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 478 53.1
Law rune 496 52.2
Death rune 118 11.8
Blood rune 685 65.2
Soul rune 459 41.7

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 65 118

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 Coins100P2P 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
Rune Shop (Anachronia)Anachronia310Coins 250.png Coins10P2P 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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Air elemental44 Multicombat.png1UncommonP2P icon.png
Angry barbarian spirit106 Multicombat.png55/128P2P icon.png
Ankou60; 61; 63 Multicombat.png109/128F2P icon.png
Ankou (elite)72 Multicombat.png10UncommonF2P icon.png
Armoured zombie42; 46; 84; 86; 91 Multicombat.png31/128P2P icon.png
Bandit (Kharid Bandit Camp)54 Multicombat.png2UncommonP2P icon.png
Bandit (Pollnivneach)53 Multicombat.png2UncommonP2P icon.png
Bandit (Wilderness)18 Multicombat.png2RareF2P icon.png
BarrowsNot available Multicombat.png70–1,190Common[dr 1]N/A
BarrowsNot available Multicombat.png15Common (1/10)[dr 1]N/A
Berserk barbarian spirit106 Multicombat.png5UncommonP2P icon.png
Black Knight30; 33 Multicombat.png22/128F2P icon.png
Black Knight Titan28 Multicombat.png2UnknownP2P icon.png
Black key blackN/A Black key blackUnknownRareP2P icon.png
Black key brownN/A Black key brownUnknownRareP2P icon.png
Black key crimsonN/A Black key crimsonUnknownRareP2P icon.png
Black key purpleN/A Black key purpleUnknownRareP2P icon.png
Black key redN/A Black key redUnknownRareP2P icon.png
Bladed muspah150 Multicombat.png20CommonP2P icon.png
Brine rat49 Multicombat.png7CommonP2P icon.png
Bronze dragon86 Multicombat.png25; 453/512P2P icon.png
Brutish jadinko91 Multicombat.png3UncommonF2P icon.png
Casket (CS Week)N/A Reward30UnknownF2P icon.png
Chaos Elemental P2PNot available Multicombat.png100–226RareN/A
Chaos Giant126 Multicombat.png35–441/25P2P icon.png
Chaos dwarf28; 45; 47; 84; 101; 108 Multicombat.png3; 61/128F2P icon.png
Chaos dwarf hand cannoneer70; 101 Multicombat.png3UncommonP2P icon.png
Chaos dwogre92; 98 Multicombat.png6UncommonP2P icon.png
Chewed bonesNot available Multicombat.png8–15CommonP2P icon.png
ColumbariumN/A Columbarium8–15CommonN/A
Crystal chestN/A Crystal chest50CommonP2P icon.png
Cyclops57; 63; 68; 91 Multicombat.png2RareP2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Dagannoth Prime303 Multicombat.png84–92CommonP2P icon.png
Dark beast105 Multicombat.png1010/128P2P icon.png
Dark beast (elite)114 Multicombat.png30UncommonP2P icon.png
Desert strykewyrm103 Multicombat.png15UncommonP2P icon.png
Dorgesh-Kaan Average ChestN/A Reward2–3UnknownP2P icon.png
Earth elemental44 Multicombat.png1UncommonP2P icon.png
Earth warrior78 Multicombat.png24/128P2P icon.png
Earth warrior (elite)88 Multicombat.png2UncommonP2P icon.png
Elf85 Thieving-icon.png2CommonN/A
Elite Black Knight100 Multicombat.png1–3UncommonP2P icon.png
Elite Dark Mage98 Multicombat.png3–6RareP2P icon.png
Enraged barbarian spirit106 Multicombat.png5UncommonP2P icon.png
Essence impling42 Hunter-icon.png13RareP2P icon.png
Essence impling jarN/A Reward13UncommonP2P icon.png
Exiled Kalphite Queen356 Multicombat.png161–200UncommonP2P icon.png
