- They must have a minimum skill level of 15 in the skill (2,411 experience points).
- A minimum of 2,154 experience points is required to appear in the "Overall - All Time" table.
- At least 1,000 experience points within the relevant time frame is required to appear in a weekly or monthly hiscore table.
- The account must not be banned or locked. Banned/locked accounts are removed from the hiscores. If an account is unbanned/unlocked, it appears on the hiscores again.
- Jagex Moderator accounts (on which they can change stats and spawn items) do not necessarily appear on the hiscores. Most of these accounts begin with the word "Mod" except for Andrew, Paul, and Ian. Jagex Moderators' real private accounts, however, do appear on the hiscores. These are just regular accounts with no special powers (other than player moderatorship) that Jagex Mods play on for fun.
- In order for a free-to-play account to appear in the hiscores, it must have logged in at least once since the update on 31 March 2014 which granted free players access to the hiscores again.
The hiscores has added a very competitive atmosphere to the game, causing players to continue training their skills after 99 in order to gain ranks, and inspiring websites and programmes dedicated to tracking and comparing experience progress. Some players look up their own ranks and note how much experience they need to gain to reach a certain rank. Also, many players look up their friends in the hiscores often. Many of the top ranked players are often closely followed as well.
The hiscores are updated with a player's stats each time they log out or leave to the lobby. An exception is that a player's hiscores do not update if they are automatically logged out of the game due to a system update.
In order to appear in the hiscores, a player must have achieved level 15 in a skill, unless more than two million players are already ranked. In that case, a player must have enough experience in the skill such that they are in the top two million players. The following table shows the current minimum levels for each skill to be ranked on the hiscores.
For a more detailed chart, see the extended table.
to be ranked
to be ranked
Activities set the minimum "level" differently, according to the activity scoring system. See the table below.
|Activities||Minimum score needed to be ranked|
|Duel Arena Tournaments||1800 rank|
|Bounty Hunter||250 kills|
|Bounty Hunter Rogues||250 kills|
other than your target
|Fist of Guthix||500 rating|
|Mobilising Armies||300 rank|
|Barbarian Assault attackers||500 Honour points|
In the Attacker role
|Barbarian Assault defenders||500 Honour points|
In the Defender role
|Barbarian Assault collectors||500 Honour points|
In the Collector role
|Barbarian Assault healers||500 Honour points|
In the Healer role
|Castle Wars||500 games played|
|Dominion Tower||50,000 total Dominion Factor|
|The Crucible||500 kills|
|GG: Resource Race||250|
|WE1: Saradomin Team Contribution||250|
|WE1: Zamorak Team Contribution||250|
|Heist Guard Level||1|
|Heist Robber Level||1|
The original hiscores table was updated weekly with players' ranks overall, levels, experience, and change in rank. It recorded the top 2,000 players.
On 9 July 2008, the limit increased to 2,000,000 people. Although the Crafting skill had not yet topped out at 2,000,000 people above the skill level 30, later that day, the 2,000,000th person achieved 30 Crafting. Runecrafting remained the only free skill that had not filled the hiscores.
On 12 April 2010 the Dungeoneering skill was released on free worlds meaning that currently Runecrafting and Dungeoneering are the only free skills that have not reached 2,000,000 players over level 30.
On 12 April 2011 a new clan feature was added in game. Clans now show up in the highscores. Clans can get higher ranks the same as normal players do. So higher xp in a skill or overall means a higher clan rank.
It was announced on 15 November 2011 that from week commencing 21 November 2011, the hiscores would be no longer be able to free players, in order to remove dormant accounts from the hiscores and give new paying members a chance to get high on the scores. This caused a significant amount of controversy on the RuneScape Forums.
On 22 November 2011, the hiscores was re-structured, making it a members'-only feature. When a term of membership elapsed, there was a 14 day grace period in which the account would remain on the hiscores. After this period, the account would not be shown on the hiscores until it was re-subscribed. This re-structure lowered the minimum requirement to be ranked in a free-to-play skill from 30 to 15.
- In 2006, before their release, an early picture of the Dragon pickaxe could be found at the top of the highscores.
- In early July 2008, there was a rumour that an icon for a Sailing skill appeared on the Hiscores. However, this rumour has been confirmed as false by Jagex mods. Various mods have said that a sailing skill is unlikely. However, it does bear some similarities with the concept of Player-owned Ports.
- Hunter, Summoning and Mobilising Armies were temporarily leaked to the hiscores before they were officially released.
- Summoning was leaked on 11 January 2008 when an "undefined" skill appeared in the hiscores.
- As of 1 July 2008, when RuneScape HD was launched, the hiscores said "You have to be in the top two million in a category..." when a person's username who didn't appear in the hiscores was searched.
- As of 6 September, 12 free players have all 15 non-member skills at level 99, and 3 of them have reached 120 Dungeoneering.
- On 2 September 2009, some maxed players (2,376 total level) were shown on the hiscores as having 2,377 total level instead of 2,376.
- Mod Fetzki has stated that new features are planned for the hiscores, as mentioned here.
- As of 12 April 2010 the front page of the Hiscores displays the top 22 ranked players, instead of the top 21.
- Jagex moderators do not show up on the Hiscores. However, on 6 October 2010 a player found a glitch where Mod Matt P was displayed on the Hiscores. Most of his levels had the exact amount of experience required for level 99 (13,034,431).
- On May 2012 S_U_O_M_I wrapped around the overall XP counter. Because of this happening, it can be assumed that Jagex used 4 bytes to store the value of overall XP on the RuneScape Highscores.
- Roughly around the release of the Evolution of Combat, hiscores for former members were updated once. The scores were removed completely several days later.