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"RuneScape": How to Get Level 99 in the Runecrafting Skill

I am still looking for something more specific to write about, but until then, I will share my knowledge of "RuneScape"!

Getting 99 Runecrafting in RuneScape

Since Runecrafting is one of the best ways to make consistent money in RuneScape, and since I am trying to write guides to help people gain 99 in skills that make a lot of money, I figured this guide would be one of the best to write.

I will focus on a guide for people who are higher leveled and not for skillers. I will include Gaarhk and Abyss rcing, but any skillers or pures who are wanting to level Runecrafting should just walk to the alters rather than using the Abyss or Gaarhk.

So, here is the best way to get 99 Runecrafting, including both the best method for money and the best method for speed!

What to Do Before You Start

The best thing to do before you start Runecrafting is to collect all pouches up to the giant pouch since you will never have to go back to killing those monsters. The best method to kill the abyssal creatures is to use either ice burst or red chinchompas. This is a multi-combat area, so you should use attacks that target multiple targets in order to kill these monsters as quickly as possible.

Once you have all 4 pouches, you should either make your way over to Falador to craft air runes, or stick around the abyss to use the Zammy mage to Runecraft.
In order to gain access to the Abyss, you must have completed the Rune Mysteries Quest and then go north of Edgeville into the wild to find the Zamorak Mage. I will not go into detail on how to complete this since it's a mini-quest on it's own, but simply search the Abyss on the RuneScape homepage and you will find the mini-quest that you must do.

Items Needed

  • Small, Medium, Large, Giant Pouches
  • All Tiaras/Talismans
  • Rune Essence (Starting elemental runes)
  • Pure Essence (Catalytic runes)
  • 10+ Amulet of Glory (for Abyss)
  • Gaarhk Pouches
Multiple Runecrafting table.

Multiple Runecrafting table.

Abyss Guide

Throughout this guide, I will be mentioning the Abyss often, so I might as well put a separate section up here so everyone can get a more clear understanding of how it works and can use it throughout the entire guide.

In order to begin using the Abyss, you must first do Rune Mysteries and then do the Abyss mini-quest started by talking to the Zammy mage north of Edgeville.
Once you are done this mini-quest, you will be able to start using the Abyss. Since there are monsters that attack you and you are unable to pray inside the Abyss since your prayer is drained, it is quite difficult for lower leveled players to use this method.

Gear and Equipment

The best way to do this is to wear your spottier cape, penence gloves, and boots of lightness along with perhaps black dragonhide since it is light and provides a defence bonus and along with a Mithril Pickaxe, or hatchet and an Amulet of Glory which is charged and a Ring of dueling.

  • Mithril: The reason you use mithril is because it is the lightest weaponry in the game, and therefore it is better than using rune.
  • Amulet of Glory: The reason you need the Amulet of Glory is because once you are inside the abyss and have crafted your runes, you will need to get back to edgeville to bank and repeat, so the Glory helps you do this. You need many Glorys though so that you are able to runecraft for a long time without having to charge your glorys, so I usually get around 28 Amulets which works very well.
  • Ring of Dueling: The reason you need the ring of dueling is just in case you forget to take out a Charged amulet of glory which happens often. Then you can still teleport to Castle Wars and bank and get a new glory out to get back to edgeville.

What Happens in the Abyss

Once you enter the Abyss, you will be skulled, drained of prayer, and attacked by many Abyssal Creatures. You must run around the outside until you find an obstacle that you are able to get past. You can use the Agility hole, Thieving eyes, and either the rock or tendrils depending on if you have a pick or hatchet to get past the obstacle inside the alter area.

Once in the alter area, run around until you find your desired alter and enter the portal. Then you will be automatically inside the alter and you will not need a Talisman or Tiara. If your pouches degrade, the Dark Wizard inside the center of all these alters can repair your pouches for free.

I think this sums up the basics of Abyss, and it should be enough to get you an idea on how it works.

Map of Falador and its surroundings.

Map of Falador and its surroundings.

Level 1–14: Air Rune

From level 1–14, the best thing to do would be to craft Air runes. You should bring along your small pouch since it can hold a little bit of extra essence for you. You should be using Rune Essence here since this is an elemental rune and you shouldn't waste more money buying pure essence when you can use the cheaper rune essence.

There are two options to craft Air runes:

  1. Falador: The first method is to go to Falador and simply bank at the West bank and run between the Air alter and the bank. This is the slower method since you must run both ways, but it is safe for people at any level. You must bring along an air talisman or tiara if you are using this first method through the alter.
  2. The Abyss: The second method would be to use the Abyss to craft the air runes. If you are doing this, you should have many charged glorys so that you can simply run through the abyss, craft the runes, and then teleport back to edgeville. This is the best method for people with higher defence who can stand to have higher level creatures attacking them.

Advice on the Abyss Method

  • Make sure that you always wear your Spottier cape and Boots of Lightness if possible.
  • Do not bring either the air talisman or tiara if you are using the Abyss method of crafting runes.
  • You may want to begin crafting Mind, water and earth runes before fire since they are really the same distance while using the Abyss but give slightly higher experience.

