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OSRS Runecrafting Guide for 1-99

OSRS Runecrafting Guide
By | January 30th, 2019 | Categories: RuneScape

In our OSRS Runecrafting Guide, we provide the best tips for reaching level 99 as efficiently as possible. We will cover strategies for both free to play players and paid members, both of which will be split into a different section.

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Each section will offer the most optimal steps for going from level 1 to level 99. If new opportunities come as you level up, we’ll explain these and what level it’s best to switch to them.

What’s in this OSRS Runecrafting Guide?

  • The most optimal 1-99 strategy for both F2P and P2P players
  • Steps for leveling up as quickly as possible at every single level

To begin with, we’ll explain the best way to get to level 99 Runecrafting as a F2P player. After we’ve explained this in detail, we’ll show you the most optimal strategy for reaching level 99 as a paid member.

Just like every skill in OSRS, leveling up is far easier if you are a paid member. In fact, the amount of time you save by being a P2P member is so significant that it’s almost worth putting the money aside to get a membership if you’re truly serious about reaching level 99 Runecrafting.

Similarly, the most optimal strategy can often involve spending more gold than slower methods. Thankfully, you can always buy more gold here at PlayerAuctions to speed things up. Strangely, though, P2P Runecrafting can be a unique way to make a lot of profit whilst still achieving optimal experience gain per hour.

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What’s the best way to get level 99 Runecrafting in F2P?

  • We will show the best strategy for leveling from 1-99 in F2P worlds
  • We also explain the gold you will need to reach level 99

Level 1 – 8

At level 1, you should be crafting air runes. You can do this by buying rune essence. We’d advise buying as much as you possibly can because you’ll need more for different runes at future levels. You can craft air runes at the air altar south slightly of Falador. You can run back and forth between the main Falador bank and the air altar.

Level 9 – 19

At level 9, you should switch to crafting earth runes. Once again, you’ll need rune essence for this. However, you must visit the earth altar north east of Varrock. You can travel back and forth between the earth altar and the east Varrock bank. Thankfully, the bank is very close. You can opt to use the Varrock teleport to speed things up.

Level 20 – 99

At level 20, you have two options, depending on whether you want to save money or want the quickest option available. Both options will take you all of the way to level 99.

  • Option 1: it’s the cheapest, involves crafting body runes. You can do this with rune essence at the altar just southwest of Edgeville. You will need a total of 1.7 million rune essence to reach level 99, which will cost 31 million in gold. You can sell the body runes for roughly two-thirds of that price, so you’ll be spending around 10-15 million in total.
  • Option 2 (the quickest one): you should switch to crafting water tiaras at level 20. To do this, you need to combine basic tiaras and water talismans, both of which can be purchased at the Grand Exchange. To combine tiaras and water talismans into water tiaras you can run trips back and forth between the Lumbridge bank to the water altar to the south of Lumbridge castle. It’s a tiny bit south of the ‘Lumbridge Swamp’ text on the world map.

You will need roughly 430 thousand water talismans and tiaras to go from level 20 to level 99. The overall cost will be 73 million, and you’ll only get roughly 1 million back. As a result, you’ll lose roughly 72 million from this method. It is, however, far faster than crafting body runes.

What’s the best way to get level 99 Runecrafting in P2P?

  • Below are the best methods for level 1-99 as a P2P member
  • P2P is highly recommended for making money and faster XP

Before we begin, it’s highly advised that you use pouches when leveling Runecrafting as a P2P OSRS member. Pouches let you carry more runes and rune essence, which means you can craft more per trip between an altar and a bank. You can get pouches from monsters within the Abyss. The small pouch is easily obtainable and requires no repairs and carries 3 extra essence. All other pouches larger than the small pouch must be repaired periodically. A medium requires 25 Runecrafting and carries 6 essence. A large pouch carries 9 more essence and requires 50 Runecrafting. Finally, a giant pouch carries 12 more essence but requires 75 Runecrafting.

Level 1 – 34

Completing the Enter the Abyss miniquest will unlock the Abyss, which also features the best leveling opportunities for the Runecrafting skill as a P2P member. You will need to complete the Rune Mysteries quest before the Enter the Abyss miniquest is unlocked. Thankfully both quests are very easy to complete.

Once you are in the Abyss, you will need to run through obstacles and monsters in the outer ring each time you enter. Obstacles require mining and agility skills – the higher your levels in these skills, the less chance you’ll have of failure. Once you make it past the monsters and the obstacles, you’ll be in the inner ring. From here, you can mine runes by visiting whichever altar is suitable for your level. Start at air runes until you are level 9. After, move to Mind runes until you are level 35.

Level 35 – 64

At level 35, you’ll need to switch to Chaos runes. At level 44, you can craft Nature runes with Pure essence. You can craft Nature runes all of the way until level 65 to get a nice 5.5 million profit, or you can switch to Law runes at level 54-65 for faster XP but less profit.

Level 65 – 99

At level 65, you can craft Death runes all of the way up to level 91, upon which you can switch to Blood runes up to level 99.

What’s great about using the Abyss is that you can make a considerable amount of profit. In fact, reaching level 99 with the methods we have included will allow you to earn over 100 million gold.

One thing to realize about the Abyss is that it will automatically make you skulled and you will need to enter the wilderness to get back to the bank. We’d suggest using amulets of Glory to teleport back to Edgeville to save time. You can also use the amulet of Glory teleport to get out of dangerous situations.


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