|Release date||24 April 2006 (Update)|
|XP per kill||86 (and 28.3 experience)|
|Always drops||Big bones + 3 bones (from Gnomes)|
|Examine text||A large tortoise. / Massive beast of War with extra Gnome.|
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
- Battlefield of Khazard, south-west of Ardougne - 2 with gnome riders
- Pen north of Tree Gnome Stronghold swamp
- 1 with gnome riders
- Without riders
- Pen north of Tree Gnome Stronghold swamp
- 2 without riders
- ^ From killing the three riders on the backs of the mounted tortoises.
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Wergali seed 1 Common 570 Cabbage seed 10–29 Common 80–232 Redberry seed 1 Rare 1 Potato seed 4 Rare 16 Onion seed 4 Rare 8 Tomato seed 3 Rare 6 Watermelon seed 1–2 Rare 2,173–4,346 Marigold seed 1 Rare 45 Rosemary seed 1–4 Rare 13–52 Woad seed 1 Rare 2 Dwellberry seed 1 Rare 1 Asgarnian seed 1–3 Rare 2–6 Barley seed 2–4 Rare 6–12 Strawberry seed 1–2 Rare 431–862 Nasturtium seed 1–2 Rare 1–2 Yanillian seed 1–2 Rare 30–60 Hammerstone seed 1–2 Rare 3–6 Sweetcorn seed 1–4 Rare 3–12
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Grimy guam 1 Common 564 Grimy marrentill 1 Common 125 Grimy tarromin 1 Common 44 Grimy harralander 1 Rare 130 Grimy ranarr 1 Rare 3,126 Grimy irit 1 Rare 2,548 Grimy avantoe 1 Rare 4,412 Grimy kwuarm 1 Rare 3,511 Grimy cadantine 1 Rare 2,307 Grimy lantadyme 1 Rare 9,004 Grimy dwarf weed 1 Rare 9,373 Grimy wergali 1 Rare 1,746
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Swamp toad 1 Common 1,205 Pineapple 1 Common 35 Cabbage 16–101 (noted) Common 928–5,858 Worm batta 1 Uncommon 186 Toad crunchies 1 Rare 7,689 Blurberry special 1 Rare 1,804 Tangled toads' legs 1 Rare 458
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Law talisman 1 Common 530 Nature rune 1–3 Common 288–864 Earth rune 10–14 Uncommon 170–238 Soul rune 5–11 Rare 945–2,079
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Steel arrow 12–23 Common 156–299 Mithril arrow 6–13 Uncommon 120–260
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Pink boots 1 Uncommon 310 Pink robe bottoms 1 Uncommon 215 Pink robe top 1 Uncommon 387
Barlak XP ItemsEdit
Item Quantity Rarity GE market price Tortoise shell 1–3 Uncommon 16,123–48,369 Perfect shell 1–3 Rare Not sold Curved bone 1 Rare Not sold Long bone 1 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 1,2,4 Uncommon 592–2,368 Mahogany logs 1,2,4 Uncommon 1,019–4,076 Humerus bone 1 Uncommon Not sold
- Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
- These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
- 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".