Skypouncers are pets that were released into the game on the 19 December 2012 along with the Bloodpouncer and Blazehound. Skypouncers are pets available from Solomon's General Store for 1300 Runecoins. The skypouncer originates on an icyene plane; sighting this creature is rumoured to bring luck in battle.
The skypouncer has three stages of growth - baby, adolescent, and adult. It takes roughly 15 hours for a skypouncer baby to grow into an adolescent skypouncer when following you, though this can be sped up by interacting with the pet. Stages can be skipped by using a Growth Surge on the pet, i.e. baby to adolescent or adolescent to adult.It will take approximately 15 hours to reach the adolescent stage and an additional 25 hours to reach the adult stage. This time can be halved by "playing" with your pet by making it do one of its two emotes. It appears that while the pet is with you, it generates its own pet points up to a cap of 30 points. When this cap is reached, simply making the pet do an emote will allow you to retrieve the generated points, making it possible to raise the pet in half the time.
Like all pets and summoning familiars, it cannot enter or use its abilities in some areas of RuneScape.
There are several recolour options that you can choose in order to customize your pet. Though the colour of most of the skypouncer's fur is constant at golden beige, specific areas of the skypouncer can be recoloured during each growth stage:
- Skypouncer kitten: the spots on the kitten's back, and the end of its tail.
- Skypouncer adolescent: some tufts of fur in the side of its mane, the two chevron markings on its back, the band of fur at the top of its legs, the tips of its wings, and the end of its tail.
- Skypouncer adult: the tuft of fur on top of its head, its eyes, some tufts of fur in the side of its mane, the fur of its neck, the two chevron markings on its back, the band of fur at the top of its legs, the symbol on its kneebands, its wingtips, and the end of its tail.
The skypouncer has unique abilities, similar to Summoning familiars, which increase as it ages. The pet retains abilities from earlier growth stages when it learns a new ability.
The skypouncer can forage from the moment it is obtained. Some of the things that a skypouncer is confirmed to be able to forage are as follows:
- Coins: 10 to 500
- Grimy Herbs: Guam, Harralander, Irit, Cadantine
- Seeds: Potato, Sweetcorn, Onion, Wildblood, Jangerberry, Poison Ivy, Dwarf Weed, Whiteberry
- Remains: Bones, Big bones, Baby dragon bones
From time to time, the skypouncer will forage without being given the forage order.
The pet is able to take an item to your bank when it reaches the adolescent stage, it can take one item every 10 minutes. The pet's ability to bank does not work in Wilderness Level 1 and beyond (further north). If one just crosses the Wilderness Wall (and the Wilderness level display does not actually appear; thus can be considered "Wilderness Level Zero") and does not walk north, then the pet's banking ability still can be used.
The skypouncer is able to 'Scavenge' when it reaches adult stage. When scavenging is turned on, your pet will automatically run and retrieve a single item from a slain enemy(note that if the single item is a note or stack of items, it will retrieve the entire stack), though when killing multiple monsters at high speeds, this effect doesn't seem to work for every kill. To access the scavenge feature, 'Interact' with the skypouncer and select 'Convenience', then select 'Scavenge'. When scavenge is selected, a menu interface will appear. The pet can scavenge, gold, runes, talismans, herbs, seeds, weapons, armour, metal bars, ore, bones, ashes, raw food, cooked food and other items. Items such as various hides and summoning charms are categorized as miscellaneous.
To deactivate scavenge, 'interact' with your pet, select 'convenience' and select 'Heel'.
The two playing emotes for the skypouncer also change as it grows from a kitten to an adolescent to an adult.
Skypouncer kitten emotes:
- "Knot what I signed up for" – the owner pulls out a string and plays with the kitten.
- "Die, tiny victim" - the owner winds a toy mouse for the kitten to attack.
Skypouncer adolescent emotes:
- "A shiny! It must die" - the owner produces a ball of light with magic for the skypouncer to pounce on.
- "I think not" - the owner unsuccessfully tries to direct the skypouncer away.
Skypouncer adult emotes:
- "Behold my glory!" - the skypouncer roars in its owner's honour as white particles swirl around the skypouncer. The skypouncer then flies slightly above the ground in tribute to its owner as the ground beneath the skypouncer glows. As the skypouncer flies back to the ground, it roars in tribute to its owner a second time.
- "Cat treat delivery" - a goblin comes out of the ground and attempts to attack the owner. The skypouncer however grabs the goblin, shakes it, throws it up into the air, grabs it again, throws it down into the ground, and eats it.
These are the possible names that can be given to the pets:
|Available pet names|
|Mr Stampy||Ms Punchy||Ms Stampy||Nemea|
- There is a current graphical glitch when changing the Skypouncer's colour, due to its wings having a gradient which fades to white from the default light blue. Changing the colour of the Skypouncer will cause a section of its wing to turn to the colour you selected, but it retains the blue/white fade, which may cause players to keep the default blue colour of the Skypouncer. This is assumed to be an oversight by Jagex.
- Cerberus is the name of a three-headed dog or a hellhound from Roman mythology instead of a lion.
- Abaddon is a Hebrew name meaning, 'Destroyer'. It is used in the Bible (Revelation 9:11) as the Hebrew name of the 'Angel of the Abyss', or in other words, one of the more powerful demons in Biblical prophecy. The Greek version of the same name is Apollyon, which is more often used to refer to the demon in the Bible.