Deadman Mode is both an annually permanent and a monthly seasonal quarterly temporary variant of Old School RuneScape that released on the 29th of October 2015. A separate server is hosted featuring an open PvP environment, with some exceptions. Players in-game can speak to Nigel in Lumbridge graveyard for information about Deadman Mode.
Experience gained in Deadman mode is 5x more than usual (10x during the first six hours of gameplay, and 20x during the first 30 minutes); however, experience that is gained from quests will not be multiplied. In addition, experience will not be gained in instanced areas (such as the Nightmare Zone and TzHaar Fight Caves).
Every player begins their adventure at combat level 3, and progress in Old School RuneScape, or any other game (RuneScape 3, RuneScape Classic, etc.), will not be affected. All content is only available to members.
Upon killing a player, they may receive blood money. One is received per kill, and can be used to purchase Deadman armour from Nigel in the Lumbridge graveyard. It has the same bonuses as iron armour. A total of three are required to purchase the Deadman's chest, Deadman's legs, and Deadman's cape. These can be reclaimed for free should a player die.
Deadman worlds[edit | edit source]
The following worlds are classified as servers for Deadman mode:
|List of Worlds|
Seasonals[edit | edit source]
Every few months, Jagex opens a brand new Deadman Seasonal server, in which the top 2,000 players will become eligible to participate in the Deadman Invitational.
The Invitational server is yet another brand new server in which every player starts over from the beginning, and have less than a week to build their accounts up to the final hour of the Invitational, in which a deadly fog spreads over the area, and the safe zone is broadcasted in game, forcing remaining players to a confined area to fight it out.
The final survivor then wins a $20,000 cash prize, and a brand new deadman season begins when announced. The list of dates and seasons can be found below:
|Season||Start date||End date||Invitational date||Winner|
|0||N/A||16 March 2016||21 March 2016||YaNeverLearn|
|I||26 March 2016||15 June 2016||20 June 2016||On Codeine|
|II||25 June 2016||22 September 2016||26 September 2016||LOLOLOLOLOL|
|III||1 October 2016||3 November 2016||12 December 2016||RoT NiKo|
|IV||17 December 2016||26 January 2017||20 March 2017||LIIIIDBIIIIT|
|V||25 March 2017||27 April 2017||26 June 2017||ANONYMOUSE00|
|VI (Autumn 2017)||1 July 2017||27 July 2017||18 September 2017||True Fox|
|VII (Winter 2017)||24 September 2017||26 October 2017||4 December 2017||Mankedupmage|
|VIII (Spring 2018)||9 December 2017||11 January 2018||9 March 2018||ThEnADxcG|
|IX (Summer 2018)||17 March 2018||19 April 2018||23 June 2018||DMMfreakshow|
|X (Autumn 2018)||30 June 2018||26 July 2018||8 September 2018||sePieiboult|
|XI (Winter 2018)||15 September 2018||11 October 2018||8 December 2018||hrnonlcolpar|
|XII (Spring 2019)||15 December 2018||10 January 2019||30 March 2019||hobilabobila|
|Spring 2019 re-run||N/A||N/A||14 June 2019||BlazersRhys|
|XIII (Summer 2019)||30 March 2019||2 May 2019||29 June 2019||DMM Manked|
- After the 5th Deadman season, Jagex stopped naming seasons numerically, instead using the season and year the invitational would take place.
- 5PLUS50K12 was the winner of the Deadman final, but was disqualified(Source). True Fox was the runner up.
- Psych was the winner of the Deadman final, but was disqualified for botting. Mankedupmage was the runner up.
- Because of catastrophic issues experienced during the Spring 2019 tournament, a re-run was done with prize money included.
Disabled content[edit | edit source]
- Protect Item
- Duel Arena
- Castle Wars
- Trouble Brewing
- Fight Pits
- Rat Pits
- Pest Control
- Minigame Teleports
- STASH units
- Bolt pouch
- Scrying pool
Mechanics[edit | edit source]
Town protection[edit | edit source]
Towns and villages are "safe" zones. Players cannot attack other players within the area. However, players who are standing outside of a safe zone are still able to attack players if they are within range of their attacks, whether or not they are standing in a safe zone.
Any player who enters these safe zones when skulled will be attacked on sight by level 1337 guards. These guards can hit in the high 40s through prayer and are able to cast Ice Barrage and Tele Block. In addition, players frozen by guards cannot pick up or telegrab items.
- Barbarian Assault (only within the minigame itself)
- Catherby (only within the bank)
- East Ardougne
- Jatizso (only within the town area)
- Neitiznot (only within the town area)
- Port Phasmatys
- Seers' Village (only within the bank)
- Tree Gnome Stronghold
- Tutorial Island
- Void Knights' Outpost
Skull status[edit | edit source]
In Deadman mode, being skulled will cause level 1337 guards in low-threat areas to cast Ice Barrage, Tele Block, and attack you, being able to hit through prayer, and are unable to pick up or telegrab items while frozen.
Skulled players will not be able to teleport or log out instantly, and a seven second timer will count down in the chatbox. Players must not move or be in combat for seven seconds. After the timer is depleted, they will automatically teleport or log out.
