Welcome to RuneScape, the massive online adventure game by Jagex Ltd.! RuneScape offers many features and varieties within itself to keep everyone playing it with something to do - a vital characteristic of a game you play! Throughout RuneScape, you will be able to participate in activities that help level up various skills, battle ferocious beasts, complete quests that tax your intellectual abilities, congregate with other people playing the game, and much, much more!
The purpose of this guide is to help you take your first steps in RuneScape. Throughout this guide, we will explain a lot of things a new RuneScape player needs to know such as creating your character, controlling your character, interacting with various people and objects, and much, much more! However, as it has already been mentioned, you will be interacting with other players, of which runs security risks.
When you're ready to create your RuneScape account, go to RuneScape.com and click on the "Play Free Now" button on the home page, once the game loads click the "Create Account Now" link, the game client will then take you through the process of registering for RuneScape.
Once the game loads, enter your email address and password you used earlier to register (older accounts will login using a username instead of an email address).
Note: Players with existing Facebook and Runescape accounts can alternatively log directly into the game from their Facebook pages. Click the Facebook icon beneath the "Play Now" button on Runescape's main site to install the app which allows this. You can also login with a G+ or Axeso5 (grandfathered if you had an account through them prior to the closing of the Spanish servers.)
Next you will be taken to the "Lobby". Here, you can enter the game, change your settings, chat in a friends or clan chat, or chat with your friends via the private message system. Below is a picture of the Player Info screen, which you will see after logging in.
The following is an explanation of their function:
Should you attempt to log into a world that is full (2000 users are already logged in) you will be placed on a waiting list.
Once you are on the waiting list a dialogue will appear that tells your what world you are waiting to log into and how many people will need to log out before you can be logged in. Click the red X if you don't want to wait in the queue and you will return to the lobby.
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The picture below is of the main interface in the game, called the Ribbon or Control Panel. For illustrative purposes all menus are opened, but in-game you can only see the options for one at a time by hovering over the appropriate icon in the ribbon. Beneath the picture, you will see a picture of each individual icon with its name and what key you can press to quickly open that icon. You can click on the icon names to take you to the subsection explaining that icon in detail. All of the hotkeys for specific interfaces can be customized, so the default settings are listed in the table below. A dash (-) is marked if there is no default hotkey but one can be assigned, and N/A if a hotkey cannot be assigned.
Note: The following are not shown on the Control interface:
The backpack (inventory) icon is the most important part of your control panel. You can easily reach this panel by pressing 'N' on your keyboard. Within this panel, there are 28 slots laid out in a 4x7 table that show everything that you have with you (excluding armour). Items can be clicked on for quick use, sometimes food will automatically be eaten or wearable items automatically worn, but usually you will "Use" an item and a white border will appear around it. After the border appears, you can use it with any other item on the gamescreen, but an action does not always occur. To get more item options, you can right-click on the item to get options such as examining or dropping the item. If you drop an item, it will disappear from your inventory and be placed on the ground, where it will be visible to only you for one minute, and other players after that (items will appear instantly to other players if dropped in the wilderness). Re-arranging your inventory can be done by left-clicking on the item and dragging it to the spot you want it in.
The worn equipment menu is an area where you can see what you character is wearing, how much you currently weigh, what stat bonuses you currently have, and what items you will keep/lose. It is also home to your Toolbelt and Customisation interface.
You can reach this area by pressing 'N' on your keyboard. Items you are wearing do not take up space in your inventory. If you want to wield an item that is currently in your inventory, simply click it. To remove an item you are currently wearing, you can use the Equipment interface and simply click the worn item there to put it back in your inventory.
The Equipments Stats button, which is marked blue in the above image, will open your Equipment Bonuses, which will allow you to wear and remove items, see what they look like on your character, and see the stat bonuses they provide.
The Items Kept on Death interface, marked in red, allows you to check which items you lose and keep as a standard when you die. It will also show you the total value of the items you have on you, and which part of that is risked. More on this interface and dying in RuneScape can be found in the Death section of this guide.
