Runes are one of the top 3 things to upgrade in gear. They provide the most raw stats per character upgrade in the game. In this guide, I will be showing you where to get runes for free and the most efficient way to effectively farm runes.
Now the basics of runes are pretty self-explanatory. But in case you don’t know or forgot, I will be going through the basics. Rune Master Valle (Map Coords 1030, 917) is the only NPC in town that will offer you rune services.
Rune Replacement – This allows you to trade unwanted runes for your desired rune at the cost of a Rune Replacement Token. Example: I have a +12 Strength Rune, but I want a +12 Agility rune. I would just exchange it and select the option Rune Replacement.
Moving the Rune – This allows you to move runes from gear to gear for FREE. Take advantage of this.
Insert and Upgrade Rune – This is pretty self-explanatory, insert runes in your gear and upgrade them.
Rune Farming – How to get Runes for free?
When you start getting into the later levels of upgrading runes, the cost starts getting extremely high. However, there are ways to get runes for free for us poor people.
Do your dailies. Such as Boss Warrants, Treasure Map Quests, and Patrol Quests. You have a chance to receive a lvl 1 Rune from any of those.
Do ALL of the Silver Stars. Doing silver stars across the map gives you at least 60 free Rune Replacement Tokens as well as a chance of lvl 1 runes. Refer to this Silver Star Guide for all the locations. Please note, you can only do these once. So it’s worth to do all of them.
Guild Store – If your guild has upgraded the store, I would check the guild store every now and then. These runes are random and you will not be able to exchange them using Rune Replacement Tokens. Guild Contribution points are earned by participating in Boss Warrants
Farm Heroics – It doesn’t matter what level heroics. Trash has a chance to drop lvl 1 runes.
Battleground & Moba (PVP) – Doing your 3 daily PvP matches awards you with a chance at a lvl 1 rune.
Normal Dungeons – Do your daily 3 normal dungeons for a chance at lvl 1 runes
Selling Unwanted items to the Mall – This is prob the most effective way of rune farming. Selling unwanted items to the mall for gold and then using that gold to buy runes. For me it’s pet books, I find this the most efficient way since you get a crap ton of pet books everywhere, even for just sending your pet to do that unlimited pet adventure for pet items.
Events – And lastly you can get runes from events daily. However, these are such a low chance it might not even be worth it.