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For the piece of furniture, see Clock.

The RuneScape clock is a term that is used to refer to the time-frame used for actions in Old School RuneScape. The game runs on units of time of approximately 0.6 seconds called game cycles, though it is referred to as "ticks" in common usage. All actions are a multiple of this basic tick time. This includes any instance where a message appears in the chat interface, any instance that experience is gained, any instance that a monster spawns, and any other actions a player performs, including animations (hence players being able to perform animations in sync with each other rather easily). Purely client sided occurrences are independent of the game tick (e.g. right-click menus).

Each action you register within one tick, will start to take place by the beginning of the next tick.

However, JMods on the RuneScape Forums have explicitly said in the Engine Q&A threads in the past that some activities run as fast as 50ms ticks.

Q. As we know and stated by Andrew the game runs at 600ms intervals (one tick). Is there a reason for this exact number? Could the game benefit from lower interval, for example 300ms?

A. Some upcoming features in the server tick at a 50ms rate. The overall 600ms tick remains, as the content relies on having this time interval available as a base, but we’re not limited by it.

— Mod Jack H

Length of a tick[edit | edit source]

Cannons are a great visual tick timer, as they rotate 45 degrees once every tick.

The length of a tick can be measured by timing a repeated action using a stopwatch. For example, lighting 25 logs without re-lighting a log takes 100 ticks. If the stopwatch can be stopped to within 0.1 seconds, the tick can be measured to within 0.001 seconds.

Ideally, without any lag, there should be exactly 100 ticks per minute, or 0.600 seconds per tick. However, the observed length of the tick is actually slightly more than this, due to connection speed and the server having to process all the players that are currently logged in. The observed length of the tick is between 0.606 and 0.618 seconds. The tick length is constant throughout a server for all players, which is due to the fact that player's actions are processed in the same order every time, so even if someone is processed last, they will still have the same tick as previously due to them being processed last every time. However, the tick length is not constant from server to server. The more players there are on a server, the longer the tick length; the fewer players are on a server, the shorter the tick length. While there seem to be other factors that affect tick length as well, the number of players on the server seems to be the largest factor. It is typical for ticks on World 302 to be 0.616 to 0.618 seconds each, whereas ticks on less full worlds typically are 0.606 to 0.611 seconds each.

It is possible for a server to lag and "miss" a tick or multiple ticks from time to time. This seems to happen most often on worlds with the greatest number of players.

Length of selected actions[edit | edit source]

The length of the following actions are given in ticks.

Melee weapons[edit | edit source]

Ranged weapons[edit | edit source]

Note: These times are all for the accurate or longranged style. Switching to the rapid attack style decreases the number of ticks by 1.

Agility[edit | edit source]

Construction[edit | edit source]

  • Building and removing a larder or door or table: 5 per item
  • The Demon butler spends 10 ticks to bank while the Butler needs 20 ticks.

Cooking[edit | edit source]

  • Cooking fish: 4 per food item using the cook-all option. When cooking karambwan, it may be cooked once every tick when repeatedly using the raw food on the fire or range while holding the corresponding key to cook it.
  • Making wine: 2 per wine

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Farming[edit | edit source]

Unlike other skills, Farming uses a real-time clock to determine when plants and other farming produce grow as opposed to relying on a specific number of game ticks. More information may be found here.

Firemaking[edit | edit source]

  • Burning logs: 4 per log

Fishing[edit | edit source]

However, you are not guaranteed a fish every 5 ticks; rather, every 5 ticks there is a chance to catch a fish.

Fletching[edit | edit source]

  • Cutting wood into unstrung bows: 3 per bow
  • Stringing a bow: 2 per bow
  • Fletching arrows: 2 per set of 15 arrows
  • Fletching bolts: 2 per set of 10
  • Cutting gems into bolt tips: 4 ticks per gem
  • Fletching wooden shields: 7 ticks per shield

Herblore[edit | edit source]

  • Putting a herb into a vial: 1 per herb
  • Putting a second ingredient into a potion: 2 per potion
  • Cleaning grimy herbs: There is no known limit of how many herbs can be cleaned per tick, rather, multiple requests are saved, one for each click of a grimy herb, and are all processed simultaneously at the next game tick. A maximum of 8 requests can be processed for cleaning herbs. This is the same for armour equipping as well. When not clicked manually the herbs will get auto cleaned with a speed of 2 ticks per herb.

Hunting[edit | edit source]

  • Catching Red chinchompas: 8 per chinchompa (if sufficient box traps are ready to be checked)
  • Laying down a trap: 4 per trap

Magic[edit | edit source]

These are the cooldowns of each spell, and not necessarily the casting times. A good example is Vengeance, as the actual cast is relatively short compared to the 30 second cooldown.

Mining[edit | edit source]

With a rune and dragon pickaxe, there is a chance to mine an ore every 3 ticks, and the dragon pickaxe has an additional 15% chance to mine an ore in 2 ticks. This does not apply to rune essence, which comes more frequently than this. The quality of the pickaxe dictates how many ticks it takes to have a chance at mining an ore.

Prayer[edit | edit source]

Prayer activation and deactivation is applied on the next game tick, and the drain rate of each prayer is measured by a number of ticks. Prayer drain-rate follows a 50ms clock.

Runecraft[edit | edit source]

  • Crafting at Ourania Altar: 3 per craft
  • Crafting combination runes: no delay
  • Crafting regular runes at any other altar: 4 per craft

Smithing[edit | edit source]

  • Smelting ores at a furnace: 5 per ore
  • Forging at an anvil: 5 per item smithed
  • Making cannonballs: 10 per steel bar

Thieving[edit | edit source]

  • Pickpocketing: 2 per pickpocket
  • Failed pickpocket: 7 - 10 tick penalty depending on NPC, in addition to pickpocket time
  • Blackjacking: 6 per round
  • A Pyramid Plunder activity is 500 ticks.

Woodcutting[edit | edit source]

  • Chance of cutting a log from any type of tree: 4 per chance

However, you are not guaranteed a log every 4 ticks; rather, every 4 ticks there is a chance to cut a log.

Other[edit | edit source]

  • The make-x and smithing menus take 1 tick to close after selecting an action.
  • Running covers 2 squares per tick, while walking covers 1 square per tick.
  • The amount of time a player can spend collecting tears in Tears of Guthix is a number of game ticks equal to the player's quest points.
  • Boosted or reduced stats move towards normal at a rate of 1 level per 100 ticks, which is just a tiny bit over one minute. With Preserve active, boosted stats will drain 1 level per 150 ticks. Checks every 20 ticks.
  • Player chat messages stay above their heads for 5 ticks (exception: if a second message is sent sooner it will replace the first and last 5 ticks unless another message is sent sooner etc).
  • The special attack bar recovers at a rate of 10% per 50 ticks.

Application[edit | edit source]

Main article: Tick manipulation

In general, knowledge of the RuneScape clock does not matter much, but it can make it easier to time actions. Timing just one of a repeated action may clearly give a tick number, which may be able to be used to estimate experience per hour. For example, Superheat Item, Plank Make, and Bake Pie all are spells that take 3 ticks each and are cast one by one on an inventory of supplies. If it is known that superheat item may be cast about 1800 times per hour, plank make and bake pie would be known to be very nearly the same rate merely by timing a single cast. The 1800 itself could even be estimated without actual measurement by noting that about 5940 ticks per hour divided by 3 ticks per cast is 1980 casts per hour of hypothetical continuous casting, and that 7-10% should be subtracted for mistakes and banking.