WildStar Improves Runes for Free-to-Play

The Rune system in WildStar, while it was just available as a hobby, could get pretty complex and time-consuming in the past, so it’s being improved for the free-to-play update of the game. Now it is supposed to be more accessible to new players, less painful for veterans, and just more fun in general. Marc “Tongbei” Chang took the time to guide everyone through the changed Rune system, and we’re happy to pass along the info!

Runes are there to customize your stats, and sometimes even your abilities. The stats that Runes provide have been converted to match the recently announced combat stat changes. Runes are special though, as there are some stats that you can only acquire through itemization from Runes. For example, Lifesteal Runes will allow you to recover health proportional to the damage you deal.

All Of The Elements

The stats have been divided into WildStar’s six Primal Powers: Fire, Water, Earth, Air, Life, and Logic. For instance, Critical Hit is a Fire stat, so you’ll have to get a Fire Run if you want to improve your Critical Hit stat. So now you know what stat options you have when you have certain slots. Then there are Fusion Runes, which can be placed into the slot of any element. A Fusion slot will accept Runes of any element as well.


Special Is More Special

Some items in WildStar used to come with “proc abilities” – temporary bonuses that were triggered by certain combat events. These were called Specials, and sometimes they were extremely powerful. But with new and better items constantly available to you, this feature had to be improved.

To keep the Specials awesome, all Specials (with some exceptions of course) are being moved onto Runes. So now, if there is a bonus you really want to hold on to, you can extract the Rune with the Special you like from your old gear and slot them into your new gear. Runes with Special proc abilities are considered Fusion Runes, so you can put them into any slot.

Less Complicated

With the old Rune system, you could have up to 80 Rune slots. That was way too much to many for most people, especially when all these run slots vary in power. So now that has been changed in two ways. First, a Rune’s power will no longer be dependent on the item it’s placed into. Each rune will now provide a static bonus that you’ll know up front. And second, the maximum number of Rune slots you can have at a time is reduced to about 35. That doesn’t mean that your items are getting weaker though, the Rune power has been re-balanced so that it’ll be comparable to where you were before.


Rune slots will now only appear on your armor pieces and weapons. With seven pieces of gear, with 1-4 Rune slots on each, you’ll have plenty of Runes! Only the item’s slot elements will be randomized. To streamline the ability to match Rune and slot elements, Flux and Module items will no longer be used to reroll and add Rune slots. Instead, you can use gold to reroll the element of a slot, with no limit to how many times you can reroll it. You can also add a Rune slot once per item with gold, which you can then reroll. Oh, and Rune slots will never be locked.

Setting You Up for Success

There have also been some major changes to Rune sets. The biggest change is they’re now wholly completed within each individual item. Rune sets are therefore a lot smaller, but this system dramatically helps explain what’s contributing to a set when you are getting and equipping new items. You an now get upgrades and replace items more freely without worrying about breaking up a Rune set. If you like a particular Rune set, you can just go ahead and slot it multiple times across multiple items.

With all these changes, some balancing issues are bound to happen. But not if it’s up to the developers of Wildstar! In addition to needing to match a slot element, Runes can also have level or slot restrictions. The required level of a Rune refers to the minimum level of the item it can be placed into. Any stated slot requirement refers to the item type a Rune can be placed into: weapon, helm, etc.


That is the most important information about the updated Rune system. You can check out the full post on the Wildstar website.

Source: Wildstar Official Website

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