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For other uses, see Runes (disambiguation).

Runecrafting is a skill that allows the creation of weapon runes and armor runes. These runes can be inserted into Weapons and Armor to give a bonus to that item. It is only available to characters in the Dragon Age: Origins - Awakening expansion.

Tiers Edit

Runecrafting
Runecrafting
  • Activated
  • Range: Personal
  • Activation: 0
  • Cooldown: 0s
  • Requires: Level 20
The character has learned basic techniques of lyrium inscription, allowing the creation of simple runes.
Improved Runecrafting
Improved Runecrafting
  • Upgrade
  • Requires: Level 22
The character has discovered more precise methods for tracing ancient symbols, allowing the creation of intricate second-tier runes.
Expert Runecrafting
Expert Runecrafting
  • Upgrade
  • Requires: Level 24
The character has delved deeply into the histories of early Tevinter images, allowing the creation of powerful third-tier runes.
Master Runecrafting
Master Runecrafting
  • Upgrade
  • Requires: Level 26
The character has become one of Ferelden's foremost scholars on iconography, allowing the creation of exacting fourth-tier runes.

Tracing acquisition Edit

The following table outlines where to find/purchase the rune tracings for each rune type.

Rune Tracing Acquisition
Tracing Type Journeyman Expert Master Grandmaster Masterpiece Paragon
Flame Weapon Initial Cera Cera Cera Kal'Hirol - Trade Quarter Kal'Hirol - Trade Quarter
Frost Weapon Initial Cera Cera Vigil's Keep - Throne Room Architect's Lab Architect's Lab
Slow Weapon Cera, Octham Cera, Octham Octham Octham Yuriah Blackmarsh
Hale Weapon[1] Cera, Glassric Glassric Glassric Vigil's Keep - Throne Room Silverite Mine Silverite Mine
Dweomer Weapon[1] Cera, Octham Octham Octham Yuriah (+1 upgrade) Yuriah (+2 upgrades) Yuriah (+3 upgrades)
Cold Iron Weapon[2] Cera, Glassric Glassric Glassric Glassric Kal'Hirol - Main Hall Kal'Hirol - Main Hall
Silverite Weapon[2] Cera, Glassric Glassric Glassric Yuriah (+1 upgrade) Yuriah (+2 upgrades) Yuriah (+3 upgrades)
Lightning Weapon Cera Cera Cera Yuriah (+1 upgrade) Yuriah (+1 upgrade) Yuriah (+2 upgrades)
Paralyze Weapon Cera, Octham Cera, Octham Octham Octham Kal'Hirol - Main Hall Kal'Hirol - Main Hall
Stout Armor Initial Glassric Glassric Glassric Kal'Hirol - Trade Quarter Kal'Hirol - Trade Quarter
Tempest Armor Cera Cera Cera Cera Vigil's Keep - Deep Roads Vigil's Keep - Deep Roads
Immunity Armor Cera, Octham Octham Octham Octham Kal'Hirol - Main Hall Kal'Hirol - Main Hall
Reservoir Armor Cera, Glassric Cera, Glassric Glassric Yuriah (+1 upgrade) Yuriah (+2 upgrades) Yuriah (+2 upgrades)
  1. 1.0 1.1 Bug: Masterpiece and Paragon level Hale and Dweomer Runes are erroneously classified as Armor Runes, however resistance bonuses are still granted normally.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bug: Masterpiece and Paragon level Cold Iron and Silverite Runes are erroneously classified as Armor Runes. These effects do not trigger as Armor Runes, making them useless.
Hybrid Rune Tracing Acquisition
Tracing Type Location
Intensifying Weapon Bartender at The Crown and Lion.
Momentum Weapon Blackmarsh
Menacing Weapon Glassric
Elemental Weapon Kal'Hirol
Evasion Armor Cera
Endurance Armor Yuriah (+1 upgrade)
Amplification Armor Octham
Diligence Armor Blackmarsh

Crafting cost and raw materials Edit

Most runecrafting materials can be bought from Cera in the throne room of Vigil's Keep.

The following table breaks down the materials needed to craft runes from scratch, by tier. Note that only the Journeyman Dweomer Rune crafting requires an Etching Agent. None of the other Journeyman runes have that requirement. The table has an additional column to account for this special case. It will take a player 32 Novice Runes, 63 Blank Runestones and 56 Etching agents to create a Paragon rune from scratch.

