Hearthstone Gets A New Premium Currency Called “Runestones” – What Are They, How to Get Them (Updated)

Update: Blizzard has released some Runestones infographics showcasing bundle sizes and what players will be able to purchase with each currency (Runestones, real money, Gold). You can find them at the bottom of this post.

In a new blog post, Blizzard has just announced an introduction of a new premium Hearthstone currency called “Runestones”. Here’s a quick summary:

  • Runestones are an extra currency – they won’t replace anything, Gold will still work the same way it does right now.
  • Runestones can be purchased in Hearthstone or through the Battle.net shop with real money. There is no way to earn them by playing the game.
  • They will be used to buy things that are currently available for real money – like Hero skins, Battlegrounds boards etc.
  • The prices of items are staying the same, just converted to Runestones.
  • Some of the more expensive/key things like card packs or expansion pre-orders will still be purchasable with real money.
  • The best comparison is all kinds of “gems”, “diamonds” etc. from mobile games – if you played any of those you know what I’m talking about.

I’m really against this kind of thing because it’s hard to see any benefits for regular players. It only opens the possibility of predatory mobile gaming tactics like items costing just a bit more than the amount of Runestones you can purchase in a bundle (so you need to pick a bigger currency bundle and pay more). Devs are saying that they won’t do that, and I’m not saying it either. But there’s always a possibility they change their minds in the future, or they get pressure from higher-ups to maximize the gains etc. I usually try to defend devs if they have a good reason to do something, even if players might not like it, but this time I have to say that I just can’t see it.

This is not the only controversial choice they are making today, because in other news Battlegrounds will no longer be truly “F2P” because 4 hero choices that could be purchased with Gold will now be tied to the newly introduced premium rewards track that you can only buy with real money (or, well, Runestones). I covered the Battlegrounds update here.

Anyway, here’s the official info about Runestones we have from the short Q&A in the latest Battlegrounds announcements:

Q: What are Runestones?

A:Runestones will be replacing real money purchases for nearly every product in the Hearthstone shop. Some products, like Pre-Purchase Bundles, the Hearthstone Tavern Pass, and Packs (purchasing more than one at a time) will be able to be purchased with money or Runestones. A few other select products, like individual packs and cosmetics crafted in the Collection, will remain purchasable with only Gold.

With Runestones we’ll be able to offer additional smaller-scale items, such as the individual Battlegrounds Hero Skins offered in the shop with this patch. Runestones will be available in bundles of various sizes, including quantities that correspond to our major products (like the Battlegrounds Season Pass), so you can buy exactly the quantity needed for that product or you can stock up on more for later. No product costs are changing with this conversion—all prices are staying the same, just converted to Runestones.

Q: Can I earn Runestones in-game?

A: No, there are no plans to earn Runestones in-game.

Runestones Infographics


A Hearthstone player and writer from Poland, Stonekeep has been in a love-hate relationship with Hearthstone since Closed Beta. Over that time, he has achieved many high Legend climbs and infinite Arena runs. He's the current admin of Hearthstone Top Decks.

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  1. Fishlobs
    August 30, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    the price for 1000 runestones is cheaper then everything else. it is 12.49$ cad
    the price for 2, 500 runestones is 12.50$ cad
    the price for 1500 runestones is 18.99$ cad vs the price for 1000 runestones and 500 runestones is 18.74$ cad
    the price for 2000 runestones is 24.99$ cad, 2* 12.49 = 24.98$
    the price for 5000 runestones is 62.99$ vs the price for 5 1000 runestones is 62.45$ cad
    the price for 8000 runestones is 99.99$ vs the price for 8 1000 runestones is 99.92$ cad

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      August 31, 2022 at 2:03 am

      I don’t think that those “it’s cheaper by a few cents” is a big problem. It’s stupid, but people probably wouldn’t buy a smaller bundle many times to save for a single candy. But it is much worse in the UK.

      You can save over 6 pounds by buying 16x 500 Runestones bundle as opposed to 1x 8000 Runestones. It’s crazy.

      Source for the UK prices: https://twitter.com/coL_Sottle/status/1564667559227654144

  2. Banaani
    August 26, 2022 at 6:36 am

    First you buy excess runestones to buy something you want, and then you bleed the leftover runestones on small, worthless purchases. Bam, now Blizzard sold you something you want and something you didn’t want.

    155 million dollar bonus.

  3. JoyDivision
    August 25, 2022 at 4:21 am

    Hi there! Any info how this will work with Amazon coins? Probably not because it’d be in the article but hey, might ask nevertheless. 😉

    • Stonekeep - Site Admin
      August 25, 2022 at 9:41 am

      No idea yet, Blizzard never really officially talks about Amazon Coins, so it’s hard to say.

      But given that Runestones can be purchased in-game, I think that you will still be able to buy them using Amazon Coins.

  4. Asjellybean
    August 24, 2022 at 7:53 am

    Great, now they can finally do abusive pricing of cosmetics!

    Need exactly 100 runestones? Well buy a pack 99, and a pack of 25! OR! Just buy a pack of 199! Now you have exactly not enough to buy 2 of them!

    This is definitely what’s gonna happen.

  5. Frix
    August 24, 2022 at 3:51 am

    I could be completely wrong, but this is most likely due to them wanting to get rid of the minimum spend charge on transactions.

    I imagine if you only want to spend £1.50 on something then it will probably cost them more on their end. Now, if you can only spend £5.00 to top up your runestones, they’ll avoid some fees. Also the whole ‘ah I’m only 50 runestones away!!’ that’s mentioned in the article.

  6. PitLord
    August 24, 2022 at 1:27 am

    “The best comparison is all kinds of “gems”, “diamonds” etc. from mobile games”… Yep, Diablo Immoral 2.0

  7. Sun
    August 23, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    Vampire is comin.. LOL

  8. PhiloSirus
    August 23, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    This currency has been in the Chinese version of the game for awhile now. I am surprised it took them this long to put it in the main version of the game.

  9. DemianHS
    August 23, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    As F2P, this make me confused. But well, i never purchase BG Upgrades. xD