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Behind the Scenes - February 2015

 

This February, Zamorak’s planning one heck of a heist, and the Wildywyrm returns for good. Plus, we’ve got improved Demon Flash Mobs, the awesome GameBlast charity event and Double XP Weekend, and streamlining tweaks to combat.

 
We’re definitely feeling the RuneScape love this month – read on to find out more!
 
Demon Flash Mobs
 
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Demons need love too, so this month were giving our Demon Flash Mobs some well-deserved TLC.
 
They've been made considerably more rewarding, giving better basic drops with some new, unique additions.
 
First up, there's a set of tradeable titles, based on the names of demon bosses, including 'the Frostborn', 'the Glorious' and 'Executioner'.
 
Demon bosses also have a chance to drop new, tradeable summoning materials used in three level 82 pouches. The demonic familiars summoned from these pouches are aggressive, and once you enter combat, they will attack nearby monsters of the same type you’re up against - even if you yourself aren't fighting at the time.
 
In addition, Demon Flash Mobs no longer deal extra damage to players using the Protect Item prayer, which should make attacking them in the Wilderness a less terrifying option.
 
Wildywyrm and Lava Strykewyrms
 
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The Wildywyrm first opened its toothy maw back in February 2011 as a special holiday event, and it’s never left your thoughts despite its short lifespan. Keen to add more oomph to its home, we’ve brought it back permanently, meaner than ever and capable of dropping a range of new gear.
 
If you haven’t heard of it before, the Wildywyrm’s a giant version of a strykewyrm found only in Wilderness. She’s also brought her smaller brothers, level 94 slayer targets known as lava strykewyrms. The Wildywyrm will spawn very rarely, although JMods will be able to make her appear at will! Each killed Wildywyrm offers a drop to everyone who participated in the kill, meaning more loot for all!
 
And what loot it is! On top of new ashes, which give the best Prayer XP of any ashes in-game - she and her smaller brothers can drop upgrade items for the abyssal whip, staff of light and dark bow.
 
These make new level 85 combat gear with unique special attacks, and with new degrade mechanics inspired by OSRS. Try the new whip, which can drag your target towards you; the powered-up new staff; or the bow, whose passive effect and special attack really reward a high-skilled player.
 
You won’t spend coins to repair the weapons – rather, the base item will degrade to dust, leaving you with the upgrade item to reuse. This adds a much-needed item sink that’ll really help the economy.
 
Dishonour among Thieves
 
Members-only quest
 
I talked about it back at RuneFest – a quest all about Zamorak pulling together a crack team of his toughest, most cunning, most dangerous followers to pull off an epic heist, the likes of which Gielinor has never seen.
 
A sequel to 'Missing, Presumed Death', this new Intermediate-level quest (requiring level 30 Thieving and Agility) sees Zamorak and his most elite crew attempt to steal the Stone of Jas from the clutches of the master of shadows – Sliske.
 
The chance of direct contact with Zamorak, Nomad and the rest of the crew - plus being part of the heist of the century - is something not to be sniffed at. Rewards include a brand new cape with thieving bonuses, plus hidden XP chests for higher-levelled players!
 
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Double XP Weekend/GameBlast15
 
Don’t forget the GameBlast event and Double XP Weekend starting on 20th of February! We will be live streaming our 24-hour charity event at Jagex HQ, and you’ll be able to join in by donating to the Well of Goodwill or taking part in your own charity events!
 
The Community Team have plenty of events, competitions and madcap challenges planned, and you’ll be able to buy a new cosmetic outfit from Solomon’s Store, where 100% of the money gained goes straight to SpecialEffect: the charity behind the GameBlast event.
 
Double XP Weekend lasts from the 20th until the 23rd of February, so get your banks ready now for maximum return!
 
Player-Suggested Combat Changes
 
As polled last year, players voted for the return of a number of monsters to be made aggressive again. Due to the close nature of the poll (there were only a couple of hundred votes in it), we have removed the more dangerous monsters (like dragons) from this list. Let us know how it feels, and if you want more monsters added to the list. Give us your feedback!
 
We will also be significantly improving combat responsiveness, allowing you to instantly trigger an attack when you use an ability, and change targets more easily. Revolution mode has also been improved, and should stop and start in a more responsive manner.
 
In Other News...
 
Valentine's
 
Throughout the game and via Treasure Hunter, you’ll be able to gain petals to unlock new emotes, costumes and weapons with a lovey-dovey feel or a dark, bitter tinge. You can even unlock any of the items you may have missed over the last two years! The crazy new effects on offer include exploding your enemies into a million hearts. Awwwww.
 
Solomon’s Store
 
Solomon gives you wings! 4 new sets to be exact - feathered, bladed, gemstone and ethereal - designed to complement a wide range of costume types. He’s also added a new Nomad pack, complete with awesome costume, weapon overrides and nomad walk animation – the first ever to be offered in his store. There’s a new pet called Fimberzizz, too, if you’ve got some Loyalty Points or RuneCoins to spend.
 
Have Fun!
 
It’s a corker of a month, and I can’t wait to see you get to grips with all this content.
 
Don’t forget – RuneLabs is now open, and you can now support ideas that you think best match this month’s criteria. Get stuck in and get the content you want into the game.
 
Have fun!
 
