Earth altar

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Crafting earth runes

The Earth altar may be found north east of Varrock and south of the Fort Forinthry. It is used to craft Earth runes from rune essence or pure essence, providing 6.5 Runecrafting experience. You need a Runecrafting level of at least 9 to craft earth runes.

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 earth talisman, an Elemental talisman, or an omni-talisman. Players could also simply click on the ruins while wearing an earth tiara, omni-tiara, a wicked hood imbued with any of the above, an omni-talisman staff, or an earth talisman staff.

The fastest way to get there is the wicked hood's teleport, which could only be used 2 times a day, or 3 if all the wicked robes have been purchased from the Runespan. The second fastest way is to break an earth 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. In addition, Fort Forinthry Teleport scrolls teleport the player to just northwest of the altar.

The Archaeology journal, which can be equipped in the pocket slot, offers unlimited free teleports outside the Archaeology Guild, and the earth altar is a 30-second run to the north.

Those who have completed Enlightened journey and unlocked the Balloon landing site northeast of Varrock can ride the balloon to Varrock, which will land a short distance to the northwest of the altar.

For banking purposes, the Infernal Source Dig Site to the northwest of the earth altar is a 17-second run away.

Experience[edit | edit source]

The maximum likely limit for crafting Earth runes in one visit is 1,012. This would be achieved by having 78 Runecrafting, giving a 4x 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 creature), 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 3,289 obtained doing the above while wearing Earth runecrafting gloves.

Combination runes[edit | edit source]

It is possible to make mud runes, dust runes, and lava runes while at this altar, but at a 50% success rate. This will result in less 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
Mud runes Water talisman Water runes Pure essence
Dust runes Air talisman Air runes
Lava runes Fire talisman Fire runes

Tiaras[edit | edit source]

An earth tiara may be created at this altar by having an earth talisman and a normal tiara in your inventory. The player must use the tiara on the altar. Doing so will earn 32.5 Runecrafting experience.

Music Unlocked[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 "Earth altar".
      • The mysterious ruins have been renamed from "Mysterious ruins" to "Earth ruins".
  • patch 18 February 2019 (Update):
    • Blocked tiles in the earth altar have been removed.
  • ninja 10 September 2018 (Update):
    • Graphically improved the Earth Altar.
  • ninja 27 March 2017 (Update):
    • An aggressive mugger near the earth altar has been removed.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • At the western-most point, players can see parts of the fire altar.
  • Using the orb of oculus, to the south one can see an infinite grass plain (similar to the grass in a POH), to the southeast, one can see the air altar, and to the east, one can see the fire altar.
  • Making an earth tiara in the earth altar is a medium task in the Varrock Tasks and entering the altar is an easy task. Crafting 100 earth runes simultaneously is an elite task.
  • Using earth runecrafting gloves from Fist of Guthix and crafting earth runes here is sometimes considered the best method for training Runecrafting in F2P.
  • The earth altar used to be larger requiring two clicks to craft earth runes (one to see the altar and another one to craft the runes) but after a system update its size was reduced requiring only one click to craft earth runes once inside the altar.
  • The earth altar portal has a unique swirl pattern.
  • The temple was graphically updated on 10 September 2018.