|Release date||24 September 2002 (Update)|
|No. of Banks||1|
|No. of Altars||1|
|Main Music||Newbie Melody|
|Location on World Map|
|Mudskipper's Point||←||Tutorial Island||→||Kalphite Hive|
|Rock Island Prison|
Tutorial Island was an island where new players were guided through the basics of playing RuneScape. It was released in the update of 24 September 2002, and until the July 2008 update, all new players had to have completed the tutorial before they could leave the island and begin exploring the world of Gielinor. During the July 2008 Behind the Scenes update, Jagex replaced Tutorial Island with a new tutorial, Learning the Ropes, which takes place in Lumbridge, involving a three-headed green dragon and a White Knight named Sir Vant. Players that created accounts before this were able to stay on the island if they never completed the tutorial but are now transported to the new tutorial upon login. Learning the Ropes was then taken out of the game to be reconstructed, and Tutorial Island was put back into the game as a temporary tutorial until the new one was finished. Unstable Foundations, a tutorial similar to Learning the Ropes was the next tutorial to be released. This tutorial was an improved version of the previous one. There have been 2 other tutorials since Learning the Ropes was removed. A simple one involved an introduction with Explorer Jack, followed by direction to complete The Blood Pact quest. After this, RuneScape saw the release of a new-remade tutorial which took players through the invasion of Burthorpe. During this tutorial players aided Burthorpe and neighboring town Taverley in a war against trolls. With the release of Runescape 3, yet another tutorial has been put in place and is still currently the latest tutorial. In this tutorial players are greeted by a dwarf called Gudrik who helps you defeat a hoard of undead in Ashdale.
Tutorial Island never taught any pay-to-play skills, and there was no such equivalent for new members to learn them.
When players finished on Tutorial Island, they could leave the island by activating their Home Teleport spell. This did not trigger the 30 minute-long wait to use it again (before the timer was removed). After they left the Tutorial Island, they could never return.
Tutorial Island was released on 24 September 2002 with the news post "Tutorial island", at the same time of the release of the Waterfall Quest and the King Black Dragon. Tutorial Island was added to the World Map on 4 March 2003.
In July 2008, it was announced that the tutorial would soon no longer take place on the island, but in a quarantined Lumbridge, involving a White Knight (Sir Vant) as one of the tutors. This was done to make the tutorial seem more "quest-like and exciting". The new tutorial quest, Learning the Ropes, was released on 14 July.
On 15 September 2008, the Learning the Ropes tutorial quest was discontinued so a new tutorial could be created. Until that was finished, Tutorial Island would become the tutorial again. This lasted 1 year, until the new tutorial was released on 17 September 2009. Tutorial Island is no longer accessible. As of 15 March 2011, all existing accounts on Tutorial Island have been moved to Unstable Foundations.
Despite Tutorial Island being unusable and unvisited, one change has been made to the island after the release of the new tutorial: a building was "repaired" (due to a glitch which allowed players to return); however, Jagex has not given any indication that Tutorial Island will be used ever again.
Starting the tutorialEdit
Before they began the tutorial, players had to first customise their character. To do this, they had a simplified version of the interface later used in Learning the Ropes. There was no close-up of the head, or mouse settings. There were also fewer options to choose from. The default look was always the same: bald head, goatee, green shirt and pants. The default look was what made bots so easy to recognise. Some bots also had slight modifications, such as different hair colour or style. After the player clicked, "Accept," they would be told to talk to the RuneScape guide. Note: It was recommended to train every skill learned to level 3, so you can get a head start on the game, and some skills are much easier to train in Tutorial Island; i.e.: Giant Rats there can't kill you, and rocks, furnaces, and anvils are all in the same room.
- How to move the camera.
- How to keep the minimap positioned so that the top is north.
- How to talk to non-player characters.
- How to use the RuneScape website.
- How to open doors.
Woodcutting, Firemaking, Fishing and CookingEdit
The Survival Expert gave players basics for Woodcutting, Firemaking, Fishing, and Cooking (explained further by the Master Chef). She taught players how to view and use items in their inventory, cut wood, light a fire, fish, cook, and view their current skill levels.
Players were expected to cut and burn at least one lot of logs, although if they wished, they can repeat until both Woodcutting and Firemaking reach level 3. The player gained experience in Woodcutting, Firemaking, and Fishing faster on Tutorial Island.
The Master Chef also instructs players in controlling the game music and in running using their menu option.
Remember that players can also run to a position, by holding the CTRL key as they click - use the minimap to click on, or they will not run far enough if trying to escape. If players click again, even without holding CTRL, they will continue running unless they have already stopped.
Mining and SmithingEdit
- Further information: Tutorial Island mine
The Mining instructor teaches players the basics of:
- Prospecting rocks, although once players can identify them visually, they do not need to prospect at all.
- Mining (players can only mine copper ore and tin ore)
- Smelting ore (players can only make bronze bars)
- Smithing items (only bronze daggers and in Tutorial Island)
The dungeon in which players learn Mining and Smithing is one of the best areas to train these skills, due to the rocks' proximity to the furnace and the anvil. This area can only be accessed once, so taking the opportunity to progress to level 3 here is worthwhile. However, players will have to mine a little more to get Smithing up to 3.
The combat instructor, Vannaka (also a Slayer Master outside the Tutorial), discusses the different types of combat. Pures should pay attention, as they can make their first bit of character tweaking here.
Players are given a bronze sword and wooden shield, and only at this stage are they allowed to enter the rat cage. Players cannot die here, so food is not required. Therefore, this is a perfect opportunity to train their skills.
