This article is about the Tortoises near the Tree Gnome Village. For other uses, see Tortoise (disambiguation).
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The tortoise (Testudines Giganteus) are trained tortoises used by the gnomes in battle. They train in the pen north of the Tree Gnome Stronghold swamp. Trainer Nacklepen is in charge of their combat development.


Tortoises are very good for training and making coins at the same time. A full inventory of tortoise shells can bring in about 146944 coins. Tortoises have very high life points and low attack, but good defence. They are weak to air spells. With a fair variety of drops, they are arguably better than yaks or rock crabs for training purposes, but since they are a lower level than the latter they are not commonly used. It is recommended for training only if you can hit high enough to effectively damage them, particularly if you choose to use ranged or melee. The best way to damage them is to use an air battlestaff or better in tandem with the best air spell you are capable of casting, as this provides a cost-free way of killing them with a decent damage rate. An alternative for higher levelled players is to use a Polypore staff with the Polypore Strike spell, due to its cheap cost per cast.

When fighting the tortoise with riders, the three gnomes take turns attacking the player. The mage uses a bluish spell, the archer shoots steel arrows, and the tortoise attacks with the driver holding the reins if the player is within their meleeing range. Protection prayers aren't very effective because the riders use all 3 combat styles; however, the tortoises hit hardest with melee, so that prayer will stop the most damage. When the mounted tortoise is slain, the riders will all attack the player that killed it simultaneously. This can prove somewhat dangerous for low levelled (under 80 combat) players, as these gnomes are fairly accurate for their level. If the player runs away, however, they become unaggressive, and eventually disappear when the tortoise respawns.

There are two mounted tortoises at the Battlefield of Khazard.


With riders
Without riders


100% drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Big bonesBig bones1Always183
  1. ^ From killing the three riders on the backs of the mounted tortoises.

Main drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Wergali seed 5Wergali seed[1]1Common1,090
Cabbage seed 5Cabbage seed4–29Common720–5,220
Redberry seed 5Redberry seed1Rare12
Potato seed 5Potato seed4Rare520
Onion seed 5Onion seed4Rare328
Tomato seed 5Tomato seed3Rare300
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1–2Rare5,648–11,296
Marigold seed 5Marigold seed1Rare277
Rosemary seed 5Rosemary seed1–4Rare119–476
Woad seed 5Woad seed1Rare124
Dwellberry seed 5Dwellberry seed1Rare17
Asgarnian seed 5Asgarnian seed1–3Rare39–117
Barley seed 5Barley seed2–4Rare68–136
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed1–2Rare943–1,886
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed1–2Rare112–224
Yanillian seed 5Yanillian seed1–2Rare53–106
Hammerstone seed 5Hammerstone seed1–2Rare20–40
Sweetcorn seed 5Sweetcorn seed1–4Rare160–640
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common497
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common3,110
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common76
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Rare326
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Rare2,232
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Rare4,663
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Rare1,404
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Rare10,609
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Rare2,072
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Rare9,292
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Rare8,507
Grimy wergaliGrimy wergali1Rare2,490
Swamp toadSwamp toad1Common299
CabbageCabbage16–101 (noted)Common15,312–96,657
Worm battaWorm batta1Uncommon242
Toad crunchiesToad crunchies1Rare6,349
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Rare16,252
Tangled toads' legsTangled toads' legs1Rare578
Law talismanLaw talisman1Uncommon827
Nature runeNature rune1–3Common466–1,398
Earth runeEarth rune10–14Uncommon180–252
Soul runeSoul rune5–11Rare2,340–5,148
Steel arrow 5Steel arrow12–23Common252–483
Mithril arrow 5Mithril arrow6–13Uncommon132–286
Pink bootsPink boots1Uncommon[2]874
Pink robe bottomsPink robe bottoms1Uncommon[2]221
Pink robe topPink robe top1Uncommon[2]356
  1. ^ This is always dropped alongside an herb.
  2. ^ a b c These items are dropped at the Gnome Stronghold and Khazard Battlefield.

Tertiary drops

Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Tortoise shellTortoise shell1–3Uncommon[1]5,248–15,744
Perfect shellPerfect shell1–3Rare[1]Not sold
Curved boneCurved bone1Rare[1]Not sold
Long boneLong bone1Rare[1]Not sold
Teak logsTeak logs1; 2; 4Uncommon74–296
Mahogany logsMahogany logs1; 2; 4Uncommon327–1,308
Humerus boneHumerus bone1Uncommon[2]Not sold
  1. ^ a b c d Barlak in Dorgesh-Kaan will trade these items for gold and either Crafting or Construction XP. Tortoise shells are also used in Summoning to make war tortoises. These are commonly killed for money making because of the tortoise shell's expensive price.
  2. ^ Dropped only during Fur 'n' Seek wishlist.

Universal drops

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These drops are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Quantity Rarity GE price
Key tokenKey token1RareNot sold
Mimic kill tokenMimic kill token1Very rare9,264


  • The tortoise exhibit in the basement of the Varrock Museum is the one from before the Gnome Graphic Update.
  • Along with their graphical update, their movement speed was reduced, similar to that of real-life tortoises.
  • Prior to the Evolution of Combat, the Gnome Archer was always the first to strike when he falls off of the tortoise. Now, all three riders attack the player that killed the tortoise at once.
  • The Gnome riders named their tortoise "Dobbie".

See also

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