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Tutorial Island
Tutorial Island.png
Released24 September 2002 (Update)
TeleportsMagic Instructor
MusicNewbie Melody, Scape Cave
Location on World Map
Wizards' Tower
Karamja Tutorial Island Kharidian Desert
Kharidian Desert

Every new RuneScape character starts out on the Tutorial Island. For new players, this is a place to learn the ropes, whilst those creating new characters can begin to fine-tune them here.

Watch for the map symbols on the minimap, as learning those will help players find their way.

[ start: 2021-06-06 Su, 18:00+ GMT ]

Every new RuneScape player character starts out on Tutorial Island, the most southern part of the Kingdom of Misthalin. For those that are brand new to the game, the island is a place to learn the ropes, whilst those creating new characters can begin to fine-tune them here.

At any point during the tutorial, if players have not made the required response within a reasonable time, they will be prompted as to their next action in the top left-hand corner.

Customisation[edit | edit source]

Upon account creation, new players can customise the appearance of their character. This includes their clothes, hair, skin colour and gender. Note that a player's appearance can be later changed after leaving Tutorial Island through Makeover.

Upon logging in to the game for the first time after account creation, players will find themselves in a building at the center of Tutorial Island. The Character Creator interface will be open, which allows setting the appearance of the character. This includes things like gender, skin colour, hair and clothing. The Jaw (facial hair) option is not available when the female gender is selected.

Note that the majority of the customisation options can later, after leaving Tutorial Island, be altered through Makeover. However, changing the colour of the feet (shoes) and changing the design of the hands (whether the character wears wrist bands or not) can only be done by members. Furthermore, the design (size) of the feet can never be changed again [confirmation needed] so choose wisely.

Choose Confirm to set the selected appearance.

A new player can begin customising their character upon account creation.

Gielinor Guide[edit | edit source]

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The starting building is where the Gielinor Guide resides: the first non-player character (NPC) the player will encounter and talk to.

He will welcome you to the world of Gielinor and teach how to talk to its inhabitants. He will ask how much experience the player has with Old School RuneScape: brand new; played before but not recently; experienced. Only the first two options will grant the player access to Adventure Paths once they arrive on the main land. Furthermore, he will talk about the options or settings menu.

To continue, the player needs to go through the door and follow the path to meet their first instructor.

When talking to him, he will teach some basics:

  • talking to NPCs;
  • the options menu;

The Gielinor Guide teaches players some basics; if they are still stuck, they should always try right-clicking if they cannot achieve the desired result with a left click, and remember that they must use the "talk to" action to communicate with any non-player character.

Players will learn how to:

  • Move the camera
  • Learn that it is usually better to keep the minimap (round compass style display) positioned so that the top is north; otherwise, players tend to waste time going in the wrong direction if they forget. Players should only rotate the view if they need to see around an obstruction, or to try to spy on potential threats or targets.
  • Talk to NPCs
  • Use the RuneScape website
  • Open doors

At any point, if players have not made the required response within a reasonable time, they will be prompted as to their next action.

Survival Expert[edit | edit source]

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The Survival Expert, Brynna, gives players the basics for the survival skills: Fishing, Woodcutting and Firemaking.

She hands out a small fishing net which must be used to catch some shrimps in the nearby pond.

She will then talk about the skills menu or interface, where all skills can be found, the player's current levels and the amount of experience. A skill can be clicked on to open up the relevant skillguide.

Furthermore, she will give a bronze axe and a tinderbox, which must be used to cut a tree and collect some logs. With the logs, the player can light a fire using the tinderbox. She notes that the skill known as Fletching can be used to craft bows and arrows from logs.

The player can then cook the shrimps on the fire. Once cooked, food can be eaten to replenish lost health.

Note: all skills that can be trained on Tutorial Island can be trained to level 3 - the highest level available here. However, it can be difficult or even impossible to train certain skills to that level on the island. This Wiki page will indicate whether and when such circumstances occur.


She teaches players how to view and use items in their inventory (pack), cut wood, light a fire, fish, cook and view their current skill levels.

