to the Rogue Trader minigame. Each part allows the player to buy something different from Ali Morrisane. Note: There is nothing here to kill you, unless you are poisoned or die of thirst in the desert.

Having fully unlocked the rune shop is one of the requirements for getting a trimmed Completionist cape.


To complete all 3 parts of the Rogue Trader minigame, players will need:



Part 1: Runes from AuburyEdit

RuneSudoku chest
Aubrey's rune chest at Ali's stand.

Players start by talking to Ali Morrisane. He tells the player to talk to Aubury in Varrock about a rune deal. After doing so, players should return to Ali Morrisane. He complains that there is an odd lock mechanism on the caskets of runes and that he is unable to open them.

There are 2 caskets: Small Casket and Large Casket. For both caskets, players get these three options:

  • Force Box: higher chances of success with higher Strength levels, provides Strength experience
  • Pick Lock: higher chances of success with higher Thieving levels, provides Thieving experience
  • Examine Lock: players will see a "RuneSudoku" puzzle.

The Small Casket contains elemental runes and is easier to open compared to the Large Casket. The Large Casket contains non-elemental runes. Players may choose the "Pick Lock" or "Force Lock" options on the Small Casket. However, it is impossible to open the Large Casket by choosing either of these options.

Opening the caskets provides Ali with his stock. With time, Ali's stock decreases slowly, presumably as he sells the runes. Players may replenish his stock by opening more caskets.

After opening the caskets, players have the options of choosing either to buy all the runes (of unknown type and quantity) for a specified amount or to see what the runes are. Seeing what they are adds them to Ali's stock. Even if players decide to see what the runes are, they can still buy them from his stock for a more expensive price compared to if they did not choose to see the runes first. In order to buy the runes inside a large casket (assuming you have solved the puzzle) you must have the coins in your inventory. Your Money Pouch WILL Work. Also, the price it states to buy the runes is innaccurate. You will be charged for the cost of the runes as if you bought them from a regular store.


Rogue Trader Small Casket
RuneSudoku puzzle (for Small Casket)
Rogue Trader - Examine
RuneSudoku screen for Large Caskets.

The runes substitute numbers in a standard Sudoku puzzle. Players may either solve the "RuneSudoku" puzzle themselves or use a Sudoku solver to solve the puzzle.

A trick that ALWAYS works with the Small Casket is to position the runes as shown.

1 2 3 4
4 3 2 1
3 4 1 2
2 1 4 3

The placement of the starting runes varies, but the pattern is always the same. This pattern can always be performed, regardless of the starting placement.

Part 2: Blackjacks from PollnivneachEdit

In order to obtain different types of Blackjacks (Defensive Blackjacks and Offensive Blackjacks), players have to talk to the Blackjack seller in Pollnivneach. He is just south of Ali the Kebab-Seller. Players may do the steps for offensive and defensive in either order.

For defensive blackjacks, players need to go through the conversation with the blackjack seller and choose the 'cunning plan'. Players then need to talk to the Street Urchin, who asks the player for 100 coins to assist in convincing the Blackjack seller that he needs to produce some different equipment. When players return to Ali Morisanne, they can purchase defensive blackjacks from him.

For offensive blackjacks, the player must bet that the blackjack seller cannot knock out the player with two hits from a blackjack. After attacking the player twice (for no damage), he agrees that the blackjacks need to be stronger. When players return to Ali Morisanne, they can purchase offensive blackjacks from him.

Occasionally, the blackjack seller may knock out the player, causing 30 damage. This will cause you to need to go through the motions of both attacks again.

Players may repeat this process to switch between Defensive and Offensive Blackjacks.

Part 3: Clothes from SophanemEdit

Red menaphite robes equipped
A player wearing a set of Red and Yellow Menaphite robes.

If players have completed Itchlarin's Little Helper, they may take a carpet ride from south Pollnivneach to Sophanem, and talk to Siamun in the building with the Spinning wheel or around the Silk stall.

Siamun is a rude, gruff character who wants either 3 dyes or 3 animal pelts of the same animal. Allowed animal pelts could stem from cow (cowhide not tanned), snake, sheep (i.e., wool), bear, wolves, and possibly some other creatures. If players do not have them in inventory, they could retrieve them from the closest bank (Shantay Pass or Nardah for those who have not completed Contact!, otherwise the one in Sophanem) and return. Once the items are given to Siamun, he begins shipping the Desert outfits (for pelts) or Menaphite clothing (for dyes). When players talk to Ali Morrisane back in Al-Kharid, he asks that the player to return to Sophanem to ask Siamun to make additional clothing.

Players may repeat the process to switch between Menaphite clothing and the Desert outfits.


Ali Morrisane in Al-Kharid will now sell:

  • Fez Desert top Desert top (overcoat) Desert legs Desert robes Desert outfits
  • Menap headgear (purple)Menaphite top (purple)Menaphite robe (purple)Menap action kilt (purple) Menap headgear (red)Menaphite top (red)Menaphite robe (red)Menap action kilt (red) Menaphite clothing
  • Defensive, and Offensive Blackjacks
  • Coins 100 100 - Magic Carpet rides at discounted prices, Fast Travel now Coins 250 500 from usual Coins 1000 1,000
  • Runes are often more expensive than normal store prices as seen below.
RuneCost per runeGE PriceSavings
Fire rune Fire rune 17 coins 35 coins Coins 5 18 coins
Water rune Water rune 17 coins 20 coins Coins 3 3 coins
Air rune Air rune 17 coins 35 coins Coins 5 18 coins
Earth rune Earth rune 17 coins 11 coins Coins 5 -6 coins
Mind rune Mind rune 17 coins 4 coins Coins 5 -13 coins
Body rune Body rune 16 coins 6 coins Coins 5 -10 coins
Chaos rune Chaos rune 140 coins 41 coins Coins 25 -99 coins
Death rune Death rune 310 coins 113 coins Coins 100 -197 coins
Cosmic rune Cosmic rune 232 coins 244 coins Coins 5 12 coins
Law rune Law rune 378 coins 293 coins Coins 25 -85 coins
Nature rune Nature rune 228 coins 324 coins Coins 25 96 coins
Blood rune Blood rune 550 coins 208 coins Coins 250 -342 coins
Soul rune Soul rune 410 coins 142 coins Coins 250 -268 coins

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