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26th October 2015 - New Auras & Gauntlet of Souls

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New Auras | Gauntlet of Souls

 

This week's update is a two-parter. Today, we release a massive batch of auras, including all-new options and higher-tiered versions of some old favourites.

 

Then, from 00:00 UTC on 27th October, Gauntlet of Souls breaks free of its shackles and shambles forth from RuneLabs – lasting through the Halloween period for two weeks. As well as its spectacularly spooky new environment, there are some great rewards – including a Kharidian cat pet, gravestone overrides andXP-giving herb burner.

 

Read on to find out more!

 

New Auras

 

Brand new auras are now available via Xuan's Loyalty Store or Solomon's Store.

 

The following come in five tiers, all with benefits ranging from 3-15%:

  • Dedicated Slayer | Slayer kills have a chance not to reduce your assignment count
  • Flameproof | Reduces chance of burning food
  • Focused Siphoning |Increases chance of successful siphoning at the Runespan

The following are equivalents to the melee Berserker aura – both at tier three:

  • Reckless | Boosts ranged damage and accuracy, at the cost of defence
  • Maniacal | Boosts magic damage and accuracy, at the cost of defence

Brawler comes in four tiers, with benefits up to 10%:

  • Brawler | Increases melee accuracy

We've also added new tiers for the following favourites:

  • Wisdom | Supreme and Legendary tiers, with duration increased to 60 and 90 minutes
  • Jack of Trades | Legendary tier, requiring 25 different skills trained in three hours

 

Gauntlet of Souls | Halloween Event - Free-to-Play

 
How to Start
 
Enter the soul rift by Burthorpe's lodestone from 00:00 UTC (game time) on 27th October
 
Requirements
 
None
 
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Combat is safe, with scaling NPCs. The event is accessible to Ironman players.
 

Forged in the baleful fires of Cinderquill's RuneLabs suggestion, this year's Halloween event takes you on a journey to the Underworld – aiding Icthlarinagainst the depredations of Amascut.

 

Jump in the boats to start rescuing souls from the river. Occasionally, special souls will spawn that will grant you XP, in a skill determined by the type collected.

 

Once 20 souls have been collected, you'll be able to to escort the souls across the bridge, fending off Amascut's devourer beasts along the way, using your combat or divination powers.

 

Note that fighting the devourer beasts gives no XP – so there's no risk of earning any unwanted combat XP.

 

Every 15 minutes, the Avatar of Amascut will spawn, and must be defeated. Team up and take the beast down!

 

Rewards

 

You'll earn Noumenon Favour for participating in the event. Also, skilling or training combat on the surface world during the event will occasionally spawn a lost spirit. Calm these spirits for XP, then hand them in to Sinn Derkwill in the Underworld for Noumenon Favour.

 

This can be spent on some unique rewards:

  • Kharidian cat pet.
  • XP lamp: usable on the skill of your choice.
  • Death animation override: Be dragged to the Underworld by a devourer beast. This can be toggled at Death's house.

Members also have access to the following rewards:

  • Herb burner: this placeable item can be used to burn herbs for 10x the XP gained from cleaning them. Note that the rate at which this is done is not the same as cleaning herbs.
  • Gravestone overrides: these resemble the jackal and lioness statues seen in the Underworld, and can be selected or deselected at the Keldagrim shop.

As another members' benefit, the Underworld is also host to another Ectofuntus. It's much like the surface version, although there's no need to traverse floors to pick up buckets of slime, so Prayer training there is a good deal quicker.

 

Have Fun!

 

Enjoy the event and new auras, and let us know your thoughts over on the forums.

 

The RuneScape Team

 

Live Streams this Week

 

Each week we stream developer Q&As, in-game events and more. Watch our streams and find a full streaming schedule over on our Twitch channel.

 

Check our YouTube channel, too, for recap videos of streams you may have missed, including last week's Halloween Special.

 

This week is your first chance to see November's High-Level Mobs, and a spookyHalloween community stream special!

 

Developer Q&A: feat. Elite Mobs| 16:00 UTC, Tuesday 27th October

 

This week, we'll be showing you our High-Level Mobs! Our four RuneLabs winners have been created, and we'll be showcasing some of the awesome things you can expect.

 

Here are the amazing concepts to whet your appetite.

 

Ask your questions on the forums, on Reddit, or on Twitter using the hashtag#RSDevQA.

 

Halloween Trick or Treat | 20:00 UTC, Tuesday 27th October

 

Mod Lee will be taking over the Community Stream this week - and it's got a spooky edge. Expect a chance to go through the Gauntlet of Souls, as well as some Halloween fun - including trick or treating and ghostly transmogs!


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Note: this newspost appeared on the frontpage so I've posted it, but to the best of my knowledge there has not been a system update. Not sure if they're planning one or they cleverly snuck it in last week...


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EDIT: It seems they perhaps posted this a bit early? If I'm right the update isn't set to go live (according to the "How to start" section of the news post) for another 12 hours.


 
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No patch notes either?



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I hope trader Vic is coming with this update. Need 2 more golem pieces..


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Dank magic is now a hybrid aura

Sweet

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Of course they add new auras immediately after getting everyone to spend all their loyalty points on tools, heh.

I was hoping the Wisdom upgrades would increase the XP boost, not increase the length of time. Not sure if they're worth buying. (Not sure Wisdom is worth buying in the first place, honestly, but I have it, so may as well use it.)

Also not sure that I'll bother with the next tier of JoT. 20 skills can be a bit tricky to hit; 25 is going to be obnoxious to try and do every day.

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Bought up to greater dedicated slayer. I will be buying the master version tomorrow. After that I'll just work on the brawler to master.



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What happens with the aura if you have 200M in a couple skills? Presumably they count actions rather than XP, right? Otherwise it could get annoying...


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What happens with the aura if you have 200M in a couple skills? Presumably they count actions rather than XP, right? Otherwise it could get annoying...


I vaguely remember them addressing that when they released the previous upgrades to JoT; I think it counts actions that give xp, yeah, even if you're maxed out on xp already.

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Ah, I see.

 

Am I just blind, or is there no soul rift by Burthorpe lodestone? It's 00:10 on the 27th game time right?


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Its supposed to be here:

This is a teaser from the stream.
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So something of 330k points for the t4 melee aura and the 50k tribrid auras for me..

 

Eh, I can live without them. Don't meleescape anyways


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One server has the event up apparently... While all the others are suffering lockout.

I'll try logging in later tonight. This is just stupid.



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They seem to be up on a few servers now (7, 135, 136), so going to check it out. Better than I expected at least - I was thinking we might need to wait until the morning.


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They did a really nice job making the event look really cool. It's just there isn't anything there really. The invasion event completely upstarts it in variety and rewards. Kind of disappointed.

Why they're doing two events at the same time I don't know.

If you can't get in use a low pop world. That worked for me.
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So hows the herb burner different from herbicide?? And why not just update herbicide...

 

nvm so all it is is just a xp buff over herbicide but doesnt auto burn herbs?


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So hows the herb burner different from herbicide?? And why not just update herbicide...


It's like cremation it's a skilling method in itself. Sounds more creative than Jagex's usual.
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And why do i have to walk to death now to toggle a death animation instead of having it with the other death animations in the custimization interface...


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