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This article is about the stones used for casting Magic spells. For the metal used to make weapons and armour, see Runite (metal).
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Guthix runes

Guthix creating runes with the Stone of Jas, as seen in Meeting history.

Air rune

A piece of concept art of an air rune, as shown in the God letters.

Runes are small, weightless stones that allow players to cast spells using the Magic skill. Runes can be either bought from the various Rune shops found across RuneScape, traded with other players, purchased on the Grand Exchange, created from rune essence or pure essence through the Runecrafting skill, obtained from the Runecrafting Guild, procured from drops by killing monsters, or picked up from spawns on the ground.

The elemental runes (air, water, earth and fire, named after the Greek classical elements) can be substituted for by wielding a respective elemental staff, battlestaff or mystic staff. The only times an elemental staff cannot be used to substitute for runes is when setting up a portal in the Portal Chamber of a player-owned house, or when charging a Polypore Staff.

Runes come in a number of different types, but they can be categorised according to themes based on their names. For example, mind, body, blood and soul are all constituent parts of a human; cosmic and astral pertain to outer space; nature is in Guthix, law is in Saradomin, and chaos is in Zamorak; and life and death occur in time. The six combinations runes (mud, mist, lava, smoke, steam and dust) cover all possible pairs of the four elemental runes.


When the humans first came to the realm of Gielinor through the World Gate in the First Age, Guthix created Runestones, allowing the humans and other sentient races to practise the Magic arts. These runestones were created by Guthix using an ancient artefact called the Stone of Jas, which he found on Gielinor when he arrived.

In the Second Age, the humans continued and expanded the practice of magic. However, the runes that Guthix had provided began to dwindle and became a much sought after commodity. Many mages such as Dahmaroc had to fight each other for runestones. During one such fight, Dahmaroc was turned into stone himself, becoming what he once sought after so much.

At some point in the Second Age, the ability to craft runes was discovered when V - a Fremennik Seer - found the Stone of Jas in the Lunar Isle mine. Although the Stone was taken by 'those that walk a higher astral path', V discovered that the rocks around it had formed the Rune Essence, which is a magical rock capable of absorbing the elements of Magic. He and his followers then created the Runecrafting Altars in special areas most attuned to their respective element, which then folded upon themselves to create pocket dimensions. By bringing Rune Essence to these altars, runestones could be created. Many of the Fremennik thought that creating runes was blasphemy, as they were tools of the gods, and that they should only use the runes Guthix crafted for them, and V and his supporters split off from the Fremennik and formed the Moon Clan, and Runecrafting remained unknown outside of it.

By the time of the Fourth Age, the runestones that had been given by the gods had all but depleted due to the heavy use of Magic during the God Wars. The art of magic faded with the supply of runes, until essentially being lost to humans altogether.

At the start of the Fifth Age mainland Humans discovered Runecrafting when they discovered a Rune Essence Mine in the frozen north. After finding the essence, they soon after discovered the magical temples that the moon clan had created, and that the essence could be crafted there. Runecrafting soon became widely used in many locations. The Wizards Tower was then formed, and became the greatest institution of magic in the land.

In year 70 of the Fifth Age the Wizards of the Wizards Tower discovered how to solve the teleportation problem by routing teleports through another plane: the Abyss. This would allow them to teleport directly to the Rune Essence mine from anywhere in the world, which would greatly increase rune production. However there was a disagreement over exactly who should get the credit for the discovery, and the source of the actual spell, a Zamorakian demon, was unacceptable to the Saradominist Blue Wizards. The Blue Order abandoned the ritual to create a teleport "anchor" mid-casting, which caused a fire which destroyed the original Wizards' Tower, a catastrophe blamed in later years on the Zamorakian Red Order. The only survivors of the fire were Perien the Blue and Kelavan the Red. Perien founded a new Wizards' Tower on the site of the old one, and became its Archmage. Due to what happened to the first tower, which was a collaboration between followers of many gods, Archmage Perien restricted access to the tower to Saradominists only, and started teaching the teleport spell to the Rune Essence to only a select few people so that the Essence didn't fall into the wrong hands.

In year 169 of the Fifth Age Wizard Elriss from the Runecrafting Guild opened up more of the Runespan, the pocket dimension in which the Runecrafting Guild is located, where they could create Runes slightly different to those found in Gielinor. Rune essence here is obtained in floating rocks and in the local fauna, as opposed to that mined at the Rune essence mines. They are charged to an element (the same as those in Gielinor) by siphoning the fauna or nodes of elemental energy that appear on the plane.

Non-members runesEdit

Ancient teleport

A player teleporting using Ancient Magicks.

