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9 Oct 2017 - Free to Play Content Additions & NovtumberFest

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Free to Play Content Additions & NovtumberFest

This week we introduce a tome's worth of content additions for new players, including Fletching, quests, armour and more (scroll down). You'll also be able to take part in our new seasonal in-game event.


Russet leaves are falling where the Beach Party once thronged, and the inhabitants of Lumbridge are taking their gloves and scarves out of storage for another brisk, autumn season. Be that as it may, no amount of wind and cold can dampen their spirits. They're ready to celebrate once more – it's NovtumberFest!

Heady pints and eye-catching lederhosen abound for the next four weeks in this latest skilling extravaganza. You'll be able to train an agglomeration of skills – from slayer to prayer, farming to summoning – with no entry fee and no XP cap.

More the roaming, lone wolf type? Keep an eye out for Gunther's cart, which will be running into trouble every three hours in free-to-play areas. XP will flow for the adventurer who helps him out!

Rewards? Of course there will be rewards! Aside from the opportunity to train with your friends in style, we're offering a selection of NovtumberFest-themed pets, anims, outfits, gear and a 'Party Animal' title to those who give it their all – free players included.

Bottoms up!

Free to Play Content Additions

Yeah, you read that right. We're opening up a truckload of content to free players. Because, unlike those jumbo multipacks of chocolate, RuneScape is something that's genuinely better shared.

No point dallying. Here's the list of content that is now available to all:


  • A Soul's Bane
  • Priest in Peril
  • Gertrude's Cat
  • Missing, Presumed Death
  • Perils of Ice Mountain, including the ability to smith pickaxes
  • Song from the Depths and the first level of the grotworm cavern
  • Broken Home, as well as the post-quest content (although the asylum surgeon's ring is still members-only); as such, the explorable area for free players has been expanded up to Morytania and the dig site at Silvarea
  • Skills and abilities

All combat abilities (excluding Metamorphosis, Berserk and abilities unlocked by member’s content)


Weapons and armour

  • Off-hand weapons
  • Coifs
  • Studded leather armour
  • Hard leather chaps
  • Hard leather cowl
  • Spider silk shield
  • Carapace shield
  • Wizard armour, including the boots and shield


  • Shooting Star D&D
  • Evil Tree D&D
  • Access to the Warrior's Guild (and defenders up to Rune!)

This is also just a summary of the changes, full details of which can be read in this week’s patch notes. Now that's said: if you're happy and you know it, show the Ninja team some love!

*shows love*

Patch Notes

This week's patch notes are some of our meatiest yet, with a whole tome's worth of content from the ninja team. Seriously, we've had to restructure it to keep it from being one, giant wall o' text. You can read it all here on the forums thread.


*clinks tankard*

The RuneScape Team


Do you watch our live streams? No? Why not? This month we bring you LootScape, an all-new way for you to get yourself some awesome in-game goodies by watching our live streams every month.

Just connect your RuneScape account to your Twitch account and tune into one of our Tuesday or Friday live streams to get some free stuff!

First up in our goodie bags for all of you is the amazing Twitching Orb pet – you’ll be able to claim it in any of our Tuesday or Friday streams throughout October. So stay tuned for what we have planned for you next week!

You can connect your RS account to your Twitch account and find out more about it here.

Live Streams this Week

Each week we livestream 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 all the talks from from RuneFest, from both the Varrock Stage and Circus Stage.

Sunday, October 15th – 19:00 UTC (Game Time) – PvM with Mod Lee

Top up your PvM tactics with your weekly dose of monster-killing with Mod Lee!


[spoiler=Patch Notes]


  • The issue preventing retro skillcapes from activating has been resolved.
  • Lau'ra's chathead now consistently animates while speaking to her.

Skills, D&Ds & Minigames

  • The measure of progress for blueprint discovery has been improved with the addition of 'Very Good', placed between 'Good' and 'Excellent'.
  • Players now stop pulling prawn crackers once they are destroyed.