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agressive familiars. Like auto cast scrolls werent op enough. I guess it depends on what the demons scrolls will actually be to see if they're worth using over titan. Would have been nice if they would have made it an option for all familiars instead of just a mid level 80 familiar.

 

And finally an item sink that will make slay drops rise.


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Well dragging your opponent across a pit of lava is cool. I mean it would be cooler to just, you know, drop them in the lava but whatever <_<.

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I know we've known about the whip's spec for a while now, but I hadn't considered what a gamechanger it could be at Castle Wars. I really feel like there needs to be some kind of Magic equipment that repels enemies to offset this.

 

Quite excited to finally see Zamorak get his quest, and the character lineup is grand. Looks like I'll be playing it for the story and experience pretty much entirely, though - I can't imagine the rewards being good with such low requirements.

I'd be quite interested in finding out if his possession of the SoJ puts him back on par with Papa Smurf, at least raw DPS-wise. I'd also be glad to know that JaGEx at least has the sense to try to reverse the enormous detriment that occurred because people who weren't interested in lore were allowed to bandwagon and negatively impact it.

I swear to god [of chaos] though if they have Zamorak torn to pieces by Dragonkin because of this... -.-

Zalok, looks like you were right about his base being F61 lol

 

I think it's great that they updated Nomad - and absolutely [bleep]ing stupid they immediately took his new look and made it into an override.

 

Are the titles they listed from Demon Flash Mobs the only titles they'll have, or have they confirmed we'll be able to get them all?

My goal after this came out was going to be obtaining "the Blazing", but if it's only the 3 listed I'll just continue to use a different far more prestigious one...  <_<


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oh, so they just made ALL of them degrade to dust? i thought only some of them would degrade.

 

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here's the info for wyrmin

 

No. It works like the kraken whip from old school.

 

You get the hilt (tentacle, or wildywyrm drop)

You put the main weal (whip, dark bow, or SOL) on it

When it uses all of its charges, you are left with the hilt

 

Or, you can use the weapons to add charges to it.. I think they said 20% charge per item. So it is effectively the same as hydrix, MINUS the degrade to dust.

 

 

Basically instead of rubbing money on it to make it charged, you feed it whips/dbow/sols. It isn't a gold sink, its an item sink.


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Sorry if this is common knowledge by now, but when are the new quests coming out?

 

Also, kudos to Jagex for trying to fix the oversupply of whips and dark bows.

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Sorry if this is common knowledge by now, but when are the new quests coming out?

 

Also, kudos to Jagex for trying to fix the oversupply of whips and dark bows.

Well the one in the BTS sometime during the month, but I'm not sure which week :P.


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oh, so they just made ALL of them degrade to dust? i thought only some of them would degrade.

 

http://[Use Quick Find Code]/[Please Use QuickFind Code]?373,374,932,65550405

 

here's the info for wyrmin

 

No. It works like the kraken whip from old school.

 

You get the hilt (tentacle, or wildywyrm drop)

You put the main weal (whip, dark bow, or SOL) on it

When it uses all of its charges, you are left with the hilt

 

Or, you can use the weapons to add charges to it.. I think they said 20% charge per item. So it is effectively the same as hydrix, MINUS the degrade to dust.

 

 

Basically instead of rubbing money on it to make it charged, you feed it whips/dbow/sols. It isn't a gold sink, its an item sink.

 

i meant in that the initial listing for those items had the staff of darkness not degrade at all


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wait wtf, bilrach is still alive?


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Founds some stuff on reddit:

 

Gemstone Wings

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Ethereal Wings

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Bladed Wings

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Feathered Wings

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Also the list of titles are:

 

Prefixes:

 

General
Executioner
Castellan
Deacon

 

Suffixes:

 

the Glorious

the Frostborn

the Corrupting

the Blazing
the Infernal
the Obscured
the Pestilent
the Rending
the Shattering
the Terrifying




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I wonder how much these new titles will cost.


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Still a no update month for me (kind of like the last three months), But it is always nice to see a new quest, even if it is one I still have to do a lot of quests for, so I am not really complaining :P


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The wildywyrm update seems like a real gem, although i'm struggling to understand the point of the shieldbow. The whole point of using a shield is to negate damage and thus the special attack gaining power from damage received is kind of useless. And it's not like you can use it on high level tankable bosses either since it's t85...  


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The whole point of using a shield is to negate damage and thus the special attack gaining power from damage received is kind of useless.

I heard Revenge stacking is a pretty OP thing in the game, though.


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You know the ethereal wings might actually be worth it to match the ethereal outfit, especially if they can be recolored :P.


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I do hope wildywyrms are opt-in rather than opt-out.


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I know we've known about the whip's spec for a while now, but I hadn't considered what a gamechanger it could be at Castle Wars. I really feel like there needs to be some kind of Magic equipment that repels enemies to offset this.

 

 

 

Tactical counters? Woo, we're getting somewhere!

Nice wildywirm confirmed :)


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I wonder how much these new titles will cost.

 

they're drops from the demon mob rework


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I wonder how much these new titles will cost.

 

they're drops from the demon mob rework

 

yes but they're tradable


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I'm not normally a fan of Solomons, but that Nomad set. <3


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The feathered wings are actually called freefall wings. Both the ethereal and gemstone wings can change color like the sets. Also the freefall wings have a feather animation like silverhawk boots.




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