All players can use the runes listed below. There are two categories of runes referenced in the game: elemental runes and non-elemental runes. Elemental runes include air, fire, water, and earth runes. Non-elemental include all others, which are: mind, body, chaos, death, blood, soul, cosmic, law, nature, astral and armadyl runes.

However, free players can only craft runes up to body runes (using the Runecrafting skill). Also free players are limited in the runes they can find in stores and that can be bought on the Grand Exchange. The two magic stores (in Varrock and Port Sarim) only sell the basic elemental runes, chaos runes, and death runes. The other types of runes can be traded with other players, gotten as drops or spawns, or bought on the Grand Exchange in Varrock.

Rune Shop Price GE Price Use Member to runecraft?
Air rune Air rune 17 23 One of the four elemental runes. Used to cast air missiles. Also used in Ancient Magicks. Can be runecrafted. No
Mind rune Mind rune 17 21 Used to cast low level curse spells. Can be runecrafted. No
Water rune Water rune 17 15 One of the four elemental runes. Used to cast water missiles. Also used in Ancient Magicks. Can be runecrafted. No
Earth rune Earth rune 17 12 One of the four elemental runes. Used to cast earth missiles. Also used in Ancient Magicks. Can be runecrafted. No
Fire rune Fire rune 17 75 One of the four elemental runes. Used to cast fire missiles. Also used in Ancient Magicks. Can be runecrafted. No
Body rune Body rune 16 45 Used to cast low level curse spells. It is the best rune that can be runecrafted by non-members. No
Cosmic rune Cosmic rune 232 304 Used for item enchanting spells (jewellery, crossbow bolts, and orbs). Can be runecrafted, but only after completing the Lost City quest, which is members only. Yes
Chaos rune Chaos rune 140 76 Used to cast low level curse spells. Can be runecrafted, but only by members. Yes
Nature rune Nature rune 372 361 Used in transmutation spells. For example, low level and high level alchemy, superheat and binding. Can be runecrafted, but only by members. Yes
Law rune Law rune 378 225 Used to cast teleportation spells. Can be runecrafted, but only by members. Yes
Death rune Death rune 310 189 Used to cast low level Ancient Magicks (rush and burst spells). Can be runecrafted, but only by members after completing Mourning's Ends Part II. Also used in Slayer Dart. Yes

Minigame runesEdit

Elemental runes and catalytic runes are given to players who are participating in Fist of Guthix, Dominion Tower, Barbarian Assault, or Stealing Creation. They are substitute for other runes. However they can only be used in combat spells. If a player tries to cast a non-combat spell, he or she will receive a messages saying You did not come here to do that!

Rune Substitute for
Elemental rune Elemental runes Can be used instead of elemental runes (air, water, earth, and fire combined).
Catalytic rune Catalytic runes Can be used instead of non-elemental runes (mind, chaos, death, blood, body, nature)

The members-only Lunar spell Stat Spy can be cast in Fist of Guthix, despite not directly affecting combat. These runes cannot be dropped. If they are dropped in the Fist of Guthix waiting room, they will be lost immediately. You will have to exit the waiting room and enter again to get them back.

Members runesEdit

Plank Make

A player casting a spell using astral runes

The Wizards' Guild in Yanille has the cheapest rune shop available to members. Located on the guild's upper floor, it sells every rune in the game except for astral, cosmic, and combination runes.

Only members can use the runes listed below.

Rune Shop Price GE Price Use
Astral rune Astral rune 220 283 Used to cast the Lunar Spells. Must complete the Lunar Diplomacy quest first. Can be made using the Runecrafting skill.
Blood rune Blood rune 550 483 Used to cast high level Ancient Magicks (blitz and barrage spells). Can be made using the Runecrafting skill after completion of the Legacy of Seergaze quest.
Soul rune Soul rune 410 648 Used to cast high level curse spells and in Teleother spells. Can only be player made at the ZMI Ouranian altar but only randomly. The image of Soul talisman and Soul tiara were discovered in the Knowledge Base at one time, but these images have been removed by Jagex.
Armadyl rune Armadyl rune Not sold 357 The only rune used to cast the spell Storm of Armadyl and released with the Ritual of the Mahjarrat quest. The quest must be completed to use it. It has no other use than the spell. It is also only made with Dust of Armadyl.

Combination runesEdit

These runes are members only, and act as one of each of their composite runes. To make them, you will need some elemental runes, a talisman of the same element, and an equal amount of pure essence. You must then take these items to the secondary elemental temple, and then use the elemental runes or talisman on that altar. For example, if you wanted to make dust runes, you would bring air runes, pure essence, and an air talisman to the earth altar; alternatively, you could bring earth runes, pure essence, and an earth talisman to the air altar. The talisman will be consumed as the combination runes are made.


