Runecrafting pouches

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For other uses, see Rune pouch.
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Runecrafting pouches are items that can hold varying amounts of rune essence or pure essence. Pouches are highly useful during Runecrafting because they can more than double the amount of essence that can be carried per load (with all pouches being used, you can carry up to 71 essences in your inventory).

There are five different sizes of pouches. Players may only own one of each size, except for the massive pouch (however, only one massive pouch can be filled at a time). As the size of the pouch increases, so does the Runecrafting level required to use it. Each pouch can carry either pure essence or rune essence, but not both at once.

According to the abyssal book, runecrafting pouches are made out of organs harvested from abyssal creatures. Placing magically unstable objects (i.e. rune essence) inside the organ transports them into abyssal space, allowing the organ to hold more than its external appearance would seem to permit. However, as it is used the organ's storage capacity degrades and must be repaired by magical means.

These pouches are among the items never kept on death. If a pouch is dropped with rune essence or pure essence inside, they will disappear from the pouch and become irretrievable.

Types of pouches[edit | edit source]

Runecrafting Pouches
Level Pouch Capacity
Uses before decay Uses before decay
with Repair Rune Pouch
Runecrafting 1 Small pouch.png: RS3 Inventory image of Small pouch Small pouch 3 (3) N/A N/A
Runecrafting 25 Medium pouch.png: RS3 Inventory image of Medium pouch Medium pouch 6 (9) 45 225
Runecrafting 50 Large pouch.png: RS3 Inventory image of Large pouch Large pouch 9 (18) 29 145
Runecrafting 75 Giant pouch.png: RS3 Inventory image of Giant pouch Giant pouch 12 (30) 10 53
Runecrafting 90 Massive pouch.png: RS3 Inventory image of Massive pouch Massive pouch 18 (48) 42 N/A
Ethereal outfits[n 1]
Level Outfit Capacity Price
Runecrafting 80 Invention 20 Law ethereal body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Law ethereal body Law ethereal outfit 6 Rune ethereal fragments.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune ethereal fragments18,000[n 2]
Runecrafting 80 Invention 20 Blood ethereal body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blood ethereal body Blood ethereal outfit 6 Rune ethereal fragments.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune ethereal fragments18,000[n 2]
Runecrafting 80 Invention 20 Death ethereal body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death ethereal body Death ethereal outfit 6 Rune ethereal fragments.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune ethereal fragments18,000[n 2]
Runecrafting 80 Invention 20 Infinity ethereal body.png: RS3 Inventory image of Infinity ethereal body Infinity ethereal outfit 12 Rune ethereal fragments.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune ethereal fragments54,000
Familiars[n 1]
Level Familiar Capacity Price
Summoning 54 Abyssal parasite pouch.png: RS3 Inventory image of Abyssal parasite pouch Abyssal parasite 7 4,430
Summoning 62 Abyssal lurker pouch.png: RS3 Inventory image of Abyssal lurker pouch Abyssal lurker 12 6,298
Summoning 93 Abyssal titan pouch.png: RS3 Inventory image of Abyssal titan pouch Abyssal titan 20 11,311


  1. ^ a b While not technically runecrafting pouches, these function almost identically to them, so their capacities are listed on this page
  2. ^ a b c As the created piece is random, it may take more than this amount of fragments to complete an outfit

Obtaining pouches[edit | edit source]

Pouches, except for massive pouches, are dropped by Abyssal leeches, guardians, and walkers. They live in two areas of abyssal space, one accessed through the Mage of Zamorak in level 5 Wilderness north of Edgeville, and the other via the fairy ring system.

The pouches are dropped in increasing size. If you have a small pouch, which the dark mage can give for free, in your bank or inventory you will get a medium pouch, and so forth. Once you have a giant pouch, the abyssal creatures will stop dropping them. Note that the pouches are obtainable before players reach the level required to use them.

Wizard Korvak in the Runecrafting Guild can replace lost medium pouches for free. He also sells Large pouches for 25,000 coins and Giant pouches for 50,000 coins. However, you need a Runecrafting level of 50 to get into the Runecrafting guild area to buy pouches.

Massive pouches can be purchased from Wizard Finix for 1,000 Runespan points.

