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Table of Contents
1.0 - Introduction
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Runecrafting, often abbreviated as RC, is a free-to-play skill that allows players to create their very own runes. The concept is simple and easy to grasp, and is extremely profitable in the long run. This guide will explain everything you need to know about Runecrafting, as well as how to turn yourself into a better runecrafter. Generally, the skill is very slow to train, but having a high Runecrafting level will allow you to make hundreds of thousands, upwards to the millions.

Runes are used to cast spells using the Magic skill. Every spell requires a different combination of runes to be able to cast it, and some of them need multiple runes to cast.

2.0 - Requirements

The only requirement to start the Runecrafting skill is the completion of the Rune Mysteries quest. This quest begins on the second floor of Lumbridge Castle, by speaking with Duke Horacio. After you complete that quest, you will receive a free Air talisman, as well as access to the Rune essence mine. It is here that you can begin your training of the Runecrafting skill.

2.1 - Rune Essence and Pure Essence

After you have completed the Rune Mysteries quest, you can talk to any one of these wizards, and they will teleport you to the Rune essence mine free of charge. To get there quicker, they have a right-click option to "Teleport", which makes them teleport you without any dialogue.

There is a difference between Rune essence and Pure essence. Rune essence can only be used to craft Air, Earth, Water, Fire, Mind, and Body runes, while Pure essence can be used to craft any rune. Rune essence is obtained either on free-play worlds or on members-only worlds with under level 30 Mining. When you are on a members-only world and have 30 Mining or above, you will automatically mine Pure essence.


3.0 - Talismans and Tiaras

Talismans can be either used to enter different Mysterious ruins scattered across the world, binded with Tiaras, or a Talisman staff from Great Orb Project, The activity. The talismans can be acquired from monster drops, players, Grand Exchange, or from Great Orb Project, The.

3.1 - Talismans

Every altar requires a specific talisman to enter. There are two talismans which aren't specific to one altar: The Elemental talisman is used for the four elemental altars (Air, Earth, Water, and Fire), and the Omni-talisman is used to gain access to every altar.

Picture Talisman Obtained Other
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Air Talisman Air talisman Rune Mysteries quest Level 2 Goblins, Caskets, Air wizards south of Falador
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Mind Talisman Mind talisman Imps (anywhere) Blue wizards at Draynor Wizard's tower, Caskets
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Water Talisman Water talisman Dark wizards Blue wizards at Draynor Wizard's tower, Caskets, Water wizards south of Falador
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Earth Talisman Earth talisman Al Kharid Warriors in Temple Men/Women, Farmers (unconfirmed), Guards, Caskets, Earth wizards south of Falador
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Fire Talisman Fire talisman Dark Wizards at Delrith's Circle Guards, Skeletons, Caskets, Fire wizards south of Falador
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Body Talisman Body talisman Giants in Edgeville Dungeon Hill giants, Guards, Caskets
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Cosmic Talisman Cosmic talismanMembers Talisman Lesser Demons Ice Giants, Caskets, Otherworldly Beings, Level 45 Skeletons, Level 28 Hill Giants, Rock Crabs
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Chaos Talisman Chaos talismanMembers Talisman Dwarves, Shadow warriors, Hill giants Fire giants, Lesser demons, Caskets, Chaos druid darriors, Chaos dwarves, Elementals, Earth warriors, Jogres, Mountain trolls
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Nature Talisman Nature talismanMembers Talisman Black knights, Greaterdemons Moss giants, Lesser demons, Caskets, Green dragons, Paladins, Abyssal leeches, Hobgoblins, Zombies, Mountain Trolls, White knights, Flesh crawlers, Minotaurs, Jogres, Ankou
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Law Talisman Law talismanMembers Talisman Various Monsters Battle tortoises, Terror birds, Ghouls, Guards, Flesh crawlers, Paladins, creatures in the Abyss
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Death Talisman Death talismanMembers Talisman Mourning's Ends Part II Dark beasts, Dragon implings
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Blood Talisman Blood talismanMembers Talisman Legacy of Seergaze Burning of Vyrewatch in Columbarium pyres
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of an Elemental Talisman Elemental talismanMembers Talisman Monsters in Abyss, The Used in place of Air, Water, Earth, and Fire talismans
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of an Omni-Talisman Omni-talismanMembers Talisman Showing all talismans to Wizard Elriss in the Runecrafting Guild, except for the Elemental talisman. Used in place of all talismans

Did you know, the Soul talisman and Soul tiara was formerly listed in the Knowledge Base? It disappeared with the release of the Ourania Altar. It was never available ingame.