  • Crafting combination runes uses one of the talismans, so it is recommended that one only crafts combination runes of the talismans one has the most of. The Lunar spell Magic Imbue allows a player to craft combination runes without the use of the opposing talisman.
  • Crafting combination runes has a 50% chance of success. A Binding necklace allows 100% success for crafting combination runes 15 times.
Rune GE Price Combination
Dust rune Dust rune 824 Air rune Air rune Earth rune Earth rune
Lava rune Lava rune 814 Earth rune Earth rune Fire rune Fire rune
Mist rune Mist rune 969 Air rune Air rune Water rune Water rune
Mud rune Mud rune 805 Water rune Water rune Earth rune Earth rune
Smoke rune Smoke rune 730 Air rune Air rune Fire rune Fire rune
Steam rune Steam rune 694 Water rune Water rune Fire rune Fire rune

Obtaining runesEdit

Monster dropsEdit

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Many monsters drop runes in RuneScape, but some drop more than others. These are some of the more notable monsters that drop runes:


Main article: Runecrafting

Runecrafting is the skill of crafting runes from rune essence or pure essence. Through this skill, players can create their own runes for use in magic.


Main article: Firemaking

You can get runes as a possible reward from Fire spirits. The runes obtained cannot be selected however.

Rogue TraderEdit

Main article: Rogue Trader

Runes can be obtained by completing Ali Morrisane's Rogue Trader minigame, which players may complete after finishing The Feud quest.

After completing the minigame, players are able to obtain runes for a cheaper price.

Rune Price GE Price
Air rune Air rune 17 23
Water rune Water rune 17 15
Earth rune Earth rune 17 12
Fire rune Fire rune 17 75
Mind rune Mind rune 17 21
Body rune Body rune 16 45
Chaos rune Chaos rune 140 76
Death rune Death rune 310 189
Cosmic rune Cosmic rune 232 304
Law rune Law rune 378 225
Nature rune Nature rune 372 361
Blood rune Blood rune 550 483
Soul rune Soul rune 410 648
Astral rune Astral rune N/A 283

Respawn locationsEdit

Here is a short list of respawn locations of runes throughout RuneScape.

Note: The best place to get rune respawns in f2p is in the Dark Warriors Fortress. The northernmost room contains respawns of 5 Earth, Water, Air and Fire runes. The room directly west of this contains 5 Chaos, Mind and Body runes. Players should be wary when approaching this area: Although this a good place for a rune spawn, the Wilderness is nevertheless a player-killing zone. It is not usually crowded and can be a good place for low levelled players to gain a few magic levels on the Dark Warriors.

Rune Location
Air rune West of Lumbridge, behind Lutha's house on Karamja Island, Dark Warriors Fortress, and on the ground floor of Lumbridge Castle next to the northern staircase.
Water rune Chasm Mines in Al Kharid, Dark Warriors Fortress.
Fire rune Chasm Mines in Al Kharid, inside Karamja Volcano, in Camelot Castle, and the Dark Warriors Fortress.
Earth rune North of Varrock, in Varrock Sewers, and Dark Warriors Fortress.
Body rune Varrock Castle grounds, Varrock Sewers, in the Al Kharid Scimitar Shop, scattered in Level 6 - 8 Wilderness, Dark Warriors Fortress and Lava Maze.
Mind rune Southern stairway in Lumbridge Castle, Varrock Sewers, Wilderness, Dark Warriors Fortress.
Chaos rune Levels 36-40 Wilderness, and Dark Warriors Fortress. Two spawns near the Trollweiss patch on the Trollweiss Mountain.
Death rune South-west of Yanille in the Feldip Hills. Members only.
Blood rune Treasure chest in the Chaos Druid Tower and next to Demonic Ruins in the Wilderness. Members only. A thieving level of 59 is required to open the chest.
Cosmic rune Ice Plateau in Level 48 Wilderness.
Nature rune Level 45 Wilderness, Treasure Chest in East Ardougne and an island north of Rellekka. A thieving level of 28 is required to open the chest.


There are several shops around RuneScape that sell runes. These are identified with the Magic shop icon (Magic shop map icon) on the minimap. Only the shop in the Mage Training Arena stocks combination runes.

