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Our Beginner's guide starts once your character design is finalised and you are deposited into the live RuneScape world.

Starting OutEdit

After the Troll Warzone update, players now start off in Burthorpe. After an introductory cutscene, the player will be given a series of instructions by various NPCs. Follow the instructions given by the respective NPCs as well as the guide arrows on the minimap

After the tutorial, the player can now explore the vast realm of Runescape. To start off, players can run south of the start point to reach Taverley. From there, players can move east to the vast city of Falador, or—for members only—cross the White Wolf Mountain into Catherby for a start on FishingThis is only recommended for daring new players, as the white wolves are aggressive. If at any point a player gets lost, he/she can use the Home Teleport spell to return safely to Burthorpe or Lumbridge. This teleport can be used repeatedly with no cost, and no cooldown time; however it is not always a "get out of jail free card" as IT CANNOT BE CAST DURING COMBAT. Some of the most dangerous places in the game block players from teleporting out; but these areas are usually remote, or well marked. As you continue on with your journey, you can unlock lodestones at important places such as cities, which allow you to cast the home teleport spell to that location.

New players are highly recommended to use the Home Teleport spell to teleport to Lumbridge as it is formerly the start point of Runescape, and many beginners' guides are written with Lumbridge as the starting reference. This guide assumes that the player has moved to Lumbridge upon the completion of the tutorial. 

OrientationEdit

The world of RuneScape is vast and you will probably get lost. The world map can be accessed by clicking the globe icon in the top rightmost corner of your screen under your minimap.

  • The "you are here" marker will show your exact location in the world. The "You Are Here" marker can be removed or replaced anytime. It also shows the shape of the land, and the location of banks and shops. Note that sometimes the content of the world map will differ from that on the minimap. This is because the world map shows everything on the RuneScape surface, while the minimap only shows everything on the same height level as you.
  • A player can buy a Newcomer Map from General Stores (The icon for a general store is General store map icon on your mini map or world map) for one coin. This is a basic map of the free area, easy to find your way around with.

OrganisationEdit

  • Once finished with the tutorial, you can begin any activity of your choice. Runescape has a vast number of activities, and a wide variety of skills to train. Players are probably best off beginning with some combat training, but this is by no means the only activity available to a player at this point.
  • To begin some basic combat training, cross the bridge to the other side of the River Lum and attack the goblins there. Alternatively, players can seek out the small Spiders and Rats found around town; while easy to kill these creatures provide very little experience per kill and drop no items. For players who wish to maximise XP gain with essentially no risk of harm to themselves rats or spiders are a very valid option. In other words, goblins will likely kill new players a small handful of times before they have advanced significantly in level while rats and spiders will not, at the cost of taking a great deal longer, and with no items gained.
  • Once you finish the Blood Pact quest you will then be able to kill the various monsters in the Lumbridge Catacombs, which instantly will become a favorable training spot for beginners.
  • While fighting occasionally you will get money drops, or other interesting items. Take the coins and items and put them in your bank once you have a few, as you can hold only 28 items in your inventory. Go into the castle and climb to the 3rd floor[help]. You will see Bank map icon on your minimap, indicating a bank. You can talk to the banker and deposit some of your items. The items can be taken out later when you need them.
  • While banking, if you have not set a bank pin, you should do so now by talking to any of the Runescape bankers.
  • After gathering some items and tiring of combat, it is time to cash in. Players looking to sell their items or spend some money should go is the center of trade: The Grand Exchange. To get there, head north to Varrock and look for the Grand Exchange map icon symbol in the north-west of the city. Read the next article for detailed directions for how to get there; it is no short walk. You must speak with the Grand Exchange tutor before being allowed to use the exchange, he will explain how the system of buying and selling works.
  • You can also use General Stores to cash in on items and to buy a limited selection of supplies and tools. On your minimap, these stores are marked with a General store map icon which marks a General store. Try buying and selling a few items, such as a tinderbox or some shears . Some items sell for more at these stores then at the exchange, but it is much more commonly the other way around. Players will sometimes offload cheeper, or somewhat useless items at these stores, and take their more valuable things to market on the exchange (especially because free players can only sell a maximum of 2 types of item at a time on the grand exchange). New players are strongly recommended to buy a selection of basic tools such as hatchets and pickaxes from the Lumbridge General Store and store them in the toolbelt for greater convenience. See Toolbelt for more details. 

