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Table of Contents
1.0 - Introduction
  1.1 - Signing Up
  1.2 - Logging In
  1.3 - Becoming a Member
2.0 - Game Play
  2.1 - Main Game Features
  2.2 - The Interface
3.0 - Rules and Moderators
  3.1 - The 14 Rules
  3.2 - Rule Enforcement
4.0 - Chatting and Lingo
  4.1 - Chat Effects
  4.2 - RuneScape Lingo

1.0 - Introduction

Welcome to Zybez RuneScape Help, a help site for the Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, RuneScape. RuneScape is a game with monsters to kill, quests to complete, and treasure to win. Along with all of its great features you will be able to play RuneScape alongside thousands of other people from around the world, some of which could be your own friends. RuneScape is a great game to satisfy your competitive side, and best of all it's free to try for as long as you wish!

Click to Play RuneScape

As was just mentioned, RuneScape can be played for fre, for as long as you want. However this comes with a number of limitations. If you are a 'Free Player' you will not be able to take full advantage of the game's features. Free players will be limited to only a small portion of the RuneScape World, fifteen out of the twenty skills, and a small handful of quests and very few updates.

Want more? Do you want to really experience RuneScape? Well then, RuneScape Members for you. For only about $5.00 USD a month you can be a full RuneScape Member. RuneScape Members get access to all of the games features and map areas. Not only do they get more features, they get game updates almost every week! This means you can never be bored of the game. We do not recommend that you purchase this membership right away. You should try the game out for a while and make the decision after you have decided that you enjoy the game.


1.1 - Signing Up

So you've decided to try out the game. To get started, you will need to create an account.

Here are the steps you will need to follow in order to create an account. It's pretty straight forward, but here is a quick run-through if you are having trouble.

  1. Go to the RuneScape home page by clicking on the RuneScape image above and click on the 'Create Account (New User)' button.
  2. Decide what you would like your username to be and then press 'Check Availability'.
  3. If your desired username is available you will be brought to the RuneScape 'Terms and Conditions'. If your desired username is not available you will have to select another one.
  4. Take a moment to skim over the terms and then press 'I Agree' at the bottom of the page.
  5. You should now be at the 'Choose A Password' screen which is the last step in registering. Make sure you choose a password that would be very hard for another person to guess. Enter in your desired password into the two areas, agree to the terms and conditions once more, then press the 'Create Account Button'.

You are now done creating your account. Be sure to remember your password and keep it in a safe place if possible.


1.2 - Logging In

Logging into the game is just a simple as making an account. Here are the basic steps.

  1. Click the 'Play Game' button on the RuneScape home page.
  2. Select either high or low detail. If you have a slower computer or internet connection you will want to choose the 'Low Detail' version. The major differences between the two versions are Music and other graphical details both of which can only be found the 'High Detail' version.
  3. Choose which world you would like to play on. There is no difference between the worlds other than the players on them. You may want to choose a world that is close to your geographical location in order to receive a slightly better connection; however, that may not always be the case.
  4. Once you select a world you will be taken to the game window. If this is your first time playing you may be prompted with 'Do you want to install and run RuneScape?'. Select 'Always trust content from Jagex Ltd.' and then click 'Yes'.
  5. Wait for the game to load and then select 'Existing User'.
  6. Enter in your RuneScape username and password. Click 'Login' to enter the game.

If this is your first time playing, you will be asked to design your character and then complete a 20 minutes tutorial on the game. There is no way to skip this tutorial so be patient while you take the tutorial to get into the main RuneScape world.


1.3 - Becoming a Member

After you have tried the free version of RuneScape, you may want to become a member in order to take advantage of the wide range of features that the RuneScape world has to offer. For a overview of these features, visit the 'Benefits for Members' page on the RuneScape website.

If you decide to subscribe to RuneScape Members, you will need to go through the sign up process. To begin you will need to get into the subscription section of your RuneScape account. To do this, go to the RuneScape main page and click on 'Subscribe' under the secure services heading. After logging in, you will be taken to your secure menu where you will able to manage your membership status.

