Runecoins can be obtained with real world currencies. On the second Jagex Runescape Livestream it was discussed that they were thinking of other ways to give players Runecoins other than buying them.
In the Solomon's Store FAQ, Jagex confirmed that Runecoins could only be bought through the billing system at the time, and are not available through gameplay. It was also stated that Loyalty points, Squeal of Fortune spins and Gold cannot be used to buy anything from Solomon's General Store. However, this has been changed with the merge of the Membership Loyalty Programme as now certain items are given an alternative to be purchased with Loyalty Points. Runecoins can now also be obtained with Bonds, which can be obtained by payment or in the Grand Exchange, giving 160 Runecoins per bond. Runecoins can now also be earned by clicking the earn tab in Solomon's General Store.
Runecoins have a maximum life span of twelve months from purchase. If Runecoins remain in a player's balance for twelve months after they were purchased or generated, they disappear without a refund.
|Currency||200 Runecoins||400 Runecoins (+20 bonus)||
800 Runecoins (+100 bonus)
|2000 Runecoins (+400 bonus)||4000 Runecoins (+1200 bonus)|
|New Zealand Dollars||$5.99||$11.99||$23.99||$59.99||$120.00|
Certain quantities of Runecoins are only available with certain payment methods.
There are also packages available to American players. If an American player uses game cards (available for $10 or $25) they have a range of options when redeemed, such as spins:
- 460 RuneCoins and 40 Treasure Hunter Keys for $25
Note: These prices are only for online billing.
Game cards offer lower values than these.
If a player joins the Premier Club and purchases a silver or gold package, the player will be granted 500 RuneCoins or 2000 RuneCoins respectively as part of their package. During the 2013 sale of this you will not receive Runecoins, although this was offered during the first sale.
The value of RuneCoins included in the Silver package is worth aprox $11.90USD with numerous other benefits included.
The value of RuneCoins included in the Gold package is worth aprox $41.70USD with numerous other benefits included.
Runecoins have caused some controversy, as some players believe that it is a form of real world trading (RWT) which Jagex has fought against for years. However, due to the nature of their terms and conditions of RuneScape, it is clear that RWT is defined as "a third party selling content of which does not belong to them". This means that all items, XP and coins are property of Jagex, and so 'breaking their own rules' has no conclusive argument.