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Hunter
Hunter-icon
Release date 21 November 2006 (Update)
Members only Yes
Minimum level
for Hiscores
15
as of 30 Oct 2014
Players with
99
46,798
as of 30 Oct 2014
Players with 120 202
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Hunter
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Hunter is a members-only skill that allows players to catch animals all over RuneScape. Hunter was released on 21 November 2006. Although Hunter is a non-combat skill, players can still be damaged while hunting.

Using hunting equipment bought from hunter stores, players can hunt specific creatures, obtaining rewards such as bones, butterflies, animal furs, etc. At higher levels, players could even hunt for unorthodox crossbows, valuable potion ingredients, charm slices, and more.

The current minimum requirement to be ranked (at approximately rank 680,762) on the hiscores for Hunter is level 15. As of 30 October 2014, there are 46,798 current members that have achieved level 99 in Hunter.

Box trapping

A player catching Penguins.

Hunter itemsEdit

Only three Hunter stores exist: Aleck's Hunter Emporium in Yanille; Ayleth Beaststalker's small store in Taverley; another one in Nardah.

Noose wands and torches can also be purchased on the island of Karamja from Papa Mambo in the Herblore Habitat. Alternatively, players may wish to purchase hunter gear from the Grand Exchange. A hunter kit; containing various items, can be made using Hunter Kit (spell), a Lunar spell.

Aleck's Hunter Emporium

Aleck's Hunter Emporium sells Hunter items.

Level Equipment Cost Uses
1 Noose wand 4 coins Tracking
1 Bird snare 6 coins Bird Snaring
15 Butterfly net 24 coins Butterfly netting
15 Butterfly jar 1 coin Butterfly netting
27 Box trap 38 coins Box trapping
27 Rabbit snare 18 coins Rabbit Snaring
31 Teasing stick 1 coins Pitfall trapping
39 Torch 4 coins Smoking traps to remove player's scent
71 Magic box 788 coins Magic imp hunting

Other useful items are as follows:

Level Item Uses
1 Iron spit Must be used to cook beast or bird meat, and can cook rabbit meat
5 Waterskin, and Desert clothing. Protection in Kharidian Desert
23 Knife and logs (and/or axe to cut them) Deadfall and Pitfall Trapping
27 Rope to fly eagles Eagle transport system
29 Rope and small fishing net Net Trapping
29 Bait - 15 swamp tar, herb (guam leaf, marrentill, tarromin, harralander), pestle and mortar Net Trapping
39 Tinderbox to light the torch. Note that left clicking a lit torch results in extinguishing it. To light the torch
43 500 coins for renting a falcon Falconry (see below)
51 Bait - Cowhide Deadfalls
53 Bait - tomato or spicy minced meat Box Trapping
66 Bait - papaya Box Trapping
71 Bait - beads (Imp Catcher quest) Magical imp boxes

Hunter equipmentEdit

Crossbows and boltsEdit

Leon inside the Hunter shop in Yanille sells a Hunter's crossbow for 1,300 coins and makes bolts for a small fee.

Note: You can make your own bolts by using a chisel on a kebbit spike. The Hunter's crossbow is a fast crossbow (as fast as any shortbow) requiring 50 Ranged to wield.

Fancy Dress ShopEdit

Main article: Fancy Dress Shop
Varrock custom furs

You receive many types of fur while hunting and all of these may be traded in at the fancy-dress shop in south-east Varrock for different types of hunter gear. The costume maker requires a few coins to make sets of hunter gear as well.

The kebbit, weasel and devil gear is used to make camouflage clothing. Kyatt, graahk and larupia hunter gear are an improved form of camouflage for the area(s) the clothing's fur came from. Wearing camouflage improves your chances of capturing your prey.

Prices for the clothes range from 20 to 1000 coins. You need 2 furs per cape made, and 1 or 2 furs for every item of camouflage clothing made.

OtherEdit

Other equipment include coloured feathers, spikes for vambraces and bolts, wieldable harpoons, ingredients for Hunter potions, creature ranged weapons, and butterflies which raise other players' combat bonuses.

Hunter areasEdit

Hunter areas are places where players can hunt. Most of the hunter areas, including the hunter shops, are close to fairy rings. The central ring in Zanaris is close to a bank which can be used to deposit rewards. Other methods of transportation are listed below.

After completing the Eagles' Peak quest, a player can use the eagle transport system to fly an eagle from Eagles' Peak in the woodland area to 3 of the other training areas: snow, jungle and desert.

Hunter locations
Area type Prey level Hunter guide Knowledge Base name Fairy ring
Training areas with multiple species 1 Jungle Feldip Hunter area A•K•S
1 Snow Trollweiss and Rellekka Hunter area (polar) D•K•S
3 Woodland Piscatoris Hunter area A•K•Q
5 Desert Uzer Hunter area D•L•Q
Hunting areas with a single species 29 Swamp Swamp lizard area (east of Canifis) C•K•S
41 Karamja Horned graahk area (Karamja) C•K•R
43 Woodland (Falconer) Falconry area (3 types of kebbits) A•K•Q
59 Altar *Red salamander area, Ourania altar south-west of West Ardougne)
67 Lava *Black salamander area (level 20 Wilderness)
Hunter shops
Yanille C•I•Q
Nardah D•L•Q
Taverley

Training areasEdit

There are five main training areas with many creatures to hunt. The training areas also allow a player to use many Hunter trapping methods: tracking, netting, box trapping, snaring and pit-falling.