When subscribing to members you will be asked which country you live in. Depending on the country you live in, you will be provided with a number of payment options. In general, the payment options are the same for every country, however some forms of payment are limited to specific areas. Here are some of the more popular methods:

  • Credit/Debit Card - One of the fastest and cheapest ways to subscribe.
  • PayPal - A free service to make fast online payments.
  • Pay by Cash (thru-mail) - No Credit Card? No problem! Subscribe by sending money through the mail.
  • Pay-By-Phone - Another quick way to may your payment, however it is only available in a few countries.

For a full list of payment methods, browse through the membership section of your 'secure menu'.

Once your payment has been received, you will automatically be given your member status.


2.0 - Game Play

This section will deal with the general game play of RuneScape. There are so many features within the RuneScape game, so only the basic aspects of the game will be covered here.


2.1 - Main Game Features

Skill Training

Most players in RuneScape judge you RuneScape character by how high its skills are. You can be train a specific skill through performing a variety of tasks that give you experience points. When you reach certain amounts of experience points in a certain skill, your level in the skill will increase. You will start of at level 1 in most skills, however the maximum is level 99 for each one.

Currently there are 20 skills in the game of RuneScape. They are: Agility, Attack, Cooking Crafting, Defense, Firemaking, Fishing, Fletching, Herblore, Hitpoints, Magic, Mining, Prayer, Ranged, Runecrafting, Slayer, Smithing, Strength, Thieving and Woodcutting. The Fletching, Herblore, Slayer and Thieving skills are only for paying members.

You can find out more information regarding your skills in the Statistics Menu and in the Skill Guides section of our website.

Questing

Quests are in game tasks that are given to you by certain in game characters. Some tasks are quite simple; however some prove to be very challenging. In some cases you will have to defeat strong monsters while in other situations just a simple task is asked of you.

The completion of these quests will result in some sort of reward for your character. Sometimes you will be rewarded with skill experience, with new abilities or sometimes even access to new areas of the RuneScape World. All quests will reward you with a few quest points, which will keep increasing every time you complete a quest. Having a higher number of quest points may allow you to start harder and more exciting quests.

For more information on quests visit the Quest Menu and in the Quest Guides section of our website.

Fighting and Combat

There are many opportunities to partake in combat in RuneScape. All over the world there are monsters to fight and when you defeat them, you may be left with some treasure. To attack someone or something simply right click on your target and select attack. If you want to fight other players, head up north to the wilderness. Beware that the father you go into the wilderness the more dangerous it become since stronger players will be able to attack you. Members can take advantage of the Dueling and Castle wars arena if they want to fight other players as well. When fighting whether it be with Melee (Swords, etc..), Magic or Ranged, you have a chance of causing damage to your opponent. If you do some damage your opponent will loose some health and when all of their health is lost, they will die. Remember this could also happen to you so be aware. To restore your health you should eat food.

When you die, you will be immediately sent to Lumbridge, which is the town where you first started out. You will keep all of your skill levels however you will loose most of the items you are carrying. If you have attacked a player recently you, which means you have a skull above your head, you will lose all of your items. If you haven't attacked another player recently you will keep 3 of your best items.

Global Community

The game is multiplayer which means you will meet many other people in the world who you can communicate and trade with. Make new friends and go adventuring together to stand a better chance against the stronger monsters. Perhaps you want to make your money trading valuable goods with others. Or if you like taking risks, you can choose to fight with like-minded people to try and steal their treasure.

2.3 - The Interface

The interface to RuneScape may be confusing to most new gamers, however after using it for several hours you'll be an expert. This section will give you information on the various parts of the RuneScape window. The image below is a scaled down picture of the game's interface. If you need help with the interface, just click on the part you require assistance with and a wide range of information will be displayed.

Magic Menu Prayer Menu Equipment Menu Inventory Menu Quests Menu Statistics Menu Report Abuse Trade/Compete Toggle Private Chat Toggle Music Menu Chatbox Public Chat Toggle Player Controls Options Logout Ignored Users Main Screen Mini Map The Menu Area Friends Menu Combat Controls Menu


This is the biggest part of the RuneScape window where you will be spending most of your time. Here you can view your character, other players, as well as the RuneScape landscape. There are many features built into this window, that you will come accustomed too

The first main feature is moving around. Moving your character is simple. Simply click where you want to move to and your character will walk along the quickest path to that location. You can also move around by using your Mini Map and you can run by using your Player Controls menu.

