BTS Video – Raids

Posted: 2015-07-14 in Runescape News
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This week, Behind the Scenes uncovers more details on Raids ahead of Monday’s release.

Watch this week’s BTS video to find out more about Mazcab, a strange new planet, and the goebies – its oppressed inhabitants.

Head to our YouTube channel and subscribe there for more official RuneScape videos.

Evolution Competition

If you haven’t already, check out this creative competition on the forums to win a RuneScape Evolution T-shirt!

All you need to do is design and submit your own Evolution styled design for a chance to win. But hurry! Competition closes Monday 13th July at 12:00 UTC.

Podcast – Osborne Exposed

This week Mod Matthe exposes all of Mod Osborne’s secrets on the podcast, including his thought on Raids!

You can listen to the podcast now on YouTube, or head to our Podbean or iTunes pages.

Developer Q&A Recap

This week we live streamed a special Raids developer Q&A, including another sneak peek at the new world, Mazcab, the rewards, and answering all of your burning questions.

Missed it? Never fear! You can watch it all again here:

Enjoy!

The party starts next week, with Raids releasing on Monday! Have a great weekend, ‘Scapers, and we’ll see you on update day!

Raids will soon be upon us, and it’s time to get yourself prepared for the beauty and horror that the exciting new world of Mazcab has to offer!

There’s been a lot of hype around our first boss, but now we want you to get creative, and design for us what you believe is the ideal Raid boss to terrify our team of brave (but foolish) J-Mod judges.

Think creatively about what makes your creature fearsome and tough to fight: its defence mechanisms, its special attacks, any weapons it may wield, and any other cool features that will make it a worthy adversary for us to defeat.

Our winner will receive 3 months’ membership, as well as a full set of Cooler Master goodies, and they’ll have their creation drawn as a concept and signed by our Art Team! Two runners up will receive a month’s membership.

Please note: this will not be going into game – it’s just a bit of fun.

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Up for the challenge? Send us your submissions (written, drawn – or both!) to competitions@jagex.com before 23:59 UTC on Tuesday, July 21st. Good luck – and happy raiding!

You can also share your bosses on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MyRaidsBoss – we look forward to seeing your entries!

And, if you’re more of an environment kind of person, then make sure you check out our ‘Design a Raid’ competition, also on the forums!
Before entering, please do take a look at our our competition FAQs and T&Cs.

RuneScape Evolution T-Shirt Competition

Inspired by the awesome RuneScape Evolution T-Shirt available on the Merch Store, we’d love to see what you come up with based on this theme. Think about the ways change applies to your RuneScape experience: change in your character, in Gielinor – anything that fits the theme.

Check out Mod Neena’s thread for full details of how to enter.

Best of luck to all you talented competition entrants. Can’t wait to see what you send in!

The Ninjas have infiltrated the Artisans’ Workshop, making a big batch of updates to the venerable Smithing activity. They’ve made it a whole lot more user-friendly, and introduced some cool new rewards – including auto-reloading for your dwarf cannon!

The team are planning to do more focused updates like this, bringing older parts of the game up to today’s standards. If you’ve got an idea for a particular part of RuneScape that you’d like to see given the Ninja treatment, let us know on the Ninja Spotlight forum thread.

Read on to find out what the Ninjas have been up to – along with details of Solomon’s new Vitality Accessory Pack and this week’s live streams.

What’s Changed?

Smithing burial armour has a new side interface, making the activity more responsive and user-friendly:
By default, the first ingot type in your inventory will be selected.
The interface will respond as you swap ingots in and out of your inventory.
Selecting new armour pieces can be done while smithing, and will be applied on the next loop.

Selecting new ore will immediately stop and restart the smithing process with the new ore.
Anvils in the burial armour area now have ‘quick start’ as the default left-click operation.
The quick-smithing effects of the Varrock armour now apply to track-making and burial armour.

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When creating a perfect sword, you can request an off-hand equivalent.
The required amount for the mithril swords daily challenge has been reduced.
Daily challenges for adamant and rune swords have been added.
When using a heated ingot on the water pool, you’ll be given the opportunity to change your entire inventory at once, rather than one at a time.
Ceremonial sword-making has been made smoother:
Tongs can now be stored on the tool belt.

A single left-click on the anvil now places the ingot and the plans, and opens the interface.
Ingots can be used directly, without heating them first.
The artisan burial overlay has been relocated to the left of the screen, remains opened everywhere in the workshop, and displays your current respect.

The attack rate of ceremonial swords has been rebalanced.
When withdrawing or depositing ingots, only metals currently held will be offered. Note that this doesn’t filter by ingot type.
Dent size chances have been tweaked to be fairer, in terms of leading to perfect successes.