ShopLocationRunes SoldNotes/Elemental Runes Sold
Carwen Essencebinder Magical Runes ShopBurthorpeAir, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Body, Chaos, DeathFree-to-play (300)
Betty's Magic EmporiumPort SarimAir, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Body, Chaos, DeathFree-to-play (300)
Aubury's Rune ShopSouth-east VarrockAir, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Body, Chaos, DeathFree-to-play (300)
Ali's Discount WaresAl KharidAll except AstralRequires The Feud and Rogue Trader mini-game (300)
Magic Guild Store - Runes and StavesYanilleAll except Astral and Cosmic66+ Magic required, or 61+ with a magic potion (1,000)
Baba Yaga's Magic ShopLunar IsleAll except CosmicMust have started the Lunar Diplomacy quest. It also is the only shop in-game that sells Astral runes. (1,000)
Void Knight Magic StoreVoid Knights' OutpostAir, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Body, Chaos, Death(1,000)
Tutab's Magical MarketMarim (Ape Atoll)Air, Water, Earth, Fire, LawYou 'must' equip a monkey greegree to trade. (1,000)
Battle RunesLevel 5 Wilderness, north of EdgevilleAir, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Chaos, Death, Blood Very close to the Grand Exchange. Surrounded by aggressive Skeletons so it can be difficult to trade without the window being automatically closed constantly. (1,000)

Must have completed Abyss Miniquest for increased stock and blood runes.

Lundail's Arena-side Rune ShopLevel 50-55 WildernessAll except Astral, Blood and SoulLocated in the mage bank, a non-wilderness area. (1,000)
TzHaar-Mej-Roh's Rune StoreTzHaar CityAir, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Chaos, Death'Uses Tokkul as currency'. Located south-east of the TzHaar City entrance
Magic Training Arena ShopNorth of Duel ArenaAll except Astral, including all Combination runes'Uses Pizazz points as currency'.

Infinite runesEdit

Worn Weapons (Outside Daemonheim)Edit

Staff Cost Rune cost Element(s)
Staff of air 1,434 23 Air rune
Staff of water 1,604 15 Water rune
Staff of earth 1,845 12 Earth rune
Staff of fire 2,071 75 Fire rune
Air battlestaff 8,229 23 Air rune
Water battlestaff 8,403 15 Water rune
Earth battlestaff 8,510 12 Earth rune
Fire battlestaff 8,247 75 Fire rune
Lava battlestaff 9,251 814 Lava rune
Mud battlestaff 36,624 805 Mud rune
Steam battlestaff 31,227 694 Steam rune
Mystic air staff 24,122 23 Air rune
Mystic water staff 24,159 15 Water rune
Mystic earth staff 24,102 12 Earth rune
Mystic fire staff 24,633 75 Fire rune
Mystic lava staff 56,884 814 Lava rune
Mystic mud staff 82,940 805 Mud rune
Mystic steam staff 78,626 694 Steam rune
Armadyl battlestaff 10,172,371 23 Air rune
Camel staff 105,992,314 75 Fire rune
Mindspike (air) Untradeable 23 Air rune
Mindspike (water) Untradeable 15 Water rune
Mindspike (earth) Untradeable 12 Earth rune
Mindspike (fire) Untradeable 75 Fire rune
Tower Mindspike (air) Untradeable 23 Air rune
Tower Mindspike (water) Untradeable 15 Water rune
Tower Mindspike (earth) Untradeable 12 Earth rune
Tower Mindspike (fire) Untradeable 75 Fire rune
Penance Trident Untradeable Water rune

Worn Equipment (Outside Daemonheim)Edit

Item Cost Element(s) Rune cost
Tome of frost 43,000 Dungeoneering tokens Water runes 15

Worn Weapons (Inside Daemonheim)Edit

All magic weapons (both wands and staves) in Daemonheim have the energy to provide infinite runes of all four elements, except the following which can only provide one type of elemental rune.

Photo item Name Element(s)
Water staff (Dungeoneering) Water staff (Dungeoneering) Water rune
Earth staff (Dungeoneering) Earth staff (Dungeoneering) Earth rune
Fire staff (Dungeoneering) Fire staff (Dungeoneering) Fire rune
Air staff (Dungeoneering) Air staff (Dungeoneering) Air rune
Empowered water staff Empowered water staff Water rune
Empowered earth staff Empowered earth staff Earth rune
Empowered fire staff Empowered fire staff Fire rune
Empowered air staff Empowered air staff Air rune


  • An update fixed a bug in which runes purchased from the Grand Exchange used the image of a pure essence in place of the actual rune in the Grand Exchange collection box.
  • On 9 June 2010, the images of runes in the inventory and bank were given a graphical revamp which tilted them to an angle, to make them look more 3D. Rune and pure essence were not included in the update.
  • The true size of Runes can been seen in the Runecrafting Guild, whilst a female wizard makes them float in the air. They can also be seen in true size in a Rune display case in a POH.
  • Despite the fact that they could be used for combat, runes can be brought into Entrana.
  • In the early days of RuneScape, there was a planned life rune which would have been used for a type of magic-based summoning.

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