Sometimes, you will have to interact with the game to a further extent than simply walking around. To interact with another person, monster or object, right click on your target. This will bring up a list of the actions you can perform. Some common actions are "Trade" which allows you to trade with other people, "Follow" which allows you to follow another player and "Talk to" which allows you to talk to computer controlled persons.

Finally, you can also view what other players are saying on the main window. If a player types a public message, it will be displayed above his or her head. It is possible to disable this with the Public Chat Toggle button. For more information on chatting, see the Chat Box section. This is most of the information on the main window. If you want to find out more, read on.

The mini map is located in the top right hand corner of the screen. It consists of a small map of your current location as well as a compass. These features can be extremely useful when trying to navigate your way around RuneScape. On this map, items of interest are shown in the following ways.
  • Objects are shown as red dots.
  • Monsters and game-characters are shown as yellow dots.
  • Other nearby players are shown as white dots.
  • People on your friends list are shown as green dots.
  • Fixed location objects such as trees, fences and rocks each have their own specific graphic to make navigating clearer.
  • Apart from providing an overhead view of the immediate world around you, the mini map can also help you move around. Instead of using the main screen to move your character, click on the location you would like to travel to on the mini map and a red flag will appear. You character will then take the fastest route to the location of this flag.

    Apart from the main screen, you will be spending a lot of time in the Chat Box, which is located close to the bottom of your screen. In the top part of this box, you can view all what other players are saying around you, interaction requests such as trade and other type of information. For the most part you will use this area to keep track of conversations, which brings us to the lower part of the box.

    Below the black line on the chat box, you will see your username followed by a blank area. In this area you can type your own public chat message. To do this type your message and press enter. Remember that everyone around you will be able to see this message, so don't reveal anything you don't want to be known by other players.

    The way information is displayed in this area can be changed by using the Public Chat Toggle, the Private Chat Toggle and the Trade/Compete Toggle buttons as well as a few other controls which will be explained later.

    This button is used to control what public chat messages you receive. To change the setting, simply click on the button.
  • On - This setting allows you to see all public chat messages.
  • Hide - This setting allows you to see all public chat messages, however they will only show up in the chat box, not on the main screen.
  • Friends - This setting allows only public messages typed by your friends to be displayed. See the section on the Friends Menu for more information.
  • Off - This setting disables all public chat messages from being displayed.

    This button is used to control what private chat messages you receive. To change the setting, simply click on the button.
  • On - This setting allows everyone to private message you.
  • Friends - This setting allows only friend to send you private messages. See the section on the Friends Menu for more information.
  • Off - This setting disallows everyone from sending you private messages.

    This button is used to control what trade/compete requests you receive. To change the setting, simply click on the button.
  • On - This setting allows you to see all trade/compete requests.
  • Friends - This setting allows only trade/compete requests sent by your friends to be displayed. See the section on the Friends Menu for more information.
  • Off - This setting disables all Trade/Compete requests from being displayed.

    This button gives you access to the abuse reporting menu. If you see another player that is breaking the rules, use this feature to report them to Jagex Staff.

    See the Rules section for more information on rule breaking.

    This area is where most menu content is displayed. It can be interacted with by using right and left clicks. Descriptions of the different menus are listed below.

    This menu, marked by the two swords, is used to control the way you act in combat. For the most part you will use this menu to change your attack styles, however you can also use it to see what weapon you are holding and to take advantage of the 'Auto-Cast' feature when performing magic.

    If you enjoy leveling your character up, you will be spending a lot of time in this menu. The statistics menu will tell you what your current level in each skill is, as well as your quest points, combat level and skill total.

    The quest menu is a complete list of all the quests in RuneScape. If you haven't completed a certain quest it will show up in red. If you have started a quest but you have not finished it, the name will appear in yellow. Every quest that you have completed will show up in green.

