Runescape Rune Making

This guide gives you Step-by-step instructions on how to make runes in Runescape.

First complete the quest: Rune Mysteries. The quest start is on the second floor of Lumbridge. Speak to the Duke of Lumbridge to start the quest. The quest will involve going to the wizard’s tower and the magic shop in Varrock. After completing the quest, you will be given an air talisman and will be able to mine rune essence. To get to the rune essence mine (the place where you mine rune essence) you either go to the head wizard (At the wizard’s tower) or to Audbury (the magic shop owner in Varrock) Right click on either of them and choose the option teleport. They will say some magic words and you will be teleported to a place where you will be able to mine rune essence.

Find a huge rock, which can be found by following the ladder on the floor. (See pictures below) Mine a full inventory of rune essence with a pickaxe. When you are done, find the portal, which will bring you back to where you teleported from. Now you either use your air talisman to make air runes or buy/find another type of talisman to make other runes. Right click on your talisman from your inventory and choose the “locate” option. There should be directions such as (south west, north east…) in the chat box. Then after moving in that direction for a while right click and choose the “locate” option again.

The directions might change. If it doesn’t change, keep going the same direction. If it does change, start going the new direction. It should eventually lead you to a rock with a little glow and some bluish dots on it. (See picture below) If you right click on it, one of the choices should be “examine mysterious ruins” Click your talisman, then directly click the mysterious ruins. You can also right click the talisman and choose the option use. Then directly left click the mysterious ruins. You will be taken into the temple immediately. Find a big rock in the center of the temple. (See picture below) It should say “Craft-at-altar” when you right click it. Use one of your rune essences you mined on the altar and all your rune essences will be bond into runes.

Below is a picture of the four talismans. (Air, mind, water, earth) I don’t have the body talisman and the fire talisman.

People have been asking about the “Large Rock” where you mine rune essence from. Below is a picture of the “Large Rock”

Here is the Mysterious Ruins you use your talisman on to enter the temple. Below is the Air Temple’s entrance.

Then after using the talisman on the Mysterious Ruins, you will be teleported into the Altar. Below is the Air Altar and the “ Big Rock” where you use the “Craft-at-Altar” option to bind your rune essences into runes.

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  1. waterburn
    Posted April 11, 2007 at 9:20 am

    You actually start the quest: Rune Mysterious in the second floor of the Lumbridge Castle.

  2. watzup
    Posted April 29, 2007 at 8:07 am

    where r the the rocks? i never find them.if u respond i will be very happy cause im low on runes:-)

  3. waterburn
    Posted April 29, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    The rocks aren’t like tin,copper or regular rocks with ore. Rune essence is a big tall rock with ladders and scaffolding. Follow the ladder on the ground to the center of the area.

  4. waterburn
    Posted June 3, 2007 at 5:16 am

    Just tell me which talisman you are looking for.(Air,water,fire,earth or body)And I will tell you where it is. I know where all of them are.

  5. ryan
    Posted August 29, 2007 at 4:36 pm

    thats helpfull but were do u find a huge rock

  6. red hen400
    Posted August 29, 2007 at 4:40 pm

    ok but were do i craft the rune essence into magic runes?

  7. waterburn
    Posted August 29, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    The huge rock is a tall rock. Just click around and you’ll find it. Its kind of grey. Its not rocks like tin and copper its not at the side or anything. Its tall like a huge boulder.

  8. waterburn
    Posted August 29, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    You find a talisman which are the objects in the picture above. You can buy one at the general store for about 4 coins. If its an air talisman you have then the temple you locate with it is where you craft air runes. Ask me the location of any temple and I will tell you. Use one rune essence on a round rock in the middle of the temple. It should say “Craft at Altar” Then all the rune essences will turn into the runes.

  9. Armyfairy
    Posted August 30, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Where can I get an Air Talismin?

  10. waterburn
    Posted August 30, 2007 at 5:04 pm

    You will be given an air talisman in the quest rune mysteries. If you have lost it then buy one from players or General Stores. Sometimes you can just find them.

  11. me
    Posted November 6, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    I need to know where the rock is to make earth runes

  12. dracko355
    Posted November 9, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    where is the water temple?

  13. dracko355
    Posted November 9, 2007 at 9:41 pm


  14. karilspain
    Posted November 11, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    wheres the big rock exactly you fool telling us to look for a big rock is rediculous

  15. fire
    Posted November 11, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    wat about fire and water no wait… umm lets see ohh yah mind and thats prettyu much it please answer

  16. waterburn (author)
    Posted November 13, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    This is for you karilspain.

    First of all I AM NOT A FOOL. I wrote this article to help you and you call me a fool? It may be not clear but at least you can nicely ask me.

    Watch it.

    -waterburn (author)

  17. waterburn (author)
    Posted November 20, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    I will post a picture of the “big rock”

  18. waterburn (author)
    Posted November 25, 2007 at 11:38 am

    I have already edited the new version the this article. I have added about 4 pictures to clearify the “huge rock” and “large rock” But it might be a while untill it comes out since it has pictures in it. If we are lucky, it will come out tommorow. If not maybe next week.

  19. waterburn (author)
    Posted December 2, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    Since the article is the same, I will create a seperate article with the pictures and later delete this article. For now, this article will be up and the other one will probably be ready by Thursday December 6,2007.

  20. Zeko Shan
    Posted December 4, 2007 at 4:47 pm

    where to get talsmans

  21. waterburn (author)
    Posted December 5, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    You can find them on the ground, buy them at the general store (If it is on sale) item dropped after killing a monster or trade from another player.