Ninja Skill Fixes

  • Green, blue, red, black and royal dragonhide boots have been added, available in a similar manner to the corresponding vambraces.
  • Basilisk, turoth and kurask boots are now power armour instead of tank armour, to differentiate them from dragonhide boots.
  • Hard leather cowls and chaps have been added to complete the hard leather set of armour.
  • Conversation options on sawmill operators have been rewritten to loop back to the start of chat.
  • Limestone bricks and mystic armour have been added to the Crafting skill guide.
  • Studded leather can now be found in the leather crafting category.
  • The soft and hard leather sets can now be purchased from: the gnome shopkeeper in Burthorpe, Lowe's Archery Emporium in Varrock and the Ranging Guild. The latter two also sell the studded leather set.
  • The carapace armour set now includes a capapace shield.
  • The spider silk armour set now includes a spider silk shield.
  • Players can now craft a black strip of cloth from balls of black wool. Neither strips or balls are destroyed once dropped.
  • Sheared sheep now take drastically less time to regrow their wool.
  • The sheep in south-east Taverley no longer wander from their pen.
  • A herd of black sheep has assembled between the Dark Wizards' Tower and the Makeover Mage's house.
  • Strips of cloth now require two balls of wool instead of four.
  • Wizard armour can now be crafted from strips of cloth, as can the wand and book.
  • Black wizard armour can now be crafted from strips of black cloth.
  • The wizard armour set has been completed with a set of level one wizard boots, which have been added to the same drop table as the wizard gloves. The level 20 wizard boots have been redubbed as the 'Wizard boots (t)' for the sake of clarify.
  • Black wizard gloves and boots have been added to the black wizard armour set.
  • Wizard (and black wizard) shields have been added and can be crafted by free players.
  • The wizard, black wizard and imp hide magic armour sets can now be purchased from: the gnome shopkeeper in Burthorpe, Zaff's Superior Spellcasting in Varrock and Betty in Port Sarim. The latter two also sell the spider silk set.
  • Shields in the Defence skill guide have been moved into a Shields sub-category.
  • The cutscene in which Sten demonstrates how to make Artisan's Workshop tracks and burial armour now correctly fades in from black.
  • Players can now speak to Suak in the Artisan's Workshop to find out how many pieces of burial armour are still needed by Doric.
  • Mystic cloth has been added to the drop tables for regular and elite Ankous, the Giant Mole, the King Black Dragon and the Chaos Elemental.
  • Blue mystic armour on drop tables has been replaced with an equivalent amount of noted mystic cloth.

Ninja Skill Fixes: Fletching

  • Fletching is now a free to play skill!
  • Free players can now fletch equipment with wield requirements up to level 50: bronze, blurite, iron, steel, silver, mithril, adamant and rune crossbows, arrows, darts and bolts (up to diamond bolts inclusive); normal, oak, willow, maple, teak, yew and magic shortbows and shieldbows, and up to bovistrangler in Daemonheim. The exception is when such equipment is either locked behind members' content or situated outside of the free to play area (such as smithing dart tips, which requires Tourist Trap).
  • Free players can now pick and spin flax into bowstrings.
  • Free players can now spin sinew into crossbow strings.
  • Free players can now cut gems, from opal through to diamond.
  • Free players can now craft mithril grapples.
  • Teak logs, mahogany logs and magic logs are now free to play objects. However, some trees can still only be found in members' areas.
  • Green dragonhide, green dragon leather, blue dragonhide and blue dragon leather are now free to play objects.
  • The smuggler in Dungeoneering can now sell bowstrings to free players.
  • The Fletching pet, Flo, can now be acquired in free worlds.
  • The special effects of the Woodcutting outfit (burning logs for Firemaking XP and fletching logs for Fletching XP) now work in free worlds.
  • Evil trees are now free to play. As such, the the Woodcutting outfit can now teleport to (but not spawn) evil trees in free worlds.
  • Dungeoneering equipment up to and including T50 (Zephyrium, Bovistrangler, Spinoleather, Duskweed, Empowered Water staff) is now equippable and craftable by free players.
  • Dungeoneering T60 equipment (Argonite, Thigat, Gallileather, Soulbell, Empowered Earth staff) isn't craftable for free players, but is still equippable and can potentially be acquired through drops.
  • The Icy Bones dungeoneering boss can now drop throwing knives for free players.

Ninja D&D & Minigame Fixes

  • The games necklace possesses a teleport to Agoroth when A Shadow over Ashdale is completed.
  • A filtered message has been added to display points added to the currency pouch when defeating animated armour in the Warriors' Guild.