Dent messaging is now filtered.
A warning message now displays when handing in ceremonial swords that would award 0 XP.
Audio has been reworked.
New Rewards

Restocking cannon (100% respect, requires royale cannon unlock): Grants your cannon the ability to reload automatically. You must have cannonballs in your inventory and be within 15 squares for this to work.
Ceremonial sword orders (50% respect): Increases the orders received by the workshop, occasionally allowing you to choose which ceremonial sword you wish to make.

Sword polishing kit (10% respect): Gives 10 sword polishing kits, which – when held in your inventory – prevent a ceremonial sword from breaking.
Bonus package (100% respect): Gives 8 mithril ingot IV, 4 adamant ingot IV, 2 rune ingot IV, 50,000 Bonus Smithing XP and 10 sword polishing kits. Note that the ingots in this bundle cannot be exchanged for ore, and do not count towards daily challenges.

Open Treasure Hunter chests this weekend for a taste of a draconic hoard – up to four times the loot!

Each chest you open between 00:00 UTC on the 2nd of July and 23:59 UTC on the 6th of July gives you the chance for your next set of chests to be dragon chests, styled after Gielinor’s fire-breathing monstrosities.

Dragon chests multiply the prize you’d get from a regular chest. The rarer the metal the chest is made of, the more loot you’ll get:

Adamant – 2x
Rune – 3x
Dragon – 4x
Note that this will apply whether you use Keys individually or in tens.

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This applies to everything available on Treasure Hunter – lamps, stars, gear, and more – so you can enjoy dragon-sized XP gains or a veritable trove of treasure.

Have fun!

What is Treasure Hunter?

Treasure Hunter is a minigame – playable from within RuneScape – where players use Keys to claim in-game items as prizes. These range from useful resources to rare weapons and exclusive gear.

Playing Treasure Hunter is simple – click the treasure chest icon that pops up when you log in. If you’ve not played before, just follow the on-screen guide.

Everyone gets at least one Key per day, and RuneScape members get two. You can earn more Keys while playing the game, or stock up by redeeming Bonds.

If you’d like more, you can also buy Keys on the website, or by clicking ‘Buy Keys’ within the Treasure Hunter interface in-game.

A legendary Fremennik hero-turned-god comes home in style in Hero’s Welcome: RuneScape’s latest quest!

Head over to Lumbridge Crater, too, and join in the Summer Beach Party.

Hero’s Welcome, you’ll meet the mighty V – well known to those of you who’ve finished While Guthix Sleeps – as he returns to his people.

You’ll embark on a series of dangerous raids on Dragonkin lairs, and uncover some of their darkest secrets. Be ready for combat, as there’ll be plenty of fierce foes to fight, but you’ll need brains as well as brawn to succeed.

Rewards

Prevail and you’ll earn hearty helpings of XP, better yields when runecrafting, and access to new areas containing bane ore and adamant dragons. There’s also a repeatable boss fight, which can drop new throwing weapons and a tradeable level 75 cape.

Summer Beach Party

The Summer Beach Party is in full swing, making Lumbridge Crater the place to be until the end of August!

Activities

Head to the beach party and take a look around. It’s the ideal place to relax with your friends, take part in your favourite D&Ds via the portal hub, and enjoy some sun-soaked activities – plus pick up some unique rewards.

Fight Clawdia: At 45 past every hour, killer crustacean Clawdia will spawn at the crater in the middle of the beach party. Her damage scales to your life points, so everyone can dive in and help drive her back.
Build sandcastles: Follow the clues given to you by the nearby visitors and build the right castles for Construction XP.
Fish at the rock pools: Cast a line, kick back and get some Fishing XP while you’re at it. Drop off the fish at the barbecues for extra XP.
Bust out the barbecue: Hit the barbecue stands and earn Cooking XP.
Pick coconuts: Gather coconuts from the palm trees for Farming XP, then deposit them at the coconut shy for extra XP.
Try the coconut shy: Test your skill at the coconut shy and earn Ranged XP.
More activities are coming over the next few weeks. Keep an eye on the news!

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Every 15 minutes one of the XP-giving activities will be spotlighted, and it will yield +10% XP. Note that Ironman players earn 50% less XP for participating in beach activities.

You can keep earning XP until your temperature gauge fills up completely, although this can be reset up to three times a day by consuming ice creams.

Rewards

First up, there are a number of handy items that you can earn by fighting Clawdia and participating in other beach activities:

Ice cream: This tradeable item resets a full temperature gauge to 0. You can use up to three per day.
Anti-sun potion: Also tradeable, this item gives a +5% boost to any XP earned on the beach – that includes beach activities and any other training done there. The effect lasts for 24 hours (real time, not time spent logged in).
Cocktails: These come in four fruity flavours, each boosting XP gain in a different group of skills – combat, artisan, gathering and support. By drinking more of the same type, you can stack the XP boost up to 10%. The effect lasts for 30 minutes of logged-in time.
You can get these items from fighting Clawdia, from participating in the various beach activities, and by handing in a beach party ticket from the recent Summer Raffle.

