osrs runecrafting guide

Runecrafting is one of the least-liked skills in osrs. However, runecrafting can be extremely profitable with methods that earn up to 1m GP per hour. In this osrs runecrafting guide we’ll look at every possible method in the game to get to 99. As always, you can use the navigation below to navigate to your current level and preferred method. 

Before we get into the osrs runecrafting guide, let’s first look at the recommended items and quests.

Recommended Gear Setup

  • Graceful outfit (or other weight-reducing pieces)
  • Lunar Spellbook (magic Imbue & NPC Contact)
  • Stamina/ energy potions
  • Rings of dueling (banking & lava runes)
  • Binding necklace (increases your chance to make runes from 50% to 100%) 

Quest Requirements

Before you start Runecrafting, you will need the Rune Mysteries Quest which unlocks the skill. Next, you should also complete the Enter the Abyss Mini-Quest for its 1,000 Runecrafting Experience reward (bumps your Runecrafting to level 9). This quest also unlocks Abyss Runecrafting and Runecrafting pouches.

Useful Runecrafting Items

Essence pouches

runecrafting pouches osrs

Runecrafting pouches can be used to store pure essence in them. This way you can bring way more than a full inventory to the altar. 

To unlock Essence Pouches, you must have completed the Enter the Abyss Quest.

You can acquire the pouches by killing abyssal creatures. You don’t need to have the required runecrafting level to get the larger pouches as a drop but you won’t be able to use them until you meet the requirements.

P.s. you get a Medium Pouch as a reward from the Temple of the Eye quest.

Pouch TypeLevel RequiredCapacityAmount of uses
Small Pouch03Doesn’t decay
Medium Pouch25645 uses
Large Pouch50929 uses
Giant Pouch751210 uses

To repair your pouches, you need to speak to the dark mage located in the inner ring of the Abyss. You can use NPC Contact in the lunar spellbook to do this from anywhere. Once you reach level 99 your pouches will no longer decay while you’re wearing the skillcape. 

Runecrafting Outfit: Raiments of the Eye

One thing you should absolutely get if you plan to train Runecrafting is the Raiments of the Eye outfit.

Each piece gives 10% more runes while Runecrafting with the full set gives 60% more runes!

That’s a lot of extra money while Runecrafting! Note that these bonus runes do not grant extra experience.

You can purchase Raiment of the Eye pieces with Abyssal Pearls which are a reward from the Guardians of the Rift minigame.

Individual pieces can be bought with Abyssal Pearls from the Guardians of the Rift minigame,

1,350 Abyssal Pearls are required for the full set which takes between 30 to 45 hours to get.

raiment of the eye outfit is the runecrafting outfit which gives 60% more runes

Daeyalt Essene

Players who have completed the Sins of the Father quest can mine Daeyalt Essence which gives 50% bonus experience per rune compared to Pure Essence!

Runelite Plugins for Runecrafting

Menu Entry Swapper

You should turn on the Menu Entry Swapper plugin for Runelite to swap your pouch settings while banking.

Open the bank, and shift-click your pouches to swap their shift-click to fill.

Now you can fill your pouches at the bank without having to exit the bank interface.

Guardians of the Rift helper

If you plan to play Guardians of the Rift to train Runecrafting, you should install the Guardians of the Rift helper plugin from the Runelite Plugin Hub. This helper highlights the yellow pool and portals which just makes the minigame a bit easier.

guardiasn of the rift runelite plugin

OSRS Runecrafting Guide — Fastest way to 99 runecrafting

Levels 1 – 27 Questing

Levels 1-9: The Abyss Mini-quest

For the fastest way to reach 99 runecrafting, you’ll want to start off with doing the abyss mini-quest. This quest takes about 3 minutes with teleports and unlocks the ability to use runecrafting pouches. It also grants you 1,000 exp which will instantly put you at level 9 runecrafting.

Levels 9-10: Running Earth Runs in Varrock

For Runecrafting levels 9-10 you will need an Earth Talisman or Tiara and a full inventory of Pure Essence and run some Earth Runes in Varrock.

If you use the Small Pouch from Enter the Abyss quest, you only need to complete 1 run!

from levels 1-9 runecrafting run earth runes in varrock

Alternatively, you can also use an Experience lamp (e.g. the reward lamp from X Marks the Spot) to unlock 10 Runecrafting.

Levels 10-27 – Temple of the Eye Quest

Next, you should complete the Temple of the Eye quest to bump your Runecrafting from level 10 – 27! This quest also unlocks the Guardians of the Rift minigame.

Levels 27 – 99 lava runes

lava rune altar osrs runecrafting guide - fastest way to 99 runecrafting

Because of how close the fire altar is to the PVP Arena, crafting lava runes is the fastest way to train rune crafting in old-school Runescape. Simply use your dueling ring to teleport to the altar and then use it again to bank in castle wars. Repeat.

The downside to lava runes is that you won’t make any money doing this method. 

EXP Rate: 50 – 70K/hr 

Location: Fire Altar (next to the duel arena) 

lava rune altar location osrs

Best Way to Train Runecrafting – Guardians of the Rift Minigame

guardians of the rift is the best way to train runecrafting to 99

The best way to Train Runecrafting right now is to play the Guardians of the Rift minigame. Which is more fun than running Lava runes and has USEFUL rewards.

We recommend that everyone do Guardians of the Rift at least until they have the full Raiments of the Eye outfit.

EXP Rates

At Guardians of the Rift, you can get 20-60K Runecrafting EXP/hr depending on your Runecrafting level.


