|Release||13 August 2001 (Update)|
|High alch||1,920 coins|
|Low alch||1,280 coins|
|Exchange||11,498 coins (info)|
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Runite ore can be obtained through the Mining skill in various places throughout RuneScape by mining a runite ore rock. The ore can be mined with a Mining level of 85 or higher, and doing so grants 125 Mining experience. The ore can be smelted with 8 heaps of coal through the Smithing skill to form a Rune bar, which can then be smithed into various rune weapons and armour. Mining runite can be very profitable, as 2 ores is comparable in value to nearly 2 inventories of yew logs, but takes less space and time to obtain. Some areas where the ore spawns, however, can be dangerous. After being mined, runite ore takes between 12.5 and 25 minutes to respawn, depending on the population of the Runescape world. The more people in that world will make the respawn times shorter. As a result of this length of time, miners tend to switch worlds rather than wait for the ore to respawn on a single world.
As of 1 February 2011, the rune rocks located inside the Wilderness have had their respawn time cut by 1/3. They now take between 8.3 to 16.7 minutes.
Runite ore can be used to make the strongest type of non-degradable armour in free-to-play. It is the rarest of all standard ores, as only 12 rocks can be found on members' servers and 5 on free-to-play servers, and is the most valuable ore in RuneScape.
For non-members without 45 Dungeoneering, runite ore can be dangerous to mine. Two rocks can be found at the Lava Maze runite mining site (Wilderness level 61). It is highly recommended that you bring magic notepapers to maximise the mining time - i.e you wont have to bank. While mining in this location, a player is vulnerable to attacks by player killers, and a number of red spiders. By standing by both rocks it is possible to not be attacked by the red spiders. Some form of melee and magic protection from the various monsters around the rune rocks is helpful. It should be also noted that while players can't teleport past level 20 wilderness (the Lava Maze site is in very deep wilderness) with most teleport methods, some jewellery like the Amulet of Glory will teleport you up to level 30. It is also worth noting that the King Black Dragon's lair is not considered Wilderness, so Members may choose to bring a Dragonfire shield and use the lair to escape. You may, however, die in the Lair as the Dragon has been noted for one-hitting players. This method, however, is much safer after the King Black Dragon's update, which allows a safer shortcut to get back in.
An alternative to wilderness runite mining is the Mining guild resource dungeon. This mine is more popular because it is safer, and as such it can be very hard to find a rock that hasn't already been mined. The release of this mining site in the Resource Dungeons Update more than doubled the number of non-member runite rocks; the following oversupply of ores significantly deflated the price of Runite ore.
For members, several other less dangerous options exist to mine runite, including the Heroes' Guild, Keldagrim north mine, and the Neitiznot runite vein. These ores are often mined and as a result are usually depleted. If the voice of Seren is active in the Trahaearn clan district in Prifddinas, runite rocks can become harmonised and are similar to gold and coal deposits in the Living Rock Cavern. Harmonised runite rocks allow multiple ores to be collected from one rock until the rock deactivates.
Runite is also considered a delicacy to dragons, as discovered in the Varrock Museum.
Using the Superior locator, a reward from Mobilising Armies, you can teleport to the runite rocks. Beware you can be teleported to the wilderness runite rocks, and possibly die or be injured due to red spiders and Player killers.
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|Abyssal demon (elite)||107||1||Rare|
|Avaryss, the Unceasing||1000||11–15||Uncommon|
|Barrows: Rise of the Six||N/A||30–34||Common|
|Demon Flash Mob||N/A||5||Uncommon|
|Elite rune dragon||130||6||Common|
|Falador resource bundle||N/A||1||Unknown|
|Fire spirit||N/A||1||Very rare|
|General Graardor||210; 624||2||Uncommon|
|K'ril Tsutsaroth||98; 650||2||Uncommon|
|K'ril Tsutsaroth||98; 650||4–6||Common|
|King Black Dragon||276||3||Uncommon|
|Living rock patriarch||95||3||Always|
|Queen Black Dragon||900||30||Uncommon|
|Rare drop table||N/A||90–110||Uncommon|
|Wilderness Level 46||None||No||2||PKers and deadly red spiders||North of lava maze. Recommend to use magic notepapers to save time banking the ores.|
|Mining Guild resource dungeon||45 Dungeoneering required||No||3||None||Also contains mithril and adamantite rocks.|
|Heroes' Guild||Heroes' Quest||Yes||2||None||By some crates. Low levels should be wary of Giant bats.|
|Neitiznot Isle||Fremennik Isles||Yes||1||Trolls||7 Coal rocks. Bring armour to protect against troll attacks. You need to cross a bridge to get to the rocks though.|
|Keldagrim||Forgiveness of a Chaos Dwarf||Yes||2||None||
|Mourner Tunnels mine||Mourning's Ends Part II||Yes||1||Dark beasts||Mourner Equipment, unless Within the Light has been completed.|
|Wilderness 44, Lava Maze Dungeon||None||Yes||1||PKers, Poison spiders, and||Past a maze|
|Prifddinas||Plague's End||Yes||2||None||The rocks are found in the Trahaearn section of the city.|
The respawn rate of all ores, depends on the number of people in the RuneScape world. If the world is empty, the ore respawns in 25 minutes; if it is full (with 2000 players), it respawns in 12.5 minutes. Thus the respawn rate of runite ore is minutes, where x is the number of players in the world.
At the reinstatement of Free Trade in February 2011 runite ore respawn times in the Wilderness were reduced to 2/3rds of their normal value, resulting in a faster respawn rate. The respawn rate in the Wilderness is thus minutes, where x is the number of players in the world.
A table of respawn rates is given below.
|Wilderness respawn time||16:40||15:50||15:00||14:10||13:20||12:30||11:40||10:50||10:00||9:10||8:20|
|Item quantity required||1|
|Base junk chance||53.8%|
- Runite ore used to be called Rune ore.
|Gilded armour (m)||
|(m) stands for members only|