Starting Your AdventureEdit

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Lumbridge Castle entrance.

You are now ready to go out and explore the world of RuneScape. However, there are countless things to do. Here are the activities that make up RuneScape.

ExploringEdit

Exploring is one of the easiest things that you can do. All that you have to do is walk around RuneScape, just point and click at where you want to go. Click on the globe symbol for a complete map of the RuneScape world.

Note that straying past the Border Guards may find you in dangerous areas, where monsters present a risk of death. See the section on death below for more information.

Exploring is highly recommended for new players as knowing where you are, and more importantly, where you are trying to go is quite useful. Below are a few of the major cities/towns and directions to get there from Lumbridge.

VarrockEdit

Main article: Varrock

Varrock, the capital of Misthalin. It is the most populated, and the most popular, city in RuneScape rich with history and backstory (and quests!). For this reason, it is an ideal place for new players to start their adventures. There are several ways to get there.

  • On Foot - Either walking or running, this is by far the simplest and preferred way to travel to Varrock from Lumbridge. Start by crossing the River Lum using one of the bridges out of the center of town. From there, turn north and follow the road until you reach a T-shaped fork. Take the west path, which soon turns back north again. This road will take you to the southern gate of the city.
  • Varrock Teleport - For players who have already done some magic training, directly teleporting to varrock becomes available once level 25 in Magic is been reached. Like all spells, this one uses runes as well; requiring 1 Law rune, 3 Air, and 1 Fire rune. This is the most commonly used method of reaching Varrock by experienced players.
  • Canoe - This is a convenient way of getting between locations on the River Lum. For new players the most convenient canoe station is in Lumbridge near the Lumbridge Sage and the Goblin spawn. Depending on the players woodcutting skill they will be able to carve better canoes which allow them to travel longer distances in one trip. To use this method you'll want to go to either the Champion's Guild station, which is southwest of the southern gate of varrock, or travel to the Barbarian Village station which is directly east of the varrock, depending on the canoe you what/where you are planning to access in Varrock.

One of Varrock's main features, and the reason that it is so frequently visited, is the Grand Exchange which can be found by its minimap symbol, the Grand Exchange map icon. This is an item-trading facility, and is the best place to go to when you are in need of buying wares for your adventures, or selling items for a profit. Most tradeable items can be sold on the Grand Exchange.

The city of Varrock also houses a wide variety of stores, and as tools for training skills that are rather cumbersome to buy at the Grand Exchange, these shops can be well utilised. Varrock is one of few citys to have 2 or more banks, having one in the east and one in the west, as well as the Grand Exchange's own banks, all of which are marked with an Bank map icon symbol. A great many other hotspots are found, and well marked, around the city, including; Anvils for Smithing : Anvil map icon, multiple Cooking ranges : Range map icon, a single sword shop: Sword shop map icon, a number of pubs/bars: Pub map icon, a great many water filling sources: Water source map icon, a low grade platebody shop: Platebody shop map icon, a runes and Magic shop: Magic shop map icon, a couple of Prayer restoring altars: Altar map icon, a combat training workout spot: Combat training map icon, a staff shop: Staff shop map icon, a leather tannery: Tannery map icon, the Apothecary, who sells some potions: Apothecary map icon, an Archery and Ammo shop: Archery shop map icon, a Real Estate agent: Estate agent map icon, a few clothes shops: Clothes shop map icon, the fur trader: Fur trader map icon, A number of "rare" trees: Rare tree map icon, and a even a few mining sites: Mining spot map icon. Last but not least, Varrock has an access method to the Rune Essence mine (essential to training Runecrafting ), and several easy and slightly experienced quests, such as Demon Slayer , and a great number of Members quests that explore the city's history, and on occasion, decide its future.

