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Level 1Level 1 (SoS)
Released4 January 2001 (Update)
Combat level1
ExamineA popular dwarven delicacy.
Combat info
Max hit0
Attack styleCrush
Attack speedMonster attack speed 4.png
Respawn time1 tick (0.6 seconds)
Slayer icon.png Slayer info
Slayer levelNone
Slayer XP2 xp
Assigned byTurael chathead.png Spria chathead.png
Combat icon.png Combat stats
Hitpoints icon.pngAttack icon.pngStrength icon.pngDefence icon.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
Attack icon.png Aggressive stats
Monster attack bonusMonster strength bonusMagic icon.pngMonster magic strength bonusRanged icon.pngMonster ranged strength bonus
Defence icon.png Defensive stats
White dagger.pngWhite scimitar.pngWhite warhammer.pngMagic icon.pngRanged icon.png
PoisonNot immune
VenomNot immune
CannonsNot immune
ThrallsNot immune
Advanced data
Monster ID2854,2855

Rats are small animals that can be found in numerous locations, mostly in cities, sewers, and dungeons. Thus, they are common animals found throughout RuneScape, typically Combat level 1 or 3.

Although most rats have no drops, the level 1 rats in the Stronghold of Security have a 100% chance to drop bones.

Rat idle animation.

Considered by most players to be the weakest monster in the game, rats are frequently used to train Magic with Splashing. Rats possess only 2 Hitpoints, 8 total experience, 0 Defence, a max hit of 0, and Attack accuracy of 1. Rats are quite literally half as strong as chickens.

Rats respawn after a single game tick, the fastest respawn rate in the game. Rats appear in many dungeons and sewers throughout Gielinor, and due to their weakness and commonness, rats are not marked on the minimap. A similar critter, the level 1 spider, shares the same stats as the rat.

When clue scrolls were first introduced, rats had an extremely low chance of dropping an easy clue scroll. This was later changed so that rats never drop clue scrolls.

The rat was one of the first entities ever added to RuneScape, being the fifth behind Hans, goblins, men, and women. Its larger counterpart, the giant rat, soon followed.

Cats[edit | edit source]

Rats can be chased by cats. When telling a cat to chase vermin, it will pounce at a rat in range, attempting to catch it. If your cat successfully catches at least 100 rats, you can talk to Gertrude to get a Cat training medal, which has no special uses other than being a collectible. Furthermore, if you have a rat pole, up to six caught rats can be added to it as decoration.

Each type of cat has a different catch rate:

