Speedrunning guide

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Speedrunning consists of trying to accomplish a specific goal in a game within a set of parameters as quickly as possible.

If you are looking to experience Old School RuneScape in a new and interesting way, speedrunning offers a surprisingly unique, challenging, and rewarding view of game.

This page provides information on the speedrunning categories that are hosted on Speedrun.com. These categories are what the community has shown to be the most interesting sets of repeatable "goals" in Old School RuneScape. However, the categories are always open to be modified or expanded as the community sees fit.

Categories[edit | edit source]

F2P Champions' Guild Ironman%[edit | edit source]

Category Goal Enter the Champions' Guild (Which requires 32 Quest Points) as a Free to Play Ironman.
Start point Timing starts upon the character creation screen disappearing on Tutorial Island.
End point Timing ends upon seeing "Greetings bold adventurer. Welcome to the guild of Champions." when entering the Champions' Guild.
Run length Medium-Long.
Leaderboards Speedrun.com Leaderboard
Category Specific Rules
Route Guide Full Route Guide


Currently the most active run category. Requiring 32 Quest points makes this category showcase most of the early Free-to-play content.

Tutorial Island%[edit | edit source]

Category Goal Complete Tutorial Island.
Start point Timing starts upon the character creation screen disappearing on Tutorial Island.
End point Timing ends when your character arrives at Lumbridge.
Run length Very Short
Leaderboards Speedrun.com Leaderboard
Category Specific Rules
  • None
Route Guide Full Route Guide


A very short and very optimized category. Great for starting runners to get a feel for playing Old School RuneScape quickly, and a valuable category to learn - as it is also a part of every other category.

F2P Black Knights Fortress Ironman%[edit | edit source]

Category Goal Complete Black Knights' Fortress (Which requires 12 Quest points to start).
Start point Timing starts upon the character creation screen disappearing on Tutorial Island.
End point Timing ends upon completing the Black Knights' Fortress quest.
Run length Short-Medium
Leaderboards Speedrun.com Leaderboard
Category Specific Rules
Route Guide Full Route Guide


A sort of "Half Champions Guild%" run, with a little under half the Quest points requirement.

Obtain Camo Top%[edit | edit source]

Category Goal Obtain the Camo top from the Drill Demon Random event.
Start point See Category Specific Rules
End point See Category Specific Rules
Run length ???
Leaderboards Speedrun.com Leaderboard
Category Specific Rules
  • To verify a run you need either of the following:
    • A video of the entire run, from character creation to random event completion.
    • A screenshot of the player with a Camo top in their inventory or equipped while getting their character's age from Hans.
  • Timing starts upon the character creation screen disappearing on Tutorial Island if providing a video of the run, or when the player's Hans time begins if submitting a screenshot.
  • Timing ends when the player exits the random event if providing video of the entire run, or upon getting account age from Hans if only providing a screenshot.
  • If the player has the Camo top equipped they must show the equipment panel instead of the backpack/inventory panel if submitting a screenshot.
Route Guide Full Route Guide


A very RNG dependent run, with current times ranging from five minutes to just over 88 days.

General Rules[edit | edit source]

These rules apply to all categories, in addition to any other category specific rules.

  • Timing must be RTA.
  • Mouse cursor must be visible.
  • Skippy is not allowed.
  • Must use the official game client.
  • Multilogging is allowed for most runs, but must be marked on the run submission.

(Multilogging is any other account having a direct effect on the run that the runner could control. For example, manipulating NPC locations on an alt account, or picking up the ashes from another player's fire.)

New Account Setup[edit | edit source]

Each run is completed with a brand new account, so each run needs a unique email address. If the run requires you to get money from the Stronghold of Security, the account will need to have the authenticator enabled.

For runs that do not require an authenticator:[edit | edit source]

You do not need to have access to the email used, and as such can use a random keyboard spam email.

For runs that do require an authenticator:[edit | edit source]

There is a workaround to use one email address for all of your accounts, which allows you to not have to set up a new email address for every authenticator run.

Create a new email address. (it is recommended that you setup a short and memorable gmail account "[email protected]".)

You can then use the email "[email protected]", and increment it by one each run.

Your RuneScape login will be "[email protected]" and the authentication email will go to "[email protected]". Only the characters before the "+" symbol will be registered as the email address.

Running Terminology[edit | edit source]

This terminology is common short-hand that is used across all of the guides.

Key Terms[edit | edit source]

Term Definition
[BANK] Deposit all inventory and worn items, withdraw the listed items.
[Split] Commonly used split locations.
[Deathwarp] Take an intentional death via the mentioned enemy.
[Numbers in parentheses] (Chat 11) Dialogue options you'll want to select when speaking to an NPC.
"Reclaim runes" Drop your runes, claim runes from the magic tutor, pick up the dropped runes.
"Bread" A high quality routing option.

Abbreviations[edit | edit source]

Abbreviation Quest Name
RM Rune Mysteries
RG Restless Ghost
PT Pirate's Treasure
WP Witch's Potion
VS Vampire Slayer
RJ Romeo and Juliet
DS Demon Slayer
PAR Prince Ali Rescue
CA Cook's Assistant
ETC Ernest The Chicken
BKF Black Knights' Fortress
GD Goblin Diplomacy
XMS X Marks the Spot

General Running Knowledge[edit | edit source]

If you log in to a new account, log out without finishing character creation, then log back in - You will no longer have the character creation screen, and the run is considered started here.

Hold spacebar through all dialogue.

Use number keys for all dialogue.

Run depletes faster the more weight you are carrying. Stockpile run energy while carrying a heavy load, and run when you have a light load.

Always be in motion. Click doors and be walking on the next game tick. Stay prepared for your next action.

The openness of the game means there are a huge number of backup strats available to a runner. Much of this run was built from strats discovered on the fly after something went wrong. As it is in life, it is also so in speedrunning - there are no mistakes, only "happy little accidents".