Al KharidEdit

Main article: Al Kharid

Al Kharid, the desert city, is located south-east of Lumbridge. Al Kharid is not part of the "safe" starting area, so if you have a total level less than 60, you will need to confirm your intent to enter with the border guards. Al Kharid is the gateway to the Kharidian Desert which lies to the south, beyond Shantay Pass through which only members can pass. It is a city of combat, and of training. Notable hotspots include the Duel Arena on the northeast border of the city where players may fight each other 1-on-1, the royal palace; full of guards for players to train intermediate combat levels on, and the building near the bank Bank map icon, which contains a range Range map icon, forge Furnace map icon, and tannery Tannery map icon, where players go regularly to process large numbers of resources such as raw fish, ores, and cowhide, with relatively high speed. Also, the Fire runecrafting altar is located on the far outskirts of the city.

This city is a popular place for smelting ores, due to the furnace being so near the bank, and for the fact that there is also a mine Mining spot map icon to the north, however beware of scorpions that live there if you have a low combat level. At one of only 2 tanneries in the free game players can have their cowhides tanned into soft leather or hard leather, used to train crafting, for a small fee. Al Kharid also has a gem shop Gem shop map icon (with no stock), a musician Resting spot map icon to restore your run energy at while runecrafting, a crafting shop Crafting shop map icon to get all the basic tools at, a kebab shop Kebab seller map icon, a general store General store map icon, an intermediate grade platelegs shop Platelegs shop map icon, and Faruq's tools Tools for Games shop map icon. There is a range Range map icon near the bank, several water sources Water source map icon near the palace, some fishing spots Fishing spot map icon along the river behind the bank, and a few quests Quest map icon are available here as well. Members can also use a very experienced level farming patch Farming patch map icon.

Use the following ways to travel to Al Kharid:

  • On Foot - From Lumbridge head south through the graveyard, and into the Lumbridge Swamp, then head east across the dock that bridges the mouth of the river. You will arrive behind the Al Kharid Bank.
    • The alternate route is to use the passing. From castle Lumbridge, cross the river to the goblins area, and continue east through the passing at the end of the road. 
  • On Foot (from Varrock) - Exit from either the east or south gate and follow the road south, after the road turns east or west, respectively, you will reach a border crossing along a fence into a sandy area. Pass into the Al Karid region, and continue for quite a distance south past the Al Kharid Mine and oasis. This path is not recommended for beginners because there are aggressive giant Scorpions in and around the mine.
  • Members who have completed The Grand Tree quest can use the Gnome Glider to travel to and from Al Kharid.
  • Members can use a Ring of duelling to teleport to the Duel Arena, just north-east of Al Kharid.
  • Members can use an Amulet of Glory to teleport to the Shantay Pass. Note that the amulet cannot be recharged until the player has completed the higher level Heroes' Quest .  
  • Members can get to Al Kharid via the one-way fairy ring found in the Zanaris market area.
  • Members can enter from the south via the Shantay Pass.
  • Members can use the crossbow shortcut, requiring 8 Agility, 37 Ranged and 19 Strength, to get to and from Lumbridge Swamp. (although the bridge right next to this shortcut works just as well)
  • Members who have completed Swept Away and have had their broomstick enchanted by the Sorceress' Apprentice can teleport to the Sorceress's Garden at any time.

Draynor VillageEdit

Main article: Draynor Village

Draynor Village is a small, slightly troubled crossroads village out beyond the western farms and forest surrounding Lumbridge. It's a small fishing, woodcutting and crafting community and is a common pitstop on the way to the Wizards Tower down to the south, and Port Sarim and other towns further west. Points of interest include a group of bandits who've holdup on the outskirts of town, where plenty of aggressive rogues can be found for players to train their combat level on (or avoid in earnest), as well as the large haunted manor to the north where players can go for their first real test of swordsmanship in the quest Vampyre slayer.

