Wilderness

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The Wilderness, also known as the Wild or Wildy, is a large and dangerous wasteland that makes up nearly the entirety of north-eastern Gielinor directly north of the kingdoms of Asgarnia and Misthalin.

The entirety of the Wilderness is a PvP area. Two players may fight if their combat levels are within a certain range of each other, increasing the deeper into the Wilderness they go. This, along with very high level monsters and bosses, makes the Wilderness one of the most dangerous places in the game.

The Wilderness Diary is a set of achievement diaries relating to the Wilderness and its surrounding area, released on 5 March 2015.

In-game history[edit | edit source]

The area that is now the Wilderness was formerly known as Forinthry. It was a lush and green land by the time Gielinor was discovered by Guthix.

Forinthry was very rich in resources, and so a perfect place to build settlements. Zaros, a god who entered Gielinor after Guthix entered his sleeping state at the end of the First Age, fully conquered this area during the Second Age. Many settlements were built, whose most powerful were Dareeyak, Carrallangar, Annakarl, and Ghorrock. Forinthry formed a very big part of Zaros' mighty empire, which was the most powerful of Gielinor at that time, and stretched from northern Forinthry, through the north-west of Misthalin, and to the north-east of Morytania.

Near the end of the second age, Zaros' Mahjarrat general Zamorak wanted to overthrow Zaros and was able to collect a group of followers. Those included (but were not limited to) the Elder Demon Thammaron, the vampyre Lord Drakan, the human warrior Viggora, and the Mahjarrat Zemouregal and Hazeel. When Zamorak got his hands on the Staff of Armadyl, he attacked Zaros' palace and after an intense battle, a large part of Zaros' powers were transferred via the staff to Zamorak, leading to his banishment. After that Zamorak supposedly disappeared. Years later he returned to Gielinor with an army so big that he could conquer the world and declared war against all the other gods, starting the God Wars.

During the God Wars, Forinthry was under constant attacks of Zamorak and Saradomin's armies and soon started to crumble, the fortresses were dominated and many of Zaros' remaining followers sided with Zamorak to not be his victims, and soon, the remaining settlements of Forinthry were destroyed with the exception of Ghorrock.

In the last years of the war Saradomin forged a temporary and fragile alliance with Armadyl and Bandos to defeat Zamorak, and in a following battle Zamorak brought destruction on the entire land by causing a massive explosion that swept across the continent turning it into the cursed wasteland today known as the Wilderness. The massive destruction caused Guthix to awake from his long slumber. Once awoken Guthix led his army to the scarred land of Forinthry to end the war, which led him to establish the Edicts of Guthix, which banned all gods from ever directly influencing Gielinor again. Guthix went deep into the depths of Gielinor and wept, saddened by the effects the God Wars had had on the world that he had shaped and loved. The Wars ended, but the damage was done; many races like the aviantese, icyene, ourgs, and wyrms were almost wiped out of existence, and all of Gielinor suffered from the effects of the wars, but not one kingdom suffered as heavily as Forinthry.

Forinthry is today known as the Wilderness and is now nothing but a cursed wasteland feared by adventurers. Today, many ruins of the once mighty cities still remain in these lands, barely recognisable as the great cities they were but rather piles of bricks and spirits of the creatures who died during the God Wars who were forced to look after the Wilderness. They started wandering the Wilderness, attacking anything alive they would encounter, these spirits became known as the revenants.

During the Fourth Age, there were many attempts to recolonise the Wilderness, none known to be particular succesful. There are still many creatures wandering around in the Wilderness, like many species of giants and demons. Due to the Wilderness being a site of ancient battles, it is also a place where dragons reside. Some outlaws, mostly Zamorakians, have also managed to set up their bases there, like bandits, dark warriors, rogues, and pirates.

Unique mechanics[edit | edit source]

Wilderness levels[edit | edit source]

The Wilderness contains different levels, starting at level 1 at the Wilderness ditch, and increasing to level 56 in the far north. These levels are only indicated by a small screen overlay; there is no physical separation between levels.

Players within combat level range of each other can attack each other in the Wilderness. This range is calculated by taking the combat level and adding or subtracting the current Wilderness level.