3.2 - Tiaras

Tiaras can be bound with a talisman; these bound tiaras are used as a faster and more efficient way to runecraft. Simply wear the tiara, take your essence to the mysterious ruins, and left click them to gain access to the altar.

To make a tiara, make a plain silver Tiara with a Silver bar and Tiara mould (Rimmington or Al Kharid crafting stores, or for free in the Crafting Guild), make your way to a furnace and use the Silver bar on it to make a Tiara. Once you have crafted a plain Tiara, you must take it, along with a talisman of its respective Runecrafting altar, and use either item with the altar to bind them. Once you bind the talisman with a tiara, the talisman will disappear, so one talisman is needed per tiara made.

There are currently thirteen types of Tiaras in the game, with the Soul tiara yet to be added. Cosmic, Chaos, Nature, Death, Law, Blood, and Omni-tiaras are members' only. The Omni-tiara is special, as it is a combination of all of the talismans; to create an Omni-tiara, speak to Wizard Korvak in the Runecrafting Guild. When you bind a Tiara with a talisman, you will gain five times the Runecrafting experience than you would by crafting the rune. This is shown in the table below:


Picture Tiara Experience Gained
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Air Tiara Air tiara 25
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Mind Tiara Mind tiara 27.5
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Water Tiara Water tiara 30
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Earth Tiara Earth tiara 32.5
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Fire Tiara Fire tiara 35
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Body Tiara Body tiara 37.5
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Cosmic Tiara Cosmic tiaraMembers Tiara 40
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Chaos Tiara Chaos tiaraMembers Tiara 42.5
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Nature Tiara Nature tiaraMembers Tiara 45
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Law Tiara Law tiaraMembers Tiara 47.5
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Death Tiara Death tiaraMembers Tiara 50
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Blood Tiara Blood tiaraMembers Tiara 52.5
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of an Omni-Tiara Omni-tiaraMembers Tiara N/A.

4.0 - The Altars

There are a total of 14 different Altars located all over Runescape. Every altar, with the exception of the Ourania and Astral altar, is hidden in ruins which you need a specific talisman or tiara to enter. Each altar can be located by right-clicking your talisman and choosing to "Locate". It will inform you of which direction it's being pulled towards, giving a general idea of the location of the altar. The Omni-talisman and Elemental talisman cannot give you a location since they are used for multiple altars.

4.1 - Locations

Below shows the locations of every Altar, and the average banking times from each Altar location measured in seconds.

Altar Location Closest bank Time elapsed
Air South-west of Varrock, next to the River Lum (Map) Varrock West Bank 28 seconds
Mind Far North of Falador (Map) Edgeville Bank 50 seconds
Water Lumbridge Swamp (Map) Draynor Village bank 45 seconds
Earth North-east of Varrock (Map) Varrock East Bank 29 seconds
Fire North-east of Al Kharid (Map) Al Kharid Bank 20-30 seconds (duel arena); 45-55 seconds (Al Kharid)
Body South of Monastery (Map) Edgeville Bank 25 seconds
Cosmic In Zanaris (The Lost City) (Map) Zanaris (The Lost City) bank 48 seconds
Chaos North of Edgeville (Level 9 Wilderness) (Map) Edgeville Bank 33 seconds
Astral South-east Peninsula of the Lunar Isle, next to Oneiromancer. Lunar Isle City Bank 34 seconds
Nature North of Shilo Village (Map) Al Kharid Bank (via glider) 105 seconds
Law North-east corner of Entrana (Map) Pest Control Bank 65-80 seconds
Death Temple of light Isafdar and Lletya Bank 500 seconds (only use the Abyss to craft Death runes)
Blood North-east Meiyerditch, inside large chamber within Meiyerditch laboratory. Burgh de Rott Bank 500 seconds (only use the Abyss, or Drakan's Medallion teleporting to the laboratory, to craft Blood runes)
Ourania West of the Khazard Battlefield Ourania Bank 63 Seconds (short path); 130 Seconds (long path)
5.0 - Crafting the Runes

