Rune Goldberg Machine

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The Rune Goldberg Machine is a Distraction and Diversion that involves using the Rune Goldberg machine, invented by Wizard Goldberg, to turn runes into vis wax, a substance with a variety of effects. It is located in the eastern section of the Runecrafting Guild, giving it a requirement of 50 Runecrafting to access.

This activity cannot be reset by a D&D token. It also does not reset when a player is a non-member; if a player completes the activity before their membership expires and becomes a member again at a later date, they must wait until the following reset before the machine can be used again.

Current combinations[edit | edit source]

DateSlot 1Slot 2Slot 3Total
RunePriceAmountRunePrice
16 Aug 2022Smoke rune.png Smoke rune191,500500Earth rune.png Earth rune20,000Random211,500
Fire rune.png Fire rune104,000295,500
Dust rune.png Dust rune870,0001,061,500
Combinations in collaboration with Vis Wax FC Discord server
Alternate runes (16 August)
Orig. Rune Alternate Runes
Slot 1
Smoke rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Smoke runeSmoke Air rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Air runeAir (24) Water rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Water runeWater (27)
Slot 2
Earth rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Earth runeEarth Mind rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mind runeMind (28) Law rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Law runeLaw (26)
Fire rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fire runeFire Law rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Law runeLaw (29) Chaos rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaos runeChaos (25)
Dust rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dust runeDust Air rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Air runeAir (29) Mind rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mind runeMind (28)
Combinations in collaboration with Vis Wax FC, Vis Wax Discord server

Operation[edit | edit source]

The Rune Goldberg Machine accepts three different rune types at a time, assigning a different value to each rune. These values are indicative of the efficiency of that rune type when actually used in that slot. It accepts any rune, with the exception of Armadyl runes. These values change daily. Players can insert runes into the machine to see their value, but for every combination tried, the required amount of runes of each of the three types selected will be increased by 0.5% (resets daily). The total value of the runes affects how much vis wax is created.

The interface will show red, orange or green smiley faces on the left hand side of the interface depending on whether the rune you have placed in that slot is a bad, an OK or a good match. If the rune you've placed in the machine matches the value of the 'best in slot' rune it will show green. Should the rune have a value of less than 50% then this will show red, and a value that is more than 50% will show orange.

The following table shows the profit and number of runes of a particular type that are required to feed such runes into the machine, assuming the player has obtained the maximum vis wax of the slot (as 0.5% is charged even on the first try). Lastly, it is assumed that vis wax is sold for its median price: 17,959 coins.

Rune Base amount GE Price Amount per try

(rounds down)

Cost per try Base profit
for green in
slot 1 or 2
Base profit
for green in
slot 3
Mud rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mud runeMud rune 300 228,300 1.5 1,141.5 309,328.5 488,918.5
Astral rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Astral runeAstral rune 300 223,800 1.5 1,119 313,851 493,441
Law rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Law runeLaw rune 300 55,200 1.5 276 483,294 662,884
Soul rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Soul runeSoul rune 300 845,700 1.5 4,228.5 −311,158.5 −131,568.5
Nature rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nature runeNature rune 350 221,550 1.5 949.5 316,112.25 495,702.25
Blood rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blood runeBlood rune 350 348,950 1.5 1,495.5 188,075.25 367,665.25
Cosmic rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cosmic runeCosmic rune 400 95,200 2 476 443,094 622,684
Death rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death runeDeath rune 400 130,400 2 652 407,718 587,308
Dust rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dust runeDust rune 500 870,000 2.5 4,350 −335,580 −155,990
Lava rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lava runeLava rune 500 377,000 2.5 1,885 159,885 339,475
Mist rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mist runeMist rune 500 872,500 2.5 4,362.5 −338,092.5 −158,502.5
Smoke rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Smoke runeSmoke rune 500 191,500 2.5 957.5 346,312.5 525,902.5
Steam rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steam runeSteam rune 500 472,000 2.5 2,360 64,410 244,000
Chaos rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chaos runeChaos rune 500 90,500 2.5 452.5 447,817.5 627,407.5
Air rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Air runeAir rune 1,000 27,000 5 135 511,635 691,225
Water rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Water runeWater rune 1,000 147,000 5 735 391,035 570,625
Earth rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Earth runeEarth rune 1,000 20,000 5 100 518,670 698,260
Fire rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fire runeFire rune 1,000 104,000 5 520 434,250 613,840
Mind rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mind runeMind rune 2,000 32,000 10 160 506,610 686,200
Body rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Body runeBody rune 2,000 36,000 10 180 502,590 682,180

Note: There is currently a bug where the Combine button may appear as disabled. In this case, simply close the interface and click the machine again.

This repeatable content has a hard reset.
The next period's content will become available immediately, regardless of whether a player has logged out.
This repeatable content has a soft reset.
The next period's content will become available only once a player has logged out and in.
The interface when operating the machine

Optimizing Rune Choices[edit | edit source]

Each of the three slots has a single "perfect" rune, the rune which gives the maximum amount of vis wax. The first slot contributes a maximum of 30 vis and is the same for every player. The second slot also contributes a maximum of 30 vis and is one of three possible runes which varies from player to player. The final slot contributes a maximum of 40 vis and is randomly assigned to each player. If the player has a Runecrafting cape (or a max cape or completionist cape charged with a Runecrafting cape), they can right-click and then activate the cape to see what their daily best rune for slot 3 is. These runes change daily like other runes.

If Goldberg is asked for help with the machine, he will suggest a particular rune which has been previously shown to him by another player. Be aware that this suggested rune can carry over from the previous day and may not be a good rune anymore. If after trying the suggested rune and all combinations for the slots you still have a low amount try swapping the first rune for something else.

The "perfect" rune for a slot may not be the best rune to use as it is possible that a cheaper rune choice might be more profitable. As an extreme example, if the "perfect choices" happen to be the three most expensive runes (see the GE prices, in the table above), you might be paying more in runes than what you get in vis wax. Experimenting with combinations of only cheaper runes makes it easier to make a profit.

Predicting the runes[edit | edit source]

The first slot can be predicted by looking at the value 40 days prior, except that the machine will rarely deviate and choose a different rune thus making a new pattern. The prediction for today and the next few days is (Update)

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 22 August 2016 (Update):
    • The D&D tracker no longer gives incorrect information with the Rune Goldberg Machine.
  • patch 8 December 2014 (Update):
    • The icons used on this machine have been changed to be more identifiable for colour-blind players.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The name is a reference to Rube Goldberg machines, which are devices or contraptions set up to perform simple tasks in an overly complicated manner. One famous example of this sort of apparatus is the game Mouse Trap, where players can set up their own.
  • The examine text for the actual machine ("A large rune collider.") is likely a reference to the Large Hadron Collider, a powerful machine near Geneva that is used to create fundamental particles at high energies.