Hellcats share the same catch rates as regular cats, depending on their type.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Location Levels Members Spawns Map
House west of the Grand Exchange1Free-to-play icon.png3Maplink
South of Slepe1Member icon.png9Maplink
Lovakengj1Member icon.png19Maplink
Ruins (east)1Free-to-play icon.png3Maplink
Ferox Enclave1Free-to-play icon.png9Maplink
Port Piscarilius1Member icon.png24Maplink
House west of McGrubor's Wood1Member icon.png3Maplink
Port Sarim Jail1Free-to-play icon.png5Maplink
Draynor Village1Free-to-play icon.png2Maplink
South-east of Mount Quidamortem1Member icon.png18Maplink
Lumbridge1Free-to-play icon.png4Maplink
Farm south of Falador1Free-to-play icon.png2Maplink
South-east of the Farming Guild1Member icon.png2Maplink
Arceuus1Member icon.png1Maplink
North of the Chaos Temple (Wilderness)1Free-to-play icon.png6Maplink
Gertrude's House1Free-to-play icon.png1Maplink
Fire Altar1Free-to-play icon.png1Maplink
Port Phasmatys1Member icon.png2Maplink
South of Kourend Castle1Member icon.png4Maplink
Mos Le'Harmless1Member icon.png2Maplink
Lunar Isle Ship1Member icon.png2Maplink
Rimmington1Free-to-play icon.png4Maplink
Burgh De Rott1Member icon.png13Maplink
Brimhaven1Member icon.png2Maplink
West Ruins1Free-to-play icon.png16Maplink
Sinclair Mansion1Member icon.png5Maplink
Lunar Island1Member icon.png1Maplink
South of the Farming Guild1Member icon.png5Maplink
Draynor Manor1Free-to-play icon.png2Maplink
North-west of Hosidius Town Square1Member icon.png4Maplink
Melzar's Maze1Free-to-play icon.png5Maplink
South of Gu'Tanoth1Member icon.png3Maplink
Fishing Guild1Member icon.png1Maplink
Tree Gnome Village Maze1Member icon.png9Maplink
Varrock1Free-to-play icon.png1Maplink
Behind Lumbridge Castle1Free-to-play icon.png12Maplink
West Ardougne1Member icon.png74Maplink
Port Phasmatys Ship1Member icon.png1Maplink
Port Piscarilius (1st Floor Buildings)1Member icon.png5Maplink
Lunar Island Dock1Member icon.png1Maplink
Melzar's Maze (1st Floor)1Free-to-play icon.png2Maplink
Mos Le'Harmless Ship1Member icon.png1Maplink
Port Piscarilius (2nd Floor Buildings)1Member icon.png3Maplink
Melzar's Maze (2nd Floor)1Free-to-play icon.png2Maplink
Ardougne Sewers1Member icon.png23Maplink
Goblin Cave1Member icon.png19Maplink
Clock Tower Basement1Member icon.png26Maplink
Rat Pits1Member icon.png3Maplink
Melzar's Maze Basement1Free-to-play icon.png3Maplink
Dwarven Mines1Free-to-play icon.png4Maplink
Crandor and Karamja Dungeon1Free-to-play icon.png2Maplink
Draynor Sewers1Free-to-play icon.png10Maplink
Varrock Sewers1Free-to-play icon.png29Maplink
Draynor Manor Basement1Free-to-play icon.png9Maplink
Edgeville Dungeon1Free-to-play icon.png2Maplink
Sisterhood Sanctuary1Member icon.png6Maplink
Stronghold of Security: Catacomb of Famine1Free-to-play icon.png60Maplink
Stronghold of security: Vault of War1Free-to-play icon.png56Maplink
Grand Tree Mine1Member icon.png21Maplink
Taverley Dungeon1Member icon.png4Maplink
The Warrens1Member icon.png16Maplink
Abandoned Mine (Level 2)1Member icon.png9Maplink
Abandoned Mine (Level 4)1Member icon.png3Maplink
Keldagrim Rat Pits1Member icon.png8Maplink
Kings Ransom Jail1Member icon.png4Maplink
Meiyerditch Laboratories1Member icon.png6Maplink
The Hollows1Member icon.png17Maplink
Meiyerditch Hideout (Myreque Hideout)1Member icon.png2Maplink
Observatory Dungeon1Member icon.png4Maplink
Rashiliyia's Tomb1Member icon.png3Maplink
Shadow Dungeon1Member icon.png12Maplink
Skavid Caves1Member icon.png18Maplink
Underground Pass (Level 2)1Member icon.png27Maplink
Waterfall Dungeon1Member icon.png9Maplink
Cabin Fever Boats1Member icon.png6Maplink
Cabin Fever Boats, 1st floor[UK]2nd floor[US]1Member icon.png3Maplink
Waterfall Dungeon (Flooded during quest)1Member icon.png1Maplink
Isle of Souls1Member icon.png4Maplink

Drops[edit | edit source]

The following drop rates are provided by Jagex, unless otherwise specified.

100%[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Bones.png: Rat drops Bones with rarity Always in quantity 1Bones1Always[d 1]630
  1. ^ Bones are only dropped in the Stronghold of Security.

Tertiary[edit | edit source]

Item Quantity Rarity Price High Alch
Rat's tail.png: Rat drops Rat's tail with rarity Always in quantity 1Rat's tail1Always[d 1]Not sold1
Rat bone.png: Rat drops Rat bone with rarity 1/4 in quantity 1Rat bone(m)11/4[d 2]Not soldN/A
Looting bag.png: Rat drops Looting bag with rarity 1/15 in quantity 1Looting bag(m)11/15[d 3]Not soldN/A
  1. ^ Rat's tails is only dropped during Witch's Potion.
  2. ^ Rat bones are only dropped during Rag and Bone Man II, and not by the rats in the Stronghold of Security.
  3. ^ Looting bags are only dropped by those found in the Wilderness.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Gallery (historical)[edit | edit source]

Rat (historical).png
Rat (historical v2).png
29 March 2004 –
26 September 2005
26 September 2005 –
28 November 2005
28 November 2005 –

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The regular and Stronghold of Security rat variants had festive overrides wearing red partyhats during the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Christmas events.
  • In RuneScape: The Official Handbook from 2006, it is stated that regular rats may weigh up to 70 pounds. This is likely an error in unit translation, as other weight and height statistics in the handbook are unrealistic - such as Guard Bandits weighing "up to 70lbs" and Giant Spiders having their height listed as 30 feet.