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
1,865,100 per instance
Activity time
12 minutes
Minimum recurrence time
24 hours
Effective profit
9,325,500 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 Enter 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 Atoll
Banana for Ape Atoll Teleport

Anachronia Base Camp Town Hall Tier 3
Experience gainedLocation
NoneVarious rune shops around RuneScape
Inputs (1,432,100)Outputs (3,297,200)
1,432,100 × Coins 10000.png Coins (1,432,100)
7,500 × Air rune.png Air rune (487,500)
0 × Mind rune.png Mind rune (0) Not currently profitable
7,500 × Water rune.png Water rune (135,000)
0 × Earth rune.png Earth rune (0) Not currently profitable
7,500 × Fire rune.png Fire rune (795,000)
4,700 × Body rune.png Body rune (94,000)
400 × Cosmic rune.png Cosmic rune (122,000)
1,800 × Chaos rune.png Chaos rune (253,800)
100 × Astral rune.png Astral rune (39,600)
0 × Nature rune.png Nature rune (0) Not currently profitable
700 × Law rune.png Law rune (267,400)
0 × Death rune.png Death rune (0) Not currently profitable
400 × Blood rune.png Blood rune (224,800)
300 × Soul rune.png Soul rune (878,100)
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 fire runes and soul runes yield a notable profit when sold in the Grand Exchange. Upon arriving at a shop, purchase all of the profitable runes (see Outputs above).
  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.
  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.
  3. Teleport to the Burthorpe lodestone, run east to Carwen Essencebinder Magical Runes Shop.
  4. Teleport to the Varrock lodestone, head north-east to Aubury's Rune Shop.
  5. Teleport to the Al Kharid lodestone, head north to Ali's Discount Wares. 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).
  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.
  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. Buy unnoted elemental battlestaves and disassemble for Imbued components and Powerful components.
  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. Buy unnoted elemental battlestaves and disassemble for Imbued components and Powerful components.
  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.
  11. Teleport to the Anachronia lodestone, head north to the Rune store assistant.

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 Stock resale profit
(buying only profitable runes)
Members?
Carwen Essencebinder Magical Runes Shop Home Teleport to Burthorpe 41,830 F2P icon.png
Aubury's Rune Shop Home Teleport to Varrock
Varrock Teleport if not set to teleport to the Grand Exchange
41,830 F2P icon.png
Ali's Discount Wares Home Teleport to Al Kharid 318,900 P2P icon.png
Betty's Magic Emporium Home Teleport to Port Sarim
Captain's Log
41,830 F2P icon.png
Void Knight Magic Store Ship from Port Sarim
Void Knight Seal
142,300 P2P icon.png
Magic Guild Store - Runes and Staves Home Teleport to Yanille
Watchtower Teleport after hard Ardougne achievements
395,600 P2P icon.png
Baba Yaga's Magic Shop Home Teleport to Lunar Isle 413,200 P2P icon.png
Tutab's Magical Market Ape Atoll Teleport
Fairy ring clr to Ape Atoll
138,400 P2P icon.png
Battle Runes Home Teleport to Edgeville
Wilderness sword 1 or better
After Enter the Abyss miniquest:

139,500

Before Enter the Abyss miniquest:

14,230

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Lundail's Arena-side Rune Shop Edgeville teleport lever
Ardougne teleport lever
150,000 F2P icon.png
Rune Shop (Anachronia) Home Teleport to Anachronia 41,830 P2P icon.png

Runes[edit | edit source]

Item Profit per item
Air rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Air runeAir rune 48
Mind rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mind runeMind rune -1
Water rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Water runeWater rune 1
Earth rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Earth runeEarth rune 0
Fire rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fire runeFire rune 89
Body rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Body runeBody rune 4
Cosmic rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cosmic runeCosmic rune 73
Chaos rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaos runeChaos rune 1
Astral rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Astral runeAstral rune 176
Nature rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nature runeNature rune -70
Law rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Law runeLaw rune 4
Death rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death runeDeath rune -35
Blood rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blood runeBlood rune 12
Soul rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Soul runeSoul rune 2,517