There’s also a rare chance to get a tradeable token that can be redeemed for one of several new beach items. These include cosmetic weapons and headgear, emotes and more:

Bunting whip
Stick of rock
Throwing starfish
Snorkel
Bucket head
Clawdia hat
Dragon ring
Buried in Sand resting animation
Surfboard emote
Beach ball
Throwing disc
There’ll be new additions to the available items over the coming weeks – we’ll let you know in the news.

Note that the tokens will automatically become untradeable at the end of this year.

These items can also be purchased from the vendors around the beach for RuneCoins, as can challenge gems, dwarven challenge barrels, party packs and masterwork music boxes.

Finally, there’s a bunch of secret rewards available for fulfilling certain conditions on the beach. Have fun discovering them!

Not sure of what to train or how to train it? Looking for some extra Runescape Gold? The Challenge System might be what you’re looking for! This members-only system allows for players to complete various tasks on a daily basis for some extra rewards.

Each day you will be given a new task to complete; the task selected for you will be based on your skills. A new challenge will be automatically issued to you every day in your chat window (eg. New Daily Challenge: Farming – Torstol Seed (0/1)). It is useful to note for the purposes of navigating this guide that Daily Challenges are issued in the chat window listed with their respective skill.

You have at least 5 days from when a challenge is issued to you to complete it and you may have a maximum of 5 daily challenges at any given time. If you receive a new challenge with 5 saved up, the oldest one will be removed. When a challenge is completed, go to the Quartermaster in Burthorpe near the bank chest.

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The challenge will be given a green stamp when it is completed in the noticeboard. Pinning a completed task to the noticeboard creates an indicator that points to him for challenges which require a skill level of 30 or below. For any challenges that require the collection or processing of items, you may be required to deliver the items to the Quartermaster.

If you do not have the items in your inventory when turning in the challenge, they may be taken directly from the bank. Rewards for these challenges will typically cover the cost of any raw materials expended in completing the task.

You can speak to the Quartermaster in Burthorpe to disable Daily Challenges in certain skills if you have mastered that skill. Skills which are yet to be mastered are shown with an orange border, while those that have already been mastered are shown with a silver border. When Daily Challenges for a particular skill are disabled, a red cross is shown through that skills icon. Combat challenges can be disabled by players who have achieved level 200 combat.

It is important to note that only system administered daily challenges offer bonus rewards. Players can choose to complete challenges on their own, but these provide no reward aside from the XP from doing the activity itself.

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RuneFest 2015 is coming on 3rd October. Jot it down and clear your calendars – you won’t want to miss the year’s biggest and best RuneScape event! But you have to check out your Runescape Gold first, RuneFest 2015 will cost a lot of your golds.

We’ll be returning to the Tobacco Dock venue in London, UK for an Invention-themed steampunk spectacular.

Join us and the whole RuneScape community for a day packed with content reveals, activities, events, competition, and a truly epic after-party.

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Tickets will be available early July – £99* for an all-day, all-access pass. We’ll let you know as soon as you can buy them. Like last year, you’ll also be able to buy tickets – as well as flights, hotel rooms and spending money – with your RuneScape Bonds.

More details will be coming very soon, so keep an eye on the news. Look out for blog posts on how the event’s shaping up, too, and be sure to follow RuneFest on Twitter and Facebook. Any questions? Check out the FAQ.

Save the date – we can’t wait to meet you all!

Adamant and rune dragons are here, which worth a lot of Runescape Gold. Courtesy of Dragon force and voted for by you, they’re fresh from RuneLabs and ready for battle.

Delve beneath Brimhaven and jaunt through the World Gate to Kethsi to face these new monsters in high-level combat.

Earn new rewards such as upgrades to make level 90 power boots, a dragon slaying ring and rare, prestigious cosmetics. Learn forgotten lore, too, as you uncover the lost secrets of the Dragonkin.

This week we’ve also got two new bank boosters in Solomon’s Store – available free to members – details of the week’s streams and news on the winners of our recent community competitions.

How to Start

Adamant dragons can be found in Brimhaven Dungeon. They’re formidable foes, so you’ll need high combat levels and anti-dragon breath equipment to survive. You’ll find more dragons behind magical barriers – passable at 70, 80 and 90 Slayer. Adamant dragons are available as a slayer assignment from Kuradal or Morvran.

