Rift guardian

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The rift guardian is a members-only skilling pet that can be obtained while training Runecraft. The chances of getting it are dependent on the player's Runecraft level, the rune the player is crafting, and the number of essence used.

When a player receives the pet, it will automatically try to appear as their follower. When Blood and Soul Runecrafting, if the inventory is full with Dark Essence Blocks, and a pet is already following you, it will not be possible to obtain a chance to get the pet.[1] At the same time, a red message in the chatbox will state You have a funny feeling like you're being followed.

On death, if a player loses their pet (as a follower or in your inventory) it will wander around for 30 seconds, but will disappear instantly.

Players can pay a one-time fee of 500,000 coins to Probita in East Ardougne to have this pet insured. If the pet is lost while insured, it can be reclaimed for 1,000,000 coins.

Colours[edit | edit source]

The colour of the pet received is dependent on the altar at which the player's runes were crafted. Players can change its colour by crafting a rune at the desired runecrafting altar while it is following the player. Thus, various colours will require different Runecraft levels.

When runecrafting at the Ourania Altar it will turn into a random colour, but not necessarily one of the runes the player has crafted. The wrath rune colour pattern, however, can only be obtained from runecrafting at the wrath altar.

Should players wish to keep their rift guardian the same colour, they may do so via the right-click "Locking" option while it is following the player.

Altar Image Altar Image Altar Image
Air rune.pngAir altar Rift guardian pet (air).png Mind rune.pngMind altar Rift guardian pet (mind).png Water rune.pngWater altar Rift guardian pet (water).png
Earth rune.pngEarth altar Rift guardian pet (earth).png Fire rune.pngFire altar Rift guardian pet (fire).png Body rune.pngBody altar Rift guardian pet (body).png
Cosmic rune.pngCosmic altar Rift guardian pet (cosmic).png Chaos rune.pngChaos altar Rift guardian pet (chaos).png Astral rune.pngAstral altar Rift guardian pet (astral).png
Nature rune.pngNature altar Rift guardian pet (nature).png Law rune.pngLaw altar Rift guardian pet (law).png Death rune.pngDeath altar Rift guardian pet (death).png
Blood rune.pngBlood altar Rift guardian pet (blood).png Soul rune.pngSoul altar Rift guardian pet (soul).png Wrath rune.pngWrath altar Rift guardian pet (wrath).png

Drop rates[edit | edit source]

Shown below are the base chances of receiving a rift guardian[2]. The pet chance is rolled per essence crafted, not per rune crafted.

A player's actual chances of receiving it is 1 in B - (Lvl * 25), where B is the base chance and Lvl is the player's Runecraft level.

The fastest method on average (excluding the use of runners) to receive the rift guardian is by crafting mind runes, using the Mind Altar Teleport. However, lava runes are recommended, as they are only slightly slower for receiving the pet, but they are significantly better for experience.

Rune Base chance
Blood runes 804,984
Soul runes 782,999
Ourania Altar 1,487,213[3]
Everything else 1,795,758

Through a simulation, the following pet chances were calculated:

Method Lvl Begin Lvl End Runes Crafted Pet Chance
Lava runes (fire altar) 23 77 139,933 7.50%
Blood runes 77 90 158,475 17.91%
Soul runes 90 99 253,524 27.73%
Lava runes (fire altar) 23 99 1,240,776 49.93%
Mind runes (8 runes per essence) 89 99 1,489,480 56.42%

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

The following text is transcluded from Transcript:Rift guardian.
Standard dialogue

  • Can you see your own rift?
    • Player: Can you see your own rift?
    • Rift guardian: No. From time to time I feel it shift and change inside me though. It is an odd feeling.
    • (End of dialogue)
  • Where would you like to go today, Rifty?
    • Player: Where would you like me to take you today Rifty?
    • Rift guardian: Please do not call me that... we are a species of honour, [player name].
    • Player: Sorry.
    • (End of dialogue)
  • Hey! What's that?
    • Player: Hey! What's that!
    • You quickly poke your hand through the rift guardian's rift.
    • Rift guardian: Huh, what?! Where?
    • Player: Not the best guardian it seems.
    • (End of dialogue)
  • About your colour-changing...
    • Player: About your colour-changing...
    • If the Rift guardian is set to changing colours upon binding essence at an altar:
      • Rift guardian: If you take me to a Runecrafting Altar, I will adopt the altar's colour as you bind essence there.
        • I want you to stay this colour instead.
          • Player: I want you to stay this colour instead.
          • Rift guardian: Very well, I will remain locked to this colour, even if you bind essence at a Runecrafting Altar.
          • (End of dialogue)
        • Okay, carry on adopting the colour of altars.
          • Player: Okay, carry on adopting the colour of altars.
          • Rift guardian: Very well, I will adopt the altar's colour next time you bind essence at a Runecrafting Altar.
          • (End of dialogue)
    • If the Rift guardian is set to keeping its colour upon binding essence at an altar:
      • Rift guardian: Even if you bind essence at a Runecrafting Altar, I will remain locked to this colour.
        • I'd like you to adopt the altar's colour next time.
          • Player: I'd like you to adopt the altar's colour next time.
          • Rift guardian: Very well, I will adopt the altar's colour next time you bind essence at a Runecrafting Altar.
          • (End of dialogue)
        • Okay, please stay locked to this colour.
          • Player: Okay, please stay locked to this colour.
          • Rift guardian: Very well, I will remain locked to this colour, even if you bind essence at a Runecrafting Altar.
          • (End of dialogue)
  • Actually, never mind.
    • <missing>
Overhead dialogue

This dialogue is only triggered when the Rift guardian is battling another pet in the arena, or interacting with a scratching post in the Menagerie.

  • Rift guardian: Feel my wrath!
  • Rift guardian: Get out of my altar!
  • Rift guardian: Feel the power of my rift!
  • Rift guardian: I'll convert your very essence into runes.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account 20 May 2020, Mod Ash : "I'm afraid not."
  2. Jagex. Mod Kieren's Twitter account. 26 September 2016. (Archived from the original on 26 May 2020.) Mod Kieren: "Runecrafting pet rates! Retweet! Fairly straight forward one :). [1]"
  3. Jagex. Mod Kieren's Twitter account. 27 September 2016. (Archived from the original on 26 May 2020.) Mod Kieren: "Just for awareness, having set out all the skillpet rates yesterday, the rate for ZMI will be 1,487,213 per essence for RC skillpet."