JungleEdit

Crimson Swift

The Feldip Hunter area is located in the southern-most part of the Feldip Hills. Players may trap Crimson Swifts here as well as Tropical Wagtails, Feldip Weasels, Spined Larupias, Barb-tailed Kebbits and Carnivorous Chinchompas. The area can be reached by walking from Yanille (Watchtower teleport) or from Castle Wars bank (Ring of duelling teleport). A good method to get to the area is using the Fairy ring transportation system. From Zanaris, use the code A•K•S. Also, gnome gliders bring players just north of the hunting area after completing One Small Favour, or with level 10 Magic you can use the Mobilising Armies Teleport and walk north. One can also reach Mobilising Armies by way of a Ring of Dueling. Alternatively, a Spirit Tree is located just north of Mobilising Armies; players can teleport there using other Spirit Trees and then walk north. this can be dangerous for lower-leveled players, as there are level 69 ogresses and wolves there.

SnowEdit

Sabre-toothed kebbit

The Rellekka Hunter area is located north of Rellekka. A hunter's targets here are Polar kebbits, Cerulean twitches, Sapphire glacialis, Snowy knights, Sabre-toothed kebbits, and Sabre-toothed kyatts. A method to get to the area is using the Fairy ring transportation system. From the central Fairy ring use code D•K•S and go north to the hunter area. Walking from Rellekka is also is a good option as there are several teleports to Rellekka.

Hunting Polar Kebbits here for Polar Kebbit fur is a great way to make money. Burying the bones and dropping the meat can save inventory space for the fur. A Polar Kebbit fur sells for around 2,279 coins on the Grand Exchange, meaning a full inventory of the fur is worth about 63,812 coins. The closest bank is in Keldagrim, or Peer the Seer during The Fremennik Trials (or before/after with Fremennik Sea Boots), or Zanaris if the player uses the nearby fairy ring.

WoodlandEdit

The Piscatoris Hunter area area is located northwest of the Tree Gnome Stronghold. The northern part of the area is close to the Piscatoris fishing colony. It can be reached via the lodestone teleport to Eagles' Peak, or by taking the boat east of Eagles' Peak. This hunter region also can be conveniently reached using the Fairy ring transport system with access code A•K•Q. You can also interact and teleport with a spirit kyatt near to the Piscatoris Hunter area.

DesertEdit

The Uzer Hunter area is located west of the Ruins of Uzer and north of Nardah. It can be reached by walking from the Al Kharid Bank to Shantay Pass, then walking southeast to the bridge across the River Elid. The hunter area is east of the bridge and allows hunters to prey on Golden Warblers, Desert Devils, and Orange Salamanders. There are several alternative access methods such as the Fairy ring teleport with code D•L•Q, a Pharaoh's sceptre teleport and the Flying Carpet transport system. Bring desert robes, a knife, and either waterskins or an Enchanted water tiara to survive in the desert.

Puro-PuroEdit

Puro-Puro, the homeland of the Imps and Implings, can be accessed by entering the centre of a crop circle. These crop circles appear randomly across all wheat fields in RuneScape. The only permanent one is located in the centre of the Zanaris wheat field. Those who have completed the Lost City quest and are wielding either a Dramen staff or a Lunar staff may enter Zanaris by opening the door of the shed in Lumbridge swamp, or if they have completed enough of the quest "Fairytale part 2,"They may enter Zanaris by using any fairy rings not in Zanaris to get to Zanaris' rings. Alternatively, if you have access to the abyssal space, and have completed the lost city quest you may enter Zanaris via the Cosmic rift. Once inside Zanaris, go either northeast (if you came by rings), southwest (if you came by the shed), or follow the winding path to the rings and then head northeast (if you took the abyssal route). Once in Puro-Puro, you can chat with either the Impling by the entrance, or Elnock the gnome to learn how to play Impetuous Impulses. There are many different implings to catch and either loot or trade in, and trying to hunt these flying critters while running through the wheat field maze makes it a very enjoyable activity for some players. This form of hunting is not as fast experience as other forms, but it definitely is the most profitable way to train the hunting skill with the most useful loots (food, seeds, runes, weaponry, etc.).

As of the Impetuous Impulses Improvements update on 22 February 2010, players who enter Puro-Puro via wheat fields other than Zanaris will get up to 30 minutes of faster travel through the wheat. (The "Farmer's Affinity" bonus.) Those who enter Puro-Puro via Zanaris will not get this bonus. The Farmer's Affinity activates each and every time a player enters a crop circle not located in Zanaris.

