|Romeo & Juliet was significantly altered after an update. This article is retained to provide information on past elements of RuneScape.|
|Release date||4 January 2001 (Update)|
|Quest series||Unknown edit|
Romeo & Juliet, a quest based on the Shakespearean play of the same title, was one of the six quests that were available on the initial launch of RuneScape. It has been removed from the game and replaced with Gunnar's Ground. Jagex has received a fair share of criticism from players who considered Romeo & Juliet to be an integral part of the game's history.
|Start point:||Speak to Romeo in Varrock square|
|Length:||Short (5-15 minutes)|
|Items required:||Items from the toolbelt do not need to be listed unless that version won't work, or aren't automatically added to it. |
One bunch of cadava berries - can be picked from bushes near the southeast mining site.
|Enemies to defeat:||None|
Speaking to JulietEdit
Talk to Juliet, who is located in the first floor of the house (usually standing on the balcony or sometimes in her bedroom) directly out of Varrock west gate, just west of the bank. She will give you a letter for Romeo.
Romeo reads the letter and doesn't know what to do. He suggests going to Father Lawrence, located in the Varrock chapel just north of Varrock's east bank. After a bit of an argument, he mentions a cadava potion, and asks you to speak to the Apothecary. He is in a little house with the symbol of a purple potion just north-west of Varrock south gate, around the back of the Varrock Sword Shop.
Speak to the Apothecary and he will tell you he needs cadava berries. They can be found near the East Varrock Mine, you will need to pick one from the bushes containing the pink berries. The red berries are redberries, and cannot be used for the quest. Alternately, one could grow a cadava bush and pick berries off it, or just purchase them on the Grand Exchange. After getting them, return to the Apothecary and he will make the potion. Drinking this potion will result in temporarily knocking yourself out.
Note that it is possible to make multiple potions, but other than a funny little scene, it is almost impossible to use and the only way to use it is in the Apothecary's house.
Now, head back to Juliet and give her the potion. You will now see a cutscene of her "dying", though she really falls into a coma. Go back to Romeo and tell him that he must rescue Juliet from the crypt. Apparently, he needs someone to accompany him.
To the cryptEdit
You will now see another cut scene of you entering with Romeo. When he sees Juliet's cousin, Phillipa, he forgets all about Juliet and falls in love with her. You have now completed the quest!
- Romeo falls in love with Juliet's cousin after he fails to make it to the crypt in the quest, but in the play Romeo was in love with Juliet's cousin (named Rosaline) before falling for Juliet.
- Romeo & Juliet was the fourth quest ever released, and was completed one month before the game's opening to the public.
- After you brought the letter given by Juliet to Romeo stating that her father will kill him he says "oh my aching, breaking heart..." this quote could be a reference to the song Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus.
- If you talk to Juliet after the quest, she would get angry saying how Romeo had left her and that she wants you to leave before she gets her father at you. How she managed to get out of the tomb is unknown.
- After the quest, if you talk to Romeo, he will mention how he met Juliet's cousin and how they get along without mentioning anything about Juliet.
- In the September 2010 Behind the Scenes it was revealed that this quest would be entirely removed from the game that month. It was replaced by a new free-to-play quest about star-crossed lovers, Gunnar’s Ground. This made Romeo & Juliet the first quest ever to be taken completely out of the game; others, such as Sheep Shearer and Witch's Potion, lost their quest status but remained in-game as miniquests.
- Jagex also removed a letter to Romeo which originally appeared in the December 2006 Postbag from the Hedge.
- ^ a b Mod Mark. "Behind the Scenes – September". 01-Sep-2010. RuneScape News. "This is a brand new quest for the free-to-play game and will be replacing the old Romeo and Juliet quest. As we have often said in the past, we’re always trying to improve our existing content, but some elements just don’t age well and are often best removed entirely from the game; we feel that’s the case with Romeo and Juliet."*
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|Removed or significantly changed|
Italics denote that the removed quest was later made into a miniquest.