Rune Crafting Materials Needed
Rank Novice Runes Blank Runestones Etching Agents Etching Agents - Dweomer
Journeyman 1 1 1
Expert 2 3 2
Master 4 7 3 7
Grandmaster 8 15 10 18
Masterpiece 16 31 25 41
Paragon 32 63 56 88
Rune Crafting Costs
Tracing Novice Journeyman Expert Master Grandmaster Masterpiece Paragon
Hale 63DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 63DAO silverpiece trans 80DAO bronzepiece trans 1DAO goldpiece trans 28DAO silverpiece trans 15DAO bronzepiece trans 2DAO goldpiece trans 83DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 6DAO goldpiece trans 2DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 12DAO goldpiece trans 49DAO silverpiece trans 5DAO bronzepiece trans 25DAO goldpiece trans 51DAO silverpiece trans 45DAO bronzepiece trans
Flame 66DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans 66DAO silverpiece trans 55DAO bronzepiece trans 1DAO goldpiece trans 33DAO silverpiece trans 65DAO bronzepiece trans 2DAO goldpiece trans 94DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 6DAO goldpiece trans 24DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 12DAO goldpiece trans 93DAO silverpiece trans 5DAO bronzepiece trans 26DAO goldpiece trans 39DAO silverpiece trans 45DAO bronzepiece trans
Frost 66DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans 66DAO silverpiece trans 55DAO bronzepiece trans 1DAO goldpiece trans 33DAO silverpiece trans 65DAO bronzepiece trans 2DAO goldpiece trans 94DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 6DAO goldpiece trans 24DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 12DAO goldpiece trans 93DAO silverpiece trans 5DAO bronzepiece trans 26DAO goldpiece trans 39DAO silverpiece trans 45DAO bronzepiece trans
Lightning 66DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans 66DAO silverpiece trans 55DAO bronzepiece trans 1DAO goldpiece trans 33DAO silverpiece trans 65DAO bronzepiece trans 2DAO goldpiece trans 94DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 6DAO goldpiece trans 24DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 12DAO goldpiece trans 93DAO silverpiece trans 5DAO bronzepiece trans 26DAO goldpiece trans 39DAO silverpiece trans 45DAO bronzepiece trans
Cold Iron 66DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans 66DAO silverpiece trans 55DAO bronzepiece trans 1DAO goldpiece trans 33DAO silverpiece trans 65DAO bronzepiece trans 2DAO goldpiece trans 94DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 6DAO goldpiece trans 24DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 12DAO goldpiece trans 93DAO silverpiece trans 5DAO bronzepiece trans 26DAO goldpiece trans 39DAO silverpiece trans 45DAO bronzepiece trans
Tempest 66DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans 66DAO silverpiece trans 55DAO bronzepiece trans 1DAO goldpiece trans 33DAO silverpiece trans 65DAO bronzepiece trans 2DAO goldpiece trans 94DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 6DAO goldpiece trans 24DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 12DAO goldpiece trans 93DAO silverpiece trans 5DAO bronzepiece trans 26DAO goldpiece trans 39DAO silverpiece trans 45DAO bronzepiece trans
Dweomer 71DAO silverpiece trans 50DAO bronzepiece trans 80DAO silverpiece trans 85DAO bronzepiece trans 1DAO goldpiece trans 62DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 3DAO goldpiece trans 51DAO silverpiece trans 45DAO bronzepiece trans 7DAO goldpiece trans 38DAO silverpiece trans 65DAO bronzepiece trans 15DAO goldpiece trans 21DAO silverpiece trans 85DAO bronzepiece trans 30DAO goldpiece trans 97DAO silverpiece trans 5DAO bronzepiece trans
Silverite 77DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans 77DAO silverpiece trans 55DAO bronzepiece trans 1DAO goldpiece trans 55DAO silverpiece trans 65DAO bronzepiece trans 3DAO goldpiece trans 38DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 7DAO goldpiece trans 12DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 14DAO goldpiece trans 69DAO silverpiece trans 5DAO bronzepiece trans 29DAO goldpiece trans 91DAO silverpiece trans 45DAO bronzepiece trans
Slow 88DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans 88DAO silverpiece trans 55DAO bronzepiece trans 1DAO goldpiece trans 77DAO silverpiece trans 65DAO bronzepiece trans 3DAO goldpiece trans 82DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 8DAO goldpiece trans 0DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 16DAO goldpiece trans 45DAO silverpiece trans 5DAO bronzepiece trans 33DAO goldpiece trans 43DAO silverpiece trans 45DAO bronzepiece trans
Immunity 88DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans 88DAO silverpiece trans 55DAO bronzepiece trans 1DAO goldpiece trans 77DAO silverpiece trans 65DAO bronzepiece trans 3DAO goldpiece trans 82DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 8DAO goldpiece trans 0DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 16DAO goldpiece trans 45DAO silverpiece trans 5DAO bronzepiece trans 33DAO goldpiece trans 43DAO silverpiece trans 45DAO bronzepiece trans
Paralyze 1DAO goldpiece trans 10DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans 1DAO goldpiece trans 10DAO silverpiece trans 55DAO bronzepiece trans 2DAO goldpiece trans 21DAO silverpiece trans 65DAO bronzepiece trans 4DAO goldpiece trans 70DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 9DAO goldpiece trans 76DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 19DAO goldpiece trans 97DAO silverpiece trans 5DAO bronzepiece trans 40DAO goldpiece trans 47DAO silverpiece trans 45DAO bronzepiece trans
Reservoir 1DAO goldpiece trans 10DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans 1DAO goldpiece trans 10DAO silverpiece trans 55DAO bronzepiece trans 2DAO goldpiece trans 21DAO silverpiece trans 65DAO bronzepiece trans 4DAO goldpiece trans 70DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 9DAO goldpiece trans 76DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 19DAO goldpiece trans 97DAO silverpiece trans 5DAO bronzepiece trans 40DAO goldpiece trans 47DAO silverpiece trans 45DAO bronzepiece trans
Stout 1DAO goldpiece trans 32DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans 1DAO goldpiece trans 32DAO silverpiece trans 55DAO bronzepiece trans 2DAO goldpiece trans 65DAO silverpiece trans 65DAO bronzepiece trans 5DAO goldpiece trans 58DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 11DAO goldpiece trans 52DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans 23DAO goldpiece trans 49DAO silverpiece trans 5DAO bronzepiece trans 47DAO goldpiece trans 51DAO silverpiece trans 45DAO bronzepiece trans


