For the slayer creature, see Warped tortoise.
|Release date||24 April 2006 (Update)|
|Combat level||72 (Mounted spawns a Level 60 Gnome archer, level 66 Gnome driver, and a level 68 Gnome mage upon death)|
|XP per kill||120 (and 39.6 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 180k. Tortoises have very high hitpoints 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 three riders on the backs of level 92 tortoise.
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Wergali seed 1 Common 839 Cabbage seed 10–29 Common 40–116 Redberry seed 1 Rare 1 Potato seed 4 Rare 8 Onion seed 4 Rare 12 Tomato seed 1 Rare 2 Watermelon seed 1–2 Rare 1,953–3,906 Marigold seed 1 Rare 16 Rosemary seed 1–4 Rare 7–28 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 434–868 Nasturtium seed 1–2 Rare 1–2 Yanillian seed 1–2 Rare 35–70 Hammerstone seed 1–2 Rare 2–4 Sweetcorn seed 1–4 Rare 4–16
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Grimy guam 1 Common 361 Grimy marrentill 1 Common 56 Grimy tarromin 1 Common 168 Grimy harralander 1 Rare 463 Grimy ranarr 1 Rare 2,244 Grimy irit 1 Rare 1,863 Grimy avantoe 1 Rare 3,940 Grimy kwuarm 1 Rare 2,183 Grimy cadantine 1 Rare 2,156 Grimy lantadyme 1 Rare 7,886 Grimy dwarf weed 1 Rare 9,087 Grimy wergali 1 Rare 2,943
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Swamp toad 1 Common 296 Pineapple 1 Common 28 Cabbage 16–101 (noted) Common 608–3,838 Worm batta 1 Uncommon 165 Toad crunchies 1 Rare 3,865 Blurberry special 1 Rare 1,557 Tangled toads' legs 1 Rare 414
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Law talisman 1 Common 255 Nature rune 1–3 Common 115–345 Earth rune 10–14 Uncommon 110–154 Soul rune 5–11 Rare 620–1,364
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Steel arrow 12–23 Common 156–299 Mithril arrow 6–13 Uncommon 126–273
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Pink boots 1 Uncommon 408 Pink robe bottoms 1 Uncommon 242 Pink robe top 1 Uncommon 445
Barlak XP ItemsEdit
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Tortoise shell 1–3 Uncommon 11,304–33,912 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 MoneyMaking because of the tortoise shell's expensive price.
Item Quantity Rarity GE Market Price Teak logs 1,2,4 Uncommon 99–396 Mahogany logs 1,2,4 Uncommon 555–2,220 Humerus bone 1 Uncommon Not sold Spin ticket 1 Uncommon 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.