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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. For the pet, see Winston.

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 price
Big bonesBig bones1Always359
  1. ^ From killing the three riders on the backs of the mounted tortoises.


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Wergali seed 5Wergali seed1Common720
Cabbage seed 5Cabbage seed10–29Common60–174
Redberry seed 5Redberry seed1Rare1
Potato seed 5Potato seed4Rare36
Onion seed 5Onion seed4Rare24
Tomato seed 5Tomato seed3Rare6
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1–2Rare701–1,402
Marigold seed 5Marigold seed1Rare16
Rosemary seed 5Rosemary seed1–4Rare17–68
Woad seed 5Woad seed1Rare4
Dwellberry seed 5Dwellberry seed1Rare1
Asgarnian seed 5Asgarnian seed1–3Rare3–9
Barley seed 5Barley seed2–4Rare6–12
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed1–2Rare225–450
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed1–2Rare5–10
Yanillian seed 5Yanillian seed1–2Rare39–78
Hammerstone seed 5Hammerstone seed1–2Rare3–6
Sweetcorn seed 5Sweetcorn seed1–4Rare13–52


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common214
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common172
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common44
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Rare162
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Rare2,640
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Rare2,402
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Rare4,619
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Rare5,852
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Rare5,319
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Rare5,882
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Rare5,627
Grimy wergaliGrimy wergali1Rare1,221


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Swamp toadSwamp toad1Common746
CabbageCabbage16–101 (noted)Common1,472–9,292
Worm battaWorm batta1Uncommon181
Toad crunchiesToad crunchies1Rare5,555
Blurberry specialBlurberry special1Rare1,687
Tangled toads' legsTangled toads' legs1Rare347


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Law talismanLaw talisman1Rare1,003
Nature runeNature rune1–3Common305–915
Earth runeEarth rune10–14Uncommon180–252
Soul runeSoul rune5–11Rare1,875–4,125


Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Steel arrow 5Steel arrow12–23Common156–299
Mithril arrow 5Mithril arrow6–13Uncommon144–312


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

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Pink bootsPink boots1Uncommon608
Pink robe bottomsPink robe bottoms1Uncommon211
Pink robe topPink robe top1Uncommon383

Barlak XP ItemsEdit

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Tortoise shellTortoise shell1–3Uncommon14,241–42,723
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; 4Uncommon178–712
Mahogany logsMahogany logs1; 2; 4Uncommon720–2,880
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".

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