For example, in level 1 Wilderness, a player who is level 100 can attack players who are level 99, level 101 or the same level. If a player is level 100 in level 24 Wilderness, they can attack players between level 76 and level 124 combat.

The first two steps (squares) of the wilderness are "safe" zones, in which players can not attack or be attacked, thus making the Wilderness ditch not a strict reminder of where the Wilderness starts.

Death mechanics[edit | edit source]

Upon dying in the Wilderness of any cause, the player will keep up to three (3) items upon respawning.

Skull (status) icon.png

If the player is skulled by attacking another player first or entering the Abyss, they will lose all items upon death. If a player is attacked by another player and fights back, they will not be skulled.

The Protect Item prayer allows the player to keep one more item than usual if activated, meaning up to four (4) items are kept normally, but only one (1) is kept if skulled. Protect Item can NOT be activated on a high-risk world.

If the player dies to other players, all tradeable items will only be visible to the player who dealt the most damage for one minute. If the player dies to a monster, they are visible only to the victim for a minute. After this, all other players can see the dropped items for 59 minutes.

Upon death, any untradeable items (such as void armour, fire capes or fighter torso) will be converted into coins above level 20 Wilderness, and players must obtain the item again from its original source. Below level 20 Wilderness, any items deemed useful in combat turn into broken items instead, which can be repaired back into their original state with coins at Perdu. Other untradeable items, such as graceful clothing, will remain on the ground for an hour.

Teleport restrictions[edit | edit source]

Teleports will not work above level 20 Wilderness, except for those methods listed below, which may be used by members up to level 30. However, the Teleport Block spell will prevent using nearly any means of teleportation for five minutes, or two and a half minutes if it is successfully cast on a player with Protect from Magic active.

Member teleportation up to level 30 Wilderness[edit | edit source]

Dropping items[edit | edit source]

Except for cooked food and potions, all dropped items become visible to other players immediately. This is to discourage players from dropping their items before dying and quickly making it back to pick them up. Cooked foods and potions never appear to other players, which is to prevent clans and teams from dropping supplies for each other during a fight.

Black chinchompas cannot be released in combat. This was changed to prevent chinchompa hunters releasing them to leave nothing for the player killer out of spite.

Player Killing[edit | edit source]

Main article: Player killing
Skull (status) icon.png

Many players engage in player killing - "PKing" - throughout the Wilderness to obtain valuables. When a PKer kills another player in the Wilderness, most or all of the items the victim was carrying are dropped and made visible to the PKer.

A clan of players player-killing their target.

In multi-combat areas, many PKers are able to attack the same player simultaneously. PKers will sometimes group together in clans and go PKing, occasionally splitting any loot which they may obtain. These groups can be difficult to counteract if stumbled upon in the Wilderness.

Another form of player killing for money is bot slaying, where players can kill bots that attack monsters for the resources the bots have collected. This can be an easy and reliable way for players to gain profit and acquire kills. A popular monster for this is green dragons, as their hides and bones are very profitable.

Bounty Hunter[edit | edit source]

Main article: Bounty Hunter

Bounty Hunter is a player killing-based minigame and can only be played on the Bounty Hunter world 318. Players are assigned a target to kill to earn and points, which can be cashed in for rewards at the Bounty Hunter Shop. Players are matched based on combat level.

Looting[edit | edit source]

Players, especially those with low level accounts, can venture into the Wilderness with minimal risk with the sole purpose of looting. Looters pick up the remains of a drop after the killer finished taking the most expensive items, and some looters even tailgate player-killing clans.

