A Beginner’s Guide to RuneScape


Over 260 million RuneScape accounts have been created since its release in 2001. That’s a lot of players to venture into this fantasy MMORPG, which can make it intimidating if you’re just getting started. Unless you have a guide to help you.

Before you can dive in Gielinor, you will need to Register now. Here you can create a RuneScape account – all you need is a valid email address, date of birth, and display name. From there, you can download and log into the game client, create a character, and play the tutorial, which provides you with the basics you’ll need to play Jagex’s MMO.

But what about after the tutorial is finished? RuneScape takes place in a vast virtual world and packed with plenty to do – are you the type of person who wants the thrill of combat? Or would you like to solve puzzles and save helpless NPCs in quests full of dangers? Maybe you’d rather just sit by a river and spend a few hours fishing while chatting with your clan mates.

Since there is so much that you could To do so, we’ve put together this handy guide to walk you through those first few hours of RuneScape. You will have found your particular corner of Gielinor in no time.

Follow the path

Completing the tutorial will transport you to Gielinor where you will end up on the path system. It is highly recommended that both new and old players follow the path system as it will guide you through a number of game features. This includes daily challenges and setting a bank PIN. You’ll also have three quests to complete, which serve as a fitting introduction to the different combat modes – melee, magic, and range.

The Path system also provides you with a set of starter gear and experience lamps that give your combat skills a boost. Completing the route will allow you to explore freely or, if you wish, choose a new path. There are paths that teach you more about skills or encourage you to explore the game world further.

However, if you want to freely explore Gielinor, you can turn off the path system. To do this, open the Adventure tab, choose the Path option, then click “Disable Path”. Note that while you will lose your current task progress that has been set for you, you will not lose any quest progress overall.

Runic fishing

Go on an adventure

Off the beaten track and tutorials, your quest for adventure can truly begin. Quests are the best way to find it, and you can see all the adventures available in the Quest List tab – you can drill down into the details by clicking on the journal entries in the Equipment and Skills experience. Here you’ll find information on where to start the quest, its difficulty level, requirements, recommended items, and most importantly, its rewards. Quite practical, really.

Don’t worry, there are plenty of quests available for free RuneScape players. A good place to start if you want a furry companion is to head west to Varrock and talk to Gertrude. Completing his quest will reward you with a kitten and some cooking experience (don’t worry, the two aren’t combined). Meanwhile, the One Piercing Note quest, found outside of St. Elspeth Citharede Abbey, east of Al Kharid, features a murder mystery to solve as you investigate a death in the city. ‘abbey.

RuneScape has a huge range of quests – over 220 plagues at last count – some of which will keep you busy for an hour or two. They’re often quite funny too, playing up to the smart, self-referential style of the game. Oh, and while you’re on a quest, be sure to activate any magnetites you discover on your travels – they offer a free transport.

Runic character

Build your character

As you would expect, upgrading your skills is an important part of RuneScape as it unlocks new abilities, gear, and quests. There are 27 skills in total, of which 17 are available for free-to-play players. Even then, you can still dip your toes into limb-only skills like divination, but these are capped with a level 5 cap – normally skills can be trained up to level 99. There are even some that go up to 120.

While you may be tempted to focus on training in one skill, we recommend that newcomers try to spread their training across all of your skills so that you have a well-rounded character. However, the whole experience is quite relaxed and you can choose how much you want to lean into the skill process. It’s also worth noting that there are no lessons to worry about, so you can try whatever you want.

Fishing is a great skill to start with, as you can also practice cooking by cooking the fish you catch. You can then either sell your loot or save it for long battles (no, not as weapons – you can eat them to regain health).

If you want to focus on combat first, then the Lumbridge Catacombs are the perfect dungeon for beginners – but keep in mind that you’ll need to complete the Blood Pact quest (talk to Xenia at Lumbridge Graveyard to launch it) before you can access it. While you tackle the catacombs, you can collect the statues hidden among the tombs and then sell them for a profit.

While you’re doing all of this, set yourself an XP level or goal by right-clicking on the skill chosen in the Skill tab.

Runescape Beginner's Guide to Combat

Master the fight

In 2012, Jagex released an update called Evolution of Combat (EoC for short), which drastically changed the way you fight in the MMO. He added dual wielding, ranged, and magical abilities. Players who preferred the old style of fighting can still choose to fight with Legacy Mode, which simplifies combat with both auto and special attacks.

When creating your character, you will be asked if you have played RuneScape before. If you choose “Never played” you’ll default to Legacy mode, but it’s worth switching to EoC combat as soon as you’re comfortable. Head to the Lumbridge Catacombs for a safe place to practice and brave.

City Runescape

Join a clan

Don’t forget to embrace the social aspect of RuneScape when joining a clan. The best way to do this is to head to the RuneScape Forums where there are a number of tables dedicated to clans. There is a board where you can post a thread about yourself and the type of clan you are looking to join. If you’d like to do the research yourself, there are five separate tables for the different types of clans available – those for players with combat levels below 100, clans for players more level 100 combat, skill Clans, social the clans and clans that specializing in quests and mini-games. Take your time to find the right clan for you and you will soon be forming new friendships.

If you’re stuck in a quest or skill, head to the RuneScape Wiki, which contains all RuneScape knowledge you should need. To consider switch to a membership (you can take it for a test drive with the RuneScape Twitch Prime Pack) so that you have access to all the skills and quests. Good luck on your adventure!

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