To get to Draynor:

  • Walk west from Lumbridge. (Use the home teleport if you are not there already.)
  • Follow the dirt road through the Lumbridge Battlefield west.
  • Or, walk north out of lumbridge, following the paved road, which shortly turns west. Continue on this road until you reach a 4-way crossroad, and head south on it to reach Draynor; This way you do not need to pass the Lumbridge Battlefield. 
  • Members may use a charged Amulet of Glory to teleport directly into Draynor itself.
  • Members can walk from their player-owned house in Rimmington if they use the Teleport to House spell. This requires a certain level in Magic
  • Experienced Members can use the Fairy Ring Network to teleport in behind the Wizard's Tower, then take a short run north.

Training hotspots in Draynor revolve around fishing, woodcutting, combat, and for members, thieving from the market stalls. Look for the fishing symbol Fishing spot map icon just south of the bank to get started on some basic level fishing. Growing next to the fishing spots is a cluster of willow trees, right by the bank Bank map icon, making this the perfect for storing your timber and fish away quickly so you can get right back to gathering more. Also, keep a sharp eye out for the dungeon symbol Dungeon map icon, if you want to explore the sewer and help rid Draynor of a nasty underground undead infestation. On the far outskirts of town, up to the northest near Draynor manor there is small clay quarry where players can mine the essential resource needed for those who wish to begin training crafting by making pottery. Back in the center of town, marked by the Potter's wheel map icon icon, players will find a potter's wheel and pottery kiln with which to craft and fire their soft clay (just add water) into various useful items. Members who have been introduced to the ways of the summoner will be happy to know that there is a mini obelisk Small Summoning obelisk map icon here as well.

Diango, an important character, is found in the village square; you can buy funny (If not really useful) toys from his store, and he will freely replace any Holiday items you have lost by accident or otherwise. Near Diango is the town crier who will explain the rules of conduct to anyone who asks, and give a short explanation on Player Moderators. Other personalities in town are: Aggie the witch, who can make you dyes from various vegetables and leaves for a small price, Ned, who is one of the advanced advisors for the Lumbridge/Draynor achievement diaries, and finally, the Wise Old Man whom is quite the mysterious character.

A number of free quests Quest map icon are available in Draynor Village, and several quests that don't start here will lead you here. For beginners Ernest the Chicken will be a curious challenge, and for more advanced players Vampyre Slayer will pose a decent challenge.

MoneyEdit

Main article: Money Making guide

Money makes the world go around. The majority of items, from food to resources to equipment, can be purchased, with purchasing goods sometimes the only way to obtain certain items.

If you are looking for a quick pile of cash and don't know where to go; all new players can earn a quick stack of cash by completing the Stronghold of Player Safety. Players can also complete the tasks in the achievement system for a sizable amount of starting money, but this will require a deal of effort and time.

Regular money making can become highly repetitive, especially as the player progresses up in the levels. Usually players will need to gather large quantities of resources, and process those resources into something that people want. The range of ways to make money from skills is broad, and ultimately, up to the player's individual taste. Even so, there are a few notable ways for a beginner to make a good amount of money at a reasonable pace.

One such easy way to make money in RuneScape is by selling bones. Nearly everything you can kill will drop bones, and a great number of players don't even bother picking them up allowing them to be scavenged easily as well. The least valuable, "standard" bones sell for about 414 coins. Of course bone selling should only be done if your prayer level is not important to you, as burying bones is the only way to train prayer for free players. Easy targets to kill for bones are rats, giant rats, cows and chickens. It is highly recommended that free players do NOT use this method as Prayer is highly useful in the higher levels, and is an asset should the player decide to buy membership

Cows on their own are a very nice option because they always also drop cowhide and raw beef. Cowhide currently sells for approximately 435 coins. Tthe raw beef can be cooked to replenish your life points, prolonging the duration you can remain in combat. A good place to farm for cows is the small cow pen in Taverley , where the cows respawn almost instantly, allowing many players to train there. 

