Penguin Hide and Seek
This Distraction and Diversion has been rated as Standard Risk. See the minigames page for a definition of high and low risk.
Penguin Hide and Seek is a Distraction and Diversion in which you run around RuneScape searching for disguised penguins. These penguins can look like bushes, rocks, or even cacti. They will constantly be on the move so if you wish to find them you must be quick. Finding penguins earns you penguin points which can be turned in for coins or experience in a skill of your choice. Whether you actively hunt penguins each week or casually spy them, the rewards are great!
To start Penguin Hide and Seek, speak with Larry at Ardougne Zoo. Even if you don't plan on hunting them, you should speak with him anyway, because you might find one unintentionally. The concept of Penguin Hide and Seek is simple. There are various penguins scattered around RuneScape every week, which reset on Tuesday at midnight GMT, and your job is to find them. They are distinctive because you can click on the penguin to "Spy-on" it. You earn 1 Penguin Point for every penguin you spy on. After completing the Cold War Quest, harder to reach penguins will give you 2 points. Remember that because they are very small and have disguises that blend into their surroundings, they can be nearly anywhere.
Since you will be travelling around RuneScape, having the essential items will make things easier. It isn't necessary to carry all the different teleportation items in your inventory; having them ready in your bank will suffice. See the Getting Around Guide for full details on the different ways to get around.
You can ask Larry or Chuck to give you a hint as to where a penguin may be.* This will narrow down the possible locations to search for one. When you think you are at a place where a penguin may be hiding, it is time to find it. Penguins will have a disguise to help them blend to their surroundings, so it is very common to miss seeing one. Below are the different disguises that the penguins use.
If you do find one, just choose the "Spy-on Penguin" option and Penguin Points will be awarded according to how difficult it was to get to the location. Most of the time, major cities and areas will award 1 point, while more secluded quest related places will give 2 points.
You can also spot one polar bear a week, after completing Hunt for Red Raktuber, for one extra penguin point. Polar bears hide in various wells around Runescape, and once you find them, you just need to choose the option "Inspect Well".
The Ghostly Penguin
After completing the quest Some Like It Cold, you may also spot what some players are calling the Ghostly Penguin for its appearance when you have the ring of visibility equipped. You must have the ring of visibility equipped in order to spot the penguin. Spotting this penguin once a week will award you three penguin points.
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This penguin may be difficult to spot, not because of its translucence, but because of how it moves. Like implings, it is able to cross bodies of water and climb over mountains. To make things more difficult, after a certain amount of time, the penguin will teleport to a different location roughly every 12 minutes. Chuck will not give hints to its location.
After a hard day's work, your efforts will not be in vain. Larry (or if you have finished Hunt for Red Raktuber, Chuck the polar bear) will gladly reward you based on the amount of Penguin Points you have collected. You have a choice between:
The amount of experience per Penguin Point is equal to the level of that skill multiplied by 25. Therefore, someone with level 1 Agility would get 25 experience per point, while someone with level 99 Summoning would get 2475 experience per point. Note that you cannot distribute the Penguin Points to get experience in different skills. When you choose the skill you want experience in, all the Penguin Points will be used up. Likewise, you can't split the points between coins and experience. If you wish to portion out the rewards, cash in the Penguin Points before searching for more. If you'd like to see a breakdown of how many coins or how much xp you can receive, check out the Penguin Points Calculator.
On certain weeks, Penguin Hide and Seek will award all players who take part in it spin tickets for the Squeal of Fortune. To access this reward, simply cash in your hard-earned Penguin Points for either Coins or experience.
You can check whether this Distraction and Diversion is offering spin tickets by checking the Squeal of Fortune in-game.
Finding something small in a big world is incredibly difficult. These tips might help you locate more penguins in your journey:
Original Guide by: manoman
Thanks to: Boomer-One, damianara, ForsakenMage, Georgelemmons, Jaffy1, Juhnix, lordkafei, n_odie, Naive, Octarine, pokemama, smellysocks, Vox1st, Vulxai, WoodenFruit, X3EN, zaaps1
Last updated by: ForsakenMage
Last updated: 19-Aug-2012
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