Runecrafting

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Runecrafting is a crafting profession used to create runeshards and runes which are used to augment equipment with bonuses such as +dexterity and +spell crit. The raw materials required are obtained from other magical items that have had the runebreak skill used on them.

Trainers and Recipe Vendors[edit | edit source]

Trainers[edit | edit source]

A Runecrafting trainer can only teach you recipes and profession levels up to his own level. This means a Novice Runecrafter NPC will be unable to teach you a recipe for which the Skilled Runecrafter profession grade is required.

Trainers can be found in the following locations:

Guardian Areas[edit | edit source]

Defiant Areas[edit | edit source]

Contested Areas[edit | edit source]

Recipe Vendors[edit | edit source]

Recipe Vendors can be found in the following locations:

Guardian Areas[edit | edit source]

Defiant Areas[edit | edit source]

Runebreaking[edit | edit source]

Runebreaking is the act of using the Runebreak skill on a magical item in order to create the materials needed to craft Runes. There is an element of randomness in Runebreaking - each item does not always yield the same base materials when broken. Higher level items will yield more materials from runebreaking.


For each range of item level you need to have a certain level of runecrafting skill to runebreak it. If you do not have skill high enough to runebreak an item it will often say in the item mouseover tooltip the skill level you need to runebreak it, or if you try to runebreak it without sufficient skill level a message will say what skill level you need.

Skill Item Level
1 1-18
75 19-28
150 29-38
225 39-50


NOTE: there is currently a bug when you try to runebreak items higher than your skill it will say you need 1 more skill than you actually require. For example, it will say you need 76 skill to runebreak item level 19-28 but when you reach 75 skill you will in fact be able to runebreak items of this level range.


You can runebreak any uncommon or higher quality weapons, armor, accessories and planar items with the exception of vendor bought items of these types.

Runebreaking uncommon items can produce Uncommon Powder, Uncommon Shards, and Uncommon Crystals, as well as other uncommon quality components. Rare (blue) items produce Rare Powder, Rare Shards, and Rare Crystals instead of uncommon ones, and likewise epic (purple) items produce Epic Powder, Epic Shards, and Epic Crystals. You can often also get random uncommon runecrafting materials when runebreaking a rare (blue) items.

Upgrading Components[edit | edit source]

Runecrafting components can be upgraded by using the item as long as the required number of components are available for the upgrade.

Upgrades are processed in a cycle. That means that if you begin with the lowest tier of one type of material, you can eventually upgrade it to the highest tier of it's type, and finally back into the lowest tier.

To upgrade a component, right click on it. If you have the correct number of that component, they will be transformed into 1 unit of the next higher grade component of the same type. Consult the tables below for exact Upgrade procedures and results.

Uncommon Upgrades
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Uncommon powder.jpg 3 x Uncommon Powder = 1 x Uncommon Shard Uncommon shard.jpg
Uncommon shard.jpg 3 x Uncommon Shard = 1 x Uncommon Crystal Uncommon crystal.jpg
Uncommon crystal.jpg 1 x Uncommon Crystal = 9 x Uncommon Powder Uncommon powder.jpg
Rare Upgrades
Rare powder.jpg 3 x Rare Powder = 1 x Rare Shard Rare shard.jpg
Rare shard.jpg 3 x Rare Shard = 1 x Rare Crystal Rare crystal.jpg
Rare crystal.jpg 1 x Rare Crystal = 9 x Rare Powder Rare powder.jpg
Kinetic Upgrades
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Kinetic arc.jpg 5 x Kinetic Arc = 1 x Kinetic Charge Kinetic charge.jpg
Kinetic charge.jpg 3 x Kinetic Charge = 1 x Kinetic Burst Kinetic burst.jpg
Kinetic burst.jpg 1 x Kinetic Burst = 15 x Kinetic Arc Kinetic arc.jpg





















Perpetual Upgrades
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Perpetual blur.jpg 5 x Perpetual Blur = 1 x Perpetual Glow Perpetual glow.jpg
Perpetual glow.jpg 3 x Perpetual Glow = 1 x Perpetual Flare Perpetual flare.jpg
Perpetual flare.jpg 1 x Perpetual Flare = 15 x Perpetual Blur Perpetual blur.jpg
Sentience Upgrades
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Sentience spark.jpg 5 x Sentience Spark = 1 x Sentience Surge Sentience surge.jpg
Sentience surge.jpg 3 x Sentience Surge = 1 x Sentience Blast Sentience blast.jpg
Sentience blast.jpg 1 x Sentience Blast = 15 x Sentience Spark Sentience spark.jpg














Transmuting Components[edit | edit source]

Transmutations are processed in a cycle and are available in three tiers: one for each tier of runeshards. For instance, as long as you have the correct additional components, you may transform a Kinetic Arc into a Perpetual Blur, that Perpetual Blur into a Sentience Spark, and then that Sentience Spark can be transformed back to a Kinetic Arc. The additional components are consumed.

Transmutations require one Flickering Powder, Flickering Shard or Flickering Crystal (depending on the tier being transmuted) and one purchased item from the vendor, in addition to the item you wish to transmute to make the change.

Note: Component upgrades are pictured below, but are not transmutations. They do not require any additional components or skill to perform.

Runecrafting material transformation.png

Recipes[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of recipes, see Runecrafting/Recipes.

External Links[edit | edit source]

Riftbro.com - Rift 1-300 Runecrafting Guide