SkillEdit

Main article: Skills

Skills are the heart of RuneScape. Free players have access to 16 skills, while members have access to all 25 skills. Skill levels are gained when enough experience is gained in that skill. In turn, experience is gained by practising a skill or doing quests. The higher your level, the more things you can do that are related to that skill. Some of the free-to-play skills are described in brief below.

ConstitutionEdit

Main article: Constitution

Constitution is a skill that controls how many life points (LP) a player or monster has. Life points represent the amount of damage a player or monster can withstand until it dies. Constitution is trained automatically using any form of combat. Your maximum life points will always be forty times your constitution level plus possible armour bonuses.

AttackEdit

Main article: Attack

To start training attack, fight a few monsters using an attack style that will gain you attack experience. Your Attack level determines how often you will hit. With higher attack levels you can wield better weapons. To train Attack, you will need to select the Melee tab in the combat menu (the icon of three blue orbs on the interface), then in the bottom right hand corner select 'Attack XP' or 'Balanced'.

StrengthEdit

Main article: Strength

The Strength skill determines how much damage is done in melee combat. Having a high strength level gives you an advantage because it allows you to hit higher. To train Strength, To train Attack, you will need to select the Melee tab in the combat menu (the icon of three blue orbs on the interface), then in the bottom right hand corner select 'Strength XP' or 'Balanced'. Strength only increases your maximum hit, not how often you hit high (which attack would increase).

DefenceEdit

Main article: Defence

Defence allows you to get hit less often based on your level. At higher levels of Defence you are able to wear better armour. To train Defence, you should select the Melee tab in the combat menu (the icon of three blue orbs on the interface), then in the bottom right hand corner select 'Defence XP' or 'Balanced'. You can also train your Defence while using Magic or Ranged by selecting 'Defence XP' in the Magic and Ranged tabs, respectively, of the same aforementioned menu. 

RangedEdit

Main article: Ranged

Ranged allows players to attack from a distance. Beginning rangers should try using a chargebow which can be bought from Corporal Boothe in Burthope or dropped by a variety of low-levelled monsters such as goblins and cows. Chargebows require no ammunition to fire, and can be economical for beginners. Ranged has a variety of weapons including bows, crossbows, throwing knives, javelins, darts, throwing axes, etc. Also, there is a wide variety of ranged armour available, which generally offer high magic defence.

MagicEdit

Main article: Magic

Magic is a skill that uses runes for spells. This is a very useful skill to train, as spells can be used for combat, teleportation, alchemy, enchanting, and smithing. Magic also allows you to wield magic weapons, such as staves, and magic armour, such as robes.

PrayerEdit

Main article: Prayer

Prayer is a skill that allows you to gain certain bonuses in combat, such as increasing your skills or providing immunity to a certain type of attack. Prayer is levelled by burying bones obtained from killing the denizens of RuneScape.

WoodcuttingEdit

Main article: Woodcutting

Woodcutting is used to get logs from trees. You can buy a hatchet from Bob, located in his shop in southern Lumbridge. Bob's shop has the icon Axe shop map icon by it. Other shops such as the Lumbridge General Store may have free samples for you to take. Another place players can buy hatchets is the Grand Exchange. A bronze hatchet can be found respawning in Fred's farm in lumbridge. Almost all trees in RuneScape can be cut, though you need the appropriate level to cut them. To cut a tree, make sure you have a hatchet suitable to your level in your inventory (or that you are wielding one), and click on the tree. Start by cutting regular trees, then move up better trees (oak, willow, etc) as your Woodcuting level increases. You then have many options such as, but not limited to, selling, firemaking, or fletching (members).

FiremakingEdit

Main article: Firemaking

Firemaking is the art of lighting the logs from woodcutting with a tinderbox. You can buy a tinderbox at a general store. Then get some logs in your inventory, and use your tinderbox on the logs (click on the tinderbox, then the logs). Your character will light a fire on the spot where you are standing. You gain firemaking exp for each log you burn. Better logs will give you more experience, and you will burn logs faster as you level up. Players seeking to power-train Firemaking can light bonfires by clicking 'Craft' on any log, and select 'Add to bonfire'. It is possible to profit from selling ashes as they are a secondary ingredient in some potions for players training Herblore (members only).

