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 This is the ironman / hardcore ironman Runecrafting guide, the guide for regular players can be found here.

Runecrafting is a skill that allows players to craft their own runes for Magic spells. The experience earned from making runes is small, making Runecrafting a very slow skill to train. It is a very click intensive skill to train.

Getting the Supplies

In order to craft Runes, you require Rune Essence, you can obtain essence by either buying it from the Runecrafting store, mining it in the Essence Mine or killing Abyssal Guardians in the Abyss.

Runecrafting Store

To get to the Runecrafting Store, First you will need to teleport to South Neitiznot


Once there, head into the building to the north of the bank, and trade Cassie. You want to buy either Rune Essence or Pure Essence, at the moment they do exactly the same thing so rune essence is better off as it is slightly cheaper.

While buying essence, buy yourself a talisman of the rune you will be making. You should also make yourself a tiara. When you are at the Runecrafting altar use the tiara on it and it will be enchanted.
While wearing an enchanted tiara you will gain 10% more Runecrafting exp for the corresponding rune.


Talismans can be bought from the Mage of Zamorak inside the Guthix Altar. To get to the Guthix Altar speak to the Mage of Zamorak At South Neitiznot.


Essence Mine

Players can now mine there own essence. To teleport to the essence mine, speak to the Mage of Zamorak at south Neitiznot and ask him to teleport you there.


Non donators will mine rune Essence.
Donators will mine Pure Essence.

Abyssal Rift

The Abyssal Rift is an area in which you can kill Abyssal creatures for:

- Talismans
- Essences
- Pouches (Small to Large)
- Clue Scrolls (Medium)
- Abyssal Charms (Abyssal charms are used to infuse Abyssal Parasite, Abyssal Lurker and Abyssal Titan pouches.)

The Abyssal Rift is also the interface that teleports you to all Altars. Read more about that below.

Extra bonuses


Pouches can be bought from the Mage of Zamorak from various amountof Runecrafting Points or looted from Abysall Guardians, except the Massive pouch which can only be got by purchasing it from the Mage of Zamorak.


Pouches hold a limited amount of any type of essence:

  • Small: 3
  • Medium: 9
  • Large: 18
  • Giant: 30
  • Massive: 48

Pouches will last a limited number of essences before degrading and needing to be repaied.

The Dark Mage who is located in the centre of the Abysall Rift can repair your degraded pouches for a small fee.


The Dark Mage will repair broken pouches for a cost:

  • Medium: 50k
  • Large: 100K
  • Giant: 200K
  • Massive: 300K

Super Donators have 20% off.
Extreme Donators have 50% off.


Wicked Set

The Wicked Set consits of 4 pieces:

Wicked Hood
Wicked Robe Top
Wicked legs
Wicked Cape

Each piece costs 1300 Runecrafting Points while the Wicked Hood costs 5000 Runecrafting Points.
Each wicked set piece, when equipped, increases rune and experience multiplier by 25%, meaning that full set will double the crafted runes and experience received.

The wicked hood is one of the most useful items, beside the 25% rune and experience multiplier provided like all other pieces, it can be used to teleport players to altars or remotely craft runes.

The Wicked hood has has a limited amount of charges per day.

  • Regular Players: 15
  • Donators - 20
  • Super Donators - 25
  • Extreme Donators - 50


The Wicked Hood also provides unlimited teleprots to the Guthix Altar, the Essence mine and the Abyss.

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Abyssal Familiars

Theres are 3 different types of Abyssal Familars, each of which can hold some ess for you.

Abyssal Parasite - Holds 7 essences
Abyssal Lurker - Holds 12 essences
Abyssal Titan - Holds 20 essences

Training Runecrafting

After you have bought an adequate amount of essence , it's time to start Runecrafting. Teleport to South Neitiznot using your Neitiznot teleports.

The next step is to talk to the Mage of Zamorak who is close to where you teleport in. Once you have found the Mage of Zamorak, you can choose to teleport to the Guthix Altar, the Essence Mine or the Abyss.


Training at the Guthix Altar

Please note that the while a Soul Talisman can be bought form the Mage of Zamorak, it can not be used ot create runes.

Please note that because getting coins on an ironman/Hardcore Ironman is significantly more difficult than it is for a normal player, it is highly recommanded that you kill NPC's in the Abyssal Rift to stock up on talismans.

If you choose to train Runecrafting at the Guthix Altar, you need to buy talismans from the Mage of Zamorak and charge the pillars sorrounding the Altar. You can do so by using a talisman of the type of rune you want to create on the pillars. Note, you can use up to 4 different types of talismans to create 4 different types of runes. Pillar charges are temporary and will require you to recharge them by using another talisman on them.