Ninja Quest Fixes

  • The anger mace from A Soul's Bane is now wielded and named as a two-handed maul. The anger axe has also been made two-handed to better suit the model.
  • Cosmetic overrides for the anger sword, anger battleaxe, anger maul and anger spear can now be unlocked by completing the A Soul's Bane quest.
  • The skill checks in Perils of Ice Mountain are no longer boostable.
  • The member skill level requirements for Perils of Ice Mountain have been reduced from 10/11 to 5 to accommodate the member skill cap for free players.
  • The XP reward for completing Perils of Ice Mountain is now given in the form of a lamp.
  • A quest accept window has been added to Perils of Ice Mountain.
  • During Gertrude's Cat, only the crate containing Fluff's kittens will jiggle, and only once Fluffs has been fed.
  • A list of recommended quests has been added to the accept window for Missing, Presumed Death.
  • The quest information for Death Plateau no longer asks for a pickaxe, since all players now possess this in their toolbelts as a default item.


  • Count Check has resumed his residence of the Stronghold of Security's first level. Players who have upgraded their security settings should seek him there to claim rewards.
  • Customer Support week clue scrolls and scroll boxes have been tidied up, with the exception of unopened caskets.
  • Balthazaar has taken his raffle to pastures new once more.
  • The healing area at the Grand Exchange is now larger.
  • The area at the Grand Exchange that hides familiars is now smaller.
  • The Tuska Warpriest's armour effect will now only work when three or more pieces are equipped.
  • Changing the elite void armour colour will no longer replace keepsaked superior elite items with non-superior versions.
  • The entire Lava Maze has now been restored to single combat only.
  • The client no longer crashes when the window header is placed over the ribbon in edit mode.
  • Players can now map a keybind for the Achievement Tracker and Achievement Paths. These can be found under Windows and Navigation in the Controls settings.
  • Machetes now display correctly in the toolbelt when selected.
  • Improved likelihood of receiving low chance components when auto-disassembling while logged in, to better match chances with regular disassembly.

Last Week's Hotfixes

  • 02/10, 11:15 UTC: The lodestone interface now functions correctly regardless of whether the action bar is locked or unlocked.
  • 02/10, 12:45 UTC: The Defender of the Mind outfit has been restored to players who had already unlocked it historically.
  • 04/10, 13:55 UTC: Attempting to target a lodestone icon (through disassembly, for example) no longer causes a disconnect.

Ninja Wilderness Fixes

  • Free players can now pass through the high-risk Wilderness wall, which remains intact. The wander range of the Chaos Elemental remains unchanged.
  • Blue dragons have been added to the Wilderness north of the Forgotten Cemetery to provide a source of blue dragon hide for free players.
  • Red dragons now drop between one to eight rune darts. Eight is no longer guaranteed.
  • The deep wilderness is now accessible to free players, as is the deep wilderness dungeon (accessed south of the Pirates' Hideout).
  • The south-east corner of the Wilderness (west of the Morytania Slayer Tower and north of Silvarea) is now a free area.
  • The Mage Arena cave (accessed from a lever north-west of the Mage Arena) is now accessible to free players.
  • Gundai the banker and Lundail the rune seller are now visible on free worlds in the Mage Arena cave. However, Kolodion is not visible.
  • Free players can now use the lever in the Deserted Keep to teleport to Edgeville. Members using the lever are still teleported to east Ardougne.
  • The lever in Edgeville that teleports players to the high-risk Wilderness is no longer blocked in free worlds.
  • Green dragons are now available for free players.
  • William and Ian cannot access free player banks in the Wilderness.
  • Red dragon isle is now accessible to free players.
  • Red dragonhide is now accessible to free players via red dragons. However, it still cannot be tanned, crafted into leather or equipped on free worlds.
  • In free worlds, Blue dragons no longer drop the bass. They drop lobsters instead.
  • The Chaos Elemental is now accessible to free players and has its own free to play drop table.
  • The boss pets for the Chaos Elemental, Giant Mole and King Black Dragon can now drop in free worlds. However, the King Black Dragon boss pet still has a 99 Summoning requirement.
  • The Last Riders book now drops from the King Black Dragon in free worlds.
  • Achievements for the Chaos Elemental, Giant Mole and King Black Dragon no longer display a member requirement.

