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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 4,250 coins (update) No
Rune claw Rune claw 6,347 coins (update) Yes
Rune hatchet Rune hatchet 7,045 coins (update) No
Rune mace Rune mace 7,792 coins (update) No
Rune sword Rune sword 11,910 coins (update) No
Rune longsword Rune longsword 18,323 coins (update) No
Rune scimitar Rune scimitar 14,873 coins (update) No
Rune spear Rune spear 11,419 coins (update) Yes
Rune hasta Rune hasta 11,756 coins (update) Yes
Rune warhammer Rune warhammer 25,473 coins (update) No
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 24,131 coins (update) No
Rune 2h sword Rune two-handed sword 37,356 coins (update) No
Rune halberd Rune halberd 75,482 coins (update) Yes
Rune pickaxe Rune pickaxe 18,701 coins (update) No
Rune defender Rune defender N/A Yes
Rune cane Rune cane 49,982 coins (update) Yes

Off-hand weaponsEdit

Image Name GE Price Members Only
Off-hand rune battleaxe Off-hand rune battleaxe 24,310 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune crossbow Off-hand rune crossbow 9,512 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune dagger Off-hand rune dagger 3,919 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune knife Off-hand rune knife 1,957 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune longsword Off-hand rune longsword 18,013 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune mace Off-hand rune mace 7,697 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune scimitar Off-hand rune scimitar 20,748 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune sword Off-hand rune sword 11,783 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune throwing axe Off-hand rune throwing axe 996 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune warhammer Off-hand rune warhammer 24,753 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune claw Off-hand rune claw 3,005 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune dart Off-hand rune dart 879 coins (update) Yes

Ranged weaponsEdit

Image Name GE Price Members Only
Rune crossbow Rune crossbow 8,911 coins (update) Yes
Rune 2h crossbow Rune 2h crossbow 9,118 coins (update) Yes
Runite bolts 1 Rune bolts 401 coins (update) Yes
Rune arrow 1 Rune arrow 151 coins (update) No
Rune brutal 1 Rune brutal arrows 545 coins (update) Yes
Rune dart Rune darts 97 coins (update) Yes
Rune javelin Rune javelin 168 coins (update) No
Rune throwing axe Rune thrownaxe 191 coins (update) Yes
Rune knife Rune knife 48 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 10,647 N/A
Rune full helm Rune full helm 20,156 N/A
Rune chainbody Rune chainbody 29,022 50,000
Rune platebody Rune platebody 38,124 65,500
Rune platelegs Rune platelegs 37,194 64,000
Rune plateskirt Rune plateskirt 37,054 64,000
Rune square shield Rune sq shield 21,988 N/A
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 31,603 N/A
Rune spikeshield Rune spikeshieldRune spikeshield 0 56,242 (in uncharged form) 200 FoG tokens (in charged form)
Rune berserker shield Rune berserker shieldRune berserker shield 0 50,959 (in uncharged form) 300 FoG tokens (in charged form)
Rune boots(m) Rune boots 7,194 N/A
Rune gloves(m) Culinaromancer's gloves 8 N/A 5,000
Rune gauntlets Rune gauntlets 208,271 (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


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) 55,927 coins (update)
Rune platebody (t) Rune platebody (t) 60,066 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (t) Rune platelegs (t) 49,677 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (t) Rune plateskirt (t) 37,903 coins (update)
Rune kiteshield (t) Rune kiteshield (t) 35,323 coins (update)

Gold-trimmed (Free-to-play)

Image Type GE Price
Rune full helm (g) Rune full helm (g) 127,926 coins (update)
Rune platebody (g) Rune platebody (g) 224,612 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (g) Rune platelegs (g) 97,985 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (g) Rune plateskirt (g) 37,194 coins (update)
Rune kiteshield (g) Rune kiteshield (g) 66,173 coins (update)


Image Type GE Price
Gilded full helm Gilded full helm 955,323 coins (update)
Gilded platebody Gilded platebody 1,503,128 coins (update)
Gilded platelegs Gilded platelegs 1,018,456 coins (update)
Gilded plateskirt Gilded plateskirt 88,092 coins (update)
Gilded kiteshield Gilded kiteshield 369,997 coins (update)

