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Skills and combatEdit


In the fourth live Q&A session Mod Mark confirmed that two new skills would be released. One, Divination, would be a gathering skill like Mining and Woodcutting. The other, Invention, would be a production skill like Crafting. In a November 2012 Behind the Scenes, the new skills were described as "designed to suit the old-school, yet complement the entire game" since it was modelled "on some of our oldest and dearest content." The August 2013 Behind the Scenes pushed the time for the second skill back to 2014.

During RuneFest 2013 the second skill was revealed to be the Invention skill.

In January, a Power to the Players Dragonstone poll included the Invention skill vs the elf city Prifddinas. The winner was the elf city (ETA July/August), resulting in the Invention skill to be developed at a later time.

At RuneFest 2014, it was mentioned that:

When Inventor didn’t pass the vote it really made us question the things we wanted from the update and whether we had missed something.

Why don’t we add to and enrich existing skills, rather than just ignoring them in favour of a new skill? What do you think? The decision is up to you.

— Mod Luna[1]

At RuneFest 2015, it was mentioned that the Invention skill will be released some time in January 2016.

Runecrafting (Soul altar)Edit

In the 2014 March VIP Q&A, Mod Osborne mentioned that:

Question: Are you planning on releasing the Soul altar?

Answer: There is a chance that the Soul Altar will be out soon. It's dependent on player votes.

— Mod Osborne[2]


Construction Rework

RuneFest 2013 slide picturing artwork for the Construction skill rework

In a development blog, Mod Mark commented that Jagex was planning to release many more rooms and the Menagerie was only the start. What the new rooms could be is unknown.

Question: Will we see an update for construction anytime soon? It's gone quite a while without anything. Then there's all of the current known bugs with Player Owned Houses like chairs turning the wrong way etc. Are you working on fixing that?

Answer: Yes. We recently made an update to Construction in which we fixed many bugs, and we do plan to add more rooms (like the recent menagerie) in the future. It’s tough to add new features when we knew that aspects of the graphics were broken - we had to fix them rather than add more broken content.

— Mod Mark[3]

During the fourth live Q&A session, Mod Mark announced that two big updates would come to the Construction skill during 2013. One such update would be a graphical rework of the house. There would also be an update to make parts of the house for only the owner to train with. Some possible ideas that were suggested were player owned streets, where players can live alongside their friends in an instanced world. At approximately thirty minutes into the session, Mod Mark said that he wanted to bring back an idea from 2002, where you could buy land and tweak it to your own desires.

During RuneFest 2013 Mod Jack said they were planning to revamp the skill in such a way that they are looking into the possibilities of having around 20 instanced plots for people to see their house, houses of friends or random players' houses around the world; for instance in the middle of Varrock. They also said they want to turn it onto a 'house-building' skill, rather than having it be the 'pointless furniture building' skill it is today. With NPCs requesting certain things, the player building it and handing it in for an experience reward (similar to how Dungeoneering experience is awarded).[4] They also plan to give players more option to style their whole house in to the theme of gods, also the amount of possible gods will be increased (i.e.: more than just Saradomin, Guthix or Zamorak).[5]

In the 2014 March Q&A, Mod Dean commented on development:

Question: When will Construction rework take place?

Answer: Currently no ETA sorry this work hasn't started and isn't likely to this year.

— Mod Dean[2]

In December 2014, Mod Osborne mentioned the following:

"Scrum 2 are looking into a Construction update (not wholesale rework) that would fix a number of smaller issues, but - more importantly - would add one or more rooms to the POH. This would be for launch in 2015.We have ideas for what those rooms could be, but we want your input too. Please suggest ideas for a new POH room, and what it might include or do.

Perhaps you have always wanted a vault for your cash, or a place to hang your holiday items. Perhaps you just want the first toilet in the game. No ideas are silly, just write them in this forum! Get suggesting, and we intend to include the best ones in a future Player Power poll!"[6]

Players then suggested ideas for new rooms via a dedicated thread on the RuneScape forums. These ideas were condensed into the main polling options.

