This article is about the function that allows players to remove items from their inventories. For the items that monsters drop when they die, see Drops.
The Drop function allows a player to remove an item from their inventory, causing it to appear on the ground at the player's feet. When an item is dropped it will make a sound that is different between some items. The object will remain on the ground for three minutes, during which time it is recoverable by the player who dropped it. After one minute, the object may become visible to other players, although non-tradeable items only appear to the player that dropped it. It appears as a red dot on the minimap to any player who is able to pick it up.
Dropping objects is used to free up space within a player's inventory or to get rid of objects that are unwanted. Occasionally during quests an object will have to be dropped in order to progress. Usually it is useless and players always keep items in their inventory!
Dropped items will remain visible only to the owner of the item for 1 minute. After that, anyone will be able to pick it up. After 2 more minutes (3 minutes total after drop), the item will disappear from the ground. This feature was briefly removed as a bug in January 2002, but Jagex reinstated it because many players found it to be useful.
Dropping all of an itemEdit
It is possible to drop all of a single item fairly easily by first adding the item to your action bar. As long as the action bar is open, a player can rapidly drop items by clicking the item on the action bar or by pressing the key that the slot, where the item is, is bound to. This is only useful when training skills like fishing, mining, or other skills where you might want to drop the same item a lot of times.
Dropping high value itemsEdit
When attempting to drop an item valued at over 500,000 coins, the player will be met with a warning dialogue stating that, "The item you are about to drop has a high value." The player can either confirm the drop, at which point the item will be dropped, or cancel the drop, and the item will remain in the player's inventory.
Some players will drop random items usually of low value in order to create a path or picture. This practice is purely recreational, and in no way benefits the artist or the viewers, unless they have a need for one or more of the items dropped.
The drop function is replaced by the Destroy function for some non-tradeable items, usually holiday items or items requiring a specific skill or quest, etc. The destroy function is similar to the drop; it likewise removes the item from the inventory, but unlike drop, the item does not appear on the game screen and cannot be recovered. Because of this, when a player attempts to destroy an item, he or she will always get a warning message, with very few exceptions, of course. The message usually lists possible ways to recover the item as well.
Prior to the unbalanced trade removal update in January 2008, dropping was frequently used to transfer items between a player's multiple accounts, in breach of the Rules of RuneScape. The player would first log on one account, drop a valuable item, and then log into another account to pick the item up. This is now possible again, although trading between accounts using this method is still against the rules.