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This article is about the personal hiscore tables. For clan hiscores, see Clan Hiscores.
Hiscores

The RuneScape Hiscores prior 22 November 2011.

The Hiscores is a website feature in which players are ranked by their experience in skills. For players to appear in the hiscores:

  • 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.

Minimum levelsEdit

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.

Skill Minimum level
to be ranked
Skill Minimum level
to be ranked
Stats Overall icon highscores Overall 70 Attack icon highscores Attack 15
Defence icon highscores Defence 15 Strength icon highscores Strength 15
Hitpoints icon highscores Constitution 15 Ranged icon highscores Ranged 15
Prayer icon highscores Prayer 15 Magic icon highscores Magic 15
Cooking icon highscores Cooking 15 Woodcutting icon highscores Woodcutting 15
Fletching icon highscores Fletching 15 Fishing icon highscores Fishing 15
Firemaking icon highscores Firemaking 15 Crafting icon highscores Crafting 15
Smithing icon highscores Smithing 15 Mining icon highscores Mining 15
Herblore icon highscores Herblore 15 Agility icon highscores Agility 15
Thieving icon highscores Thieving 15 Slayer icon highscores Slayer 15
Farming icon highscores Farming 15 Runecrafting icon highscores Runecrafting 15
Hunter icon highscores Hunter 15 Construction icon highscores Construction 15
Summoning icon highscores Summoning 15 Dungeoneering icon highscores Dungeoneering 15
Divination-icon Divination 15

Activities set the minimum "level" differently, according to the activity scoring system. See the table below.

Activities Minimum score needed to be ranked
Duel tournament Duel Arena Tournaments 1800 rank
Bh icon Bounty Hunter 250 kills
your target
Bh rogue Bounty Hunter Rogues 250 kills
other than your target
Fist of Guthix icon highscores Fist of Guthix 500 rating
Mobilising Armies icon highscores Mobilising Armies 300 rank
Barbarian Assault Attackers hiscores Barbarian Assault attackers 500 Honour points
In the Attacker role
Barbarian Assault Defenders hiscores Barbarian Assault defenders 500 Honour points
In the Defender role
Barbarian Assault Collectors hiscores Barbarian Assault collectors 500 Honour points
In the Collector role
Barbarian Assault Healers hiscores Barbarian Assault healers 500 Honour points
In the Healer role
Castle Wars Games highscores Castle Wars 500 games played
Conquest hiscores Conquest 1250 rating
Dominion tower highscores Dominion Tower 50,000 total Dominion Factor
Crucible icon hiscores The Crucible 500 kills
Gielinor Games icon hiscores GG: Athletics 100
Gielinor Games resources icon hiscores GG: Resource Race 250
Barbarian Assault Attackers hiscores WE1: Saradomin Team Contribution 250
Barbarian Assault Attackers hiscores WE1: Zamorak Team Contribution 250
Hunter icon highscores Heist Guard Level 1
Thieving icon highscores Heist Robber Level 1

HistoryEdit

The original hiscores table was updated weekly with players' ranks overall, levels, experience, and change in rank. It recorded the top 2,000 players.

The hiscores were redone on 21 November 2003. The update changed the maximum number of players on the hiscores to 250,000.

This was changed to a maximum of 500,000 on 24 May 2004.

On 1 June 2004 another update to the hiscores allowed players to see the hiscores of all the people on that player's Friends list on one page.

On 25 August 2005, the number of people that were on the hiscores was increased to 1,000,000. The change was due to a larger number of accounts, meaning many players were being left off the hiscores.

It was once again changed on 30 January 2006. The 'compare' function was added and the look of the hiscores page was updated.

On 4 May 2008 at 17:39, 4 years, five months and three days after the release of this free skill, Runecrafting reached one million people on the hiscores.

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 edit 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.

On 31 March 2014 free-to-play access to the hiscores was restored.

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • 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 you type a person's username who doesn't appear in the hiscores.
  • 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.

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