In addition, if players are in possession of bank keys, the skull will indicate the amount of keys that are in a player's possession. Players who attack other players with a skull will not become skulled themselves.
A skull will last for fifteen minutes, but will not deplete while in an instanced area or when standing in the same place for an extended period of time. The game HUD will have a timer, updating every half minute, to notify skulled players how long they will stay skulled.
Players who obtain a skull will have it last for fifteen minutes, and for every unskulled player they attack, two minutes will be added to the skull timer. However, attacking another player whose combat level is 30 levels lower will result in the timer increasing to 30 minutes.
Death[edit | edit source]
Dying in Deadman mode varies, depending on how the player died. If killed by another player, 10 of the most valuable items will be taken by the killer in the form of a bank key, in addition to any items that were in the victim's inventory.
When a skulled player is killed by an NPC, the 10 most valuable stack of items from their bank are dropped on the floor instead. These items will appear instantly to everyone. In addition, untradeable items (such as Void Knight equipment or a fire cape) will convert to coins upon death.
However, if a player dies to an NPC without being skulled, it acts as a normal death akin to that of Old School RuneScape.
Completed quests and Achievement Diaries will retain completion upon death. Players who lose certain levels may also be unable to access certain post-quest content. For example, if Monkey Madness I is completed, and lose the Defence experience upon death, players will be unable to travel to Ape Atoll without the proper stats. However, a dragon scimitar can still be equipped, providing the player has an Attack level of 60.
Players who die to players will lose experience in accordance to the combat level differences. The exact formula is:
Players can choose to preserve a maximum of five skills (two combat skills and three non-combat skills) to prevent experience loss. However, a player's Herblore level will never be less than 3, provided they have completed Druidic Ritual, and a player's Hitpoints level will never be less than 10.
Bank raiding and insurance[edit | edit source]
Players who are killed by another player or killed by an NPC while skulled will drop a bank key, in which 10 of the most valuable items, based on Grand Exchange value, are removed from your bank. The key will automatically appear in the inventory of the PKer, if they have the space for it.
The player that obtained the key can collect the items by opening a chest in a bank within a low-threat area, which means they must wait until their skull expires or risk being killed by the guards. These bank keys cannot be deposited into a bank, and only five bank keys can be in a player's possession at any given time. Bank keys look identical once in the inventory and cannot be examined to discover who dropped them. Once obtained, they cannot be dropped, only destroyed.
If a player kills a player who is in possession of another bank key, they will drop their own bank key in addition to their victim's bank keys, with higher valued keys taking priority. If a skulled player dies to a guard, 10 of their most valuable items from the bank are dropped wherever they die. However, if a player does not have enough inventory space to receive a key, it will be dropped to the floor. This will only happen until the limit of 5 keys is reached. Both keys in a player's inventory and on the floor count towards this limit.
As stated earlier, skulled players will be attacked by level 1337 guards if they entered a protected zone. Getting killed by these guards will lead to a 10 percent loss of experience in protected skills, in addition to the regular penalties.
Players can insure up to ten items (ten single items, not 10 stacks of items) by speaking to the Financial Wizard and depositing the items in the safe deposit box. Items in the safe deposit box will not be lost, unlike those found in the bank, and can be collected any time the player visits the Financial Wizard at almost any bank in a low risk zone.
Hitpoints insurance[edit | edit source]
The Hitpoints skill can be separately insured by talking to Gelin in the Lumbridge graveyard. In order to get the insurance, a player must pay a fee. After paying the fee, a player's Hitpoints level will never fall below it when they die.
- Level 25 - 25,000 coins
- Level 50 - 100,000 coins
- Level 75 - 1,000,000 coins
Rule breaking[edit | edit source]
The Rules of RuneScape apply to Deadman mode as well. Players may not attempt to use "mule" accounts, which are accounts used solely to store items safely. Mod Mat K has stated during one of the weekly Q&A sessions that Mod Weath has a tool that is able to show him the people with the most expensive items, and if Weath notices a random account with lots of wealth on it, it will most likely be banned.
Changes[edit | edit source]
|23 February 2017
(update | poll)
|*The Corner space within Bedrooms in your house now offer the Servant's Moneybag as a build option. This requires 58 construction, 2 Mahogany Planks, 1 Bolt of Cloth and 1 Gold Leaf to build. You can deposit up to 3 million coins in the moneybag to automatically pay your butler while they performs tasks. In Deadman Mode, coins can only deposited into the moneybag. They cannot be withdrawn.
|3 December 2015
|*Information given in the tutorial about Deadman mode has been updated to reflect the changes made to death and XP loss.
|26 November 2015
(update | poll)
|*To reduce the viability of suiciding inside guarded zones, if you die with a skull inside a guarded zone, you will now lose 10% of your experience in protected skills in addition to the existing item and XP loss. If you die without a skull inside a guarded zone you will not lose any experience in your protected skills.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- There was a glitch on 24 April 2018 where the permanent Deadman Mode world was temporarily swapped for scheduled maintenance, however Deadman Mode mechanics were prematurely applied on the new Deadman Mode world and players were subject to Deadman Mode conditions that affected their main server accounts. Jagex attempted to restore items and experience lost by the glitch.
|Ironman Mode • Deadman Mode • Old School RuneScape Leagues • Twisted League|