Feral vampyre61 Multicombat.png26/128P2P icon.png
Ferocious barbarian spirit106 Multicombat.png6–9UncommonP2P icon.png
Fire elemental44 Multicombat.png1UncommonP2P icon.png
Fire spirit (item) normalN/A Reward2–8RareN/A
Force muspah150 Multicombat.png20UncommonP2P icon.png
Former vampyreN/A Reward15RareP2P icon.png
Frost dragon112 Multicombat.png10; 15UncommonP2P icon.png
Ganodermic runt112 Multicombat.png5–6UncommonP2P icon.png
Giant ant worker49 Multicombat.png2–10UncommonP2P icon.png
Glacor112 Multicombat.png32–50UncommonP2P icon.png
Gnoeals70 Multicombat.png1–4CommonP2P icon.png
Gnome RestaurantN/A Reward7–13UncommonN/A
Greater reborn mage82 Multicombat.png1UncommonP2P icon.png
Grifolapine103 Multicombat.png8–13UncommonP2P icon.png
Grifolaroo107 Multicombat.png4–10UncommonP2P icon.png
Grotworm63 Multicombat.png104/100P2P icon.png
Guthix wizard105; 119 Multicombat.png15; 45UncommonP2P icon.png
Harold98 Multicombat.png5RandomP2P icon.png
Harpie Bug Swarm63 Multicombat.png3UncommonP2P icon.png
Harpie Bug Swarm (elite)72 Multicombat.png3UncommonP2P icon.png
Hero0; 80 Thieving-icon.png2UncommonP2P icon.png
Hill giant44 Multicombat.png2RareF2P icon.png
Ice giant51 Multicombat.png2–4RareF2P icon.png
Ice strykewyrm106 Multicombat.png20CommonP2P icon.png
Ice troll84; 89 Multicombat.png15CommonP2P icon.png
Imperial mage akh130 Multicombat.png20UncommonP2P icon.png
Imperial ranger akh130 Multicombat.png20UncommonP2P icon.png
Imperial warrior akh130 Multicombat.png20UncommonP2P icon.png
Infernal Mage72 Multicombat.png717/128P2P icon.png
Infernal Mage (elite)82 Multicombat.png7; 60CommonP2P icon.png
Ivory Bre'egth (cursed)82 Multicombat.png4UncommonP2P icon.png
Ivory Gromblod (cursed)82 Multicombat.png4CommonP2P icon.png
Ivory Shredflesh (cursed)82 Multicombat.png4CommonP2P icon.png
Jungle strykewyrm93 Multicombat.png10UncommonP2P icon.png
Kalphite Guardian72 Multicombat.png18; 28; 45UncommonP2P icon.png
Kalphite Queen333 Multicombat.png100–150CommonP2P icon.png
Kalphite Soldier65 Multicombat.png3–12UncommonP2P icon.png
King Black Dragon276 Multicombat.png50CommonF2P icon.png
Lesser demon70 Multicombat.png10–204/128F2P icon.png
Lesser demon (Demon Flash Mobs)109 Multicombat.png10–20UncommonP2P icon.png
Lesser reborn mage68 Multicombat.png1UnknownP2P icon.png
Living rock protector92 Multicombat.png3–10UncommonP2P icon.png
Living rock striker92 Multicombat.png3–8UncommonP2P icon.png
Moss giant28; 51; 61 Multicombat.png1; 3RareP2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Nechryael96 Multicombat.png5; 1013/128P2P icon.png
Nechryael (elite)106 Multicombat.png5; 10; 50; 100CommonP2P icon.png
New Varrock guard captain104 Multicombat.png1–11UncommonP2P icon.png
Otherworldly being63 Multicombat.png2UncommonP2P icon.png
Ourg statue79 Multicombat.png45RareP2P icon.png
Professor OnglewipN/A Reward7–13UncommonN/A
Red dragon84 Multicombat.png52/75F2P icon.png
Saradomin wizard98 Multicombat.png15UncommonP2P icon.png
Shade Catacombs/RewardsN/A RewardUnknownVariesN/A
  1. ^ a b This source has further information about this drop, see the Barrows page for details

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".