  • Players are expected to successfully fish and cook at least one portion of shrimps. It is better not to maximise your level here, so just fish again if you burn them.
  • Players are expected to cut and burn at least one lot of logs, although if you wish, they can repeat until both Woodcutting and Firemaking reach level 3.

Master Chef[edit | edit source]

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The Master Chef, Lev, teaches players the finer points of Cooking. In this case: making bread. He hands the player the ingredients: a pot of flour and a bucket of water. These must be mixed to make bread dough. After that, the dough can be baked into bread at the cooking range.

If the player has no more ingredients, they can be replenished by talking to Lev. This makes reaching level 3 Cooking very easy.

At most Cooking levels, items that need to be made offer greater healing than fish, which can be cooked at the same level, but require multiple ingredients.

Quest Guide[edit | edit source]

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The Quest Guide tells the player all about quests. He covers using the quest journal and the colours that the quests in it can have: red means the quest has not yet been started, yellow means started but not finished, and green means finished.

When clicking on a quest, it will display information about it. If it is red, it will indicate where to find or start it and what the requirements are. If it is yellow, it will remind you what to do next.

The starting point of a quest can be easily recognized by the quest icon that can be found on the minimap and world map. Such a symbol can be seen in the house the player is in right now. (Note that all sorts of symbols can be spotted and will help players find their way.)

Finally, the Quest Guide will tell you what quests can be about and what rewards they might offer once completed.

quest menu

Mining Instructor[edit | edit source]

[[File:Tutorial Island Dungeon.png|frame|right|<s>The [[Mining Instructor]] and [[Vannaka]] are found here.</s>A map of the Tutorial Island dungeon, where both the Mining Instructor and the Combat Instructor /can be found/reside/.]]

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The Mining Instructor, Dezzick, teaches players the basics of Mining and Smithing (which includes smelting).

--He tells the player they can right-click a rock and prospect it to find out what ore it contains, and he hands out a bronze pickaxe. --He hands out a bronze pickaxe, which can be used to mine the nearby rocks.

When they have mined a copper ore and a tin ore, they can use the furnace to smelt it into a bronze bar. Dezzick will then give a hammer, with which the player can smith a bronze dagger on one of the nearby anvils.

Note that, on Tutorial Island, players can only mine copper and tin, smelt bronze bars and only smith bronze daggers.

Progressing both Mining and Smithing to level 3 here is worthwhile, although players will have to mine a little beyond level 3 Mining to reach level 3 Smithing - thus performing some actions that provide no Mining experience.

The Mining Instructor, Dezzick, teaches players the basics of:

a little more beyond level 3 to get Smithing up to 3 reach level 3 Smithing - thus performing some actions that provide no experience.

Combat Instructor[edit | edit source]

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The Combat Instructor, Vannaka, teaches the basics of the Melee and Ranged types of combat.

Pures should pay attention, as they can make their first bit of character tweaking here - effectively making or breaking their character's journey here.

Melee combat[edit | edit source]

Players are given a bronze sword to wield and wooden shield to equip, and are told about the combat interface. After that, they are instructed to enter the rat pen. (Note that a fatal hit cannot be received, so food is not required.)

The requirement is to kill one rat.

Note: If you kill a rat, Vannaka will not allow you to attack another one, forcing you to continue the tutorial. If you want to train more (i.e. advance your Attack, Strength and/or Defence levels) it is suggested to deal 2 damage to a rat, then run to the other side of the pit and repeat. When you have done this a couple of times, the chance increases you will accidentally attack a rat you have harmed before, killing it instantly. It would therefore be wise to switch worlds regularly (and hope you don't attack a rat that has been wounded recently).

To kill a rat, players can wield the bronze sword, a bronze dagger or neither of those (fight unarmed). The attack style they select will determine what skill they will be training, together with Hitpoints[confirmation needed]: Attack, Strength or Defence.

  • When armed with the sword or dagger, the accurate style trains Attack, aggressive trains Strength, and defensive trains Defence. (Some other weapons may offer the controlled style, which allows training all four skills at once.)
  • When unarmed, Punch trains Attack, Kick trains Strength, and Block trains Defence.