Notable locations[edit | edit source]

A detailed map of the Wilderness, with levels, notable locations, and typical NPC spawns.
Place Wilderness Level On the Map Other Information
Northern Edgeville Dungeon 1 - 5 Underground, with exit to Obelisk of Air in level 5 Wilderness. Monsters include Black demons, Earth warriors, and Chaos druids. The Obelisk of Earth and exit to the Obelisk of Air are located here.
South Wilderness mine 6 - 7 North of the Edgeville bank, near the tip of the River Lum Contains coal and iron rocks. The Mage of Zamorak provides teleport access to the Abyss.
South-west Wilderness mine 9 South of the Dark Warriors' Fortress Contains 34 coal rocks.
Chaos Temple 13 South-east of the Graveyard of Shadows, marked by the altar icon This is one of only two altars in the Wilderness. Elder Chaos druids inhabit the area.
Dark Warriors' Fortress 13 - 16 South of the Bandit Camp Spawns all runes chaos and lower.
Revenant Caves 17 - 40 Two entrances - one east of the Dark Warriors' Fortress (low level) and one south-east of the Lava Maze (high level) Home to large number of different monsters, most notably Revenants.
Wilderness God Wars Dungeon 23 - 29
(multicombat)
East of The Forgotten Cemetery Monsters drop ecumenical keys, and aviansies drop noted adamantite bars.
Bone Yard 27 - 30 North of the Chaos Temple and east of the Ruins Bones and Big bones spawn here, making it a popular Prayer training location.
Bandit Camp mine 29 - 35 East of the Forgotten Cemetery Contains 16 iron rocks, 31 coal rocks, 19 mithril rocks, 8 adamantite rocks. Most rocks of any free-to-play mining site.
Lava Dragon Isle 36 - 42 West of the Demonic Ruins, east of the Lava Maze The only location of Lava dragons. Two white berries spawn here.
Chaos Temple (hut) 38 The small building just south of the Frozen Waste Plateau Altar allows for Prayer training. A hotspot for PKers recharging their prayer or killing players training here.
Lava Maze 40 - 45 South of the Mage Arena, east of Lava Dragon Isle Many items spawns, and the Muddy chest can be looted. Has a single lava eel fishing spot. The dungeon contains Greater demons, Black dragons, and a runite rock.
Demonic Ruins 45 - 48
(multicombat)
Top right-hand corner Prayer points are slowly recharged while within range. The only F2P location with Greater demons.
Lava Maze runite mine 46 North of the Lava Maze The only free-to-play vein of runite ore. Player-killing hotspot.
Fountain of Rune 47 - 48
(multicombat)
Top right-hand corner south of the Wilderness Volcano Players can cast spells without runes here, though no experience is given.Dragonstone jewellery can gain extra charges from the fountain.
Rogues' Castle 51 East of the Mage Arena and Deserted Keep Contains rogues, which can be pickpocketed, and chests, which can be looted.
Resource Area 51 - 53 East of the Deserted Keep, west of the Scorpion Pit Contains Mining, Fishing and Woodcutting resources. One of the few fishing spots to contain dark crabs. Two Runite Golems are here.
Wilderness Volcano 53 - 58 Northeast of the Rogues' Castle Odium wards and malediction wards are forged here. Dark crab fishing spots are nearby.

Transportation methods[edit | edit source]

Note: Some methods in this section may allow the player to immediately teleport into deep sections of the Wilderness. However, nothing except members' Deserted Keep lever allows directly leaving the Wilderness above level 30, and pk-ers may tele-block the player below level 30. Always come prepared, as easy escape may not be readily available in an emergency.

Spells[edit | edit source]

Teleports excluding Lunar spells also have a tablet form.

Icon Spell MagicMagic icon.png
level
Spellbook Location Wilderness
level
Dareeyak Teleport icon.png Dareeyak Teleport 78 Ancient Western Ruins 23
Carrallangar Teleport icon.png Carrallangar Teleport 84 Graveyard of Shadows 19
Annakarl Teleport icon.png Annakarl Teleport 90 Demonic Ruins 47
Ghorrock Teleport icon.png Ghorrock Teleport 96 Frozen Waste Plateau 45
Ice Plateau Teleport icon.png Ice Plateau Teleport 89 Lunar 53
Tele Group Ice Plateau icon.png Tele Group Ice Plateau 90
Cemetery Teleport icon.png Cemetery Teleport 74 Arceuus The Forgotten Cemetery 31

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Obelisks[edit | edit source]

A player standing at a Wilderness Obelisk
Main article: Wilderness Obelisk

There are several obelisks scattered throughout the whole Wilderness that players can use to randomly teleport to particular locations within the Wilderness. If players have completed the hard Wilderness Diary, they can choose their teleport location. Also, players with level 80 ConstructionConstruction icon.png can build their own obelisk that teleports them to the others, but this is a one-way teleport to the Wilderness.

