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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 4,288 coins (update) No
Rune claw Rune claw 6,383 coins (update) Yes
Rune hatchet Rune hatchet 7,252 coins (update) No
Rune mace Rune mace 7,970 coins (update) No
Rune sword Rune sword 11,928 coins (update) No
Rune longsword Rune longsword 18,461 coins (update) No
Rune scimitar Rune scimitar 14,967 coins (update) No
Rune spear Rune spear 11,367 coins (update) Yes
Rune hasta Rune hasta 11,664 coins (update) Yes
Rune warhammer Rune warhammer 24,841 coins (update) No
Rune battleaxe Rune battleaxe 24,209 coins (update) No
Rune 2h sword Rune two-handed sword 37,369 coins (update) No
Rune halberd Rune halberd 75,806 coins (update) Yes
Rune pickaxe Rune pickaxe 18,660 coins (update) No
Rune defender Rune defender N/A Yes
Rune cane Rune cane 26,324 coins (update) Yes

Off-hand weaponsEdit

Image Name GE Price Members Only
Off-hand rune battleaxe Off-hand rune battleaxe 24,303 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune crossbow Off-hand rune crossbow 9,348 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune dagger Off-hand rune dagger 4,047 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune knife Off-hand rune knife 1,117 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune longsword Off-hand rune longsword 18,265 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune mace Off-hand rune mace 7,785 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune scimitar Off-hand rune scimitar 16,153 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune sword Off-hand rune sword 11,781 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune throwing axe Off-hand rune throwing axe 572 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune warhammer Off-hand rune warhammer 23,867 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune claw Off-hand rune claw 2,818 coins (update) Yes
Off-hand rune dart Off-hand rune dart 610 coins (update) Yes

Ranged weaponsEdit

Image Name GE Price Members Only
Rune crossbow Rune crossbow 8,746 coins (update) Yes
Rune 2h crossbow Rune 2h crossbow 9,127 coins (update) Yes
Runite bolts 1 Rune bolts 357 coins (update) Yes
Rune arrow 1 Rune arrow 149 coins (update) No
Rune brutal 1 Rune brutal arrows 515 coins (update) Yes
Rune dart Rune darts 96 coins (update) Yes
Rune javelin Rune javelin 175 coins (update) No
Rune throwing axe Rune thrownaxe 193 coins (update) Yes
Rune knife Rune knife 58 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 10,886 N/A
Rune full helm Rune full helm 20,319 N/A
Rune chainbody Rune chainbody 29,213 50,000
Rune platebody Rune platebody 38,062 65,500
Rune platelegs Rune platelegs 37,548 64,000
Rune plateskirt Rune plateskirt 37,272 64,000
Rune square shield Rune sq shield 22,421 N/A
Rune kiteshield Rune kiteshield 31,817 N/A
Rune spikeshield Rune spikeshieldRune spikeshield 0 55,381 (in uncharged form) 200 FoG tokens (in charged form)
Rune berserker shield Rune berserker shieldRune berserker shield 0 50,542 (in uncharged form) 300 FoG tokens (in charged form)
Rune boots(m) Rune boots 7,078 N/A
Rune gloves(m) Culinaromancer's gloves 8 N/A 5,000
Rune gauntlets Rune gauntlets 235,923 (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) 29,507 coins (update)
Rune platebody (t) Rune platebody (t) 47,004 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (t) Rune platelegs (t) 39,553 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (t) Rune plateskirt (t) 36,726 coins (update)
Rune kiteshield (t) Rune kiteshield (t) 34,524 coins (update)

Gold-trimmed (Free-to-play)

Image Type GE Price
Rune full helm (g) Rune full helm (g) 93,855 coins (update)
Rune platebody (g) Rune platebody (g) 181,303 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (g) Rune platelegs (g) 82,622 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (g) Rune plateskirt (g) 35,338 coins (update)
Rune kiteshield (g) Rune kiteshield (g) 54,004 coins (update)


Image Type GE Price
Gilded full helm Gilded full helm 732,482 coins (update)
Gilded platebody Gilded platebody 1,256,043 coins (update)
Gilded platelegs Gilded platelegs 1,150,952 coins (update)
Gilded plateskirt Gilded plateskirt 108,465 coins (update)
Gilded kiteshield Gilded kiteshield 288,664 coins (update)

