In RuneScape, metals are elements that are malleable, hard, and conduct magic in most cases (though metals such as elemental metal do not follow this rule). They are typically found in the weapons, armour, and equipment players use, but also in monsters as well.
These metals are used by players in the Crafting skill.
Black metal is stronger than steel, but weaker than mithril. It is also equal in power to white and is available to free-to-play players. Black, like dragon and white, cannot be smithed. This makes it more valuable, sometimes more than mithril or even adamant weapons and armour. Black weapons and armour can only be obtained by being bought from stores or other players, picked up from monster drops or respawn points, or (as a member) received from Treasure Trails. As its name suggests, it is black in appearance. Black metal armour and weapons are used by the Black Knights.
Black items are actually made of normal steel, perhaps with a higher carbon content, giving them more strength and blackening the metal. This fact is supported as in the book Betrayal at Falador, both Black and White metals are referred as steel.
Orikalkum is the metal that Dragon equipment are made from. They are members-only and often require completion of a quest to be usable. Orikalkum items are a distinctive dark red in colour, and most possess a special attack. Dragon items are generally sold at high prices in shops or dropped by high-levelled monsters. Dragon arrows and darts are not made from Orikalkum at all; they are simply fletched from the talons of a dragon.
Elemental metal that can only be obtained during and after the Elemental Workshop I quest. It is purple in colour. At Smithing level 20, elemental ore along with four coals can be smelted into an elemental bar using the blast furnace in the Elemental workshop. This bar is used to smith the elemental shield during and after Elemental Workshop I, the elemental helmet after Elemental Workshop II, the elemental body after Elemental Workshop III, and elemental gloves and boots after Elemental Workshop IV.
During and after Elemental Workshop II, the bar can be turned into a Primed bar. This Primed version is then ready for conversion into a Mind bar, Body bar, Cosmic bar or Chaos bar from later Workshop quests. See each page for more details.
Bane metal is a rare metal available to members after completing the Ritual of the Mahjarrat quest. It is used to create bolts and arrowheads that can be attuned for extra effectiveness against certain targets, namely the Abyssal Demon, Wallasalki, Basilisk, and all types of Dragon.
- ^ a b Jagex. Postbag 41 - "Transcript:Anarchy in the KGP.", Letter 4, by Thurgo. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.
- ^ Forcae's journal, RuneScape. "I can do better. Orikalkum. Think about it. Our metal, strong, durable, pliable. Our metal infused with their strength. A great Orikalkum dragon. I will need a pure vein, but for that I will have to find a way back to our world."