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Uses

When purchased using real life currency, bonds are tradeable. Once traded to another player for an in-game sum of money or items, they become untradeable. Bonds can be made tradeable again for a payment of 10% of their Grand Exchange value (10% currently being 2,059,000 coins).

Right click options for the untradeable bond in inventory are: Redeem, Convert, Deposit, Use, Drop, Examine. Redeem allows you to spend the bond. Convert allows you to make the bond tradeable again (for a fee). Deposit places the bond (or bonds) in your bond pouch.

Redeeming

At any time, whether tradeable or untradeable, bonds can be redeemed for one of the following:

  • Membership:
    • 14 days for 1 bond
    • 29 days for 2 bonds (1 day extra compared to 2 bonds redeemed separately)
    • 45 days for 3 bonds (3 days extra compared to 3 bonds redeemed separately)
  • RuneMetrics Pro packages:
    • 1 month for 1 bond
    • 6 months for 5 bonds (1 month extra compared to 5 bonds redeemed separately)
    • 12 months for 10 bonds (2 months extra compared to 10 bonds redeemed separately)
  • 15 Treasure Hunter keys
  • 195 RuneCoins
  • 1 character name change (if redeemed on a members server)
  • Treasure Hunter Daily Key (1 extra daily key, for 28 days)

If the player has both tradeable and untradeable bonds, the latter will be used first.

Other uses

Bonds can be:

  • Traded with other players
  • Sold for in-game money
  • Used to rent or buy up to five additional preset slots from the Gear interface (3 bonds each - note, you can alternatively buy 585 RuneCoins with 3 bonds, use 480 to buy the slot, and have 105 left over)
  • Used to buy RuneFest tickets (when tickets are eligible to be purchased during the year)
  • Used to buy Premier Club membership (when eligible to be purchased during the year)
  • Used to buy Summer Special membership (when eligible to be purchased during the year)
  • Used to buy Top Trumps
  • Used to change your character name more than once a month
  • Used to rent or buy the Wealth Evaluator (3 bonds to buy - note, you can alternatively buy 585 RuneCoins with 3 bonds, use 480 to buy the slot, and have 105 left over)
  • Used to buy a Block N Load Steam key[1]
  • Used to unlock all of the rewards from the Treasure map (Summer Beach Party) during the Summer Beach Party

Charitable donations

Jagex donated approximately $4.70 per bond put into the Well of Goodwill. A selection of charities have benefited from the donations.

Costs

Real-life currencies

Currency Bonds Price per
million coins
1 3 5 10
GBP £3.99 £11.99 £19.99 £39.99 £0.17
USD $6.99 $20.99 $34.99 $69.99 $0.29
CAD $7.39 $22.19 $36.99 $73.99 $0.3
EUR €5.69 €17.09 €28.49 €56.99 €0.25
AUD $7.99 $23.99 $39.99 $79.99 $0.34
BRL R$11.99 R$35.99 R$59.99 R$119.99 R$0.58
MXN $68.99 $206.99 $344.99 $689.99 $3.35
MYR MYR19.99 MYR59.99 MYR99.99 MYR199.99 MYR0.87
DKK KR30.99 KR92.99 KR154.99 KR309.99 KR1.65
JPY 800円 2400円 4000円 8000円 円38.85

In-game money

Unit Price
1 day of membership (1 bond; 14 days total) 1,470,714
1 day of membership (2 bonds; 29 days total) 1,420,000
1 day of membership (3 bonds; 45 days total) 1,372,666
1 day of RuneMetrics Pro packages (1 bond; 1 month total assuming 30 days) 686,333
1 day of RuneMetrics Pro packages (5 bond; 6 month total assuming 182 days)
10-bond plan has roughly the same price
565,659
1 day of bronze/silver/gold membership 1,352,936
1 day of summer special membership 1,143,889
1 Treasure Hunter key (15 total) 1,372,666
1 Treasure Hunter Daily Key (1 extra daily key, for 28 days) 735,357
1 RuneCoin (195 total) 105,590

History

On 4 June 2018, along with membership, the price of a bond increased[2], as well as the number of keys and RuneCoins awarded when redeemed. Prior to this, bonds could be redeemed for 15 keys or 195 RuneCoins, and cost:

Currency Price (each)
GBP £3.59
USD $5.99
CAD $6.19
EUR €5.09
AUD $6.99
BRL R$11.99
MXN $68.99

Cost analysis

Assuming min wage, for each of the currencies listed:

Country Min wage Single Bond price Gp/Hr
UK Varies, see below £3.99 Varies, see below
USA $7.25[3] $6.99 21,355,860
Canada Varies, see below $7.39 Varies, see below
Europe Varies €5.69 Varies
Australia $18.29[4] $7.99 47,132,792
Brazil Varies, see below R$11.99 Varies, see below
Mexico $80.04[5] $68.99 23,887,856
Malaysia MYR4.42[6] MYR17.99 5,058,798
Japan 823円[7] 800円 21,181,957

UK: Cost of 1 bond: £3.99

"Tier" Min wage[8] Bond/Hr Gp/Hr
Apprentice £3.30 0.83 17,029,319
Under 18 £3.87 0.97 19,970,747
18 to 20 £5.30 1.33 27,350,118
21 to 24 £6.70 1.68 34,574,678
25 and Up £7.20 1.8 37,154,878

Canada: Cost of 1 bond: $7.39

Province Min wage[9] Bond/Hr Gp/Hr
Alberta $13.60 1.84 37,892,277
British Columbia $11.35 1.54 31,623,334
Manitoba, Newfoundland & Labrador $11.15 1.51 31,066,095
New Brunswick, Québec $11.25 1.52 31,344,714
Northwest Territories $13.46 1.82 37,502,210
Nova Scotia $11.00 1.49 30,648,165
Nunavut $13.00 1.76 36,220,559
Ontario $14.00 1.89 39,006,756
Prince Edward Island $11.55 1.56 32,180,574
Saskatchewan $10.96 1.48 30,536,717
Yukon $11.51 1.56 32,069,126

Brazil: Cost of 1 bond: R$11.99

State Min wage[10] Bond/Hr Gp/Hr
Paraná R$4.87 0.41 8,363,075
Rio de Janeiro R$4.34 0.36 7,452,925
Rio Grande do Sul R$4.58 0.38 7,865,068
Santa Catarina R$4.13 0.34 7,092,300
São Paulo R$4.11 0.34 7,057,954
All other states R$3.59 0.3 6,164,977

Controversy

A section of the RuneScape community found the introduction of bonds hypocritical and destructive to the integrity of the game, claiming that it was real world trading in the form of gold selling. This is due to the fact that the bonds can be bought with real-life money and sold for in-game gold.

Jagex has said that despite the controversies, bonds did reduce the amount of real world trading that occurred on non-legitimate sites; within one week of the introduction of bonds, the amount of real-world trading dropped by 61%, and the amount of coins that was transferred by real world trading was down by 81%.[11]

References

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