You can check the integrity of the pillar and also remove that talisman by right clicking the pillar.


While training at the Guthx Alatr you will earn Runecrafting Points. You will earn one Runecrafint Point per essence crafted. You can view your current Runecrafting Points and your total Runecrafting score in the top left of your screen while inside the Guthix Altar.


Runecrafting Points can be used to buy 'Wicked' set pieces and also Runecrafting Pouches. To access the Runecrafting store, trade the Mage of Zamorak at South Neitiznot


As you can see, you can also view your current Runecrafting Point sin the bottom left of the store.

If you choose to train Runecrafting at the Guthix Altar you should ask the Mage of Zamorak to hold some Essence for you seeing as there is no bank inside the Guthix Altar.

The Mage of Zamorak will hold different ammounts, depending on the type of your account.

  • Regular Players: 300
  • Donators - 400
  • Super Donators - 500
  • Extreme Donators - 1000

To get the Mage of Zamorak to hold your essence, speak to him at South Netizot with noted essence in your inventory.


To get your essence back, simply talk to him again. If you have pouches in your inventory, the essence will automatically fill into these.


Training with Wicked hood

Another valuable method is training Runecrafting by using the Wicked hood. It is best used by players with the Extreme Donator rank since they can craft runes from pouches. It is suggested to have all pouches up to large pouch unlocked before using this method. I also suggest changing your spellbook to "Modern spellbook" since the teleportation with this spellbook is the fastest. In order to start training make sure the Mage of Zamorak is holding enough essence.


Select the first option "Could you please hold some essences?".


You have now successfully stored your essence.


The Mage of Zamorak can hold different amount of essence depending on your Donator rank.

  • Regular: 300
  • Donator: 400
  • Super Donator: 500
  • Extreme Donator: 1000

Now simply right click the Mage of Zamorak.


Select the first option "Teleport to Guthix Altar".


Once arrived at the Guthix Altar right click the Mage of Zamorak and choose the option "Return Essence".


When your inventory is filled simply right click the Mage and select "Teleport".


Once you are outside of the Guthix Altar you can craft runes with the Wicked hood. To do so open your equipment tab and right click the Wicked hood and select "operate".


An interface will open where you can choose the rune you want to craft or the altar you want to teleport to.


To craft from your Wicked hood right click the rune you wish to craft and choose the first option "Craft".


You can use the Mage of Zamorak in Neitiznot to teleport yourself to the Guthix Altar to repeat the process. It is advised to have some noted essence in your inventory to quickly store essence at the Mage of Zamorak.

Greater Runic Staff

When equipped, the staff will hold the mined essences as pure essences automatically, and those essences can be withdrawn from the staff as notes when player is outside the essence mine.

The staff will hold pure essences even to NON donators. The limit of essences that the staff can hold are the following:

  • Regular: 300
  • Donator: 400
  • Super Donator: 500
  • Extreme Donator: 1000


Greater Runic Staff can be used on noted talismans to unote it.


Altars teleport tab

Breaking an altar teleport tab will teleport you to the altar.


Training at normal rune altars

Once you have been teleported into the Abyss, you need to make your way though the obsticles before you can choose which altar you wish to go to. To get through the obsticles you need to have the appropriate tools in your inventory.


When you get past the obsticles you can then choose which altar you wish to train at.


Once at the Altar of your choice, simply left clcik the altar and craft runes.


Tip: holding down CTRL and click on the Essence in your bank will withdraw a full inventory with one click.

Experience Table

Please note the experience shown below is outdatd and this part of the page is still under construction

Experience Tables

Ironman XP

Level Rune essence Pure essence
1 133 xp 150 xp
11 216 xp 250 xp
22 300 xp 350 xp
33 383 xp 450 xp
44 466 xp 550 xp
55 550 xp 650 xp
66 633 xp 750 xp
77 716 xp 850 xp
88 800 xp 950 xp
99 441 xp 525 xp

Note: When you reach level 99, xp will get reduced by half.

Hardcore Ironman Xp

Level Rune essence Pure essence
1 80 xp 90 xp
11 130 xp 150 xp
22 180 xp 210 xp
33 230 xp 270 xp
44 280 xp 330 xp
55 330 xp 390 xp
66 380 xp 450 xp
77 430 xp 510 xp
88 480 xp 570 xp
99 265 xp 315 xp

Note: When you reach level 99, xp will get reduced by half.

Multiple Runes

Below is a table which shows which level you need to make multiple runes per rune essence for every rune type.