FishingEdit

Player fishing

A player fishing with a fishing net on the road south from Lumbridge Castle.

Main article: Fishing

Fishing is used to catch fish from streams, rivers, or the ocean. Look for this icon Fishing spot map icon to find where to fish. To start, talk to Hank, trade and get a Crayfish cage. Then go fish in a Cage spot located opposite Lumbridge Castle . To catch a fish, find a place in the water where there are bubbles coming out, and click on the spot. You can also use a small fishing net to catch shrimp .

CookingEdit

Main article: Cooking

To start cooking, you will need some meat or fish, and a fire. Once you get the fire going, click on the thing you want to cook in your inventory, and then click on the fire. You may also use a range, which can cook a greater variety of food and burns food less often. Success is not guaranteed, and you will likely burn food a lot at first. The symbol Range map icon indicates the location of a range. At higher levels food will burn less often. You only gain cooking experience for the items you actually cook, not burn.

MiningEdit

Main article: Mining

Mining is the art of getting ores from rocks. To prospect a rock, simply right click it and select examine. Before you can actually mine, you will need a pickaxe wielded, or in your inventory. A bronze pickaxe, the lowest levelled pickaxe, may be acquired from Bob at his axe shop near Lumbridge castle as a free sample. To mine, right click to ore to begin mining. Try mining the first two ores that you can, copper and tin. All mining sites can be located by this symbol Mining spot map icon. Mining is considered one of the best ways to make money, along side fishing, woodcutting, and combat.

SmithingEdit

Main article: Smithing

That ore that you mined is useless unless you make something out of it. Use the ores on the furnace, and smelt them into bars. You will be able to smelt copper and tin ores into bronze bars. Once you have some bars, get a hammer and use the bar on an anvil to make armour or weapons. Another option would be to sell the bars for cash. Anvils have the following symbol Anvil map icon. Once you have made some armour, or weapons, you can use them for your own protection, or sell them to the Grand Exchange for money. Players who are not looking for Smithing experience are advised to leave the ores in the form of bars, as they sell faster and for more coins on the Grand Exchange. 

CraftingEdit

Main article: Crafting

Crafting is a varied and useful skill which enables players to produce items such as jewellery , armour, and pottery for use or trade. To begin training Crafting, try shearing some sheep . To shear sheep you will need shears which can be bought at the general store. It is recommended to add shears to the toolbelt for future convenience. Use the wool you gained from shearing sheep on a spinning wheel in the Lumbridge Castle or in Burthope to get balls of wool.

RunecraftingEdit

Main article: Runecrafting

Runecrafting allows players to craft runes for Magic spells at Runecrafting altars. Before you can begin training Runecrafting, you must complete the Rune Mysteries quest. After this quest is completed, you are able to craft air runes from rune essence that you can gather in the Mining skill by taking the essence to the air altar along with an air talisman or tiara. Members are advised to claim the free wicked hood from Tam McGrubor in Burthope and 'feed' the air tiara or talisman into the hood. This allows the hood to act as a wearable talisman, and provide a few free teleports to the air altar once a day. 

QuestingEdit

Main article: Quests

Another favourite pastime in RuneScape are Quests. All quest starting locations can be identitified by the quest symbol Quest map icon. Quests are a group of interrelated tasks. There are short ones and long ones, but here are a few that are recommended to new players. Most Quests give some reward, such as coins, experience, items, or access to places and certain skills. Quests are usually started by talking to a certain NPC. You can find who that someone is by clicking on the quest name in the quest list, found on the right of the screen.

Cook's AssistantEdit

Main article: Cooks Assistant

You have to help the Lumbridge Castle cook get ingredients for a cake. This quest provides a small amount of cooking experience, and more valuable, access to the Lumbridge Castle range, which has a lower chance of burning food.

Rewards:

The Restless GhostEdit

Main article: The Restless Ghost

There is a ghost haunting the graveyard, and you must help it. Most valuable for the access to different gravestone types (allowing you more time to recover your items upon death) and valuable prayer experience.

