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A menagerie housing many pets.

A pet is a non-combat NPC loyal to a player that is generally obtained from monster drops and skilling. Most pets do not serve a purpose other than aesthetics and are very rare drops from certain bosses or skilling activities. Most pets can be interacted with. A player may only have one pet following them at one time. Pets only move at a walking pace (except for Nexling); if they become stuck and/or too far away from the player they follow, they will teleport close to the player and continue. They can also be called to the player's side using the Call follower button under the Worn Equipment tab. There are currently 61 available pets in Old School RuneScape, of which 56 fill a collection log slot.

Pets may be stored in the bank or inventory, and will follow the player when dropped. Players can store up to 52 pets in the Menagerie of a player-owned house (with the highest-level pet houses).

Unlike other pets, cats are the only kind of pets that must be raised to maturity by following the player. Kittens must be stroked and fed regularly or they will run away. Once they reach adult stage, they no longer need to be fed.

Obtaining a pet[edit | edit source]

When a player receives a one-off pet (i.e. a boss or skilling pet), it will automatically try to appear as their follower. At the same time, a message in the chatbox will state You have a funny feeling like you're being followed. Upon receiving a pet, a small sound will be heard.

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Receiving a pet
The sound which can be heard when players receive a one-off pet.

However, if a player receives a pet while having a follower out (for example, a cat), it will be placed into their inventory. When this occurs, the message in the chatbox will instead state You feel something weird sneaking into your backpack. If a player's inventory is full and they have a follower already, they will not receive the pet; it must instead be claimed from Probita in East Ardougne for a reclaim token, which costs 1,000,000 coins. When skilling, the pet is prioritised over the resource gathered; it will be placed in the last inventory slot available,[1] while the resource gathered will be dropped underneath the player if their inventory becomes full. However, this does not apply to Farming due to the complexity of the skill's code.[2]

Players can still roll for a pet drop even if they already own the pet; when this happens, players will receive the message You have a funny feeling like you would have been followed... The only exception to this is the abyssal orphan due to being obtained differently compared to other pets. In addition, players will be given a pet reclaim token, accompanied with the message You have been given one free pet reclaim with Probita.

If a player dies with a one-off pet following them (or if it is in their inventory and it is not one of the items protected on death) in a dangerous situation, the pet will be dropped and wander around the area for 30 seconds before despawning. Even if the player returns in time, the pet cannot be picked up, and can be reclaimed from Probita in East Ardougne for a reclaim token.

If a player runs out of membership with a pet still following them, the pet is placed in their inventory. They will receive the message Your pet is scared into your backpack. If the player does not have space in their inventory, the pet is placed in their bank. If the player's bank is full or exceeds the allowable free-to-play bank space limit, their pet is sent to Probita in East Ardougne, where they will have a free reclaim token usable to reclaim their pet.[3]

List of pets[edit | edit source]

Boss pets[edit | edit source]

Each pet has a chance to be rewarded for defeating a certain boss monster or completing a raid, including skilling bosses and minigame bosses. Additionally, with the exception of the Phoenix (rewarded for defeating Wintertodt) these pets resemble or are capable of resembling the bosses they are associated with.