    This menu will also give you additional information on each quest when you click on a quest name. This feature is very helpful when you are having trouble with a part of a certain quest.

    This menu is yet another very useful area. When viewed, this section will show all of the items that are currently in your handbag. From this menu you can use the items for various tasks throughout the game.

    This section shows all the equipment that you are currently using. To equip an item right click on it in the Inventory Menu. Remember that not all items can be equipped in this game.

    This menu will also show your equipment stat bonuses at the bottom. Once you understand the combat system of RuneScape, these numbers will mean a lot to you.

    The prayer menu gives you access to your prayers. For more information, visit the Prayer Guide.

    The magic menu gives you access to your magic spells. For more information, visit the Magic Guide.

    The friends menu allows you to view if other players are online and to communicate with them. To add a friend click on the 'Add Friend' Button and enter their name and press enter. To send a private message to a friend, simply click on their name, type the message and then press enter.

    This list works the same as the Friends List in terms of managing people on the list. The difference is that you will not receive any messages sent by anybody on this list.

    To sign out of the RuneScape game, click the button within this menu.

    The options menu can be found by clicking on the 'Wench' icon at the bottom of you screen.
  • Screen Brightness - Changes the brightness of the RuneScape game itself.
  • Mouse Buttons - Select the number of buttons your mouse has. If you have more than two buttons just select two.
  • Chat Effects - Determines if you can see chat effects on the main screen.
  • Split Private-Chat - If enabled private chat messages will be displayed on the main screen.
  • Music Volume - Changes the music volume.
  • Effect Volume - Changes the effect volume.
  • The main part of this menu is the 'Movement Speed' buttons. When walk is selected you will move at the normal pace, however when run is selected you will move more than twice as fast! In consequence for moving so fast, your 'Energy' will drain at a rate that is dependant on how much weight you are carrying. When your energy hits 0% you will not be able to run until you have gained back some energy. Your energy will be restored over time.

    The other part of this menu is the emote animation section. When you click on 'Clap' or 'Dance' your character will perform these actions. Try it out yourself!

    This menu gives you control over the music you hear whilst playing the game. It consists of a large list of music as well as a number of buttons. Each song comes from a different part of the RuneScape world. If you have not been to that area and unlocked the song, it will be in red and you may not play it. If a song is in green, it has been unlocked and you have the ability to play it.

    If the music player is set to auto, then the music that is played will be the music that is designated to the area you are in and will change as you move around the RuneScape world. If you would prefer to choose what you listen to, use the manual option and select a song from the list. The other button is the 'Loop' button which designates that you want the song you are listening to repeat itself. If this option is not selected, the song will stop until a new one is selected.


    3.0 - Rules and Moderators

    Along with most games, RuneScape has its own set of rules. They are not put there to annoy you, but to ensure that everyone’s playing experience is enjoyable. Infractions of these rules, may result in suspension or other consequences.


    3.1 - The 14 Rules

    Here are the fourteen basic RuneScape rules.

