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10th October 2016 - The Arc, Chapter 2


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The Arc – Chapter 2


Exploration and rewards are the name of the game as a boatload of fresh Eastern Lands content arrives in RuneScape.


The Arc chain is complete with four new islands to discover, but these are just the tip of the iceberg. Read on for details about new armour, titles, cosmetics and pets that await you.


Stick around for the latest patches and info on upcoming live streams.


New Eastern Lands Content & Rewards


RuneScape members only.


To access the Arc islands, you need to have completed the miniquest “Impressing the Locals.” Speak to Trader Stan in Port Sarim to begin. To access Cyclosis you must have unlocked it in Player-Owned Ports.


Miniquests will have individual requirements.

Recommended Skill levels
  • Level 86 Farming
  • Level 90+ Woodcutting, Divination, Mining, Hunting, Fishing or Slayer

Even if you don’t meet any of these requirements, the contract masters will always find something for you to do for chimes!


Visit four new Arc locations (Cyclosis, Goshima, The Islands That Once Were Turtles & Tuai Leit) that now complete the island chain.


Take part in a series of miniquests that span these new locales as you uncover more lore about this mysterious corner of Gielinor – you might even earn a new title for your troubles.


Get stuck into brand new skilling opportunities throughout the Eastern Lands as more skills become available to train there. Level up your Farming by foraging a new selection of mushrooms and berries. Skill the heck out of your Divination at moai heads. Pickpocket the citizens of Waiko and Cyclosis for little Thieving boosts.


All these and even more skill spots await your discovery in both the Arc and the Uncharted Isles with new contracts also available from Sojobo in Waiko.



Today’s update is also about giving you awesome rewards to discover. Without giving all away, here are some picks of the bunch.


Get your hands on the final parts (gloves + boots) of the Tier 85 Tetsu , Seasingerand Death Lotus sets , allowing you to finally complete the armours and unlock their set bonuses .


Fans of Hunter rejoice - there are some fresh threads to boost your prowess too. The new Hunter’s outfit, available from the rewards vendor in Waiko, adds 6% XP to your Hunter training and can also stack with yaktwee stick for a total of + 11% XP.




If cosmetics are your thing, collect orokami masks as drops from their namesakes in the Uncharted Isles. These are tradeable outside of the Arc, too.


There is also a new Invention blueprint in the Waiko reward shop. Get yourself enough currency and purchase the plan for a crystal siphon which lets you siphon crystal tools as if they were Tier 90 equipment!


New messages in bottles await discovery too, with the chance to grab the title the Castaway when you complete them all.


Additionally, there is a new Arc Discovery Journal which replaces your Waiko tourist brochure if you have it. Fill it out and earn rewards in the process. Do this by talking to the various Arc NPCs who will send you off to find and catalogue the various creatures and plant species that inhabit these strange lands.


As you go, you’ll get XP lamps, as well as aforementioned Farming XP that is up for grabs for foraging mushrooms and berries.


A bird pet is up for grabs too for finding all the journal’s birds. We can’t wait to see what else you discover!


If you didn’t have a Waiko tourist brochure, pick up the journal from Sharkborne on Waiko.




Getting around in the Eastern Lands is also easier than ever. From today, supplies are cheaper (as low as 10 chimes each if you have all the upgrades), allowing you to more easily access the Uncharted Isles.


With today’s update you will find you have 50 free supplies from Rosie the Chandler.


After this, Rosie will continue to accrue 5 supplies per day, holding a maximum if 50. You no longer need to check back with her every single day – you can simply pick them up when you want to.


We’ve also introduced up to 20 customisation slots for your own island. Decorate until your heart’s content or consider adding the mysterious new tortle portal – charge them up, add one or several to your island, and see where they can take you.



Additionally, there have been tons of balance improvements and general changes to the Eastern Lands. Check out Mod Shauny’s handy mega-thread for a full list of these.


As always with the Eastern Lands we want this to be as much about what you discover and unlock as possible. Let us know your feedback on the forum.




The RuneScape Team


Patch Notes


For all this week’s other patches and improvements, head over to the forum thread.


This week’s live streams


Watch streams and find a full streaming schedule over on the Twitch channel. Check the YouTube channel, too, for videos you may have missed like many of our RuneFest talks - including some exclusives from the Second Stage.

This week, we’re taking a week out to share some important stats with you. It’s data time!

Tuesday, October 11th| 16:00 Game Time | 2017 Survey Results

In case you weren't around for the Summer Summit in May, we released a survey of potential updates for 2017, which has shaped the updates we've planned for you next year.


