Shooting Stars are a Distraction and Diversion in which meteors fall from the sky every two hours or so across every in-game server. These can be mined for Stardust, which can be exchanged at a shop run by Dusuri at the Mining Guild entrance.
On every world, a shooting star will fall at a random spot selected from a predetermined list roughly every two hours (with a variation of up to 15 minutes), although stars on different worlds may fall closer in time to one another, or even at the same time.
A shooting star viewed through a telescope.
Members can use a telescope in a study room in a player-owned house to find the approximate area and time of the next landing. It is also possible to use telescopes in another player's house for this purpose.
- If the telescope is blocked by another room in the house, or the room is underground, it will not work.
- Better telescopes provide a more accurate time window:
- If a star is not in the sky, the following text appears:
- “You look through the telescope but you don’t see anything interesting.”
Members may make use of a telescope to reveal the general area in which the star will fall, wherein there are a number of locations in which the star may actually land. The star generally will fall near a mine or bank within a given area.
The only way to locate the actual crash site is to search each possible crash site in the given area until the crashed star is found; this process, as well as the mining process, can be greatly expedited with the assistance of other players.
Feldip Hills and the Isle of Souls[edit | edit source]
Fossil Island and Mos Le'Harmless[edit | edit source]
Fremennik Lands and Lunar Isle[edit | edit source]
Piscatoris and the Gnome Stronghold[edit | edit source]
A size-7 crashed star, requiring level 70 Mining to mine.
Crashed Stars come in sizes from 1 to 9. Players can find out how large the star is by examining it. Additionally, prospecting it will reveal the progress to the next level. (See Star sizes below for experience for each star size.)
Crashed Star discovered
The jingle that plays upon discovering a crashed star.
The first person to attempt to mine the crashed star will be notified in the chatbox that they are the first to find the star, and a jingle will play alongside the chatbox message. In addition, their name will be added to the Shooting Star Noticeboard in the reception room north of the Observatory; up to five players are displayed on the noticeboard.
Each layer of the star is mined from 0% to 100%, at which point the outermost layer sloughs off, and the star's size is reduced by one tier. The amount left to mine of the current layer can be determined by prospecting while mining. The more people mining a star, the faster one can expect to get through the layers.
Players will receive stardust as they mine the crashed star, receiving experience each time a piece of stardust is mined. There is a chance you may receive additional stardust depending on the star size. Varrock armour and mining gloves will not work on crashed stars. In addition, players may receive a rock golem as well whilst mining. If mining at the Trahaearn mine entrance, there is also a small chance of obtaining a crystal shard.
Once the final layer (when the star is size one) is fully mined, the remains of the star will crumble and disappear, and players will not be able to mine any more. Players can exchange stardust via a shop run by Dusuri at the Mining Guild entrance on the surface.
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At max tier, a star has a total of 2930 Stardust and offers 65600 experience.
- The Star fall cycle will reset during a system update and stars on the ground before the update will vanish.
- It is possible that the telescopes of two POH will show different timers. (For example, one might say its 10–12 minutes away while the other says 9–11 minutes). In this case the landing time is narrowed down to the time when the timers overlap (In this case in 10–11 minutes)
- Only one star can crash per given world at a time. If a star is not mined or finished being mined, it will automatically despawn when the star from the next wave arrives.
- Higher star sizes will give less total stardust than at lower sizes, so for the same number of miners, a high star size reduces to the next size faster than for a low star size.
Stardust is obtained by mining the crashed star. Stardust is used as currency at Dusuri's Star Shop to purchase the celestial ring along with other rewards.
Shooting Stars were originally released on 2 September 2008 in RuneScape as one of three Distractions and Diversions, alongside Balthazar Beauregard's Big Top Bonanza and Penguin Hide and Seek. Like most content imported from the post-backup era, the Shooting Stars for Old School RuneScape has a few differences which aim to better adapt it for the community of Old School RuneScape.
- RuneScape has 44 possible landing sites; Old School RuneScape has 76.
- Originally, Shooting Stars were only available for members. This was changed on 9 October 2017 in RuneScape.
- On free-to-play worlds, Shooting Stars may crash in a members area, rendering it out of reach.
- Mining experience is half of what it usually is for members.
- There is no experience given for the first player who mines the fallen star.
- Players receive a reduced amount of experience per stardust.
- In RuneScape, players could hold only up to 200 stardust, and could only exchange it once per day. Old School RuneScape has no such limit.
- Star Sprites do not exist in Old School RuneScape; rewards are exchanged for stardust via a shop run by Dusuri instead.
|24 March 2021
- Shooting Stars should now deplete more slowly when large groups are mining them.
- Cannons can once again be placed where a Shooting Star would land. However, if a Star lands on it, it will be destroyed and will need to be reclaimed from Nulodion.
- There is now a chance you might receive additional stardust when mining Shooting Stars.
|17 March 2021
Players with the Twisted, Hosidius, and Cosy Cabin house styles can now properly use the telescope.
- The dialogue said by players when a star is not in the sky contains several cultural references:
- "Oh, it was just a spider crawling across the lens." is likely a reference to Tintin in The Shooting Star.
- "My goodness... it's full of stars!" is a reference to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- "Hmm... are the stars really small, or are they just very far away?" could possibly be a reference to the Irish sitcom Father Ted, in the episode "Hell" where Ted tries to explain perspective to another character.