Hardcore PvP returns to RuneScape – that's right, Bounty Hunter is back, and it's bigger, better-balanced and more rewarding than ever.
Also this week, two much sought-after elite skilling outfits – gemstone golem and rune ethereal – have been made available through regular skill training.
Bounty Hunter Returns
Level 20 Combat
How to Start
Log into World 97 (Legacy) or World 106 (EoC)
To get started, hop onto a dedicated EoC or Legacy Bounty Hunter world, where you'll be able to access only Edgeville and the Wilderness.
There, you'll be assigned a bounty target: an opponent matched to your level of PKing skill with a newly introduced Elo rating system. After five initial placing matches, you'll find that each target presents a challenge tailor-made to you.
Hunt down your mark and take them out for a chance to earn a bounty emblem. Risk it and go after another target – potentially upgrading it further to increase its value - or cash it out for bounty points.
But beware. Your opponent will be trying to do the same. Plus, you'll need to watch your back for roaming PKers seeking to kill non-targets in downtime between bounties (known as 'rogue killing')!
Trade your points in with Mandrith in Edgeville for a some truly awesome stuff, including brawling gloves, upgrades your ancient armour sets, an amulet that adds an extra effect to Barrows armour, level 87 weapons based on the Crucible weapons – along with their devastating special attacks. Most of Bounty Hunter's rewards are tradeable too, so PKing can mean healthy profits for a skilled killer.
Upping your rating not only pitches you against tougher opponents, but also unlocks ever-more impressive looks for the revenant pet available in the reward shop – imp, goblin, icefiend and pyrefiend. Keep an eye out for more revenant variants in the future, too!
Have fun, and we'll see you in the Wildy!
Elite Skilling Outfits
To collect fragments
70 Mining and/or Runecrafting
To create outfit pieces
80 Mining and 20 Invention (gemstone golem)
80 Runecrafting and 21 Invention (rune ethereal)
Once you meet the 70 Mining or Runecrafting requirement, you'll be able to collect fragments of the rune ethereal and gemstone golem outfits while training the corresponding skill through any regular method. Success chance increases with your skill level, and fragments will be automatically stored in your currency pouch.
Then, head to the invention workbench and discover a new blueprint, which – for 3600 fragments – will earn you a random piece of one of the base outfit variants.
Note that Ironman players can collect the outfits and enjoy their benefits, but cannot trade pieces with other players.
As before, these pieces can be traded directly with other players for other outfit pieces related to the same skill, and the three base variants of any one outfit piece can be combined into the full piece.
Collect and wear the full sets for some great skilling benefits:
| Infinity Ethereal Outfit
|| Magic Golem Outfit
| 7% chance for double siphoned runes in the Runespan
|| +7% success chance when mining
| Free movement between Runespan platforms (level requirement still applies)
|| Living Rock creatures are non-aggressive
| 50% for rune pouches not to degrade on crafting
|| Imparts the mining benefits of the golden mining suit and Varrock armour, if owned
| Five daily teleports to the Runespan yellow wizard and back
| Storage of 12 rune or pure essence
| Body and legs each grant a weight reduction effect
| Imparts Runecrafting benefits of the wicked hood, wicked robes and Morytania legs 2, if owned
The base variant sets (sapphire, emerald and ruby golem, and law, blood and death ethereal) give increased success/doubling chances (although +5% rather than +7%) and the effects of other owned skilling outfits.
Have a tremendous week of 'Scaping, all, and don't forget to chase those last few skill or quest requirements for Children of Mah – coming next week.
The RuneScape Team
This Week's Streams
Each week we stream Q&As, in-game events and more. Watch our streams and find a full streaming schedule over on our Twitch channel.
Check our YouTube channel, too, for all of last week’s BIG questions.
This week, it's time to get stuck into the epic sequel to Fate of the Gods, Children of Mah.
Tuesday, November 15th | 17:00 Game Time | Children of Mah Q&A
Are you ready to find out what really happened in the great betrayal? Next week, we're talking all things Children of Mah.
We'll be sharing some useful information, answering your questions, and, if you're really lucky, we'll be showing off some exclusive teasers.
Post any questions you have for the team on the forum thread, on Reddit, or by using the #RSQA hashtag on Twitter.
Watch from 17:00 Game Time to find out more!
Sunday, November 20th | 19:00 Game Time | PvM with Mod Lee
Mod Lee will be hosting some Community PvM goodness live on Twitch.
In Other News
Read the patch notes
and Mod Shauny's Megathread
for further details of this week's updates.