The process of crafting runes is rather simple. You require either Rune or Pure essence, with Rune essence to craft only Air, Fire, Water, Earth, Mind, and Body runes; Pure essence is used to craft all runes.

Once at an altar, simply choose to craft your runes by left-clicking on the altar. This will automatically convert all essence in your inventory into the rune that correspond with the altar.

5.1 - Multiple Runes

As you progress with Runecrafting, you will find that you will be able to craft more than one rune per essence. For example, you are able to craft one Air rune per essence with level 1 Runecrafting, but at level 11, you will be able to craft them at a guaranteed rate of two per essence.

You will also have a chance of crafting multiple runes from essence between these level gaps. For example, Nature runes can be crafted at level 44 runecrafting, and you are able to craft two Nature runes per pure essence at level 91. Between level 44 and 91 Runecrafting, you will have a chance of crafting two Nature runes per essence, with this chance increasing as your level gets closer to 91.


Picture Rune XP Level Essence Required x2 x3 x4 x5 x6 x7 x8 x9 x10
Air 5 1 Rune or Pure 11 22 33 44 55 66 77 88 99
Mind 5.5 2 Rune or Pure 14 28 42 56 70 84 98 - -
Water 6 5 Rune or Pure 19 38 57 76 95 - - - -
Earth 6.5 9 Rune or Pure 26 52 78 104* - - - - -
Fire 7 14 Rune or Pure 35 70 105* - - - - - -
Body 7.5 20 Rune or Pure 46 92 - - - - - - -
Cosmic 8 27 Pure 59 - - - - - - - -
Chaos 8.5 35 Pure 74 - - - - - - - -
Astral 8.7 40 Pure 82 - - - - - - - -
Nature 9 44 Pure 91 - - - - - - - -
Law 9.5 54 Pure - - - - - - - - -
Death 10 65 Pure - - - - - - - - -
Armadyl 5 72 Pure, Dust of armadyl - - - - - - - - -
Blood 10.5 77 Pure - - - - - - - - -

*This is a reachable but untested multiplier level. With three doses of Evil Dave's Orange Spice in a stew, some luck, and level 99 Runecrafting, this can be reached.

5.2 - Combination Runes

As the name states, combination runes are a combination of two elemental runes. To create these, runes of the two elements to combine will be needed, as well as pure essence and a talisman to use up. For each combination rune, there is a 50% chance of succeeding in creating it.

To make the combination runes, you will need to travel to an altar with an element that corresponds to one of your stack of runes, while the talisman will need to be of an element of your other stack of runes. For example, to make Mist runes, you will have a stack of Water and Air runes, and you will need to go to either the Water altar with an Air talisman, or to the Air altar with a Water talisman. Additionally, you will receive a different amount of experience based on which one you choose.

A Binding necklace will allow a 100% success rate in creating these runes, and has 15 charges. 1 charge will be used whenever combination rune(s) are made, and will disappear after all of the charges have been used up. The Magic Imbue spell from the Lunar spellbook will provide a 100% success rate for making combination runes and will also allow the runes to be created without the need for a talisman. The effect will last for 15 seconds.

