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Armadyl warband

A warband of Armadylean bandits

Warbands emblem

Wilderness Warbands is a dangerous members Distraction & Diversion, composed of heavily defended storage camps guarded by the followers of the different Gods. These camps are founded to gain an advantage for the followers of a particular God once their God returns. They will set up camp in the Wilderness every 7 hours, one time at each of the three locations. Quercus, an ancient seer Ent, will send out adventurers to fight in the camps to balance the followers of the different Gods in Guthix's name. Quercus can be found just outside the Grand Exchange agility shortcut. Warband events are synchronised on each world.

The activity was released on 25 March 2013 and was first mentioned in Jagex's special Behind the Scenes post.[1]

Time for the next warbandsEdit

The next warband begins in
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As a new camp is set up every 7 hours, the time at which these camps takes place is repeated every week. You can find the times (UTC/Game Time) a camp is set up given the day of the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
02:00 UTC 06:00 UTC 03:00 UTC 00:00 UTC 04:00 UTC 01:00 UTC 05:00 UTC
09:00 UTC 13:00 UTC 10:00 UTC 07:00 UTC 11:00 UTC 08:00 UTC 12:00 UTC
16:00 UTC 20:00 UTC 17:00 UTC 14:00 UTC 18:00 UTC 15:00 UTC 19:00 UTC
23:00 UTC N/A N/A 21:00 UTC N/A 22:00 UTC N/A

LocationsEdit

Location Wilderness level Travel Map
South of the Dark Warriors' Fortress

(Call out is 'DWF')

10 Wilderness Warbands (Dark Warriors' Fortress) location
South of the Red Dragon Isle

(Call out is 'RDI')

31 Wilderness Warbands (Red Dragon Isle) location
East of the Lava Maze

(Call out is 'ELM')

41 Wilderness Warbands (Lava Maze) location

GameplayEdit

Warband interrupting beam

Interrupting the magical beam before summoning reinforcements.

Players will be notified via a server-wide notice when a Wilderness camp appears. To find a camp after missing the notice, you can talk to Quercus in Edgeville, near the Grand Exchange shortcut. Quercus will also inform you when the next camp is if there is not one currently occurring. A wilderness sword 4 may be used to teleport directly to a Warband camp once per day.

Players must then head to the camp and avoid any attention by the sentries posted around the camp. Most of the camp's followers always face towards the centre of the camp and are incapable of noticing the player: You must pay attention to the pair of followers sparring with each other, as one of them can spot you if you come too close to the camp's outer edge.

Note: If you don't see these things, the camp is already alerted and you will have to kill the NPCs without reinforcements to help.

SabotagingEdit

Players can then sabotage the god's beam in the middle of the camp by finding a spot close enough to the beam in a direct line of sight and draining/siphoning it in a similar manner to Runespan.

Succeeding in the sabotage will teleport in allied NPCs to attack the enemy warband, and grants five additional minutes to kill the warband and loot the tents before the camp collapses. Players can intervene in the fight if they choose to, or let the reinforcements finish it. Players should be careful when fighting the warbands, as they use abilities, and the general can execute powerful ultimate abilities, including a variant of Meteor Strike.

Failing to stealthily sabotage the beam results in the whole camp turning hostile without any reinforcements to distract them from attacking players, and only five minutes to clear the camp and loot the tents.

LootingEdit

Warband battle

Saradominists have arrived to kill the Bandosians.

Participating in looting will skull you, and holding the looting supplies in your inventory will prevent you from teleporting. Players can be attacked whilst looting without any combat level restrictions.

Even after the general dies, any remaining enemy followers will need to be killed before you can loot the tents. Only three out of the five tents can be looted, corresponding to a random mix of three of the five skills that supplies can grant experience for, and players may loot a wand of treachery. This will reset when the player loses or turns in items.

There are only 1,000 pieces of loot, and players may obtain loot by killing other players or taking unclaimed drops from dead victims (including oneself). If a wand of treachery has been looted, the game will announce to everybody in the vicinity that a wand has been found, and the player who has looted it will glow for 20 seconds, as well as have their Prayer points reduced to zero. Only one wand can be found per camp, though no looter is guaranteed to get it. If the player holding the wand is killed, the wand will be dropped for others to acquire. The next subsequent player to acquire the wand will not glow or have their Prayer points reduced to zero.

