The Assist System allows players to temporarily use each others' skill levels. The Assist System is designed to be a replacement for temporarily giving an item to another player so that they can process it in some way, and then trusting them to give it back (as manually trading was quite often abused to scam players).
For example, a player might want to turn an uncut ruby into a cut ruby, but not have the level 34 Crafting required. Using the Assist System, players simply "borrow" someone else's skill levels and then cut it themselves, which means that the ruby never leaves their own inventory. The assister receives all skill experience, which is their payment for assisting.
Use of the Assist System is limited to the following 9 skills:
With the Assist System there is a right-click option for players, labelled "Req Assist". Assistance requests are similar to trade requests, in which the target player receives a message in the chat box which opens up a window when clicked.
To turn on the option to receive assistance, without which the option to request assistance will not even appear, click on the options button, go to Settings - Gameplay tab - Aid Settings, and tick the "Accept aid" box.
The Assist icon will appear in the top right corner of the game window of the player being assisted. The assisting player is unable to move or do anything other than chat to friends or surrounding players while the window is open.
If someone requests assistance and you want to assist them, simply click on the text line where the request appears in the lower left box on the screen to start assisting.
Most of the non-combat skills are displayed in the window, along with the amount of experience the target player has gained through the Assist System in the past 24 hours. All of the skills are shared by default, though the assisting player can click on any skill to switch it off. The effects of a temporary boost will also pass to the assisted player.
Players can choose to restrict or block notification of assistance requests. To do this, they can right-click the "Assist" button below the message box to set it to "On" (receive requests from any player), "Friends" (receive requests only from players on their Friends List), or "Off" (block all requests). Along with changing who can assist them, when the button is right-clicked, there is an "XP Earned/Time" option. If clicked, a message is displayed as to how much XP a player has gained, along with how long until they can assist again (if 24 hour limit is reached).
If the player requesting assistance already has the requisite skill level to do something, they will gain experience rather than the target player, even if the target player has lent their level.
World 73 is the official members' assist world and World 57 is the official free assist world; most people offering their skills can be found at the Grand Exchange, while some can also be found at Burthorpe or at Daemonheim.
The following restrictions apply to usage of the Assist System:
- It cannot be used for any combat skills except the non-combat aspects of Magic.
- It cannot be used for Woodcutting, Fishing, Mining, Hunter, Thieving, Firemaking, Agility, Summoning, Divination or Dungeoneering
- Does not work for quests and minigames.
- Only 30,000 experience can be gained in a single day through assisting others. Once this limit is reached, it is possible to keep assisting, although experience will not be gained from it. The limit resets at 00:00 GMT.
- Assist requests can only be sent if the target player has set the "assist" option at the bottom of the interface to a group that includes you ("friends" if on their friend list, otherwise "on").
- The player that is being lent a skill must remain within 20 squares of the player they are being assisted by. However, if the assisted player teleports away, then they shall still be assisted.
- The player lending their skills cannot do anything except use the player chat interfaces; they can't move, use items, etc.
- It cannot be used to process untradeable items, with some exceptions.
|Farming||Trees and calquats cannot be planted because the potted versions of these are untradeable, bushes and cacti are also unable to be planted. Experience will not be given for harvesting if you are not assisted during that process. In addition, you cannot harvest Starflower.|
|Fletching||Ogre arrows and Lyres cannot be fletched using the Assist System because they are quest-related.
Cannot assist in the making of bolas.
|Herblore||The Assist System cannot be used to make Sanfew serum, Guthix balance potion, Magic essence potion, Shrink-me-quick potion, Super truth serum or Relicym's balm, nor be used to grow the Yommi tree in Legends' Quest, as these are all used in quests. Some Quests (For example, the Heroes' Quest) do work with the assist system. Also, blamish oil cannot be made as said above with lava eels. Players cannot make any of the extreme potions, or the dangerous overload potion with the assist system. Players are also NOT allowed to make Super Anti Fire potions, because the Phoenix Feather that is required to make it is untradeable.|
The only Lunar Spells that cannot be used are Vengeance and Vengeance Other, Teleport and Tele Group spells. No spells from the Ancient Magicks spellbook can be cast, as all the spells in the spellbook are either teleportation or combat spells. From the normal spellbook, only the following spells can be cast:
|Runecrafting||Higher level pouches (large and giant) cannot be filled by using assist. Multiple runes per essence can be crafted if the assister has a high enough level. Assistance does not work in the Runespan.|
|Smithing||Darts cannot be made unless Tourist Trap is completed by the assisted player, claws cannot be made unless Death Plateau is completed and pickaxes cannot be made unless Perils of Ice Mountain is completed. Does not work on Between a Rock... to make the gold helmet required for the quest. Does not work in Devious Minds when attempting to make the Slender blade. Furthermore, Attuned crystal weapons cannot be forged using the assist system.
This feature was originally added in the Assist System update on 5 November 2007. On 12 November 2007, an Assist System and Skills Interface update was released. This removed Fishing, Hunter, Mining, and Woodcutting from the Assist System, because those skills are used to obtain raw materials. Players suggested on the forums that these skills could in fact be developed faster without the assistance system, and that players seeking resources could obtain these items from direct player to player trades just as easily. Those players of lower skill levels typically didn't know how to efficiently gather resources and typically wasted the time of the higher level players that could have been spent simply gathering these resources in the first place.
When the Knowledge Base Article on the main RuneScape page first came out, the picture showing "Req Assist" from the player had a right-click "Report Abuse" option (which is used by player moderators and Jagex staff). This picture has since been removed and replaced with a new one. An update on 25 October 2011 allowed all players to use the right-click "Report Abuse" feature.
On 10 June 2009, there was a glitch where players could not request assistance.
Jagex has made an update that allows players to see the current skill levels of the player providing assistance. This change was made to prevent scamming, especially at Runecrafting altars.
On 25 August 2010, Jagex added a right click option to check XP Earned/Time. This was to stop players asking for someone to request assistance to find out how long until the assisting player could assist again, the only previous way.
- When the Assist System was first released, players who were assisted would get the experience for the action, and there was no 30,000 experience cap. Players were able to use assist to get into guilds, getting assist from players just outside the guild, entering, and then cancelling the assistance.