Rune heraldic armour (Free-to-play)

Image Type GE Price
Rune helm (h1) Rune helm (h1) 19,813 coins (update)
Rune platebody (h1) Rune platebody (h1) 37,617 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (h1) Rune platelegs (h1) 36,436 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (h1) Rune plateskirt (h1) 35,641 coins (update)
Rune shield (h1) Rune shield (h1) 31,054 coins (update)
Image Type GE Price
Rune helm (h2) Rune helm (h2) 19,329 coins (update)
Rune platebody (h2) Rune platebody (h2) 36,435 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (h2) Rune platelegs (h2) 35,825 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (h2) Rune plateskirt (h2) 35,851 coins (update)
Rune shield (h2) Rune shield (h2) 29,874 coins (update)
Image Type GE Price
Rune helm (h3) Rune helm (h3) 19,342 coins (update)
Rune platebody (h3) Rune platebody (h3) 36,662 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (h3) Rune platelegs (h3) 35,389 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (h3) Rune plateskirt (h3) 35,659 coins (update)
Rune shield (h3) Rune shield (h3) 30,010 coins (update)
Image Type GE Price
Rune helm (h4) Rune helm (h4) 19,412 coins (update)
Rune platebody (h4) Rune platebody (h4) 36,672 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (h4) Rune platelegs (h4) 35,972 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (h4) Rune plateskirt (h4) 35,808 coins (update)
Rune shield (h4) Rune shield (h4) 29,904 coins (update)
Image Type GE Price
Rune helm (h5) Rune helm (h5) 19,759 coins (update)
Rune platebody (h5) Rune platebody (h5) 37,360 coins (update)
Rune platelegs (h5) Rune platelegs (h5) 35,510 coins (update)
Rune plateskirt (h5) Rune plateskirt (h5) 35,930 coins (update)
Rune shield (h5) Rune shield (h5) 30,224 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 312,350 coins (update)
Zamorak platebody Zamorak platebody 430,220 coins (update)
Zamorak platelegs Zamorak platelegs 125,999 coins (update)
Zamorak plateskirt Zamorak plateskirt 38,022 coins (update)
Zamorak kiteshield Zamorak kiteshield 58,774 coins (update)


Image Type GE Price
Guthix full helm Guthix full helm 108,848 coins (update)
Guthix platebody Guthix platebody 136,178 coins (update)
Guthix platelegs Guthix platelegs 72,072 coins (update)
Guthix plateskirt Guthix plateskirt 37,280 coins (update)
Guthix kiteshield Guthix kiteshield 47,780 coins (update)


Image Type GE Price
Saradomin full helm Saradomin full helm 431,975 coins (update)
Saradomin platebody Saradomin platebody 827,670 coins (update)
Saradomin platelegs Saradomin platelegs 201,448 coins (update)
Saradomin plateskirt Saradomin plateskirt 37,621 coins (update)
Saradomin kiteshield Saradomin kiteshield 140,562 coins (update)


Image Type GE Price
Armadyl full helm Armadyl full helm 71,329 coins (update)
Armadyl platebody Armadyl platebody 89,002 coins (update)
Armadyl platelegs Armadyl platelegs 65,481 coins (update)
Armadyl plateskirt Armadyl plateskirt 36,797 coins (update)
Armadyl kiteshield Armadyl kiteshield 49,979 coins (update)


Image Type GE Price
Bandos full helm Bandos full helm 49,194 coins (update)
Bandos platebody Bandos platebody 88,637 coins (update)
Bandos platelegs Bandos platelegs 64,760 coins (update)
Bandos plateskirt Bandos plateskirt 37,166 coins (update)
Bandos kiteshield Bandos kiteshield 49,026 coins (update)

Ancient (Zaros)

Image Type GE Price
Ancient full helm Ancient full helm 94,865 coins (update)
Ancient platebody Ancient platebody 148,096 coins (update)
Ancient platelegs Ancient platelegs 74,742 coins (update)
Ancient plateskirt Ancient plateskirt 36,849 coins (update)
Ancient kiteshield Ancient kiteshield 46,831 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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