Logging out or disconnecting while inside the Wilderness will immediately remove all warbands supplies. Additionally, looting, then hopping to loot once more counts as another instance of Warbands against the daily three.

Leaving the WildernessEdit

The most common method of leaving the Wilderness is to simply run south from the Warband camps. As teleportation cannot be used, running to level 20 Wilderness and attempting to teleport out (or level 30 Wilderness with Amulet of Glory or Wilderness Sword) will not work. Additionally, the Wilderness Obelisks cannot be used. However, if running due south is not feasible, perhaps due to attacking players, there are alternate routes for leaving the Wilderness.

Remember that only leaving the Wilderness via the Wilderness wall can be done when in combat.

  • Temporary safe zones: These are safe zones in the Wilderness and can be used to escape attackers, but are not practical for leaving the Wilderness as the only non-teleportation method out is to re-enter the Wilderness. However, Warband supplies are converted to the untradable variant within these zones. Thus, they can be used to hop worlds or to logout without losing Warband supplies.
    • Corporeal Beast Lair: found in level 33 Wilderness, east of the Lava Maze camp, and west of the Red Dragon Isle camp.
    • Death Plateau Beacon: found in level 13 Wilderness, west of the Dark Warriors Fortress camp. Prior to initial use, the ladder must first be repaired with 2 planks and 4 nails. This only has to be completed once. Players can only start the process of climbing the ladder when out of combat, but as the ladder is still in the Wilderness, and the climbing animation takes some time, players can still be attacked when climbing the ladder. Getting attacked after already climbing the ladder will not interrupt the process.
    • The Pit, from the Wilderness Agility Course: The Talent Scout will teleport players out of the Wilderness when holding Warband supplies. However, this requires completing several laps of the course, or requires wearing an Agility skillcape. This is not recommended as it requires 99 Agility and bringing a skillcape to be reliable, cannot be used in combat, and is next to a permanent exit from the Wilderness at Ghorrock.
  • Alternate Wilderness exits: These allow the player to leave the Wilderness and return to Quercus without re-entering the Wilderness. These routes are only recommended when escaping attackers or when no more looting is desired, as they take more time than simply running south from the camps, so it is unlikely that multiple camps can be looted if using one of these routes.
    • Daemonheim: The Wilderness entrance to Daemonheim is found in level 12 Wilderness on the easternmost side, so it is fairly close when running due south from the Red Dragon Isle camp. Supplies can be returned to Quercus without returning to the Wilderness by taking the boat to Taverley or Al Kharid, and running to Edgeville from Taverley, or taking the canoe from Lumbridge.
    • Ghorrock: The Wilderness entrance to Ghorrock is found in the Ice Plateau in level 50 Wilderness, in the far northwest corner, after The Temple at Senntisten, and with a heat globe on the pedastal. Players can only start the process of squeezing past the ice block when out of combat, but as the ice block is still in the Wilderness, and the animation takes some time, players can still be attacked when squeezing past the ice block. Getting attacked after the animation has started will not interrupt the process. There are several ways to return to Quercus from Ghorrock without returning to the Wilderness:
    • Chaos Tunnels: Any of the numerous rifts leading to the Chaos Tunnels can be used. Chaos Tunnels transporters are not blocked by holding Warband supplies. However, as all of the Chaos Tunnels entrances are in low-level Wilderness, it's generally easier to simply run south rather than navigate the Chaos Tunnels.

EnemiesEdit

Various enemies may be encountered while looting camps. Two of each type of follower is in a camp, and each camp has one general. Attacking them will cause the player to automatically switch to multi-combat (if in single-combat).

Note: All followers are level 120.

(Players of all levels can attack you while participating in this activity.)

Combat class Weakness Armadylean Bandosian Saradominist Zamorakian
Magic Arrow weakness icon Arrows Shaman Wild mage Thaumaturge Occultist
Melee Fire weakness icon Fire spells Myrmidon Reaver Enforcer Blackguard
Ranged Slash weakness icon Slash Skirmisher Hunter Scout Bandit
Magic/Melee Zero weakness icon Nothing Archon Warlord Sergeant Demon lord

RewardsEdit

Raided warband

A ravaged warband camp...

Note: If you enter the lobby or try to hop worlds then your supplies are automatically destroyed.

Warbands grant experience in a number of skills, depending on which tents are available at the time and which tents you choose to take loot from.