Picture Name Level Method 1 Experience for method 1 Method 2 Experience for method 2
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Mist Rune Mist rune 6 Water rune at Air altar 8.0 Air rune at Water altar 8.5
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Dust Rune Dust rune 10 Earth rune at Air altar 8.3 Air rune at Earth altar 9.0
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Mud Rune Mud rune 13 Earth rune at Water altar 9.3 Water rune at Earth altar 9.5
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Smoke Rune Smoke rune 15 Fire rune at Air altar 8.5 Air rune at Fire altar 9.5
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Steam Rune Steam rune 19 Fire rune at Water altar 9.5 Water rune at Fire altar 10.0
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Lava Rune Lava rune 23 Fire rune at Earth altar 10.0 Earth rune at Fire altar 10.5
5.3 - Ourania Altar

The Ourania Cave holds one of the strongest altars in RuneScape: the Zamorak Mage Institute (ZMI) altar. This altar is only available to members and is most useful for players who wish to power-train. At this altar, you will receive double the normal experience per rune you craft. However, the runes you craft will be of a random assortment of any rune. The better your Runecrafting level, the better your chance is of receiving high-level runes. There is still the usual chance of creating multiple runes at this altar.

When Runecrafting here, there is a long and a short path from the cave entrance to the altar. The short path has Zamorak mages, Zamorak rangers, and Zamorak warriors that attack you upon entering (turning on Protect from Missles when running in is recommended), whereas the long path is completely safe.

You will also notice the occasional Zamorak crafter while using the short path; they will not attack you but will drop Runecrafting supplies if you kill them. There is also a banker at the entrance of the cave, but he charges 20 of any rune each time you open your bank.

The cave entrance is located south-west of West Ardougne, and west of the Battlefield of the Khazard and Gnomes. One of the fastest and easiest ways to get to this cave is by using Lunar magic and using the Ourania teleport, where you can then walk to the altar and teleport back to a bank.

Zybez RuneScape Help's Ourania Dungeon MapZybez RuneScape Help's Zamorak Crafter Key Zamorak Crafter (Level 19)
Zybez RuneScape Help's Zamorak Warrior Key Zamorak Warrior (Level 85)
Zybez RuneScape Help's Zamorak Ranger Key Zamorak Ranger (Level 81)
Zybez RuneScape Help's Zamorak Wizard Key Zamorak Wizard (Level 65)
6.0 - The Abyss

The Abyss is one of the best methods for Runecrafting. In order to gain access to the Abyss, you must have completed the Abyss miniquest (Abyss, The) for the Zamorak mage. Upon completion, you will be rewarded with 1,000 Runecrafting experience, and also be granted access to the Abyss. To enter the Abyss, you must travel to the Zamorak mage who resides just north of Edgeville, by the river around level 5 Wilderness.

While using the Abyss, it is important to wear armour that provides good protection against all attacks. It is also important that you are able to keep running to avoid as much damage as possible. Typically there are two different setups for Runecrafting with the Abyss; a setup that provides high Defence, but also weighs a lot. There is also a setup that provides very low weight, helpful for a lot of running, but has relatively low Defence in comparison.

Information for the items worn/equipped for the high Defence attire can be found here, and the information for the light weight attire can be found here.

Note: The light weight attire requires 92 Firemaking and at least 80 Agility. It is often used by more experienced players. Both set ups are only suggestions; items worn can be changed if need be.

When in the Abyss, the most common obstacle to appear are the rocks, which require a pickaxe. In both, the inventory has been set up with an Amulet of glory in the top corner surrounded by Runecrafting pouches. This is to effectively reduce the time spent clicking, and can be altered if players would rather wear the amulets.

An Abyssal familiar can be very useful as they will all store up to 7 Rune/Pure essence. More information on the Familiars can be found here.

There are different types of obstacles in the abyss that can be overcome, each with their own methods of bypassing. This table will explain what each obstacle requires to pass them.

Obstacle Tactic (Skill) Item required
Eyes Distract (Thieving) None
Gap Squeeze through (Agility) None
Boil Burn down (Firemaking) Tinderbox
Blockage You can't go through N/A
Tendrils Chop (Woodcutting) Hatchet
Rock Mine (Mining) Pickaxe

Once inside the inner area, you will notice different rifts. They teleport you directly inside the respective altars, e.g. the Nature rift takes you inside the Nature altar. From here, you can teleport to any altar and create your runes from your essence.

