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Double XP Weekends are events where players receive twice as much experience from most training activities. Double XP Weekends usually run twice a year, in February and September, beginning on a Friday and ending on the following Monday.

Double XP Weekends were preceded by Bonus XP Weekends. During Bonus XP Weekends players received a variable amount of bonus experience that decreased with the duration for which they were logged in. The decaying bonus experience boost was replaced by a constant double experience boost in the October 2012 Double XP Weekend; all further weekends have been Double XP Weekends.


These actions do not provide bonus experience:

Ironman Mode players are also disallowed from participating.

Past limitationsEdit

Experience calculatorEdit

Calculator: Double XP Weekend XP

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Current eventEdit

Previous eventsEdit

September 2016Edit

The second Double XP Weekend of 2016 took place from 12:00 UTC on Friday 23 September to 12:00 UTC on Monday 26 September.[1] This was the first Double XP Weekend to include the Invention skill. Extra experience was awarded to items' experience gains rather than Invention experience gained, at a 50% increase.


February 2016Edit

The first double experience weekend of 2016 took place from 26 February to 29 February. The newly released Invention skill's experience gains were not affected by the Double XP Weekend.[2]

Double XP Timer popup

September 2015Edit

The second Double XP Weekend of 2015 was from 25 September to 28 September.

September 2015 Double XP Weekened lobby banner

February 2015Edit

The first Double XP Weekend of 2015 ran from 20 February to 23 February.[3]

November 2014Edit

The second Double XP Weekend of 2014 ran from 12:00 GMT on Friday 31 October to 2 November [4]. This Double XP Weekend was the first in which players' stored bonus experience would be used in combination with the Double XP Weekend's bonus; to give triple experience gains. It was also the first Double XP Weekend where a clan avatar's bonus would stack with the Double XP Weekend effect.

February 2014Edit

BXP Icon

A Double XP Weekend ran from 21 until 24 February 2014, starting at 12:00 UTC and ending at 14:00 UTC. This was the first Double XP Weekend where Recruit a Friend bonuses stacked with the Double XP Weekend bonus.

This event, as voted for by players, was in support of the Gameblast charity weekend, raising money for Special Effect. Alongside the Double XP Weekend, Jagex hosted a 24-hour long livestream on their official Twitch channel, starting at 1pm UTC on Friday 21 February. A donation page was set up for players to make direct donations to the charity. Players could also purchase the limited edition GameBlast tunic from Solomon's General Store and donate coins to the Well of Goodwill.

Gameblast BXPW lobby banner

October 2012Edit

The free players' multiplier is 1.2.

Free Players

The members' multiplier is 2.


On 11 October 2012, Jagex announced a Halloween Bonus XP Weekend that, for the first time, would available for free to play players. It was also the first Double XP Weekend: having a stable 2x experience multiplier, for members, rather than a decaying experience multiplier. Free to players gained a stable 1.2x experience bonus. Unlike previous Bonus XP Weekends the Summoning skill was not subject to a reduced multiplier and Summoning experience gains were doubled.[5] The pumpkin amulet available at this time did stack with the Double XP Weekend bonus.

March 2012Edit

Bonus XP Weekend March 2012 interface

The March 2012 Bonus XP Weekend started on 16 March and ended on 19 March at 12:00 GMT, as announced in the March 2012 Behind the Scenes post. This was the final weekend to use the Bonus XP Weekend decaying experience boost: subsequent weekends were Double XP Weekends.

September 2011Edit

The fourth Bonus XP Weekend was held from 9 to 12 September 2011, as first announced in the Save 15% on the price of membership! newspost on 24 August.

March 2011Edit

Bonus XP Weekend 2011 interface

The Bonus XP Weekend of March 2011 was held from 11 to 14 March. Experience gains from Balthazar Beauregard's Big Top Bonanza were not affected by bonus experience during this and future Bonus XP Weekends, though it had been previously.

September 2010Edit


The second Bonus XP Weekend was held from 12:00 BST 3 September to 7 September. The Bonus XP Weekend was originally stated to run from 3 to 6 September, but it didn't actually end until 12:00 GMT on 7 September. It was similar to the first Bonus XP Weekend, but used the multiplier mechanics that were mentioned prior to the first weekend rather than those that were actually used during the Bonus XP Weekend. When logged in, players could check their bonus XP, time elapsed, and bonus modifier by hovering the mouse over the XP Counter.