Pet Source Drop rate
Abyssal orphan.png Abyssal orphan The Abyssal Sire[a] 1/2,560[b]
Baby mole.pngBaby mole-rat.png Baby mole/mole-rat[c] The Giant Mole 1/3,000
Callisto cub.png Callisto cub Callisto and Artio 1/2,000 (Callisto)
1/2,800 (Artio)
Baron.png Baron Duke Sucellus 1/2,500
Butch.png Butch Vardorvis 1/3,000
Hellpuppy.png Hellpuppy Cerberus 1/3,000
Ikkle hydra (serpentine).pngIkkle hydra (electric).pngIkkle hydra (fire).pngIkkle hydra (extinguished).png Ikkle hydra The Alchemical Hydra 1/3,000
Jal-nib-rek.pngTzrek-zuk.png Jal-nib-rek/Tzrek-zuk Minigames The Inferno 1/100 (per kill or gamble)
1/75 (per kill on Slayer task)
Kalphite princess.pngKalphite princess (2nd form).png Kalphite princess Kalphite Queen 1/3,000
Muphin (ranged).pngMuphin (melee).pngMuphin (shielded).png Muphin[d] The Phantom Muspah 1/2,500
Lil'viathan.png Lil'viathan The Leviathan 1/2,500
Lil' zik.pngLil' maiden.pngLil' bloat.pngLil' nylo.pngLil' sot.pngLil' xarp.png Lil' zik/maiden/bloat/nylo/sot/xarp[e] Raids The Theatre of Blood Varies[f]
Little nightmare.pngLittle parasite.png Little nightmare/parasite[g] The Nightmare 1/800 to 1/4000 (From 1 to 5+ team size)
Nexling.png Nexling Nex 1/500
Noon.pngMidnight.png Noon/Midnight The Grotesque Guardians 1/3,000
Olmlet.pngPuppadile.pngTektiny.pngVanguard (pet).pngVasa minirio.pngVespina.png Olmlet/Puppadile/Tektiny/Vanguard/Vasa Minirio/Vespina[h] Raids The Chambers of Xeric 1/53 (per broadcasted unique item)
Pet chaos elemental.png Pet chaos elemental The Chaos Elemental and the Chaos Fanatic 1/300 (Elemental)
1/1,000 (Fanatic)
Pet dagannoth prime.png Pet dagannoth prime Dagannoth Prime 1/5,000
Pet dagannoth rex.png Pet dagannoth rex Dagannoth Rex 1/5,000
Pet dagannoth supreme.png Pet dagannoth supreme Dagannoth Supreme 1/5,000
Pet dark core.pngPet corporeal critter.png Pet dark core/Corporeal critter The Corporeal Beast 1/5,000
Pet general graardor.png Pet general graardor General Graardor 1/5,000
Pet k'ril tsutsaroth.png Pet k'ril tsutsaroth K'ril Tsutsaroth 1/5,000
Pet kraken.png Pet kraken The Kraken 1/3,000
Pet kree'arra.png Pet kree'arra Kree'arra 1/5,000
Pet smoke devil.pngPet smoke devil (normal).png Pet smoke devil The Thermonuclear smoke devil 1/3,000
Pet snakeling.pngPet snakeling (magma).pngPet snakeling (tanzanite).png Pet snakeling Zulrah 1/4,000
Pet zilyana.png Pet zilyana Commander Zilyana 1/5,000
Phoenix.pngPhoenix (blue).pngPhoenix (green).pngPhoenix (purple).pngPhoenix (white).png Phoenix Wintertodt[i] 1/5,000
Prince black dragon.png Prince black dragon The King Black Dragon 1/3,000
Scorpia's offspring.png Scorpia's offspring Scorpia 1/2,015.75
Skotos.png Skotos Skotizo 1/65
Smolcano.png Smolcano Zalcano 1/2,250
Sraracha.pngSraracha (orange).pngSraracha (blue).png Sraracha[j] Sarachnis 1/3,000
Tiny tempor.png Tiny tempor Tempoross[k] 1/8,000
Tumeken's guardian.pngTumeken's damaged guardian.pngElidinis' guardian.pngElidinis' damaged guardian.pngAkkhito.pngBabi.pngKephriti.pngZebo.png Tumeken's guardian/Tumeken's damaged guardian/Elidinis' guardian/Elidinis' damaged guardian/Akkhito/Babi/Kephriti/Zebo[l] Raids The Tombs of Amascut Varies[m]
Tzrek-jad.pngJalrek-jad.png Tzrek-jad/Jalrek-jad[n] Minigames TzHaar Fight Cave 1/200 (per kill or gamble)
1/100 (per kill on Slayer task)
Venenatis spiderling.png Venenatis spiderling Venenatis and Spindel 1/2,000 (Venenatis)
1/2,800 (Spindel)
Vet'ion jr..pngVet'ion jr. (enraged).png Vet'ion jr. Vet'ion and Calvar'ion 1/2,000 (Vet'ion)
1/2,800 (Calvar'ion)
Vorki.png Vorki Vorkath 1/3,000
Wisp.png Wisp The Whisperer 1/2,000
Youngllef.pngCorrupted youngllef.png Youngllef Minigames The Gauntlet 1/2,000 (normal Gauntlet)
1/800 (Corrupted Gauntlet)
  1. ^ Using an unsired on the Font of Consumption
  2. ^ 1/2560 per Abyssal Sire kill;
    5/128 per unsired
  3. ^ To change into a baby mole-rat, a mole claw must be used on the baby mole.
  4. ^ Charged ice must be used on Muphin in order to transmogrify it into its other forms.
  5. ^ Sanguine dust is required to metamorphose into all five variants.
  6. ^ The pet drop rate varies on the player's individual performance in the raid, ranging from 1/650 (the base rate) to 1/6,500 in Normal Mode. For Hard Mode, the base rate is 1/500.
  7. ^ To change into Little Parasite, a parasitic egg must be used on Little Nightmare.
  8. ^ Metamorphic dust is required to metamorphose into all seven variants.
  9. ^ Dropped by Supply crates earned from subduing the Wintertodt.
  10. ^ An orange or blue egg sac is required to metamorphose into its respective variant
  11. ^ Received from Reward pool when collecting rewards for Tempoross
  12. ^ A variety of items are required to metamorphose into all six variants.
  13. ^ The pet drop rate varies depending on total reward points and raid level. See this page for more details.
  14. ^ To change into JalRek-Jad, all six of TzHaar-Ket-Rak's Challenges must be completed.

