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This article is about the effect from the Wilderness, and the red skull from the Fight Pits. For the item that players can pick up, see Skull (item).

White Skull Edit

Player skulled

A skulled player.


With the legacy mode update the skull has been reverted back to its pre-EOC mechanics.

The white skull is a feature that appears when a player:

Note: Cannons will also skull the owner if a cannonball hits another player's familiar.

As soon as one of the following methods above occurs, the skull will appear above their character. If a player dies with a skull in the Wilderness (and dungeons linked to the Wilderness, excluding the King Black Dragon's lair), they will drop all of their items upon death, unless a Protect Item mechanic is used (the prayer itself, or consuming a Fury shark), in which they keep their most valuable item with them. If a skulled player dies outside the Wilderness, gravestones will appear instead if they are allowed.

Contrary to popular belief, if you are attacked by another player, you can attack that player back without getting skulled.

Upon leaving the area where the skulled appear, a timer of 10 (or 20 if you attacked another player/familiar) minutes (of in-game time) will count down; once this timer expires, the skull is removed from the player. Players can remove skulls immediately by dying to monsters, in safe minigames or the Flame pit in a player's Player owned House.

Red skullEdit

Fight pit champion

The current champion of the TzHaar Fight Pits will have a red skull over their head.

The Red skull is a status effect which players will gain after winning a round of the TzHaar Fight Pits. The red skull does not appear outside the Fight Pits, and disappears if the player with it leaves the Fight Pits or switches worlds. It will also disappear if another player wins the next round of the Fight Pits. Players with a red skull will not lose their items if they die, as the Fight Pits is a "safe" minigame. The only way to have the red skull outside the fight pits is with a glitch.

This glitch appeared again some time after an update on 21 June 2011. It has yet to be fixed.

Pre-Legacy Update Skull Mechanics Edit

The Skull was a status effect indicated the user has Multi-way combat activated in the wilderness. The Skull will disappear after the player has left the Wilderness.

Single-Way Wilderness charging

The skull could be toggled by casting Single-Way Wilderness, a Constitution ability.

Skulled players could only engage other skulled players in combat, and non-skulled players could only engage other non-skulled players.


  • In RuneScape Classic, getting marked with a skull was officially known as setting one's alignment to Evil[1].
  • The skull is said to be the mark of Zamorak during the Abyss miniquest[2].
  • Sir Renitee used to ask for the player to be skulled for switching to the "Skull" family crest.
  • Prior to the legacy update the skull signified whether a player was in multi or single way combat, this has since been reverted to the pre-eoc mechanics which bases combat type based on location
  • There was a glitch with the discontinued ability Single-Way Wilderness; if a player still had it on their action bar after it was removed from the list of abilities, they would be able to toggle their Wilderness Skull on and off. This has been fixed.
  • There are several bugs involving familiars and specific abilities that can make innocent players get skulled, even if they did not attack other players while unskulled.


  1. ^ Jagex. Online Manual: Fighting other players. (Archived from the original on 4 February 2002.)*
  2. ^ Abyssal book, "Abyss (miniquest)", RuneScape. "Anybody who uses this teleport will inevitably be marked by him - or become ‘skulled’ as the common folk put it."

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