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Rune equipment are items made from the runite metal, and are the second best (but best non-degradable) equipment in free to play worlds. It is stronger than adamant equipment but weaker than corrupt dragon equipment. In the past, rune equipment was often criticised as being "too expensive", especially to free players. The price of rune equipment was controversial, as non-combat skillers with a decently high level in their speciality and therefore make good money have no problem purchasing such items. However, in recent times, due to rapidly falling prices, the vast majority of players can afford a full set of rune by the time they reach the requirements to use said equipment. Many players have enough money to afford much more expensive variations of rune armour, such as trimmed, gold-trimmed, gilded, heraldic, or armour in the colour of the gods.

Rune WeaponsEdit

Rune weapons are cyan and require an Attack level of 50 (apart from the rune cane, which requires only 48) to wield. They were formerly the best weapons available to free players until the introduction of Corrupted dragon equipment and the Gravite weapons. However, they are still regarded as the best weapons in F2P, as they do not disappear like corrupt dragon, and do not degrade like gravite. As with all runite items, rune weapons tend to exhibit a colour that could be considered a darker form of steel.


Attack Bonuses are not the only factor a player should consider when choosing a weapon, speed is essential to combat! (especially when training along side other players) As a general rule, smaller/lighter weapons are faster than the larger/heavier ones. (ex. A rune longsword is faster than a rune battleaxe) Always remember this when reviewing these weapons:

RS Classic Rune Weapons

Rune Weapons as seen in RuneScape Classic.

Melee weaponsEdit

Image Name GE Price Members Only
Rune dagger Rune dagger 4,183 coins (update) No
Rune claw Rune claw 6,416 coins (update) Yes
Rune hatchet Rune hatchet 7,164 coins (update) No
Rune mace Rune mace 7,802 coins (update) No
Rune sword Rune sword 11,845 coins (update) No
Rune longsword Rune longsword 18,308 coins (update) No
Rune scimitar Rune scimitar 14,779 coins (update) No
Rune spear Rune spear 11,388 coins (update) Yes
Rune hasta Rune hasta 11,693 coins (update) Yes
Rune warhammer Rune warhammer 23,923 coins (update) No
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 24,149 coins (update) No
Rune 2h sword Rune two-handed sword 37,324 coins (update) No
Rune halberd Rune halberd 75,443 coins (update) Yes
Rune pickaxe Rune pickaxe 18,444 coins (update) No
Rune defender Rune defender N/A Yes
Rune cane Rune cane 60,767 coins (update) Yes

Off-hand weaponsEdit

Image Name GE Price Members Only
Off-hand rune battleaxe Off-hand rune battleaxe 24,687 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune crossbow Off-hand rune crossbow 9,415 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune dagger Off-hand rune dagger 4,427 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune knife Off-hand rune knife 1,995 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune longsword Off-hand rune longsword 19,544 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune mace Off-hand rune mace 7,613 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune scimitar Off-hand rune scimitar 25,333 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune sword Off-hand rune sword 11,737 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune throwing axe Off-hand rune throwing axe 1,008 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune warhammer Off-hand rune warhammer 24,672 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune claw Off-hand rune claw 3,279 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune dart Off-hand rune dart 881 coins (update) Yes

Ranged weaponsEdit

Image Name GE Price Members Only
Rune crossbow Rune crossbow 8,966 coins (update) Yes
Rune 2h crossbow Rune 2h crossbow 9,184 coins (update) Yes
Runite bolts 1 Rune bolts 454 coins (update) Yes
Rune arrow 1 Rune arrow 147 coins (update) No
Rune brutal 1 Rune brutal arrows 578 coins (update) Yes
Rune dart Rune darts 91 coins (update) Yes
Rune javelin Rune javelin 181 coins (update) No
Rune throwing axe Rune thrownaxe 197 coins (update) Yes
Rune knife Rune knife 70 coins (update) Yes

Armour Edit

RS Classic Rune Armour

Rune Armour as seen in RuneScape Classic.

Rune armour is the highest-quality non-degradable armour that free-to-play players can wear, and the second-highest quality armour on the standard metallic armour spectrum (bronze to dragon). Rune armour requires 50 Defence to wear, though the rune platebody also requires completion of Dragon Slayer. With a full set costing around 137,500 coins, the armour provides excellent defence for its price.

