In RuneScape, there are two ways to claim
an account name. One is to create a new account with that name,
and the other is to perform a name change on an existing account.
This process can be done once per month for free on members
accounts, and additional swaps can be purchased with game bonds.
RuneScape does not automatically release names from inactive
accounts, so there is no way for us to entirely predict when a
name will become available. However, RuneScape does occasionally
clear names off a large number of inactive accounts, in
which case they will all become available at once.
When you use NameVault to search for a RuneScape name, you will
see you one three results:
You will see this if no Runescape player currently has this name. In this case, you can claim this name with a new account, or with a name change on an existing account.
You will see this if a player currently has this name. You will not be able to take this name unless that player chooses to change their name to something else or the RuneScape mods perform a mass clear of inactive display names.
You will see this if you used a search term that uses a character RuneScape does not accept for display names. This list includes all characters except for English letters, numbers, hyphens, and spaces.