The Toolbelt, marked green, is a most useful addition to what you have on you. The Toolbelt is used to store items with you without their weight being taken into account. They will also not take up any space in your inventory, and will not be lost upon death. Only specific items can be added to your Toolbelt (listed below). You can see what items have and have not been added, a dark colour indicates an item you haven't added to the Toolbelt and a light colour indicates you have added that item. You can add items to the Toolbelt by right-clicking them and then selecting the "add-to toolbelt" option. Items that have been added to your Toolbelt will be automatically used whilst skilling (unless you have a better item equipped or in your inventory). If you have added a spade to the Toolbelt and you are doing a clue scroll you will need to bring another spade. Certain items are already added to the Toolbelt and other items will need to be added manually.
* These items are not automatically added to your Toolbelt.
The Gear interface is composed of 6 tabs:
The Hero interface is composed of four tabs:
In the Achievements tab you will find a selection of tasks that can be done in the area you're in. In the top left corner you can select the area of which you want to see the tasks displayed. The tasks are colour-coded, and can be clicked on for details. These details include a task description, reward, hints, and requirements. You can also pin a task as active, and subsequently access your active task quickly by clicking the icon, as indicated above.
The Adventures tab includes 6 different interfaces: Featured, Quests, Challenges, Minigames, Path, and Beasts. All of the tabs are available to free players, but some content within may be members only. For example, although free players can be assigned challenges in members skills, they will not be marked as complete even if completed.
In the Featured tab, you will see a list of things to do that are suited to your levels. These will usually consist of quests, latest content, combat and skill related activities. If a featured task is also a daily challenge, this will be indicated with a red circle containing a star in the top right corner, as shown below:
In the Quests tab you will see a complete list of the RuneScape quests. When you haven't yet begun a quest, the name will appear in red. When you have started the quest, the name will be yellow, and when you have completed it the name will appear in green. Click on the quest names to get a short description of what you have done in the quest and what you need to do next. (Detailed information for conquering quests can be found in our Quest Guides.) Your total quest points are shown at the bottom left of the screen. If you click on a quest and select the "Set Active" option, a small 'active task' window will appear informing you of the start location and guiding you towards it with a yellow icon on the world map. If you do not wish for it to direct you towards the start location any longer, close the 'active task' window. The "Filter" option allows you to choose whether you want to hide or show quests you cannot yet start. The "Hide done" button simply hides the quests you've completed. Click on the drop down menu (defaults to "Free/Members") to bring up two other sorting options: progress, and difficulty. clicking on "Progress" sorts you quest list by quests you have not started, quests in progress, and completed quests. Selecting the "Difficulty" option sorts the quests by level of difficulty, ranging from Novice to Grandmaster.
Upon clicking a quest name, you will see your quest journal progress for that specific quest. Before starting the quest, you will be told of the starting points and any requirements for the quest. Throughout the quest, you will be given a summary of what you are doing.
The challenges tab shows hundreds of different challenges available for you to do. The challenges can be sorted by categories which include each skill, recommended challenges and the daily challenges using the drop down box on the left side of the page. Within these challenges, a daily challenge is chosen for you based on your skill levels. Each day, a new daily challenge will be given to you, and you will have up to 5 days to complete it. You can have up to 5 daily challenges waiting to be completed, after which the oldest ones will be replaced by newer challenges. Completing a daily challenge will give you an experience reward in that skill, 2 Treasure Hunter keys, and a challenge mystery bag containing various items if you turned in items for the challenge. For further details, see the Daily Challenges guide.
The Minigame tab lists the many minigames available within Runescape. As a default, all types of minigames are shown. You can sort by category using the dropdown box as shown: Once a minigame is selected from the list, you will be shown a brief description on the right side of the page. Underneath the description and rewards are options which include an option to teleport you to the closest lodestone: This button sets that minigame as your active task, and teleports you to the lodestone closest to that minigame. If the minigame also has a themed world, you will be transferred to that world. For detailed guides on each minigame, see our Minigame guides.
The path system is an introduction system aimed toward new players, sending them through various quests and tasks and rewarding them with some xp and a set of Pathfinder armour.
The Beasts tab gives a summary of various bosses. It provides a short lore description, recommended group sizes and combat levels (though these are not always accurate), requirements, and possible special rewards that you can earn, should you emerge victorious. Hover over a particular requirement or special reward icon in-game for a tooltip with more information. There is a dropdown box in the top left of this interface (highlighted in the image below) to select Boss kills or Slayer Creature kills if you want to see how many of a particular monster you have slain.
