Water rune

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Water rune

The water rune is one of the four elemental runes. They are used to invoke the power of water, in spells such as Water and Ice spells, and may be substituted for by a water staff, water battlestaff, mud battlestaff, steam battlestaff, or tome of frost. Water runes are also substituted in spells by the mystic version of all staves mentioned previously. These runes are also used for ice spells.

These may be made using the Runecrafting skill at level 5 Runecrafting, granting 6 experience per essence, using the water altar south-east of Draynor Village in the Lumbridge Swamp. They can also be found at various spawns around the game, such as the spawn in the scorpion pit north of Al Kharid. Water runes can also be dropped by monsters. They can sometimes be found inside barrels. After the quest Dealing with Scabaras, water runes may be used on a water tiara, requiring both 50 Magic and Runecrafting, to make an enchanted water tiara. This item replaces waterskins in the desert heat, with three water runes accounting for one dose of water. The amount of charges that the tiara can store is unlimited. Similarly to infusing a druid pouch, the user must use at least 3 water runes on the tiara.

Crafting multiple water runes[edit | edit source]

For more information about Runecrafting multiples, see crafting multiple runes.
Multiplier Runecrafting level GE Price
1x 5 17
2x 19 34
3x 38 51
4x 57 68
5x 76 85
6x 95 102
7x 114* 119

Spells[edit | edit source]

Water runes are needed in a vast amount of spells, as listed below. Because of all the spells that need water runes, many mages will just use a staff of water, water battlestaff or mystic water staff.

Free spells[edit | edit source]

All players can cast these spells.

Member spells[edit | edit source]

Only members can cast these spells:

Store locations[edit | edit source]

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SellerLocationCostCurrencyBase stockMembers?
Ali's Discount WaresAl Kharid17Coins 5.png Coins300P2P icon.png
Aubury's Rune ShopVarrock17Coins 5.png Coins300F2P icon.png
Aubury's Rune Shop (New Varrock)New Varrock17Zemomark 5.png Zemomark300P2P icon.png
Aubury's Rune Shop (New Varrock)New VarrockFree sample-15P2P icon.png
Baba Yaga's Magic ShopLunar Isle17Coins 5.png Coins1,000P2P icon.png
Battle RunesWilderness17Coins 5.png Coins1,000P2P icon.png
Betty's Magic EmporiumPort Sarim17Coins 5.png Coins300F2P icon.png
Carwen Essencebinder Magical Runes ShopBurthorpe17Coins 5.png Coins300F2P icon.png
Lundail's Arena-side Rune ShopMage arena bank17Coins 5.png Coins1,000F2P icon.png
Magic Guild Store - Runes and StavesWizards' Guild17Coins 5.png Coins1,000P2P icon.png
Rune Shop (Anachronia)Anachronia17Coins 5.png Coins300P2P icon.png
Tutab's Magical MarketApe Atoll17Coins 5.png Coins1,000P2P icon.png
TzHaar-Mej-Roh's Rune StoreTzHaar City26Tokkul 25.png Tokkul1,000P2P icon.png
Void Knight Magic StoreVoid Knights' Outpost17Coins 5.png Coins1,000P2P icon.png

Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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Aviansie89; 92; 95 Multicombat.png3013/128P2P icon.png
Bandit (Wilderness)18 Multicombat.png9UncommonF2P icon.png
Bandit Brawler112; 118 Multicombat.png93/128F2P icon.png
Bandit looter42 Multicombat.png3–17CommonP2P icon.png
Barrel (Viyeldi caves)N/A Reward1–11CommonN/A
Basilisk70; 77 Multicombat.png2012/128P2P icon.png
Big frog36 Multicombat.png12UncommonP2P icon.png
Black Heather138 Multicombat.png30UncommonF2P icon.png
Black Knight Titan28 Multicombat.pngUnknownUnknownP2P icon.png
Brine rat49 Multicombat.png10; 18UncommonP2P icon.png
Casket (CS Week)N/A Reward150UnknownN/A
Catablepon53; 54 Multicombat.png78/128F2P icon.png
Cave bug8; 12 Multicombat.png1–164/128P2P icon.png
Cave bug8; 12 Multicombat.png1–1672/128P2P icon.png
Cave goblin1 Multicombat.png6CommonP2P icon.png
Cave slime26 Multicombat.png155/128P2P icon.png
Chaos dwarf28; 45; 47; 84; 101; 108 Multicombat.png101/128F2P icon.png
Chaos dwarf hand cannoneer70; 101 Multicombat.png10CommonP2P icon.png
Chaos dwogre92; 98 Multicombat.png10CommonP2P icon.png
Cockatrice44 Multicombat.png1–23/128P2P icon.png
Cockroach drone4 Multicombat.png1–818/128F2P icon.png
Corpse Spider4 Multicombat.png2CommonF2P icon.png
Corpse archer18 Multicombat.png69/128F2P icon.png
Corpse mage21 Multicombat.png85/128F2P icon.png
Crawling corpse torso9 Multicombat.png4UncommonF2P icon.png
Crystal chestN/A Crystal chest200CommonN/A
Cyclops57; 63; 68; 91 Multicombat.png7RareP2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Dagannoth (Lighthouse)77; 78 Multicombat.png15–30CommonP2P icon.png
Dagannoth guardian98 Multicombat.png10–36UncommonP2P icon.png
Dagannoth spawn65 Multicombat.png3CommonP2P icon.png
Dagon'hai Monk77 Multicombat.png10; 18CommonP2P icon.png
Dark warrior16 Multicombat.png14/128F2P icon.png
Dark wizard22; 30; 33; 35; 37 Multicombat.png10; 184/128F2P icon.png
Desert strykewyrm103 Multicombat.png2–100UncommonP2P icon.png
Donny the Lad138 Multicombat.png30UncommonF2P icon.png
Dragith Nurn26 Multicombat.png8UnknownF2P icon.png
Drunken man5 Multicombat.png7UncommonF2P icon.png
Elf warrior84; 89 Multicombat.png70CommonP2P icon.png
Elite Khazard guard77; 84 Multicombat.png4–10CommonP2P icon.png
Essence impling42 Hunter-icon.png30CommonN/A
Essence impling jarN/A Reward30CommonN/A
Exiled kalphite paragon84 Multicombat.png31–89CommonP2P icon.png
Exiled kalphite soldier84 Multicombat.png53–84CommonP2P icon.png
Experiment No.264 Multicombat.png3–14UncommonP2P icon.png
Frog77 Multicombat.png6CommonP2P icon.png
Giant Sea Snake63 Multicombat.png15UnknownP2P icon.png
Giant ant worker49 Multicombat.png28CommonP2P icon.png
Giant rock crab95 Multicombat.png1–39CommonP2P icon.png
Giant skeleton (Shadow Dungeon)84 Multicombat.png18UncommonP2P icon.png
Giant skeleton (Tarn's Lair)84 Multicombat.png18UncommonP2P icon.png
Giant wasp70; 84 Multicombat.png32; 35; 37UnknownP2P icon.png
Gnoeals70 Multicombat.png30–44CommonP2P icon.png
Goblin1; 2; 4; 5; 6; 7; 11; 84 Multicombat.png66/128P2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Goblin guard (Observatory)28 Multicombat.png6UnknownP2P icon.png
Guthix wizard105; 119 Multicombat.png42; 146UncommonP2P icon.png
Hill giant44 Multicombat.png7CommonF2P icon.png
Hobgoblin28; 30; 32; 35; 91 Multicombat.png2UncommonP2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Hobgoblin (elite)41 Multicombat.png2UncommonF2P icon.png
Ice giant51 Multicombat.png12CommonF2P icon.png
Ice troll84; 89 Multicombat.png65CommonP2P icon.png
Icefiend35; 84 Multicombat.png1–5UncommonP2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Imp5 Multicombat.png5CommonP2P icon.png
Imp herald98 Multicombat.png5CommonP2P icon.png
Infernal Mage72 Multicombat.png10; 184/128P2P icon.png
Jailer39 Multicombat.pngUnknownCommonP2P icon.png
Kalphite Soldier65 Multicombat.png21; 22UncommonP2P icon.png
Kalphite Worker58 Multicombat.png11–19CommonP2P icon.png
Knight of Ardougne53 Multicombat.png70CommonP2P icon.png
Man4 Multicombat.png7UncommonF2P icon.png
Minotaur14; 44; 52 Multicombat.png55/128F2P icon.png
Mogre54 Multicombat.png5–18UncommonP2P icon.png
Molanisk53 Multicombat.png1–1311/128P2P icon.png
Mourner33; 79; 85 Multicombat.png70CommonP2P icon.png
Mugger15 Multicombat.png6UncommonF2P icon.png
Outlaw32 Multicombat.png6UncommonF2P icon.png
Paladin49 Multicombat.png30CommonP2P icon.png
Reward casket (easy)Easy Reward casket (easy)150CommonN/A
Reward casket (medium)Medium Reward casket (medium)300CommonN/A
Rock lobster100 Multicombat.png9CommonP2P icon.png
Salarin the Twisted77 Multicombat.png12CommonP2P icon.png
Saradomin wizard98 Multicombat.png146UncommonP2P icon.png
Sea Snake Hatchling63 Multicombat.png15UnknownP2P icon.png
Sea Snake Young63 Multicombat.png15UncommonP2P icon.png
Security casket (CS Week)N/A Reward300UnknownN/A
Sir Carl81 Multicombat.png30CommonP2P icon.png
Sir Harry81 Multicombat.png30CommonP2P icon.png
Sir Jerro81 Multicombat.png30CommonP2P icon.png
Skeletal Wyvern109 Multicombat.png11–335/128P2P icon.png
Skeletal miner49 Multicombat.png9UncommonP2P icon.png
Skeleton15; 16; 32; 43; 46; 47; 49; 51; 53; 54; 58; 70 Multicombat.png2–9CommonP2P icon.pngF2P icon.png
Skeleton (Lumbridge Catacombs)15 Multicombat.png55/128F2P icon.png
Skeleton fremennik23; 28; 30 Multicombat.png20UncommonP2P icon.png
Skeleton looter42 Multicombat.pngUnknownUncommonP2P icon.png
Skoblin19 Multicombat.png6; 8CommonF2P icon.png
Sorebones49 Multicombat.png23CommonP2P icon.png
Spellwisp18 Multicombat.png5; 12CommonF2P icon.png
Stinkears5 Multicombat.png13CommonF2P icon.png
Tortured soul (Port Phasmatys)53 Multicombat.png6CommonP2P icon.png
Treasure TrailsN/A Treasure Trails150CommonN/A
Treasure TrailsN/A Treasure Trails300CommonN/A

Disassembly[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The most water runes required for a spell is 30, for the Charge Water Orb spell.
  • Water runes used to have a price ceiling of 16 coins each, and were extremely hard to buy on the Grand Exchange. On 9 September 2009, the price cap was removed (and shortly before, the infinite stock of water runes in shops had been removed), and water runes increased in price to over 40 coins each. Due to this it was very smart to buy water runes from rune shops at 17 coins and sell on the Grand Exchange. However, this is not applicable anymore as the Grand Exchange price is now cheaper (17).