Magic is one of the most useful and versatile skills within RuneScape. Once you have learnt to use it properly, you'll find that it complements many other skills within the game, while also acting as an incredibly powerful tool in its own right.
There are two sides to Magic: combat and non-combat. The use of Magic in a fight may be vital in gaining the upper hand and ultimate victory. Outside of combat, Magic can be used to teleport around RuneScape quickly, used in combination with other skills, or even for making money out of items you have obtained or made yourself.
In order to cast any spell, besides the Home Teleport spell, you'll need runes. The runes required for a spell, whether it be the number of them or the type, will vary. The best way to think of what runes are is to consider them as your ammo as a mage.
There are many ways that you can get your hands on some runes. The most popular ways are put here:
- Make them yourself using the Runecrafting skill (See our Runecrafting skill guide for more information).
- Buy them off of other players either in person or by using the Grand Exchange.
- Get them as loot from various monsters in RuneScape.
Below is a table depicting the various runes that exist in RuneScape. Runes that only Members can use are highlighted.
|Air Rune||One of the four elemental runes. A building block of Magic.|
|Water Rune||One of the four elemental runes. A building block of Magic.|
|Earth Rune||One of the four elemental runes. A building block of Magic.|
|Fire Rune||One of the four elemental runes. A building block of Magic.|
|Body Rune||Used in curse spells.|
|Mind Rune||Used in strike spells.|
|Cosmic Rune||Used in enchantment spells.|
|Chaos Rune||Used in bolt spells.|
|Nature Rune||Used in transmutation spells.|
|Death Rune||Used in blast spells.|
|Law Rune||Used in teleport spells.|
|Astral Rune||Used in Lunar spells.|
|Blood Rune||Used in high level spells.|
|Soul Rune||Used in high level spells.|
There is a set of runes that are called combination runes. They represent two runes, but they only take one spot in your pack. Each combination rune only counts as one of the two runes it represents. To better explain this, if you have one Mist Rune then you are considered to have one Air Rune and one Water Rune. Keep in mind, combination runes can only be used by Members. Below is a table that shows each of these runes.
|Mist Rune||A rune that represents air and water.|
|Dust Rune||A rune that represents air and earth.|
|Smoke Rune||A rune that represents air and fire.|
|Mud Rune||A rune that represents water and earth.|
|Steam Rune||A rune that represents water and fire.|
|Lava Rune||A rune that represents earth and fire.|
There are various spellbooks in RuneScape. You can only have one at a time, so they'll always be under your spellbook icon (next to the Prayer icon). Some minigames will change your spellbook to contain spells to be used in that place. Unless you're in one of these minigames, or choose to change your spellbook to the Ancient or Lunar spellbook, you'll just have the normal one. This is the only one that free players can use.
As you level up your Magic skill, you will be able to use more spells. Of course, the higher the level the more runes you'll use and the more damage it'll do. If you wish, you can choose to have the spell as an auto-cast (you cast it when you click to attack a monster or another player) by left-clicking the spell when you have the right amount of runes. If you don't wish to auto-cast the spell, then just right-click it and click cast and then left-click the monster/person that you want to use it on.
To see a list of the spells that the Normal Spellbook contains, check the Normal Spellbook sub-guide under the index at the top of the page.
Once you reach Level 99 Magic, you may go and purchase a special skill cape and hood from a man named Robe Store Owner who is on the second floor in the Magic Guild aka Wizards' Guild (within Yanille). The cape and hood cost 99k to buy. When you put the Magic Cape on, you'll temporarily gain a boost in Magic that will put it at Level 100/99 instead of 99/99. Awesome!
There are two forms of the Magic Cape, one that is non-trimmed (you only have one level 99 skill), and one that is trimmed (you have more than one level 99 skill). A trimmed cape will have a +4 Prayer bonus, when worn, under your equipment stats.
Magic Cape and Hood Being Worn (untrimmed left, trimmed right)
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Inventory Pictures of the Magic Cape (untrimmed left, trimmed right) and Hood