When the event first started, players training Dungeoneering did not receive bonus XP, so all players' multipliers were reset to 2.7x. If a player ran out of membership during the Bonus XP Weekend at 1.1 multiplier and then they renewed their membership, the multiplier would go back to 2.7x. During this and later Bonus XP Weekends Summoning was given a flat 1.1x bonus experience multiplier, regardless of timer spent logged in.

Game time (mins) XP Multiplier Average multiplier over full period
0-30 x 2.7 x 2.7
30-60 x 2.55 x 2.625
60-90 x 2.4 x 2.55
90-120 x 2.25 x 2.475
120-150 x 2.1 x 2.4
150-180 x 2.0 x 2.3
180-210 x 1.9 x 2.27
210-240 x 1.8 x 2.2125
240-270 x 1.7 x 2.155
270-300 x 1.6 x 2.1
300-330 x 1.5 x 2.04
330-360 x 1.45 x 1.99
360-390 x 1.4 x 1.95
390-420 x 1.35 x 1.9
420-450 x 1.3 x 1.86
450-480 x 1.25 x 1.82
480-510 x 1.2 x 1.79
510-540 x 1.175 x 1.75
540-570 x 1.15 x 1.725
570-600 x 1.125 x 1.695
600+ x 1.1 x 1.66*

*As 1.1 lasts indefinitely the given average assumes only a half hour period and will decline further at a longer duration.

March 2010Edit

Bonus Xp Weekend

Bonus XP Weekend logo

Bonus weekend GUI

The first Bonus XP Weekend started at 12:00 PM GMT on Friday 12 March and lasted until 12:07 PM GMT Monday, 15 March 2010.[6] The Bonus XP Weekend used a decaying bonus experience formula. Players began with 2.7x experience bonus which decreased for every 45 minutes that the player was logged in. After 7 hours of being logged in the player would be down to a 1.1x experience bonus which would not decreased further.

The first Bonus XP Weekend used an early version of the XP Counter to display the player's current experience multiplier and experience gains. It was located next to the minimap. During the Bonus XP Weekend no bonus experience was given in any skill while barbarian fishing.

Leading up to the Bonus XP Weekend, Jagex released an equation that gave the XP multiplier as a function of time and it was stated that the multiplier would be recalculated on every XP event, accurate to one minute. The multiplier given was \left(\frac{x-10}{7.5}\right)^2+1.1 for the first 10 hours, and a constant 1.1 after that, where x is the number of hours played. This is shown in the graph on the right, which was also released with the formula.[6] This would have given an average multiplier of 1.69x over the first 10 hours of play.

Xp formula

Intended graph of XP multiplier as a function of the time played.

However, when the event started, players noticed that the bonus xp multiplier was lower than expected; it changed every 45 minutes rather than every 30 minutes and was always a multiple of 0.1. The modifier went down 0.2 each time (2.7, 2.5, 2.3, etc.), but went down only 0.1 after it reached 1.5 (1.5, 1.4, 1.3, etc.). This was due to intermediate rounding. In the article on Bonus XP Weekend found on the front page on the Runescape website, it was said that one's XP counter would reach 1.1x after 10 hours of gameplay. Players were disappointed to find out that it actually hit 1.1x after 7 hours of gameplay.


  • No Double XP Weekends occurred in 2013.


  1. ^ Jagex. "Double XP Weekend is Coming - 23rd September." 23 August 2016. RuneScape News.
  2. ^ Jagex. "GameBlast16 & Double XP | Coming 26th February." 28 January 2016. RuneScape News.
  3. ^ Mod William. "Double XP Weekend - GameBlast15 - February 20th." 16 January 2015. RuneScape News.
  4. ^ Mod William. "Bonus XP Weekend: Save the Date!." 12 September 2014. RuneScape News.
  5. ^ Update:Scary Bonus XP Weekend: the Details!
  6. ^ a b Mod Knox. "Bonus XP Weekend: Save the Date!." 26 February 2010. Developers' Blogs.

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