SwampEdit

Swamp lizards are located southeast of Canifis. They are a good choice for making money until hunters can hunt Carnivourious Chinchompas at level 63 Hunter. As swamp lizards are oftentimes bought, they sell at 4,041 coins each. The banks in Canifis and Port Phasmatys are the only banks that are fairly close to the lizards. However, they are still a quite effective way of making money nonetheless.

LavaEdit

There are 2 Lava locations:

FalconerEdit

Note: World map label is Falconer and the Hunter activity, Falconry

The Falconer area is east of the Woodland Training Area near Piscatoris. The area is where Falconry is used to catch Spotted kebbits, Dark kebbits and Dashing kebbits. From the Fairy ring A•K•Q teleport location, walk east. The fenced Falconry area has its entrance on the northern side of the fence. The fee for using a falcon is 500 coins; a player cannot take falcons outside this area. Players may not wield a weapon or gloves, so it may be worth banking these.

KaramjaEdit

Pawya

The Horned Graahks are north of Cairn Isle, on the west coast of Karamja. It is very close to the Fairy ring teleport location with access code C•K•R. They can be hunted for Graahk fur, which is used in the creation of Spirit graahk pouches.

IsafdarEdit

There are several hunter locations to be found in Isafdar. Two of these are southwest of Lletya and east of Tyras Camp, respectively. Pawyas and Grenwalls can be hunted in this area.

Hunting stylesEdit

There are several methods that a Hunter can use to catch prey. More advanced hunting styles are only available to more experienced hunters. They are described in more detail in the sections below.

Level Method
1 Tracking
1 Bird Snaring
15 Butterfly Netting
23 Deadfall Trapping
27 Box trapping (ferrets)
27 Rabbit Snaring
29 Net Trapping
31 Pitfall Trapping
43 Falconry
53 Box Trapping
70 Marasamaw plant
71 Magical Imp Boxes
72 Charm sprites

It is possible to set more than one bird snare, rabbit snare, box trap, magic box, net trap, or pit-fall trap. The number of such simultaneous traps increases with skill level. Hunters can only place a single Deadfall trap. With a recent update, players can now also catch butterflies with their bare hands if they have the right Agility level.

Hunter-icon level Number of concurrent traps
1 1
20 2
40 3
60 4
80 5

TrackingEdit

Level 1+
Tracking kebbits

A player catches a kebbit after tracking it.

Tracking requires a noosing wand, which is included on your toolbelt.

Some Kebbits and Jadinko live in burrows. To hunt them, search their burrows to find some tracks, which will lead away from the burrows. Search the nearby bushes, snow drifts, logs, tunnels, etc., until you discover more tracks. At the end of the track, which can extend for 4-5 successful searches, you will receive a message suggesting that a Kebbit or Jadinko is inside the object. Right-click 'Attack' while wielding a noosing wand to receive loot and experience.

Each player follows a unique track and does not compete with other players to get kebbits.

Catching a Kebbit gives the player Bones, raw beast meat, and kebbit fur. The hides obtained from Kebbit Tracking can be used to make Camouflage costumes. All camouflage outfits can be put in the armour case in the costume room. You can also use polar kebbit fur for summoning.

Catching a jadinko gives the player a type of vine specific to that jadinko, and a chance at a seed used in Herblore Habitat.

Level Image Creature Location Experience Drops
1 Polar kebbit Polar Kebbit N Snow 30 Fur for Polar camouflage gear
3 Common kebbit Common Kebbit Woodland S of icon 36 Fur for Wood camouflage gear
7 Feldip weasel Feldip Weasel SW Jungle 48 Fur for Jungle camouflage gear
13 Desertdevil Desert Devil Desert 66 Fur for Desert camouflage gear
45 Penguin (item) Penguin Snow 250
49 Razorbacked kebbit Razor-backed Kebbit NE Woodland 348 Long kebbit spike for bolts
71 Shadow jadinko Shadow jadinko Herblore Habitat 475 Shadow vine, seeds
78 Diseased jadinko Diseased jadinko Herblore Habitat 580.5 Corrupt vine, seeds
79 Camouflaged jadinko Camouflaged jadinko Herblore Habitat 600 Striped vine, seeds

Bird snaringEdit

Level 1+
Hunter catching birds

Catching birds

Using bird snares, available from the hunter shops for about 6 coins, you can trap birds. After setting up a trap, if a bird flies over and attempts to perch on top of it, it may catch the bird. If it fails to catch the bird, or if the trap falls over by itself (it will after a set amount of time), the trap will have to be dismantled and set up again; or, you can just right-click 'Lay bird snare' to reset the trap. You receive experience when taking the ensnared bird from the trap. You also get bones, raw bird meat, and coloured feathers.

At Level 39 Hunter, a player is able to smoke a trap. Smoking traps removes a player's scent and increases the chance of snaring a bird. Torches are available at hunter shops and can be lit with a Tinderbox.