Skilling pets[edit | edit source]

These pets are obtained by training a specific skill, with the chance of obtaining one being based on the player's level in the corresponding skill and the base chance of the activity being performed.

For all drop rates, use the formula: . Base chances are found in the individual page of each pet. A player's chance of receiving a skilling pet does not increase past level 99, with only one exception: players with 200 million experience in the corresponding skill will be fifteen times more likely in receiving the skilling pet.[4]

As the rates use the player's base level, temporary skill boosts such as the dragon pickaxe's special attack or invisible boosts in areas such as the Woodcutting Guild do not affect the rate at which players can obtain these pets.[5]

Pet Source Drop rate
Baby chinchompa (red).png
Baby chinchompa (grey).png
Baby chinchompa (black).png
Baby chinchompa (gold).png
Baby chinchompa Obtained while hunting chinchompas See here
Beaver.png Beaver Obtained while woodcutting See here
Giant squirrel.png Giant squirrel Obtained while training agility See here
Heron.png Heron Obtained while fishing See here
Rift guardian (fire).png Rift guardian Obtained through runecraft See here
Rock golem.png Rock golem Obtained while mining See here
Rocky.png Rocky Obtained while thieving See here
Tangleroot.png Tangleroot Obtained while farming See here

Other[edit | edit source]

These pets are obtained either through quests or other means.

Pet Source Drop rate
Abyssal protector.png Abyssal protector Minigames Guardians of the Rift 1/4,000
Bloodhound.png Bloodhound Distractions and Diversions Master clue scrolls 1/1,000
Pet cat (black).png Cat Gertrude, after completing Quest points Gertrude's Cat N/A
Chompy chick.png Chompy chick Dropped by Chompy birds after completing the Achievement Diary Elite Western Provinces Diary 1/500
Hell cat.png Hellcat Catching Hell-Rats with a cat N/A
Herbi.png Herbi Hunting herbiboars 1/6,500
Lil' creator.pngLil' destructor.png Lil' creator/
Lil' destructor
Minigames Soul Wars 1/400
Fishbowl (blue).pngFishbowl (green).pngFishbowl (orange).png Pet fish Caught in Harry's Fishing Shop N/A
Pet penance queen.png Pet penance queen Minigames Barbarian Assault 1/1,000
Pet rock.png Pet rock Askeladden after The Fremennik Trials N/A
Toy cat.png Toy cat Clockwork and a regular plank used at a Crafting table 4 with Crafting 85 Crafting N/A

One-off pet totals[edit | edit source]

This is how many times each pet has been obtained by players, sorted by date. On the linked tweets by Jagex Moderators, they are also divided into columns based on ironman status.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
30 August 2023

Pets no longer get exploded or take damage from explosions within the Path of Apmeken.

2 February 2023

It's no longer possible for a player to exploit a bug with Temple Trekking to have multiple pets out simultaneously.

22 June 2022
(update | poll)

One-off pets are now automatically insured by Probita upon receiving one. Players who've paid the insurance fee of 500,000 coins prior to this update will have the fees paid added to Probita's reclaim fee coffer, which can then be used as a discount towards any further reclaims. For example, if players insured two pets for 500,000 coins each, they will be given one free reclaim token, and if five were insured, they will be given two free reclaim tokens and a 500,000 coins discount towards the next reclaim token purchase.

6 October 2016

Talking to various NPCs in Tale of Two Cats/Icthlarin's Little Helper quests while other pets are visible displays the correct dialogue.

28 April 2016
(update | poll)
  • Call pet button has been added to force your follower to appear next to you.
  • You will now receive a message if you would have obtained the pet on that kill, only if you already own the boss pet.
5 November 2015
(update | poll)

Four skilling pets have been added. A beaver for Woodcutting, rock golem for Mining, heron for Fishing, and a baby chinchompa for Hunter.

30 April 2015

Pets now follow you up and down the Motherlode Mine's ladder.

9 April 2015
(update | poll)

The 'talk to' option is now the left-click option for boss pets rather than 'pick up'. Dialogue added for the chaos elemental pet, dark core pet and chompy bird pet.

21 August 2014
(update | poll)

Pet insurance is added to the game.

15 May 2014

The options on other players' pets are no longer visible.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When a pet is in the inventory as an item, its name may be incorrectly capitalised; this is because all items in Old School RuneScape use ucfirst capitalisation, wherein the first letter of a string is capitalised, but the rest is not. For example, as an inventory item, TzTok-Jad's pet is called Tzrek-jad, but as a follower it's called TzRek-Jad.
  • Players cannot go underwater if they have a pet following them or in their inventory, with the exception of pet kraken and pet chaos elemental. Furthermore, while many pets can be obtained underwater, Tangleroot, Phoenix, and Bloodhound can be more easily obtained there, but they cannot be taken back once the player leaves.

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