Runes in Lords of the Fallen (LotF) are small items inscribed with magical powers that can be inserted into socketed gear granting them an additional stat bonus. Runes can be socketed into Weapons and Shields, and depending on which one of them is used, the benefit of the selected Rune differs.

Weapons and Shields, in their base level, do not have Rune Slots. By upgrading them, players add them, being able to add up to three slots per piece of equipment.

  • Please consult the Upgrades page to learn more about upgrading equipment.

Players can purchase Runes from Gerlindeafter you hand her 3 Rune Tablets

Lords of the Fallen Runes Slots

As players unlock Runes, and upgrade equipment to create the needed Rune Slots, they will notice that both have distinct shapes. That is not just for show. When players want to socket a Rune into any Equipment, they will have to match the Rune shape with the one of the available Rune slot(s). 

If players do not have any Rune that matches the correspondent shape, there won't be any Rune on display once the Rune's window is open. The message "You do not have any rune fitting this slot shape" will be shown.

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Note that players won't be able to select the Rune Shapes they want to add to their Weapon or Shield, they are already fixed. Thus, purchasing and upgrading the same equipment piece twice won't yield different results.


Rune Shapes

There are four different Runes Shapes in Lords of the Fallen, and each of them is associated to one of the four main Stats. They are:

  • ativ rune lords of the fallen wiki guide 100px Runes that possess this shape are related to the Strength attribute.
  • velox rune lords of the fallen wiki guide 100px Runes that possess this shape are related to the Agility attribute.
  • devoth rune lords of the fallen wiki guide 100px Runes that possess this shape are related to the Radiance attribute.
  • anarkos rune lords of the fallen wiki guide 100pxRunes that possess this shape are related to the Inferno attribute.

 

Where do I socket my Runes in Lords of the Fallen?

As previously mentioned, Runes can only be socketed into Weapons or Shields. When a player inspects a Rune, they will note that it will have a description indicating the bonus it provides once socketed into a Weapon, and the bonus it provides once socketed into a Shield. This gives players plenty of options when deciding where to socket their Runes, as well as the power to choose and experiment with different Builds.

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Runes CAN NOT be socketed into Armor or Accessories, even if they are leveled up.


 

 

thorned rune lotf wiki guide 565pxUsing the image above as an example, Thorned Crimson Rector Sword +4 has a Rune Slot shaped like a diamond. That shape is associated with Runes that grant benefits related to the Radiance stat.

*Note that certain pieces of equipment, specially higher tier ones, have a fifth Rune Shape Slot, which allows players to socket ANY type of rune in there regardless of the shape used.

 

 

Lords of the Fallen All Runes

 

LotF Agility Runes

Name

Type

Effect

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Akus

Agility
  • Weapon function: Reduces Stamina cost of attacks.
  • Shield function: Increasess stability.

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Atarux

Agility
  • Weapon function: Increasess rate of Poison buildup.
  • Shield function: Increasess resistance to Poison.

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Dimexus

Agility
  • Weapon function: Increases physical damage while dual-wielding.
  • Shield function: Increases stamina regeneration rate.

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Hix

Agility
  • Weapon function: Increases Strength attribute scaling. / Reduces Agility attribute scaling.
  • Shield function: Increases Strength attribute massively. / Reduces Agility attribute slightly.

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Nhelaq

Agility
  • Weapon function: Increases vigor gain. / Decrease physical damage.
  • Shield function: Increases item discovery rate.

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Ornx

Agility
  • Weapon function: Grievous Strikes deal increased damage.
  • Shield function: Increases resistance to stagger effects.

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Pertiax

Agility
  • Weapon function: Increases physical damage. Reduces Agility attribute scaling.
  • Shield function: Increases Endurance attribute.

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Qalus

Agility
  • Weapon function: Increases Agility attribute scaling.
  • Shield function: Increases Agility attribute greatly.

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Vaus

Agility
  • Weapon function: Increases physical damage.
  • Shield function: Increases resistance to all status effects.

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Velox

Agility
  • Weapon function: Increases Agility scaling.
  • Shield function: Increases Agility attribute slightly.

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Vixys

Agility
  • Weapon function: Increases rate of bleed buildup.
  • Shield function: Increases resistance to bleed.

 

LotF Inferno Runes

Name

Type

Effect

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Anarkos

Inferno
  • Weapon function: Increasess Inferno scaling.
  • Shield function: Increasess Inferno attribute slightly.

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Balago

Inferno
  • Weapon function: Temporarily reduces a struck enemy's physical defence.
  • Shield function: Increasess physical defence.