Name Image Exchange Price Store Price
Rune helm Rune helm 10,699 N/A
Rune full helm Rune full helm 20,294 N/A
Rune chainbody Rune chainbody 29,083 50,000
Rune platebody Rune platebody 38,078 65,500
Rune platelegs Rune platelegs 37,363 64,000
Rune plateskirt Rune plateskirt 37,545 64,000
Rune square shield Rune sq shield 22,350 N/A
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 31,743 N/A
Rune spikeshield Rune spikeshieldRune spikeshield 0 55,843 (in uncharged form) 200 FoG tokens (in charged form)
Rune berserker shield Rune berserker shieldRune berserker shield 0 54,236 (in uncharged form) 300 FoG tokens (in charged form)
Rune boots(m) Rune boots 7,001 N/A
Rune gloves(m) Culinaromancer's gloves 8 N/A 5,000
Rune gauntlets Rune gauntlets 205,078 (in worn-out form) 200 FoG tokens

Obtaining from the Champions' Guild Edit

Rune armour is the best type of armour for a non-member; the only armour that's better statistically is the corrupt dragon armour, which crumbles to dust after 30 minutes and is very expensive. For this reason, Rune armour is more popular among non-members. The rune platebody can only be worn after the completion of the Dragon Slayer quest, though all other pieces of rune armour can be worn without its completion - rune platelegs, rune plateskirts, rune chainbodies, rune swords, rune maces, etc. can be bought in Scavvo's Rune Store on the second floor of the Champions' Guild just south of Varrock or the Grand Exchange.

  • Rune plateskirt: 64,000 coins
  • Rune platelegs: 64,000 coins
  • Rune chainbody: 50,000 coins
  • Rune longsword: 32,000 coins
  • Rune sword: 20,800 coins
  • Rune mace: 14,400 coins
  • Rune 2h: 40,000 coins


Ornamental rune armour, heraldic rune armour, trimmed rune armour, God armour, and Gilded armour have the same bonuses as standard rune armour. These can be obtained from the member's only Treasure Trails.

Rune armour set (t) equipped

A male player wearing full rune trimmed armour.

Trimmed (Free-to-play)

Image Type GE Price
Rune full helm (t) Rune full helm (t) 64,800 coins (update)
Rune platebody (t) Rune platebody (t) 73,211 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (t) Rune platelegs (t) 61,667 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (t) Rune plateskirt (t) 37,598 coins (update)
Rune kiteshield (t) Rune kiteshield (t) 39,783 coins (update)

Gold-trimmed (Free-to-play)

Image Type GE Price
Rune full helm (g) Rune full helm (g) 165,606 coins (update)
Rune platebody (g) Rune platebody (g) 296,619 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (g) Rune platelegs (g) 125,174 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (g) Rune plateskirt (g) 37,399 coins (update)
Rune kiteshield (g) Rune kiteshield (g) 77,724 coins (update)


Image Type GE Price
Gilded full helm Gilded full helm 1,021,597 coins (update)
Gilded platebody Gilded platebody 1,781,886 coins (update)
Gilded platelegs Gilded platelegs 1,171,845 coins (update)
Gilded plateskirt Gilded plateskirt 84,428 coins (update)
Gilded kiteshield Gilded kiteshield 410,422 coins (update)

Rune heraldic armour (Free-to-play)

Image Type GE Price
Rune helm (h1) Rune helm (h1) 19,527 coins (update)
Rune platebody (h1) Rune platebody (h1) 37,557 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (h1) Rune platelegs (h1) 36,114 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (h1) Rune plateskirt (h1) 35,405 coins (update)
Rune shield (h1) Rune shield (h1) 31,365 coins (update)
Image Type GE Price
Rune helm (h2) Rune helm (h2) 19,114 coins (update)
Rune platebody (h2) Rune platebody (h2) 36,979 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (h2) Rune platelegs (h2) 35,828 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (h2) Rune plateskirt (h2) 35,964 coins (update)
Rune shield (h2) Rune shield (h2) 29,935 coins (update)
Image Type GE Price
Rune helm (h3) Rune helm (h3) 21,366 coins (update)
Rune platebody (h3) Rune platebody (h3) 37,996 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (h3) Rune platelegs (h3) 36,431 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (h3) Rune plateskirt (h3) 36,066 coins (update)
Rune shield (h3) Rune shield (h3) 30,120 coins (update)
Image Type GE Price
Rune helm (h4) Rune helm (h4) 19,346 coins (update)
Rune platebody (h4) Rune platebody (h4) 36,277 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (h4) Rune platelegs (h4) 36,378 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (h4) Rune plateskirt (h4) 35,704 coins (update)
Rune shield (h4) Rune shield (h4) 29,525 coins (update)
Image Type GE Price
Rune helm (h5) Rune helm (h5) 27,113 coins (update)
Rune platebody (h5) Rune platebody (h5) 35,808 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (h5) Rune platelegs (h5) 36,147 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (h5) Rune plateskirt (h5) 35,794 coins (update)
Rune shield (h5) Rune shield (h5) 30,956 coins (update)

God Armour (Free-to-Play) Edit

Guthix armour set (lg) male equipped

A player wearing Guthixian rune armour.


