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Rogue Trader
Rogue trader
Release date 4 April 2005 (Update)
Members Yes
Quest series None
Developer(s) Unknown edit
Age Fifth Age
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Rogue Trader is a miniquest playable after completing The Feud quest. There are 3 parts to the Rogue Trader miniquest. Each part allows the player to buy something different from Ali Morrisane.

Having fully unlocked the Rogue Trader shop is a requirement for the master quest cape and trimming the completionist cape.


Start pointQuest map icon
Mg roguetrader
Speak to Ali Morrisane, north of Faruq in Al Kharid
Member requirementP2P icon Members only
Official difficultyNone
Official lengthShort
RequirementsSkill requirements are not boostable unless marked with a [B] for boostable.
Items requiredItems from the tool belt are not listed unless they do not work or are not automatically added.
Enemies to defeat
  • None

Starting the miniquest

Players start by talking to Ali Morrisane. You can do each part individually, or you can talk to Aubury, Blackjack seller, and Siamun before returning to talk to Ali again.

Part 1: Runes from Aubury

RuneSudoku chest

Aubrey's rune chest at Ali's stand.

Ali tells the player to talk to Aubury in Varrock about a rune deal. After doing so, players should return to Ali Morrisane.

Opening the caskets

Ali complains that there is an odd lock mechanism on the caskets of runes and that he is unable to open them. There are 2 caskets: Small casket and large casket. For both caskets, players get these three options:

  • Force Box: higher chances of success with higher Strength levels, provides Strength experience
  • Pick Lock: higher chances of success with higher Thieving levels, provides Thieving experience
  • Examine Lock: players will see a "RuneSudoku" puzzle.

The small casket contains elemental runes and is easier to open compared to the large casket. Players may choose any of the 3 options on the small casket.

The large casket contains non-elemental runes and can only be opened via the puzzle - choose "Examine Lock".

Opening the caskets will allow you to purchase runes from Ali. See #Buying runes below for details.


Rogue Trader Small Casket

RuneSudoku puzzle (for Small Casket)

Rogue Trader - Examine

RuneSudoku screen for Large Caskets.

The runes substitute numbers in a standard Sudoku puzzle. The yellow and orange squares indicate the 2x2 or 3x3 small squares (for the Small Casket and Large Casket respectively) that must have 1 of each rune, just as each horizontal row and each vertical column must have 1 of each rune.

A trick that always works with the Small Casket is to position the runes as shown.

1    2    3    4

4    3    2    1

3    4    1    2

2    1    4    3

The placement of the starting runes varies, but the pattern is always the same. This pattern can always be performed, regardless of the starting placement. The pattern for Large Casket is random for everyone.

Buying runes

After opening the caskets, players have the options of choosing either to buy all the runes (of unknown type and quantity) for a specified amount or to see what the runes are.

Seeing what they are adds them to Ali's stock. Even if players decide to see what the runes are, they can still buy them from his stock for a more expensive price compared to buying the runes without seeing them first. With time, Ali's stock decreases slowly, presumably as he sells the runes. Players may replenish his stock by opening more caskets.

In order to buy the runes inside a casket (especially a large one - assuming you have solved the puzzle) you must have the coins in your inventory or in your currency pouch.

Also, the price it states to buy the runes is inaccurate. You will be charged for the cost of the runes as if you bought them from a regular store.

Part 2: Blackjacks from Pollnivneach

In order to obtain different types of blackjacks (defensive blackjacks and offensive blackjacks), players have to talk to the blackjack seller in Pollnivneach. He is just south of Ali the Kebab-Seller. Players may do the steps for either offensive or defensive first. The player will need to return to Ali Morrisane before being able to talk to the Blackjack seller to switch types.

Defensive Blackjacks

For defensive blackjacks, players need to go through the conversation with the blackjack seller and choose the 'cunning plan'. Players then need to talk to the Street Urchin, who asks the player for 100 coins to assist in convincing the Blackjack seller that he needs to produce some different equipment. Don't forget to talk to the Blackjack seller afterwards! When players return to Ali Morrisane, they can purchase defensive blackjacks from him.

Offensive Blackjacks

For offensive blackjacks, the player must bet that the blackjack seller cannot knock out the player with two hits from a blackjack. After attacking the player twice (for no damage), he agrees that the blackjacks need to be stronger. Occasionally, the blackjack seller may knock out the player, causing 30 damage. This will require you to go through the motions of both attacks again. When players return to Ali Morrisane, they can purchase offensive blackjacks from him.

Buying blackjacks

When players talk to Ali Morrisane back in Al Kharid, they can now purchase offensive or defensive blackjacks from him. He asks the player to return to Pollnivneach and to ask the Blackjack seller to make additional kinds of blackjacks. Players may repeat this process to switch between Defensive and Offensive Blackjacks.

Part 3: Clothes from Sophanem

Menaphite clothing (red, robe) equipped

A player wearing a set of Red and Yellow Menaphite robes.

If players have completed Icthlarin's Little Helper, they may take a carpet ride from south Pollnivneach to Sophanem, and talk to Siamun in the building with the spinning wheel or around the silk stall. Siamun is a rude, gruff character who wants either 3 dyes or 3 animal pelts of the same animal.

Desert outfits

Standard dyes can be bought from players or are sold at Lletya Seamstress, run by Oronwen in Lletya. Otherwise, Aggie in Draynor Village and Ali the dyer in Pollnivneach will make these dyes for the player if they are brought certain ingredients. Once the dyes are given to Siamun, she begins shipping the Desert outfits.

Menaphite clothing

Allowed animal pelts include cowhide (not tanned), snakeskin, wool, various types of fur (bear, wolf, etc.) and possibly skins of other creatures. Dragonhide, Yak-hide or imphide do not work, neither do swamp snakeskins acquired through Temple Trekking. If players do not have pelts in inventory, they could retrieve them from the closest bank, in Sophanem (if they have completed Contact!), otherwise from the bank in Shantay Pass or Nardah, and return. Once the hides are given to Siamun, she begins shipping the Menaphite clothing.

Buying clothing

When players talk to Ali Morrisane back in Al Kharid, they can now purchase desert or Menaphite clothing from him. He asks the player to return to Sophanem and to ask Siamun to make additional clothing. Players may repeat the process to switch between Menaphite clothing and the Desert outfits.


Ali Morrisane in Al Kharid will now sell:

RuneCost per runeGE PriceSavings
Fire rune Fire rune 17 coins 159 coins 142 coins
Water rune Water rune 17 coins 25 coins 8 coins
Air rune Air rune 17 coins 90 coins 73 coins
Earth rune Earth rune 17 coins 18 coins 1 coins
Mind rune Mind rune 17 coins 19 coins 2 coins
Body rune Body rune 16 coins 48 coins 32 coins
Chaos rune Chaos rune 140 coins 152 coins 12 coins
Death rune Death rune 310 coins 232 coins -78 coins
Cosmic rune Cosmic rune 232 coins 412 coins 180 coins
Law rune Law rune 378 coins 570 coins 192 coins
Nature rune Nature rune 372 coins 405 coins 33 coins
Blood rune Blood rune 550 coins 678 coins 128 coins
Soul rune Soul rune 410 coins 1,345 coins Script error coins



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