Body runes may be made at level 20 Runecrafting using the Body altar west of Gunnarsgrunn and south of the Monastery, giving the highest base experience rate in free-to-play runecrafting. They are the highest levelled runes that free players can craft. (Each rune essence crafted at the body altar gives 7.5 experience) The nearest bank to the body altar is the Soul Wars bank chest. Since it is so close to it, there is no need for members to use the Abyss to access the altar. The altar is also conveniently located for players walking between Falador and Varrock.
Body runes respawn in sets of two west of the castle in Varrock and west of the Fist of Guthix minigame. They also respawn in sets of one on the middle floor of Zeke's shop in Al Kharid. They are also sold at two locations in Free-to-play worlds: Aubury's Rune Shop in Varrock and Betty's Magic Emporium in Port Sarim.
After the release of the Grand Exchange, the price of body runes dropped to 10 coins each, because many free-to-play players runecrafted them for the experience and then sold them for whatever they could get. Since the release of Rune goldberg machine, body runes have skyrocketed, surpassing the store price for the first time ever.
Body runes are uncommonly used. Curse spells tend to be infrequently used by most players, except by some players training Magic. (The Curse spell has the highest Magic requirement of any free-to-play spell using body runes, which is available at magic level 19.) High-level spells in the regular Spellbook do not use body runes, with the exception of Enfeeble. Thus, these runes are usually abandoned by players with higher Magic levels.
Body runes, however, are used in two high-level spells in the members-only Lunar Magicks spellbook. Upon completing the Dream Mentor quest, players receive access to seven more Lunar spells. Two of these use body runes: Stat spy (at magic level 74) and Dream (at magic level 79).
An efficient way to train magic using body runes for the player to wear full metal body armour while casting curse spells on a NPC. This will cause the spell to fail often, allowing the player to cast it more frequently and thus gain magic experience faster, since the full experience is still gained even if the spell fails.
Some players used body runes to pay the banker in the Ourania Runecrafting Altar cave, which is in a members-only area. This banker charges a fee of 20 runes each time players access their bank accounts there, so body runes are often used because they are so cheap and relatively useless elsewhere.
- For an exhaustive list of all known sources for this item, see here.