In January 2015, a Player Power poll was run to choose a new room to be added to Construction. The new room has a tentative release in April 2015. The poll had options of Aquarium (Fishing), Resource Dungeon (Dungeoneering), Greenhouse (Farming), Hotel, or Treasure Vault. The Aquarium won at 25% of the votes beating out the Resource Dungeon with 21%.[7] Another Player Power poll was added shortly after allowing players to vote on the type of fish that can be caught in the Aquarium, this fish will require 80 Fishing. Several straw polls were also initiated on the RuneScape Twitch channel, for polls regarding minor points of the update.


On Runefest 2013 Mod Jack said that Jagex wants to rework the Summoning skill so that players do not only train Summoning by making pouches, but also receive summoning experience when they use familiars in combat or skilling activities, making people want to have their familiars out. They also make it possible for familiars to level up, making older/lower level familiars still useful for higher levels. To make this viable they also intend to differentiate between familiars a lot better e.g.: different abilities that can be used in different circumstances, depending on which pet is used.[8] Mod Chris L stated on the Araxxor teaser stream that he will be working on this project immediately after the release of Araxxor.


During RuneFest 2013 Mod Jack said Jagex wants to rework the Agility skill. They will be removing run energy entirely. This is because the intent to make skilling faster by training agility is currently only done so through Agility's effect on run energy. The idea is to make the impact of this effect more direct.

  • One specific idea of this rework is to make inventory skilling (when using the Make-X interface) faster. The time required to complete an action in another skill will be affected directly by making actions require less time; or by increasing the change to more than one at once (similar to the Varrock armour gives a player the chance of mining or smelting two ores).
  • Another idea is to provide the player with more and/or more useful teleports, the higher their level is. Yet another is to make more use for shortcuts.

Lastly, they also want to make the whole training experience less repetitive and more varied.[9]

In the 2014 March Q&A, Mod Dean commented on development:

Question: Is there still talk about the agility re-work?

Answer: There has been talk, though nothing has started development or is likely to in the coming months.

— Mod Dean[2]

Mining and SmithingEdit

During RuneFest 2013 Mod Jack said Jagex wants to rework both the Mining and Smithing skills. He mentioned how little sense the levels make (e.g.: top-levels in both skills to make level 50 Rune Armour). They are looking into making the mining and smithing requirements similar to the Attack and Defence requirements, as well as adding in more ores and metals for the levels above that (e.g.: a metal named Necronium for the level 70 tier, a resource used in the third age to make armour and weapons, which was lost after the Gielinorian God Wars). Since higher level equipment already exists (like Dragon and Barrows), they intend to buff these weapons a little (to help them retain their value), as well as give higher levelled smiths the ability to increase their use and power by fusing them with player-made equipment of the same tier.

Mod Jack described the smithing skill as followed: get a valuable ore, smelt it into a less valuable bar, and smith it into a worthless sword. He saw this as a broken mechanic, and wants players to be able to fuse identical swords into better swords (e.g.: two normal swords create one better sword with 'plus 1'; two 'plus one' swords produces a 'plus two' sword; all the way to a 'plus 5', which will be called Master works, these are to be used with the Dragon or Barrows equipment, boosting it even further to the highest possible for that level).

For Mining in particular, they intend to make Deposit Boxes near mining sites to eliminate the dropping of ores (an unintended feature of the skill that they wish to get rid of). They will further rebalance both mining and smithing with this in mind. Additionally, they want to add more pickaxes.

They also intend to give people something more than just access to making a tier of weapons or armour, although they haven't yet figured out what it may be.

If this goes well, they see this as a template for other skills as well, like Crafting and Fletching.[10]

On the official RuneScape Forums Mod Jack posted the following, see the table below.[11]

Level* Metal Ores
1 Bronze bar Copper + Tin
10 Iron bar Iron ore + Limestone
20 Steel bar Iron ore + Coal
30 Mithril bar Mithril ore + Coal
40 Adamant bar Adamantite ore + Imcandite
50 Rune bar Runite ore + Imcandite
60 Orichalkum Orichalcite + Dragonsblood (no, not actual dragon's blood)
70 Necronium Necrolith + Thanous
  • Denotes the basic level to mine, smith, wear, and wield.

