|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 810 Cabbage seed 10–29 Common 40–116 Redberry seed 1 Rare 1 Potato seed 4 Rare 20 Onion seed 4 Rare 8 Tomato seed 3 Rare 9 Watermelon seed 1–2 Rare 1,971–3,942 Marigold seed 1 Rare 28 Rosemary seed 1–4 Rare 14–56 Woad seed 1 Rare 2 Dwellberry seed 1 Rare 1 Asgarnian seed 1–3 Rare 2–6 Barley seed 2–4 Rare 4–8 Strawberry seed 1–2 Rare 562–1,124 Nasturtium seed 1–2 Rare 2–4 Yanillian seed 1–2 Rare 34–68 Hammerstone seed 1–2 Rare 2–4 Sweetcorn seed 1–4 Rare 3–12
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Grimy guam 1 Common 979 Grimy marrentill 1 Common 83 Grimy tarromin 1 Common 34 Grimy harralander 1 Rare 186 Grimy ranarr 1 Rare 3,654 Grimy irit 1 Rare 2,794 Grimy avantoe 1 Rare 4,749 Grimy kwuarm 1 Rare 3,713 Grimy cadantine 1 Rare 1,955 Grimy lantadyme 1 Rare 10,325 Grimy dwarf weed 1 Rare 12,357 Grimy wergali 1 Rare 2,095
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Swamp toad 1 Common 1,078 Pineapple 1 Common 41 Cabbage 16–101 (noted) Common 1,520–9,595 Worm batta 1 Uncommon 185 Toad crunchies 1 Rare 5,618 Blurberry special 1 Rare 1,833 Tangled toads' legs 1 Rare 460
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Law talisman 1 Common 588 Nature rune 1–3 Common 300–900 Earth rune 10–14 Uncommon 130–182 Soul rune 5–11 Rare 820–1,804
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Steel arrow 12–23 Common 144–276 Mithril arrow 6–13 Uncommon 114–247
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Pink boots 1 Uncommon 294 Pink robe bottoms 1 Uncommon 217 Pink robe top 1 Uncommon 371
Barlak XP ItemsEdit
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Tortoise shell 1–3 Uncommon 14,840–44,520 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 343–1,372 Mahogany logs 1,2,4 Uncommon 731–2,924 Humerus bone 1 Uncommon Not sold
- Universal drops are dropped by every monster outside of Daemonheim.
- These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Key token 1 Rare Not sold
- 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 the tortoise Dobbie.