A player needs to set the snare where the birds will fly over it and wait for one to come. Only one snare can be placed on one tile, so players compete with each other to get a spot. Generally, there is not much competition at bird hunting areas, even higher levelled ones. A higher hunter skill level gives a better bird catch rate. Players who are not patient might wish to combine bird snaring with the more active Kebbit Tracking. It should be noted that the traps should not be left unattended, as they may fall over and become dropped items visible to other players a short period after falling over. The easiest way to check for fallen snares is to monitor your game messages, which tell you when a snare falls over in the wind.

Level Image Creature Location Experience Feathers
1 Crimson swift icon Crimson Swift Jungle 34 Red feathers
5 Golden warbler icon Golden Warbler Desert 48 Yellow feathers
9 Copper longtail icon Copper Longtail Woodland 61 Orange feathers
11 Cerulean twitch icon Cerulean Twitch Snow 64.67 Blue feathers
19 Tropical wagtail icon Tropical Wagtail Jungle 95.2 Striped feathers
39 Wimpy bird icon Wimpy bird Oo'glog 167 Wimpy feather

Butterfly nettingEdit

Level 15+
Hunting butterfly

Catching a butterfly.

A player wielding a butterfly net and carrying a butterfly jar may catch a butterfly by clicking on it. In fact, with a horizontal camera angle, players may click on the space below the butterfly; this may be easier as the butterflies are quite small. A butterfly can be netted by only one player, the one who started first. The butterfly may be released from the jar immediately, allowing you to hunt another. They yield low experience, and are best combined with some form of trapping. Although players can't move while releasing a butterfly, they can perform other actions at the same time, such as laying a box trap. Butterflies have a more practical use than just gaining experience; they can be released on other players in multiple combat areas to enhance the Melee Combat Skills Attack, Strength, Defence, or Constitution.

Level Image Creature Location Experience Effect
15 Ruby harvest icon Ruby Harvest Woodland 24 Raises Attack
25 Sapphire glacialis icon Sapphire Glacialis Snow 34 Raises Defence
35 Snowy knight icon Snowy Knight Snow 44 Restores Life points
45 Black warlock icon Black Warlock Jungle 54 Raises Strength

BarehandedEdit

With high Hunter and Agility levels, butterflies can be caught without a butterfly jar or butterfly net. While this rewards you with significantly higher Hunter experience, as well as some Agility experience, the butterfly is released immediately afterwards and cannot be kept for personal use.

Hunter Level Agility Level Image Creature Location Hunter Experience Agility Experience
80 75 Ruby harvest icon Ruby Harvest Woodland 300 50
85 80 Sapphire glacialis icon Sapphire Glacialis Snow 400 70
90 85 Snowy knight icon Snowy Knight Snow 500 100
95 90 Black warlock icon Black Warlock Jungle 650 125

Barehanded butterfly catching presents players a choice of power training their hunter while gaining no profit. Catching Ruby Harvests with bare hands, a player can receive up to 72-85k Hunter experience and 12-15k Agility experience per hour depending on the player's hunter level. Black Warlocks are the fastest hunter experience per hour of the butterflies, ranging from 95K-120K. Weight reduction equipment is useful as chasing butterflies involves a lot of running around; additionally getting your weight at or below zero appears to speed up the actual catch.

Impling nettingEdit

Level 17+

Impling netting is quite similar to butterfly netting. However, players are hunting implings and therefore require a jar treated with impling repellent. The repellent is made by crushing 8 cooked anchovies with a pestle and mortar, pouring them into a vial through a sieve, mixing it with flowers such as Rosemary or Marigold, then refining it at the Rimmington lamp oil distillery.

See Impetuous Impulses.
Catching an imp barehanded

A player attempts to catch a gourmet impling.

BarehandedEdit

With the Impetuous Impulses improvement on 22 February 2010, it is possible to catch implings found in Gielinor barehanded, as long as the player has the required hunter level. The player will be awarded more experience points and will loot the impling directly. High agility gives the player a higher chance of success of catching the impling. This cannot be done within Puro-Puro.

Deadfall trappingEdit

Deadfall trap

A set-up Deadfall trap in the Woodlands.

Level 23+

Some kebbits need to be trapped using a deadfall trap. You will need a knife and any log (lower level logs will be used first) in your inventory, and you will need to set up a trap in the appropriate, specified locations (click around the boulders).

Level Image Creature Location Exp Bait Drops (plus bones) Drop use
23 Wild kebbit Wild Kebbit W Woodland 128 Raw meat Kebbit claws Spiky vambraces
33 Barbtailed kebbit Barb-tailed Kebbit Jungle 168 Raw rainbow fish Barb-tail harpoon Equipable harpoon
37 Prickly kebbit Prickly Kebbit NW Woodland 204 Barley Kebbit spike Hunter's crossbow bolts
44 Diseased kebbit Diseased kebbit Oo'glog 200 Fever grass Diseased kebbit fur Davy kebbit hat
51 Sabretooth kebbit Sabre-toothed Kebbit SW Snow 200 Raw meat Kebbit teeth Hunting potion
51 Penguin (item) Penguin Snow 210 Raw cod Nothing Turn in to PBJ agent, in order to get extra Hunter experience

Baiting a deadfall trap does increase the chances of catching prey slightly. The bait is not returned to the inventory after catching an animal. It is, however, returned upon the trap failing before any animal trips it. Other ways to increase success rate are wearing the appropriate hunting attire and smoking the deadfall trap with a Torch (requires a Hunter level of 39). It is also recommended to take a Beaver familiar or a Beast of Burden to reduce the number of trips you have to take. A Beaver familiar will produce logs or planks at random.

