2016 April Fools

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2016 April Fools
April Fools 2016.png
Released 1 April 2016 (Update)
End date 7 April 2016 (Update)
Reward Cabbage cape, cruciferous codex
Preceded by 2015 April Fools
Succeeded by 2017 April Fools
A player training their Cabbage Picking.

The Evolution of Cabbage was an April Fools' Day event on the 1st of April 2016. Players who took part could gain up to level 120 in a skill called Cabbage Picking, gaining one level per cabbage picked. Every 10 levels gained the cabbages "evolve" and require tools to pick.

To complete the event, players needed the following items:

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

Kupus Varza chathead.png

Talk to Kupus Varza at the cabbage patch south of Falador. He'll tell you about the Cabbage Picking skill and how it's not on the skill interface because it's got no space.

Players will have to pick certain types of cabbages until they reach level 10, 20, 30, etc. up to level 120. Higher level cabbages will require additional items to pick. Every cabbage picked grants one level. Every ten cabbages picked, the cabbage evolves requiring a new tool to pick them.

Cabbage Type Level required Tool required


Robust cabbage.png Robust 1 None Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
Prickly cabbage.png Prickly 10 Gloves Oh! They're defending themselves somehow!
Red cabbage.png Red 20 Any slashing weapon (wield the axe you brought) Don't make it angry. You wouldn't like it when it's angry.
Aquatic cabbage.png Aquatic 30 Fishing rod Also known by the name Poisson d'Avril.
Cabbage tree.png Tree 40 Woodcutting axe It is the least of seeds, but now it is grown and becometh a tree.
Frozen cabbage.png Frozen 50 Tinderbox The cold clearly doesn't bother this cabbage.
Rock cabbage.png Rock 60 Pickaxe This brings a whole new meaning to cabbage picking.
Metal cabbage.png Metal 70 Hammer No one can destroy the cabbage. The cabbage will strike you down.
Crystalline cabbage.png Crystalline 80 Chisel Presumable its mass would be measured in carrots.
Magic cabbage.png Magic 90 Cabbage runes (pay Kupus Varza 20 coins) It's a kind of cabbage.
Sacred cabbage.png Sacred 100 Wield the Cruciferous codex obtained from Kupus A particularly devout follower of Brassica Prime.
Robust cabbage.png Synoptic 110 Everything you brought N/A

After reaching level 120 Cabbage Picking, talk to Kupus Varza and ask about his cape. Buy the cabbage cape off him for 10 cabbages.

Congratulations - event complete! Once completed, the event will remain open to players, allowing them to use the previously aforementioned items to continue picking cabbage. Make sure to have all the items on you, unless you plan to pick only a particular cabbage type. It is recommended to bring several sacks in order to keep inventory space free while picking.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Transcript[edit | edit source]

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Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The event's name, "Evolution of Cabbage," is a reference to the Evolution of Combat, an update to RuneScape 3 in 2012 (five years after Old School RuneScape takes place) which drastically changed the way combat worked. The news post that announced the Evolution of Cabbage event made several references to this fact:
    • It announced that the "E.O.C." was released. (This stands for "Evolution of Cabbage" but can also stand for Evolution of Combat.)
    • It announced that the new skill would not be as fast to level as other skills due to the growing usage of the term "EasyScape." (This term was used by players of Old School RuneScape to mock the faster levelling of RuneScape 3. Ironically, it was possible to attain level 120 in the Cabbage Picking skill in just ten minutes.)
  • This event was the first April Fools event to have their rewards unobtainable until the next year's event; in previous events, April Fools rewards were made available soon after the event via Diango's Toy Store.
  • The examine texts of the various cabbages refer to popular culture and/or puns:
    • The robust cabbage refers to a quote by Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States.
    • The prickly cabbage refers to the Simpsons episode Lisa's Rival, in which Homer Simpson is stung by bees when defending his sugar pile and exclaims "Ow, they're defending themselves somehow!"
    • The red cabbage refers to The Incredible Hulk, where Bruce Banner would transform into the Hulk if he were to become angry enough. It also indirectly refers to Red Hulk, a variation of the Hulk.
    • The aquatic cabbage refers to the Poisson d'Avril, which is French for "The April Fool", "Poisson" is also French for "fish" hence being underwater.
    • The tree cabbage refers to the Bible's Book of Matthew, Chapter 13, Verse 32, which states Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.
    • The frozen cabbage refers to lyrics the song "Let It Go" from the Disney animated film Frozen.
    • The metal cabbage refers to the lyrics of the song "The Metal", which is performed by the band Tenacious D.
    • The crystalline cabbage is a pun on the unit of measurement "carat", which is commonly used to measure the weight of gemstones.
    • The magic cabbage refers to the song lyrics and title of "A Kind of Magic" by the British rock band Queen.
  • Kupus Varza's first name translates to 'cabbage' in Croatian, Bosnian, and Serbian. His last name in Romanian translates to 'cabbage' also.
  • Players picked over 5 million cabbages throughout the whole of the E.O.C. event.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ "Farewell Ian Gower". Old School RuneScape News. Ian Gower. 25 October 2016. Archived from the original. "Over 5 million cabbages were picked during Old School's cabbage picking April fools event."