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 232204 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 bones1Always186
  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]1Common1,306
Cabbage seed 5Cabbage seed4–29Common948–6,873
Redberry seed 5Redberry seed1Rare34
Potato seed 5Potato seed4Rare956
Onion seed 5Onion seed4Rare728
Tomato seed 5Tomato seed3Rare417
Watermelon seed 5Watermelon seed1–2Rare3,242–6,484
Marigold seed 5Marigold seed1Rare428
Rosemary seed 5Rosemary seed1–4Rare227–908
Woad seed 5Woad seed1Rare239
Dwellberry seed 5Dwellberry seed1Rare45
Asgarnian seed 5Asgarnian seed1–3Rare86–258
Barley seed 5Barley seed2–4Rare136–272
Strawberry seed 5Strawberry seed1–2Rare1,348–2,696
Nasturtium seed 5Nasturtium seed1–2Rare247–494
Yanillian seed 5Yanillian seed1–2Rare73–146
Hammerstone seed 5Hammerstone seed1–2Rare48–96
Sweetcorn seed 5Sweetcorn seed1–4Rare267–1,068
Grimy guamGrimy guam1Common594
Grimy marrentillGrimy marrentill1Common3,232
Grimy tarrominGrimy tarromin1Common98
Grimy harralanderGrimy harralander1Rare549
Grimy ranarrGrimy ranarr1Rare2,158
Grimy iritGrimy irit1Rare6,086
Grimy avantoeGrimy avantoe1Rare1,214
Grimy kwuarmGrimy kwuarm1Rare13,539
Grimy cadantineGrimy cadantine1Rare4,380
Grimy lantadymeGrimy lantadyme1Rare11,676
Grimy dwarf weedGrimy dwarf weed1Rare11,322
Grimy wergaliGrimy wergali1Rare2,199
Swamp toadSwamp toad1Common498
CabbageCabbage16–101 (noted)Common11,632–73,427
Worm battaWorm batta1Uncommon239
Toad crunchiesToad crunchies1Rare8,511
Blurberry SpecialBlurberry Special1Rare14,380
Tangled toads' legsTangled toads' legs1Rare559
Law talismanLaw talisman1Uncommon850
Nature runeNature rune1–3Common462–1,386
Earth runeEarth rune10–14Uncommon160–224
Soul runeSoul rune5–11Rare6,285–13,827
Steel arrow 5Steel arrow12–23Common192–368
Mithril arrow 5Mithril arrow6–13Uncommon126–273
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]8,293–24,879
Perfect shellPerfect shell1–3Rare[1]Not sold
Curved boneCurved bone1Rare[1]Not sold
Long boneLong bone1Rare[1]Not sold
Teak logsTeak logs1; 2; 4Uncommon89–356
Mahogany logsMahogany logs1; 2; 4Uncommon322–1,288
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 rare6,078


  • 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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