    P.S You can get an air talisman by completing the quest “Rune Mysteries”

  22. waterburn (author)
    Posted December 5, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    The article of runecrafting with the 4 pictures should be coming out soon. It has been sent just yesterday since it was declined the first time due to same titles. Hope it will come out by the end of the week.

  23. waterburn(author)
    Posted December 15, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    The new version is finally completed. Somethings are changed and 4 pictures are added. Enjoy!

  24. nerdman
    Posted December 30, 2007 at 12:31 am

    were is the earth temple

  25. waterburn(author)
    Posted January 1, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Earth Altar

    Location: North-east of Varrock, near the Jolly Boar Inn.

    Tell me your e-mail if you want me to send you a picture.

  26. skrull
    Posted January 2, 2008 at 12:41 am

    where are all the temples?

  27. d4rth sl4de
    Posted January 4, 2008 at 7:43 am

    dose eany 1 know were the fire and chaos rocks and im buying a rune chain if eany 1s selling

  28. city shark
    Posted January 9, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    were is the water alter???

  29. metal boot1
    Posted January 25, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    where is the fire rocks where u make fire runes.

  30. exedllexe
    Posted January 29, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Water altar is in the middle of the Lumbridge swamp, south of lumbridge — For those that asked, fire altar is to the east of the Duel Arena in Al Kharid Desert.

  31. rune man
    Posted February 15, 2008 at 11:23 am

    wheres the mind altar?

  32. pats389
    Posted February 17, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    wheres the earth alter

  33. pats389
    Posted February 17, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    answer me as soon as posible.

  34. Waterburn (Author)
    Posted February 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    North-east of Varrock, near the Jolly Boar Inn.

  35. 11bmb
    Posted February 24, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    ya but i need help finding the areas not how to do it

  36. Waterburn (Author)
    Posted March 2, 2008 at 8:26 am

    If this will help, I am making another guide with pictures and words telling you where to find the temples.

  37. jomamma
    Posted April 12, 2008 at 9:21 am

    I want to know where do you craft mind runes

  38. zigs lil bro
    Posted April 25, 2008 at 12:19 am

    were i find the mind place soon as posable

  39. waterburn (author)
    Posted April 27, 2008 at 8:03 am

    The following 4 videos have been published:

    How to get to the Air Altar
    How to get to the Mind Altar
    How to get to the Water Altar
    How to get to the Fire Altar

    It is recommended that you watch the air altar video first, then mind altar, lastly body altar(When it comes out)As it is continued from each other. For example: The mind altar video leaves off from the Air altar.


  40. kylioz
    Posted May 2, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    where is the body alter add me username is kylioz and plz tell me
    where it is

  41. 1davedave1
    Posted May 4, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    fire is in al kernard near the duel arena

  42. bambu232
    Posted May 14, 2008 at 4:25 am

    were is the air rune thing cos i wanna make air runes

  43. waterburn (author)
    Posted May 14, 2008 at 3:22 pm


    Why doesn’t anyone watch videos I just put in. There are 4 of them showing you how to get to the air, mind, fire and water altars. Go to and search for them, by waterburn. Or look up waterburn.

    Please watch!


  44. lol man
    Posted May 17, 2008 at 2:45 am

    usefull im lvl 1 runecraft! lol

  45. magmaarrow6
    Posted May 23, 2008 at 1:55 am

    i can find it but it is such a long way to falodor!!!

  46. halo3322
    Posted June 4, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    hey,dude where is the chaos temple or cosmic temple, can u help me? please.

  47. halo3322
    Posted June 4, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    and the law rune temple i got a law tally from the grand exchange and it says north and i go but theres never like a “big boulder or huge rock”.

  48. ghostrider97
    Posted June 17, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    im low on runes someone help!

  49. ghostrider97
    Posted June 17, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    where do you get fire talisman???

  50. 8ghoust
    Posted June 19, 2008 at 8:59 am

    where to get a fire talisman in in the .g.e

  51. :) SAM
    Posted July 19, 2008 at 4:21 am

    i need the video links can’t find!

  52. Waterburn (Author)
    Posted July 23, 2008 at 10:53 am


  53. str owner1x1
    Posted August 15, 2008 at 6:54 am

    where is the place to make mind runes??

  54. arsenal
    Posted December 18, 2008 at 1:41 am

    where is the place where we make air runes

  55. Waterburn (Author)
    Posted December 18, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    Watch this video made by me:

  56. sam
    Posted January 20, 2009 at 5:51 am

    hey can anyone tell me how i can make 5k in just minutes please it is urgent

  57. sam
    Posted January 20, 2009 at 5:52 am

    continued on from my last comment can someone email the answer to my question to

  58. mageman
    Posted March 25, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    IDIOTS!!! you have to go either to wizard tower or varrock to tele to the rune essence area. There will be ladders on the ground leading you to a large grey rock you must mine them then travel to the area you want to craft them.
    THANK YOU!!!
    OMg im fing lvl 138 shut up noobs

  59. ???
    Posted April 25, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Where can you get the talisman… I cant find them anywhere…

  60. Posted September 27, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    ??? You get them from hill giants

  61. Posted December 12, 2009 at 3:39 am

    i need to know where the mind rock is, oh and can you get chaos runes from rune essence, if so where is the rock?

    e-mail me your reply ’cause i don’t go on this site much. it is

  62. Guy
    Posted January 22, 2010 at 1:00 am

    where is the temple for air? I can never find them!!

  63. randolf55555
    Posted April 12, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    dudes you need to get rune essance then go to the rock looking tings and click use on the rune essance then click on the rock

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