Other[edit | edit source]

Players can use the Ardougne or Edgeville teleport lever to teleport to the Deserted Keep.

Players with level 57 WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.pngWoodcutting can create a waka canoe at any canoe station, which transports by the pond in level 35 Wilderness, east of a Wilderness Obelisk.

The magic door found within the Entrana Dungeon teleports the player to level 32 Wilderness, south of the chaos dwarves near Vet'ion.

Bosses[edit | edit source]

The Wilderness is a host of many powerful bosses, who are able to drop rare items that can't be obtained anywhere else.

Name Image Level Hitpoints Attack style Location Notes
Callisto
Callisto.png
470 255 Melee, Magic South of Demonic Ruins Has a powerful special attack that hits up to 60 and has another attack which knock players backwards.

Unique drops:
Tyrannical ring.png: Inventory image of Tyrannical ring Tyrannical ring
Dragon pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Dragon pickaxe Dragon pickaxe
Callisto cub.png: Inventory image of Callisto cub Callisto cub

Chaos Elemental
Chaos Elemental.png
305 250 Magic, Ranged, Melee West of the Rogues' Castle It can hit up to 28 in all three combat styles.

Unique drops:
Pet chaos elemental.png: Inventory image of Pet chaos elemental Pet chaos elemental
Dragon pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Dragon pickaxe Dragon pickaxe

Chaos Fanatic
Chaos Fanatic.png
202 225 Magic West of the Lava Maze Has a special attack that must be avoided in order to avoid damage.

Unique drops:
Pet chaos elemental.png: Inventory image of Pet chaos elemental Pet chaos elemental
Malediction shard 1.png: Inventory image of Malediction shard 1 Malediction shard 1
Odium shard 1.png: Inventory image of Odium shard 1 Odium shard 1

Crazy archaeologist
Crazy archaeologist.png
204 225 Melee, Ranged Ruins south of The Forgotten Cemetery Has a multi-area special attack that must be avoided by running away.

Unique drops:
Malediction shard 2.png: Inventory image of Malediction shard 2 Malediction shard 2
Odium shard 2.png: Inventory image of Odium shard 2 Odium shard 2
Fedora.png: Inventory image of Fedora Fedora

King Black Dragon
King Black Dragon.png
276 255 Melee, Dragonfire (long-ranged) His lair accessed by pulling the lever in the western entrance of the Lava Maze Dungeon. A particularly strong black dragon that is capable of various dragonfire attacks that can poison, stun and freeze.

Unique drops:
Dragon pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Dragon pickaxe Dragon pickaxe
Kbd heads.png: Inventory image of Kbd heads Kbd heads
Prince black dragon.png: Inventory image of Prince black dragon Prince black dragon

Scorpia
Scorpia.png
225 200 Melee Cavern beneath Scorpion Pit Has a powerful poison that can damage up to 20.

Unique drops:
Malediction shard 3.png: Inventory image of Malediction shard 3 Malediction shard 3
Odium shard 3.png: Inventory image of Odium shard 3 Odium shard 3
Scorpia's offspring.png: Inventory image of Scorpia's offspring Scorpia's offspring

Venenatis
Venenatis.png
464 255 Melee, Magic East of the Bone Yard It is able to drain Prayer and perform a deadly special attack that can hit up to 50.

Unique drops:
Treasonous ring.png: Inventory image of Treasonous ring Treasonous ring
Dragon pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Dragon pickaxe Dragon pickaxe
Venenatis spiderling.png: Inventory image of Venenatis spiderling Venenatis spiderling

Vet'ion
Vet'ion.png
454 255 Melee, Magic North of the Bone Yard It has a lightning bolt attack that can't be blocked by Prayer, and when it reaches half health, it will summon two level 214 skeleton hellhounds to aid it, becoming invulnerable until they are killed. Also has a second form that is dealt with the same way as the first, except it summons level 281 greater skeleton hellhounds instead.