Box trappingEdit

Level 53+ (27+ after completing Eagles' Peak quest or with 10+ Summoning)

Similar to bird snaring, box-trapping involves laying a box trap on the ground and waiting for your prey to come. After a certain period of time, the box trap will collapse, requiring the player to pick it back up or lay it again. Experience is only gained after the player retrieves the trapped animal or monster.

Box traps can be baited or smoked, both of which increases the rates of success for catching chinchompas (although most players report the rate is not significant). Normal chinchompas like spicy chopped tomatoes, while red chinchompas prefer spicy minced meat. A new update in 2014 bring skillchompa in runescape, similiar to chinchompas (but used in skilling instead of ranging), they can be catched by using a box trap.

The bait for Ferrets is raw meat. The bait disappears after a successful trap. When using four box traps, a Hunter has just enough time to set all the traps.

Level Image Creature Location Experience Reward
27 Ferret Ferret Woodland 115 Ferret
27 w/10 Sum Gecko (red) Gecko North-west of the Shipyard 100 Gecko
27 w/80 Sum Raccoon hunter Raccoon Gunnarsgrunn 100 Raccoon
27 Grenwall icon Cobalt skillchompa Tree Gnome Stronghold Hunter area 95 Cobalt skillchompa
27 w/95 Sum Monkey (brown and beige) Monkey Shilo Village 100 Monkey
46 Grenwall icon Viridian skillchompa Port Phasmatys Hunter area 140 Viridian skillchompa
48 w/10 Sum Platypus Platypus Beach south of Oo'glog Platypus
53 Chinchompa Chinchompa Woodland 198 Chinchompa
56 Penguin (item) Penguin Snow 150 Penguin
63 Red chinchompa Carnivorous Chinchompa Jungle 265 Red Chinchompa
66 Pawya icon Pawya Isafdar 400 Raw pawya meat
68 Grenwall icon Azure skillchompa Rellekka Hunter area 210 Azure skillchompa
77 Grenwall icon Grenwall Isafdar 1100 Grenwall spikes
89 Grenwall icon Crimson skillchompa Desert Quarry Hunter area 450 Crimson skillchompa

The trapped ferrets appear in your inventory. They can be used while Rabbit Snaring. Left clicking the ferret in the inventory will release the trapped animal. Trapped Chinchompas are stackable and can be used as a multi-target ranged weapon. The skillchompa's can be used in skilling, for example in mining and woodcutting.

Rabbit snaringEdit

Level 27+

(Requires completion of Eagle's Peak quest)

Rabbit holes

Woodland rabbit holes

The Eagle's Peak quest is required to use a Rabbit Snare to catch Rabbits; it is needed to catch Ferrets. Also bring box traps to capture ferrets to chase rabbits from their burrows.

Rabbits can be found in the far south part of the Woodland hunter area. Six rabbit holes are arranged in a circle pattern. Ferrets are just south of the rabbit holes.

When catching Rabbits, a hunter should bring as many Rabbit snares as their Hunter level permits. A few extras are handy to bring as Rabbit snares disappear quite rapidly. On top of the Rabbit snares, a hunter should also bring a few box traps to catch ferrets with.

Rabbit foot Place a Rabbit snare in front of the rabbit holes. Then left click a Rabbit hole (Flush Rabbit hole) and a ferret will chase the Rabbits out another rabbit hole which can then be caught in a Rabbit snare.

Messages:

When flushing the rabbit out: You place a ferret down the rabbit hole. A second later, a rabbit runs out from the other side of the warren.

A ferret can be used several times until it runs away: There is no sign of your ferret. It seems to have run away.

No ferret: I'm too big to get in there to scare the rabbits out myself.

When trapped: You've caught a white rabbit.

From the snare a hunter obtains Bones, Raw rabbit meat and a Rabbit foot. A campfire is available to cook the raw rabbit.

Level Image Creature Location Exp
27 White Rabbit White Rabbit Woodland 144

Net trappingEdit

Level 29+

Net trapping is used to trap lizards, salamanders, penguins and baby squirrels. With a rope and small fishing net in the inventory (the toolbelt doesn't count), clicking on a young tree will set the trap. When the lizard or salamander passes, it may be caught. If the prey is successfully caught, the net will close in around the animal and you will have the option to "Check" the net trap. If not successful, the tree will snap back to its original position, and your small fishing net and rope will appear on the ground, which you must pick up or it will eventually disappear. Bait may increase the catch rate for lizards and salamanders and is made by using the herb with 15 swamp tar and a pestle and mortar, though they can be decently caught without any bait. If you do not use bait for a trapping baby squirrels, they will only trip the trap and you will not catch one. Squirrels may be kept as pets with level 60 Summoning.