The minimum requirement is to kill one rat, using any combat style you prefer, however the player may choose to train each style to the maximum level of 3, while gaining no life points - the essence of a pure character being able to maximise their strike while keeping their combat level low. If players choose to progress any skill here, they will be reminded of their next action, but can still carry on.
When players leave the cage before learning ranged attacks, they cannot re-enter. Some players would drop the arrows and then claim more. Once they had around 1,000 or more arrows they would move on and bank it, meaning once they had finished the tutorial they would have arrows to sell for money or trade it to their main account.
The Financial Advisor instructs players in using RuneScape's banks, and in some possible ways to make money. He suggests three options for making money; killing monsters, completing quests, and levelling skills in fishing, mining, etc...
Generally, both cash and items can be withdrawn from any branch, not just the one they were deposited at. Any items deposited into the bank on Tutorial Island is placed into the player's inventory once they leave the island.
Brother Brace instructs players in Prayer, although if they choose the path of a pure, they may choose not to acquire any, as Prayer also contributes to combat level. The effects of high-level Prayers can be devastating in combat, but the low to mid-level prayers are mostly useful for melee combat.
There is an organ upstairs which can be played. However, as of 6 November 2008, the organ couldn't be reached as the doors to the room with the staircase are non-objects (players can't open them or even examine them - it was effectively one big wall across). This caused some accounts left inside to be completely trapped. At some point before Tutorial Island was shut down, the doors were once again placed, allowing any trapped accounts still left on the island to escape.
Note: as of September 2010 update Magic Staffs are no-longer required to use auto-cast.
The Magic Instructor gives five air runes and five mind runes. If players drop them and talk to the instructor again, he will give more runes. Repeating this to obtain 30 of each rune (collecting 5 previously dropped sets) enables level 3 Magic to be reached.
It is also possible to keep dropping them and getting more, possibly even banking them and doing it over.
Leaving the islandEdit
The magic instructor will now instruct you to give your Home Teleport spell a try, which will teleport you to Lumbridge. Players cannot take any extra items off the island and any standard items that they banked will be back in their inventory. Players are now standing next to the Lumbridge Sage.
The following music tracks are used on Tutorial Island:
Note: If a player had started playing before sounds were added in RuneScape 2, "Newbie Melody" is automatically unlocked.
- Ground Scape
- Harmony (Lumbridge)
- Newbie Melody
- Scape Cave
- Scape Hunter
- Scape Main
- Scape Original
- Scape Santa
- Scape Scared
- Scape Summon
- If the player went to the edges of the map (the very north, east, south, and west parts of the island), you would see that Tutorial Island is surrounded by a giant Unknown space. This, however, changed. Players with accounts still on the Island will see that they are no longer on a separate island, but on the actual Tutorial Island on the world map.
- There was a Wilderness Guide NPC on Tutorial Island before RuneScape 2 was installed. His purpose was to warn players about player-killing in the Wilderness, but was removed with the release of RuneScape 2.
- The Magic Instructor used to teleport the player to Lumbridge. Before this, new players would be taken on a boat. Finally, the player used the Lumbridge Home Teleport spell instead.
- There used to be a glitch on Tutorial Island. You could die by being attacked by a giant rat while firemaking. If you died on Tutorial Island, you would arrive on Lumbridge with all the items a newcomer would have.
- It is possible to have an account on Tutorial Island after it was removed, as long as the account was made before the update.
- Following the release of RuneScape 2 new players used to appear on the Tutorial Island located south of the Wizards' Tower, however Jagex later created a separate version surrounded by Unknown.
- Bunny ears were dropped on Tutorial Island during the Easter event.
- Before it was removed from the game, if you stood near the water at the very edge behind the Wizards Tower and used the Orb of Oculus, it was possible to see a small part of the Island.
- Previously, if standing at the south western most point of the Lumbridge Swamp you would be able to see most of the bank on Tutorial Island.
- Accessing the island now causes the Drunken Dwarf to say "Oy mate, you shouldn't be here!" where he'll throw a beer at the player, causing him/her to collapse and appear at Lumbridge.
- On 28 August 2012 along with Big Chinchompa Minigame, on the un-updated Evolution of Combat Beta Server, if you logged out in this new area and logged back into the beta, it was possible to no clip to Tutorial Island through a huge hole in the house of the Quest guide. This made it possible to re-do the whole tutorial, although, the NPCs only talked to you if you did the original tutorial back in 2007. This glitch has since been fixed.
- On one of the small islands around where Tutorial Island once stood is the open trapdoor.
- After the Wizards' Tower update along with the Rune Mysteries and Rune Memories quests, the Wizards' Tower was expanded. Due to this, if a player goes south of the Wizards' Tower and attempts to teleport, they will receive a message stating that they cannot teleport away from tutorial island. This was patched 3 weeks later.
- After player owned ports release, player can get the following ports update: "Your ship <ship name> has passed a sunken island once fabled for its school for adventurers."; Implying that Tutorial Island is now underwater.
- ^ a b Jagex. "Tutorial island". 24 September 2002. RuneScape News.
- ^ Jagex. "RuneScape map updated". 4 March 2003. RuneScape News.
- ^ Jagex. "Behind the Scenes - July". 7 July 2008. RuneScape News.
- ^ Jagex. "Three Cheers for Lumbridge!". 14 July 2008. RuneScape News.
- ^ Paul. "Advisors and Objectives". 17 September 2009. RuneScape News.
- ^ Mod Srowley. "Patch Notes - Archive". 23 September 2009. News & Announcements Forums.