The Squeal of Fortune (also commonly known as the SoF) is a daily activity available to both members and free players, initially introduced on 28 February 2012. Free players get one spin a day while members get two spins a day. The introductory task system must be completed or turned off for the button of Yelps to appear. The Squeal of Fortune resets every midnight UTC. Rewards include armour, weapons, xp lamps, coins, and other items, some as illustrious as godswords. Lucky equipment is untradeable and will be destroyed if you die and choose not to keep hold of it. The "lucky" is determined by the item's rarity and not the value. Spins can also be bought by members for real-world money.
When a player logs in, there is a small interface in the middle of the game screen; this can be moved to wherever the player wishes to keep it. Click on the button of Yelps, the host, on the left side of the interface, to begin the activity. Not all items are available in every draw; it appears that players get a selection of 13 items, which always consists of one super rare item, two rare items, four uncommon items and six common items. The selection of items changes from spin to spin, but logging out and back in results in no change.
The list of items is shown in a line of boxes at the bottom of the screen, with the current selected item's box glowing slightly. Click the big green button at the right of the screen to stop the wheel. When the glow stops moving, the player receives that item. Due to the way the prize is drawn, the time at which the player presses the button, does not determine the loot gained. The loot is randomly generated the instant the green button is pressed. Because of this, players may instead choose to double-click the spin button and immediately end the spin animation instead of waiting for it to stop.
Please note that the wheel graphic does not indicate the chance of the wheel stopping on a particular slot. The chance of obtaining a super-rare item is significantly less than the 1 in 13 chance the wheel suggests.
When a prize has been chosen, players then get the option to claim the reward or to discard it. The player does not get to choose where to place the item claimed; it will automatically go to the player's inventory or the player's bank depending on its type. Most rewards go to a player's bank (items such as rune platebodies, etc.), but experience lamps (small, medium, large and huge) go to the inventory, and coin prizes go to the money pouch. If a lamp is won and one's inventory is full, or another prize is won and one's bank is full, exiting the Squeal of Fortune interface and clearing an item will allow a player to claim the prize later by entering the Squeal of Fortune interface again.
When a rare or super-rare item is won, a message is broadcast on the world the player is on (except for lamps). It displays the name of the player and the item won in a short one sentence dialogue under "News:"
Due to an initially unannounced update on 2 April 2012, Squeal of Fortune spins can be bought with JCoins, Jagex's microtransaction currency, and real-life money. This has caused controversy, as the update allows those with easy access to real world currencies advantages not allowed to those without such access. It is also possible to get more spins by collecting spin tickets, which are dropped by various monsters. The paid spins resulted in an gigantic amount of complaints in the forums.
Obtaining more spins
On 2 April 2012, there was a game update allowing a variety of ways to obtain more Squeal of Fortune spins. When one of these bonus spins, called spin tickets, are received, are put into your inventory and can be added to your total number of spins by simply clicking on them. The ways to obtain more spins are listed below.
Note: when buying spins, it is important to remember that they expire in 6 months time. Spins that are obtained by other means do NOT expire.
Monster drops - F2P and P2P
Skilling activities - F2P and P2P
Spins also have a chance to be found while taking part in any type of skilling activity that gets you Shattered Heart strange rocks. This means that training any combat skill would not earn you spins in this way. If your inventory is full, the spin ticket will automatically be redeemed for a spin, without replacing an inventory item, as a strange rock would do.
D&D reward spins - P2P
Spins can be awarded to a player through Distractions and Diversions. Each D&D will have a week at a time dedicated to offering one guaranteed spin, while the Troll Invasion will always award the player a spin since it's a monthly Distraction and Diversion.
Each week, out of the following D&Ds, doing the one that is listed in the Squeal of Fortune rewards screen will award that player an extra spin on the Squeal of Fortune:
- The Circus; complete one of the events.
- Evil Tree; chop, light or nurture an Evil Tree.
- Shooting Star; mine any size star and gain experience.
- Penguin Hide and Seek; redeem Penguin Points.
- Troll Invasion; start the event.
Spins can be bought in groups of 10, 20, 40, 100 or 200 spins, with a bonus 5 spins being given for buying 20, a bonus 35 spins for buying 40 spins, a bonus of 100 spins for buying 100 spins and a bonus 250 spins for buying 200 spins. Keep in mind that spins that are bought expire after 6 months. A maximum of $200 can be spent a day when buying spins. This method of earning spins has become very infamous by players as seen as an unfair advantage to other people which was the complete opposite reaction Jagex was hoping for.
