Free-to-play Runecraft training

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This article is about the free-to-play guide. For the members' guide, see Pay-to-play Runecraft training.

When crafting runes at a runecrafting altar, it is a good idea to wear the corresponding tiara in your head slot. This acts as an equipable talisman, saving an inventory space over a normal talisman. It also allows the player to enter a particular runecrafting altar by left-clicking on the corresponding mysterious ruins, as opposed to having to use the talisman on them, thereby saving time. Talisman tiaras may be purchased from the Grand Exchange, from other players, or crafted by a player themselves. To create a talisman tiara, the player must have a plain tiara and the corresponding talisman in their inventory, and use the tiara on the altar of that particular talisman. For example, a player who wishes to create an air tiara must enter the air altar ruins, and use the tiara on the altar with an air talisman in their inventory. The talisman itself is lost in the process.

All runes craftable by free-to-play RuneScape players may be crafted from either rune essence or pure essence, and using one over the other makes no difference to experience gained or the number of runes crafted per essence. It is therefore recommended to use the cheaper option, which is pure essence (2 each) rather than rune essence (10 each). As a free-to-play player, you will not be able to mine your own pure essence, but you can still purchase it through the Grand Exchange or from other players directly.

Note that energy potions (137.25 per dose) restore 10% run energy with each dose, and using them either at the bank or while running greatly increases experience gained from all of the below methods by 30-50% over just letting your run energy recharge normally (the actual percent XP/h gained depending on the method and your Agility level).

Levels 1-9/14/20 – Air runes[edit | edit source]

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Air rune.png In free-to-play, the only way to begin training Runecraft is by crafting air runes, which grants 5 Runecraft experience per pure essence or rune essence used (140 experience for an inventory of 28). The air altar is located just south of Falador, with a bank close by. You will end up with a decent amount of air runes, which you may then sell, or retain for your own personal use. Continue to craft air runes until you reach level 9, at which point it is best to move on to crafting earth runes.

  • Experience needed (1-9): 969
  • Pure essence or rune essence needed: 194
  • № of inventories (28 essence per inventory): 7
  • Cost of pure essence: 388
  • Air runes value: 970
  • Profit: 582

Levels 9-14/20 – Earth runes[edit | edit source]

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Earth rune.png Players with a Runecraft level of at least 9 are able to craft earth runes, which grant 6.5 experience per pure essence or rune essence used (182 experience for an inventory of 28). The earth altar is located north-east of Varrock, near the sawmill. The distance between the altar and bank is a brisk walk away, and Varrock teleport allows even faster return to the bank (use a earth tiara to save a slot), so you can gather a great portion of experience in a short amount of time. You will accumulate a decent amount of earth runes, which you may sell or retain as you see fit.

  • Experience needed (9-14): 1,138
  • Pure essence or rune essence needed: 176
  • № of inventories (28 essence per inventory): 7
  • Cost of pure essence: 352
  • Earth runes value: 704
  • Profit: 352

Levels 14-20 – Fire runes[edit | edit source]

Fire altar route.png

Fire rune.png At level 14, it is possible to craft fire runes, which grant 7 experience per pure essence or rune essence used (196 exp for an inventory of 28). The fire altar is located west of the Duel Arena north of Al Kharid. The closest bank is Fadli's chest bank by the arena. (Due to the farther bank distance, fire runes result in less experience per hour than earth runes).

  • Experience needed (14-20): 2,363
  • Pure essence or rune essence needed: 338
  • № of inventories (28 essence per inventory): 13
  • Cost of pure essence: 676
  • Fire runes value: 1,690
  • Profit: 1,014

Levels 20-99 – Body runes[edit | edit source]

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Body rune.png Players with a Runecraft level of at least 20 are able to craft body runes, which grant 7.5 experience per pure essence or rune essence used (210 experience for an inventory of 28). Body runes are useful for a number of spells, such as Confuse and Weaken, which are often used for low-intensity Magic training. Body runes are the highest level runes that free-to-play players are able to craft and crafting them grants the highest possible Runecraft experience per GP for free-to-play players. You will accumulate a huge amount of body runes, which you may sell or retain as you see fit.

From levels 20 to 45, one body rune will be created per essence used. From levels 46 to 91, two body runes will be created per essence used. From level 92 onwards, three body runes will be created per essence used.

  • Experience needed (20-99): 13,029,961
  • Pure essence or rune essence needed: 1,737,329
  • Body runes created: 4,335,146
  • № of inventories (28 essence per inventory): 62,048
  • Cost of pure essence: 3,474,658
  • Body runes value: 21,675,730
  • Profit: 18,201,072

There are several ways to increase the efficiency of body rune crafting.

Using teleports[edit | edit source]

The closest f2p players can teleport to the body rune altar is the teleport to Barbarian Village using the imbued skull sceptre. The closest f2p players can teleport to a bank on a non PvP world is using Falador teleport to go to the Falador west bank. The closest f2p players can teleport to a bank on a PvP world is using Lumbridge teleport.