Rewards:

Rune MysteriesEdit

Main article: Rune Mysteries

The secret of the rune stones will be revealed. Most useful for the access to the runecrafting skill, allowing mages to craft their own runes.

Rewards:

The Blood PactEdit

Main article: The Blood Pact

Dire deeds are afoot in Lumbridge Graveyard. Especially useful for low level players due to the fact it grants weapons in all combat styles and a balanced array of combat experience.

Rewards:

CombatEdit

Main article: Combat

Combat with high level monsters is amongst the best sources of profit in the game. Every player must start small, which means if you want to be killing mighty dragons, you must start with cows.

Combat in RuneScape is very unique. There are three styles, Magic, Melee, and Ranged. These are at opposing points in the "Combat Triangle". Ranged is strong against Magic, Magic is strong against Melee, and Melee is strong against Ranged. For more information, see these articles.

Combat triangle

The Combat triangle.

When starting out, melee is recommended, because you do not have to constantly buy ammunition or runes, which can put a massive strain on your finances. However, with the Evolution of Combat, players using Ranged can opt for the chargebow, while Magic users can use a staff of air or mindspike to cast free air spells in the standard spellbook

Here are some NPCs ideal for beginners to fight:

Chickens (Level 1)Edit

Main article: Chicken

Chickens are found in the chicken coop in the Lumbridge farm, north of Lumbridge Castle. They drop bones, which can be buried for prayer experience, chicken meat, which can be cooked and eaten, and feathers, which can be used in the fishing skill and fletching skills. Because feathers stack (they only take up 1 inventory space), it is easy to get a good amount and sell them, or to keep them for future Fishing or Fletching training. Additionally, all of these items can be sold for a profit. Chickens also drop a handy item called the cornucopia (this automatically appears in your inventory when you kill the chicken). The cornucopia can store up to 1000 life points of food which is a lot of healing in one inventory space for a beginner.

Cows (Level 2)Edit

Main article: Cow

Cows can be found just north of the border gate to Al Kharid. They drop bones , raw beef , and cowhide. You can cook this beef on a range or fire to heal yourself, or sell the beef. The best way to make money is to take the cowhide, as it can be sold on the Grand Exchange for quite high prices. Cowhides can also be tanned in Al Kharid for a fee. You can use tanned hides for crafting. You can also bury the bones for Prayer experience or sell them as well.

Goblins (Level 2, 5)Edit

Main article: Goblin

Goblins have a fair amount of life points, and are therefore good for training. They usually drop bones and other low-value items, such as some coins or some runes. They can also drop talismans for Runecrafting, which could sell for up to 6,000 coins. The best place to find these creatures is across River Lum from Lumbridge using the southern bridge. Port Sarim is also a good option if the player has unlocked the Port Sarim lodestone

Man/Woman (Level 2)Edit

Main articles: Woman and Man

Men and women have a fair amount of life points and drop mostly coins with a definite drop of bones. They are best for training at low levels and if you want to train your Prayer too, they are great. They roam all over Lumbridge (and other cities too) and one can easily be found near the Church in Lumbridge.

TasksEdit

Achievements

Task Tab Open

Main article: Tasks

Tasks are a good source of starting money while getting you involved in the various aspects of the game. When starting out, only low level tasks will be available, however as skill level up more tasks will be accessible. Rewards can be claimed from Explorer Jack in Lumbridge, and you can easily earn 10,000 coins in a short amount of time.

DeathEdit

Main article: Death

RuneScape is an adventure, and adventures can be dangerous. There are probably times when you will die. Upon death, you will keep three of your most valuable items (with certain exceptions), and a gravestone will fall on the location of your death, safe keeping your items for a certain amount of time (which varies with the type of gravestone).

If you make it back to your gravestone before the timer runs out, you may recover your items. However, once the timer runs out, the gravestone crumbles and your items will become visible to other players. Other players are also able to repair or bless your gravestone to extend the duration of the timer. 

To upgrade gravestones, players must complete the Restless Ghost quest. 