Whichever method you choose, simply run back and forth crafting the runes until you reach level 14 runecrafting.


Level 14–44: Fire Runes

Now that you are level 14 in Runecrafting, you should begin crafting fire runes. Again, there are two options to crafting fire runes:

  1. The Abyss: The best method to crafting this type of rune would be through the abyss once again. You can follow the abyss section as to how to do this if you don't know by now. If you are using the Abyss method, you should be crafting all runes between fire runes and nature runes since the Abyss makes all of the alters equally as close and you will get more experience for the higher runes. The reason you don't do these if you aren't using the abyss is because the alter is so much further away or more inconvenient that the small experience gain is not worth it.
  2. Duel Arena: The other method which is almost equally as good requires a lot of Rings of Dueling. What you have to do is teleport to Duel Arena and run north to the Fire rune alter which is located quite close to the Duel Arena. You must run outside of the gate and go north however and not stay inside the gate. You need the Fire Tiara or Talisman for this method, and after you have created the runes, use your ring of dueling once again to teleport to Castle Wars since it is incredibly close to a bank. Then simply bank and repeat these steps until you get to level 44.

Level 44–80

You have finally made it to level 44 Runecrafting, which means you can finally craft Nature runes! These Nature runes have two different methods depending on your Summoning level.

Level 57 Summoning: Gaarhk Rcing

If you are level 57 summoning, you should use the Gaarhk method to runecrafting. What you will need for this is Summoning Potions, Super Energy Potions, and Gaarhk Pouches. You will have to Summon your Gaarhk, and use it's teleport to teleport quite close to the Nature Alter. You will need a Nature talisman or tiara for this method.

Once you use the Gaarhk teleport you will run East to the Nature alter and enter and craft your runes. Once this is done you should use a Ring of Dueling to teleport to Castle Wars since it so close to bank. There you will drink your super energy potion and summoning potion if needed, and renew your Gaarhk if you need. Once you are done all these things that you need to do, use the Gaarhk's teleport once again and repeat.

This is the fastest way to craft Nature runes, so it is definitely recommended if you have 57 summoning. You should be using all your pouches up to level 75 when you should use the medium, large, and giant pouch and deposit your small pouch. The extra 2 essence that this pouch gives you is not worth the time you spend on the banking, so it has been proven faster to not use the small pouch once you are able to use the Giant pouch.

If You Don't Have Level 57 Summoning: Abyss Rcing

The other option if you do not have 57 Summoning is to continue using the Abyss to craft the Nature runes. This is not as fast as Gaarhk, but it is the best alternative if you don't have 57 Summ. You should simply run through the abyss and craft the nature runes which is explained in the Abyss section above. Just keep running through, and again use the pouches which you have the ability to use to try to speed the process.

Level 80–91: ZMI Rcing

In order to use the ZMI, you must have completed the quest Lunar Diplomacy in order to use the Teleport to Ouraniawhich is where the ZMI is located. Once you teleport there, you must run up towards the alter in the center of the lava area and pray if your prayer is low and then climb down the ladder. Once you are here you must run straight through all of the Zamorak followers where you should pray range and wear Black D'hide in order to stop the mages from properly hitting. Just run through with your prayer on and once you get to the alter craft your runes normally.

Once you are done that you can either teleport to Moonclan since you will have created so many new runes, or you can teleport to Castle Wars or anywhere else. As for banking, you will have many different types of runes, so they best way to bank would be to have a special tab open for your runes where you could use the Deposit All button to bank everything and then quickly withdraw your pouches. This is much faster than depositing all types of runes individually. And once this is done, you must once again teleport to Ourania and repeat the steps.

You craft many different types of runes at a random rate, but you receive 2x the experience for crafting these runes as you do normal runes. The higher your runecrafting level, the higher the runes you receive so it is best to only start at 80 since you are able to still profit and gain extremely fast experience. This is as best as I can explain ZMI since it is quite simple, but if you have any further questions you can comment and I can try to help.

If you haven't done Lunar Diplomacy you should continue to do Natures all the way to 99, but it is strongly suggested that you do Lunar Diplomacy since the experience is extremely fast and can get you to 99 Runecrafting very quickly.

Level 91–99

There are two options once you get to level 91 runecrafting. You may either stick with ZMI rcing which you have been doing since level 80 runecrafting since you will be able to make smaller profits and still get to 99 much faster, or you can go back to Rcing nature runes where you will receive Double natures which means an incredible amount of cash/hour.

I personally suggest runecrafting nature runes since you will receive upwards of 900k/hr in Runescape money, and therefore in a day you can get a few million GP. But it really depends on if you are runecrafting for the Cape or if you are runecrafting for the Money.

Both the ZMI and the Nature rune crafting methods are explained above, so there is no need to re-state what I have already said. Just choose whichever method you want, and have fun.

Runecrafting Is Tedious But Profitable

Runecrafting is a very tedious and annoying skill to train since it takes so long and can be so boring. I strongly suggest taking breaks in between levels to do other stuff to keep you sane! I hope that you guys are all able to gain more knowledge from this guide, and if there is anything you feel I have skipped over, please let me know.

