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This article is about the Tortoises near the Tree Gnome Village. For the summoning familiar, see War tortoise.
For the slayer creature, see Warped tortoise.

The Tortoise (Testudines Giganteus) are trained tortoises used by the gnomes in battle. They train in the pen north of the Tree Gnome Stronghold swamp. Trainer Nacklepen is in charge of their combat development.


Tortoises are very good for training and making coins at the same time. A full inventory of tortoise shells can bring in about 400k. Tortoises have very high life points and low attack, but good defence. They are weak to air spells. With a fair variety of drops, they are arguably better than Yaks or Rock Crabs for training purposes, but since they are a lower level than the latter they are not commonly used. It is recommended for training only if you can hit high enough to effectively damage them, particularly if you choose to use ranged or melee. The best way to damage them is to use an air battlestaff or better in tandem with the best air spell you are capable of casting, as this provides a cost-free way of killing them with a decent damage rate. An alternative for higher levelled players is to use a Polypore staff with the Polypore Strike spell, due to its cheap cost per cast.

When fighting the tortoise with riders, the three gnomes take turns attacking the player. The mage sends a bluish spell towards the player. The ranger shoots a steel arrow at the player, and the tortoise attacks with the driver holding the reins if the player is within their meleeing range. Protection prayers aren't very effective because the riders use all 3 combat styles; however, the tortoises hit hardest with melee, so that prayer will stop the most damage.

When the mounted tortoise is slain, the riders, which consist of a level 60 Gnome archer, a level 66 Gnome driver, and a level 68 Gnome mage, will all attack the player that killed it simultaneously. This can prove somewhat dangerous for low levelled (under 80 combat) players, as these gnomes are fairly accurate for their level. If the player runs away, however, they become unaggressive, and eventually disappear when the tortoise respawns.

There are two mounted tortoises at the Battlefield of Khazard.


With riders
Without riders


100% dropsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Big bones Big bones 1 1 Always 512
Bones Bones 3 1 Always [1] 504
  1. ^ From killing the three riders on the backs of the mounted tortoises.


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Wergali seed 5 Wergali seed 1 2 Common 580
Cabbage seed 5 Cabbage seed 10–29 2 Common 70–203
Redberry seed 5 Redberry seed 1 4 Rare 1
Potato seed 5 Potato seed 4 4 Rare 24
Onion seed 5 Onion seed 4 4 Rare 4
Tomato seed 5 Tomato seed 3 4 Rare 6
Watermelon seed 5 Watermelon seed 1–2 4 Rare 2,441–4,882
Marigold seed 5 Marigold seed 1 4 Rare 28
Rosemary seed 5 Rosemary seed 1–4 4 Rare 13–52
Woad seed 5 Woad seed 1 4 Rare 2
Dwellberry seed 5 Dwellberry seed 1 4 Rare 1
Asgarnian seed 5 Asgarnian seed 1–3 4 Rare 2–6
Barley seed 5 Barley seed 2–4 4 Rare 6–12
Strawberry seed 5 Strawberry seed 1–2 4 Rare 400–800
Nasturtium seed 5 Nasturtium seed 1–2 4 Rare 1–2
Yanillian seed 5 Yanillian seed 1–2 4 Rare 29–58
Hammerstone seed 5 Hammerstone seed 1–2 4 Rare 3–6
Sweetcorn seed 5 Sweetcorn seed 1–4 4 Rare 4–16


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Grimy guam Grimy guam 1 2 Common 419
Grimy marrentill Grimy marrentill 1 2 Common 136
Grimy tarromin Grimy tarromin 1 2 Common 33
Grimy harralander Grimy harralander 1 4 Rare 89
Grimy ranarr Grimy ranarr 1 4 Rare 2,713
Grimy irit Grimy irit 1 4 Rare 2,022
Grimy avantoe Grimy avantoe 1 4 Rare 4,057
Grimy kwuarm Grimy kwuarm 1 4 Rare 3,800
Grimy cadantine Grimy cadantine 1 4 Rare 1,980
Grimy lantadyme Grimy lantadyme 1 4 Rare 6,602
Grimy dwarf weed Grimy dwarf weed 1 4 Rare 6,739
Grimy wergali Grimy wergali 1 4 Rare 1,229


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Swamp toad Swamp toad 1 2 Common 714
Pineapple Pineapple 1 2 Common 34
Cabbage Cabbage 16–101 (noted) 2 Common 1,008–6,363
Worm batta Worm batta 1 3 Uncommon 188
Toad crunchies Toad crunchies 1 4 Rare 8,241
Blurberry special Blurberry special 1 4 Rare 1,737
Tangled toads' legs Tangled toads' legs 1 4 Rare 418


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Law talisman Law talisman 1 2 Common 283
Nature rune Nature rune 1–3 2 Common 356–1,068
Earth rune Earth rune 10–14 3 Uncommon 160–224
Soul rune Soul rune 5–11 4 Rare 995–2,189


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Steel arrow 5 Steel arrow 12–23 2 Common 156–299
Mithril arrow 5 Mithril arrow 6–13 3 Uncommon 132–286


These items are dropped at the Gnome Stronghold and Khazard Battlefield.

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Pink boots Pink boots 1 3 Uncommon 355
Pink robe bottoms Pink robe bottoms 1 3 Uncommon 213
Pink robe top Pink robe top 1 3 Uncommon 383

Barlak XP ItemsEdit

  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Tortoise shell Tortoise shell 1–3 3 Uncommon 14,122–42,366
Perfect shell Perfect shell 1–3 4 Rare Not sold
Curved bone Curved bone 1 4 Rare Not sold
Long bone Long bone 1 4 Rare Not sold

Barlak in Dorgesh-Kaan will trade these items for gold and either Crafting or Construction XP. Tortoise shells are also used in Summoning to make war tortoises. These are commonly killed for money making because of the tortoise shell's expensive price.


  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Teak logs Teak logs 1,2,4 3 Uncommon 339–1,356
Mahogany logs Mahogany logs 1,2,4 3 Uncommon 561–2,244
Humerus bone Humerus bone 1 3 Uncommon [1] Not sold

Universal dropsEdit

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
  Item Quantity Rarity GE market price
Key token Key token 1 4 Rare Not sold
  1. ^ Dropped only during Fur 'n' Seek wishlist.


  • The Tortoise exhibit in the basement of the Varrock Museum is the one from before the Gnome Graphic Update.
  • Along with their graphical update, their movement speed was reduced, similar to that of real-life Tortoises.
  • Prior to the Evolution of Combat, the Gnome archer was always the first to strike when he falls off of the tortoise. Now, all three riders attack the player that killed the tortoise at once.
  • The Gnome riders named their tortoise "Dobbie".

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