|Released||4 January 2001 (Update)|
|Examine||A very large foe.|
|Respawn time||30 ticks (18 seconds)|
|Slayer XP||35 xp|
A Hill Giant is a type of giant found in several locations around RuneScape, most highly concentrated in the far southern end of the Edgeville Dungeon. These dungeons may be accessed through the entrance located in the house north-east of Barbarian Village and west of the Cooks' Guild if the player has a Brass key. The Edgeville Dungeon area is usually very crowded in free-to-play worlds, as players like to gather Big bones to bury them for Prayer experience. Another free-to-play hill giants area was added near Al-Kharid (located east of the Al-Kharid General Store and Louie's Armoured Legs Bazaar., east past the gap in the gate, then up the Giants' Plateau).
There will be fewer players fighting Hill Giants in Members worlds due to the better money making options for members, resulting in less crowds. There are two Hill Giants present in level 17-18 Wilderness; however, very few people go there because of the dangerous player killers in the area and its far distance from any bank. The closest bank for most Hill Giants in the Wilderness is in Edgeville. They are aggressive to players below combat level 57.
Hill giants have relatively low Defence for their level, which makes them quite good for experience from level 30 to level 50.
The Hill Giant is one of the creatures that could potentially drop a Champion's scroll, making it a desirable monster both to train on for experience, due to its relatively high Hitpoints but low Defence, and for its respective scroll.
Killing Hill Giants found within the Catacombs of Kourend is one of the fastest ways to farm for Ancient shards and Dark totem pieces because of their low Hitpoints, allowing high level players to kill upwards of a couple hundred an hour.
Locations[edit | edit source]
|North of the Observatory||28||6||Maplink|
|South-west of Tree Gnome Stronghold||28||6||Maplink|
|Boneyard Hunter area||28||2||Maplink|
|Deep Wilderness Dungeon||28||6||Maplink|
Money making[edit | edit source]
For low-level players, Hill Giants can be a great way to make money as they always drop big bones, which are 199 coins each. The major and most noticeable drawback for free-to-play players is that the Edgeville Dungeon is often crowded.
Limpwurt roots are another low-level, free-to-play money-making method, though they have a lower drop rate.
For free-to-play players with a high Defence (~65+), a good way to save run energy while killing Hill Giants is to only equip dragonhide armour. The relatively lower weight will allow the player to run further without exhausting your energy, and the player's Defence will be high enough to negate a large amount of potential damage.
Drops[edit | edit source]
The following drop rates are provided by Jagex, unless otherwise specified.
The average Hill Giant kill is worth 455.81.
100%[edit | edit source]
Weapons and armour[edit | edit source]
|Iron full helm||1||5/128||121||92|
Runes and ammunition[edit | edit source]
Herbs[edit | edit source]
There is a 7/128 chance of rolling the herb drop table for members.
|Grimy guam leaf(m)||1||1/73.1||46||7|
|Grimy ranarr weed(m)||1||1/212.8||6,747||18|
|Grimy irit leaf(m)||1||1/292.6||788||10|
|Grimy dwarf weed(m)||1||1/780.2||856||14|
Seeds[edit | edit source]
There is a 18/128 chance of rolling the seed drop table for members.
|Snape grass seed(m)||2||1/896||6,228||112|
Coins[edit | edit source]
- Only dropped in Free-to-play
Other[edit | edit source]
|Giant key||1||1/128; 2/128||Not sold||0|
- The drop rate is doubled in the Wilderness
Gem drop table[edit | edit source]
There is a 3/128 chance of rolling the gem drop table.
|Nothing||N/A||1/85.49; Never[d 1]||N/A||N/A|
|Uncut sapphire||1||1/170.67; 1/86.67[d 2]||268||15|
|Uncut emerald||1||1/341.33; 1/173.33[d 2]||495||30|
|Uncut ruby||1||1/682.67; 1/346.67[d 2]||1,144||60|
|Chaos talisman(m)||1||1/1,820.44; 1/924.44[d 2][d 3]||209||2|
|Nature talisman(m)||1||1/1,820.44; 1/924.44[d 2][d 3]||208||2|
|Uncut diamond||1||1/2,730.67; 1/1,386.67[d 2]||2,989||120|
|Loop half of key(m)||1||1/5,461.33; 1/2,773.33[d 2]||11,345||60|
|Tooth half of key(m)||1||1/5,461.33; 1/2,773.33[d 2]||9,522||60|
|Rune javelin(m)||5||1/5,461.33; 1/2,773.33[d 2]||785||1,200|
|Rune spear(m)||1||1/87,381.33; 1/5,200[d 2][d 4]||11,902||12,480|
|Shield left half(m)||1||1/174,762.67; 1/10,400[d 2][d 4]||65,076||66,000|
|Dragon spear(m)||1||1/233,016.89; 1/13,866.67[d 2][d 4]||37,147||37,440|
- The "nothing" drop is removed while wearing a ring of wealth.
- The drop rate is increased while wearing a ring of wealth due to the "nothing" drop being removed.
- The talisman dropped depends on where the monster is located: monsters above ground level drop the nature talisman, and monsters below ground level drop the chaos talisman.
- Only dropped if Legends' Quest has been finished; if not, a talisman is dropped instead.
Tertiary[edit | edit source]
|Key (medium)(m)||1||Always[d 1]||Not sold||N/A|
|Looting bag(m)||1||1/5[d 2]||Not sold||N/A|
|Ensouled giant head(m)||1||1/25||965||191|
|Clue scroll (beginner)||1||1/50||Not sold||12|
|Long bone(m)||1||1/400||Not sold||3|
|Giant champion scroll(m)||1||1/5,000||Not sold||0|
|Curved bone(m)||1||1/5,012.5||Not sold||4|
Wilderness Slayer tertiary[edit | edit source]
|Larran's key||1||1/911||Not sold||54|
Combat Achievements[edit | edit source]
|Into the Den of Giants||Kill a Hill Giant, Moss Giant and Fire Giant in the Giant Cave within the Shayzien region.||Kill Count||Easy|
Changes[edit | edit source]
|10 September 2020
A small tribe of hill giants have moved into their new home on the Giants' Plateau where Clan Wars once stood. They've really acclimatised to the local culture, too, and will drop steel scimitars and iron med helms instead of steel longswords and iron full helms. Be sure to give them a warm welcome!
|30 April 2020
|29 August 2006
The NPC was renamed from "Hill giant" to "Hill Giant".
|31 January 2005
The NPC was renamed from "Giant" to "Hill giant".
Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]
|29 March 2004 –
26 January 2005
|26 January 2005 –
29 August 2006
|29 August 2006 –|
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- They were once just called 'Giants', but this was later changed by Jagex to avoid confusion between other giants.
- They are one of three kinds of giants available in free-to-play worlds, the other two being Moss giants and Ice giants.
- Some Hill Giants appear to be wielding cleavers, weapons from the Recipe for Disaster quest.
- Despite being called "Hill Giants", the majority of the giants are found in dungeons. The reason for the naming was revealed in a Postbag from the Hedge; they are called Hill Giants because the muscles on their arms resemble hills.
References[edit | edit source]
- Jagex. Postbag 11 - "Transcript:Baba Yaga, Hill Giants and correct pronunciation!", Letter 10, by Malvern. RuneScape Postbags from the Hedge.