In the Stats menu, accessed by clicking on the red, green and blue Bar Graph or by pressing 'H', you will find all of your stats/skills. When you hover over the icon of a skill, you will be able to see your current experience, and how much experience you need to get to the next level of the skill, or your total experience when hovering over your total level. You can click on each skill to bring up a small menu of information about that skill. This is very handy for a quick reference and usually has info about different things you can do at different levels. Detailed information about each skill, what can be done at each level and how much experience can be earned is shown in our Skill Guides.
In the Prayer List menu you will find a list of different prayers you can use. The Prayer menu is accessed by clicking on the Star icon or by pressing 'P'. Prayer allows you to boost your stats for a short time to give you an added boost when you need it most. For further details, see the Prayer guide. (See Your Character for tips on beginning training.)
In the Powers tab you will find a wide range of abilities, classified by type, along with prayer and combat settings. This menu is accessed by clicking on the powers icon or by pressing 'F4'. Powers are split into four sections: Melee (Attack and Strength abilities), Ranged (Ranged abilities), Magic (Magic abilities and Magic spells) and Constitution & Defence (Constitution and Defence abilities). For further details, see the Ability Book Guide and the Prayer Guide.
Your friends list is your way to keep track of players you want to remember that you have met in Runescape. You can access this menu by clicking on the Friends and Ignore List icon. On your friends list you're able to talk privately with your friends and see how many friends you have (at the bottom right corner). You can do this by clicking on a friend's name, and then entering a message in the chat box under your game screen. This is explained in greater detail in the Chatting section of this guide. You have three different options: one is to add a friend to your list, and second is to delete a friend from your list. These options can be accessed by clicking the + and - icons at the bottom left corner of your interface (see picture below for details). The third option is to recruit a friend to play RuneScape with you, giving both players bonus experience if they subscribe within one month of creating their account. Furthermore, you will be able to see what RuneScape world they are playing, if they are in the lobby, and also, if they are in another Jagex game with chat capabilities, which game they are playing. If your friends are in RuneScape, you will see the "R" icon next to the world's number. If they are on the same world as you, the world after their name will appear in green, while if they are on a different world, it will be yellow, and if they aren't online, it will say "offline" in red letters. When you're talking privately with a friend, other players cannot see these messages.
Below is an example of what a friends list looks like with the player names censored out. You will notice that it also shows what world you are currently in. Also note that there are two small dots in the right bottom corner of the interface. This is where you can switch from Friends List to Ignore List. The maximum amount of people that can be added to your friends list is 200. The maximum amount of people that can be added to your ignore list is 100.
When you right click a name in your friends list, you will be presented with the options shown below.
Your ignore list is the opposite of your friends list. The ignore feature enables you to ignore messages from other users who you do not wish to receive messages from (such as someone who is harassing you or being offensive), as well as see how many people you have ignored (at the bottom right corner). If you add a name to this list, any messages sent by this person will be ignored, and you won't see them. They also will be unable to join your Friends Chat channel (if you have one set), even if your settings there are to allow "anyone" to join. The user, however, will see you online, and will be able to interact with you - you will simply not be notified and "automatically" ignore them. As with your friends list you have the options to add or delete users from the list.
The Friends Chat feature in RuneScape allows you to chat with a group of your friends (and friends of friends) in RuneScape, no matter where or what server they are on.
To join a friends chat, go to the Friends Chat panel and click the "Join Chat" button. Next, type in the channel owner's name in the box that appears. If you log out while in a friends chat, you will automatically rejoin it upon logging back in. You can also quickly rejoin a friends chat by clicking on the name of the last visited one in the chat box rather than typing its owner's name. To set up your friends chat, click the "Friends Chat Setting" button. The features are shown and explained below. If you cannot join a friends chat channel, it could be because you are not on that person's friends list, your rank is not high enough, the person does not have their friends chat configured, the channel has 100 people already talking in it or because you have been kicked from the channel within the last hour.
Friends Chat Setup When you open the "Friends Chat Settings" button, you will be confronted with a window that has five general configuration options for the chat on the left, and a list on the right. These five options allow you to control your chat channel settings in general, and the list allows you to control who, on your friends list, can enter the channel.
NOTE: As Channel Owner, you can perform all of these actions without having to make special settings.