The prices of spins are as follows:
|Currency||10 spins||20 spins (with 5 bonus spins)||40 spins (with 35 bonus spins)||100 spins (with 100 bonus spins)||200 spins (with 250 bonus spins)|
|New Zealand dollar||$5.99||$11.99||$23.99||$59.99||$120.00|
|Norwegian Kroner||27 NOK||55 NOK||110 NOK||275 NOK||550 NOK|
|30 SEK||60 SEK||120 SEK||300 SEK||600 SEK|
|Lithuanian litas||11.99 Lt||23.99 Lt||47.99 Lt||120.00 Lt||240.00 Lt|
|100 DKK||250 DKK||500 DKK|
|Polish złoty||13.99 PLN||27.99 PLN||55.99 PLN||140 PLN||280 PLN|
As of an update on 24 April 2012, the completion of quests give the player 2 spins for each. This does not apply for quests completed prior to the update. This includes all of the Recipe for Disaster subquests, the Rag and Bone man and Fur 'n Seek wishlists, and the Thieving Guild miniquests.
- The Sizzling Summer event allows members, who are subscribed for the whole of August and September, to be awarded with an extra spin each day for a total of 91 free spins.
- The Mad May event of May 2012 gave an extra spin daily during the entire month and was the first event to give free spins.
When on the claim screen a free spin button may appear which, when clicked on, will make the player watch a short video ad then award one free spin. These ads do not seem to appear in the downloadable client, only when playing on your browser.
This is a list of the possible rewards. Items marked with (m) are members items - they may not be claimed on free-to-play worlds, if you wish to claim them, you must subscribe.
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Small XP lamp 1 Common Not sold Small XP lamp (m) 1 Common Not sold Medium XP lamp (m) 1 Uncommon Not sold Large XP lamp (m) 1 Rare Not sold Huge XP lamp (m) 1 Very rare Not sold
- ^ 1 in 10 chance for general lamps, 1 in 8 chance for skill-specific lamps
- ^ A small gold lamp will always be either for thieving or agility.
- ^ 1 in 14 chance for general lamps, 1 in 15 chance for skill-specific lamps
- ^ 1 in 500 chance for general lamps.
- ^ Less than 1 in 2000 chance
Note: The skill may be fixed, if you are free-to-play and recieve a lamp in a member skill, you will need to subscribe to claim the xp or you will have to discard it.
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Coins 1,000 Common (1 in 5) Not sold Coins 5,000 Common (1 in 12) Not sold Coins 10,000 Uncommon Not sold Coins 50,000 Uncommon Not sold Coins (m) 100,000 Rare Not sold Coins (m) 200,000 Rare Not sold Coins 500,000 Rare Not sold Coins 2,500,000 Rare Not sold Coins (m) 10,000,000 Very rare Not sold Coins (m) 200,000,000 Very rare Not sold
- ^ This amount can only be obtained after receiving the full Dragon ceremonial outfit.
- ^ This amount also appears on uncommon slots.
- ^ This amount is extremely rare, far more than the 10,000,000gp prize.
Pendants of Skill
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Pendant of Agility 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Attack 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Constitution 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Construction 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Cooking 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Crafting 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Defence 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Dungeoneering 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Farming 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Firemaking 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Fishing 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Fletching 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Herblore 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Hunting 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Magic 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Mining 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Prayer 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Ranging 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Runecrafting 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Slaying 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Smithing 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Strength 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Summoning 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Thievery 1 Uncommon Not sold Pendant of Woodcutting 1 Uncommon Not sold
Prized pendants of Skill
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price File:Curled horns.png Curled horns (m) 1 Very rare Not sold File:Long horns.png Long horns (m) 1 Very rare Not sold File:Twisted horns.png Twisted horns (m) 1 Very rare Not sold File:Vile horns.png Vile horns (m) 1 Very rare Not sold File:Arcane tattoo.png Arcane tattoo (m) 1 Very rare Not sold File:Bold tattoo.png Bold tattoo (m) 1 Very rare Not sold File:Intricate tattoo.png Intricate tattoo (m) 1 Very rare Not sold File:Marauder tattoo.png Marauder tattoo (m) 1 Very rare Not sold File:Mystic tattoo.png Mystic tattoo (m) 1 Very rare Not sold File:Tribal tattoo.png Tribal tattoo (m) 1 Very rare Not sold Swagger Stick (m) 1 Very rare Not sold Swag Bag (m) 1 Very rare Not sold File:Flying goblin hat.png Flying Goblin Hat (m) 1 Very rare Not sold
Pay-to-play (Lucky armour)
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Lucky Armadyl helmet 1 Rare Not sold Lucky Armadyl chestplate 1 Rare Not sold Lucky Armadyl chainskirt 1 Rare Not sold File:Lucky bandos chestplate.png Lucky Bandos chestplate 1 Rare Not sold Lucky Bandos tassets 1 Rare Not sold Lucky Bandos boots 1 Rare Not sold Lucky dragon chainbody 1 Rare Not sold Lucky dragon full helm 1 Rare Not sold Lucky dragon platebody 1 Rare Not sold Lucky arcane spirit shield 1 Rare Not sold Lucky spectral spirit shield 1 Rare Not sold Lucky divine spirit shield 1 Rare Not sold Lucky elysian spirit shield 1 Rare Not sold
Free-to-play (Normal armour)
The Defence level of the player will affect the armour drop. For example, a player with 40 Defence would receive a rune platebody in the "uncommon" slot, while one with 30 Defence will receive an adamant platebody instead.