Note that the restrictions for entering the Law altar are the same as the ones applied to entry to Entrana, so no weapons, armour, familiars, etc. are allowed. You also cannot enter an altar if you don't have access to it by conventional means, so if, for example, if you haven't done the Lost City quest to gain access to the Cosmic altar, you can't get there through the Abyss.

6.1 - Pouches

Pouches can be obtained in two ways; the first is killing Abyssal creatures, with the exception of Abyssal demons. Large and Giant pouches can also be bought from Wizard Korvak in the Runecrafting guild from the price of 25,000gp for the Large pouch, and 50,000gp for the Giant pouch.

After a certain amount of uses, Runecrafting pouches will begin to degrade and eventually disappear unless they are repaired. This can be done in four ways: Visiting the Dark mage in the Abyss; he will repair any damaged pouches for free; using the NPC contact spell from the Lunar Spellbook to contact the Dark mage, this will also repair any damaged pouches for free; Wizard Korvak will also repair the Large and Giant pouches at a small cost: 9,000gp for the Large pouch, and 12,000gp for the Giant pouch. For the players who have gained at least 139,760 points at Livid Farm, they can cast the Repair Rune Pouch spell to repair their pouches.

Picture Type Holds Level
Small pouch 3 essence 1
Medium pouch 6 essence 25
Large pouch 9 essence 50
Giant pouch 12 essence 75
Massive pouch 18 essence 90
6.2 - Elemental Talisman

The Elemental talisman is a fairly common drop from the various creatures that are encountered in the Abyss. Its purpose is to allow access to the elemental altars, being Air, Water, Earth and Fire. They can not be infused with a Tiara or Runecrafting staff, so by crafting runes using the elemental talisman, one inventory space is taken up. The only advantage in using this is convenience, due to not needing to remember which tiara or talisman to bring to an altar.

7.0 - The Great Orb Project

Great Orb Project, The is a Runecrafting minigame. The entry point is located in the Runecrafting guild, which requires level 50 Runecrafting to enter, and can be started by talking either to Wizard Acantha to join the green team, Wizard Vief to join the yellow team, or one of the other wizards around the guild to join one of the two teams randomly.

7.1 - Rewards

Rewards are purchased from Wizard Elriss using the tokens received from the minigame. These can be very rewarding, and some of the items that can be bought here are exclusive only to the Runecrafting Guild. Highlights include the teleportation tablets which take a player directly outside an altar. This is the only store that sells talismans and talisman staves, using Runecrafting guild tokens as currency.

Picture Name Tokens required Picture Name Tokens required
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Rune Essence Rune essence 1 Pure Essence Pure essence 1
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of an Air Talisman Air talisman 50 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of an Air Teleportation tablet Air altar teleport 30
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Mind Talisman Mind talisman 50 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Mind Teleportation tablet Mind altar teleport 32
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Water Talisman Water talisman 50 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Water Teleportation tablet Water altar teleport 34
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of an Earth Talisman Earth talisman 50 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of an Earth Teleportation tablet Earth altar teleport 36
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Fire Talisman Fire talisman 50 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Fire Teleportation tablet Fire altar teleport 37
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Body Talisman Body talisman 50 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Body Teleportation tablet Body altar teleport 38
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Cosmic Talisman Cosmic talisman 125 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Cosmic Teleportation tablet Cosmic altar teleport 39
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Chaos Talisman Chaos talisman 125 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Chaos Teleportation tablet Chaos altar teleport 40
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Nature Talisman Nature talisman 125 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Nature Teleportation tablet Nature altar teleport 42
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Law Talisman Law talisman 125 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Law Teleportation tablet Law altar teleport 43
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of an Astral Teleportation tablet Astral altar teleport 41 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Death Teleportation tablet Death altar teleport 44
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Blood Teleportation tablet Blood altar teleport 45 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Runecrafting Guild Teleportation tablet Runecrafting guild teleport 15
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Runecrafter Hat Runecrafter hat 1000 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of Runecrafter Gloves Runecrafter gloves 1000
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Runecrafter Robe Runecrafter robe 1000 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Runecrafter Skirt Runecrafter skirt 1000
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a runecrafting staff width= Runecrafting staff 10000 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a Omni-talisman width= Omni-talisman* 0
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a master runecrafting hat Master runecrafting hat1 15000 Zybez Master runecrafter robe2 15000
Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a master runecrafter skirt Master runecrafter skirt3 15000 Zybez RuneScape Help's Screenshot of a master runecrafter glove Master runecrafter gloves4 15000