By clicking on people's names on the list to the right, a pop-up will show a list of rankings that you can set them for. Although the ranks are typically just names, here they are in order from lowest rank to highest rank:
These ranks are also used in the general configuration of your Friends Chat. (For example, if you have Sergeant+ as able to kick on your the chat, Sergeants, Lieutenants, Captains, and Generals will be able to kick those of lower rank.)
Typing in the Chat
In order to speak in your Friends Chat, put a / before anything you type, otherwise it will be spoken publicly. You can use /f or click the friends tab to change your default chat to a friends chat, meaning any messages typed will go there instead of public chat. To revert this back, you can press escape or click on the public chat tab. Friends Chat messages in the chat box are indicated in the following format:
Loot sharing allows your friends to share the drops from monsters between players. If you are on a server that allows lootshare (check the world select screen) and are the owner of the channel, click the moneybag in the Friends Chat menu. People that are in your chat and meet the required rank, assigned in the options menu, will be able to share the loot of monsters in a multi combat area. If you are within 16 squares of the monster that is killed, you will receive a notice in your chat box that tells you what was dropped and who gets it. If you don't get a drop, or you have a low value drop, you will have a higher chance of getting it next time. Over time, all people in the chat that are able to get loot will receive equal drops.
Clan Chat works in a similar way as the Friends Chat (see above). More details on this system and how to create channels can be found in our Clan Camp Guide.
The Grouping System interface is used to set up certain activities with other players. The interface is pictured below. The left column (blue) features selection between Skills, Minigames PvP (Safe), Minigames PvP (dangerous), Minigames: Combat, Minigames: Non-Combat, and Boss Fights. The column in the middle (red) shows allowed group sizes (number of players), recommended number, requirements, rewards, and additional settings. There are buttons at the bottom to join the queue or a random group as well. The interface to the right (green) contains options to see your group members (if in a group) as well as options at the bototm. There are settings to receive group invitations, create a group, find a group, or invite someone to a group. There is also an option to leave if currently in a group. Finally, there are green and red dots in the bottom right corner of the interface to switch between current group members and the group banned list.
By clicking on the Cog icon, you can access the Options menu. This menu contains several useful toggles and adjustments that allow you to customise the way you experience the game. There are too many different settings for us to list every one in a table, but here we aim to give you a run-down of some of the more important ones with links to appropriate parts of the guide.
Here's a quick run through of what each one does.
Automatic and Manual Setup:
*The options to turn on textures, shadows, and lighting is only available on Windows operating systems starting with Windows 2000 - using Sun Java 1.4.2 or later. Players who do not meet these requirements and still wish to play can use Safe Mode.
**To find your screen resolution, right click on your desktop and click Properties. Click the Settings tab, and you should see a slider that says "____ by ____ pixels". That is your screen resolution.
*Changing this setting affects how much of your computers CPU resources go into running the game. Lower settings may work better on slower computers or laptops. This can affect game performance, so you may have to experiment to see what works for you.
**Always means that roofs will never appear and you will see into buildings. Selectively means that roofs will only appear when your camera or your character is not in a building.
***Fog is designed to lessen the appearance of the horizon pop-up effect. Normally, as new map areas load, they suddenly appear in the distance. Fog causes these details to appear gradually.
****Particles is a graphical effect. One example of this is the snowflakes you see on your screen when in snowy areas.
The Controls section of the settings allows you to set hotkeys or combinations of keys to various interfaces. This is divided into Camera, Action Bar, Windows and Navigation, and Audio groups, with settings therein which are mostly self-explanatory. You can change anything from the keys to rotate the camera to set a keyboard shortcut to mute the sound. If you wish to change everything back to the defaults, press the button 'Reset All Keybinds' at the bottom and confirm.
With the profanity filter enabled, any potentially offensive words that other players use will be replaced with ****s. With the profanity filter turned off, you will see exactly what other players type in their chat. Note that URLs will still be censored, and any chat containing your password will not be displayed to other players at all. Some combinations, such as two letters followed by a comma, also become censored due to Jagex tweaking the filter to block spambots from spamming websites. To turn it off, click the icon indicated in blue in the picture below until it turns transparent. This feature has been known to glitch frequently, so if it not working properly, simply try toggling it again.
Adventurer's Log Settings
For information on Emotes please see our Beginner's Reference.
To learn more about the Music Player Interface, Music Playlist, and where you need to go to unlock each piece of music, check out our Music Locations guide.
