Earth rune

Runes are small, weightless, magical stones with icons on them representing various elements. Players need the right combinations of runes to cast spells using the Magic skill.

Runes can either be bought from the various Magic shops found throughout Old School RuneScape, created from rune essence through the Runecrafting skill, procured from drops by killing monsters, or picked up from various spawns on the ground.

Elemental staves (the staff of earth, the staff of air, the staff of fire, and the staff of water) provide an unlimited amount of runes of their stated type to cast spells while wielding them.

Free-to-play runes

All players can use the runes listed below, though free players can only craft runes up to body runes (using the Runecrafting skill). The two free-to-play Magic stores (in Varrock and Port Sarim) only sell the basic elemental runes, chaos runes, and death runes.

RuneUse Runecrafting Level GE price
Air rune
Air rune Used to cast air missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes. Free 1 5
Mind rune
Mind rune Used to cast basic missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Strike). Free 1 3
Water rune
Water rune Used to cast water missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes. Free 5 4
Earth rune
Earth rune Used to cast earth missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes. Free 9 4
Fire rune
Fire rune Used to cast fire missiles and one of the four basic elemental runes. Free 14 5
Body rune
Body rune Used to cast low level curse spells. Free 20 5
Cosmic rune
Cosmic rune Used for item enchanting spells (jewellery, crossbow bolts, and orbs). Members 27 143
Chaos rune
Chaos rune Used to cast low level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Bolt) as well as Crumble Undead. Members 35 89
Nature rune
Nature rune Used for transmutation spells such as Low and High Level Alchemy and Superheat Item, as well as Binding. Members 44 217
Law rune
Law rune Used to cast teleportation spells. Members 54 166
Death rune
Death rune Used to cast medium level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Blast). Members 65 203

Members runes

The Wizards' Guild located in Yanille has the cheapest Magic shops available to members. Located on its upper floors, it sells every rune except astral, cosmic, wrath, and combination runes.

Only members can use the runes listed below.

RuneUse Level GE price
Astral rune
Astral rune Used to cast Lunar spells. Lunar Diplomacy is required to craft and use these runes. 40 159
Blood rune
Blood rune Used to cast high level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Wave). 77 367
Soul rune
Soul rune Used to cast high level curse spells and in teleother spells. 90 146
Wrath rune
Wrath rune Used to cast high level missile spells (Wind, Water, Earth and Fire Surge). 95 416

Combination runes

Main article: Combination rune
These runes are members only, and act as one of each of their composite runes.
Rune Combination Level GE price
Mist rune Mist rune Air rune Air rune and Water rune Water rune 6 162
Dust rune Dust rune Air rune Air rune and Earth rune Earth rune 10 4
Mud rune Mud rune Water rune Water rune and Earth rune Earth rune 13 243
Smoke rune Smoke rune Air rune Air rune and Fire rune Fire rune 15 71
Steam rune Steam rune Water rune Water rune and Fire rune Fire rune 19 68
Lava rune Lava rune Earth rune Earth rune and Fire rune Fire rune 23 4

Obtaining runes

Monster drops

Many monsters drop runes in RuneScape, but some more than others. These are some of the most notable and easy.


Main article: Runecrafting

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

Rogue Trader

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. Unlike most shops, prices here stay the same while you are buying or selling runes.

RunePrice sold at
Air rune
Air rune 4 coins
Mind rune
Mind rune 3 coins
Water rune
Water rune 4 coins
Earth rune
Earth rune 4 coins
Fire rune
Fire rune 4 coins
Body rune
Body rune 3 coins
Cosmic rune
Cosmic rune 62 coins
Chaos rune
Chaos rune 150 coins
Nature rune
Nature rune 320 coins
Law rune
Law rune 300 coins
Death rune
Death rune 225 coins
Blood rune
Blood rune 500 coins
Soul rune
Soul rune 300 coins

Respawn locations

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

Air rune
West Of Lumbridge and behind Luthas' house on Karamja Island, Dark Warriors Fortress.
Mind rune
Southern stairway in the Lumbridge Castle, Varrock Sewers, Wilderness, Dark Warriors Fortress.
Water rune
Chasm Mines in Al Kharid, Dark Warriors Fortress.
Earth rune
North of Varrock, in Varrock Sewers, and Dark Warriors Fortress.
Fire rune
Chasm Mines in Al Kharid, inside Karamja Volcano, in Camelot Castle, and the Dark Warriors Fortress.
Body rune
Varrock Palace grounds, Varrock Sewers, in the Zeke's Superior Scimitars, scattered in Level 6 - 8 Wilderness, Dark Warriors Fortress and Lava Maze.
Cosmic rune
Ice Plateau in Level 48 Wilderness.
Chaos rune
Levels 36-40 Wilderness, Trollweiss Mountain and Dark Warriors' Fortress.
Nature rune
Level 45 Wilderness, 2 treasure chests in East Ardougne and an island north of Rellekka (can be pick-locked with 28 Thieving)
Death rune
South-west of Yanille in the Feldip Hills.
Blood rune
Treasure chest in the Chaos Druid Tower (can be pick-locked with 59 Thieving) and the Demonic Ruins in the Wilderness

Rune shops

There are several Magic shops around RuneScape that sell runes. These are identified with the flame icon Magic shop icon on the map. Shop names in italics are members-only.

ShopLocationRunes SoldNotes
AuburySouth-east VarrockAir, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Chaos, DeathOften frequented by players and bots, so its stock is frequently low.
BettyPort SarimAir, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Chaos, Death
Ali MorrisaneAl KharidAll except AstralRequires completion of The Feud and Rogue Trader
Magic GuildYanilleAll except Astral and Cosmic66 Magic required to enter the Magic Guild (can be boosted)
Baba YagaLunar IsleAll except CosmicMust have started the Lunar Diplomacy quest. Currently the only shop to sell Astral runes.
Mage Training ArenaNorth of Duel ArenaAll except AstralUses Pizazz points instead of coins as currency.
Mage ArenaLevel 50-55 WildernessAll except Astral and SoulLocated in the mage bank, a non-wilderness area.
Mage of ZamorakLevel 5 Wilderness, north of EdgevilleAll except Astral and Cosmic and Nature
Ape AtollApe AtollAir, Water, Earth, Fire, LawRequires completion of Monkey madness II or a Greegree to access.
Pest ControlVoid Knights' OutpostAir, Water, Earth, Fire, Mind, Chaos, Death


Main article: Barrows

The Barrows minigame provides large amounts of catalytic runes (Mind, Chaos, Death and Blood) from the chest, though very high combat skills are required in order to be successful at the Barrows.

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