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Best OSRS 1-99 Runecrafting Guide

May 21, 2020, 15:31


Old School RuneScape Runecrafting Guide

Runecrafting in Old School RuneScape is a skill that can be trained by both free-to-play and pay-to-play players. The skill itself deals with the crafting of magical runes, hence the straightforward name for it. These runes are used by mages to cast a plethora of spells and are consumed once a spell is cast. Therefore, runes are always in demand, which makes this skill a decent money making activity. Due to the tedious process of crafting runes, very few people have actually leveled Runecrafting to 99. If you are willing to put in the work, are stubborn and dedicated enough, then Runecrafting can be really rewarding, especially for those who are mages themselves.

Basics of Runecrafting

Like any other skill, Runecrafting has its materials and requirements. We have already mentioned Runes. Many different types of Runes can be crafted from raw materials. These raw materials are Rune essence, Pure essence, and Dark essence.

Essences

The first two types of essences can be mined after completing the Rune Mysteries quest. This quest does not only unlock access to Runecrafting skill but serves as a simple Runecrafting tutorial. Completing the quest also rewards the player with an Air talisman. Dark essence is a relatively new item added in 2016. To craft Runes from it you must mine Dense essence blocks then turn those into Dark essence blocks and then cut these into Dark essence fragments using a chisel. Mining and crafting Dark essence require level 38 Mining and Crafting respectively and also House Arceuus favor: 25% to enter the Arceuus essence mine to mine Dense essence and 100% to create Dark essence blocks.        


Runecrafting Tools

There are 13 types of talismans, each has its corresponding Rune type. Talismans are required when a player wishes to turn essences into Runes that later can be used for casting spells or sold for profit. When a player wishes to create runes they must have a talisman and rune essences in their inventory and approach a necessary Altar – Runes cannot be crafted just anywhere.

Runecrafting altars can be accessed via Mysterious ruins scattered throughout the world when the player has the necessary Talisman. Clicking on an Altar will turn all essences in the player’s inventory into corresponding Runes.

There is another, advanced, item that is also used to access Altars and that is a Tiara. Tiaras can replace Talismans when accessing an Altar. Similarly to Talismans, Tiaras do not grant a universal passage to all Altars and instead can only be used to access a specific Altar. To create a Tiara for this purpose you must have a Talisman of the type you want Tiara to adopt and bring them to the corresponding Altar. Use Tiara on the Altar and here you go – Tiara turns into a specific type of Tiara, you put it on your head and now you have that 1 extra space in inventory for Rune essences!

Crafting Multiple Runes at Once

A more experienced Runecrafter is not only able to craft higher tier Runes, but also more Runes of lower tier using the same amount of essence. This is extremely useful when using Magic yourself or selling Runes, however, it does not grant more experience since XP is calculated based on essences used rather than the number of resulting Runes.

Combination Runes

If you thought that making multiple Runes in one go is amazing then listen to this – you can also make so-called “Combination runes”. Combination runes are created by, well, you guessed it, combining other types of Runes. Here’s how it works: you need to bring Rune A with Talisman A and Pure essence to Altar B. Make sure to have either Talisman B or Tiara B to access Altar B. Tiara is a recommended choice because it saves inventory space. IMPORTANT – click “Use” Rune A on the Altar B. If you simply click Altar B it will create Rune B instead of the desired Combination rune. There is a 50% success rate that can be increased to 100% with Binding necklace.              
There is an alternative method to create Combination runes. You need to cast Magic imbue spell and thus save inventory space on Talisman A. In order for this to work, cast the spell just before using the Altar. Magic imbue spell requires level 82 Magic and the completion of Lunar Diplomacy quest to access the Lunar spellbook. The spell itself also needs resources, which are 2 Astral runes, 7 Fire and 7 Water runes per cast. Using a Rune pouch is highly recommended along with Binding necklace.  
Not just any Runes can be combined though, only the elemental ones, meaning Air, Earth, Fire, and Water. Note that you get more XP when creating Combination runes at the Altar of a higher level. For example, if you wish to create Lava runes (Earth+Fire), creating them at the Fire altar will reward more XP.

Ourania Altar

Ourania altar is a special kind of Altar for multiple reasons. First, you do not need to meet the usual requirements of having a Talisman or wearing a Tiara. Second, you cannot choose which type of Rune is created. Ourania altar creates random Runes with the chance of getting higher level Runes increasing with player’s Runecrafting level. The only type of Runes that cannot be created is Wrath runes and any of the Combination runes. Third, you can only craft Runes from Pure essences, unlike with lower level Runes when Rune essences suffice. Fourth, the XP you get for crafting Runes is double than that what you would receive otherwise. Fifth, completing medium Ardougne Diary provides a chance of making more Runes than usual, but as is with crafting multiple Runes, the XP gained is calculated for essence used and not the resulting Runes. To sum up, Ourania altar is the best place to level up Runecrafting if you care only about gaining Runecrafting XP.


