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West Ardougne
Arandar Ourania Cave Battlefield

The Ourania Cave is a dungeon that houses the Ourania Runecrafting Altar, which is the dungeon's main point of interest.



The cave entrance

The cave is found north of the Scorpius Shrine, and is currently controlled by the Zamorak Magical Institute (or ZMI). The ZMI has invaded the cave and taken over the short route to the altar, which they aggressively guard against all others. The dungeon also has a mobile banker, Eniola, to whom you must pay 20 runes of any type to use.

The Ourania runecrafting altar found in this cave has the power to turn Pure essence into any type of runes (except combination runes), even the Soul rune. Each rune crafted grants the crafter twice the normal amount of experience that would have been gained by using any other Runecrafting altar. As a result, this dungeon is a popular place for runecrafters to gain experience.

There are actually two altars in the Ourania area, and the runecrafting altar goes by several names, which can cause some confusion:

  1. The Ourania runecrafting altar is in the cave itself. It is sometimes called the Ourania altar, the Ourania rune altar, or the ZMI altar. This is a runecrafting altar, not a prayer one.
  2. A chaos altar is outside the cave, near the cave's entrance. This altar is a prayer altar, not a runecrafting one. (To add to the confusion, there are several "chaos altars" throughout the world, most for prayer and one for runecrafting!)





There are two routes to the altar:

  • Long Route: This is safe but time consuming to use. Just follow the eastern winding route from the cave's ladder to its end and squeeze through the crack in the wall there.
  • Short Route: This is quick but dangerous, as all the monsters are guarding this route. Go directly south and follow the path south-east. Turning off Auto retaliate and running constantly is considered a good strategy for using this route. Many players use protection Prayers on this route. You can change prayers as indicated on the map. Alternatively, especially if you have a good Defence level (to guard against melee attacks), you can wear magic-resistant armour like dragonhide (to guard against magic attacks) and just use the Protect from Range prayer for the entire route. Players with high hit point levels sometimes run the entire route without prayer and just eat food at the bank to heal damage. This strategy works best when there are many runecrafters running the route at the same time, since they draw off some of the monsters' attacks.
A path and the prayer needed to get through to the ZMI altar

Runecrafting strategies

The ZMI altar runecrafting world is world 70. Runecrafting at the Ourania altar on this world will reduce the runecrafter's chance of getting damaged while using the shorter path as the number of runecrafters on this world outnumber the number of guarding monsters. However, it is still wise to switch on the appropriate protection prayers. Bringing summoning familiars such as the Spirit terrorbird or the Abyssal parasite can also provide an advantage when runecrafting here.


Lunar banking strategy

Requirements: Completion of Lunar Diplomacy and level 71 Magic.
Recommendations: Completion of Mage of Zamorak minigame and Runecrafting pouches.

Equip weight-reducing clothing (Boots of lightness, Spotted cape, etc.) and a staff that gives you infinite Earth runes(You will also need to equip or take your seal of passage or the bankers on the Lunar Isle will send you to Relleka).Go to Lunar Isle and activate Lunar Spells. Withdraw as much essence as you can and use the Ourania Teleport spell to teleport to the Red Salamander hunting grounds. Run north-west and then south until you reach the chaos altar. Recharge your prayer if you need to and go down the nearby ladder. Switch on Protect from Range and any prayers that raise your defence or magic defence (Mystic Might, Chivalry, Piety, etc.). Take the shorter path and run to the Ourania altar. When you are done runecrafting, use either Tele Group Moonclan or Moonclan Teleport to return to Lunar Isle, where you have access to a nearby bank. If you do not have the runes for these teleports, wait or ask for someone to teleport you to Lunar Isle with Tele Group Moonclan (make sure you have accept aid on). Once you have banked your runes, eaten food if needed, and withdrawn more pure essence, use the Ourania Teleport spell and repeat the process.


  • Altar Ego

External links

  • RuneScape
    • Ourania Cave - includes map
    • Runecrafting - Crafting Runes See Ourania Altar

See also

This article uses material from the "Ourania Cave" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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