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Berlam

Inferno
  • Weapon function: Increases Inferno attribute scaling. / Reduces Radiance attribute scaling.
  • Shield function: Increases Inferno attribute massively. / Reduces Radiance attribute slightly.

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Cybyno

Inferno
  • Weapon function: Gain health upon striking an enemy.
  • Shield function: Increases maximum health.

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Dhalwe

Inferno
  • Weapon function: Increases Inferno attribute scaling.
  • Shield function: Increases Inferno attribute greatly.

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Mhorem

Inferno
  • Weapon function: Increases rate of frostbite buildup.
  • Shield function: Increases resistance to frostbite.

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Shon

Inferno
  • Weapon function: Increases elemental damage.
  • Shield function: Increases elemental defence.

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Tianarx

Inferno
  • Weapon function: Increases fire damage.
  • Shield function: Increases resistance to fire damage.

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Trelos

Inferno
  • Weapon function: Increases rate of ignite buildup.
  • Shield function: Increases resistance to ignite.

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Tumul

Inferno
  • Weapon function: Gain health upon killing an enemy.
  • Shield function: Grant small amount of health regeneration.

 

LotF Radiance Runes

Name

Type

Effect

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Crafter's Essence

Radiance
  • Weapon function: Lower a weapon's weight and stat requirement to 0.
  • Shield function: Lower a shield's weight and stat requirement to 0.

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Devoth

Radiance
  • Weapon function: Increases Radiant scaling.
  • Shield function: Increases Radiant attribute slightly.

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Mhakev

Radiance
  • Weapon function: Increases Radiant attribute scaling and Inferno attribute scaling.
  • Shield function: Increases dread resistance.

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Nartun

Radiance
  • Weapon function: Gain mana upon killing an enemy.
  • Shield function: Grant small amount of mana regeneration.

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Olandi

Radiance
  • Weapon function: Increases rate of smite buildup.
  • Shield function: Increases resistance to smite.

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Orimon

Radiance
  • Weapon function: Increases Radiance attribute scaling. / Reduces Inferno attribute scaling.
  • Shield function: Increases Radiance attribute massively. / Reduces Inferno attribute slightly.

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Satus

Radiance
  • Weapon function: Increases holy damage.
  • Shield function: Increases holy defence.

 

LotF Strength Runes

Name

Type

Effect

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Aelstrix

Strength
  • Weapon function: Increasess damage of Ranged and Throwable Weapons.
  • Shield function: Increasess maximum ammunition capacity.

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Ativ

Strength
  • Weapon function: Increasess Strength scaling.
  • Shield function: Increasess Strength attribute slightly.

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Gravix

Strength
  • Weapon function: Increases physical damage while two-handing.
  • Shield function: Increases maximum equip load.

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Halsan

Strength
  • Weapon function: Increases physical damage. Reduces Strength attribute scaling.
  • Shield function: Increases Vitality attribute.

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Hilvit

Strength
  • Weapon function: Increases Strength scaling.
  • Shield function: Increases Strength attribute greatly.

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Ixon

Strength
  • Weapon function: Increases physical damage.
  • Shield function: Increases physical defence.

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Oritix

Strength
  • Weapon function: Increases Agility attribute scaling. / Reduces Strength attribute scaling.
  • Shield function: Increases Agility attribute massively. / Reduces Strength attribute slightly.

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Relox

Strength
  • Weapon function: Charged attacks deal increased damage.
  • Shield function: Increases poise.

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Ruq

Strength
  • Weapon function: Increases posture damage.
  • Shield function: Reduces wither damage while blocking.

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Scaeve

Strength
  • Weapon function: Increases damage to an enemy's poise.
  • Shield function: Increases poise.

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Xiax

Strength
  • Weapon function: Reduces weapon weight.
  • Shield function: Reduces shield weight.

 




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    • Anonymous

      I've seen some people saying that quality weapons having radiance runes and slotting a radiance rune like Orimon on it will give it Radiance Scaling. This is a lie and these runes are useless even on Hallowed Condemenation that has holy damage. These runes add no scaling and if the weapon has no scaling realted to the stat increased, the runes will do nothing.

      Dunno why the devs put radiance runes on weapons where they will be 100% useless, but it makes some weapons extremely lackluster since you cannot slot decent runes to enhance them

      • Why are radiant runes the only ones that are almost only beneficial to radiant builds? Crafter's essence is obviously an exception but that's the only one. Renders some weapons useless cause of it

        • Anonymous

          pro tip: UMBRAL execute enemies for a guaranteed rune drop. soulflay at low hp or chuck a ton of umbral burrowers then soulflay for an easier time. unfortunately doesnt seem to work on umbral enemies though :(

          • Anonymous

            is it just me or are no runes working since the update? mana Regent on killing enemy not working and it doesn't appear I'm getting any additional damage from radiance scaling runes.