The Notes section is, as the name suggests, a place to put notes. You can use notes to record the skills you plan to train next, supplies you need to buy, or anything else that you need to remember. You can colour-code your notes by right-clicking and selecting the 'Colour' option. There are four possible colours: white, green, red, and amber (gold).
The Extras tab is composed of four different interfaces:
That completes the control panel. Let's move on to some of the other important things in RuneScape.
'New' Interface System
With the advent of RuneScape 3, Jagex introduced a system where you can customize and move around interfaces around the screen freely with very few rules. Generally, you can press 'L' to unlock your interface and change the size of interfaces or combine/remove them from tabs. To customize further you need to enter Edit Mode by choosing it from the Settings menu after pressing Esc. You can will see tick boxes you can check to move around groups of interfaces, and for the most part these are allowed to overlap, though this can make it harder to read information contained in these interfaces. Make sure you click Save and Exit when you are finished. Otherwise, any changes you made will be discarded.
You may also save two presets for handy switching later on. Simply click 'Custom 1' or 'Custom 2' under the 'Save as Preset' text to save the current settings as a preset. You can also load a presest from a list of presaved ones specified by Jagex if you like.
The XP Counter interface keeps track of experience gained in individual skills or overall, displaying up to three counters you can customize and reset as you please. You can modify these settings under Interface Settings as shown below. Be aware that changing skills will reset the counter to zero!
In-game World Map
Beside your minimap, you will find a globe icon, which looks like this:
Left Clicking on this icon will begin loading the in-game world map. The map covers your playing screen, so make sure you don't open it in dangerous areas. (Note: You cannot open the world map during combat.) Once loaded, the map will be automatically placed at your current location. You can move around by dragging the map around. Double clicking on a location in the world map will activate the marker, placing an indicator on the minimap pointing directly towards that location. The table below describes the main features on the world map.
The window will have 2 parts. The left side is your own offer. This part will contain the items you are willing to trade to the other person. To add items simply click them in your inventory. You have some more options if you right click the item. As shown below, you can easily offer 1, 5, 10 and all of the item. You can also select to offer "X" which enables you to enter the number on your keyboard, this is useful when making trades with large amounts of items. (Read the bank section below to learn about notes, too.) Coins from your money pouch can be added to the trade offer by clicking the underlined '+ Money Puch' button in the top left part of the interface.
The right part of the trade screen is what the other person is offering you in exchange for your items. You can view helpful pre-purchase advice about your opponent's offered item(s), such as stat bonuses or quests/skills required to use the item, by left clicking on the item(s) and reading the information provided in the inventory window. Items purchased via the Grand Exchange also show pre-purchase advice in your inventory window. When you have reached a trade that is acceptable to both of you, you will both have to click accept in the middle of the screen. The small box in the middle tells you how many inventory spaces your partner has. Your opponent will automatically decline any trade offers that he/she cannot carry so take this into account when offering. When you have done that, another screen will appear asking you to accept again. Remember to always check this second trade screen! If you do not check this screen, you may be scammed. Check both your own side, and the other player's side to make sure everything is as it should be. After that, click accept again, and the trade will be executed. Also, the trade screen will notify you with a large exclamation mark (!) if your opponent changes any items in the trade window. If the other player declines the trade part way through, a message will appear in your chat box stating that the "Other player declined trade!" A sample of the trade screen is shown below:
On the bottom centre of the trade screen, the amount being transferred is displayed, along with the name of the person who is gaining the wealth. There are no limits as to the amount of wealth that can be traded from one account to another (one exception to this is new accounts that have never had membership are limited to how much wealth they can give away), so be aware that people may want to scam you.
There are many shops in RuneScape, and they deal with a lot of different items. One of the most important shop types is the General store. You can find these all over RuneScape, and they will buy almost any item, and give you money for it. However, specialised shops will buy your items for more, and sell items to you for less, so it's often worth going to them.
To open up a shop window you will need to talk with the shop keeper or shop assistant. After a bit of talking, a shop window will appear. You can also right click the shop keeper and choose trade, which will open the shop window instantly without the talking. As shown in the picture above, there is two views for shops, either icons and the item name or just the icons. The shop window has two tabs on it - one for buying items and one for selling items. In each of these tabs, the price that the shop buys or sells for is shown underneath the item. Alternatively, feft clicking on an item in your inventory will show you how much the shop will pay you for it, and left clicking on an item in the shop will show you how much you must pay the shop for it. To sell an item to the store you can either right click the item to bring up a menu, and select how many you wish to sell - 1, 5, 10, 50 or use the options in the shop window.
