How to Make Money in RuneScape


Valerie Harper

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In RuneScape, the best way to gain stronger equipment is to earn money. The problem is that beginners and non-paying members will find it challenging to earn the millions they need for proper upgrades. Don’t fret, as there are ways for everyone to make money.

How to Make Money in RuneScape

Whether you’re a free-to-play player or paying member, there are always opportunities to make a quick buck. Even if you already pay to play, you can make more money faster due to the available options. Make sure to read on to learn more about getting rich in RuneScape.

Early Game Moneymaking

Everyone starts with humble beginnings in RuneScape, and of course, their wallets are pretty light. Fortunately, there are ways to make some money, even if the profit isn’t impressive.

Craft Bronze Weapons

Besides earning some cash, you can also level up your Smithing, a crucial skill in RuneScape. Here’s how to make money with Bronze Bars.

  1. Mine Copper Ore and Tin Ore near Varrock.
  2. Go to Burthrope.
  3. Head to the smelter there.
  4. Smelt the ore into Bronze Bars.
  5. Repeat until you have plenty.
  6. Next, smith several Bronze weapons.
  7. Sell them at the Grand Exchange.
  8. Wait for a player to purchase your wares.

You can then use the money you earned from selling Bronze weapons as capital for better weapons, such as Iron weapons. You can do this even if you don’t have a RuneScape membership. It will take longer to earn money, but eventually, you’ll work your way up and sell items for more significant profits.

Killing Chickens and Cows

An alternate method to earning money as a beginner is to kill all the animals you find. The animals drop carcasses and resources, which are usually in demand. Selling these can net you some easy cash for little effort.

High-Level Farming and Mining

Playing the game long enough will eventually boost your earning potential. There will be stronger enemies to kill, and their drops can fetch a high price if in demand. “High-level” refers to anyone above Level 85, and it’s when many of the most formidable enemies are available.

Enemies aren’t your only source of income at higher levels.

Initially, you would mine copper, tin, and iron. However, the mineral that you want to be on the lookout for is Runite. Although this mineral is limited in-game, it’s one of the resources with the highest returns. Keep in mind, though, that once the mines run out, there won’t be any Runite left for anyone.

Non-members can only mine Runite in the Wilderness, while members can select one of several locations to get Runite.

If you’re a member and have 66 Mages, you can mine Pure Essence. This resource is very lucrative.

Lastly, anyone can mine Mithril and Adamant Ore, but members have more spots as well. These ores are some of the best ones to mine, even if they take a long time to respawn.


Merchanting is the act of buying raw materials and selling products made of the initial materials. It requires a lot of luck, especially if you want to score a hoard of cheap resources.

It takes a long time and experience to judge whether an item is worth investing in, though. It’s better to buy a large stockpile of these items and convert them into valuable products that people want. However, there’s a risk of the price dropping further, which can make the venture unprofitable.

If I Were a Rich Man

Money is like oxygen in RuneScape; you can’t live without it. Even though non-members can still make some cash, it’s the members who have access to the best methods out there. No matter who you are, you’re likely focusing on making money in RuneScape, as you have to thrive in the game.

How much money have you made the most at once? What’s your favorite money-making method? Let us know what you think below.


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