Air altar

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Crafting air runes

The Air altar may be found west of Varrock, east of the River Lum, and close to the bridge near Gunnarsgrunn. It is used to craft air runes from rune essence or pure essence, providing 5 Runecrafting experience.

Access[edit | edit source]

As with most other Runecrafting altars, it can be accessed via the Abyss. Players could also enter its ruins by using an air talisman, an elemental talisman, or an omni-talisman. Players could also simply click on the ruins while wearing an air tiara, omni-tiara, a wicked hood imbued with any of the above, an omni-talisman staff, or an air talisman staff.

Currently, the fastest way to get there is to used the wicked hood's teleport, which could only be used 2 times, or 3 if all the wicked robes have been purchased from the Runespan. The second fastest way is to break an air altar teleport tablet. Both of these methods teleport the player just outside of the altar. The wicked hood can be obtained by talking to Tam McGrubor, and the teleport tablets by playing the Great Orb Project.

The skills necklace can be used to teleport to the Cooking Guild, then it's a short walk south-west to the altar.

The Skull sceptre can be used for unlimited teleportation to outside of the Stronghold of Security in Barbarian Village, then it's a short walk towards east, crossing the bridge to reach the altar.

During the limited-time Independence Day Celebrations, the bank chest in the event area is the closest bank to the altar.

Experience[edit | edit source]

The maximum likely limit for crafting air runes in one visit is 2,530. This would be achieved by having 99 Runecrafting, giving a 10x bonus, and carrying 253 essence to craft (23 in the normal inventory along with 48 in the 5 sizes of Runecrafting pouches, along with 175 claimed from the wicked hood (if all the wicked robes have been purchased, and 7 from any abyssal Summoning familiar), whilst wearing an explorer's ring (which has a 1 in 10 chance of producing an extra rune per essence). The maximum possible experience is 2,530 obtained doing the above while wearing air runecrafting gloves.

Combination Runes[edit | edit source]

It is possible to make mist runes, dust runes, and smoke runes while at this altar, but at a 50% success rate. This will result in fewer runes than normal being made. To make a combination rune, the player needs one set of elemental runes, a stack of pure essence, and 2 talismans.

Note that you need to use the opposing rune on the altar to craft combination runes. Simply clicking on the altar would just result in regular elemental runes.

Magic Imbue negates the need of a talisman.

If the player equips a binding necklace, the success rate will increase to 100%. The necklace has a total of 15 uses before breaking. A charge is used each time a batch of combination runes is crafted, instead of each time the altar is entered or for each rune crafted.

To make... You need...
Talisman Rune Essence
Mist runes Water talisman Water runes Pure essence
Dust runes Earth talisman Earth runes
Smoke runes Fire talisman Fire runes

Tiaras[edit | edit source]

An air tiara may be created at this altar by using an air talisman and a normal tiara in your inventory. The player must use the tiara on the altar. Doing so will earn 25 Runecrafting experience.

Music Unlocked[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Graphical updates[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 4 October 2021 (Update):
    • The names of Runecrafting altars and mysterious ruins now reflect their associated runes.
      • The altar has been renamed from "Altar" to "Air altar".
      • The mysterious ruins have been renamed from "Mysterious ruins" to "Air ruins".
  • patch 23 August 2011 (Update):
    • The sun beams that were causing difficulty to see orbs in the air altar have been removed.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Previously, using the orb of oculus, it was possible to see the Mind altar to the west, an infinite grass plane to the south-west (similar to the grass in the player-owned house), and the Rune Essence mine to the east.
  • In the past, if you tried to use a sextant at the Air Altar, a message would appear saying: You are in level 56 Wilderness. This suggests that the location of the Air Altar on the map is adjacent to the Wilderness, in the same way that the Air and Mind Altars are near each other.
  • Before 17 September 2009, the Air Altar was situated south of Falador, where the Clan Camp is now.
  • The Air altar is situated on top of a hill with unpassable slopes, surrounded by dead trees, trees, and oaks that can't be reached. There are also 2 level 1 rabbits that can be attacked if they wander close enough to the altar, but drops can only be retrieved with Telekinetic Grab.
  • On 17 August 2011, the Air Altar received a graphical update, along with the trees outside the altar, which added a beam of light that hit the altar.[1] However, this update was disliked by many players, particularly those who frequently played the Great Orb Project due to the lighting making it difficult to see.
  • On 23 August 2011, Jagex reworked the lighting in the Air Altar and released the graphical update along with the new rewards for minigames update.[2]
  • It is possible to hear the sound of waves from the Air Altar, despite the fact there is no water immediately visible.

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