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The Abyss provides an extremely fast method of Runecrafting, but it brings with it significant risks because even though the Abyss is not in the Wilderness, its entrance is.
To gain access to the Abyss, you will have to perform a task for the Zamorakian Mage located north of Edgeville, by the river in the Wilderness. He will ask you to speak to him at the chaos altar in Varrock. This chaos altar is located in the south-east corner of Varrock, meet him there.
|Skill obstacle to access the inner chamber.|
The Abyss entrance is located in the Wilderness, directly north of Edgeville. This is a dangerous area, as you run the risk of being attacked and killed by skeletons or other players.
Your prayer will be drained upon entering the abyss.
Remember, dying in the abyss or the wild means you will lose all of your equipped and carried items.
To gain access to this area, you must have completed the miniquest for the Mage of Zamorak.
To begin with, you'll need to find and speak to him. He is situated north of Edgeville near the river.
No items are required, Teleport runes are recommended if you do not have access to any of the non-Lumbridge lodestones.
It is recommended to wear boots of lightness and if you have the hunter level for spotted cape or spottier cape.
Note: Forinthry bracelets no longer have a purpose in the abyss.
Upon initially speaking to the Mage of Zamorak he will ask you to talk to him again in Varrock.
You will find him in the Chaos Temple in south-east Varrock. Once you have spoken to him for the second time, he'll ask you to help him gain access to the rune essence mine.
If you accept, he will give you a scrying orb that he has cast a standard cypher spell upon so that it will absorb mystical energies that it is exposed to.
Your job is to simply teleport to the rune essence mine from three of the following locations in order for him to learn the spell.
- Aubury in the Varrock rune shop, located in south-east of Varrock.
- Wizard Sedridor in the Wizards' Tower, south of Draynor Village.
- Wizard Cromperty in north-east Ardougne.
- Wizard Brimstail in a cave in the south-west of the Gnome Stronghold.
- Wizard Distentor in the Magic Guild in Yanille.
Once you have visited three of the locations (there is no need to mine any essence), the orb will begin to glow indicating that it has absorbed enough teleport information. Take it back to the Mage of Zamorak in the Chaos Temple and speak to him to receive your rewards.
You get a small pouch during the Abyss. Pouches come in various sizes: giant, large, medium and small. These pouches allow you to carry rune essence in them; larger sized pouches require a higher Runecrafting skill in order to use them. Pouches help increase the number of rune essence you carry per trip. You are allowed to have one pouch of each size at any given time.
Pouches are obtained as drops from abyssal monsters. As you use the pouches, they degrade and carry less rune essence. Degraded pouches are still useful and you can speak to the dark mage at the centre of the Abyss to have the pouches restored to their full state or he can be contacted via the "contact npc" spell .You may also cast the Repair Rune Pouch spell from your lunar spellbook to repair rune pouches and make them more resistant to degradation.
Pouches are able to carry either pure essence or rune essence, but not both at once. You can empty your pouch and fill it with a different kind of essence if you wish. You can carry different essences in different pouches - e.g. pure essence in your medium pouch, and rune essence in your small pouch.
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Once in the Abyss, you will have to find your way to the middle of the Abyss. To do this you will need to make your way through the Abyss skill checks, or locate and use the abyssal passage.
Skill checks are located along the outer circle in the image above. Please be aware that they are not always in the same position.
Once through the skill checks, you can access the rifts in the central area of the Abyss. Using these rifts, you can exit to different Runecrafting altars. For example, you can exit through the fire rift to go to the fire altar. You do not have to be wearing a tiara or holding a talisman to enter a rift.
Each rift is marked with the appropriate rune symbol.
Please note: There is no rift in the Abyss for astral runes, if you wish to craft these, you will need to travel to Lunar Isle.
The abyssal monsters are also known to drop elemental talismans. An elemental talisman is fashioned in such a way as to allow it to be used at any of the elemental altars - air, fire, earth and water. The elemental talisman cannot be crafted into a tiara.
To use an elemental talisman, right-click on it and select the 'Locate' option. The elemental talisman will direct you to the location of the closest elemental ruin to your current position.
If you are between two or more mysterious ruins, it will not give any directions. In this case, move in a direction of your choice and then use the elemental talisman again. Preferably move towards the town where the altar you want to visit is located. For example, if you want to go to the Air Altar, travel towards Varrock.
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