Note: This table is for crafting at the elements altar, NOT GUTHIX ALTAR.

Rune 1x 2x 3x 4x 5x 6x 7x 8x 9x 10x
Air 1 11 22 33 44 55 66 77 88 99
Mind 2 14 28 42 56 70 84 98 - -
Water 5 19 38 57 76 95 - - - -
Earth 9 26 52 78 - - - - - -
Fire 14 35 70 - - - - - - -
Body 20 46 92 - - - - - - -
Cosmic 27 59 - - - - - - - -
Chaos 35 74 - - - - - - - -
Nature 44 91 - - - - - - - -
Law 54 - - - - - - - - -
Death 65 - - - - - - - - -
Blood 77 - - - - - - - - -
Astral 88 - - - - - - - - -

Useful Items and Boosts

Picture Item/Boost Effect How to Obtain
xVXdMcX.png Knowledge Effect All experience gained will be increased by:
  • 75% for 10 minutes for normal donators
  • 100% for 20 minutes for super donators
  • 110% for 40 minutes for extreme donators
Go to the Donator Zone, in the building to the west of the bank and click on the Defence Totem (Knowledge effect).
lfuNflP.gif Bonus Experience All experience gained will be multiplied by 3 until the bonus experience runs out.
  • Logging in every day grants 200k Bonus Exp.
  • Every 10th vote streak rewards you with 500k Bonus Exp.
N/A Monthly Bonus All experience gained is multiplied by 1.25 Play during the 1st to the 5th of every month.
yC77Zgj.png Enchanted Tiaras Grants a 10% boost to Runerafting experience if the enchantment is the same as the rune you are making Use a normal tiara on a Runecrafting altar of your choice, while you have the talisman that goes with that altar.
lo2wo4y.png Wicked Hood Grants a 25% increase in runes and experience recieved. Allows unlimited teleports to The guthix Altar, the Essence Mine and the Abyss. Also provides limited teleports to all altars and ability to craft runes from the Wicked hood itself Costs 5000 Runecrafting points from the Mage of Zamorak
ecP4i6L.png Wicked Legs Grants a 25% increase in runes and experience recieved. Costs 1300 Runecrafting points from the Mage of Zamorak
0UyHHQE.png Wicked Top Grants a 25% increase in runes and experience recieved. Costs 1300 Runecrafting points from the Mage of Zamorak
4OFwQLv.png Wicked Cape Grants a 25% increase in runes and experience recieved. Costs 1300 Runecrafting points from the Mage of Zamorak
4mJWULJ.png Small Pouch Holds 3 of any type of Essence Costs 200 Runecrafting points from the Mage of Zamorak or can be looted form NPC's in the Abyss
QfIFN0D.png Medium Pouch Holds 9 of any type of Essence Costs 350 Runecrafting points from the Mage of Zamorak or can be looted form NPC's in the Abyss
MFjsTdN.png Large Pouch Holds 18 of any type of Essence Costs 750 Runecrafting points from the Mage of Zamorak or can be looted form NPC's in the Abyss
GBkasxm.png Giant Pouch Holds 30 of any type of Essence Costs 2000 Runecrafting points from the Mage of Zamorak or can be looted form NPC's in the Abyss
mhbN7ph.png Massive Pouch Holds 48 of any type of Essence Costs 4000 Runecrafting points from the Mage of Zamorak


Runecrafting is very expensive for hardcore ironmen, so it is a good idea to use this with bonus XP.

The Skill Cape

If you reach level 99 in Runecrafting, you can talk to the Wise Old Man at home to obtain the Skill cape. He is located at home, in the building north of the bank.



The 99 cape costs 90K Gp and comes with a matching hood. Both the Runecrafting cape and hood give +9 bonus to all defense stats.

  • For HCIM, this cape will cost only 300 gp.

If you reach 200m experience in the Runecrafting skill you will also unlock the ability to buy the Master Runecrafting Cape. It is exactly the same as the normal Skill cape. However, you can adjust the trim colour to whatever you like. This cape costs 15m Gp.

  • For HCIM, this cape will cost only 50k gp.



All ironman/hcim skill guides:
16.png Agility - 0.png Attack - 7.png Cooking - 12.png Crafting - 1.png Defence - 19.png Farming - 11.png Firemaking - 10.png Fishing -
9.png Fletching - 15.png Herblore - 3.png Hitpoints - 6.png Magic - 14.png Mining - 5.png Prayer - 4.png Ranged - 20.png Runecrafting -
18.png Slayer - 13.png Smithing - 2.png Strength - 23.png Summoning - 17.png Thieving - 8.png Woodcutting

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