Higher level ores and armour would be added eventually, but are currently "a long way off".[12]

During RuneFest 2015 it was revealed that the Smithing and Mining rework will occur in 2016.

Lore and questsEdit

Nomad's ElegyEdit

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Nomad's Elegy is a quest announced at RuneFest 2015 and it will be a part of the Sliske quest series. It will follow on from Dishonour among Thieves, and will feature Nomad. His plan to siphon every soul from all over Gielinor and its underworlds into the Soul Obelisk will see the player teaming up with Death, Icthlarin, and several dead characters to lay siege to Nomad and stop his plans.

Elemental Workshop quest seriesEdit

In the Game Update FAQ for Elemental Workshop IV, Mods Dylan and Mark have confirmed more quests being planned for the Elemental Workshop quest series.

Question: How many more quests are planned for this series?

Answer: 3 or 5 depending on how the last parts turn out.

— Mod Mark [13]

This quest lost in the March Quest Poll to a Sixth-Age quest.

A September 2014 quest poll included Zamorak's Heist, Elemental Workshop V, Pirate Quest, and a Spellcrafting Quest. The description for the Elemental Workshop V quest was "Your adventure continues, deeper into the devilishly devious workshop where you unlock the secrets of the Astral and Nature rooms". This option lost in the poll to Zamorak's Heist.

Pirate quest seriesEdit

With at least two quests left in the Pirate quest series, the next quest will involve Rabid Jack and ninja monkeys.[14]

This quest lost in the March Quest Poll to a Sixth-Age quest.

According to Mod Osborne in a Reddit Q&A, the next Pirate Quest will be the final. It is unknown whether this was a mistake or they decided to scrap one of the ideas and only make it one more quest.

A September 2014 quest poll included Zamorak's Heist, Elemental Workshop V, Pirate Quest, and a Spellcrafting Quest. The description for the Pirate quest was "What horrors lurk in the waters of the Cursed Archipelago? Find the source of Rabid Jack’s power as the pirates of Mos Le'Harmless prepare for war". This option lost in the poll to Zamorak's Heist.

Spellcrafting questEdit

A September 2014 quest poll included Zamorak's Heist, Elemental Workshop V, Pirate Quest, and a Spellcrafting Quest. The description for the Spellcrafting Quest was "Spellcrafting is a lost and dangerous art. Can you master it and create a new spell for the wizards of the world?". This option lost in the poll to Zamorak's Heist.

Rite of Passage (Signature Heroes quest series)Edit

Rite of Passage, a Sixth Age quest in development by Mod Raven, will be about travelling to the Aviansie homeworld, a harsh planet named Abbinah, and helping a young Aviansie with his "rite of passage". It will also feature Armadyl's backstory, but probably not Armadyl himself.[15] However, in the 2014 March VIP Q&A Mod Osborne mentioned Rite of Passage will be polled in an upcoming quest poll: "If you want to get answers to your questions, pick the Rite of Passage in the upcoming quest poll.".[2] In the Future Quests Pollcast, Mod Osborne confirmed that the Aviansie quest mentioned in the quest poll[16] was indeed Rite of Passage.[17]

In April, this quest was polled against the other Sixth-Age quests that won the March Quest Poll. However, it lost to the Elder Gods quest choice.[18]

It was mentioned during the Quest Q&A at RuneFest 2015 that this quest will probably be released in 2017 or later.

River of Blood-Myreque finaleEdit

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During RuneFest 2015, the series finale for the Myreque quest has been given details about its development. It will be called River of Blood, and will involve Vanescula Drakan, along with her vampyres and werewolves, invading Misthalin. It will also involve Castle Drakan and the remaining members of the Myreque, and is set entirely within the Fifth Age.

Penguin quest seriesEdit

The next quest in the Penguin quest series may involve Acheron, the Penguin Motherland.

This quest lost in the March Quest Poll to a Sixth-Age quest.

Gnome quest seriesEdit

The finale to the Gnome quest series will include Arposandra, Glouprie, and dark gnomes.[14]

This quest lost in the March Quest Poll to a Sixth-Age quest.

