Heron

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The heron is a members-only skilling pet that can be obtained while training Fishing. The chances of getting it are dependent on the player's Fishing level, and the time it takes to gather a resource.

When a player receives the pet, it will automatically try to appear as their follower. At the same time, a red message in the chatbox will state You have a funny feeling like you're being followed.

When fishing, the pet is prioritised over the resource gathered. For example, if there is one last inventory space while fishing, and the player already has a pet following them, the pet will appear in the inventory instead, while the fish will drop to the ground. When this occurs, the message in the chatbox will instead state You feel something weird sneaking into your backpack.

On death, if a player loses their pet (as a follower or in your inventory) it will wander around for 30 seconds before disappearing completely.

Players can pay a one-time fee of 500,000 coins to Probita in East Ardougne to have this pet insured. Should the pet be lost while insured, it can be reclaimed for 1,000,000 coins.

Drop rate[edit | edit source]

Shown below are the base chances of receiving a heron[1].

A player's actual chances of receiving it is 1 in B - (Lvl * 25), where B is the base chance and Lvl is the player's Fishing level. The only exceptions are the Fishing Trawler and minnows, which are always a flat 1/5,000 per game and 1/977,778 per catch respectively, regardless of level. With minnows, the pet chance is rolled once each time fish are obtained (i.e. when experience is given), regardless of the number that were fished.

The fastest method on average to receive the heron is through 2-tick fishing, specifically tuna and swordfish. If not using tick manipulation, karambwans are the fastest alternative.

Fish Base chance
Shrimp/Anchovies 435,165
Karambwanji 443,697
Sardine/Herring 528,000
Big net fishing 382,609
Trout/salmon 461,808
Pike 305,792
Rainbow fish 137,739
Tuna/Swordfish 128,885
Lobsters 116,129
Aerial fishing 636,833[2]
Monkfish 138,583
Karambwan 170,874
Leaping trout 426,954
Leaping salmon
Leaping sturgeon
Sharks 82,243
Infernal eels 160,000[3]
Anglerfish 78,649
Minnow 977,778[4]
Dark crabs 149,434
Sacred eels 99,000
Fishing Trawler minigame 5,000[5]

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

The following text is transcluded from Transcript:Heron.
Standard dialogue

  • Heron: Hop inside my mouth if you want to live!
  • Player: I'm not falling for that... I'm not a fish! I've got more foresight than that.
  • (End of dialogue)
Overhead dialogue

This dialogue is only triggered when the Heron is battling another pet in the arena in the Menagerie.

  • Heron: *slap*
  • Heron: Grrr!
  • Heron: Grrrr!
  • Heron: Grarrr!

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The heron's dialogue is a quote from the 2003 film Finding Nemo, in which Nigel, a pelican, attempts to save Dory and Marlin from seagulls by transporting them away in his mouth.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod John C's Twitter account. 11 January 2016. (Archived from the original on 26 May 2020.) Mod John C: "Skill Pet Drop Rates part 2 - Heron! [1]"
  2. Jagex. Mod Munro's Twitter account. 13 February 2019. (Archived from the original on 25 March 2019.) Mod Munro: "As I mentioned on the Q & A, here are the pictures of the drop rates for various parts of Kebos. This time with the correct drop rate for the pieces of the Brimstone Ring."
  3. Jagex. Mod Roq's Twitter account. 22 June 2017. (Archived from the original on 26 May 2020.) Mod Roq: "Infernal skilling drop rates: Heron = 1/160000 - (fishing level*25) Rocky = 1/176743 - (thieving level*25)"
  4. Old School RuneScape. "DMM Rework/Torag's Hammers/Shackle - OSRS Q&A." (00:26:33), YouTube video. 6 July 2017.
  5. Jagex. Mod John C's Twitter account. 11 January 2016. (Archived from the original on 26 May 2020.) Mod John C: "Your level doesn't help with Trawler, it is the one exception."