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A player's account is the player character, avatar, or profile that is associated with a RuneScape player. Every account has a separate log in credential, whether it be an email or username (depending on when the account was created) and are supposed to be owned separately. An account holds all the information on the player's in-game activities, including their skills and achievements, all the items they possess, and the quests they have done. It also makes the player accountable for anything they have said via the game's chat interface and done, specifically including any breaches of the Code of Conduct. An individual person can own several accounts, and they can interchange between playing them with no limits. Although it used to be forbidden to log into more than one account simultaneously, this was changed in May 2014 [1][2], explicitly allowing trade and other interaction between alternate accounts "as long as it doesn't involve rule breaking or gameplay exploitation". One may not, however, allow anyone else to use any of their accounts at any time [3]. Jagex also prohibits the sale of accounts whether in-game or outside as well as RuneScape goods via real-world trading.

Accounts are often sold despite the fact that this is strictly prohibited by Jagex. Jagex keeps a watch on players attempting to sell accounts, and attempting to buy or sell an account in-game most likely results in a permanent ban.

Players may receive messages from Jagex via the Message Centre when they log into the game. This is the only means by which Jagex contacts players individually, as they never use email. Players also need to log into their account to use certain functions on the RuneScape website, including posting on the RuneScape Forums, (for those that have not attained 350 overall total level) vote in official polls, and accessing the Player Moderator Centre (if the player has player moderator status).

As of 24 January 2010, players are required at sign-up to give Jagex their email address. However, they will not contact anyone through email as previously stated. You can check on or off if you want to receive Newsletters and such via email.

New account trade restrictions[edit | edit source]

New Free-to-play accounts have trade restrictions in place until the account's logged in time surpasses 18 hours or 7 or more quest points are acquired.[4] Such restrictions include a block from selling items on the Grand Exchange. This restriction is in place to help prevent botted and black-market goods from entering the economy, as many of the accounts are caught and banned before they can be logged in for 18 hours in total.[5]

Restricted items[edit | edit source]

Item GE Price
Oak logs.png Oak logs 18
Willow logs.png Willow logs 14
Yew logs.png Yew logs 169
Raw shrimps.png Raw shrimps 39
Shrimps.png Shrimps 31
Raw anchovies.png Raw anchovies 81
Anchovies.png Anchovies 92
Raw lobster.png Raw lobster 134
Lobster.png Lobster 112
Clay.png Clay 48
Copper ore.png Copper ore 39
Tin ore.png Tin ore 27
Iron ore.png Iron ore 47
Silver ore.png Silver ore 52
Gold ore.png Gold ore 192
Coal.png Coal 147
Cowhide.png Cowhide 140
Vial.png Vial 2
Vial of water.png Vial of water 4
Fishing bait.png Fishing bait 4
Feather.png Feather 3
Eye of newt.png Eye of newt 3
Jug of water.png Jug of water 16
Air rune.png Air rune 5
Water rune.png Water rune 5
Earth rune.png Earth rune 5
Fire rune.png Fire rune 5
Chaos rune.png Chaos rune 71

Alternative accounts[edit | edit source]

Secondary accounts, alternate accounts, or alts, are generally lower levelled or less frequently used accounts (some of which are pures and throwaway accounts).

A throwaway account, also sometimes called a rag or a ragger, is an alternate account that has been created to carry out a certain task, with the owner having no intention of developing the account. It is sometimes used to accomplish something controversial or malicious, such as griefing, which is the act of intentionally ruining other players' gaming experiences by using aspects of the game in unintended ways, or disrupting the community. (The act is also known as ragging.) It can also be used to experience or re-experience low level content and quests.

Legitimate usage[edit | edit source]

Many players opt to play both a normal account and an ironman to experience the game in a different way without limiting themselves to only the other. This also applies to pures.

A common use of alternate accounts is to make money while training skills on the main account, allowing the player to sustain wealth whilst always using expensive methods with high experience rates. Runecraft, merchanting and killing profitable Slayer monsters are common methods of money making for this purpose, as they are relatively low effort to allow playing two accounts at once.

Secondary accounts accounts can also be used as scouts to assess Wilderness dangers (e.g. mining runite or King Black Dragon hunting), as storage in which they are referred to as mules or mule accounts (mules are not allowed in Deadman Mode), to repair the Blast Furnace, and a variety of other tasks provided they have sufficient levels. As a scout, secondary accounts are essential since they can help seek out dangers and avoid your main from falling victim to a player killer. Also, as a player killer, a scout can be used to seek out potential victims.

Throwaway accounts are sometimes used by players to explore newly updated content already completed on their more advanced character. For example, when a revision of the tutorial (Tutorial Island, Troll Warzone, Ashdale, etc.) was released on RuneScape 3, many players created throwaway accounts to explore the new content. Typically, these accounts are abandoned and never seen online again.

Quests such as Heroes' Quest or Shield of Arrav require a partner. However, you will need to have both accounts logged in at the same time, which, again, is perfectly legal as long as it doesn't involve rulebreaking or glitching.[2]

Additionally, prior to the Custom Nightmare Zone update, players would use booster accounts, which only had certain quests completed to unlock certain bosses that cater to the player's combat needs and build. Nightmare Zone boosting may still be done, but this practice has lost significant popularity due to said update.

Illegal usage[edit | edit source]

More malicious throwaway accounts include gold-farming bots that are created to continuously play the game to make gold to sell to players for real-world money (i.e. Real world trading). Accounts are also used as auto-talkers to advertise sites trading RuneScape gold.

Throwaway accounts are also used to insult and scam other players. These accounts are often reported quickly, and banned soon after as they do nothing except negatively influence the community's well-being.

Punishment[edit | edit source]

While other players can always choose to ignore the player in question, illegitimate throwaway accounts are often reported and banned. In some rare cases, throwaway accounts will be traced by Jagex moderators resulting in action being taken towards the user's main account(s). While a throwaway account's actions can be considered illegal, this varies on a case-by-case basis and the account owner's country of residence.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • On 19 July 2012, the number of RuneScape accounts reached 200 million.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mod Pips. "Rules of RuneScape: Update." 2014-05-27. RuneScape Forums.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jagex. "Rules of RuneScape, Multiple logging-in." RuneScape Customer Support. "You are free to create as many accounts as you like and you are welcome to trade between your accounts just as you would with any other legitimate player."*
  3. Jagex. "Rules of RuneScape, Account sharing and buying or selling accounts." RuneScape Customer Support. "Each account should only be used by one person. Players may not sell, share, transfer or lend their account to anyone else. Players should not accept an account that anybody else offers, as they may be stolen, and this could lead to your own account being disabled!"*
  4. Jagex. "Clan Wars Game Modes & More." 16 April 2015. RuneScape News.
  5. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 17 October 2018. Mod Ash: "Oh, that. Oak/willow/yew logs, shrimp/anchovies/lobsters, most ores, cow hides, vials, bait, feathers, runes, newt eyes and jugs of water. It's not as arbitrary as it sounds; these are items that are commonly botted in F2P."