Image Type GE Price
Zamorak full helm Zamorak full helm 428,565 coins (update)
Zamorak platebody Zamorak platebody 605,881 coins (update)
Zamorak platelegs Zamorak platelegs 184,411 coins (update)
Zamorak plateskirt Zamorak plateskirt 38,307 coins (update)
Zamorak kiteshield Zamorak kiteshield 128,597 coins (update)


Image Type GE Price
Guthix full helm Guthix full helm 222,729 coins (update)
Guthix platebody Guthix platebody 222,140 coins (update)
Guthix platelegs Guthix platelegs 303,837 coins (update)
Guthix plateskirt Guthix plateskirt 37,839 coins (update)
Guthix kiteshield Guthix kiteshield 107,961 coins (update)


Image Type GE Price
Saradomin full helm Saradomin full helm 673,526 coins (update)
Saradomin platebody Saradomin platebody 1,012,534 coins (update)
Saradomin platelegs Saradomin platelegs 284,277 coins (update)
Saradomin plateskirt Saradomin plateskirt 38,011 coins (update)
Saradomin kiteshield Saradomin kiteshield 257,167 coins (update)


Image Type GE Price
Armadyl full helm Armadyl full helm 500,221 coins (update)
Armadyl platebody Armadyl platebody 573,580 coins (update)
Armadyl platelegs Armadyl platelegs 168,685 coins (update)
Armadyl plateskirt Armadyl plateskirt 51,680 coins (update)
Armadyl kiteshield Armadyl kiteshield 269,292 coins (update)


Image Type GE Price
Bandos full helm Bandos full helm 441,181 coins (update)
Bandos platebody Bandos platebody 525,164 coins (update)
Bandos platelegs Bandos platelegs 161,315 coins (update)
Bandos plateskirt Bandos plateskirt 38,322 coins (update)
Bandos kiteshield Bandos kiteshield 233,716 coins (update)

Ancient (Zaros)

Image Type GE Price
Ancient full helm Ancient full helm 673,973 coins (update)
Ancient platebody Ancient platebody 1,264,366 coins (update)
Ancient platelegs Ancient platelegs 343,618 coins (update)
Ancient plateskirt Ancient plateskirt 39,031 coins (update)
Ancient kiteshield Ancient kiteshield 345,438 coins (update)

Rune Armour in RSC Edit

Long ago, during the early development stages of RuneScape Classic, rune armour didn't exist. Prior to its release in mid-to-late 2001, Jagex planned on making the colour of rune purple. There are images floating around the internet of a Purple Rune 2 Handed Sword in a trade screen from RuneScape Classic. After Rune was released, it was changed to a cyan colour. Once RuneScape 2 was released the cyan colour of Rune armour was toned down into a more shaded colour.


  • All the god, trimmed, heraldic, and gilded versions of rune have the same exact stats as regular rune; it is only a different colour.
  • Players can't trim rune armour, or any armour for that matter. Players tell others they can trim or gold-trim their armour for them, only to run off with the armour they were given by unsuspecting players. This was a common scamming method before the trading limit update of 2007, and returned as a common scam with the removal of trade limits in 2011.
  • When you pulled a Christmas cracker from the 2001 event, you received a partyhat and a random normal object. The partyhats, (now 1500M to 2147M) were often disregarded, as there was a chance to get runite armour, which was worth millions at that time.
  • Rune plate armour is the only armour to come in 15 distinct variations (Gilded being P2P) all with the same stats. The second highest are black plate and adamant plate, with 8 variations each. The most popular being Zamorak and Saradomin.
  • On 23 May 2010, a glitch appeared in which players with access to the Warriors' Guild could duplicate Rune armour sets. This was done by placing a helmet, platebody, and platelegs on the machine and eating a Rotten apple just before the player died. A Player could say to Shanomi that his or her armour set had disappeared. Shanomi would give him or her another one, with the one on the ground too. This was patched within 24 hours after Jagex discovered it, but it had already been exploited for weeks. None of the accounts that used the bug to duplicate rune armour sets were able to be banned.
  • On 6 March 2012, rune armour, along with many other armours, received a graphical rework.
  • Before Runescape 3, it only required 40 attack or 40 defence, attack to wear rune.

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