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Adamant platebody 1 Uncommon 9,662 Black platebody 1 Uncommon 2,544 Combat robe top 0 1 Uncommon 29,800 Green d'hide body 1 Uncommon 4,540 Exchange:Hardleather body Hardleather body 1 Uncommon Expression error: Unrecognised punctuation character "[". Mithril platebody 1 Uncommon 2,854 Rune platebody 1 Uncommon 38,723 Steel platebody 1 Uncommon 1,237 Studded body 1 Uncommon 423
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Iron crossbow 1 Common 129 Bronze crossbow 1 Common 255 Steel crossbow 1 Common 137 Mith crossbow 1 Uncommon 303 Adamant crossbow 1 Uncommon 870 Yew shortbow 1 Uncommon 371 Lucky Armadyl godsword 1 Rare Not sold Lucky Bandos godsword 1 Rare Not sold Lucky Saradomin godsword 1 Rare Not sold Lucky Zamorak godsword 1 Rare Not sold Lucky Saradomin sword 1 Rare Not sold Lucky Zamorakian spear 1 Rare Not sold Lucky abyssal whip 1 Rare Not sold Lucky dragon 2h sword 1 Rare Not sold Lucky dragon claws 1 Rare Not sold Auspicious katana 1 Very rare Not sold
Depending on the Attack level of the player, they will recieve the best weapon they can use at their Attack level.
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Oak shortbow 1 Common 46 Black 2h sword 1 Common 984 Black battleaxe 1 Common 583 Black hatchet 1 Common 187 Black longsword 1 Common 432 Black scimitar 1 Common 1,642 Bronze dagger 1 Common 72 Maple shortbow 1 Common 162 Steel 2h sword 1 Common 410 Steel battleaxe 1 Common 249 Steel hatchet 1 Common 46 Steel longsword 1 Common 183 Steel scimitar 1 Common 119 Adamant 2h sword 1 Uncommon 3,527 Adamant battleaxe 1 Uncommon 2,287 Adamant hatchet 1 Uncommon 609 Adamant longsword 1 Uncommon 1,643 Adamant pickaxe 1 Uncommon 1,704 Adamant scimitar 1 Uncommon 1,355 Mithril 2h sword 1 Uncommon 1,229 Mithril battleaxe 1 Uncommon 765 Mithril hatchet 1 Uncommon 169 Mithril longsword 1 Uncommon 567 Mithril pickaxe 1 Uncommon 637 Mithril scimitar 1 Uncommon 403 Rune 2h sword 1 Uncommon 37,963 Rune battleaxe 1 Uncommon 24,557 Rune longsword 1 Uncommon 18,807 Rune pickaxe 1 Uncommon 19,015 Rune scimitar 1 Uncommon 14,974
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Law rune 40 Common 7,600
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Uncut sapphire 8 Common 8,856 Uncut emerald 4 Common 7,612 Uncut ruby 2 Uncommon 6,224 Uncut diamond 1 Rare 7,110
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Uncooked apple pie 10 Common 2,110 Uncooked pizza 10 Common 3,020 Pineapple seed (m) 1 Common 5,173 Oak plank (m) 20 Common 11,180 Teak plank (m) 15 Common 12,210 Impious ashes 40 Common 4,520 Big bones 20 Common 9,080 Blue dragon scale (m) 10 Common 5,970 Seaweed (m) 20 Common 5,800
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Dragon ceremonial hat 1 Rare Not sold Dragon ceremonial breastplate 1 Rare Not sold Dragon ceremonial greaves 1 Rare Not sold Dragon ceremonial boots 1 Rare Not sold Dragon ceremonial cape 1 Rare Not sold Queen's guard hat 1 Uncommon Not sold Queen's guard shirt 1 Uncommon Not sold Queen's guard trousers 1 Uncommon Not sold Queen's guard shoes 1 Uncommon Not sold Queen's guard staff 1 Uncommon Not sold Fish mask 1 Rare 1,771,170 Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Shark fists 1 1 Uncommon Not sold Shark fists 2 1 Uncommon Not sold Shark fists 3 1 Uncommon Not sold Shark fists 4 1 Uncommon Not sold Candyfloss 5 Common Not sold Seaside rock 1, 5 Common Not sold Sunbathe emote 1 Uncommon Not sold Beach ball 1 Uncommon Not sold Water balloon 100 Common Not sold
Squeal of Neptune items
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Pet fish (m) 1 Discontinued Not sold Raw tuna 100 Discontinued 6,700 Raw swordfish 50 Discontinued 14,500 Casket (m) 5 Discontinued 70,955 Caviar (m) 40 Discontinued 27,200 Living minerals (m) 30 Discontinued 1,830 Oyster pearls (m) 21 Discontinued 14,868 Raw fish pie (m) 10 Discontinued 12,570 Fish Flingers voucher 1 Discontinued Not sold Anchovy pizza 12 Discontinued 2,904 Cracked fishing urn (r) 80 Discontinued Not sold Seaweed (m) 30 Discontinued 8,700
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k These items are discontinued from the Squeal of Fortune but still appear in-game.
