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Free-to-play areas and activities highlighted on the world map. Pay-to-play areas and activities in red. Full resolution image.

Free-to-play, also known as F2P, is the free version of Old School RuneScape where no payment to Jagex is required to play. Players who play the free version of RuneScape are known as "Free players", "F2Pers", or "Non-members". This is in contrast to members, who pay a fee for access to a much larger map and a multitude of skills, items, quests, and activities that are unavailable to free-to-play users. Free-to-play users can gain access to membership through in-game purchases of membership bonds.

Free-to-play in Old School RuneScape was released permanently on the 19th of February 2015. Before this, a two-week F2P trial was available for new accounts. Anyone with a valid RuneScape account can access free-to-play servers.

Free-to-play content[edit | edit source]

Free-to-play in short Quest points

While free-to-play accounts have many limitations that members do not, free to play still yields a decent gaming experience for players.

Skills[edit | edit source]

Free-to-play accounts have access to 15 skills, with a maximum total level of 1485 (1493 in the highscores). Members-only skills do not count towards free-to-play skill level-based requirements.

The skills are:

Transportation[edit | edit source]

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Since you can't train agility, the only effective way to travel long distances is teleportation. Also avoid wearing armour if you are skilling and not doing combat since that will deplete your run energy. A chronicle is very useful early in the game for fast access to the Champions' Guild just south of Varrock, and also close to a canoe station. A woodcutting axe and Woodcutting 12 woodcutting can be used for travelling along the river Lum in a canoe. 57 woodcutting is needed for the Wilderness locations, including Ferox Enclave and pools of refreshment. You should get Magic 37 magic as soon as possible for access to teleportation spells. Arguably magic is a more useful skill to train since it has a lot of other uses.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Main article: Worn Equipment

Although there are a great quantity of items unavailable to free players, they can still use most melee equipment up to rune armour (40 attack and defence), including god-affiliated armours. Likewise players can use ranged equipment up to green dragonhide armour (40 ranged and defence) and maple shortbows. Magic equipment is very limited but includes wizard robes and hats. Prayer gear include Monk's robes and the Holy symbol. The best overall amulet is the amulet of power, and the only useful ring is the ring of forging. The equipment with the highest bonuses for each combat-style is listed on this page.

Melee equipment:

Ranged equipment:

Magic equipment:

Prayer equipment:

Potions[edit | edit source]

The only potions available in free-to-play are energy potion, antipoison, and strength potion, all obtainable from the Grand Exchange or the Apothecary. Strength potions are an economic way to train melee combat stats, so it's recommended to use them.

Food[edit | edit source]

Foods are consumables that restore Hitpoints. The highest healing food in a single bite is a swordfish at 14, the highest healing per inventory slot is an anchovy pizza at 18, 9 Hitpoints in 2 bites. There are sometimes better foods in terms of price per healing, so be sure to check the food page.

Monsters[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Bestiary/F2P

There are relatively few monsters in free-to-play, partly due to there being only seven dungeons in the free-to-play map. The dungeons are:

Some monsters have restricted drop tables in F2P, and not all areas contain all of the monsters found in P2P servers.

The highest level free-to-play monsters are Evil Chicken and shades. There are 2 bosses with broadcast loot and kill counters, the first being Obor, who can be killed in Edgeville Dungeon after having retrieved the key to his lair. The second being Bryophyta, who can be found in her lair in the Varrock Sewers after the player had obtained a mossy key from a moss giant. Other notable higher level monsters include ankous, lesser demons, greater demons, ogress shamans, ogress warriors, and the quest boss, Elvarg.

Quests[edit | edit source]

Main article: Free-to-play Quests

There are 21 free-to-play quests with a total of 43 available quest points. With 32 quest points, the Champions' Guild becomes available, along with the ability to start the Dragon Slayer quest.

Minigames[edit | edit source]

Free players have access to the Duel Arena and Clan Wars, and the more recently added Last Man Standing, Treasure Trails and Castle Wars.

Restrictions for newly created characters[edit | edit source]

An Update added several restrictions to newly created Free-to-play characters.

Newly created characters cannot:

  • Drop items for other players to pick up. They can still pick up items dropped by others.
  • Give away items in a trade. They can still receive items.
  • Log in to PvP worlds.
  • Create Sell offers for commonly botted items on the Grand Exchange.
  • Add items to the Party Chest in the Party Room in Falador.
  • Stake in the Duel Arena.

Additionally, if a newly created character is killed by another player, the amount of noted items, the other player receives as loot, are capped at 20 notes per item. These Restrictions can be removed by meeting the following requirements:

Purchasing membership will remove all restrictions as well.

Other[edit | edit source]

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Free players are limited to 400 bank spaces in which to store items, with up to 416 after PIN and authenticator setup.

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Free players are limited to 3 Grand Exchange offer slots.

Membership Bonds Old school bond.png

Old school bonds can be purchased with real-world cash or with in-game coins, and can be redeemed in-game for membership playtime. It is possible to make enough money in-game to play membership content without having to pay any real-world money.

Comparison to regular Runescape F2P areas in the past

The current F2P accessible areas on the surface of OSRS currently closely resemble that of the early to mid era of Runescape HD, with some added content that never existed in the orignal RuneScape game.

Since its inception, areas such as the Corsair Cove have been added. The Edgeville smelting furnace and Castle Wars have also been made F2P.

Free-to-play servers[edit | edit source]

Main article: Server

There are 66 free-to-play servers located in United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Germany. The free-to-play player-versus-player world is switched between world 371 (UK) and 417 (US) every 2 weeks. Sixteen of the servers are themed, nine of which have total level restriction.

List of Worlds
World Location Members Activity
301 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play Trade - Free
308 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play Wilderness PK - free style
316 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play Wilderness PK - free style
326 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play LMS Casual
335 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play
371 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Player-versus player PvP World - Free (Period B)
372 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play 750 skill total
379 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play
380 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play
381 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play 500 skill total
382 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play
383 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play Castle Wars - Free
384 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play
385 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play 750 skill total
393 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
394 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
397 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play
398 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play
399 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play
413 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play 500 skill total
414 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play 750 skill total
417 United States flag.png United States Player-versus player PvP World - Free (Period A)
418 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
419 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play 500 skill total
424 Australia flag.png Australia Free-to-play
425 Australia flag.png Australia Free-to-play
426 Australia flag.png Australia Free-to-play
427 Australia flag.png Australia Free-to-play 500 skill total
430 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
431 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
432 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play 750 skill total
433 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
434 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
435 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
436 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
437 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
438 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
439 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
440 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
451 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play
452 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play
453 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play
454 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play
455 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play
456 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play
457 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play
458 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play
459 Germany flag.png Germany Free-to-play
468 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play 500 skill total
469 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
470 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
471 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
472 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
473 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
474 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
475 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
476 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
483 United States flag.png United States Free-to-play
497 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play
498 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play
499 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play
500 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play
501 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play
502 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play
503 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play
504 United Kingdom flag.png United Kingdom Free-to-play
530 Australia flag.png Australia Free-to-play 750 skill total

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
2 April 2020

Several restrictions were added for newly created Free-to-play characters.

5 March 2015
(update)

Due to an influx of F2P players, 3 members worlds (301, 326 and 335) have been converted to F2P. These worlds will be changed back next week after setting up additional F2P worlds.

See also[edit | edit source]