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Christmas cracker was discontinued from RuneScape after an update, but still exists in-game.
Christmas cracker
Christmas cracker
Release date 25 December 2001 (Update)
Members? No
Quest item? No
Tradeable? Yes
Equipable? No
Stackable? No
High Alch 0 coins
Low Alch 0 coins
Destroy Drop
On death Always kept in inventory
Store price Not sold
Exchange price 2,147,483,644 coins (info)
Buy limit 2
Examine I need to pull this.
Weight 0 kg
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Christmas cracker detail

A Christmas cracker is a holiday item that was dropped during the 2001 Christmas event on 25 December 2001, the first RuneScape Christmas event, and is arguably the rarest and most expensive/valuable item in RuneScape. They are not often sold on the Grand Exchange, instead traded for cash and/or items because of their value being greater than the maximum amount of coins.

PullingEdit

Pulling Christmas cracker

A player pulling open a Christmas cracker.

Held within the cracker is a partyhat and one other item or a stack of items, such as some coins, runes, or rune armour. To open it, it must be used with another player. Upon opening, the player who had the cracker and the player it was used on each have a 50/50 chance to receive a randomly coloured party hat, while the other player gets the other item. While the free trade limit was removed, however, Mod Ash had confirmed that this was changed to the player with the cracker always gets the hat to prevent a possible method of real world trading. However, when free trade was redone, this was changed back to 50/50.

The chances below are calculated using a sample size of 2218 crackers
  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Red partyhat Red partyhat 1 8 24.78% 1,611,404,593
Yellow partyhat Yellow partyhat 1 8 21.28% 1,235,722,698
White partyhat White partyhat 1 8 18.21% 2,147,483,288
Green partyhat Green partyhat 1 8 17.22% 1,420,068,859
Blue partyhat Blue partyhat 1 8 11.18% 2,147,483,647
Purple partyhat Purple partyhat 1 8 7.30% 1,179,630,158

This means that the average profit in GE terms for pulling a Christmas cracker is Coins 1000 -523,421,558 based on Grand Exchange prices. However, the street price of the cracker can be upwards of triple, even four times greater than the market price, making the loss upwards of billions (some of the hats also trade above maxcash).

The chances below are calculated using a sample size of 1337 crackers
  Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price
Chocolate bar Chocolate bar 1 8 19.00% 448
Silver bar Silver bar 1 8 13.24% 273
Spinach roll Spinach roll 1 8 12.42% Not sold
Iron ore Iron ore (noted) 5 8 11.74% 1,830
Chocolate cake Chocolate cake 1 8 11.52% 515
Holy symbol Holy symbol 1 8 8.53% 89
Silk Silk 1 8 8.23% 32
Gold ring Gold ring 1 8 7.18% 181
Black dagger Black dagger 1 8 4.11% 171
Law rune Law rune 1 8 3.96% 264

The immense value of crackers and partyhats on the street has posed a problem; the maximum gold stack is 2.147b, and the street price of the cracker is upwards of 6b, meaning items like h'ween masks, Santa hats, and other partyhats must be traded to offset the gold limit. Oftentimes crackers are traded via spirit shards and cash as well. Thus, it is extremely difficult to obtain both the money and the items to purchase a Christmas cracker; very few players have the wealth.

An update now causes the player using the cracker on another player to receive a warning message, asking them if they are sure they wish to do so. However, players are still strongly advised to keep Christmas crackers in noted form to prevent the unlikely accident of pulling them.

RarityEdit

Few Christmas crackers remain due to the fact that many were pulled immediately after the drop. The vast majority of players opened them for the rune items that could be obtained from doing so. Note that at the time of the drop, Partyhats and Christmas Crackers were virtually worthless, while certain rune items such as the rune kiteshield were worth much more than the cracker, which, at the time, was an incredible amount. Not one would've expected the Christmas Cracker to become worth billions a decade later.

Over time, many Christmas crackers have been lost as players with older accounts have quit, have been permanently banned or have opened their Christmas crackers for fun. Their importance to the RuneScape economy (which was so crucial for years starting a few years after their release) has long diminished. Other discontinued items such as party hats, halloween masks, and santa hats are far more commonly traded.

Because their numbers are so low, and are traded only a few times per year, many expect the Christmas cracker to become the first extinct RuneScape item. When the last player either drops, pulls, quits RuneScape, or is banned with their cracker, the item will cease to be traded on the Grand Exchange or on the street.

Price update historyEdit

Christmas crackers hardly ever update in price in the Grand Exchange. Since the release of the Grand Exchange, the price has only updated seven times suggesting that it is rarely sold via the Grand Exchange.

Since the free trade updates on 1 February 2011, the item has suddenly risen by 200 million coins. Jagex has stated that this was due to a miscalculation in prices for items that do not get traded in Grand Exchange often. The miscalculation was fixed two days later and the prices of most items affected were manually lowered by Jagex.

TriviaEdit

  • When these crackers were dropped, the original colour was red, and has since changed to white.

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