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Death rune detail

Death runes are used in great amounts by mages that cast Ancient Magicks, as they are needed to cast the different varieties of the rush and burst combat spells. Death runes are also needed to cast the level 85 spell Teleport Block, the only free-to-play spell which requires death runes. Members can create death runes using the Runecrafting skill at level 65 at the Death altar in the Temple of Light after completing the quest Mourning's End Part II.

Crafting them gives 10 experience per essence (or 0.2 experience per essence in Daemonheim). These are the most powerful rune stocked in any store in free-to-play.

Price / Experience comparison
Grand Exchange price GP / Exp
(per essence)
Nature rune 442 49.1
Law rune 555 58.4
Death rune 137 13.7
Blood rune 604 57.5
Soul rune 317 28.8

Adult cats can be exchanged for 100 death runes with a Civilian in West Ardougne or 200 death runes while possessing the Ardougne cloak 1 or better (Works even if it is still in the bank).

250 Death runes (along with 750 Air runes) can also be obtained from any Slayer Master for 35 Slayer points after completing the Smoking Kills quest.

Crafting multiple death runes

For more information about Runecrafting multiples, see crafting multiple runes.
Multiplier Runecrafting GE Price
1x 65 137

Spawns

Death rune spawn location

For members there is a death rune spawn in the Feldip Hills. It respawns 1 minute and 45 seconds after picking it up.

Spells

Free-to-play spells

The only use for death runes in free-to-play worlds is casting the Teleport Block spell. Despite no free-to-play spells requiring Death Runes in Daemonheim, they can still craft them.

Pay-to-play spells

These spells can only be cast by members:

* Part of the Ancient Magicks spellbook and can only be cast by players who have completed the Desert Treasure quest and have switched their spellbook to Ancient Magicks.

** Part of the Lunar spellbook and can only be cast by players who have completed the Lunar Diplomacy quest and have switched their spellbook to Lunar Spells.

Store locations

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Seller Location Cost Currency Base stock Members?
Ali's Discount WaresAl Kharid310Coins 250Coins 100Yes
Aubury's Rune ShopVarrock310Coins 250Coins 10No
Aubury's Rune Shop (New Varrock)New Varrock310Zemomark10Yes
Baba Yaga's Magic ShopLunar Isle310Coins 250Coins 300Yes
Battle RunesWilderness310Coins 250Coins 30Yes
Betty's Magic EmporiumPort Sarim310Coins 250Coins 10No
Carwen Essencebinder Magical Runes ShopBurthorpe310Coins 250Coins 10No
Lundail's Arena-side Rune ShopMage arena bank310Coins 250Coins 300No
Magic Guild Store - Runes and StavesWizards' Guild310Coins 250Coins 1000Yes
TzHaar-Mej-Roh's Rune StoreTzHaar City465Tokkul100Yes
Void Knight Magic StoreVoid Knights' Outpost310Coins 250Coins 100Yes

Disassembly

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Drop sources

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Air elementalN/A1Uncommon
Angry barbarian spiritN/A5Uncommon
AnkouN/A10Uncommon
Ankou (elite)7210Uncommon
Armoured zombieN/A3Uncommon
Bandit (Kharid Bandit Camp)N/A2Uncommon
Bandit (Pollnivneach)N/A2Uncommon
Bandit (Wilderness)N/A2Rare
Bandit Brawler112; 1182Rare
BarrowsN/A70–1,190Common
BarrowsN/A15Common
BasiliskN/A10Rare
Berserk barbarian spiritN/A5Uncommon
Black KnightN/A2Uncommon
Black Knight TitanN/A2Unknown
Black dragonN/A5–50Very rare
Black key blackN/AUnknownRare
Black key brownN/AUnknownRare
Black key crimsonN/AUnknownRare
Black key purpleN/AUnknownRare
Black key redN/AUnknownRare
Bladed muspah15020Common
Blue dragonN/A5Very rare
Brine ratN/A7Common
Bronze dragonN/A25–45Uncommon
Brutish jadinko913Uncommon
Chaos ElementalN/A100–226Rare
Chaos GiantN/A35–44Uncommon
Chaos dwarfN/A3–6Rare
Chaos dwarf hand cannoneerN/A3Uncommon
Chaos dwogreN/A6Uncommon
Chewed bonesN/A8–15Common
CockatriceN/A50Uncommon
ColumbariumN/A8–15Common
Crystal chestN/A50Common
CyclopsN/A2Rare
Dagannoth PrimeN/A84–92Common
Dark beastN/A10Uncommon
Dark beast (elite)11430Uncommon
Desert strykewyrmN/A15Uncommon
Earth elementalN/A1Uncommon
Earth warriorN/A2Uncommon
Earth warrior (elite)882Uncommon
ElfN/A2Common
Elite Black KnightN/A1–3Uncommon
Elite Dark MageN/A3–6Rare
Enraged barbarian spiritN/A5Uncommon
Essence implingN/A13Rare
Essence impling jarN/A13Uncommon
Exiled Kalphite QueenN/A176–500Uncommon
Feral vampyreN/A2Common

Trivia

  • The most death runes required for a spell are 2, for the Smoke, Shadow, Blood and Ice Burst spells.
  • The picture on a Death Rune shows a skull & X, which is most likely meant to imitate the jolly roger or more commonly known as the skull & crossbones.
  • Death was rolling a Death Rune with his fingers in 2009 Hallowe'en event. This may be a reference to Pirates of the Caribbean, when Jack did this with one of the cursed Aztec gold coins while in skeletal form.
  • Prior to the Evolution of Combat update, death runes were used in Blast spells, Surge spells, Blitz spells and Barrage spells. The removal of their usage in these spells caused a dramatic fall in their Grand Exchange price.
  • Although Death runes have no use in Dungeoneering for free players following the Evolution of Combat, they can still be runecrafted and can even be found in the starting room.
  • In the German version of RuneScape, they're called "afterlife runes".