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price File:Monkey hat.png Hear-no-evil monkey hat (m) 1 Discontinued Not sold File:Monkey hat.png See-no-evil monkey hat (m) 1 Discontinued Not sold File:Monkey hat.png Speak-no-evil monkey hat (m) 1 Discontinued Not sold Monkey mace 1 Discontinued Not sold Barrel of monkeys 1 Discontinued Not sold
On 2 April, 2012, Jagex added the ability to buy Squeal of Fortune spins with real money. This caused several controversies. Players became enraged by this new update and started a riot in Falador, world 66. Mod William posted a thread on the forums about this new update on the Recent Game Updates article, and within a day this resulted in thousands of negative posts by furious players demanding a reverse update.
Real World Trading
Many players view the ability to buy spins as a form of Real world trading, because the spins have the potential to give very valuable and desirable rewards, or hundreds of thousands of experience points. Jagex mods, such as Mod Moltare in Mod Mark's friends chat, have stated that buying wheel spins is different from buying gold or items from a third party, because the gold or items are not the third party's to sell but a first party's, Jagex, which differs from the valid legal principal of selling whatever interest one has in an item (even if it is no interest), thus the buying of gold is legal, but violates game rules and is cause for banning.
They claim that buying spins is not a form of RWT. Many players, however, disagree, saying that overall negative effect on the game is still the same, and cite Jagex's own policies regarding real world trading. Since the sale of spins violated Jagex's own rules on Real World Trading, on 5th April, 2012, Jagex changed their explanation for the rule against Real World Trading to make room for selling spins and other future content.
Despite RuneScape's long history of fighting against real world traders, some players believe that RuneScape may soon become insolvent as Jagex is seemingly rewriting their previous rules.
Within the first week of spin-selling, over fifteen thousand players voiced their objections to the "Wheel-World Trading", and the "Steal Your Fortune" on the update thread or one of the hundreds of other ones. To put this number in perspective, most update threads receive only two to three thousand posts, most of which are positive or ambivalent. The fifteen thousand replies to the spin update are as good as entirely negative, with only one positive post in the first twenty pages. After one week of consistent player objections, Jagex locked the forum in which these objections were voiced, but opened a special Squeal of Fortune feedback thread later on.
If a member is paying by credit card, and the credit card information has been saved with Jagex, there originally was no identity verification between clicking the in-game "buy spins" button and confirming the transaction. This means that someone with unauthorized access to a RuneScape account could turn up to $200/day of the rightful owner's money into Squeal spins. Since there is no option to disable spin purchasing on an account, it is also possible for children whose parents pay for their RuneScape membership to spend their parents' money on Squeal spins without their knowledge. These issues have provoked accusations that Jagex is violating laws concerning customer data protection. Jagex has replied with reminders to keep your RuneScape login information secure.
|“||We reserve the right to charge you for any unauthorized use of your subscription by third parties.||”|
It should be noted that anybody whose account existed before the Terms were updated were not alerted of this change. However, in the Terms and Conditions it states Jagex does not need to do this, and users are responsible to check for changes:
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In any case, if Squeal spins are bought by an unauthorised third party, the issuing bank of the debit or credit card, and other payment providers such as PayPal, have facilites available to reverse charges for disputed transactions. As of a patch note update, however, the security around buying spins has been "tightened".