* The Omni-talisman is a free reward from showing Wizard Elriss all of the Runecrafting talismans, along with providing 13,605 exp. If you have lost the Omni-talisman, Wizard Elriss will give you a free replacement.

8.0 - Runespan

Runespan is the fastest way of training your Runecrafting skill. You siphon runes from nodes which appear around Runespan. It is located at the Runecrafting Guild portal in the Wizards' Tower.

8.1 - Rewards

Rewards can be purchased from Wizard Finix on the second floor of the Wizards' tower.

Picture Reward Points Needed Level(s) Needed Description
Zybez RuneScape Help's image of points icon Wicked Hood 175 N/A See Wicked Hood
Zybez RuneScape Help's image of points icon Wicked Cape 2.5k 30 Runecrafting This enhances the wicked hood by making it possible for you to collect an extra 25 rune essence per day and one rune claim per day. When you own all parts of the wicked outfit, you also get an additional teleport on your wicked hood per day.
Zybez RuneScape Help's image of points icon Wicked Robe Top 15k 80 Runecrafting This enhances the wicked hood by making it possible for you to collect an extra 25 rune essence per day and one rune claim per day. When you own all parts of the wicked outfit, you also get an additional teleport on your wicked hood per day.
Zybez RuneScape Help's image of points icon Wicked Legs 7.5k 55 Runecrafting These enhance thewicked hood by making it possible for you to collect an extra 25 rune essence per day and one rune claim per day. When you own all parts of the wicked outfit, you also get an additional teleport on your wicked hood per day.
Zybez RuneScape Help's image of lesser runic staff Lesser Runic Staff 5k 30 Runecrafting
30 Magic
Unlike the other staves, this staff cannot be charged. It only provides magic combat bonuses.
Zybez RuneScape Help's image of runic staff Runic Staff 12.5k 50 Runecrafting
60 Magic
It can hold 500 charges of any type of spell that requires 75 magic or below. It can be charged and un-charged, and you can get your runes back.
Zybez RuneScape Help's image of points icon Greater runic staff 25k 90 Runecrafting
75 Magic
It can hold 1,000 charges of any type of spell. It can be charged and un-charged, and you can get your runes back. If your opponent is casting the same spell, there is a chance the staff can absorb the spell and you can gain runes. To cast the spell you must remain on the spellbook that was used to charge the staff.
Zybez RuneScape Help's image of points icon Massive pouch 1000 90 Runecrafting This pouch can hold 18 essence. You can own multiple massive pouches, but you can only have one active pouch. Instead of degrading like other pouches, this pouch will disappear completely when it is used fully, at which point another one will need to be purchased, or you can start using another massive pouch to make it the new, active one.
9.0 - Tips and Tricks

Runecrafting is a lengthy skill, but there are ways to speed it up, either by increasing the amount of runes you can craft at an altar per trip by using Summoning familiars, or increasing the experience you receive per essence with the use of gloves.

Here, you can find out what Items and familiars can help you with Runecrafting. Also, you can find the best methods for training Runecrafting here.

9.1 - Familiars

There are four familiars that can help you with Runecrafting: Abyssal familiars will all store seven Rune essence/Pure essence, and also have additional effects. Abyssal familiars do have a downside: they all have a short timer, so be sure to have extra pouches and a way of restoring your Summoning points. Spirit Graahk will hold no essence, but will teleport you to the Horned graahk hunting area west of the Nature altar.

