Death rune

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Death runes are used in great amounts by mages that cast Ancient Magicks, as they are needed to cast the different varieties of the rush and burst combat spells. Death runes are also needed to cast the level 85 spell Teleport Block, the only free-to-play spell which requires death runes. Members can create death runes using the Runecrafting skill at level 65 at the Death altar in the Temple of Light after completing the quest Mourning's End Part II.

Crafting them gives 10 experience per essence (or 0.2 experience per essence in Daemonheim). These are the most powerful rune stocked in any store in free-to-play.

Price / Experience comparison
Grand Exchange price GP / Exp
(per essence)
Nature rune 433 48.1
Law rune 432 45.5
Death rune 122 12.2
Blood rune 610 58.1
Soul rune 403 36.6

Adult cats can be exchanged for 100 death runes with a Civilian in West Ardougne or 200 death runes while possessing the Ardougne cloak 1 or better (Works even if it is still in the bank).

250 Death runes (along with 750 Air runes) can also be obtained from any Slayer Master for 35 Slayer points after completing the Smoking Kills quest.

Crafting multiple death runes[edit | edit source]

For more information about Runecrafting multiples, see crafting multiple runes.
Multiplier Runecrafting level GE Price
1x 65 122

Spawns[edit | edit source]

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For members there is a death rune spawn in the Feldip Hills. It respawns 1 minute and 45 seconds after picking it up.

Spells[edit | edit source]

Free-to-play spells[edit | edit source]

The only use for death runes in free-to-play worlds is casting the Teleport Block spell. Despite no free-to-play spells requiring Death Runes in Daemonheim, they can still craft them.

Pay-to-play spells[edit | edit source]

These spells can only be cast by members:

* Part of the Ancient Magicks spellbook and can only be cast by players who have completed the Desert Treasure quest and have switched their spellbook to Ancient Magicks.

** Part of the Lunar spellbook and can only be cast by players who have completed the Lunar Diplomacy quest and have switched their spellbook to Lunar Spells.

Store locations[edit | edit source]

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SellerLocationCostCurrencyBase stockMembers?
Ali's Discount WaresAl Kharid310Coins 250.png Coins100P2P icon.png
Aubury's Rune ShopVarrock310Coins 250.png Coins10F2P icon.png
Aubury's Rune Shop (New Varrock)New Varrock310Zemomark 250.png Zemomark10P2P icon.png
Baba Yaga's Magic ShopLunar Isle310Coins 250.png Coins300P2P icon.png
Battle RunesWilderness310Coins 250.png Coins30P2P icon.png
Betty's Magic EmporiumPort Sarim310Coins 250.png Coins10F2P icon.png
Carwen Essencebinder Magical Runes ShopBurthorpe310Coins 250.png Coins10F2P icon.png
Lundail's Arena-side Rune ShopMage arena bank310Coins 250.png Coins300F2P icon.png
Magic Guild Store - Runes and StavesWizards' Guild310Coins 250.png Coins1,000P2P icon.png
TzHaar-Mej-Roh's Rune StoreTzHaar City465Tokkul 25.png Tokkul100P2P icon.png
Void Knight Magic StoreVoid Knights' Outpost310Coins 250.png Coins100P2P icon.png

Disassembly[edit | edit source]

Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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SourceCombat levelQuantityRarityMembers
Air elemental441UncommonP2P icon.png
Angry barbarian spirit10655/128P2P icon.png
Ankou60; 61; 63109/128F2P icon.png
Ankou (elite)7210UncommonF2P icon.png
Armoured zombie 42; 46; 84; 86; 9131/128P2P icon.png
Bandit (Kharid Bandit Camp)542UncommonP2P icon.png
Bandit (Pollnivneach)532UncommonP2P icon.png
Bandit (Wilderness)182RareF2P icon.png
Berserk barbarian spirit1065UncommonP2P icon.png
Black Knight30; 3322/128F2P icon.png
Black Knight Titan282UnknownP2P icon.png
Bladed muspah15020CommonP2P icon.png
Brine rat497CommonP2P icon.png
Bronze dragon8625–453/512P2P icon.png
Brutish jadinko913UncommonF2P icon.png
Casket (CS Week)N/A30UnknownF2P icon.png
Chaos Elemental305100–226RareF2P icon.png
Chaos Giant12635–441/25P2P icon.png
Chaos dwarf 28; 45; 47; 84; 101; 1083–61/128F2P icon.png
Chaos dwarf hand cannoneer70; 1013UncommonP2P icon.png
Chaos dwogre92; 986UncommonP2P icon.png
Chewed bonesN/A8–15CommonP2P icon.png
Crystal chestN/A50CommonN/A
Cyclops 57; 63; 68; 912RareF2P icon.png
Dagannoth Prime30384–92CommonP2P icon.png
Dark beast1051010/128P2P icon.png
Dark beast (elite)11430UncommonP2P icon.png
Desert strykewyrm10315UncommonP2P icon.png
Dorgesh-Kaan Average ChestN/A2–3UnknownN/A
Earth elemental441UncommonP2P icon.png
Earth warrior782UncommonP2P icon.png
Earth warrior (elite)882UncommonP2P icon.png
Elite Black Knight1001–3UncommonP2P icon.png
Elite Dark Mage983–6RareP2P icon.png
Enraged barbarian spirit1065UncommonP2P icon.png
Essence implingN/A13RareN/A
Essence impling jarN/A13UncommonP2P icon.png
Exiled Kalphite Queen356176–500UncommonP2P icon.png
Feral vampyre6126/128P2P icon.png
Ferocious barbarian spirit1066–9UncommonP2P icon.png
Fire elemental441UncommonP2P icon.png
Fire spiritN/A2–6RareN/A

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The most death runes required for a spell are 2, for the Smoke, Shadow, Blood and Ice Burst spells.
  • The picture on a Death Rune shows a skull & X, which is most likely meant to imitate the jolly roger or more commonly known as the skull & crossbones.
  • Death was rolling a Death Rune with his fingers in 2009 Hallowe'en event. This may be a reference to Pirates of the Caribbean, when Jack did this with one of the cursed Aztec gold coins while in skeletal form.
  • Prior to the Evolution of Combat update, death runes were used in Blast spells, Surge spells, Blitz spells and Barrage spells. The removal of their usage in these spells caused a dramatic fall in their Grand Exchange price.
  • Although Death runes have no use in Dungeoneering for free players following the Evolution of Combat, they can still be runecrafted and can even be found in the starting room.
  • In the German version of RuneScape, they're called "afterlife runes".
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