Pet

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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. Some pets must be raised to maturity by following the player, such as cats. Pets can also be interacted with. Most pets do not serve a purpose other than aesthetics, as most pets are very rare drops from certain bosses or skilling activities, and thus are often considered prestigious. A player may only have one pet following them at one time. Pets only move at a walking pace, if they become stuck and/or too far away from the player they follow, they'll 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.

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, 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 players inventory is full and they have a follower already, they will not receive the pet. 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.

Players can still roll for pet drops even if they already own it. It does not affect their main drop, as pet drops are tertiary drops. 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.

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. If the pet is not insured, players must re-obtain the pet as if they never had it. If insured, players can head to Probita and reclaim the pet for 1,000,000 coins. In order to insure a pet, the player must visit Probita and pay 500,000 coins. The player can still obtain the pet again from its respective drop source, and if the pet is re-obtained this way it will also be insured.

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.

List of pets[edit | edit source]

Boss pets[edit | edit source]

These pets usually resemble the bosses that drop them, or the bosses that they are associated with.

Pet Source Drop rate
Abyssal orphan.png Abyssal orphan Using an unsired on the Font of Consumption 1/2,560 (per Abyssal Sire kill)
5/128 (per unsired)
Baby mole.png Baby mole Dropped by the Giant Mole 1/3,000
Callisto cub.png Callisto cub Dropped by Callisto 1/2,000
Hellpuppy.png Hellpuppy Dropped by Cerberus 1/3,000
Ikkle hydra.png Ikkle hydra Dropped by Alchemical Hydra 1/3,000
Jal-nib-rek.pngTzrek-zuk.png Jal-nib-rek/Tzrek-zuk Defeating TzKal-Zuk or exchanging an infernal cape to TzHaar-Ket-Keh 1/100 (per kill or gamble)
1/75 (per kill on Slayer task)
Kalphite princess.pngKalphite princess.png Kalphite princess Dropped by Kalphite Queen 1/3,000
Lil' zik.png Lil' zik Theatre of Blood reward 1/650 (per completion, with optimal performance)
Little nightmare.png Little nightmare Dropped by The Nightmare 1/4,000
1/3,800 (as MVP)
Noon.pngMidnight.png Noon/Midnight Dropped by the Grotesque Guardians 1/3,000
Olmlet.png Olmlet Great Olm at the end of the Chambers of Xeric 1/53 (per broadcasted unique item)
Pet chaos elemental.png Pet chaos elemental Dropped by the Chaos Elemental and Chaos Fanatic 1/300 (Elemental)
1/1,000 (Fanatic)
Pet dagannoth prime.png Pet dagannoth prime Dropped by Dagannoth Prime 1/5,000
Pet dagannoth rex.png Pet dagannoth rex Dropped by Dagannoth Rex 1/5,000
Pet dagannoth supreme.png Pet dagannoth supreme Dropped by Dagannoth Supreme 1/5,000
Pet dark core.pngPet corporeal critter.png Pet dark core/corporeal critter Dropped by Corporeal Beast 1/5,000
Pet general graardor.png Pet general graardor Dropped by General Graardor 1/5,000
Pet k'ril tsutsaroth.png Pet k'ril tsutsaroth Dropped by K'ril Tsutsaroth 1/5,000
Pet kraken.png Pet kraken Dropped by Kraken 1/3,000
Pet kree'arra.png Pet kree'arra Dropped by Kree'arra 1/5,000
Pet smoke devil.png Pet smoke devil Dropped by the Thermonuclear smoke devil 1/3,000
Pet snakeling.png Pet snakeling Dropped by Zulrah 1/4,000
Pet zilyana.png Pet zilyana Dropped by Commander Zilyana 1/5,000
Prince black dragon.png Prince black dragon Dropped by the King Black Dragon 1/3,000
Scorpia's offspring.png Scorpia's offspring Dropped by Scorpia 1/2,015.75
Skotos.png Skotos Dropped by Skotizo 1/65
Sraracha.png Sraracha Dropped by Sarachnis 1/3,000
Tzrek-jad.png Tzrek-jad Defeating TzTok-Jad or exchanging a fire cape to TzHaar-Mej-Jal 1/200 (per kill or gamble)
1/100 (per kill on Slayer task)
Venenatis spiderling.png Venenatis spiderling Dropped by Venenatis 1/2,000
Vet'ion jr..pngVet'ion jr..png Vet'ion jr. Dropped by Vet'ion 1/2,000
Vorki.png Vorki Dropped by Vorkath 1/3,000

