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Classic Runestone
Release date 4 January 2001 (Update)
Members? No
Quest item? No
Tradeable? Yes
Equipable? No
Stackable? No
High Alch 0 coins
Low Alch 0 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price 1 coin
Exchange price 143 coins (info)
Buy limit 5,000
Examine Useful for lighting a fire.
Weight 0.05 kg
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Tinderbox detail

The tinderbox is used primarily for lighting fires and keeping candles and lanterns alight. Various quests require the player to use a tinderbox to set things on fire. Tinderboxes do not need be carried around since they are found in the Toolbelt.

Obtaining tinderboxesEdit


Ignatius Vulcan location

The average spawn rate at a general store for the full stock 10 tinderboxes is 9 minutes and 10 seconds. This means the first spawn is 10 seconds after all the tinderboxes have been bought, and one minute per every other tinderbox.

Tinderboxes can also be bought from Ignatius Vulcan, who stocks 60,000, making it one of the best ways to stock tinderboxes. It is one of the largest stock of any item in any shop in RuneScape, beaten only by Pickupstixx's stock of 65,000 shard packs and 65,000 shards.

Tinderbox spawnsEdit

  • Top floor of Draynor Manor near Professor Oddenstein's machine.
  • On the wrecked ship on the north of Harmony Island.
  • Next to furnace in the eastern wilderness ruins.
  • Searching certain shelves of the Wise Old Man's home gives a tinderbox, possibly book(s) and a message questioning why he keeps so many tinderboxes. This is likely due to Dinoysus's eventual assault upon the Wizards' Tower. Though it is possible to quickly obtain multiple tinderboxes from it, your character will only take one at a time, and only if your inventory has none; this can be easily bypassed through the drop trick.

Other sourcesEdit

Player can obtain an unlimited number of tinderboxes from a Tool store 2 in the Workshop of a Player-owned house. Only one tinderbox can be taken at time from the tool store, so this is a time consuming way to get a lot of tinderboxes.

Various monsters occasionally drop tinderboxes, including the Cave bug, Cave goblin, Werewolf, and H.A.M. guard.

Tinderboxes are occasionally obtained when pickpocketing H.A.M. members

Tinderboxes can also be obtained through the Buyers and Cellars quest.

Tinderboxes can sometimes be found inside barrels.

Use with skillsEdit

As mentioned above, a tinderbox is often used to train the firemaking skill. Summoning familiars, however, can be used in place of a tinderbox, giving an extra ten Firemaking experience for each log:

Tinderboxes are sometimes used in Construction. For example, 20 tinderboxes are needed to build a Flame pit in an Oubliette.

The tinderbox is also the tertiary ingredient of Pyrelord summoning pouches.

Haunted MineEdit

A tinderbox carried in the inventory becomes a Damp tinderbox when a player falls into the water at the 5th level of the Haunted Mine. If examined afterward it will say: Not so useful for lighting a fire. It cannot be used on a fire or range to dry it out.

Dropping monsters Edit

Levels 1 to 24 Edit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Cave bug 6, 96 1 Common
H.A.M. guard 12,18,22 1 Common
Cave goblin miner 11 1 Uncommon
Imp 2, 7 1 Uncommon
Zombie 13-85 1 Uncommon
Cave goblin 3 1 Rare
Cave goblin guard 24,26 1 Very rare
Pirate 23,26,57 1 Very rare

Levels 25 to 49 Edit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Borrokar 48 1 Common
Lanzig 48 1 Common
Wall beast 49 1 Common
Zombie 13, 18, 24, 25, 30, 32, 40, 44, 53, 78, 85 1 Uncommon
Cave goblin guard 24,26 1 Rare
Freidir 48 1 Rare
Ghast 30, 78, 139 1 Very rare
Pirate 23,26,57 1 Very rare

Levels 50 to 99 Edit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Cave bug 6, 96 1 Common
Dagannoth (Chaos Tunnels) 88 1 Common
Dagannoth (Waterbirth Island) 88, 90 10 Common
Iron dragon (Daemonheim) 84, 89, 98, 114, 138 1 Uncommon
Zombie 13, 18, 24, 25, 30, 32, 40, 44, 53, 78, 85 1 Uncommon
Ghast 30, 78, 139 1 Rare
Pirate 23,26,57 1 Very rare

Levels 100 and above Edit

Monster Combat level Quantity Rarity
Giant Rock Crab 137 1 Common
Rock lobster 127 1 Common
Iron dragon (Daemonheim) 84, 89, 98, 114, 138 1 Uncommon
Ghast 30, 78, 139 1 Rare


  • A golden tinderbox is in one of the monuments below the temple in Priest in Peril; if the player uses an ordinary tinderbox with the pillar, the tinderboxes will be switched and the player will get the golden tinderbox instead of the regular one. This is reminiscent of Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark where Indiana Jones switches a bag of sand with a golden idol to get it.
  • The sprite of the Damp Tinderbox looks like the original sprite of a regular tinderbox.
  • The tinderbox had a graphics update on the 14th of July 2008.
  • After the graphics update on 14 July 2008, the tinderbox's look has changed. Its old form can still be seen on a table in Varrock general store.

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