Security and SafetyEdit

To stay secure in Runescape, use the following tips:

  • Make sure you have a hard to guess password with both letters and numbers.
  • Set recovery questions that you will remember, as they can help you get your account back if stolen.
  • Link an email to your account, if you do not already have one registered already.
  • Change your password and recovery questions every few months.
  • Activate a bank pin to protect your bank's items at any bank in RuneScape.
  • If you choose to write down your account info down, keep it a secure place only you would have access to.
  • Never enter your account info on any other site besides official Jagex sites.
  • Never give out your password, bank pin, recovery questions answers, or any other account info to anyone.
  • Only news on Jagex sites are official, there are no Moderator applications or test servers.
  • Run an up-to-date Anti-virus system and make sure you update it regularly. Also be sure to Malware scan your computer.
  • Never share accounts with anyone.
  • Do not visit any website you see advertised, as it is most likely a scam site. Add website advertisers to your ignore list and report them using the report button instead.
  • Use a separate password for RuneScape, do not make it the same as your email, etc.
  • If you are think you have a keylogger or virus, do not enter your Runescape account details anywhere until you are sure you have it removed.
  • Link your Runescape account with your Facebook account. Be sure your Facebook account has a separate password to be more secure.
  • Do not fall for Phishing scams in emails; Jagex does not email players and as such any RuneScape related emails are likely to be fraudulent.
  • Change your character name, if it is the same as your log-in name, so no one will be able to see your log-in name in-game.
  • Never buy RuneScape gold, items, or cheats, as you will get permanently banned.
  • Follow all RuneScape rules and play fair and honestly, do not cheat or scam.
  • Jagex will never contact you to: offer you moderator status through email or in-game, verify your account details, identify that you are the account holder, advise you that your account will be suspended, muted, banned or has “received an infraction”, or to confirm a change of address, if you have not requested it.
  • Enable JAG on your account through the runescape website.

Interacting with other playersEdit

RuneScape has a very active and diverse community. If you need help, the easiest thing to do is ask another player very nicely if they could directly help you or point you in the right direction.

General pointers for getting along with the RuneScape community:

  • Do not beg for items or deliberately act in ways to annoy other players. Doing so might start fights.
  • If you believe another player is violating the rules or being unnecessarily offensive to you, the report abuse button can be used to submit an abuse report to Jagex. Please review the Rules so you know what a real violation is and how to accurately use the report system.
  • Do not report someone because they called you a noob, the jargon for newb (a new person). There are many kinds of people playing the game, and sadly not all are helpful. Only report someone if they have openly broken a rule.
  • Utilise your friend list to keep track of players you wish to communicate with in the future. The friends list allows you to send players a private message, regardless of the world you are in.
  • Likewise, use the ignore list to block chat from offensive players.
  • If you believe a player is a scammer or is attempting to get you to tell them your password, bank pin, email, recovery questions, or any other account info, be sure to add that person to your ignore list and use the report feature.
  • It is good to educate yourself on common scams, so you won't be caught unaware.
  • Jagex Moderators Jagex moderator crown, Player Moderators Player moderator crown, and Forum Moderators Forum moderator crown try to help with enforcing rules. Any player that does not have a crown next to their name is not a moderator of any kind, regardless of whatever they may tell you.

Player safetyEdit

You shouldn't go into the wilderness until you are prepared to fight other players, as there are player killers (commonly known as "PKers") that could potentially attempt to kill you. Some players may try to lure you into the wilderness in order to kill you and take your items. Avoid being scammed. If it seems too good to be true, chances are it's a scam. Don't ever fall for scams such as the flower game, armour trimming, show me your inventory scams, trust games, and doubling money.

Where to go from hereEdit

Finishing a few quests will hopefully familiarise you with almost all the skills and game basics as well as putting some money in your pocket. Finding new quests to do, levelling your characters combat and other skills, exploring new areas (such as Falador and Edgeville), and buying/crafting more advanced gear will come naturally and hopefully start to show you what fun RuneScape really is.

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