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Beginners' Guide

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Ashdale

Once you've created your account and logged into the game for the first time you'll be taken to Ashdale where all new players begin their journey. Ashdale is a guided tutorial where various characters and tutors will walk you through a series of tasks. These tasks will introduce you to each area of the game, giving you specific and optional things to do.

Before you start the tutorial, you may wish to familiarise yourself with the controls of the game. The controls and actions pages describe how to interact with RuneScape itself and the characters and other players in it.

Tutorial task
Tutorial task

As you are taken through the tutorial you will see two types of notification. The first is a task interface that appears at the top left-hand corner of your screen. This will tell you what you are supposed to be doing at the current section of the tutorial.

Tutorial information
Tutorial information

The second is the information interface that will provide hints as to what you should be doing.

If you get stuck at any point during the tutorial, though realistically you shouldn't have any problems, there is a walkthrough available.

Once you've completed the tutorial, you'll find yourself in Taverley where you are free to make your own way in the world. The world and mini maps will help you find your way around.

If the world seems a bit too big, and you need a bit more guidance however, take a look at the path system which will take you through some activites and quests to give you an idea of what to do in RuneScape.

Things to Do

Quests

Main article: Quests

Fate of the Gods quest
Fate of the Gods quest

There are different levels of quests in RuneScape - Novice, Intermediate, Experienced, Master and Grandmaster. To find the starting location of possible quests to begin, look for the Quest start Quest Start symbol on your minimap.

To start you off, there are a selection of quests you can do in and around the Burthorpe/Taverley area. We recommend the following:

  • Let Them Eat Pie - Start by speaking to Nails Newton, outside the Pick and Lute tavern in Taverley.
  • Wolf Whistle - Start by speaking to Pikkupstix in Taverley.
  • Druidic Ritual - Start by speaking to Kaqemeex at the stone circle north of Taverley.
  • Death Plateau - Start by speaking to Denulth in Burthorpe.

When you've completed a couple, you might like to look through your quest journal for more to do. There are well over a hundred quests in RuneScape, so you might like to order them by difficulty, your progress, or whether they are free or members' quests. You can do this using the drop-down menu at the top of the quest list, and you can remove any quests you cannot start by checking the 'Filter' option.

To show you where the quests begin, you can right-click any quest in the list and select 'Show on the world map'. This will load the world map and centre it on the quest start, so you can quickly determine where you need to go. You can also right-click on a quest and set it as an objective.

Skilling

Main article: Skills

Divination
Getting memories from a wisp

Skills are the abilities of player characters, which may be improved by practicing them. Performing actions using skills rewards the player with experience in the appropriate skill(s). Once enough experience is gained, your level in the skill will increase. As higher levels are reached, more activities become available for that skill.

When you first arrive in RuneScape you may find that you need to obtain various items before you can start training your skills. Many of the items you need to get started are provided for free by the various skill tutors found around Lumbridge, Burthorpe and Taverley. There is a limit to the number of times you can receive these free items in a short period, but they are useful for replacing the odd fishing rod or pickaxe that has been lost.

Note that while all skills can be accessed by free-to-play players, some can only be trained to level 5. Players wishing to continue levelling those skills will need to subscribe.

Challenges

Main article: Challenges

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The Challenges system can be accessed by clicking on the adventures icon on your ribbon, and then clicking Challenges. Here you can read the details of each challenge and complete them to unlock rewards that can be gained from Explorer Jack in central Lumbridge.

Achievements

Main article: Achievements

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The Achievement system can be accessed by clicking on the hero icon on your ribbon, and then clicking Achievements. Here you'll see a list of all achievements in your local area and the progress you've made on them. You'll also be able to find achievements for other areas.

Minigames

Main article: Minigames

Arresting a robber in Heist
Arresting a robber in Heist

If you're a fan of games within games, the various minigames that are available in RuneScape might just be right up your alley. There are tens of games, all with different themes and objectives. Many minigames provide XP and item rewards too so as well as being fun they are beneficial to your skills as well.

There are minigames where you can play alone, with others or against others so there's bound to be something to suit your mood.

Other Players

Playing an online role-playing game like RuneScape will require you to communicate and sometimes rely on the help of others in order for you to complete your tasks. To talk to others in your area or those further afield you'll use the chat system. Some players also trade with others and creating alliances to build up a network of friends that they can rely on in-game to help them. For more information about the advantages of having friends in RuneScape please see our guides on Friends and Trading.


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