Desert quest seriesEdit

Mod Rowley mentioned that the remaining quests (up to three) would be likely set in the Fifth Age.[19] However, in the 2014 March VIP Q&A[2], Mod Osborne mentioned he wanted two more quests and that Amascut's involvement with Crondis and Het would be resolved. Ozan would play a role too. The desert quest series may include the strange machinery in the Pollnivneach Smoke Dungeon[2].

This quest lost in the March Quest Poll to a Sixth-Age quest.

Sir Owen questEdit

This quest would be a sequel to The Death of Chivalry.

In April, this quest was polled against the other Sixth-Age quests that won the March Quest Poll. However, it lost to the Elder Gods quest choice.[18]


In the 2014 March VIP Q&A[2], Mod Osborne mentions that there is a possibilty of Iban playing a role in future content based on player polls. He also mentions that he is looking into an explanation or a role for Iban's slaves.

Church of YouEdit

The Church of You is an update concept announced at RuneFest 3 by Mod Mark. He expressed that he was interested in creating a piece of content where your character was worshipped by others.

Fossil IslandEdit

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During the fifth live Q&A session on Runescape lore, it was revealed that the Island discovered by the Varrock Museum will feature many fossils as part of its structure and landscape. An unmentioned Dragonkin lives on this island. Due to this update needing a large graphical budget, the project has been put on hold until further notice. In the 2014 March VIP Q&A, Mod Osborne commented on Fossil Island:
Question: Are there any concrete plans for Fossil Island?

Answer: Not concrete. It's a Mod Mark passion project, so I can imagine it getting made at some point in the future. For now, nothing is being worked on.

— Mod Osborne[2]

It might come out with a power to the players poll and might even have dinosaurs on the island.

Fate of the Gods 2Edit

Zaros vs Zamorak concept art

As part of the series of quests involving Sliske's competition, a quest involving Zamorak and Zaros will take place on Freneskae, which will also involve Mah. Other Mahjarrat may also play a minor part in the quest.

Dungeons and monstersEdit

God Wars Dungeon 2Edit

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Concept art of Tuska and Seren combatants for the new God Wars Dungeon

At RuneFest 2015[1], it was mentioned that 2016 will include another god wars dungeon. At least Airut followers of Tuska and elven followers of Seren will be involved, along with new weapons - potentially godswords.

Pollnivneach Smoke DungeonEdit

Smoke dungeon machinery

Currently, the strange machinery in the bottom floor of the dungeon has no apparent use...

Question: Any plans with the weird machine in the Pollnivneach smoke dungeon?

Answer: Yes!

— Mod Mark
Question: Will the device under pollivneach in the dungeon ever be used, or has that been scrapped?

Answer: It's not been scrapped - it was a neat environmental inclusion that seemed to explain why the dungeon is like it is. I'm not sure what story I would tell about it...

— Mod Mark

In the 2014 March VIP Q&A, Mod Osborne mentions further information:

Question: Are there any plans with the strange machinary in the pollnivneach slayer dungeon? A while back Mod Mark said there was but so far nothing has been said.

Answer: He was likely referring to the graphical rework that was done to that dungeon. Otherwise, Mod Mark might have had plans for the future of the desert storyline, which will appear in a poll soon.

— Mod Osborne[2]

New high-level solo bossEdit

Underwater boss concept art

A new solo boss monster was mentioned at RuneFest 2015. An example of how this boss might look like was revealed as being an underwater boss. It supposedly will "test the very best combat players" and involve new environments, and new mechanics.

More RaidsEdit

RuneFest 2015 revealed plans for more raids on Mazcab, involving at least two new elemental-styled bosses, in a similar fashion to Yakamaru, which will be thunder and fire-based.

Audio and graphicsEdit

Cinematic trailerEdit

In the cinematic trailer there are a few updated monsters and a possible new area.

Kandarin graphical updateEdit

In the fourth live Q&A session, Mod Mark confirmed that a graphical update to Kandarin, specifically Ardougne would be coming.

Port Sarim graphical updateEdit

A graphical rework for Port Sarim is already completed and waiting for implementation as confirmed in the GameBlast LiveStream[20].