It is worth mentioning that players can train Attack up to level 8 on training dummies when they travel about the main land (also without Hitpoints [confirmation needed]). It could therefore be wise to not progress Attack here in order to save time.

Note: While being in the rat pit, this is the player's only chance to train the Prayer skill on Tutorial Island - despite the fact that that skill will only be introduced at a later stage. Training the skill revolves around burying bones, and the only bones available to players on Tutorial Island are those dropped by the rats. Since one player can kill only one single rat and thus obtain one set of bones, training Prayer here would mean having to rely on multiple other players that don't bury 'their' bones themselves. To speed up the process it is suggested to choose a busy/crowded world.

If players choose the path of a pure, they may choose not to acquire any Prayer experience, as this skill contributes to their combat level.


The minimum requirement is to kill one rat, using any of the following combat attack styles you prefer.

while the maximum is to train each style to the maximum level of 3, while gaining no Hitpoints - the essence of a pure character being able to maximise their strike while holding combat level low.

Accurate[edit | edit source]

Trains players' Attack skill, governing the type of weapon they can wield and their chance of hitting. Since players can train this to 8 on the Varrock dummies later, also without Hitpoints, it is not important to progress this here.

Aggressive[edit | edit source]

Trains players' Strength skill, increasing the potential damage of a successful hit. Since there is no other way to train this without also getting Hitpoints experience, this is valuable for a Melee pure.

Defensive[edit | edit source]

Trains players' Defence skill, reducing the chance of being hit by attacks and allowing players to wear higher level armour.

Since Defence adds to combat level but not players' damage output, pures often do without Defence altogether, although a "steel pure" would have level 5 Defence and wear full steel armour - not excessively expensive to lose and a fair bit better than iron armour, in return for being one combat level higher.

Ranged combat[edit | edit source]

Next up, Vannaka will talk about Ranged combat. The rat pit can now no longer be entered. He will give the player a shortbow and 50 bronze arrows. Once again the goal is to kill one rat, and doing so will force the player to move on.

As the instructor will give more arrows when the player runs out and the arrows are free, it could be wise to train this skill to 3 here. To do so, deal a maximum of 2 damage to each rat. If players drop the arrows and talk to the instructor again, more arrows may be collected.

When both combat tasks are completed, the player may talk to the instructor again to learn more about combat stats, melee combat, ranged combat and the Wilderness.


Once players leave the cage for this, // Once Vannaka starts talking about Ranged combat, they cannot re-enter the pen.

The instructor gives players a Shortbow and 50 bronze arrows, and

will give more arrows if they run out. Unless players are sure they will never use Ranged combat, train this skill to 3 here, as the arrows are free. Just like training melee, if you kill a rat you will be forced to move on, so switch after dealing 2 damage to each rat.

Account Guide[edit | edit source]

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The Account Guide instructs players about their accounts.

He will provide information about worlds, membership, bonds and the various options within the Account Management interface, as well as how to better secure their account.

Brother Brace[edit | edit source]

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Brother Brace instructs players in the Prayer skill: the Prayer interface, the use of Prayers, recharging Prayer points and gaining Prayer experience by burying bones. As explained in the combat section on this page, at this stage of the tutorial it is no longer possible to train Prayer until you travel to the mainland.

The effect of high level Prayer can be devastating in combat, but the low- to mid-level prayers are mostly useful for Melee combat.

Brother Brace also instructs players in using the friends list and ignore list, adding and removing people from those lists, and in the online status of friends.

Upstairs, the player can find an organ on which several tunes can be played.

and in general conduct.

(If they choose the path of a pure, they may choose not to acquire any Prayer experience, as this skill contributes to their combat level.)

There is an organ upstairs which can be played.

Ironman Mode[edit | edit source]

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Paul will introduce Ironman Mode. The player that chooses to become a standard Iron Man or Iron Woman will have restrictions imposed on them: they cannot trade, take items belonging to other players, nor accept their help. In other words, they are entirely self-sufficient.

A second option is to become a Hardcore Ironman or Ironwoman. This means the player not only faces the standard restrictions, but also has only one life. In the event of a death that is not safe, the Hardcore status will be downgraded to a standard.