Buying items from shops is very similar. Just right click the item in the shop window and select buy 1, 5, 10 or x. Shops mainly accept coins, and you may need to save up a bit before you can buy some of the more expensive things.
You can also buy items through The Grand Exchange system. Here you can buy items from other players even if they are in a different world! The Grand Exchange is located North-West of Varrock's West Bank. Just follow the route, and you'll get there.
Once you get there, you must first go through a brief tutorial. To receive this tutorial you must speak to Brugsen Bursen or the Grand Exchange Tutor, both are located on the south side of the Exchange. After you have completed the tutorial, you can start trading your valuables! Please refer to our The Grand Exchange guide for more detailed information.
In the bank interface, there are many features that can be used to organise your items. Here is an image of a player's bank:
The first thing you should notice are the icons on the interface. When you click an icon, it will be saved for every time you log into the game. The icons and their functions are listed below:
To see the stats of the equipment you're currently wear click on the Equipment Stats button in your Equipment Tab.
To get the bank interface bank, click the Equipment Stats button again. It will function as a toggle to bring the equipment interface up and down.
The image above shows the money pouch's icon along with the amount of money in it. To withdraw money, simply right-click it and choose 'withdraw money pouch.' To check the exact amount of money in your pouch, choose 'examine money pouch' under the right click menu, or simply hover over the amount instead.
Finally, if you want to check the value of (tradeable) items, including stackable or noted items, you can right click the money pouch to open the price checker interface, from which you can add or take away items freely to check their values. You can also click the icon in the lower right to dump your entire inventory in at once.
Once the player has accepted, they must then choose which skills to assist you in. In the example below you can see that the other player has offered assist in Crafting, Construction, Magic, Smithing and Herblore.
Note: You cannot use request assistance to get help for Quests or Task Achievements.
For example: If you wanted to make a glory amulet, but only have 63 crafting, you could request assistance from another player that has 84 crafting. Once they accept the request, you can make a glory yourself providing you have the items required. This means you don't have to risk losing your items by giving them to someone else while they make it.
While you are being assisted you do not get any of the XP that you would normally, instead the person who is assisting you does. They can get a maximum of 30,000 XP in any 24 hour period. If you have reached your 30,000 XP you won't be able to assist again until 24 hours have passed.
To check how long you have left till you can assist again, first navigate to the trade/assist tab, as pictured below.
From here, click the hourglass icon in the top-right of the chatbox to obtain information on your assist status: whether you are maxed and/or how much time left until it resets. Assist resets at the usual reset time (midnight GMT) daily. Formerly, it would reset 24 hours after you initially gained XP with the Assist system.
Once you click on the XP Earned/Time option, a message will appear letting you know if you are able to assist or how long you need to wait until you can assist again. When someone attempts to request your assistance while you are "maxed" assist, they will see a message telling them you are unable to assist them with the remaining time until you are able to do so again. At the same time you will see that an assist request has been refused, again with the time remaining.
You can then choose the duration in which the item can be borrowed for. If you choose the "Just until one of us logs out" option, the item can be reclaimed at any time. However, you can also lend the item for a specific amount of time in hours, ranging from 1-72 hours. When the specified period of time is over, the item can then be reclaimed by talking to any banker in RuneScape and asking for your Returned Items box.
There are some things to note when using the item lending system:
Although most of Runescape are quite safe to stay in for indefinite periods of time, there are areas that will damage you (eventually knocking you out if you stay around long enough) if you do not have the appropriate equipment that will help you survive. An example of the warning screen is shown below:
When adventuring through these dangerous areas, it is advised, especially for the first time, to be fully equipped with the equipment needed for these hostile terrains.
Talking to the Doomsayer in Lumbridge will allow you to toggle warning options.
Chatting in RuneScape is very important. You need to be able to communicate with other players to get the full effect of the game. To chat simply enter your message in the typing box at the bottom of the client and hit enter or by typing /p. However, if your action bar is not minimised, you will have to press enter before typing your message. If you make an error or want to edit your message, you can move the text caret (the small flashing line) by clicking where you want it to move in the text box or holding shift and using the arrow keys. When your message has been sent, it will appear in the chat box, and above your character's head. Normal chat is blue in the chat box.
