Free-to-play

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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 for free through their in-game activities by purchasing membership bonds for coins on the Grand Exchange.

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 1493[1]. Levels in members-only skills do not count towards entry into 500 Total Level and 750 Total Level free-to-play worlds, making the true requirements 508 and 758, respectively.

The skills are:

  1. ^ This includes 8 levels from members-only skills, which are locked at level 1.

Transportation[edit | edit source]

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Running as a form of transportation depletes run energy quickly due to the inability to train Agility. Free-to-play transportation done in an efficient manner is limited to teleportation, Grouping teleports, canoes, items like the chronicle, and some NPCs. When running, lower weight will slow the speed that run energy depletes. The chronicle is a useful early game item for fast access to the Champions' Guild, just south of Varrock, and also close to a canoe station. An axe and 12 Woodcutting are required for creating the first tier of canoe. To go to the Ferox Enclave in the Wilderness, 57 Woodcutting and an axe are required, leaving the Ferox Enclave only requires 12 Woodcutting and an axe. Alternatively, players can use the minigame teleport to Clan Wars, which has a 20 minute cooldown. The Ferox Enclave has a bank, Pool of Refreshment to restore Prayer points, Hitpoints, run energy, and all other skill levels. Home Teleport can be used once every 30 minutes, and does not share a cooldown timer with the minigames teleport. At 37 Magic, players will unlock the Falador Teleport, the last free-to-play teleport available.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

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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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]

There are 22 free-to-play quests with a total of 44 available quest points. With 32 quest points, the Champions' Guild becomes available, along with the ability to start the Dragon Slayer I quest.

Minigames[edit | edit source]

Free players have access to the Emir's 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:

  • Receive beginner clue uniques.
  • 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.

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 (adds eight additional bank spaces) and authenticator setup (adds eight additional bank spaces).

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Free players are limited to 3 Grand Exchange offer slots.

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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 original RuneScape game.

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

Treasure Trails

  • All beginner clues are available to be done by F2P players. All beginner clues rewards are thus available to F2P players.

Treasure Trail rewards available for F2P players to buy through trading or the Grand Exchange (but can only be obtained through Treasure Trails in P2P):

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

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
2 April 2020
(update)

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

See also[edit | edit source]