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A glitch (also known as a bug) is a fault in a program that causes it to function improperly. The severity of glitches can vary. The most common glitch is the reoccurring graphical stretching glitch, which causes models to stretch, but has no impact on the gameplay. More severe glitches include the infamous Falador Massacre, where a player was able to attack other players outside of a player-versus-player zone.
Rules on bug abuse
Abuse of glitches is a direct breach of the "bug abuse" rule under the honour section of the rules of RuneScape. The punishment for guilty parties varies depending on the particular glitch, and the degree to which it was abused. Minor graphical glitches generally go unpunished, while major abuse (such as what occurred in the partyhat duplication glitch), may result in a permanent ban.
Missing Icons Glitch
The missing icon glitch was discovered on the 11th July 2012 (11/7/2012), This bug did not give anyone or anything an advantage, but it did make almost all items in the inventory or bank invisible, with only a number if it was stacked.
The Falador Massacre was an infamous glitch where a player was able to attack other players after a glitch involving player-owned houses was discovered, and proceeded to attack many players in the Falador area until he was stopped.
The noclip glitch allowed a pair of bug abusers to walk through barriers in RuneScape, nearly entirely unrestricted.
25 February 2009 crash
In February 2009, there was a bug where if your chat was on, seeing the "µ" character in the chatbox made the game crash. It was abused during player-versus-player combat.
Partyhat duplication glitch
The partyhat duplication glitch is one of the most famous glitches in RuneScape, where a third-party program was used to manipulate the game engine, allowing the creation of items.
9 June 2009 game engine update glitch
The game engine was significantly rewritten on 9 June 2009, causing a multitude of bugs to crop up all across RuneScape. Glitches ranged from nonoperational bank booths to ranged attacks only working when standing right next to a foe.
Penguin Hide and Seek glitch
The Penguin Hide and Seek glitch allowed players to spy the same penguin multiple times, allowing them to get unlimited penguin points, which could be exchanged for experience.
PvP drop potential glitch
When RuneScape used PvP worlds, a glitch allowed them to be manipulated, by using a beast of burden on a free to play, then dying multiple times, fooling the game with the wealth you have carried, before returning to a members world for kills with high drop potential.
Bolt duplication glitch
The bolt duplication glitch was a glitch where the player could enchant multiple bolts out of only a single bolt, vastly multiplying their profit.
Smuggling Dungeoneering items glitch
Several similar glitches have allowed items normally restricted to the dungeons of Daemonheim to be smuggled outside, using either teleports or a beast of burden. Currently all dungeoneering weapons disintegrate if equipped outside of Daemonheim.
Equipable knife glitch
Runecrafting experience in Dungeoneering glitch
Guthix rest tea glitch
The Guthix rest tea glitch caused the drink to heal the player entirely, as well as remove poisoning, and restore run energy.
Ring of wealth glitch
Following an update to the ring of wealth, a glitch caused lootshared kills to utilize all player's rings, which greatly increased the chances of getting rare drops.
Dropping destroy-only items and pets glitch
A feature that allowed items to be dropped while banking caused a glitch, allowing items that normally could only be destroyed, as well as pets, to be dropped instead.
Rat Pits Massacre
Upon release of the updated graphics for Burthorpe, the mindspike reward from the Troll Warzone tutorial was able to kill almost any normally unattackable NPC instantly, although they only dropped bones.
Adding yourself to your friends list glitch
Several methods, including utilizing display names and adding spaces before or after their name, allowed players to add themselves to their friend or ignore lists.
Kennith's Concerns death glitch
The Kennith's Concerns death glitch occurred when a player died when sneaking past the guards in Kennith's Concerns. Normally, players could not die during this part of Kennith's Concerns, but some players were able to kill themselves using Nitroglycerin, which allowed them to go anywhere in RuneScape in this position. Upon death outside of the mines however, the player would simply end up back in the mines, their items intact.
Player moderator forums glitch
A pair of bug abusers found access to the player moderator's forum through a security exploit.
Invisible items glitch
After the release of Z-buffering, items would occasionally be rendered underneath the floor. The items could still be clicked and picked up, but were effectively invisible. When the release of Social Slayer came out some items in your inventory or bank were invisible.
Attacking players in the Tower of Life glitch
Upon release of the Tower of Life, the basement's placement directly below the wilderness allowed players to attack each other.
Crucible Money Making Glitch
The bug caused Jagex to do a complete shutdown of the game, making all worlds offline. A large number of players were banned for abusing this glitch.
Graphical stretching glitch
Graphical stretching glitches, where a part of a model stretches in a way not intended, are one of the most common types of glitches in RuneScape.
Minimap glitches are common in RuneScape, including black or white backgrounds on the minimap, black sections, or failure to display the minimap all together.
- In the Evolution of Combat beta, players could directly report bugs in the game via the report button, which is usually only used to report players. In the report screen, some RuneScape "bugs" like spiders and kalphites would regularly appear and players could click on them to reduce them to a green splat.