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. Players with 200 million experience in the corresponding skill will be fifteen times more likely in receiving the skilling pet.[2]

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.[3]

Pet Source Drop rate
Baby chinchompa.png
Baby chinchompa.png
Baby chinchompa.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.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
Eek.png Eek Received during the 2018 Halloween event. The only F2P pet in the game. N/A
Bloodhound.png Bloodhound Received when completing master clue scrolls 1/1,000
Cat.png Cat Gertrude, after completing Gertrude's Cat N/A
Chompy chick.png Chompy chick Dropped by Chompy birds after completing the 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
Fishbowl (pet).png
Fishbowl (pet).png
Fishbowl (pet).png
Pet fish Caught in Harry's Fishing Shop using a tiny net, with a fishbowl (containing water and seaweed) in the inventory N/A
Pet penance queen.png Pet penance queen High-level gambles in Barbarian Assault 1/1,000
Pet rock.png Pet rock Askeladden after The Fremennik Trials N/A
Phoenix.png Phoenix Supply crates earned from subduing the Wintertodt (completion of game gives possible chance) 1/5,000
Toy cat.png Toy cat Clockwork and a regular plank used at a Crafting table 4 with 85 Crafting N/A
Youngllef.png Youngllef Reward from The Gauntlet 1/2,000 (normal Gauntlet)
1/800 (Corrupted Gauntlet)
Smolcano.png Smolcano Dropped by Zalcano 1/2,250

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 April 2015
(update)
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
(update)
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, Tangleroot and Phoenix can be obtained underwater, but they cannot be taken back once the player leaves.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 26 August 2018. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Mod Ash: "Yes, though skilling features will aim to avoid that by putting a new pet in your inventory ahead of whatever skilling resource you were about to be given."
  2. Jagex. Mod Kieren's Twitter account. 8 October 2016. (Archived from the original on 25 May 2020.) Mod Kieren: "15x more likely."
  3. Jagex. Mod Ed's Twitter account. 22 July 2017. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Mod Ed: "It doesn't affect the rate but it will allow you to mine slightly faster than you'd be able to otherwise."
  4. Jagex. Mod John C's Twitter account. 8 October 2015. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Mod John C: "OSRS Total Boss Pets owned, not including those stored in menageries! [1]"
  5. Jagex. Mod John C's Twitter account. 14 March 2016. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Mod John C: "Here's an updated count of boss and skill pets in the game as of March 14th 2016! [2]"
  6. Jagex. Mod Lottie's Twitter account. 7 November 2016. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Mod Lottie: "As promised... Boss Pets, Skill Pets and "Other" Pets in @OldSchoolRS. [3] [4] [5]"
  7. Jagex. Mod Lottie's Twitter account. 16 May 2017. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Mod Lottie: "The number of pets in @OldSchoolRS along with an ironman status split. Enjoy! :) [6]"
  8. Jagex. Mod Lottie's Twitter account. 16 November 2017. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Mod Lottie: "Here are the latest @OldSchoolRS pet counts! [7]"
  9. Jagex. Mod Lottie's Twitter account. 24 May 2018. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Mod Lottie: "It's about time for some new pet counts [8]"
  10. Jagex. Old School RuneScape's Twitter account. 25 February 2019. (Archived from the original on 30 May 2020.) Old School RuneScape: "On Friday 22nd February we celebrated our 6th Birthday, and to celebrate it we hosted a special livestream (which you can find on our YouTube channel). It included a data segment from @JagexMatk and @JagexNasty! For your convenience, within this chain are the slides! [9]"