Setting up a net trap

A player setting up a net trap to catch a red salamander.

Level Image Creature Location Bait (not required) Exp
29 Swamp lizard Swamp Lizard Swamp Guam Tar 152
29 Baby squirrel (light grey) Baby squirrel Near Gunnarsgrunn , just south of the Mind Altar, east of Sorcerer's Tower Nuts* 152
47 Orange salamander Orange Salamander Desert Marrentill Tar 224
50 Penguin (item) Penguin Snow Cod 250
59 Red salamander Red Salamander Lava - Near Ourania Cave Tarromin Tar 272
67 Black salamander Black Salamander Lava - Wilderness Harralander Tar

304

*Required

SalamandersEdit

The caught creature can be turned into a 2-handed ranged weapon which is loaded with 15 lots of herb tar.

Creature as weapon

Ranged level

Accuracy Bonus Damage Bonus Herb
Swamp lizard (weapon) 30 +454 +397 Guam tar
Orange salamander (weapon) 50 +850 +662 Marrentill tar
Red salamander (weapon) 60 +1132 +795 Tarromin tar
Black salamander (weapon) 70 +1486 +892 Harralander tar

Pitfall trappingEdit

Level 31+

Pit-fall hunting involves building a pit, using logs and a knife in special spots in the Jungle, near Cairn Isle and Rellekka Hunter area. Build the pit-fall trap, then tease the relevant monster with a teasing stick. Now run back to the pit and jump over it. The creature will often jump over the pit and attack you. Unlike most other hunted creatures, pitfall trapping creatures will do damage, so food may be a good idea. If hunting Spined Larupia for experience, it is more convenient and faster to catch Swamp Lizard via Net Trapping. Some may prefer to bring a bird snare, iron spit, and tinderbox as well as the pitfall trapping items to catch birds, and cook the bird meat for food instead of bringing food of their own. Since creatures will not jump the same pit twice in a row, you must move to another nearby hot-spot to build another pit-fall and try again. The pit-fall trap will collapse after a certain amount of time. You collect furs when emptying the trap, which can be made into hunter gear in the Varrock fancy-dress shop. You can buy them from the Grand Exchange for a fine price, too. The furs may be tattered or "perfect"; tattered furs are only suitable for bodies or legs, but perfect furs are suitable for headpieces, bodies and legs. One receives perfect fur approximately one-fourth of the time. It takes 3 furs plus coins to make a set. Alternatively, you may sell the furs in Ardougne or on the Grand Exchange to other players who wish to use them to train Summoning.

Hunter Level Image Creature Location Exp Outfit Suitable for Top/leg cost Hat cost
31 Spined larupia Spined Larupia Jungle 180 Larupia hunter gear Jungle Woodland 1,021/1,124 7,012
41 Horned graahk Horned Graahk Cairn Island 240 Graahk hunter gear Desert 127/214 5,084
55 Sabretooth kyatt Sabre-toothed kyatt Snow 300 Kyatt hunter gear Snow 267/506 7,002
Empty Collapsed trap

An empty collapsed Pitfall trap.

There is a glitch in which you can collapse a trap, but not kill the creature. This is done by jumping the pit at the same time when the creature is walking over the pit, it will not work if the creature is jumping. This will cause the creature to fall in, turn to face your character and then "spawn" outside the trap with the trap looking collapsed (see image to the right). You will not kill the creature and therefore receive no materials or drops. This glitch has yet to be fixed.

FalconryEdit

Level 43+
Falconer's glove with falcon equipped

Hunter with Falcon

At the northern part of the Falconer area, hunters can borrow a Gyr Falcon and a Falconer's glove from the falcon expert Matthias for a fee of 500 coins. Both hands must be free for falconry (weapons, shield and gloves). With a falcon, players can hunt for Spotted kebbits, Dark kebbits and Dashing kebbits. During the flight of the falcon, the kebbit may move resulting in a miss after which the falcon will return to the glove of the hunter. During the falcon flight, hunters cannot move. When the falcon catches the kebbit, the hunter needs to retrieve both the falcon and the drops. A yellow arrow marks the location of the falcon with its catch. If the falcon is not retrieved within a short time, the player will get this message, "Your falcon has left its prey. You see it heading back toward the falconer." As long as the player is inside the falconry area, they may talk with the Matthias to get their falcon back without cost; however, no experience is given for the lost prey.

Falconry

A Falcon catching a Dark kebbit.

The kebbits have a relatively fast respawn, which gives impressive training speed. However, competition from other falcon hunters can substantially reduce speed and adversely impact training. Although the success rate is supposedly not affected by proximity, running up to the target before catching it may improve success rate. This is because success is strongly affected by whether or not the target is moving. Falcons travel at a definitive speed, so if it is further away then it is harder to predict when the target will be moving or not. Another reason is that if it fails, it takes much less time to return to the hunter which can seriously affect training time. Of course, the success rate is also based on the player's Hunter level.