Rune dragons are farther away – on Mount Firewake on the world of Kethsi. This new area is only accessible through the World Gate south of Eagle’s Peak, once you’ve completed Fate of the Gods and Ritual of the Mahjarrat. The only slayer master who will assign them is Morvran.

To stand a chance against these mightiest of monsters, you’ll – of course – need anti-dragon gear. It’s also wise to come packing dragonbane ammo, as anything else will deal greatly reduced damage until the rune dragons’ armour plating is breached.

Rune dragons also have a flight phase – all the more reason to come geared for range – and an enrage phase where their maximum damage increases with each attack.

Regular rune dragons are challenging enough, but elite rune dragons can also spawn on their death. These have all the deadly abilities of their kin, with a significant boost in power – and more lucrative loot.

For two weeks following today’s release, there are increased spawn rates on both adamant and rune dragons, and an increased chance for elites to spawn when rune dragons are killed. There’s also twice the chance to get an adamant or rune dragon slayer assignment.

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Rewards

Speaking of loot, there are bags of it to be had for intrepid dragon slayers. Their drop tables are brimming with valuables, including some all-new rewards unavailable anywhere else.

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Rune dragons can drop items to upgrade steadfast, glaiven or ragefire boots, making level 90 power boots in all three styles. You’ll need two of the appropriate item to make an upgrade. The boots degrade, eventually reverting to their level-85 base items. Note that rune dragons only drop the upgrade components while on a Slayer task from Morvran. Elite rune dragons always have a chance to drop them.

The Kethsi ring is a possible drop from elite rune dragons, and imparts a 4% damage boost against metallic dragons when worn – 8% against those in Kuradal’s dungeon. It also gives teleports to adamant or rune dragons – which can be shared by a social slayer partner, if they’re also able to reach the dragons. The ring has five teleport charges, and is destroyed when those are used up.

Elite dragons will – rarely – drop a Kethsi scroll, which unlocks part of the cosmetic Kethsi outfit – styled after the long-dead mages of that world.

There are murals in Brimhaven and on Kethsi which can be cleansed with a fully charged dragonfire shield at 60 and 80 Firemaking. This grants a lump of Firemaking XP, and adds words to your Dragonkin primer.

Adamant and rune dragons also drop pages of the journal of a Dactyl Dragonkin who continued Kerapac’s experiments on metal dragons.

Check in at RuneLabs!

Today’s update really shows the awesome things we can accomplish through RuneLabs.

This month, we’re looking for similarly monstrous high-level mobs – keep submitting, keep supporting, and look forward to more RuneLabs content in the future!

The RuneScape ‘Guardians’ Team

Solomon’s Store – Bank Boosters

Solomon’s offering two more free bank boosters for RuneScape!

Active RuneScape members can claim these two new bank boosters at no cost by simply log into the store and do so! They’re are also available for free players to purchase, as normal.

On top of that, all bank boosters on the store are available at a 50% discount this week, so it’s a great time to complete the set!

Enjoy! If you need more RuneCoins, you can get them by redeeming Bonds in-game, clicking ‘Earn’ within the store, or purchasing via the website.

This Week’s Live Streams

There are dragons aplenty this week, over on our Twitch channel:

Developer Q&A & Beach Teaser | 16:00 UTC, Tuesday 16th June

Mod Pi, Mod Stu and Mod Kelpie are ensconced on the sofa this week to answer all your dragon-related questions, and for a cheeky preview of the Lumbridge Crater Beach content!

Ask your questions on the Q&A forum thread, on Reddit, or on Twitter using the hashtag RSDevQA.

Here Be Dragons! | 20:00 UTC, Tuesday 16th June

Not quite ready to take on the adamant and rune dragons yet? Never fear – Mod Stu will be taking us to meet them in a hands-on stream, as well as answering any additional questions you may have.

Competition Winners

There have been some awesome community competitions on offer over the last couple of months. Huge congratulations to these lucky winners!

Summer Sweepstake

This prize draw offered some awesome gaming loot:

1st Place | Alienware Gaming Laptop: Truss
2nd Place | Razer Chroma Suite: Fort40
3rd Place | Razer Goodie Bag: mastercjason
Community Road Trip

A month-long quiz and contest marathon with Cooler Master gaming peripherals, Bonds and RS merchandise as the prize:

1st Place | Ezra Scarlet
2nd Place | Haertew
Name Our Beach Boss

Last week, we offered you the chance to write yourself into RuneScape folklore by naming our new Beach Boss, hitting Lumbridge Crater this June.

We had loads and loads of fantastic entries, but the winning name – Clawdia – came from Sunwheel, who won some signed Tuska concept art.

Want to win prizes like this? Keep an eye on the news and the forums for more competitions coming this summer.