Therefore, the fastest method of runecrafting body runes without help of others is to keep law and water runes (or earth runes on the PvP world) and an imbued skull sceptre in your inventory as well as equipping a staff of air and a body tiara (or, equip the imbued skull sceptre and carry air runes, to lower your weight by 2.5kg).

This would allow players to teleport to Barbarian Village with the skull sceptre, run up to the altar to craft the runes, then teleport to Falador (or Lumbridge on the PvP world) to bank and repeat. This method results in around 20k exp/hr (or 25k exp/hr in the PvP world) provided the player uses energy potions to keep their run energy from depleting.

Be very careful to only take items you're willing to lose to PvP worlds, as you can be Snared and Tele Blocked and killed when you're not in the Lumbridge safe zone. As long as you aren't Tele Blocked, however, you can teleport yourself back to the safe zone in Lumbridge, and even when carrying less runes with you to have a smaller risk, this method is still faster than the non-PVP method.

Using runners[edit | edit source]

Players who are not an Ironman can use essence runners to provide essence to them at the body altar. This can either be done by paying other players in-game for their services, or by employing alternate accounts. Using the strategy below requires very few clicks per account, making it easy to manage two or three alternate accounts on the same screen running essence. Note that for most clicks, one should click the next spot before the player completes the route started by the previous click.

When using 2 extra runners and no energy potions, this gives experience rates of approximately 17k exp/hr.

Click Location
1 Next to the Soul Wars portal (Click here to close the bank interface) Maplink (red)
2 Just below the Edgeville monastery Maplink (red)
3 The body rune altar entrance Maplink (red)
4 Just west of the body rune altar (Walking here instead of directly crafting saves one tile of walking) Maplink
5 The portal to exit the body rune altar Maplink
6 The very end of Barbarian village (Now turn your camera to facing east) Maplink (green)
7 Just behind the Soul Wars portal Maplink (green)
8 The Edgeville bank booth (Now turn your camera to facing south) Maplink (green)

Levels 1-99 – Tiaras[edit | edit source]

Water altar route.png

Water tiara.png Players with a Runecraft level of 1 are able to craft any Runecrafting tiaras, which range from the base air tiara granting 25 experience up to the body tiara which grants 37.5 experience (50% more experience per craft). To do so simply requires the player to have a tiara and a corresponding talisman in their inventory (up to 14 of each).

Given this method's relatively high cost, frugal players should keep an eye on the prices of talismans. However, this method is not to be discounted: creating a full batch of 14 air tiaras will grant 350xp (compared to the meager 210xp from 28 body runes). Yet at the time of this writing air talismans remain remarkably undervalued. 14 air talismans would cost 1,148, providing a relatively affordable and fast route to level up Runecrafting. This is compared to 14 water talismans 4,802 (20% more experience at 455xp total), 14 fire talismans 74,830 (30% more experience at 490xp total), or 14 body talismans 24,024 (50% more experience at 525xp total).

The cheapest talisman is the Air talisman.png Air talisman which costs 82. Compare this to the most expensive talisman, the Fire talisman.png Fire talisman, which costs 5,345.

Water tiaras, which grant 30 experience per tiara 90 and water talisman 343 used (420 experience for an inventory of 14 each which costs 6,062) are the second-most cost efficient tiaras that free-to-play players are able to craft and crafting them grants the 4th highest possible Runecraft experience per hour for free-to-play players. You will accumulate a huge amount of water tiaras, which you should sell on the Grand Exchange.

One other method players with 31 Magic will find useful is to keep law and earth runes in their inventory while equipping a staff of air and teleporting to Lumbridge.

In the F2P PvP world there is a bank chest located at the Lumbridge teleport which results in faster banking. This method saves approximately 30 seconds per run and yields roughly 25k exp/hr.

  • Experience needed (1-99): 13,034,431
  • Tiaras needed: 434,333
  • Water talismans needed: 434,333
  • Water tiaras created: 434,333
  • Number of inventories (14 tiaras and 14 talismans per inventory): 31,035

Tip: Using Lumbridge Home Teleport spell every 30 minutes will help make banking a lot smoother. It saves some time at least.

Comparison table for crafting tiaras[edit | edit source]

Runecraft icon.png Tiara Experience Materials Material cost Tiara value Profit/Loss Profit/Loss per XP
Air tiara.png Air tiara 25 Tiara.png Air talisman.png 172 4 -168 -6.72
Mind tiara.png Mind tiara 27.5 Tiara.png Mind talisman.png 4,283 6 -4,277 -155.53
Water tiara.png Water tiara 30 Tiara.png Water talisman.png 433 55 -378 -12.6
Earth tiara.png Earth tiara 32.5 Tiara.png Earth talisman.png 601 2 -599 -18.43
Fire tiara.png Fire tiara 35 Tiara.png Fire talisman.png 5,435 32 -5,403 -154.37
Body tiara.png Body tiara 37.5 Tiara.png Body talisman.png 1,806 5 -1,801 -48.03