Level Image Creature Experience Fur
43 Spotted kebbit Spotted Kebbit 104 Spotted fur
57 Dark kebbit Dark Kebbit 132 Dark fur
69 Dashing kebbit Dashing Kebbit 156 Dashing kebbit fur

The hides from the kebbits can be converted into fancy clothing items in the Varrock fancy clothing store. A player with level 40 Hunter is able to make all 3 sets. However, a higher level is required for wearing some of the clothing. With the Boots of lightness coupled with the Spottier cape and Penance gloves players can reduce their weight by 10–13 kg.

Hide Level to wear Clothing item Cost: 2 furs + Effect
Spotted fur 40 Spotted cape 400 reduces weight of wearer by 2.5 kg.
Dark fur 54 Gloves of silence 600 increased success during thieving
Dashing kebbit fur 66 Spottier Cape 800 reduces weight of wearer by 4.5 kg

Marasamaw plantEdit

Level 70+

Jadinkos are reptile-like plant creatures native to Karamja, and can be hunted as part of Herblore Habitat. Their vines are primarily used to make Juju Potions. Their seed drops are limited to those used within the habitat.

Jadinko Image Hunter level Exp. Vine drop Seed types
Common Common jadinko 70 350 Withered vine Any type of seed
Igneous Igneous jadinko 74 465 Marble vine Vine bush seeds
Cannibal Cannibal jadinko 75 475 Plant teeth Vine bush seeds
Aquatic Aquatic jadinko 76 475 Aquatic vine Vine flower seeds
Amphibious Amphibious jadinko 77 485 Oily vine Fruit tree seeds
Carrion Carrion jadinko 78 505 Pungent vine Vine herb seeds
Draconic Draconic jadinko 80 525 Draconic vine Vine herb seeds
Saradomin Saradomin jadinko 81 600 Saradomin vine Any type of seed
Guthix Guthix jadinko 81 600 Guthix vine Any type of seed
Zamorak Zamorak jadinko 81 600 Zamorak vine Any type of seed

Magical imp boxesEdit

Level 71+

Place a magic box trap where imps are found:

  • Edgeville, south
  • Falador, south and west
  • Karamja (especially the lesser demon resource dungeon)
  • Lumbridge
  • Varrock
  • Yanille
  • On the path between Lumbridge and Draynor
  • The exit at the Soul Wars activity.
  • The Kandarin Monastery

In addition, beads from killing imps (Imp Catcher quest) may be used for bait. Beads may be taken by the imp without getting trapped requiring the trap to be reset.

Level Image Creature Location Bait Exp
71 Hunt Imp Imp Worldwide Magical bead 450

Boxed imps can take 1-2 items from the inventory to the bank in exchange for being released. Imps will not bank for you once you are past level 30 Wilderness. Players can have more than 1 boxed imp.

Charm spritesEdit

Level 72+

Charm sprites can be hunted south of Tree Gnome Stronghold using equipment sold by Yaktwee Swinmari Cianta.

Image Creature Exp
Gleaelg Gleaelg 130
Tranart Tranart 200
Slithtils Slithtils 400

Herblore HabitatEdit

Main article: Jadinko
Main article: Herblore Habitat

Hunter plays a role in Herblore Habitat. The creatures are called Jadinkos, and catching them is vital to the activity. Ten of them are caught by trapping with a Marasamaw plant, with a withered vine as the preferred bait. Three of them are tracked with a noose wand. All of the jadinkos have certain preferences that allow them to be caught. Three of the jadinkos are named after gods and their preferences change every week, and are different for every player.

CreaturesEdit

Main article: Hunter creatures

Eagle transport systemEdit

After completing the Eagle's Peak quest, a player has access to use the eagle transport system from Eagles' Peak to the other 3 Hunter training areas - snow, jungle, and desert. After completing Back to my Roots you will have access to a new eagle.

The bonecrusherEdit

Obtained via Dungeoneering, the Bonecrusher is an extremely useful item for certain hunting situations, since with many creatures, bones are automatically deposited into the inventory, and then have to be dropped or buried, which can be time-consuming or just plain irritating. The Bonecrusher eliminates this by simply converting the bones directly into Prayer experience. Here's a list of some methods that can benefit from this item:

  • Tracking
  • Falconry hunting
  • Pitfall hunting (especially nice with the big bones)
  • Pawya/Grenwall hunting
  • Deadfall hunting
  • Bird snaring
  • Rabbit snaring

Temporary boostsEdit

  • Hunter potions require level 53 Herblore to make using avantoe and kebbit teeth dust (from Sabre-tooth kebbit) for 120 Herblore experience; they temporarily raise the player's Hunter level by 3.
  • Yellow spicy stews can alter your level by up to +6, but also to -6. There is only a 1/60 chance of receiving a +6 bonus, whilst a 1/20 chance of a +5 bonus.
  • Using the Mud Bath in Oo'glog after completing As a First Resort will give you a temporary Hunter boost, of 1/10th of your level, rounded down . At level 50, it will increase it by 5 levels, and even up to 9 at levels 90-99. The Mud Bath also eliminates your scent, saving you from using a torch.
  • Operating the Hunter skillcape will temporarily boost the hunter's level to 100.
  • The God banner can be used once per day for a +2 boost to Hunter for 30 minutes. It doesn't need to be wielded, which allows wielding the Enhanced yaktwee stick for that item's experience bonus.