    Rule Name Rule Description
    Rule 1:
    Offensive Language
    You must not use any language which may be considered by others to be offensive, racist or obscene.
    Rule 2:
    Item Scamming
    You must not scam or deceive other players. Lying to other players for your own personal gain is not in the spirit of the game.
    Rule 3:
    Password Scamming
    Asking/trying to persuade another player to give you their password for any reason is against the rules and will not be tolerated.
    Rule 4:
    Cheating/Bug Abuse
    You must not use or attempt to use any cheats or errors which you find in our software. Any exploits which you find must be immediately reported to Jagex through Customer Support.
    Rule 5:
    Jagex Staff impersonation
    You should not attempt to impersonate Jagex staff in any way, for any reason. The names of Jagex Staff will have a gold crown next to their name when speaking in-game. Anyone who does not have a gold crown next to their name is not Jagex staff.
    Rule 6:
    Account Sharing/Trading
    Each account should only be used by ONE person. Account sharing is NOT allowed. You may not sell, transfer or lend your account to anyone else, or permit anyone else to use your account, and you may not accept an account that anybody else offers you.
    Rule 7:
    Macroing
    You must not attempt to use other programs (e.g. bots, macros or autominers) in conjunction with our games to give yourself an unfair advantage at the game. You also may not circumvent any of our mechanisms designed to log out inactive users automatically.
    Rule 8:
    Multiple Logging In
    You may create more than one RuneScape account, but if you do, you may not log in more than one account at any time, and they must not interact with each other in any way. This includes 'drop trading' or any other method of item transfer.
    Rule 9:
    Encouraging Others to Break Rules
    You must not encourage others to break any of the RuneScape rules.
    Rule 10:
    Misuse Of Customer Support
    You must not misuse RuneScape Customer Support. This includes threatening or reporting an innocent person, or by supplying false information.
    Rule 11:
    Advertising/Website
    You are not allowed to actively advertise in the RuneScape game or RuneScape forums. This includes advertising any website or product and no web addresses are allowed. Telling other players any web-address is not allowed.
    Rule 12:
    Real World Item Trading
    RuneScape items must only be exchanged for other items/services within the game. Exchanging RuneScape items for items or other benefits in other online games, real-life money or other real-life benefits is not allowed.
    Rule 13:
    Asking for Personal Details
    For our players' privacy and safety, you must not ask for personal contact details such as full name, home address or telephone number from another player.
    Rule 14:
    Misuse Of Official Forums
    You must not misuse our Official RuneScape Forums. The forum code of conduct (linked at the top of the forums) clearly details what is, and is not, acceptable.

    3.2 - Rule Enforcement

    To enforce the 14 rules of the game there are official moderators throughout the game. Their job is to keep the game safe and free of all scamming and other intolerable behavior. The two types of moderators are: Jagex Staff and Player Moderators. Jagex staff are employees of Jagex Ltd. and have the ability to permanent ban, mute and temporally disable all accounts.

    A player moderator, usually called pmod or player mod, is a regular player of RuneScape who has the ability to send priority abuse reports and if the abusive player is being particularly bad, the player mod has the ability to mute the player temporarily. Jagex does check all reports that player moderators send in to make sure player mods are not abusing their powers. You will know when someone is a moderator when they speak because a small crown will appear next to their names.

    - Jagex Staff
    - Player Moderator

    If you want to become a Player moderator, the key is patience. How Jagex chooses player moderators is rather obscure. They say on the official site that they do not pick those who ask customer support to become one. The only real hints they give on who they pick are people who are nice honest players, who report abuse they see, using the report abuse button - but not abusing the report abuse button in the process.

    If you are invited by Jagex to become a player moderator, you will have a message in your message center (on RuneScape.com). Jagex will never email you or ask you in game to become a player moderator.

    The other moderators are the RuneScape players themselves. You! If you see a suspicious act taking place click the report abuse button and Jagex will be notified. Since moderators will not always be there it is important that you take this feature seriously.


    4.0 - Chatting and Lingo

    4.1 - Chat Effects

    You may notice that some players are able to make flashy text that stands out. To do this, simply use these commands before your message.

    Command Result
    red: The text will be Red
    yellow: The text will be Yellow
    green: The text will be Green
    cyan: The text will be Cyan (Light Blue)
    purple: The text will be Purple
    white: The text will be White
    flash1: The text will flash Red and Yellow
    flash2: The text will flash Cyan and Blue
    flash3: The text will flash Light and Darker Green
    glow1: The text will glow Red, Orange, Yellow, Green and Cyan.
    glow2: The text will glow Red, Purple, Blue, and Dark Red.
    glow3: The text will glow White, Green, and Cyan.
    wave: The text will wave up and down
    wave2: The text will wave in a diagonal motion
    shake: The text will shake
    slide: The text will slide up and down
    scroll: The text will scroll right to left

    These commands can be combined as well. To do this put the color first and then the special effect. For example red:wave: will produce red text in a waving motion.


    4.2 - RuneScape Lingo

    There is a lot of lingo associated with this game. Most of them are abbreviations of longer words. For more information, visit the RuneScape Text Guide in the Miscellaneous Guides section.

    Have Fun! And Stick With It!