This guide describes the most effective methods to train the Runecrafting skill. The experience rate estimates in this guide do not incorporate the use of any experience boosting items or bonus experience. Runecrafting is an artisan skill that involves players using runecrafting altars to create runes from rune and pure essence. Levelling up the Runecrafting skill allows players to create runes which award greater amounts of experience when they are crafted. Having a higher Runecrafting level also increases the player's chance of creating multiple runes from a single piece of essence, though this does not grant additional Runecrafting experience.
Parts of ethereal outfits could be won as prizes from Treasure Hunter between 18 October and 20 October 2014. The death ethereal outfit, law ethereal outfit and blood ethereal outfit consist of head slot, body slot, leg slot, hand slot and feet slot items. When wearing a complete version of any of these three outfits, players gain the following bonuses:
- Runes are not required or used up when using platforms to move between islands in Runespan (Runecrafting level requirements must still be met).
- Chance of receiving double runes while creating runes in Runespan is increased by 5%.
Players who won all pieces of the death ethereal outfit, law ethereal outfit, and blood ethereal outfit could combine these outfits' components to form the infinity ethereal outfit. This outfit gives superior benefits to those given by the other ethereal outfits. Players gain the following bonuses from an infinity ethereal outfit:
- Chance of receiving double runes while creating runes in Runespan is increased by 7% (as opposed to 5% with the other ethereal outfits).
- The infinity ethereal body can be used to teleport directly to the yellow wizard while in Runespan 5 times per day.
Levels 1-99+: Runespan
Training at Runespan is the most effective method to level Runecrafting for free-to-play players. Runespan is a dimension composed of islands that are inhabited by nodes, creatures and floating essence. Runespan is split over 3 levels; the upper level, middle level and lower level. While at Runespan, players can siphon from creatures and nodes to receive runes and Runecrafting experience, until the creature or node is broken down. Creatures will always respawn on the same island that they were broken down on, while nodes spawn more randomly. Rune essence is required in order to siphon from creatures and nodes. Players can gain up to 25 essence from floating essence, if they currently have less than 25 essence, and 50 essence upon successfully breaking down a creature. The runes and rune essense used within Runespan are untradeable and cannot be taken out of the area. Runes can be used to use platforms to move between the dimension's islands. Upon leaving Runespan runes are converted into Runespan points, which can be used to purchase rewards.
To effectively train within Runespan players should prioritise siphoning from nodes the give the best experience rates, using platforms to travel to islands where these nodes are present and obtaining more rune essence from floating essence when necessary. These nodes tend to spawn more frequently on the upper levels of Runespan, so players should train at the highest level that they are able to access. Use the tables below, which show a theoretical experience per hour that could be achieved if a player with 99 Runecrafting were able to constantly siphon from a particular type of node, to identify the nodes which give the best experience rates.
Numbered map of islands of the lower level of Runespan
At level 1 Runecrafting players can enter the lower level of Runespan using the low-level Runespan portal located within the Wizard's tower. With levels 1-9 Runecrafting players can gain experience rates equivalent to around 16, 500 experience an hour siphoning from nodes on island 1 (see map). Players can gain between 26, 000 experience an hour, with level 9 Runecrafting, and 28, 500 experience an hour, with level 33 Runecrafting siphoning from nodes on island 16.
Numbered map of islands of the middle level of Runespan
At level 33 Runecrafting players can enter the middle level of Runespan. Free-to-play players may access only a limited number of the islands within the middle level of Runespan and can siphon only from nodes with a Runecrafting level requirement of 27 or less. At level 50 Runecrafting players can use the mid-level Runespan portal to access the level from the Wizard's Tower. Players who are not able to use the portal must ascend to the middle level of Runespan by climbing the vine ladder located in the lower level. Players can gain between 36, 000 experience an hour, with level 33 Runecrafting, and 53, 500 experience an hour, with level 99 Runecrafting, from siphoning nodes on islands 5 and 6 (see map).