As RuneScape contains no age verification (just asking if the user is at least 13 on signup), it is possible for children under the age of 18 to spend real money on the Squeal of Fortune.
Jagex has stated that since every spin on the Squeal wins an in-game item (even if only Cabbage or Fishing bait), and since there is no potential for real monetary return, the act of purchasing spins is not truly gambling. Many players maintain that such a low-value spin is functionally equivalent to a loss, and that a purchased Squeal spin therefore counts as gambling. Other players maintain that a loss is incurred when spins are purchased, and that with the hope for a rare item, the Squeal of Fortune becomes a form of lottery.
If a low-value spin is considered a loss, or if Squeal of Fortune is considered a lottery, then the act of selling spins would violate online gambling laws, and the act of selling spins without age verification would violate age restrictions on gambling in several countries.
Many players have been concerned by the precedent that this sets for the future of RuneScape. These players maintain that once Jagex makes an update connected with selling items or experience for real world money, they will be more inclined in the future to make updates connected with real world trading, despite having promised in the past that microtransactions would never be added to RuneScape.
The former official Jagex policy on real world trading is as follows:
"We don't want players to be able to buy their way to success in RuneScape. If we let players start doing this, it devalues RuneScape for others. We feel your status in real life shouldn't affect your ability to be successful in RuneScape."
- The update was not included in the February 2012 Behind the Scenes; a similar event took place in February 2011 with the Wildywyrm.
- The name is a play on words of the game show Wheel of Fortune.
- Upon release of the update, an interactive wheel first appeared on the RuneScape homepage.
- All of the lucky items received from the Squeal of Fortune have a grey tint compared to the original version in order to distinguish between the two.
- Following the release of the Squeal of Fortune, the items classified as lucky were believed to be tradable which had caused a sense of panic amongst players who had already owned the original versions of the prizes. It has since been confirmed that the items are NOT tradable and do NOT degrade.
- The icon does not appear in the Duel Arena, in Stealing Creation or within Daemonheim's floors, but it does appear on the exit balcony when you leave a dungeon. The icon does appear in Clan Citadels, however you cannot access the tab to Squeal of Fortune in the citadel.
- It is possible to have two of the same rare items on the wheel at one time. (i.e. two lucky Armadyl godswords in two different spots)
- An odd thing can occur when closing the interface in which the Squeal of Fortune button stays in the top left corner and upon clicking it, a message will display Nothing happens, as if something has gone wrong.
- If a player's bank is full and you receive an item to be sent to the bank, a message will display over the Claim Item option Your bank doesn't have room for your prize at the moment.
- All items found in the rare section can be found in the very rare section as well with the exception of a Large XP lamp . Just as the large lamp is the only item from the rare section not able to be in the very rare section, the Huge XP lamp cannot be found in the rare section.
- Many players complained about the extreme low chances of receiving a decent prize when the Squeal of Fortune was initially introduced. For example, players weren't satisfied with the common rewards as they felt it would be better suited for free players. After an update, Jagex modified the reward rates and players would receive rare items ten times the normal probability.
- A player may not exceed thirteen spins unless the player buys spins. If you reach the limit of thirteen and receive another spin, a message will display You have missed out on earning a Squeal of Fortune spin as your earned spins have reached the maximum allowed.
- If a member tries to spin on a free world, a message will display As a member you are eligible for improved prizes, so please play Squeal of Fortune on a members' world instead.
- Contrary to popular belief, it has been confirmed that "Lucky items won on the Squeal of Fortune do not degrade."
- Opening the Squeal of Fortune's interface does not pause game-ticks, so time limits for equipment and mini games are still imposed.
- The small agility lamp and the small thieving lamp have been changed to the same gold color of the medium and large lamps and they are the only small lamps of that colour.
- If you can look on the left top where it says how many spins you have it would appear a Duellist's cap tier 1.
- Before the update, money piles use to be 10, or 50gp instead of 1,000, or 5,000. Also, there was cowhide and feather.