Ninja Free to Play Fixes

  • The following quests are now all available to free players: The Perils of Ice Mountain, Gertrude's Cat, Priest in Peril, A Soul's Bane, Missing, Presumed Death, Song from the Depthsand Broken Home (although the Asylum Surgeon's ring reward remains members only).
  • Remora's necklace, the coral crossbow and coral bolts, the first level of the grotworm lair and the royal cape dropped by young grotworms are now all free to play.
  • Kittens (from Gertrude's Cat) are now free to play. They can grow into cats, become overgrown, and can even become a purple cat upon completion of Swept Away.
  • Free players can now complete the Varrock achievements to choose the colour of their kitten. They can also obtain a cat training medal from Gertrude by killing 100 rats.
  • Swept Away's post-quest content (excluding the Sorceress' Garden and members area rewards) are now available to free players.
  • The first four tasks from Doric and Boric after What's Mine Is Yours are now available to free players.
  • The Shooting Star and Evil Tree D&Ds are now available to free players.
  • The Warriors' Guild in Burthorpe is now available to free players.
  • The area south of Paterdomus and north of the Duel Arena is now available to free players.
  • The members fence east of Varrock has been removed to allow unrestricted access to Silvarea (the area east of the Lumber Yard up to and including Paterdomus). The eastern border of the free area is now defined by the River Salve.
  • The barrier east of the Mage Training Arena has been removed.
  • The fences and blocking between the Mage Training Arena and the Exam Centre have been removed.
  • Free players can now enchant, wear and trade sapphire jewellery including the ring of recoil, bracelet of clay and the games necklace (sans teleport) in addition to the amulet of magic.
  • Free players can now pay a sawmill operator to convert regular logs into planks.
  • Coifs can now be crafted by free players, and have been redubbed as Studded leather coifs. They can be crafted by adding studs to a leather cowl.
  • Free players can now smith bronze, iron, steel, mithril, adamant and rune pickaxes after completing The Perils of Ice Mountain.
  • Free players can now smith all blurite items following Knight's Sword.
  • Free players can now smith crossbow limbs up to runite.
  • Free players can now craft T50 mystic armour from mystic cloth.
  • Limestone, crafting limestone bricks and even the humble 'rock' are now available to free players.
  • The Empowered Water Staff can now be dropped by Unholy Cursebearers for free players in Dungeoneering.
  • A confirmation prompt has been added when free players upgrade or try to use lodestones in member areas.
  • Bronze and iron nails are now available to free players, as are saws and bracelet moulds.
  • The pestle and mortar, rake, seed dibber, gardening trowel, secateurs, rod clay mould, sextant and seedicide now correctly reflect their free status in the toolbelt.
  • Although inaccessible, the bottom section of the Shattered Worlds entrance in Lumbridge Swamp has been marked as a free area to better mark the perimeter.
  • Death Plateau has been marked as a free area so it can be seen on the world map to aid navigation while playing the eponymous quest. It still requires 15 Agility.
  • The Odd Old Man is now visible in free areas for the sake of Missing, Presumed Death.
  • Hura's crossbow shop can now be accessed by free players.
  • Strange fruit can now be eaten in free worlds, and can be obtained by defeating the Chaos Elemental.
  • Free players can now bury dragon bones for Prayer XP.
  • Looms can now be used by free players.
  • The strip of cloth used in Regicide (crafted from balls of wool) can now be spun in free worlds. The required Crafting level has been reduced from level ten to level one.
  • The default loot beam option is now the initial option for new players.
  • The maximum total level milestone message for F2P has increased from 1656 to 1750 now that Fletching is a free skill.
  • The following errors in the skill guide have now been corrected: free players can stop burning rabbit at cooking level 34; Marrentill is now marked as members only; the wooden shield, salve, protoleather and novite armour in Daemonheim have been added at Defence level one, as well as soft leather armour; the tangle gum shortbow and longbow, the novite arrows and protoleather equipment in Daemonheim are now accessible at Ranged level one; mentions of wizard, imphide, spidersilk, batwing, splitbark, mystic and grifolic shields have been removed from wand/orb/book entries, since shields only require Defense.



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Title is much easier to get as f2p fwiw. You don't need to find Wolly and you only have to do half as many events at the crater.

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