But, what came top of the pile? What got less votes than we expected? Find out this Tuesday! We'll also be telling you about some the results from the post-RuneFest survey as well.


Post any questions on the forums, on Reddit, or by using the #RSQA hashtag on Twitter.

Tuesday, October 11th| 17:00 Game Time | The Loot from 1,000 Easy Clue Scrolls

Straight after the Q&A, we’ll be getting all clued up.


Throughout October, we’ll be showing you the loot from 1,000 easy, medium, hard and elite Clue Scrolls – welcome to Cluetober!


This week, it’ll be the easy ones - everyone has to start somewhere!

Friday, October 14th | 20:00 Game Time | Update preview with Mod Shauny

Find out what you can expect from Monday’s patches and more with Mod Shauny this Friday night.

Sunday, October 16th| 19:00 Game Time | PvM with Mod Lee!

Mod Lee will be hosting some Community PvM goodness live on Twitch.


[spoiler=Patch Notes]

The Arc & Uncharted Isles

  • XP per hour from named-island resources has been increased to 40%.
  • Wobbegong XP per hour has been increased by 10%.
  • XP for crafting tortle bowls has been increased to 75 XP, up from 10.
  • XP for crafting ornate tortle bowls has been increased to 100 XP, up from 10.
  • XP for fletching bamboo bundles has been increased to 100 XP, up from 10.
  • The amount of chimes gained per hour from named-island resources has been lowered by 10% to 15%.
  • Seerfish/Sillago now require levels 90/91/92 Fishing, down from 92/94.
  • The spirit dragon pet is now a companion pet and can be used to override Summoning familiars.
  • Boni has been feeling generous and now gives flags out for free.
  • XP lamps have been reduced in price.
  • Player-owned port resources and trade goods have been reduced in price.
  • Golden idols are now stackable. Players who have been lucky enough to find a pair can now purchase an idol crabletine tradeable pet.
  • Some of Waiko's and Cyclosis' villagers’ pockets can now be picked. They seem to have a rather short attention-span and will tend to forget about your thieving ways within 5 minutes.
  • Shark soup and Arc gumbo now require sliced wushrooms instead of wushrooms.
  • Different kinds of wushrooms can be sliced to use. Players who had wushrooms before the update had theirs converted to sliced wushrooms.
  • Uncharted isle NPCs now drop chimes in increased amounts as well as some flavour items.
  • Chime payouts from contracts have been increased.
  • "Collect" type contracts had the number items required lowered.
  • Players are now able to find supply crates on uncharted isles.
  • Low-tier resources will now stay on claimed islands, even when logging out.
  • Players can now toggle receiving named-island contracts if they meet all the skill requirements for uncharted isle skilling. Contracts that can be found on both named and uncharted isles will still be offered.
  • Players who have completed all of the Tengu's player-owned port clue voyages and have received a mask of gu can now purchase the 'Waiko Guru' unlock for 100 chimes. This unlock halves the cost of re-rolling contracts.
  • The unlock to access the Waiko's bank chest has been removed.
  • Seiryu's claw now has a lootbeam regardless of lootbeam value set.
  • Daily contract re-rolls now increase in price by 10 chimes, instead of doubling in price.
  • Rosie has lowered her supply costs! Supplies are now 25 chimes each (down from 40) and supply cost reduction upgrades can now reduce this to as low as 10 chimes per supply (down from 20).
  • Rosie's crate of supplies (5 free supplies daily) now holds up to 50 supplies not to penalise those who forget to pick theirs up each day.
  • To celebrate the opening of the second set of islands, Rosie's crate is initially full for everyone.
  • Long voyages now cost 20 supplies (down from 25).
  • Median Expeditions can now have 2 to 3 rare resources (up from 1 to 2).
  • Long Voyages can now have 3 to 5 rare resources (up from 2 to 3).
  • Players who had islands claimed prior the update can now find new resources on their island.
  • The supply cap now starts at 200 (up from 100) and increases up to 1,000 with upgrades (up from 500).
  • An issue where an island would have less rare resources than intended has been fixed.
  • Arc Gumbo now sells for 65 chimes (up from 45).
  • Shark soup now sells for 85 chimes (up from 50).
  • Non-stacking Arc resources such as fish, bamboo, soups and gumbo can now be withdrawn in noted form.
  • Players will no longer find wushrooms washed ashore on uncharted isles. Sea shells can now be found instead.
  • The price of some 'Functional' and 'Decorative' customisations for claimed islands has been reduced.
  • A new flotsam merchant on Cyclosis purchases driftwood and sea shells for few more chimes.
  • A new food merchant on Cyclosis purchases sliced wushrooms for an extra chime.
  • A new bamboo merchant on Tuai Leit purchases bundles of bamboo for an extra chime.
  • Players can now head to Cyclosis, the Islands that Once Were Turtles, Goshima and Tuai Leit.
  • Teleport tablets for named-islands have been added to Waiko rewards shop.
  • Sharkborne has been out exploring and has found himself a new pet, X-Runes.
  • Sojobo now offers a new type of contract for players with 90+ in the related skill. If the player has received such contract, expect to worship shrines, pick safes, hatch eggs and few other short-interaction activities.
  • Salty crabletines have invaded Cyclosis. They are the slightly less rewarding relatives of salty crablets.
  • There are now six new mini-quests to complete. After completing everything up to and including Jed Hunter (from Arc Batch 1), speak to Ichi on Cyclosis to begin the latest adventures. You'll need to have unlocked Cyclosis via a Player-owned port to access the island.
  • Uncharted isle supplies have been added to the currency pouch.
  • Bad luck protection has been added to the 'Spiritual Enlightenment' mini-quest lore book drops. Players who defeat more NPCs during the miniquest will be more likely to receive the drop during their game session.


