Buying runes

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Buying runes from shops
Profit per instanceAir rune.pngWater rune.pngEarth rune.pngFire rune.pngBody rune.pngNature rune.png
1,128,400 per instance
Activity time
12 minutes
Minimum recurrence time
24 hours
Effective profit
5,642,000 per hour
Skill requirementsQuest requirements
None, recommended skills below increase profit
64 Magic (Ape Atoll Teleport, 66 for Magic Guild's rune shop)
None, recommended content below
The Feud and first part of Rogue Trader
Started Lunar Diplomacy
Partial completion of Monkey Madness
The Abyss miniquest
Partial completion of Recipe for Disaster
Completion of A Fairy Tale III - Battle at Ork's Rift
Item requirementsOther requirements
Greegree (Preferably Ninja monkey greegree (small)) for safe passage in Ape AtollAnachronia Base Camp Town Hall Tier 3
Experience gainedLocation
NoneVarious rune shops around RuneScape
Inputs (1,723,400)Outputs (2,851,800)
1,723,400 x Coins.png: RS3 Inventory image of CoinsCoins (1,723,400)
7,500 x Air rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Air runeAir rune (337,500)
5,700 x Mind rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mind runeMind rune (102,600)
7,500 x Water rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Water runeWater rune (142,500)
0 x Earth rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Earth runeEarth rune (0) (Not currently profitable)
7,500 x Fire rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fire runeFire rune (675,000)
4,700 x Body rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Body runeBody rune (145,700)
400 x Cosmic rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cosmic runeCosmic rune (182,000)
0 x Chaos rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaos runeChaos rune (0) (Not currently profitable)
100 x Astral rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Astral runeAstral rune (49,100)
1,200 x Nature rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nature runeNature rune (524,400)
700 x Law rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Law runeLaw rune (284,900)
0 x Death rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death runeDeath rune (0) (Not currently profitable)
400 x Blood rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blood runeBlood rune (266,800)
300 x Soul rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Soul runeSoul rune (141,300)
Details
Many types of runes can be bought from various rune shops for considerably less than their Grand Exchange market value. Many of these shops hold a stock of 1,000 of the basic elemental runes, of which most notably air runes and fire runes yield a notable profit when sold in the Grand Exchange.
  1. Teleport to the Edgeville lodestone, bank all your items, and head north to the Mage of Zamorak's shop Battle Runes, located in level 5 Wilderness. Purchase all of the profitable runes (see Outputs above).
  2. Return to Edgeville and bank all your items. Make sure you have a knife in your tool belt or are carrying a slashing weapon. Head south to the ruined building in Edgeville and travel to level 51 Wilderness by pulling the Edgeville teleport lever. Exit the Deserted Keep you find yourself in by cutting through the cobweb blocking the way north, and head west to a small ruined building north of the Mage Arena. Cut through the two cobwebs blocking the way and pull the lever to be transported to the small cave where Lundail runs his Arena-side Rune Shop. This is a safe area that is not considered part of the Wilderness and also contains a bank, so you may purchase the runes from the shop in peace. Purchase all of the profitable runes (see Outputs above).
  3. Teleport to the Burthorpe lodestone, run east to Carwen Essencebinder Magical Runes Shop, and purchase all of the profitable runes (see Outputs above).
  4. Teleport to the Varrock lodestone, head north-east to Aubury's Rune Shop, and purchase all of the profitable runes (see Outputs above).
  5. Teleport to the Al Kharid lodestone, head north to Ali's Discount Wares, and purchase all of the profitable runes (see Outputs above) Opening Ali's rune shop requires talking to him and selecting the appropriate dialogue options ("I would like to have a look at your selection of runes." and "Buy elemental runes.")
  6. Teleport to the Port Sarim lodestone, head north to Betty's Magic Emporium (located in the northernmost house in Port Sarim), and purchase all of the profitable runes (see Outputs above).
  7. From Betty's shop, run south to the second-southernmost pier at the Port Sarim docks, and click on the Squire to travel to the Void Knights' Outpost. From your arrival spot in the outpost run south-west to the Void Knight Magic Store and purchase all of the profitable runes (see Outputs above).
  8. Teleport to the Yanille lodestone, head east to the Magic Guild, go up the stairs to the first floor where Magic Guild Store - Runes and Staves is located, and purchase all of the profitable runes (see Outputs above).
  9. Teleport to the Lunar Isle lodestone, click the walking house to the north to enter it and reach Baba Yaga who runs the Baba Yaga's Magic Shop, and purchase all of the profitable runes (see Outputs above).
  10. Travel to Ape Atoll either by casting the Ape Atoll Teleport spell or by other means, equip a greegree, and run to Tutab's Magical Market, located in the southern part of the marketplace. Purchase all of the profitable runes (see Outputs above).
  11. Teleport to the Anachronia lodestone, head north to the Rune store assistant, and purchase all of the profitable runes (see Outputs above).

Players may want to use some of the acquired runes in the Rune Goldberg Machine D&D. In this case, taking the opportunity to purchase some of the less profitable runes to replenish one's supplies may be desirable. For information on profitability of shop-bought runes in comparison the the Grand Exchange prices as well as available runes and which shops sell which, see this calculator.

Changing the buy warning value in shop warning options in the gameplay setting to at least 120,000 will remove any warning when trying to buy 300 nature or law runes at once. This can help quicken the purchasing process.

Stores[edit | edit source]

Store Map Transportation
Carwen Essencebinder Magical Runes Shop Carwen Essencebinder location.png Home Teleport to Burthorpe
Aubury's Rune Shop Aubury location.png Home Teleport to Varrock
Varrock Teleport if not set to teleport to the Grand Exchange
Ali's Discount Wares Ali Morrisane location.png Home Teleport to Al Kharid
Betty's Magic Emporium Betty location.png Home Teleport to Port Sarim
Captain's Log
Void Knight Magic Store Squire (Void Knight Magic Store) location.png Ship from Port Sarim
Void Knight Seal
Magic Guild Store - Runes and Staves Magic Store owner location.png Home Teleport to Yanille
Watchtower Teleport after hard Ardougne achievements
Baba Yaga's Magic Shop Baba Yaga location.png Home Teleport to Lunar Isle
Tutab's Magical Market Tutab location.png Ape Atoll Teleport
Fairy ring clr to Ape Atoll
Battle Runes Mage of Zamorak location.png Home Teleport to Edgeville
Wilderness sword 1 or better
Lundail's Arena-side Rune Shop Lundail location.png Edgeville teleport lever
Ardougne teleport lever
Rune Shop (Anachronia) Rune Shop (Anachronia) location.png Home Teleport to Anachronia

Runes[edit | edit source]

Item Profit per item
Air rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Air runeAir rune 28
Mind rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mind runeMind rune 1
Water rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Water runeWater rune 2
Earth rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Earth runeEarth rune 0
Fire rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fire runeFire rune 73
Body rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Body runeBody rune 15
Cosmic rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cosmic runeCosmic rune 223
Chaos rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaos runeChaos rune -24
Astral rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Astral runeAstral rune 271
Nature rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nature runeNature rune 65
Law rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Law runeLaw rune 29
Death rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death runeDeath rune -196
Blood rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blood runeBlood rune 117
Soul rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Soul runeSoul rune 61