Reward items are also looted from the tents in the camps in the Wilderness. Several different items may be acquired:

You can directly loot a total of 25 supplies per camp before you have to go to Quercus to turn them in, however more can be acquired from killed players, making the true maximum 28 supplies if your entire inventory is filled. Looting a Wand of treachery will not count towards the limit. You can loot from 3 camps every day, resetting at midnight UTC. Even if you are killed and lose everything, your attempt will still count as one of the three. However you can return to the same camp to try again without penalty. This generally means that you can loot a maximum of 75 items per day, but only if you manage to get the maximum of 25 from every camp. However, hopping worlds or relogging counts as another try for looting if the player has already attempted before during the event. Only 75 supplies can be obtained per day; once you've done so, attempting to pick up more from the ground by player killing will result in the message "You have already looted all you can for today." This applies for the ones you dropped on death as well; that is, picking up the same 25 supplies due to being killed, after obtaining 75 for the day will be given the message.

Once the items are looted, players are tele-blocked and must walk/run back to Quercus to exchange them for a XP reward associated with the items.

\text{xp}(s, x) = \frac{s}{2}  \left(x^2 - 2x + 100 \right)

is given for s supplies handed in, where x is your skill's level).

The Prayer and Summoning experience for the beam is the same as Master jack of trades aura, which means:

2\left(x^2-2x+100\right),

where x is the level of Prayer/Summoning.

Slayer experience from killing the camp leader is half of the Master jack of trades aura. This gives a formula of:

\left(x^2-2x+100\right)

The supplies can also be handed in for 4,000 coins each, totaling 300,000 coins per day if all camps are looted. If a player manages to kill someone with supplies in the Wilderness they can pick them up. The supplies can be given to Quercus for either experience in the skills the supplies belong to or 4000 coins for each item. Since skills like smithing and farming are considered expensive skills to train (fast) trading in supplies for XP is by far the most common option especially since the coin value is significantly less than the XP is worth (based on coins per xp in those skills).

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GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Assuming players hand in 25 Skill supplies from each warband, it would take a player participation in 148 warbands (a minimum of 50 days) to go from level 1 to level 99 in a skill. It would take a player participation in 1685 warbands (a minimum of 562 days) to go from level 1 to 200 million experience in a skill. For both of the calculations, it's been assumed that players go to all 3 camps every day, which spawn every 7 hours, and manage loot and escape with 25 supplies for every camp.
  • When reinforcements come in to fight a warband, they start off by attacking a follower who is weak to their combat style. For example, a Saradominist thaumaturge (magic user) will first attack a Bandosian reaver (melee user).
    • Each follower is weak to a specific attack style that another follower uses. The mages are weak to arrows, which are used by the rangers; the rangers are weak to slash weapons, which the warriors use; and the warriors are weak to fire spells, which the mages use.
    • When a general uses his magic attack on a player, ALL players within range will be hit.
    • Prior to a hidden update, warband followers did not use abilities when fighting each other, only when fighting players. This has since been fixed, and they now use abilities against each other.
  • Warbands are one of few Distraction and Diversions that cannot be reset using a D&D token.
  • Warbands were "tweaked" on 11 June 2013. The tweaks were:
    • Synchronized worlds, as before players could hop from world to world to gain massive amounts of XP (and possibly profit) per warband. Each one now occurs every 7 hours.
    • Attempting to log into another world while in the wilderness causes all of the looted supplies to disappear from your inventory.
    • There are only 1000 lootable supplies per camp. This is equal to 40 players with full loot, since 25 is the maximum amount of supplies per person per camp. 
    • Quercus will now exchange the supplies for XP on their respective skill, or turn them into 4000 coins per supply.
  • Whenever a player entering the camp has been spotted by a Warband NPC, an exclamation mark can be seen over their heads. This is most likely a reference to the Metal Gear Solid game series.
  • Strangely, while melee users for each faction of warbands have different weapons, range and magic users all use the same bow and staff respectively.
  • If dropped supplies are left unclaimed after you or another player dies, it is possible to recover them if you can get to the spot where they / you died quickly enough. Picking up supplies from a dead player does not skull you (though obviously attacking a player will), and a small number of supplies may be saved if you manage to die without a skull. However, any supplies picked up from the ground will still count against the 75 daily supply cap.
  • Several teleportation methods can still be used when holding Warband supplies:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mod Mark. "Behind the Scenes: Special Edition." 16 November 2012. RuneScape News.

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