The following boosts do not affect what you can catch. They only affect the rate at which you catch.

  • The spirit graahk, spirit kyatt and spirit larupia familiars (57 Summoning) all provide an invisible +5 to your Hunter level.
  • The arctic bear familiar (71 Summoning) gives an invisible +7 boost to your Hunter level.
  • The wolpertinger familiar (92 Summoning) gives an invisible +5 to your Hunter level. This may be a better option because it only takes up one space, and lasts over twice as long as the arctic bear (28 minutes compared to 62 minutes).

Hunter items used in other skillsEdit

There are a number of items that can only be obtained by hunting:

Cape of AccomplishmentEdit

Hunter Emote

A player wearing a Hunter cape (t) and performing the Skillcape emote.

99hunt

The message received after attaining 99 hunter

For players with level 99 Hunter, a Hunter cape can be bought from the Hunting expert in the Jungle Training Area. The cape will cost 99,000 coins, like all other Capes of Achievement.

HistoryEdit

Date Update Description
21 November 2006 HUNTER SKILL! The Hunter skill is released.
28 November 2006 Eagles' Peak The quest Eagles' Peak is released, the first quest with a Hunter level requirement.
15 May 2007 Dream Mentor The Hunter kit and Hunter kit spell are released.
11 June 2007 Impetuous Impulses Impetuous Impulses is released.
7 May 2008 Pawya and Grenwall Hunter Creatures The pawya and grenwall are added.
7 May 2008 Fist of Guthix Different variations for Hunter pets have been added
11 June 2008 Rocking Out Pirate impling have been added to Impetuous Impulses
3 March 2009 The Hunt for Red Raktuber Added the ability of hunting penguins.
19 January 2010 Agility Benefits for Fishing, Hunter and Thieving Added the ability to catch butterflies bare-handed.
22 February 2010 Impetuous Impulses Improvements Spirit implings, zombie implings, kingly implings, and ability to catch implings bare-handed have been added to Impetuous Impulses.
12 October 2010 Charm Sprite Hunting Charm sprites are added.
24 November 2010 Herblore Habitat Herblore Habitat is released.
22 September 2014 Prifddinas - Lost City of the Elves Crystal impling are added.

TriviaEdit

  • The falconer mentions that some noblemen consider falconry a suitably refined sport for them. Hunting and falconry in particular was indeed an extremely popular sport among European nobility during the Middle Ages.
  • On 1 April 2009 (April Fools' Day), "Seagulls have now been added to the Hunter skill and can be found along some coastlines. You'll need to wave your butterfly net in a gullible fashion to catch these birds", was added to the patch notes. This resulted in a team of players searching for gulls to catch, only to realise how gullible they had been.
  • On the October 25 2011 Bot Nuking Day, 8 players with 200m experience were banned for the use of bots.

Main page changesEdit

Hunter mainpage

RuneScape main page

On the day of the skill's release, the two rock pillars on each side of the RuneScape main page were replaced with totem poles, on which were drawings of imps, lizards, and razorbacked kebbits. A few pawprints were also scattered around the tiled background.

Login screen changesEdit

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RuneScape login screen

The login screen was changed as well. A piece of graahk fur was hung on each side of the screen, and a pair of orange salamanders clung onto the pillars. A box trap appeared below the login box, while a butterfly was placed on the top-left corner of the login box. A patch of grass grew on the bottom of the screen, parting at the middle. The burning rune symbols were replaced with pawprints, dinosaurs, kebbits, and butterflies. It has now been changed back to its normal screen. There was a supposed hidden monster.

In-game changesEdit

Polar eagle eyrie

An eagle's eyrie at the Trollheim hunter area.

A cave was placed in three of the hunting grounds, where those who have completed the Eagle's Peak quest may fly to and from the Eagle's Peak mountain.

MoneyEdit

Most hunters who continue hunting to level 99 (who are not power training) end up with Coins 1000 32,692,464 coins from selling about 47,796 Red chinchompas whilst progressing from level 63 to level 99, selling the red chinchompas at market price. However, Hunter is still a very profitable skill and it is possible to make money using various other Hunter training methods.

The Hunter skill can be very profitable in certain places, a quality that attracts botters to the skill. Examples of places that might attract botters include Feldip Hills, where botters catch Red Chinchompas, and Mort Myre Swamp where swamp lizards are commonly caught.

See alsoEdit

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