Now that you are done runecrafting, you should be incredibly rich since it is the best money making skill in the game. With your new money, you will easily be able to get other 99 skills that you must pay for such as Herblore, Construction, Fletching (Addy Arrow Method), Cooking, Smithing, Summoning, Prayer, or any other skill you must pay for.

Thank you all for reading, and since it is a large guide written all by hand, there may be things I missed, skipped, or said incorrectly, so please let me know if this is the case!


Terish on January 13, 2015:

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Anonymous on May 09, 2012:


... on April 22, 2012:

lol, i don't need this. i play rs7server and you get to lvl 30 from lvl 1 in 10 seconds...

THE BEST on March 31, 2012:

LOL. I already know all this. Make some updates please? FFS.

Kyle on February 26, 2012:

Allnoobs. have more in items

lol on October 02, 2011:

just bot

drspaniel from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year... on September 15, 2011:

This guide really helped, because I'm absolutely useless when it comes to Runecrafting... Thank you.

Awesome Guy on June 10, 2011:

Nice guide. After all the updates though, your guide needs a little updating. for instance, the air altar is now neer varrock, not falador. that's just an example.

ph0b3t0r on April 09, 2011:

Nice guide, but I want to add something! The best way for ZMI is to have at least one rune of any kind at your bank and your bank must be FULL. I take all my pouches in inventory en all my fire runes (to pay the banker) then i fill my bank with potions, lets say attack(4) attack(3) attack(2) attack(1)... now when u bank u can just click the empty inventory button => one click banking!!! Right-click -> fill pouches and there u go again...

Rs guy on March 12, 2011:

Just stop ur a fken idiot.. U can have more than 2.14b looser. That's juat 1 pile of masked cash so stfu and be quiet

maelstrom133 on February 07, 2011:

it's possible to have 12bill in items...

juststop on February 04, 2011:

Gyrius....your friend has 12bil gp? That's interesting seeing as the cap on gold is 2.14bil....

nudals on January 05, 2011:

Gyrius is an idiot.

Zafe on January 03, 2011:

Lmfaoo.. At gyius >_> epic fail

Tha Onli Wun on December 23, 2010:

I just buy my air and mind runes. Too boring to level up. And that's coming from the guy with 99 cooking

Pain Xx Core on October 17, 2010:

At this current junction in RS it is better both in cash and exp if from 65-99 you switch over from natures to death runes. I've done repeated tests and on average with the random doubles from deaths you can make around 5-10k more per trip from deaths than natures. Also deaths are a whole 1 xp more per rune crafted which adds up over time.

If you choose not to believe me fine, but there is a lot more money to be made with my method. Then again runecrafting will make you great money any way you choose to go :)

Lord Jo on September 03, 2010:

Sorry for the second comment but gyius no one has 200m rc xp yet, that is until about the end of this weekend Phoenix Odin will be the first.

Lord Jo on September 03, 2010:

It's spelt Graahk and thanks for the guide! :D The air altar needs to be up to date (west of Varrock) if you ever even are checking this anymore. Also your graph is off.

gyius on August 26, 2010:

First off 91-99 at natures taks bout 3weeks if u do 5-8hrs which will earn u around 50m if u go ahead to 200m in rc u will earn a total of 1.2billion gp which taks mor then 7months 5-8hrs. i now a person who did this at nature runes he actually bot it till 99 then decided to do it himslef till 200m exp took him 7months earned 1.3billion gp bought a bluie party hat for 100m on 2006 and now has over 12billion gp plus all his other skills ehs gotten money from his bank is 9b street price 107b

anyway rc is best for rs money but the most pain on the ass which ppl like to a;ways bot there asses off don't do it tho unless u rly wanna get banned.

gyius on August 25, 2010:

lol just get a rc bot, made 400m in a few months as well as 99 rc for about 20$.

Wishbone on June 17, 2010:

There's no x3 nature option, and there is no x2 blood rune option. Looking at the in-game Runescape guide for Runecrafting would give you this information. Information is wrong for some stuff. >.>

Random Rs Player >_> on May 31, 2010:

Well Spotted Greg >_>

greg on February 23, 2010:

Nature runes have no 3x. its 44 and 91 and that's it. Your graph is off.

Zapomniatem on February 22, 2010:

Hmmm 3/10 it's infmoritive but no little high-lighted paths to the fastest route. more pictures to make it more udnerstandable.

Chick Theory on January 25, 2010:

Thanks. I'm doing this on my lvl 3. I made 10m in just a few days! :O Thanks, so much!

Ben on November 20, 2009:

Ty when I'm a member again I'm gonna get reallyhigh rc and make heaps

dbone12 on November 03, 2009:

soz about the 2 comment but how long it usually take for 99 rc ty for ur time and help

dbone12 on November 03, 2009:

omg ty for the guide helped a lot wondering if i can add u on rs if u still play and if i need further information my user name on rs is dbone12 feel free to add me and ty for the gude