Hybrid Rune Crafting Costs
Tracing Cost
Intensifying 1DAO goldpiece trans 51DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans
Menacing 1DAO goldpiece trans 74DAO silverpiece trans 35DAO bronzepiece trans
Momentum 6DAO goldpiece trans 13DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans
Elemental 2DAO goldpiece trans 94DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans
Evasion 6DAO goldpiece trans 24DAO silverpiece trans 25DAO bronzepiece trans
Endurance 2DAO goldpiece trans 14DAO silverpiece trans 50DAO bronzepiece trans
Amplification 4DAO goldpiece trans 10DAO silverpiece trans 85DAO bronzepiece trans
Diligence 2DAO goldpiece trans 49DAO silverpiece trans 70DAO bronzepiece trans

Notes Edit

  • If you can generate enough money (see exploits below), buy several Manuals of Focus, and re-distribute your main character's skills to rune crafting as soon as you can. Store all of your items in your personal storage chest, and buy up all the blank runes and etching agents. Then, choose which runes you would like to have, buy all of the novice runes you can, and craft your paragon or masterpiece runes until you have as many as you need to cover all of your equipped weapons and armor, and a few extra as you acquire more party members. Then, use a manual of focus to redistribute your skills since you won't be needing rune crafting anymore. It is a time consuming process, but makes the game much easier even at higher levels.

Barrier Runes Edit

Barrier runes as well as their tracing are very rare in-game with the exception of Sandal in the Apprentice Quarters in Witch Hunt DLC who is selling unlimited quantities of Novice Barrier Runes. For pcIcon pcusers there are several workarounds. See here for more information.