A final option is to become an Ultimate Ironman or Ironwoman. The player cannot, in addition to the standard restrictions, use the bank. When they die, all carried items will be dropped.

As long as the player is on Tutorial Island they can switch freely between the three modes and being a normal player. Once they leave the island, they can speak to Adam in Lumbridge to switch. However, Adam will only let the player switch downwards and not upwards. (From higher to lower, the order is: Ultimate - Hardcore - standard - normal (non-Ironmen).)

Note that once the settings are chosen, players have one week to change their mind; once the week is over, players may not undo the changes.[confirmation needed]

- where players are self sufficient and are not allowed to trade, among other things. Players can choose to become a standard Ironman, Hardcore Ironman, or Ultimate Ironman by speaking to Paul. Once a player leaves the island, they may speak to Adam in Lumbridge to revert to a standard player, or downgrade to a regular ironman if hardcore or ultimate ironman mode was chosen.

Magic Instructor[edit | edit source]

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The Magic Instructor, Terrova, instructs players in the Magic skill, in the spellbook interface and the casting of spells. He will hand the player five air runes and five mind runes, which must be used to cast the spell Wind Strike on/against the nearby chickens.

If players drop the runes and talk to the instructor again, more runes may be collected. Repeating this to obtain 30 of each rune (collecting 5 previously dropped sets) enables level 3 Magic to be reached.

their spell list and spell casting, though practical Magic combat will require players to use a staff and set an attack spell for it.

The Magic instructor gives five air and five mind runes.

Players use the runes to cast Wind Strike against the chickens.

Leaving the island[edit | edit source]

The Magic Instructor will transport you to Lumbridge with standard provisions. Players cannot take any extra items with them, and any standard items that they banked will be back in their inventory.

Players are now standing just outside the Lumbridge Castle, within the walled area, and will gain the ability to speak in chat and access the rest of the world.

Permanent Tutorial Island character[edit | edit source]

Some players decide to make a separate account for the sole purpose of staying on Tutorial Island permanently (thus creating a Tutorial Island pure). The things to do on the island are very limited.

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Tutorial Island stayers can:

  • Get level 3 in Attack, Strength, Defence, Ranged, Prayer, Magic, Mining, Smithing, Fishing, Cooking, Firemaking and Woodcutting
  • Collect items to their banks

Tutorial Island stayers cannot:

  • Trade
  • Vote via poll booth
  • Obtain the Ironman/Ultimate Ironman armour
  • Smith anything except bronze daggers
  • Train their skills higher than level 3

Update history[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
25 October 2018

18 October 2018

The first character met is now called Gielinor Guide instead of RuneScape Guide. Financial Advisor was replaced with Account Guide.

21 August 2014

Tutorial Island has been updated to provide information about in-game polls.

3 April 2014

Character customization on Tutorial island now correctly applies new hairstyles and outfits.

22 February 2013

This content was included when the Old School RuneScape servers officially launched.
The respawn timer for resources and NPC’s on Tutorial Island has been reduced.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Total level: 56
Attack 3 Hitpoints 10 Mining 3
Strength 3 Agility 1 Smithing 3
Defence 3 Herblore 1 Fishing 3
Ranged 3 Thieving 1 Cooking 3
Prayer 3 Crafting 1 Firemaking 3
Magic 3 Fletching 1 Woodcutting 3
Runecraft 1 Slayer 1 Farming 1
Construction 1 Hunter 1
Combat level 5 Quest point icon.png ---- Music.png ----
  • Maximum total level achievable on Tutorial Island is 56.
  • Maximum experience achievable on Tutorial Island is 3334 experience points, although to get that much you must get lucky in Magic training.
  • The highest experience one can get in a skill (except HP) is 210 for Cooking.
  • The best melee weapon is a bronze sword. The best (and only) Ranged weapon is a shortbow with bronze arrows as ammunition. The best (and only) shield is a wooden shield.
  • Although there is no magic weapon, the bronze dagger gives +1 Magic attack bonus, and is the best Magic weapon available on the island.
  • Even though there is a poll booth on the Tutorial Island the characters can't vote because it requires higher level than the maximum level obtainable on the isle.

[[Category:Islands]] [[Category:Tutorial Island]]