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Death rune detail

Death runes are one of the runes used to cast spells in the Magic skill. They are required to cast medium-level missile spells. Members with 65 Runecrafting and who have completed Mourning's Ends Part II can craft death runes at the death altar by using pure essence on it, with each essence yielding one death rune. Each death rune yields 10 runecrafting experience. Players with 99 Runecrafting will always craft two death runes per essence.

Several monsters, such as ankous, nechryaels, and dark beasts, commonly drop death runes. Death runes can also be bought from all Magic shops with a stock of 250, except for the shop on Ape Atoll. They can be found in the Barrows Chest with at least 63.1%[1] rewards potential.

Death runes can also be dropped by any monster which has access to the rare drop table.

Spells requiring Death rune

The spells that require death rune to cast are shown below.

Dropping monsters

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Infernal Mage 66 7 2; Common
Brine rat 70 7 2; Common
Ankou 75 10; 11 2; Common
Nechryael 115 5–10 2; Common
Dark beast 182 20 2; Common
King Black Dragon 276 7–45 2; Common
K'ril Tsutsaroth 650 120–124 2; Common
Rare drop table Varies 45 3; Uncommon (1/64)
Lesser demon 82 3 3; Uncommon
Greater demon 92 5 3; Uncommon
Obor 106 49–77 3; Uncommon
Skeletal Wyvern 140 40 3; Uncommon
Chaos Elemental 305 125 3; Uncommon
Kraken 291 150 3; Uncommon
Kalphite Queen 333 175 3; Uncommon
Abyssal Sire 350 200–300 3; Uncommon
Zulrah 725 300 3; Uncommon
Moss giant 42 2 4; Rare
Ice giant 53 2–4 4; Rare
Hill giant 28 2 4; Rare
Iron dragon 189 15 4; Rare


  • A cat can be given to a civilian in West Ardougne in exchange for 100 death runes (200 with Ardougne's easy diary completed). Kittens and Lazy cats will not work. An Overgrown Cat is fine.


  1. Jagex. Mod Kieren's Twitter account. 3 Mar 2016. Mod Kieren: "You guys wanted info on Barrows loot, here it is... Full size: [1] Explained the best I can!"

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