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The Old School RuneScape Wiki also has an article on Runite.

Runite (aka. rune) is the strongest workable metal in RuneScape Classic and can only be smithed by players with level 85Smithing. The ores, bars, and finishing products are all a bright cyan colour. Wearing runite armour, wielding runite weapons and becoming proficient in mining and smithing the material are among some of the highest achievements possible in RSC.

Smithing runite

Runite ore can be mined at level 85 Mining and then smelted into a runite bar at level 85 smithing. Runite bars can then be used with to create rune armour and weapons for players to use in combat. Rune weapons require 40 attack to wield and rune armour requires 40 Defense to wield. The rune pickaxe requires level 41 Mining to use while a rune axe has no level requirement for use in Woodcutting. It should be noted that the rune Axe must be bought from a player or gotten from a drop. The pickaxe may be be bought from Nurmof's Pickaxe Shop.

Use in armour

Rune armour provided the best armour for non-members and the rune plate mail body and rune plate mail legs were also used by members as these pieces have the leading bonuses in members. However some players prefer to sacrifice armour rating to gain weapon power by wearing a rune chain mail body and the gauntlets obtained as a reward for completing the Family Crest quest or Klank's gauntlets. The Rune plate mail body requires completion of the Dragon Slayer quest to wear.

Forging runite bars

Runite bars can be used for forging as part of the smithing skill. By using a runite bar on an anvil with a hammer in the player's inventory, runite armour and weapons can be created. Each runite bar gives 75 smithing experience when consumed to make an item.

Image Item Level Experience Bars
Rune dagger.png Rune dagger 85 75 1
Rune Axe.png Rune Axe 86 75 1
Rune Mace.png Rune Mace 87 75 1
Medium Rune Helmet.png Medium Rune Helmet 88 75 1
Rune short sword.png Rune Short Sword 89 75 1
Rune dart tips.png 7 rune dart tips * 89 75 1
Rune arrow heads.png 10 rune arrow heads * 90 75 1
Rune Scimitar.png Rune Scimitar 90 150 2
Rune long sword.png Rune Long Sword 91 150 2
Large Rune Helmet.png Large Rune Helmet 92 150 2
Rune throwing knife.png 2 rune throwing knives * 92 75 1
Rune Square Shield.png Rune Square Shield 93 150 2
Rune battle Axe.png Rune battle axe 95 225 3
Rune Chain Mail Body.png Rune Chain Mail Body 96 225 3
Rune Kite Shield.png Rune Kite Shield 97 225 3
Rune 2-handed Sword.png Rune 2-handed Sword 99 225 3
Rune Plated skirt.png Rune Plated skirt 99 225 3
Rune Plate Mail Legs.png Rune Plate Mail Legs 99 225 3
Rune Plate Mail Body.png Rune Plate Mail Body 99 375 5


Rune was eventually outdone as the most powerful armour in the game by the dragon medium helmet, dragon longsword, dragon battleaxe, and the dragon square shield. These member only items offer better bonuses than the large rune helmet, rune 2-handed sword, and rune kiteshield, but come with higher stat and quest point requirements.


  • When partyhats were first introduced into the game, many players preferred to obtain runite armour over the party hat.
  • Originally, it was believed that rune equipment was going to be purple like the runite rock, but it turned out to be violet in the early days. This was later [Clarify] changed to cyan.

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