Abyss

The Abyss is a very strange and very special place. To be allowed access there you must complete Enter the Abyss quest. After doing so, you can speak to the Mage of Zamorak in low level Wilderness to be teleported there. While Wilderness is dangerous, the Abyss itself is not too kind to players as well. Once teleported there you will instantly get skulled and your Prayer drained to 0 if you are not wearing Abyssal bracelet. The Outer ring of the Abyss is a dangerous multicombat zone. To get out of this hell that is the Outer ring, players must use one of their skills: Woodcutting, Mining, Thieving, Agility or Firemaking. The higher your level in a skill, the better are the chances of you successfully getting through. The math behind success rate is simple – skill level +1, so at level 99 your chance is 100%. Why even bother getting into the Abyss which also means going through Wilderness on the way? Via the Inner ring of the Abyss you can access any Altar except for Wrath and Astral. This means that this is almost a universal stop for all your Runecrafting needs at whatever Runecrafting level.


Runecrafting Items

Pouches

Essence pouches are essential when training Runecrafting. They can store Ruen or Pure essences and thus save inventory space. There are four types of pouches: Small, Medium, Large, and Giant pouch. The required Runecrafting level to make full use of them is 1, 25, 50, and 75 and they have 3, 9, 18, and 30 slots respectively. Pouches decay over time with constant use, so make sure to repair them by talking to the Dark Mage in the Inner ring of the Abyss or casting Contact NPC spell from Lunar spellbook. If you fail to repair them, they will be destroyed and you will have to find new pouches. Pouches are unique and you can only use 1 type of pouch at a time, meaning you can acquire and use all four sizes, but you can’t use two pouches of the same size.

There are also Rune pouches that are dedicated to Runes alone. You can put 16k Runes of three types into such pouch, meaning that it is extremely useful to have one when Runecrafting and using Magic to teleport around the world for more efficient training.

Runecrafting Cape

Obviously, you won’t get to use this one until you hit level 99 Runecrafting. The Runecrafting cape is extremely useful for those who are stubborn enough to achieve level 99 Runecrafting and wish to make money with this particular skill. It prevents pouches from deteriorating and allows access to all Altars without having to bother with bringing Talismans or wearing Tiaras.

Binding Necklace

Binding necklace is of great usefulness to those who wish to craft Combination runes whether by using Magic or not. It provides a 100% success rate when making Combination runes (the default chance being 50%). Binding necklace has 16 charges and after they are expended it crumbles into dust. This item is a must-have for players who wish to craft Combination runes and it can be looted from monsters in the Abyss or created by casting Lv2 Enchant spell on an Emerald necklace. The latter option requires level 27 Magic.

Quests That Reward Runecrafting Experience

Quest

Experience

Other requirements

Level

The Ascent of Arceuus

500

20% Arceuus Favor

-

Enter the Abyss

(miniquest)

1,000

-

-

The Slug Menace

3,500

30 Crafting
30 Slayer
30 Thieving

30

Devious Minds

5,000

50 Fletching
65 Smithing

50

The Fremennik Exiles

5,000

65 Crafting
60 Fishing
60 Slayer
60 Smithing

55

Lunar Diplomacy

5,000

61 Craffting
40 Defense
49 Firemaking
5 Herblore
65 Magic
60 Mining
55 Woodcutting

-

The Eyes of Glouphrie

6,000

5 Construction
46 Magic
45 Woodcutting

 

What Lies Below

8,000

42 Mining (if you have no access to the Abyss)

35

 

Quests That Require Runecrafting

Quest

Level

The Slug Menace

30

What Lies Below

35

Devious Minds

50

The Fremennik Exiles

55

 

Diaries That Require Runecrafting

Difficulty

Diary

Task

Level

Easy

Lumbridge & Draynor

Craft some Water runes.

5

Easy

Varrock

Craft some Earth runes.

9

Medium

Lumbridge & Draynor

Craft some lava runes at the fire altar in Al Kharid.

23

Hard

Ardougne

Craft some Death runes at the Death altar.

65

Hard

Falador

Craft 140 Mind runes simultaneously.

56

Hard

Karamja

Craft some Nature runes.

44

Hard

Lumbridge & Draynor

Craft 56 cosmic runes simultaneously.

59

Elite

Falador

Craft 252 Air runes simultaneously.

88

Elite

Fremennik

Craft 56 astral runes at once.

82

Elite

Karamja

Craft 56 Nature runes at once.

91

Elite

Kourend & Kebos

Craft one or more Blood runes.

77

Elite

Lumbridge & Draynor

Craft 140 or more water runes at once.

76

Elite

Varrock

Craft 100 or more earth runes simultaneously.

78

 

Fast Runecrafting Training

Level 1-9 Runecrafting

Use Rune or Pure essence to craft Air runes. Bring as many Rune pouches as you can to save time. Air altar is located south of Falador, therefore it is convenient to use Falador teleport tabs to bank your Runes.