For the Familiarisation NPC, see War tortoise (Familiarisation).
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The war tortoise is a level 80 combat Summoning familiar that a player is able to summon at level 67 Summoning. The war tortoise has the capability of holding up to 18 items for a player, with a value up to 5 million gp. It is the fourth best general-use Beast of Burden and a common choice for mid-high level summoners who can't summon the Pack Yak or Pack mammoth yet.

War tortoise pouch


A war tortoise pouch is made by using a Summoning pouch on a Summoning obelisk with 1 spirit shard, a gold charm and a tortoise shell in the player's inventory. Using the pouch to summon a war tortoise costs 70 Summoning points. If players exchange their war tortoise pouches at Bogrog, they will receive 1 spirit shard per pouch. Players must also have 72 Summoning to be able to exchange this pouch.

A perfect shell may not be used in place of a regular tortoise shell.

Testudo scroll


The testudo scroll enables the use of the testudo special ability for a war tortoise. Using a war tortoise pouch on a Summoning obelisk creates ten testudo scrolls.



A player activating the scroll.

Testudo is a special move of the war tortoise, activated by a testudo scroll. When activated, it temporarily boosts Defence by 8 points. Each use of a Testudo scroll requires 20 special move points.

When used in conjunction with potions and more scrolls, this effect will NOT stack on top of what has already been boosted. Because of this, even players with a war tortoise following them will typically prefer a defence potion, super defence potion or saradomin brew for raising their defence.



  • Testudo is the Latin word for "tortoise", and is a genus of tortoises found in North Africa, Western Asia, and Europe. It is also a battle formation used in Ancient Roman Warfare. Soldiers would use their shields to cover the front and top of the unit to increase defence against incoming arrows.
  • The examine text refers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • War Tortoise may also be a reference to the Pokemon, Wartortle.
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