Air rune

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Air runes are one of the four basic elemental runes. They are the most basic and most common runes in RuneScape. All players with a Runecrafting level of 1 can craft air runes at the Air Altar west of Varrock. Crafting air runes provides 5 Runecrafting experience per rune essence or pure essence used.

Information[edit | edit source]

Air runes are used in most missile spells as well as most teleportation spells. They are used very often, so players should have a large supply of air runes at hand if practising magic, or an staff of air to have an infinite supply. Air staves can be bought from Zaff's Superior Staves in Varrock or from the Grand Exchange.

Prayer urns (impious, accursed and infernal) can be finished by adding an air rune to them.

Air runes can be combined with water runes to make mist runes, with earth runes to make dust runes, and with fire runes to make smoke runes.

The magic tutor in Lumbridge formerly supplied players with 30 air runes and 30 mind runes, provided that players had no runes in their inventory or bank, and it has been 30 minutes since they last claimed items from either the magic or ranged tutor, though this feature has since been removed. Now, all players can obtain 30 air and mind runes that Aubury of Varrock samples instead; after a half hour, one can re-obtain all 30 air and mind runes.

Instruments that provides unlimited air rune to all players when equipped are: staff of air, air battlestaff, mystic air staff, avernic wand, tower mindspike, mindspike, bat staff, staff of limitless air, and Armadyl battlestaff.

Air runes can sometimes be found inside barrels.

The maximum likely limit for crafting air runes in one air altar visit is 3058. This would be achieved by having 99 Runecrafting (giving a 10x bonus) and carrying 103 essence to craft (23 in the normal inventory, 48 in the 5 sizes of Runecrafting pouch, 20 with an abyssal titan and 12 in the infinity ethereal outfit) and a full set of wicked robes, which grants 175 essence per day (which can be withdrawn from the hood once your inventory is emptied). Whilst wearing an explorer's ring this can be increased, it has a 1 in 10 chance of creating an extra rune per essence. It is possible that a few extra air runes could be gained from the use of the explorer's ring.

Crafting multiple air runes[edit | edit source]

For more information about Runecrafting multiples, see crafting multiple runes.
Multiplier Runecrafting GE Price
1x 1 40
2x 11 80
3x 22 120
4x 33 160
5x 44 200
6x 55 240
7x 66 280
8x 77 320
9x 88 360
10x 99 400

Spells[edit | edit source]

Air runes are needed in a large number of spells, as shown in the list below, for this reason many mages will use a staff of air, Caitlin's staff, Mindspike (air),air battlestaff, mystic air staffbat staff or Armadyl battlestaff instead of air runes (in order of accuracy).

Free spells[edit | edit source]

All players can cast these spells.

Member spells[edit | edit source]

Only members can cast these spells:

Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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Air elemental44 Multicombat.png15CommonP2P icon.png
Air elemental44 Multicombat.png20UncommonP2P icon.png
Air wizard16 Multicombat.png4–10AlwaysF2P icon.png
Ancient mage103 Multicombat.png150; 250CommonP2P icon.png
Barrel (Viyeldi caves)N/A Reward1–11UncommonN/A
Black dragon100 Multicombat.png751/128P2P icon.png
Blood reaver108; 124 Multicombat.png150; 250UncommonP2P icon.png
Brine rat49 Multicombat.png18UncommonP2P icon.png
Casket (CS Week)N/A Reward150UnknownN/A
Casket (CS Week)N/A Reward300UnknownN/A
Chaos druid warrior65 Multicombat.png12; 36CommonP2P icon.png
Chaos druid32 Multicombat.png9–36CommonP2P icon.png
Chaos dwarf hand cannoneer70; 101 Multicombat.png24CommonP2P icon.png
Chaos dwarf28; 45; 47; 84; 101; 108 Multicombat.png12; 242/64F2P icon.png
Chaos dwogre92; 98 Multicombat.png24UncommonP2P icon.png
Cockroach drone4 Multicombat.png1–1011/128F2P icon.png
Colonel Radick23 Multicombat.png8UncommonP2P icon.png
Corpse Spider4 Multicombat.png10CommonF2P icon.png
Corpse archer18 Multicombat.png123/128F2P icon.png
Corpse mage21 Multicombat.png185/128F2P icon.png
Crawling corpse torso9 Multicombat.png10UncommonF2P icon.png
Crystal chestN/A Crystal chest200CommonN/A
Dagon'hai Monk77 Multicombat.png10; 18; 36CommonP2P icon.png
Dark wizard22; 30; 33; 35; 37 Multicombat.png10; 184/128F2P icon.png
Dragith Nurn26 Multicombat.png181/128F2P icon.png
Dung kalphiteN/A Reward5CommonN/A
Earth warrior (elite)88 Multicombat.png45Very rareP2P icon.png
Eclectic impling jarN/A Reward30–60CommonN/A
Eclectic impling50 Hunter-icon.png30–60CommonN/A
Elite Dark Mage98 Multicombat.png11–40CommonP2P icon.png
Elite Dark Warrior98 Multicombat.png40CommonP2P icon.png
Elite Khazard guard77; 84 Multicombat.png4–10CommonP2P icon.png
Essence impling jarN/A Reward30CommonN/A
Essence impling42 Hunter-icon.png30CommonN/A
Exiled kalphite soldier84 Multicombat.png30–88CommonP2P icon.png
Farmer7 Multicombat.png4UnknownF2P icon.png
Fire spirit (item) normalN/A Reward5–220CommonN/A
Giant ant worker49 Multicombat.png3–48CommonP2P icon.png
Giant skeleton (Shadow Dungeon)84 Multicombat.png30UncommonP2P icon.png
Giant skeleton (Tarn's Lair)84 Multicombat.png30UncommonP2P icon.png
Giant spider2; 33; 39 Multicombat.png4–63/128F2P icon.png
Goblin1; 2; 4; 5; 6; 7; 11; 84 Multicombat.png2–72/128P2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Greater reborn mage82 Multicombat.png75RareP2P icon.png
Guard18; 25; 35 Multicombat.png6CommonP2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Guthix wizard105; 119 Multicombat.png60; 189UncommonP2P icon.png
Icefiend35; 84 Multicombat.png1–5UncommonP2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Imp herald98 Multicombat.png5CommonP2P icon.png
Imp5 Multicombat.png5CommonP2P icon.png
Infernal Mage (elite)82 Multicombat.png10; 18UncommonP2P icon.png
Infernal Mage72 Multicombat.png10; 184/128P2P icon.png
Kalphite Guardian72 Multicombat.png50UncommonP2P icon.png
Kalphite Soldier65 Multicombat.png15; 27–29CommonP2P icon.png
Kalphite Worker58 Multicombat.png11–19CommonP2P icon.png
Killerwatt61 Multicombat.png5CommonP2P icon.png
Lesser reborn mage68 Multicombat.png50UnknownP2P icon.png
Moss giant28; 51; 61 Multicombat.png18UncommonP2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Necromancer (monster)39 Multicombat.png10; 18CommonP2P icon.png
Pirate26; 29; 32 Multicombat.png10CommonP2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Rogue9 Multicombat.png8RareP2P icon.png
Saradomin wizard98 Multicombat.png60; 189UncommonP2P icon.png
Security casket (CS Week)N/A Reward150UnknownN/A
Shadow warrior65 Multicombat.png45UncommonP2P icon.png
Skeletal Wyvern109 Multicombat.png10–646/128P2P icon.png
Skeletal miner49 Multicombat.png15UncommonP2P icon.png
Skeleton (Lumbridge Catacombs)15 Multicombat.png125/128F2P icon.png
Skeleton (Tarn's Lair)45; 70; 71; 72; 77; 79 Multicombat.png9UnknownP2P icon.png
Skeleton Mage19; 49 Multicombat.png12Uncommon[dr 1]P2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Skeleton fremennik23; 28; 30 Multicombat.png60CommonP2P icon.png
Skeleton15; 16; 32; 43; 46; 47; 49; 51; 53; 54; 58; 70 Multicombat.png12–15CommonP2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Skoblin19 Multicombat.png12UncommonF2P icon.png
Soldier (Yanille)32 Multicombat.png8UncommonP2P icon.png
Spectral attendant70 Multicombat.png5UncommonP2P icon.png
Spectral cultivator70 Multicombat.png5UnknownP2P icon.png
Spectral worshipper70 Multicombat.png5UnknownP2P icon.png
Spellwisp18 Multicombat.png5; 12CommonF2P icon.png
Tower guard23 Multicombat.png8UnknownP2P icon.png
Treasure TrailsN/A Treasure Trails300CommonN/A
Treasure TrailsN/A Treasure Trails150CommonN/A
Troll shaman1 Multicombat.png1–5CommonF2P icon.png
Tutab's Magical Market65 Thieving-icon.png1UnknownN/A
TzHaar-Mej86 Multicombat.png10–806/128P2P icon.png
Undead Lumberjack54; 64; 74; 78; 86; 97; 101; 108; 119 Multicombat.png13UncommonP2P icon.png
Wallasalki79; 84; 91 Multicombat.png1–6CommonP2P icon.png
Warped bat16 Multicombat.png12CommonF2P icon.png
Warped cockroach1 Multicombat.png35/128F2P icon.png
Warped fly7 Multicombat.png10UncommonF2P icon.png
Warped rat12 Multicombat.png10UncommonF2P icon.png
Warped terrorbird82 Multicombat.png24–60CommonP2P icon.png
Warped tortoise72 Multicombat.png49RareP2P icon.png
Winter Weekends (2012)N/A Reward100; 500; 1,000CommonN/A
Wizard18 Multicombat.png5; 12CommonP2P icon.png
Zamorak crafter26 Multicombat.png5CommonP2P icon.png
Zamorak mage (monster)68 Multicombat.png5UncommonP2P icon.png
Zamorak wizard70 Multicombat.png60; 189; 192CommonP2P icon.png
Zombie (New Varrock)1 Thieving-icon.png1–10UnknownN/A
Zombie (New Varrock)1 Multicombat.png1–105/128P2P icon.png
Zombie (random event)14; 29; 49; 79; 120; 159; 170 Multicombat.png40UncommonF2P icon.png
Zombie pirate35; 49; 50 Multicombat.png3CommonP2P icon.png
Zombie swab47 Multicombat.png3CommonP2P icon.png
Zombie11; 12; 22; 29; 72; 74; 75; 77; 78; 79; 82; 84; 85 Multicombat.png3UncommonP2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
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Store locations[edit | edit source]