Name Summoning level Essence stored Familiar ability
Abyssal parasite 54 7 Holds 7 rune/pure essence. Slows the drain of prayer when in the Abyss.
Spirit graahk 57 0 Teleports to the Graahk hunting area west of the Nature altar.
Abyssal lurker 62 7 Holds 7 rune/pure essence.
Abyssal titan 93 7 Holds 7 rune/pure essence. Scroll allows for all held rune/ pure essence to be sent to the bank.
9.2 - Runecrafting Gloves

Runecrafting gloves can be bought from the Fist of Guthix minigame. When worn, they will double the experience you receive from crafting runes, provided you are at the altar that corresponds to the gloves that you are wearing.

Picture Name Requirements
Air runecrafting gloves 10 Runecrafting
Water runecrafting gloves 20 Runecrafting
Earth runecrafting gloves 30 Runecrafting
9.3 - Training Techniques

Free to play

Level 1-5

In the early levels, the only runes you will be able to craft are Air runes. The Air talisman you get as a reward from the Rune Mysteries quest will grant you access to the first altar you will go to: The Air Altar, which is where you will start Runecrafting. Crafting Air runes will be the fastest and least costing option until you reach level 5 Runecrafting.

Level 5-14

At this point crafting at the Water altar will become more cost efficient method for Runecrafting up until around level 14. The difference of experience between Water runes and Earth runes is only 0.5, but crafting Water runes will cost less than crafting Earth runes.
The Water altar is located in the middle of Lumbridge swamp, and the best bank to use is the one at Draynor Village bank as it is the closest one. A Water talisman is required to access the altar.

Level 14+

From here on, crafting Fire runes will be the best option for free-players. It does, however, result in a larger loss per essence crafted. The upshot, however, is the distance between the bank at the Duel Arena in Al Kharid is relatively short, so you will be able to craft more Fire runes per hour.

Members

Level 27-40

The benefit of membership is that you will gain access to many more Runecrafting altars, and you will therefore be able to craft more types of runes that are generally more expensive than the ones available only to free-players.

When you carry on training until you reach level 27 Runecrafting, you will able to craft Cosmic runes after you have completed the Lost City quest which grants access to Zanaris. This altar is considerably distanced from the nearest bank, but contains three separate paths which will reduce walking distance depending on your Agility level. You can also use the Abyss to reduce time between trips.

You may wish to craft Chaos runes once you reach level 35 Runecrafting, but unless you use the Abyss to craft them, it is not recommended that you craft them since the route to the actual altar is long and confusing. Also, Chaos runes are worth a lot less than Cosmic runes.

Astral rune crafting: level 40-99

This method requires the Lunar Diplomacy quest to be complete.

Astral runes are one of the best runes to craft, even up to 99 Runecrafting. The distance to the bank is short, and you will also be able to teleport back to the bank on Lunar isle while on the Lunar spellbook with level 69 Magic.

This is one of the most profitable methods for Runecrafting, which increases further at 82 Runecrafting when you start crafting Astral runes at a guaranteed rate of two runes per Pure essence.

Be sure to wear armour to protect yourself against the Suqahs, which will attack you as you travel to the altar.


Nature rune crafting: level 44-99

Crafting Nature runes is the most common method for training Runecrafting due to the profit, speed, and lack of quest requirements in order to craft them. The best methods of travel to use are either: the Abyss, Fair Rings or using a Spirit Graahk. Using the Fairy Ring method, from Edgeville run to the east and then enter the code CKR, then run to the Nature Altar. Use an Amulet of Glory to return to Edgeville and repeat. Using the Spirit graahk method, it will teleport you to the Graahk hunting area, west of the Nature altar and require items such as an Amulet of Glory or Ring of duelling to teleport you back to a bank. A Nature talisman or Nature tiara will also be required to enter the ruins for both the Fairy Ring Method and the Spirit Graahk method.

At 91 Runecrafting, you will be able to craft two Nature runes per Pure essence without fail.