There are two other ways to send a private message. You can right-click the message you received from a friend (through any of the chats) and select the "Message" option or press the TAB key to reply to the last private message you received.
Split private chat
Directly above the chat area there are Seven buttons to control your interactions with other players. In the "Global" tab you can toggle options for all of them, and other tabs have more restricted sets of options.
You can also use Private message QuickChat by right clicking a name on your friends list and selecting Quick Message. By right-clicking the bubble icon to the right of your name in public chat, you can send a quickchat message to one of several chats, as indicated in the below image.
QuickChat phrases are split into separate categories consisting of :
Here is a list of what each of the categories contains:
Using hotkeys for the QuickChat menu can speed up your typing even more. The letter and number codes next to the letters indicate these codes. For example, typing Enter, E, F, P, then 8, causes your character to say "Time for the dancing knights!".
For information on your character's looks and skills. Check out our Beginner's Reference.
About The Wilderness:
Entering The Wilderness:
A warning screen will also appear, reminding you of the dangers of the wilderness and giving you a chance to turn back.
This screen will only appear the first time you enter The Wilderness since you logged on, not every single time you enter.
Note: Before you enter the wilderness it is HIGHLY recommended that you check your "Items kept on Death" interface to check which items are considered the most valuable at the time (see Death section for more information).
To find out more about the area of The Wilderness, check out our Wilderness Map.
Dangers of The Wilderness:
As said, the wilderness level corresponds to the level difference in attacking other players. For example, if you are a level 50 character, and are in Level 27 Wilderness, you can attack (or be attacked by) players from level 23 to 77.
It is also worthy to note that you cannot teleport out of the wilderness after Level 26. (Level 40 on member worlds with certain jewellery teleport items: enchanted dragonstone jewellery and the Ring of Life. See the Getting Around Guide.) After that, you can only use the teleports that are part of the wilderness (portals and levers).
If you are unlucky enough to die, you will lose all but three items with the exception of the items that are always protected. These items do not count towards your three, and among them are quest items (though not reward weaponry), basic tools (e.g. hammers, chistles, etc), costumes, coins, and low level equipment (such as mithril armour). Keep in mind not all tools, quest items, etc. are protected. Also keep in mind that protection does not count in the wilderness.
Using the prayer/curse Protect Items as stated in the Prayer Guide will let you keep 1 extra item if you die.
Items kept on Death interface:
Note: Any items in your Toolbelt or coins in your Money Pouch will automatically be protected. They are ignored by this particular interface.
Keep in mind that the normally automatically protected items are dropped when you die in the wilderness.
Before you go into the wilderness (or anywhere dangerous) it is highly recommended that you check which items you keep upon your death. When you die outside of the wilderness you get to choose which three (of the not automatically protected) items you wish to keep.
At the top of the interface are the three items that the system automatically selected for you to keep. These items are chosen as they have a higher Grand Exchange value than any of the other unprotected items. If you click another from the list of items in the middle section they will replace one of those automatically selected. While you're using this menu, keep in mind that the timer on your gravestone will continue to run. You will also be given the choice where to respawn. The "hubs" (or bigger cities) from which you can choose will consist of hubs you have recently visited. If you die in the wilderness your respawn point will (automatically) be Edgeville. At the place of your death, a gravestone will appear, and depending on which gravestone you have upgraded to, your items will remain there for a x amount of minutes. If you can get to it before the timer runs out, you can pick up every one of the dropped items. If you fail to get there on time, the gravestone will crumble away and others will be able to take whatever you dropped. It is possible to extend the lifespan of a gravestone to almost an hour.
If you are in the wilderness, all of your items will drop on the ground without a gravestone, and if you're in a "High-risk Wilderness World", the protect item prayer will not be an option.
Jagex added additional game modes for a more challenging method of play for experienced players known as Ironman modes. In normal Ironman mode, players are restricted by not being allowed to trade or play most minigames for rewards. Hardcore Ironman adds the additional restriction of forbidding death. Should you die, the account will be lost forever in that mode. If you have a jar of divine light on you or in your bank, you will be allowed to continue in Ironman mode. You can also transform accounts from Hardcore Ironman -> Ironman -> Regular, but not the other way. More information is available in the Ironman section of our Beginner's Reference.
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