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SellerLocationCostCurrencyBase stockMembers?
Ali's Discount WaresAl Kharid17Coins 5.png Coins300P2P icon.png
Aubury's Rune Shop (New Varrock)New VarrockFree sample-15P2P icon.png
Aubury's Rune Shop (New Varrock)New Varrock17Zemomark 5.png Zemomark300P2P icon.png
Aubury's Rune ShopVarrock17Coins 5.png Coins300F2P icon.png
Aubury's Rune ShopVarrockFree sample-30F2P icon.png
Baba Yaga's Magic ShopLunar Isle17Coins 5.png Coins1,000P2P icon.png
Battle RunesWilderness17Coins 5.png Coins1,000P2P icon.png
Betty's Magic EmporiumPort Sarim17Coins 5.png Coins300F2P icon.png
Burthorpe Guard QuartermasterAbandoned Burthorpe mine17Coins 5.png Coins20F2P icon.png
Carwen Essencebinder Magical Runes ShopBurthorpeFree sample-30F2P icon.png
Carwen Essencebinder Magical Runes ShopBurthorpe17Coins 5.png Coins300F2P icon.png
Lundail's Arena-side Rune ShopMage arena bank17Coins 5.png Coins1,000F2P icon.png
Magic Guild Store - Runes and StavesWizards' Guild17Coins 5.png Coins1,000P2P icon.png
Rune Shop (Anachronia)Anachronia17Coins 5.png Coins300P2P icon.png
Tutab's Magical MarketApe Atoll17Coins 5.png Coins1,000P2P icon.png
TzHaar-Mej-Roh's Rune StoreTzHaar City26Tokkul 25.png Tokkul1,000P2P icon.png
Void Knight Magic StoreVoid Knights' Outpost17Coins 5.png Coins1,000P2P icon.png

Disassembly[edit | edit source]

Item spawns[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The most air runes required for a spell are 30, for the Charge Air Orb spell.