            • Anonymous

              Also you extract a placed rune that is already in a gear and replace it with other. The rune that was in gear before will now be back in your inventory.

              • Anonymous

                Farming runes in this game suck imop. If the olny way to farm them id to pull out a enimeis soul to hit it and stun the to kill em to get a damn rune.

                • Anonymous

                  " I think you'll manage having ALMOST as many runes as other playstyles/builds."

                  I don't know why people can't understand that RUNE SLOTS are not A BUILD.
                  They're slots in a weapon that people use. Often NON-RADIANT weapons have Radiant slots.
                  Again, a Radiant build LOVES Radiant Runes because they all scale their Holy Damage.
                  It's when you want to use Sin-Piercer Sword on your AGILITY build and then the game is like "enjoy your 2 Radiant Rune slots that you literally can't use". That is the issue.

                  I swear people. "Radiant build = OP, so therefore Radiant Rune slots = Radiant Build" when it's the exact opposite. Radiant Runes are broken for anyone who ISN'T a Radiant build. My Pure Agility character has like 5 weapons I CAN'T USE because they have Radiant Rune slots. If my character was a Radiant build, I COULD USE THEM.

                  • Anonymous

                    The whole random, shape specific aspect of this is dumb af. Also the drops for these runes are terrible. I am at the last area of the game and I have picked up 47 runes. They are just 4 different ones I have gotten over and over. I came here to see if there were other runes. Turns out there are a bunch they just never drop for me.

                    • Anonymous

                      Is it intentional that all runes socketed into weapons and shields which are unequipped are all Unequipped when loading game data? I am playing on PS5

                      • Anonymous

                        Why does Radiant get 6 runes (the single unique rune based on choices discounted here) while every other category has 10+ options and then for added fun the Radiant runes also have no generically good option for non-casters?

                        Radiant: Do you do Holy damage or use mana? No? Well literally there are no runes for you. Also we put Radiant runes in a bunch of Quality weapons.

                        They need to give Radiant a physical rune that's does SOMETHING for non casters. Give them the Inferno healing on hit rune or something new. Tons of weapons are basically useless because they have a Radiant (or God-forbid two) rune slot. Yes my Pure Agi character wants 2 Radiant runes in my Agility weapon that does only physical damage.

                        • Anonymous

                          Equipping a shield on your back and two handing a weapon still gives you the buffs from the shields runes.
                          Just pick a lightweight shield and get some nice passive buffs from there.

                          • I know that some passive effect runes like MORE VIGOR, HEALTH REGEN, MANA REGEN can be used on off-hand weapons while main handing a two-handed one. But what about Runes that increases damage? Can I use these on my off-hand and have additional damage on my main two-handed? Like Ixon for example, that increases physical damage. Does that only increases the damage of the weapon that has the Rune or it increases the physical damage of my character?

                            • Anonymous

                              STR rune Oritix and AGI rune Hix have their weapon effects mixed up. Hix is great for Str weapons with an agility slot.

                              • Anonymous

                                BIG TIP! if you soulflay a lowhealth enemy then beat them past their health pool they will stagger and youll do a special umbral execution which always drops a rune. each enemy drops a specific rune. it makes it super easy to farm runes you just gotta find out what enemy drops the rune you want

                                • Anonymous

                                  Do the runes that increase one stat scaling and reduce another give higher scaling than the ones that only increase one stat scaling? If not, why would you use one that decreases another stat scaling?

                                  • Anonymous

                                    There are runes that decrease one scaling and increase another. They are rather expensive when you first get them. Are they better then the one the just increases scaling on one stat?

                                    • Anonymous

                                      Anyone know if you can you put more then one copy or the same rune in a weapon to stack the effect, assuming it has the correct shape available. Can't find that information anywhere

                                      • Anonymous

                                        PSA: though the wiki does not explicitly state it, and shield marked with the META rune slot means that this slot can take ANY rune shape, yes this extends to weapons as well... i don't know why this language is never explained.. could have just written ANY rather than META

                                        • Anonymous

                                          Do the stats of the weapons visually update with the increase in scaling? I don't see any representation in game of that change. Kinda big oversight when a person is hoping to see how much their weapon benefits from certain runes. If anyone is able to see it, please let us know!

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