A pet is a non-combat NPC, loyal to a player that generally requires a certain level in Summoning to own. Typically, a player must raise a pet to maturity by feeding and interacting with it. A player may have only one pet of each type (mostly God birds) but may own 2 pets of different types at level 1 Summoning, along with 2 more for every ten levels starting at level 11. However, the limit on different types of pets has been removed as of 16 January 2012.
A player may only have one pet, familiar, or NPC (e.g. Zanik, or the Zanaris choir) following the player at one time. Players can manage pets while active through the familiar interface, by using food on them, by left-clicking, and with direct interaction by right-clicking.
Pets may be stored in the bank or inventory, and you can store up to 15 in the Menagerie of a player-owned house (with the highest-level pet houses). Pets stored in the menagerie are inactive, requiring no care. Unlike familiars, pets may be brought into Summoning-free zones.
A pet fish may be obtained from Harry's Fishing Shop in Catherby, provided the player has a fishbowl containing water and seaweed (in that order). Players do not need to use fish food on their fish to keep it alive.
A baby troll pet can be obtained during the Burthorpe tutorial.
A pet spider named Eek was given as a reward for the 2009 Halloween event.
A Rune guardian can be obtained after completing Rune Mechanics quest.
The majority of pets require an appropriate Summoning level to be obtained, raised, and kept. With the exception of the Broav used in While Guthix Sleeps, and god birds for protection in the God Wars Dungeon, pets have no real use than as 'decoration' or as a way to show off a player's Summoning level.
Caring for petsEdit
When a pet is first obtained it will be a baby/hatchling/chick, with the exception of the Broav, which is captured as an adult using the Hunter skill, the Ex-ex-parrot which is undead, Mackers who is only interested in cake, Sparkles who is made of tinsel, and the creatures you can obtain from the Soul Wars activity because they are also undead.
A player can monitor a pet's growth and hunger in the Summoning menu. Doing so is important, because if a pet's hunger level reaches 100% it will abandon its owner. Younger pets require food at a higher frequency than their adult counterparts, but the frequency of feeding does not affect a pet's growth rate.
Some young pets require more interaction with the player than just being fed. Kittens must be pet and played with, for example, or they will run away.
At 100% growth, the pet will mature into its next form. Most pets have two growth stages, but god birds and cats have three.
Certain pets require incubation in their first stage, which requires them to be placed in an egg incubator found in the Pet shops in Taverley and Yanille. Players will receive a chat box notification when the egg has hatched. Any pet hatched in an incubator will remain there until the player chooses to retrieve it. Pet shop owners are also the only NPCs that sell specific foods for pets.
A player may speak with a pet once they are 10 or more Summoning levels above the required Summoning level to obtain that pet. Communication between pets above the level of 90 is impossible, with the exception of the monkey which the player may speak to with the M'speak amulet from Monkey Madness. Players with 99 summoning can communicate with a chameleon after using the cape's right click "boost" option to temporarily achieve level 100 summoning.
List of Summoning petsEdit
(and other requirements)
|4||-||Bulldog||Raw meat and Bones||Purchased from pet shop||3|
|4||-||Dalmatian||Raw meat and Bones||Purchased from pet shop||3|
|4||-||Greyhound||Raw meat and Bones||Purchased from pet shop||3|
|4||-||Labrador||Raw meat and Bones||Purchased from pet shop||3|
|4||-||Sheepdog||Raw meat and Bones||Purchased from pet shop||3|
|4||-||Terrier||Raw meat and Bones||Purchased from pet shop||
|4 (5 Slayer)||Creeping hand||Leather gloves||Soul Wars||1|
|4 (25 Slayer)||Minitrice||Limpwurt root||Soul Wars||1|
|4 (40 Slayer)||Baby basilisk||Eye of newt||Soul Wars||1|
|4 (70 Slayer)||Baby kurask||Bones||Soul Wars||1|
|4 (85 Slayer)||Abyssal minion||Ashes||Soul Wars||1|
|4 (Rune Mechanics)||Rune guardian||Revitalisation near a Runecrafting altar||Quest reward. Apprentice Clerval||14|
|10 (27 Hunter)||-||Gecko||Flies and beetle bits||Caught||4|
|10 (48 Hunter and|
As a First Resort)
|-||Platypus||Raw fish. Ground fishing bait as a baby. Fishing bait as adult.||Caught (quest reward)||3|
|23 (While Guthix Sleeps)||Broav||Mort Myre Fungus||Caught (quest reward)||1|
|30||-||Penguin||Raw fish||Hatched (Zoo keeper)||3|