Exploits Edit

Profit Margins Edit

  • Elemental Rune: 2DAO goldpiece trans 55DAO silverpiece trans 75DAO bronzepiece trans
  • Intensifying Rune: 2DAO goldpiece trans 23DAO silverpiece trans 75DAO bronzepiece trans
  • Diligence Rune: 1DAO goldpiece trans 75DAO silverpiece trans 30DAO bronzepiece trans
  • Menacing Rune: 1DAO goldpiece trans 28DAO silverpiece trans 15DAO bronzepiece trans
  • Endurance Rune: 85DAO silverpiece trans 50DAO bronzepiece trans

Intensifying RunesEdit

This is the easiest and most profitable method to gain gold per batch. With an empty inventory and 90DAO goldpiece trans 75DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans, buy 60 Novice Cold Iron Runes, 60 Novice Lightning Runes, 180 Blank Runestones, and 120 Etching Agents. Make 60 Journeyman Cold Iron Runes and 60 Journeyman Lightning Runes. Then, make 60 Intensifying Runes and sell for 225DAO goldpiece trans 0DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans, for a profit per batch of 134DAO goldpiece trans 25DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans. This will also earn much higher money before reaching Ambassador Cera's inventory limit.

Diligence Runes Edit

Diligence Runes provide an excellent way for farming gold. Diligence Armor runes sell for 4DAO goldpiece trans 25DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans while the materials only cost 2DAO goldpiece trans 49DAO silverpiece trans 70DAO bronzepiece trans at Vigil's Keep, and it is easy to craft batches of 60 at a time (assuming 125 inventory space) for a profit of approximately 105DAO goldpiece trans per batch. This is easily done by first buying 60 Novice Immunity Runes and 60 Novice Silverite Runes along with Etching Agent and Blank Runestones, and crafting them into 60 Menacing Runes. Buy 60 Novice Tempest Runes (along with more Etching Agent and Blank Runestones) and craft the runes into Diligence Armor runes. However, if your main character does not have the Runecrafting skill, then it may be less time consuming to craft the runes in batches of 40 by first buying all the ingredients (40 Novice Immunity Runes, 40 Novice Silverite Runes, 40 Novice Tempest Runes, 80 Blank Runestones and 80 Etching Agents), exiting the keep with a party member who does have the skill, crafting the runes in one go, and entering the keep and selling the runes for a profit of 70DAO goldpiece trans 12DAO silverpiece trans 0DAO bronzepiece trans.

Menacing Runes Edit

A slightly faster option is to just make the intermediate rune, Menacing Rune, instead of the Diligence Rune. If materials are purchased from Cera in the Keep, the Menacing Rune costs 1DAO goldpiece trans 74DAO silverpiece trans 35DAO bronzepiece trans and sells for 3DAO goldpiece trans 2DAO silverpiece trans 50DAO bronzepiece trans. This results in a profit of 1DAO goldpiece trans 28DAO silverpiece trans 15DAO bronzepiece trans per rune sold back, for a margin of 73.5%. The sale of a Diligence Rune nets 1DAO goldpiece trans 75DAO silverpiece trans 30DAO bronzepiece trans, which is 70.2% of its 2DAO goldpiece trans 49DAO silverpiece trans 70DAO bronzepiece trans purchase price. As crafting a single rune takes less time, this option is more efficient, but at the cost of reduced overall profit possibilities (see warnings below).

Warnings Edit

  • Selling too many items to one storekeep will corrupt a savegame. This is similar to the Potent Lyrium Potion bug, but has a higher limit. If the inventory storage slot count exceeds 1000 for all items, the store will not display, preventing all further sales and purchases. Normal stacking rules apply (stacks of 99 crafting items occupy a single slot, all else occupies one slot per item), save that for Cera, the infinite stacks of 99 novice runes occupy a single slot each, whereas normal runes occupy one slot per rune. Thus, if one purchases Cera's lyrium potions, she can be sold a total of 985 runes. The finite nature of rune sales means that using only Menacing Runes, while slightly faster, will not be more profitable overall than using Diligence Runes. Using only Cera's store, one may accumulate a profit of 1262DAO goldpiece trans 27DAO silverpiece trans 75DAO bronzepiece trans by crafting only Menacing Runes, or a profit of 1726DAO goldpiece trans 70DAO silverpiece trans 50DAO bronzepiece trans by crafting Diligence Runes. More can be made by selling to other storekeeps in the Awakening world, of course, but will be limited by how many other items they already have. Granted a great deal of patience and a desire to maximize profit, one may purchase all inventory slots that cost less than 1DAO goldpiece trans 75DAO silverpiece trans 30DAO bronzepiece trans and destroy the items (by dragging them out of one's inventory) to make room for more Diligence Rune sales.
  • Before creating a rune type to masterpiece or Paragon, be sure to make a save of before and after the event. Possible Save file corruption. (After experimenting found out this happened when I created more than 25 Paragon runes, on multiple occasions.)