Ourania Runecrafting Altar

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Worlds Icon.png The official world for Ourania Runecrafting Altar is world 36 (P2P).
The altar
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The Ourania Runecrafting Altar (also known as the ZMI Altar) is a special Runecrafting altar located in the Ourania Cave, which is west of the Battlefield, and south of West Ardougne.

It converts pure essence into an assortment of random runes without a chance of bonus runes being created. The altar, which requires no talisman, tiara or staff to enter, gives double the normal experience for every rune crafted. However, the Abyss has since been given a 250% runecrafting experience modifier, increased to 350% with a demonic skull. Players do not need a specific Runecrafting level in order to craft at this altar, but the chance of crafting higher-levelled runes increases with a higher Runecrafting level.

Once inside the Ourania Cave, quickly reached by an Ourania Teleport, players may use a bank there that requires a payment of 20 runes of any type. They can then go to the altar by taking either a short and dangerous route or a longer and safe route. The long route has no monsters and has a crack at the end that requires no Agility level to use.

Getting there[edit | edit source]

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

A player crafting runes at the Ourania altar.

With the exception of Armadyl runes and Combination runes, the player is able to craft all runes that are available in the game regardless of whether or not they have the required level or quest requirements (including Soul runes). However, the higher the player's Runecrafting level, the higher-levelled the crafted runes will be. The experience here is double to what you would normally get for the runes.

The Ardougne cloak 2 (and higher) adds a chance of creating more runes in the Ourania Altar (rune output is increased by roughly 15%), though no extra experience is gained. Master runecrafter robes (the full set gives 5% more experience) will work here. However, they have a maximum boost of 700 experience per altar click or batch. Runecrafting gloves from Fist of Guthix will not work here, as the experience is already doubled.

Paths[edit | edit source]

There are two paths leading to the altar: a shorter, dangerous route, and a longer, safe route.

Longer route[edit | edit source]

The long path

This route is a long winding pathway. Once players reach the end of the path, they will have to squeeze through a small crack in the wall to reach the altar. The wall-crack shortcut has no Agility requirements.

Shorter route[edit | edit source]

The shorter route contains Zamorak warriors, Zamorak mages, Zamorak rangers, Zamorak crafters, and cave lizards.

The key is to stay light and protect against the warriors, mages, and rangers, who are aggressive and fight with all three styles, it is recommended to wear armour that boosts Defence against Magic, and activate Protect from Missiles (there is an altar just outside the cave). However, after the Evolution of Combat, the ZMI members do not do much damage; the run through them should not take more than 20 seconds, and even with 1 Defence and no armour, you should not take more than 1,500 damage total in one run (therefore possibly feasible even to level 3 skill pures if they bring several pieces of cheap food like trout). Remember to turn Auto Retaliate off, and set Right Click or Hidden in attack options of Combat Settings.

Recommended equipment[edit | edit source]

Here is a list of a recommended setup with downgradeable options:

Recommended equipment for Ranged
Slot Item (most effective → least effective)
Head Mighty slayer helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mighty slayer helmetMighty slayer helmet Armadyl helmet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl helmetArmadyl helmet Royal dragonhide coif.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal dragonhide coifRoyal dragonhide coif Black dragonhide coif.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black dragonhide coifBlack dragonhide coif N/A
Neck Amulet of fury.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of furyAmulet of fury Amulet of glory.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of gloryAmulet of glory Amulet of defence.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of defenceAmulet of defence Holy symbol.png: RS3 Inventory image of Holy symbolHoly symbol N/A
Back Ardougne cloak 2.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ardougne cloak 2Ardougne cloak 2 or higher Cape of Accomplishment.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cape of AccomplishmentCape of Accomplishment Spottier cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spottier capeSpottier cape Spotted cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spotted capeSpotted cape Obsidian cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Obsidian capeObsidian cape
Body Agile top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Agile topAgile top Wicked robe top.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wicked robe topWicked robe top Armadyl chestplate.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl chestplateArmadyl chestplate Royal dragonhide body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal dragonhide bodyRoyal dragonhide body Black dragonhide body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black dragonhide bodyBlack dragonhide body
Legs Agile legs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Agile legsAgile legs Wicked legs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wicked legsWicked legs Armadyl chainskirt.png: RS3 Inventory image of Armadyl chainskirtArmadyl chainskirt Royal dragonhide chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Royal dragonhide chapsRoyal dragonhide chaps Black dragonhide chaps.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black dragonhide chapsBlack dragonhide chaps
Off-hand weapon Any Ranged shield Void knight deflector.png: RS3 Inventory image of Void knight deflectorVoid knight deflector Falador shield 3.png: RS3 Inventory image of Falador shield 3Falador shield 3 or Falador shield 4.png: RS3 Inventory image of Falador shield 44 Blessed spirit shield.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blessed spirit shieldBlessed spirit shield N/A
Gloves Penance gloves.png: RS3 Inventory image of Penance glovesPenance gloves Regen bracelet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Regen braceletRegen bracelet Culinaromancer's gloves 10.png: RS3 Inventory image of Culinaromancer's gloves 10Culinaromancer's gloves 10 N/A N/A
Feet Boots of lightness.png: RS3 Inventory image of Boots of lightnessBoots of lightness Spined boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spined bootsSpined boots Carapace boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Carapace bootsCarapace boots Snakeskin boots.png: RS3 Inventory image of Snakeskin bootsSnakeskin boots N/A
Ring Ring of life.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of lifeRing of life Explorer's ring 4.png: RS3 Inventory image of Explorer's ring 4Explorer's ring 4 N/A N/A N/A

Banking[edit | edit source]

Eniola will allow you access to your bank account in exchange for 20 of any one type of rune. Using cheap runes such as mind runes at 19 coins each is recommended. Due to an update, you no longer need to close the bank window to fill Runecrafting pouches with pure essence. Previously it was common to deliberately keep a full bank, so one could bank the various runes crafted without banking the pouches, but this is now unnecessary due to bank presets.

There are a few other methods of banking when Runecrafting at the Ourania Altar:

Music unlocked[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • patch 22 September 2014 (Update):
    • It is now possible to craft runes at the ZMI Altar from a rune pouch if the player has no essence in their inventory.
  • patch 9 September 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed the attack range of the NPCs at Ourania Altar. This was a knock-on effect from an engine change last week.
  • patch 12 May 2009 (Update):
    • Improved the graphics and wall pieces that were occasionally not visible at the Ourania Altar.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Ourania (Ουρανία), or Urania, was the muse of astronomy in Greek mythology (the name means "heavenly" or "of heaven" in Ancient Greek). This is significant considering the proximity of the grave of the astronomer Scorpius and the Observatory.