Month Ahead - August
We like to keep you on your toes, so we've brought Double XP Weekend forward this year! Gosh and, indeed, golly. And what better reason to gorge on some gains than Master Skillcape Perks and a rework to 99 perks!
The delayed Dragonkin Laboratory will come this month, and there are side orders on August's menu that include more Summer Weekends, The Beach, Twitch Prime rewards and a new event called Rune Capers.
Double XP Weekend – 31st Aug to 3rd Sep
Let's cut to the chase: Double XP Weekend is coming on the 31st of August to the 3rd September. There are no frills this time, just straight up, delicious XP from mid-day Friday to mid-day Monday. Start hoarding those resources, and we'll see you at the summoning obelisks.
Master Skillcape Perks & Perk Reworks
There's a good reason to level up, too. Before the Double XP Weekend, we'll be releasing master skillcape perks for Invention, Dungeoneering and Slayer at level 120, and also perks for the Master Quest Cape:
We've also taken the opportunity to improve existing 99 skillcape perks, based on your feedback. Thank you to everyone who got involved and shared their ideas:
Oh, and we've done some fixes to perks, including the ability to activate them directly from the Max Cape while worn, and the ability to have two perks on expert capes of accomplishment.
Elite Dungeon: Dragonkin Laboratory - 13th August
Although planned for July, the team asked for more time to get the polish right, so expect this awesome dungeon on the 13th of August!
If you've missed our previous rundowns of the Dragonkin Lab, then it can be summarised as such: a gauntlet of dragons, punctuated with boss battles against Astellarn, the first celestial dragon, a new three-headed black dragon, and a secret third boss. There's also a story mode that makes the dungeon accessible to - pretty much - everyone. Rewards have been added to since they were last listed, so you can expect three new mutated combat abilities, new and upgraded tectonic items ,enhancers of Shifting Tombs and Slayer, and much, much more.
Read more about what you can expect from Dragonkin Laboratory here.
If you thought Double XP Weekend was early this year, then Summer Weekends asks you to hold its drink. These are the Winter Weekends that traditionally run over the Christmas period, brought forward to August!
There are three Summer Weekends for you to enjoy in August, as well as a Ports month-long 'weekend':
The Beach and Rune Capers
Let's go on a brisk trot through some noteworthy updates from the Live Events team.
No doubt you will already be knee-deep in the Beach, which runs throughout August. If you're not up to the kneecaps, then know that there are new rewards and a face-in-the-hole location.
Then there's the Rune Capers event, similar to Agents of Fury and Deathbeard's Demise, which gives you the opportunity to really show off your expertise! Through skilling or combat, you gain progress towards unlocking the Cloak of Might or Cloak of Talents. Manage to gain both, and you’ll unlock the even cloakier Cloak of Proficiency.
If you have Twitch Prime or are thinking about getting it, then make sure to grab some awesome (and free) RuneScape swag between 26th July and 19th September by clicking here. The aforementioned swag includes:
You’ll get to enjoy all that’s planned for the next month (including Double XP Weekend!) with the month’s free membership, and existing RuneScape members should note that the free month stacks on top of their existing membership.
Click the link here for more details.
To welcome the new players from Twitch Prime, we've made a trailer that showcases the adventures of Darren, who you might recognise from Safecracking and Elite Dungeon artwork. You can watch the new trailer here.
And a word from September...
We wanted to sign off with a quick nod towards a big update coming in September - the 3rd of September, in fact - called the Player-owned Farm. If you're an animal-rearing enthusiast, then you are in for a treat.
And once that's out, then there's not much time before Runefest on October 5th and 6th. Get your tickets in, and set your alarms for the livestreams, as we've been saving our announcements for this belter of a weekend!
All the best, and see you at Double XP Weekend!
The RuneScape team