  • The Crablet sandpit has been removed from Burthorpe.

Skills, D&Ds & Minigames

  • Count Check has taken up a new residence in the Stronghold of Security. Thank you for getting involved with Customer Support week!
  • NPCs that scale to your level will now award combat and item experience.
  • Players will now see a message when acquiring the 50th Sliskelion piece, or if they would have acquired another piece but haven't traded in the 50 pieces yet.
  • It is no longer possible to prevent the Conquest turn timer from going down.
  • Replaced several mentions of "The Crucible" with "Deathmatch".


  • Players levelling their Sunfury armour will now see an improvement in points while in combat, using a bonecrusher.
  • Removed a dummy item from the Grand Exchange.
  • Corrected a typo with brian points in the expanded currency pouch interface.
  • Players can no longer advance their computer clocks to alter which banner they see in the lobby.
  • Fixed some logic in the group lootshare system that would occasionally award either none or double loot and experience.

Last week's hotfixes

  • Count Check now recognises when an authenticator is being used as a bank pin.
  • Customer Support Week clue scrolls requiring safety gloves, fighting boots or fancy boots now work with the items keepsaked.
  • Pure essence won via a Customer Support Week casket is now noted.
  • Fixed an occasional disconnect when opening a Customer Support Week casket.
  • Speaking to the student in the Misthalin Training Centre of Excellence no longer rotates his desk.
  • Rewards from The Drop now take an authenticator set as a bank pin into account.
  • Players can now give Thorgel Agility tickets or Castle Wars tickets from the currency pouch.
  • Removed Classie from Burthorpe.
  • Teak planks won from a Customer Support Week casket are now noted.
  • Players can no longer take skilling or combat dummies into The Drop.



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Is the arc worth the time, in terms of experience or money? (my skills are in low 90's)


In terms of experience I would say it is worthwhile particularly if you can get an uncharted island with a good setup and resources you want. For the experience rates a JMod provided some numbers here. The Arc is a mostly closed ecosystem so there aren't many ways to make cash. You can make the best spear in the game if you get one piece from dragons and another from the shop and sell that for a decent chunk of change, but other than that moneymaking is rather limited.

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Arc is definitely worthwhile. It provides:


- The best non-Cache experience for Divination (even better than Incandescents), and pure AFK.

- The best non-Warbands and non-Crystallize experience for Mining (even better than Seren Stones) and extremely AFK.

- The best non-Crystallize-Teak experience for Woodcutting, (even better than Crystal trees) and pretty AFK - not extreme - but still above average - AFK, though.

- Comparable hunting experience to Crystallize, but less, and less tedious than Crystallizing (if you find that to be tedious).

- Decent fishing experience, not sure how it compares to Waterfall, definitely less, but decent still. I think about 150k+.


So it's definitely worth doing.

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@Yoko, I manage to get about 250k exp/h at waterfall if I maximise my gear. This includes the Urchins and Aura.

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You're still fishing? For 200m?


Later on I'll for 120 Lolvention.

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Very fun. I love the Arc, and even before this update, I was still mining x3 spots on my private island each day. It's just great AFK experience, and since I really can't devote a ton of time in RS otherwise, it's great for someone like me :) .

"To do all that one is able to do, is to be a man; to do all that one would like to do, is to be a god." - Napoleon I

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