The Wilderness Volcano (formerly known as the Bounty Hunter crater) is a large volcano situated in the centre of the Wilderness. According to Mandrith, the volcano was formed as a scar on the land of Gielinor, as it was the site where the very first murder took place. The volcano is now home to many monsters, consisting of ankou, skeletons, hellhounds, greater demons and lesser demons. The site used to be a volcano before the Wilderness graphical updates.
The volcano was useful for Slayer tasks, or to kill Hellhounds to obtain Hard clue scrolls, however, the recent wilderness update has now made this much more dangerous as players can now engage in PVP combat on any world. A recent update has taken Revenants out of the Wilderness and into the Forinthry Dungeon making it now impossible for them to attack players in this area. Instead, monster hunters may now be attacked by Player killers.
It is possible to safe-spot some monsters by using the various obstacles scattered around the volcano; however, this is not recommended.
There used to be a travelling banker named Maximillian Sackville located in a non-wilderness area near the south-eastern entrance to the volcano, he no longer exists due to a recent update. This provided a useful safe haven in the heart of the wilderness where players could resupply while fighting the monsters in the volcano and other nearby creatures such as the Black Unicorns located to the south-west.
Edmond the capes salesman can be found to the north-west of the volcano, but may sometimes wander inside.
Getting thereThe fastest way to access the volcano used to be through the use of a games necklace teleport, this no longer works as Stealing Creation has been moved out of the wilderness, or to take a canoe to the wilderness pond then use one of the northern entrances. The volcano was (before the update) a short distance away from Clan Wars, so was often used as a way-point when travelling there.
For free-to-play players, it is best to use the Earth altar teleport, and run up to the Wilderness, then use the south-eastern entrance. For players who do not have 50 Runecrafting, it is best to use the Varrock Teleport spell, run up to the Wilderness, then use the same entrance.
The volcano was originally used as the location of the Bounty Hunter activity, and as such was named Bounty Hunter Volcano. Mandrith, who was located near the banker at the south eastern entrance, was the custodian of the volcano. He would provide information on the activity for newer players, and would also discuss the history of the volcano.
The volcano was originally divided into three craters, each with its own entrance. The craters were designated for low, medium and high level players. All three entrances were located near Mandrith.
Outside the entrances also featured two large scoreboards, one featuring the high scores for Bounty Hunter, and the other for Bounty Hunter Rogues.
Eventually, with the release of Bounty Hunter Worlds, the volcano become redundant as the new Bounty Hunter was to take place over the entire wilderness. According to Mandrith, during this time, the volcano had erupted, which is why his tribe saw fit to close it for the time being. He claimed once things had settled down, they would rebuild the craters for a new purpose.
Eventually, the volcano opened again with the Changes to PvP and Bounty Worlds, and gravestones update on 16 June 2009. The eruption would appear to have carved three new entrances into each edge of the volcano, and attracted several types of monsters. This also resulted in Mandrith leaving his post as custodian of the volcano, in favour of attending to the new Bounty Hunter Worlds in Edgeville bank.
The banker remained at the volcano entrance and this combined with the Games necklace teleport to the volcano made it a reasonable location for slayer tasks involving the creatures inside, such as greater demons and hellhounds. However, with the return of the Wilderness and Free Trade, the banker was removed and the teleport location changed.
On December 13 2011 the volcano was drastically updated along with the rest of the Wilderness. With this update came an enormous, glowing monolith in the center of the volcano inscribed with ancient writing. The peak of the monolith resembles the icon of Guthix. This object is a sword Guthix used to banish all of the gods from Gielinor, as shown in The World Wakes. Blue glowing rocks anchored to the ground by chains are also featured here.
In terms of geography, the volcano itself has changed from three different craters to one, shifting from a composite volcano to more of a lava dome style. Because of this, the ground slopes downward toward the center, meaning players are now free to walk through without having to click on an entryway as before.
- There was no music playing in the volcano when it was reopened. This was fixed in the Extended Agility courses update on 22 June, 2009.
- This is the only place where free players can kill hellhounds besides the Forinthry dungeon.
- Inside the Wilderness Volcano crater, there was previously a skeleton that has examine text "Could this have been one of the ancient Dragonkin?". This very same skeleton can now be found at the boneyard.
- There is a skeleton near the north western entrance that, when examined, says "What a waste of Prayer xp!"
- According to Mod Moltare the sword was placed by Guthix as a warning to other gods after It ended the God Wars.
- The writing on the monolith is in medieval runic script, which reads 'Behave'.
- Since the graphical update of December 2011, The Raptor may be observed in a graphical glitch in the new structure at the center of the Wilderness Volcano. This has yet to be fixed.