An instance is a special area, typically a quest area, that generates a new copy of the location for each player or group that enters the area. Players cannot see other players in instanced areas unless it's a group instanced area—in which case, the group cannot see any other groups.
Instanced areas can take place in entirely new areas that cannot be accessed without the instance or in areas that are normally not instanced. Most non-quest boss instances will require the player to pay a specific sum of money or have an item in their inventory access the instance.
Generally in an instance, dropped items persist for 30 minutes before despawning.
Examples of instanced areas[edit | edit source]
- Many quest areas:
- Several Minigame locations:
Boss instances[edit | edit source]
Some bosses have an instance option (sometimes called "custom session" or "custom encounter"), which may have a setup or entrance cost (coins or an item). Instances also share the requirements of the boss. The cost varies per instance and are shown below. Some instances offer an Item Retrieval Service, should the player leave the instance by death.
|Boss||Access location||Cost||Item Recovery||Notes|
|Zulrah||At his shrine east of Zul-Andra||Free||Free from Priestess Zul-Gwenwynig|
|Skotizo||Centre of the Catacombs of Kourend||Dark totem||Lost on death||Use a dark totem on the altar found in the centre of the Catacombs of Kourend.|
|Kraken||Kraken Cove||25,000||Lost on death||At the crevice due north, select the "Private Crevice" option.|
|King Black Dragon||King Black Dragon Lair||50,000||Lost on death||Go down the ladder at the Lava Maze entrance and select the "Private Lever" option.|
|Corporeal Beast||At the private portal in Corporeal Beast Lair||200,000||Lost on death, kicked from clan chat, or instance closing||A captain rank or higher in a clan chat can pay the instance cost for the clan, and any clan member can enter once the instance is open. Items drop to the ground upon death, but if everyone leaves the instance or you are kicked from the clan chat, you will not be able to return to the instance to retrieve your items.|
|Obor||Gates at the western wall of the hill giant area in Edgeville Dungeon||Giant key||Lost on death||Players need to obtain a giant key from hill giants, which grants access to Obor's lair.|
|Bryophyta||Gates just north of the moss giant area in the Varrock Sewers||Mossy key||Lost on death||Players need to obtain a mossy key from moss giants, which grants access to Bryophyta's lair.|
|Grotesque Guardians||Roof entrance outside of gargoyles in Slayer Tower||Brittle key, only once||50,000 from the nearby magical chest||Players need to obtain a brittle key from gargoyles only while on a Slayer task, which grants permanant access to the Slayer Tower's rooftop.|
|Vorkath||Ungael||Dragon Slayer II||100,000 from Torfinn||Although encountered during Dragon Slayer II, players need to complete said quest to battle a stronger variant of Vorkath.|
|Alchemical Hydra||Karuulm Slayer Dungeon||Free||100,000 from Orrvor quo Maten||Climb over the small obstacle next to Orrvor quo Maten.|
|Hespori||Farming Guild||Hespori seed||25,000 from Arno||Instance is created upon attempting to harvest Hespori.|
|The Mimic||Upstairs in Watson's house in Hosidius||Mimic casket||90,000 from the Strange casket|
- Note: Item retrieval services cannot be used simultaneously, and dying a second time before retrieving your items will cause them to be destroyed.
Slayer instance-like sections[edit | edit source]
Some bosses may only be slain if on a Slayer assignment, namely the Kraken, Thermonuclear smoke devil, Cerberus, Abyssal Sire, Grotesque Guardians, and Alchemical Hydra. In essence, some of these bosses' lairs seemingly function as if they were instances since while others can still enter and possibly crash, they're blocked off from being killed to the rest of the players who aren't on task.
Additionally, Dagannoth Kings have a Slayer lair, which is accessible on the Kings' ladder. Players who are on task may kill the kings for the duration of their task and can return upon death to retrieve items.