Degradation[edit | edit source]

Pouches degrade over time and each one will accept a number of uses before it degrades. When they do, the capacity of the pouch is reduced by a few essences (3 for the giant pouch, 2 for the large pouch, 1 for the medium pouch). It decays within:

  • 10 full uses (120 essences) for the giant pouch,
  • 29 full uses (261 essences) for the large pouch, and
  • 45 full uses (270 essences) for the medium pouch.

The small pouch does not decay. Pouches decay on filling them, not emptying them. Degraded pouches will continue to degrade and lose essence capacity until they disappear or are repaired. There are four ways to repair pouches:

  • Talk to the dark mage in the Abyss and he will repair them for free. It is not required to have the pouches in one's inventory; he can fix the pouches even if they are stored in the bank. All pouches are repaired at the same time by the Dark mage even if they have not visibly decayed.
  • NPC Contact (Lunar spell) - Players who have access to the lunar spellbook can use the NPC Contact spell to have the dark mage repair pouches. This saves the player a long trip to the Abyss.
  • Repair Rune Pouch (Lunar spell) - Players can repair and strengthen their pouches via this spell in the lunar spellbook. It must first be unlocked at the Livid Farm for 70,000 produce points, and requires a magic level of 75 to cast as well as 1 astral, 1 cosmic, and 1 law rune. Strengthening the pouches enables five times as many uses before the pouches decay.
  • Wizard Korvak in the Runecrafting Guild can replace lost medium pouches for free, and repair any others that need it for a small fee: Large pouch repairs cost 9,000 coins and Giant pouch repairs cost 12,000 coins. Again, you need a Runecrafting level of 50 to get into the Runecrafting guild area to speak to Wizard Korvak.

For the pouches to never degrade, the player will need to offer the Threads of Fate to the Monolith at the Archaeology Guild, costing 100 Monolith energy and 2000 Chronotes to activate the Pouch Protector relic.

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 20 September 2021 (Update):
    • When retrieving the last remaining runes from a Rune Pouch it will now automatically be sent to the Backpack, unless the Backpack is full, in which case it will remain equipped.
  • patch 10 February 2020 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue where rune pouches wouldn't fill with rune or pure essence as well as changing rune essence into pure essence.
  • patch 21 October 2019 (Update):
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when repairing banked Runecrafting pouches.
    • Runecrafting pouches can now only be destroyed, not dropped, and will now inform the player that, if they contain essence, the contents will also be destroyed along with the pouch before asking for confirmation.
  • patch 14 October 2019 (Update):
    • A large number of items now have tooltips on mobile! These items include the Clan vexillum, Rune Pouches, Ring of Slaying and more.
    • Fixed an issue causing massive pouches to empty an incorrect amount of pure essence.
  • patch 5 August 2019 (Update):
    • All runecrafting pouches now show a consistent capacity format.
  • patch 14 May 2018 (Update):
    • Removed some "Your pouch is full" and "Your pouch has no essence left in it" messages from Runecrafting pouches.
  • patch 15 January 2018 (Update):
    • The order of the 'Wear' and 'Check Runes' option has been reversed for Large pouches, as the runes stored within are now shown on the pouch's tooltip.
  • patch 8 January 2018 (Update):
    • The tooltip on a medium, large or giant Runecrafting pouch now displays the increased durability (immunity to degradation) bestowed on it by the Repair Rune Pouch lunar spell.
  • patch 4 December 2017 (Update):
    • Runecrafting pouches now indicate maximum capacity, degraded capacity, amount and type of essence on their tooltips.
  • patch 28 November 2016 (Update):
    • Rune pouches now work correctly with the Make-X system.
  • patch 14 September 2015 (Update):
    • Messages displayed when filling runecrafting pouches have been made consistent.
  • patch 12 May 2009 (Update):
    • The small Runecrafting pouch was giving the wrong message when full.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When you attempt to craft runes at the altar with an abyssal titan familiar summoned and only have higher-level pouch/pouches in your inventory (and you do not have the lower level ones in the bank) the missing pouches will appear in your familiar's inventory.
  • If you set a bank preset with filled pouches, empty the pouches, and then load the preset, the preset system will not automatically fill the pouches.