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This article is about cooked shark. For other uses, see Shark (disambiguation).
This article is about the cooked version. For the raw version, see Raw shark.

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Sharks can be obtained by cooking a raw shark on a fire or cooking range. They require level 80 Cooking to cook, and heal up to 2000 life points each. Sharks are fished with harpoons which requires 76 Fishing, but they can also be fished barehanded which requires level 96 Fishing, level 76 Strength, and some completion of Barbarian Training. Raw sharks can be caught at most net/harpoon fishing spots; some locations include the Fishing Guild, Catherby, Burgh de Rott, Rellekka, Jatizso, and north-west of the Elf Camp. Sharks can also be foraged by granite lobsters, a level 74 Summoning familiar. Sharks give 110 Fishing experience per catch and 210 Cooking experience when cooked.

Players never stop burning sharks (even with cooking boosted to over 100) unless they are wearing Cooking gauntlets, in which case sharks stop being burned at level 94 cooking, or using the Cooking cape perk. Using cook-all, a full inventory of sharks (28) can be cooked in 68 seconds, as they take 4 game ticks each to cook. Each inventory will give up to 5880 cooking experience, and that number is guaranteed at 94+ cooking with cooking gauntlets. Banking times vary, but doing full rounds in 75 seconds (7 second banks) will result in 282,240 cooking experience in an hour.

Sharks are very useful when inside the Wilderness, as they restore up to 2000 life points and are reasonably cheap. For many players, it is a common practice to fill their inventory with sharks prior to entering the wilderness.

Sharks used to be the most popular food for members, but with the introduction of the Living Rock Caverns and rocktails, the use of sharks has greatly decreased. Although rocktails can restore more life points (up to 2300), some people prefer sharks because they are easier to get and a cheaper alternative.

If the perk has been unlocked, raw great white sharks are fished 50% of the time at the same fishing spots as sharks.

Players may occasionally get a big shark while fishing. These can be mounted in a Skill Hall in a player-owned house with 76 Construction.

Tools/utensils None
Ingredients Raw shark
Cooking level 80
Burn level Never (94 with cooking gauntlets)
Cooking experience 210 (231 with bonfires)
Range-only No
Instructions Use raw shark with fire or range.
Servings 1


Drop sources

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Cadarn workerN/A1Common
Chaos Elemental30510Common
Edimmu (elite)1251Common
Frost dragon1121–2Common
Ice strykewyrm1061–3Common
Kalphite King250050Common
Mature grotworm982Common
Pirate implingN/A10–11Common
Pirate impling jarN/A11Common
Ravenous ghoul1051–2Common
Sergeant Grimspike1022Common
Sergeant Steelwill1022Common
Sergeant Strongstack1022Common
Spiritual warrior49; 981Common
WildyWyrm (historical)3822–10Common
Wyvern (elite)1331–3Common
Barrel (Viyeldi caves)N/A1–2Rare
Abyssal demon981Uncommon
Abyssal demon (elite)1071Uncommon
Ancient mage1031Uncommon
Avaryss, the Unceasing10001–3Uncommon
Balfrug Kreeyath1023Uncommon
Bladed muspah1502Uncommon
Customs evidence filesN/A1Uncommon
Dagannoth Prime3035Uncommon
Dark beast1052Uncommon
Dark beast (elite)1142Uncommon
Elf warrior84; 891Uncommon
Exiled Kalphite Queen3567Uncommon
Exiled kalphite guardian982Uncommon
Exiled kalphite marauder98; 1072Uncommon
Ferocious barbarian spirit1063Uncommon
Force muspah1502Uncommon
Ganodermic beast1121–3Uncommon
Giant Mole (historical)761–5Uncommon
Gourmet implingN/A3Uncommon
Gourmet impling jarN/A3Uncommon
Iorwerth workerN/A1Uncommon
Kalphite Queen33314Uncommon
Knight of Ardougne531Uncommon
Mithril dragon1121–6Uncommon


Noted sharks can sometimes be found inside barrels. They may also be obtained from level 3 Treasure Trails.

Shark fishing spots

Location Advantages Disadvantages Requirements
Fishing Guild
  • Closest to bank
  • Cooking range in southern house
  • Fishing shop
  • A small obelisk
  • More shark spots on southern, further platform
68 fishing (fishing sharks requires 76 fishing anyway)
  • Fairly close to bank
  • Range on bank route
  • Fishing shop
  • A small obelisk
  • Shark fishing spots are often farther from the bank than other fishing spots
Burgh de Rott
  • Fairly close to bank
  • Spots are close to each other (1 or 2 spaces)
  • Permanent fire just east of Bank.
  • Vyrewatch may attack you, even on the dock
Must have started In Aid of the Myreque
West of Elf camp
  • Two everlasting fires in the camp
  • Very far from bank, unless Deadliest Catch has been completed, unlocking the deposit box.
  • Difficult to get to, unless the Tirannwn lodestone has been unlocked.
Completion of Underground Pass quest
  • Fairly close to bank
  • A small obelisk
  • Only one cooking spot in Jatizso, the little range east of the bank.
Started The Fremennik Isles
  • Far from bank (unless you have done the easy Fremennik achievements).
None, but The Fremennik Trials is useful.
Ape Atoll
  • Quiet area away from crowds.
  • The spot never disappears, and only moves slightly every once in a while.
  • Far from a bank unless Deadliest Catch has been completed.
Started Monkey Madness


[FAQ] • [doc]


  • Before 2007, the price of sharks was fairly stable at about 1,000 coins each. However, real-world traders and macroers catching sharks brought the price down to as low as 400 coins each in the summer of 2007. In 2008, sharks were around 800 coins each. After trade balancing updates macroes and bots were no longer useful and because of this the shark supply declined and the price increased. The popularity of PvP worlds increased the demand for sharks even more. This combined with inflation from drops on PvP worlds and brought sharks to around 1,500 coins each. The price of sharks then fell as supply caught up with and surpassed the demand of player-killers, causing the price to drop yet again. By February 2011, the price of sharks had fallen to nearly 500 each, with the re-release of free trade. In May 2011 the prices for cooked sharks were at a stable 410 coins for a long period of time. After the Bot nuke update, the price of sharks skyrocketed as bots could no longer fish them, but dropped slowly as bots made their way back into the game.
  • Before the release of the Grand Exchange, Edgeville was a popular spot for buying and selling sharks because of its proximity to the wilderness. It was used until the closing of Bounty Hunter Worlds, because many PKers ran out of food and couldn't be bothered to go to the Grand Exchange.
  • Sometimes the price of cooked shark greatly surpasses the price for raw. Due to this, they are commonly used for cooking to make a profit. (Beware of losing some of the investment to burning.)
  • On Evil Bob's Island, if you have a cooked shark in your inventory and try to uncook it, it tells you that you need "40 uncooking level".
  • According to Brugsen Bursen in the Grand Exchange, cooked sharks were once worth only 5 coins.[1]


  1. ^ Brugsen Bursen, RuneScape. "Well, the quantities are always increasing. I remember the day when you could buy some cooked shark for five coins!"