At Guardians of the Rift, you can expect 50-500K GP/hr depending on your Runecrafting level.

Regular accounts can sell the runes they craft at the Grand Exchange for profit. Ironmen can sell their runes to Ali Morrisane.


You need to complete the Temple of the Eye quest first. Which only takes about 5-10 minutes, gives you a lot of Runecrafting experience and also functions as a tutorial for the minigame.

How to play

Guardians of the Rift is a minigame in which you have to protect and power the Great Guardian.

For a full guide on how to play the mini-game and the best strategies check out our Complete Guardians of the Rift Guide.

Alternative: 27 – 99 Ourania Altar

ourania altar osrs runecrafting guide

The Ourania Altar is an alternative to Guardians of the Rift. This used to be the Runecrafting method, but with the arrival of GOTR, it has become second-tier, especially for lower-level accounts.

Unlike other runecrafting altars, the Ourania altar turns your pure essence into random runes instead of one designated rune. There’s also a chance of obtaining bonus runes to those who have the Ardougne Medium Diary completed. 

There are no runecrafting level requirements for the Ourania, also called the ZMI altar. However, with a higher runecrafting level, your chance of obtaining more valuable runes increases, and thus your hourly profits increase with your runecrafting level. 

Another thing unique about the Ourania altar is that it doesn’t require a talisman, tiara, or staff to enter.


  • 100% RECOMMENDED: 71 magic + lunar diplomacy for Ourania altar teleport spell, this is not a requirement to access the altar but you’ll be destroying your experience rates if you have to constantly run back and forth so you should NOT consider this method if you do not meet these requirements.
  • You can access the altar from level 1 runecrafting but a higher level (40+) is highly recommended.

EXP Rates

At the ZMI Altar, you can get 30-80K Runecrafting EXP/hr depending on your Runecrafting level.

How to get to the Ourania altar

  • Ourania teleport on the lunar spellbook (requires 71 magic)
  • Battlefield teleport through the spirit tree network
  • Ardougne teleport and walk there

Running the altar

There are two ways to run the Ourania altar, a short and a longer pathway. The short way is guarded by aggressive warriors, mages, rangers, and more. The longer way is completely monster-free but takes almost double as long.

TIP: if you’re running the altar in the official world: 327, you will rarely take damage from the monsters.

AFK runecrafting method at Zeah

zeah runecrafting osrs

For those who hate the old-school way of runecrafting, the skill now has a semi-AFK method to gain runecrafting experience. This method can only be done in Zeah and requires 100% Arceuus favour to access. Other requirements will be listed below. This method is considered semi-AFK because the mining part of the method is pretty slow.


Gear/inventory setup

  • Graceful outfit (must)
  • pickaxe (doesn’t matter which)
  • chisel

How to get there

  • Arceeus home teleport on the Arceuus spellbook
  • Fairy ring code AIS (if this is your first time you will have to pay Trossa 80K first to unlock it, she is located next to the fairy ring)

How Zeah runecrafting works

osrs zeah runecrafting guide
  1. Mine 27 dense essence blocks
  2. Run to the dark altar to turn them into dark essence blocks
  3. Chisel them into fragments as you run back to the mine
  4. Once you have a second full inventory, head back to the dark altar to once again turn them into dark essence blocks, this time you won’t be able to chisel them as you can only carry 27 fragments at a time
  5. Run towards the blood/soul altar and use the fragments on the altar to turn them into runes
  6. Chisel the remainder of your inventory and use the fragments on the altar again
  7. Repeat 1 through 6
LevelsAltarExp RateProfit
77 – 90Blood rune40K/hr600K/hr
90 – 99Soul Rune50K/hr250K/hr

OSRS Runecrafting Guide — Money making method

Prices of runes, just like everything in old school Runescape, change every day. So you might want to check out a runecrafting calculator to calculate your profits. You can click on any of the methods below to be taken to an appropriate running guide.

LevelsRunes (click for guide)Profit/hrExp/hr
44 – 59Nature Runes500K/hr20K/hr
59 – 82Double Cosmic Runes700K/hr20-25K/hr
77 – 99Crafting Blood Runes1.5M/hr50K/hr
82 – 91Double Astral Runes850K/hr25K/hr
91 – 95Double Nature Runes1M/hr25K/hr
95 – 99Wrath Runes1m – 1.5m/hr30K/hr

Check out our runecrafting moneymaking guide for more info on the moneymaking methods.

Using the moneymaking method all the way to 99, you will end up with a 1.06B profit. This will take you around 508 hours to do from levels 44 to 99. 

P.S. Since the Runecrafting outfit gives you 60% more runes, it’s recommended to train at Guardians of the Rift until you have the full outfit.

Runecrafting Tips

Don’t grind out runecrafting at once

Runecrafting is one of the least liked skills in osrs. If you want to reach 99, don’t try to do it all at once as the experience rates are slow so you will likely get discouraged. Instead, train your runecrafting once or twice a week for a couple of hours and gradually level up.

Switch out your altars

Constantly running the same altar can be very boring, especially when you’re barely making money like with the lava rune altar. Instead, switch it up with some ZMI altar runs in between, they are more fun and will make you some profit.

Efficient leveling

If you’re going for the max cape, it’s important that you level your account efficiently. Runecrafting requires you to do A LOT of running, therefore it’s essential you have the graceful outfit. This means you should train your agility before you train your runecrafting. A higher agility level also means your run restores faster.

Hopefully, this osrs runecrafting guide was helpful to you. If you’re interested in more guides, we have skilling guides for every skill in osrs.

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