|37 (Fairytale III)||- /||Tooth creature||Bucket of milk or Chocolatey milk||Bought for several teeth after quest. Free afterwards.||1|
|40 (32 Slayer,|
Pirate Pete subquest RFD)
|-||Giant crab||Raw fish||Traded for a crunchy claw token||5|
|50||-||Raven||Ground fishing bait as a chick, fishing bait as adult.||Hatched (Nest)||6|
|60 (29 Hunter)||-||Squirrel||Nuts||Caught||5|
|70||- -||Saradomin owl||Ground fishing bait as a chick, fishing bait as adult.||Hatched (Nest)||1|
|70||- -||Guthix raptor||Ground fishing bait as a chick, fishing bait as adult.||Hatched (Nest)||1|
|70||- -||Zamorak hawk||Ground fishing bait as a chick, fishing bait as adult.||Hatched (Nest)||1|
|71 (Rocking Out)||Ex-ex-parrot||Rock fragments||Responsibility||1|
|72 (51 Slayer and|
In Pyre Need)
|Cute phoenix eggling||Ashes||Hatched (Phoenix Lair Distractions and Diversions)||1|
|72 (51 Slayer and|
In Pyre Need)
|Mean Phoenix Eggling||Ashes||Hatched (Phoenix Lair Distractions and Diversions)||1|
|80 (27 Hunter)||-||Raccoon||Raw meat and fish||Caught||3|
|80 (72 Dungeoneering for 85k tokens)||-||Sneakerpeeper spawn||Eye of newt as a baby||Bought for 85,000 Dungeoneering Tokens||1|
|85||-||Vulture||Ground fishing bait as a chick, fishing bait as adult||Hatched (Vulture drop)||6|
|95 (27 Hunter)||-||Monkey||Bananas||Caught in Karamja||10|
|99||-||Baby dragon||Vast amounts of raw meat, fish and chicken||Hatched (Chromatic Dragon drop)||4|
|99 (99 slayer)||TzRek-Jad||Does not need feeding||Soul wars||1|
List of non-Summoning petsEdit
|- - -||Cat||Cooked and raw fish, or milk|
(only needs to eat as a kitten)
|Gertrude, after Gertrude's cat or Hellcat after Recipe for Disaster/Freeing Evil Dave||8|
|Clockwork cat||Nothing||POH Workshop||1|
|Pet fish||Fish food||Harry's Fishing Shop||3|
|Pet rock||Nothing||Askeladden after Fremennik Trials||1|
|Sparkles||Nothing||Wizards' Tower basement during 2011 Christmas Event||1|
|Eek||Nothing||During 2009 Hallowe'en event, Diango||1|
|Mackers||Cake, and Chocolate cake (including 1/3s and 2/3s)||During 2011 Thanksgiving event, Diango||1|
|Searing Flame, Glowing Ember, Twisted Firestarter and Warming Flame||Nothing||Char after The Firemaker's Curse||4|
|Baby Troll||Any tradable item, plus some oddities, such as corgis||Obtained during Burthorpe tutorial.||1|
|Freezy||Nothing||Bought with 100 co-op points||1|
|Baby aquanite||Nothing||Bought with 50 co-op points||1|
|-||Cresbot||Nothing||Dropped by automatons after The World Wakes||1|
Use and receptionEdit
When pets were first released, many players complained that pets still required food even when fully grown, unlike the cats, which required no feeding once a kitten had grown up. This was explained as stress on the server as having a pet or familiar out all the time would inevitably slow them down. This is also the reason why timers are implemented and no familiars are visible in high player density areas such as the Grand Exchange. Pets being high maintenance is too much bother to the players that would likely have the ability to own the higher levels and wouldn't consider keeping them out other than for Alching, Fletching, or other similar passive near-bank activities. This rings true especially for pets with non-stackable food of which is the majority. Familiars however filled the gap that many thought pets would take, as skill/combat aids and beasts of burden, leaving pets largely ignored for lack of any ability.
- Initially, players could have mature God birds of differing Gods. Jagex limited God bird ownership to one bird for a time, but now that the menagerie has been introduced, all three God birds can be owned at once.
- Zamorak hawks and Saradomin Owls will prevent warriors from said allegiances attacking you while in the God Wars Dungeon. This can be extremely useful for players who do not wish to be forced to wear a particular armour showing allegiance to said groups.
- Eek, the reward for completing the 2009 Hallowe'en Event, could be considered the first pet allowed to Non-members. However, because Eek won't follow you, she could be considered similar to a Pet rock or Pet fish. Eek can also be put into the menagerie, with the option 'Interact' and it will say the same phrases.
- When you dismiss a pet from a POH, your player will say "Go on, get out of here."
- When Charlie and Fluffy first came out, a player could "dismiss" them by shooting an arrow, casting a spell, or using a cannon. This was considered a glitch and is now patched.
- With the pet feeding update released on December 19, 2012, pets that have a summoning requirement will not run away at 100% hunger. This does not apply to kittens.
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