Core and interfaceEdit

Chat and FFA split improvementsEdit

Question: Can you allow us to quickly talk to a friend by using /Friend-x for example?

Answer:This is technically possible to implement, it just a question of getting the time to do it as it’s rather fiddly. I will try to implement it in the next few weeks.

— Mod Rathe
Question: Are you planning on doing anything about the FFA split? How will I know if someone is lying to me?

Answer: We shall be changing this, the proposal has been signed off, but it's currently a rather low priority for the team that manage the website.

— Mod Emilee

Multi-core supportEdit

On a thread made by a player concerning Frames Per Second (FPS) and Multi-Core support on the day of release of Z-Buffering, Mod Chris E confirmed it is implemented but disabled.


Mobile RuneScapeEdit

As part of Jagex's plans for the future of RuneScape, it was announced during the fourth live Q&A session that the team are looking to bring RuneScape to tablet computers.

RuneScape DutchEdit

In the fourth live Q&A session at 1:03:50, a question was asked about when RuneScape Spanish would be released. At 1:13:00, it was said that it would possibly be released in Q1 2013, though Mod Mark intervened and said it would be released very soon. It was also confirmed that RuneScape Dutch was in consideration. RuneScape Latin American Spanish was subsequently released on 24 April 2013, leaving only Dutch to be released. However, RuneScape Latin American Spanish ended on 3 November 2014 due to a lack of reported earnings from the development and continued translation of RuneScape,[21] so it is unclear whether Jagex still intend to release RuneScape Dutch.


Email loginEdit

It was mentioned in the second live Q&A session that legacy accounts, that is, accounts created before e-mails could be linked to the account, will be able to log into the game via e-mail in the future.

Botany Bay and botsEdit

In the second live Q&A session at approximately 18:52, it was mentioned that there might be a future update to Botany Bay, with a possible punishment being a human piñata.


Holiday items for Loyalty PointsEdit

A February Power to the Players poll determined that untradeable holiday items would become available in Solomon's Store using Loyalty Points, with an ETA of March/April.

Chronicle: RuneScape LegendsEdit

At RuneFest 2014[1], it was mentioned that:

"Heard about our brand new RuneScape inspired game? We’ve created a card game where you can build quests with your favourite RuneScape characters, items and enemies.

It’ll be available on tablets, mobile, and on the PC and the best part? You’ll get to earn cards to use in the game while you play RuneScape!"

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mod Luna. RuneFest's Big Reveals.*
  2. ^ Mod MattHe. Q&A: March VIP Answers.*
  3. ^ Mod Mark on construction updates.*
  4. ^ RuneFest 2013. 2 November 2013. Mod Jack's presentation on skill reworks.
  5. ^ Jagex. Mod Jack's Twitter account. 4 November 2013.
  6. ^ Mod Osbourne. [,17,219,65537795 POH - Create-a-Room!].*
  7. ^
  8. ^ RuneFest 3, 2013. Mod Jack's presentation:skill reworks
  9. ^ RuneFest 3, 2013. Mod Jack's presentation:skill reworks
  10. ^ RuneFest 3, 2013. Mod Jack's presentation:skill reworks
  11. ^ Mod Jack. "Skilling Reworks Runefest Talk." 07-Nov-2013 12:12:44. Future Game Updates Forums.
  12. ^ Mod Jack. "Lore for Necronium." 07-Nov-2013 16:31:56 Last edited on 08-Nov-2013 09:45:20. RuneScape Lore Discussion Forums.
  13. ^ Mod Dylan. "Game Update FAQ - 01/03/11." 2 March 2011. Recent Updates Forums.
  14. ^ RuneScape BTS 49: You choose the content! (YouTube video).*
  15. ^ Jagex. Mod Raven's Twitter account. 11 September 2013.
  16. ^ Mod Matthe. "Quest Pollcast Q&A." 7 March 2014. Future Game Updates Forums.
  17. ^ Pollcast: Future Quest.*
  18. ^ Future Quest - The Follow-Up.*
  19. ^ Mod Rowley. Mod Rowley's twitter.*
  20. ^ Mod Osborne on GameBlast 2014 24 hours livestream
  21. ^

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