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Runite ore

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Classic Runestone
Runite ore
Runite ore
Release date 13 August 2001 (Update)
Members No
Quest item No
Tradeable Yes
Equipable No
Stackable No
Value Cash out:
1,920 coins
High alch 1,920 coins
Low alch 1,280 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price Not sold
Exchange price 10,744 coins (info)
Price USD $001
Buy limit 25,000
Examine This needs refining.
Weight 2.267 kg
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Runite ore detail

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 Neitiznot runite vein. These ores are often mined and as a result are usually depleted.

Runite is also considered a delicacy to dragons, as discovered in the Varrock Museum.

It is possible to mine multiple rune ores for a maximum of 15 minutes through the reward of the Shooting Star Distraction and Diversion.

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.

Rune ore RSC

Runite ore in RSC

Dropping monsters Edit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Living rock patriarch963 (noted)Always
Mature grotworm981Common
Corporeal Beast78520 (noted)Common
Queen Black Dragon90030Common
Nex100180 (noted)Common
King Black Dragon2763 (noted)Uncommon
Glacor1122; 3 (noted)Uncommon
Abyssal demon981 (noted)Rare

Location tableEdit

Location Requirement Members Only? Rocks Threat? Notes
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
  • Close to a bank
  • 10 Adamantite rocks are in the same area.
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 Cave None Yes 1 PKers, Poison spiders, and

Black dragons

Past a maze
Prifddinas Plague's End Yes 2 None The rocks are found in the Trahaearn section of the city.

Respawn rateEdit


The runite rocks in the wilderness

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 25-\frac{x}{160} 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 \left(25-\frac{x}{160}\right)*\frac{2}{3} minutes, where x is the number of players in the world.

A table of respawn rates is given below.

Players 0 200 400 600 800 1000 1200 1400 1600 1800 2000
Respawn time 25:00 23:45 22:30 21:15 20:00 18:45 17:30 16:15 15:00 13:45 12:30
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


  • Runite ore used to be called Rune ore.

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