RuneScape Wiki


36,750pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Discuss19 Share
This article is about the Tortoises near the Tree Gnome Village. For other uses, see Tortoise (disambiguation).
[FAQ] [doc]

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 365736 coins. 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 uses a bluish spell, the archer shoots steel arrows, 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 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 price
Big bonesBig bones1Always349
  1. ^ From killing the three riders on the backs of the mounted tortoises.


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Wergali seed 5Wergali seed1Common754
Cabbage seed 5Cabbage seed10–29Common60–174
Redberry seed 5Redberry seed1Rare1
Potato seed 5Potato seed4Rare48
Onion seed 5Onion seed4Rare40
Tomato seed 5Tomato seed3Rare18
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1–2Rare809–1,618
Marigold seed 5Marigold seed1Rare25
Rosemary seed 5Rosemary seed1–4Rare17–68
Woad seed 5Woad seed1Rare6
Dwellberry seed 5Dwellberry seed1Rare1
Asgarnian seed 5Asgarnian seed1–3Rare4–12
Barley seed 5Barley seed2–4Rare8–16
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed1–2Rare31–62
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed1–2Rare1–2
Yanillian seed 5Yanillian seed1–2Rare39–78
Hammerstone seed 5Hammerstone seed1–2Rare6–12
Sweetcorn seed 5Sweetcorn seed1–4Rare16–64


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common182
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common208
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common34
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Rare79
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Rare2,988
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Rare3,030
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Rare2,500
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Rare5,487
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Rare5,204
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Rare3,763
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Rare2,999
Grimy wergaliGrimy wergali1Rare1,130


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Swamp toadSwamp toad1Common1,336
CabbageCabbage16–101 (noted)Common2,992–18,887
Worm battaWorm batta1Uncommon172
Toad crunchiesToad crunchies1Rare7,015
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Rare1,585
Tangled toads' legsTangled toads' legs1Rare313


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Law talismanLaw talisman1Rare656
Nature runeNature rune1–3Common397–1,191
Earth runeEarth rune10–14Uncommon170–238
Soul runeSoul rune5–11Rare3,540–7,788


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Steel arrow 5Steel arrow12–23Common144–276
Mithril arrow 5Mithril arrow6–13Uncommon132–286


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

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Pink bootsPink boots1Uncommon916
Pink robe bottomsPink robe bottoms1Uncommon204
Pink robe topPink robe top1Uncommon374

Barlak XP ItemsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Tortoise shellTortoise shell1–3Uncommon13,062–39,186
Perfect shellPerfect shell1–3RareNot sold
Curved boneCurved bone1RareNot sold
Long boneLong bone1RareNot 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 price
Teak logsTeak logs1; 2; 4Uncommon105–420
Mahogany logsMahogany logs1; 2; 4Uncommon567–2,268
Humerus boneHumerus bone1Uncommon[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 price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot 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".

See alsoEdit

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.