Unique drops:
Ring of the gods.png: Inventory image of Ring of the gods Ring of the gods
Dragon pickaxe.png: Inventory image of Dragon pickaxe Dragon pickaxe
Vet'ion jr..png: Inventory image of Vet'ion jr. Vet'ion jr.

Skill training[edit | edit source]

Throughout the Wilderness, there are many locations where players can train their skills. Many of these training methods are more profitable or faster than other options, though they all carry with them increased risk due to the threat of hostile player killers.

Resource Area[edit | edit source]

Main article: Resource Area

The Resource Area, located very deep within the Wilderness, provides a wide assortment of resources, such as various amounts of ores, magic trees, yew trees, and two Runite Golems, which can be killed and then mined for rune ore. There are static Dark crab fishing spots that can be fished with a lobster pot and Dark fishing bait.

Players must pay 7,500 coins to enter the Resource Area, with free entry as a reward for completing the elite Wilderness Diary. While it is relatively safe, player killers can also pay the fee and attack people training in the area.

PrayerPrayer icon.png Prayer[edit | edit source]

The Chaos Temple in level 38 Wilderness acts as a gilded altar with two burners lit, granting the same Prayer experience bonus when used in a player-owned house chapel. However, offering bones here gives a 50% chance for a bone offered to not be consumed, potentially saving lots of money if training prayer here in bulk. Outside, the Elder Chaos druid can unnote a player's bones for 50 coins per bone.

RunecraftRunecraft icon.png Runecraft[edit | edit source]

Abyss[edit | edit source]

Main article: Abyss

Players can use the Abyss via Wilderness to access the various altars throughout RuneScape to craft runes; the Mage of Zamorak that teleports players to the Abyss lurks around level 5 Wilderness, just north of Edgeville. Many players will risk being killed to craft runes here as it is the fastest way available to train Runecraft for profit; normally, only runes above cosmic are crafted here as any rune below this is not considered worth the risk, and/or it takes less time to reach the appropriate altar by other means.

Chaos Altar[edit | edit source]

Main article: Chaos altar

The chaos altar is located approximately north of Edgeville in level 9 Wilderness, and as with most other runecrafting altars, requires a chaos talisman or tiara to enter. Here players can craft chaos runes; however, entering conventionally requires players to traverse a multi-floor maze to reach the altar itself.

MiningMining icon.png Mining[edit | edit source]

Runite ore, which requires 85 Mining, is found in the Wilderness and is the only area where free players may mine it. Members can also mine here, although there are much safer locations such as the Heroes' Guild and Mourner Tunnels, which have some runite rocks. The Wilderness Rejuvenation update added several runite rocks at the Frozen Waste Plateau, making the Wilderness have the most runite rocks in-game.

There are also other mines that can be visited as there is usually no one around. The Skeleton Mine is a mine containing a large amount of coal rocks, although skeletons wander around the mine. The Bandit Camp Mine contains a relatively large amount of iron, coal, mithril and adamantite rocks.

FishingFishing icon.png Fishing[edit | edit source]

Some fishing spots are located south of the Fountain of Rune, where players can fish dark crabs with dark fishing bait and a lobster pot. Dark crabs can be fished with 85 Fishing and heal 22 Hitpoints each once cooked, making it one of the best foods for players to use.

HunterHunter icon.png Hunter[edit | edit source]

There are two hunting area in the Wilderness: one for hunting black chinchompas (requires 73 Hunter), and another for hunting black salamanders (requires 67 Hunter). While in the wilderness, the player can place one extra trap above their maximum amount, thus making hunting quicker and more profitable. The black chinchompa hunting location is particularly dangerous, as the location is a popular player-killing spot.

WoodcuttingWoodcutting icon.png Woodcutting[edit | edit source]

A player chops an Ent trunk after killing an Ent.

Ents roam around the forests of the Wilderness, which if killed can be cut for noted logs. The type of logs is based on the Woodcutting level of the player and the Axe used.

The Wilderness ents give double the amount of logs compared to the ents in the Woodcutting Guild, making it reasonably profitable at a high Woodcutting level.