Death rune crafting: level 65-99

This method requires the Mourning's Ends part II quest to be complete.

This method is generally uncommon due to the requirements in order to craft Death runes, but it results in a good profit. There are two main ways to craft Death runes: the Abyss, and the Death altar teleport tablets; the quicker method is the tablets once they are gathered in bulk. If the time required to gather a large enough amount is taken into account, the Abyss remains the best method to use.

Ourania cave (ZMI altar): level 50-99

There are no level requirements for this altar as it will craft any rune, but in order to make the most out of this method, 50+ Runecrafting is recommended.

The Ourania cave (ZMI altar) allows for, overall, the fastest method for gaining Runecrafting experience, since you will receive double the normal experience for any rune you craft per Pure essence. However, the runes that you receive will be completely random. At higher levels, you will receive more high-level runes, which will in turn increase the overall experience per trip.

There are three methods for using this altar: using the long path to craft runes using the bank at the start, taking the short path between the banker and the altar, and using the Lunar spellbook to teleport yourself above the cave and running through the short/ long path to the altar. The long path has no aggressive monsters that will attack you, but the time taken to reach the altar is comparably longer than the short path.

Using the bank will cost 20 of any rune per access, so bring a large amount of an inexpensive rune if you wish to use the bank. One example of this would be the Fire rune, which is pretty cheap.

Runespan: level 1-99

Runespan is a place for Runecrafters of any level to train. It requires no items, not even rune essence, rune essence is collected at Runespan. At the higher levels your experience rates can reach 100k per hour, and it is currently the fastest method for any level. See the Runespan guide for more information.

10.0 - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can non-Members craft Chaos, Cosmic, Nature, Death, Astral, and Blood runes?

A: No. Non-Members can only craft Air, Mind, Water, Earth, Fire and Body Runes. Although you can access the outside of the Chaos Altar, the Chaos talisman and tiara are a members' object. Note that only Pure essence can craft the runes that are only available to members.

Q: Do you get more experience when you are able to craft more than one rune from one essence?

A: No. Experience is calculated per essence crafted, not per rune made.

Q: Is it possible to craft Soul runes?

A: Yes, but only at the Ourania Altar. Additionally, the chance of producing them is random. The amount of Soul runes made at Ourania Altar is connected to your Runecrafting level; the higher Runecrafting level you have the more change of a higher amount. However, a Soul altar may be implemented in the future, as there are already portals made for Soul altar in Abyss, although you can't use it.

Q: Is it possible to craft Blood runes?

A: Yes, with the release of the Legacy of Seergaze quest, it is now possible for Members to craft Blood runes.

Q: Didn't the Glider on Karamja Island crash? How can it be used for Nature Runecrafting?

A: That is the glider first used when you start the quest. The crash site is located at the Jogre spawn. However, the location you glide to would be further south.

Q: Can Free players buy and use Pure essence?

A: Yes, they can. Pure essence can be used by both Members and Free players, however only Members can mine it.

Q: How many Glory amulets should I have whilst crafting via the Abyss?

A: The more you have, the better. It takes approximately 110 seconds to make a successful trip through the Abyss. You can last for about an hour in the Abyss with 10 glory amulets before having to recharge them. Having 10 plus amulets will be most effective.

Q: Why does everyone keep talking about 91 runecrafting? What is so special about it?

A: At 91 runecrafting you gain the ability to craft double nature runes per essence. This method makes people over a million gp per hour, and is what every runecrafter aspires for.

Q: What are Runecrafting gloves and what do they do?

A: In simple terms, they double the Runecrafting experience you get. After crafting 1000 essence, they crumble to dust. See Section 8.2 of this guide to find out more information.

Q: What other items can help with Runecrafting?

A: A Runecrafting staff from the Runecrafting Guild can function like a tiara, allowing you to enter an altar without wasting an inventory space. They can also be used to distract the eyes in the Abyss. The Explorer's ring (2) and (3) from the Lumbridge/Draynor Achievement Diary gives a 10% chance per essence used of creating an extra elemental rune.

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