Rune heraldic armour (Free-to-play)

Image Type GE Price
Rune helm (h1) Rune helm (h1) 20,069 coins (update)
Rune platebody (h1) Rune platebody (h1) 37,686 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (h1) Rune platelegs (h1) 36,185 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (h1) Rune plateskirt (h1) 35,308 coins (update)
Rune shield (h1) Rune shield (h1) 30,496 coins (update)
Image Type GE Price
Rune helm (h2) Rune helm (h2) 19,549 coins (update)
Rune platebody (h2) Rune platebody (h2) 37,009 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (h2) Rune platelegs (h2) 35,991 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (h2) Rune plateskirt (h2) 35,966 coins (update)
Rune shield (h2) Rune shield (h2) 30,064 coins (update)
Image Type GE Price
Rune helm (h3) Rune helm (h3) 20,781 coins (update)
Rune platebody (h3) Rune platebody (h3) 35,322 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (h3) Rune platelegs (h3) 36,835 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (h3) Rune plateskirt (h3) 36,125 coins (update)
Rune shield (h3) Rune shield (h3) 29,704 coins (update)
Image Type GE Price
Rune helm (h4) Rune helm (h4) 19,543 coins (update)
Rune platebody (h4) Rune platebody (h4) 37,139 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (h4) Rune platelegs (h4) 36,203 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (h4) Rune plateskirt (h4) 35,545 coins (update)
Rune shield (h4) Rune shield (h4) 29,528 coins (update)
Image Type GE Price
Rune helm (h5) Rune helm (h5) 24,440 coins (update)
Rune platebody (h5) Rune platebody (h5) 37,704 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (h5) Rune platelegs (h5) 36,294 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (h5) Rune plateskirt (h5) 35,987 coins (update)
Rune shield (h5) Rune shield (h5) 30,746 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 371,968 coins (update)
Zamorak platebody Zamorak platebody 633,757 coins (update)
Zamorak platelegs Zamorak platelegs 181,932 coins (update)
Zamorak plateskirt Zamorak plateskirt 37,781 coins (update)
Zamorak kiteshield Zamorak kiteshield 114,424 coins (update)


Image Type GE Price
Guthix full helm Guthix full helm 133,054 coins (update)
Guthix platebody Guthix platebody 229,375 coins (update)
Guthix platelegs Guthix platelegs 201,573 coins (update)
Guthix plateskirt Guthix plateskirt 37,311 coins (update)
Guthix kiteshield Guthix kiteshield 84,176 coins (update)


Image Type GE Price
Saradomin full helm Saradomin full helm 531,688 coins (update)
Saradomin platebody Saradomin platebody 999,522 coins (update)
Saradomin platelegs Saradomin platelegs 270,767 coins (update)
Saradomin plateskirt Saradomin plateskirt 37,645 coins (update)
Saradomin kiteshield Saradomin kiteshield 197,567 coins (update)


Image Type GE Price
Armadyl full helm Armadyl full helm 335,358 coins (update)
Armadyl platebody Armadyl platebody 383,882 coins (update)
Armadyl platelegs Armadyl platelegs 132,504 coins (update)
Armadyl plateskirt Armadyl plateskirt 43,109 coins (update)
Armadyl kiteshield Armadyl kiteshield 191,317 coins (update)


Image Type GE Price
Bandos full helm Bandos full helm 290,209 coins (update)
Bandos platebody Bandos platebody 346,947 coins (update)
Bandos platelegs Bandos platelegs 141,943 coins (update)
Bandos plateskirt Bandos plateskirt 37,421 coins (update)
Bandos kiteshield Bandos kiteshield 169,097 coins (update)

Ancient (Zaros)

Image Type GE Price
Ancient full helm Ancient full helm 539,125 coins (update)
Ancient platebody Ancient platebody 1,164,289 coins (update)
Ancient platelegs Ancient platelegs 389,290 coins (update)
Ancient plateskirt Ancient plateskirt 37,707 coins (update)
Ancient kiteshield Ancient kiteshield 281,517 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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