ThievingThieving icon.png Thieving[edit | edit source]

At 84 Thieving, players can loot the Chest (Rogues' Castle)s. There are three chests that are at the base of Rogues' Castle. The chest contains some decent rewards ranging from 1,000 minimum in value to approximately 40,000 gold, including various noted fish, runes, ores, and noted cut dragonstones. However, when a player loots from a chest, rogues within range will become aggressive, making this a dangerous but profitable method of money making.

AgilityAgility icon.png Agility[edit | edit source]

Players have an Agility training course in the deep Wilderness. It is one of the fastest Agility training areas, though also the most dangerous, as it is the only course with the threat of Pkers.

SlayerSlayer icon.png Slayer[edit | edit source]

Main articles: Krystilia and Krystilia/Strategies

Krystilia assigns an array of Slayer assignments that must be completed within the Wilderness. These monsters can range from combat level 1 to 470, assuming Wilderness bosses, and they all have a chance at dropping Larran's keys, Slayer's enchantments, Ring of wealth scrolls and Magic shortbow scrolls in addition to their regular drops. Also, whilst wearing a ring of wealth (i), players double their chances of receiving a clue scroll.

Miniquests[edit | edit source]

Curse of the Empty Lord[edit | edit source]

The Curse of the Empty Lord miniquest requires players to enter the Wilderness, though the exact location varies per player.

Mage Arena[edit | edit source]

Main article: Mage Arena

This is where players with at least level 60 Magic can attempt Kolodion's challenge. Successful players receive the god cape and the God staff of their chosen God.

Mage Arena II[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Mage Arena II

After completing the Mage Arena, players with at least level 75 Magic and the ability to cast the god spells outside the Mage Arena can attempt Kolodion's second challenge. Successful players receive an imbued god cape of their chosen god.

Other features[edit | edit source]

Wilderness Diary[edit | edit source]

Main article: Wilderness Diary

The Wilderness Diary can be completed by doing a set of tasks related to the Wilderness. Completing a tier gives a Wilderness sword and variety of useful rewards and benefits. For example, completion of all tasks grants noted dragon bone drops within the Wilderness and free access to the Resource Area.

Team capes[edit | edit source]

The cape merchant Simon, found near the Chaos Temple.
Main article: Team cape

A number of Cape merchants are scattered across the Wilderness, each of them offering five colorful capes for sale. When worn, other players with the same cape will appear as blue dots on the Minimap, rather than the usual white. The attack option for players with the same cape will also be moved to a right-click option, rather than the usual left-click default for the Wilderness. These capes are popular for clans or other groups of players in the Wilderness, both to identify their allies and avoid accidentally attacking each other.

Shop selling[edit | edit source]

Many players have items that are of very little value to merchants and skill specialists. The general store in the Bandit Camp buys items for close to High Alchemy prices because the "tax collectors do not visit his store." All Wilderness merchants are very high-level as a matter of personal safety.

Clue scrolls[edit | edit source]

Hard, elite and master clue scrolls often require players to traverse through the Wilderness, to complete a step of the Treasure Trail. In addition, players can still be attacked by player killers while fighting off any of the wizards that attack when in the process of digging for a clue or a reward casket. It is recommended to only bring what is absolutely necessary, to prevent the loss of the clue scroll. A clue box can be brought along to protect the clue scroll or casket in case of death within the Wilderness.

Wearing the ring of wealth (i) doubles the chance of clue scroll drops in the Wilderness by all monsters.

Development history[edit | edit source]

The Wilderness was introduced into the game on 13 August 2001, and quickly became famous as the only place where players could engage in Player-versus-Player (PvP) combat, to gain all items that the defeated dropped.

A ditch was added on 18 April 2007 to prevent players getting accidentally killed, tricked and lured into the Wilderness through tree luring.

Currently, players passing the ditch are presented with a screen confirming that they actually want to enter the Wilderness. This can be toggled at the Doomsayer.

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
13 March 2014
(update | poll)
The Wilderness Rejuvenation update has been released (patch notes).

See also[edit | edit source]