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Clue scroll
Clue scroll
Release date 5 May 2004 (Update)
Members only? Yes
Quest item? No
Tradeable? No
Equipable? No
Stackable? No
High Alch 0 coins
Low Alch 0 coins
Destroy Drop
Store price Not sold
Weight 0 kg
A clue!

A Clue scroll is a reward that can be obtained randomly from killing monsters, playing minigames, fishing, woodcutting, or mining. Clue scrolls are the starting point of Treasure Trails - rewarding treasure hunts around RuneScape.

There are five different levels of Clue scrolls, and higher level ones have a wider variety of rewards; after the update of 18 June 2015 it is now possible to have one Clue scroll of each tier at a time, while previously you could not get any clue scroll at all until you completed or dropped the previous one.

Players can check how many steps have been completed in order to track progress on a Treasure Trail.

It should be noted, that if a player dies in the Wilderness with a clue scroll in over 20 wilderness it WILL DISAPPEAR whether it's a PvP death or not, unless it is an item kept on death, or if that player has a clue box. Players will find that the clue scroll will be gone upon returning to their loot otherwise. However, when dying in the Wilderness with a clue box, provided the player returns quick enough, will be able to loot their dropped clue scroll. In lower wilderness however (lvl 20 or lower) in PvP death, the unprotected clue will stay on the ground for up to 1 hour. The same goes for reward caskets. If you die in lower wilderness due to a monster you will always keep the clue whether protected or not.

Easy clue scroll (level 1)Edit

Main article: Clue scroll (easy)

Easy clue scrolls are usually easy, short and without risk. These clues can be obtained as a drop from lower level monsters, pickpocketing H.A.M. members, or from Managing Miscellania. Possible rewards from easy clue scroll are the trimmed variants of bronze, iron, and black armour.

A good, consistent source of easy clues can be done the following:

  • Goblins - Goblins drop easy clue scrolls at a 1/128 drop rate. Their low hitpoints and great numbers in a tight space make it very easy for players to get clue scrolls this way.
  • H.A.M members - H.A.M members have the highest easy clue scroll drop rate, at a rate of 1/50. You can reduce your chances of being caught pickpocketing by wearing full H.A.M. robes as well having high Thieving and Agility levels.
  • Ring of Wealth (i) Thugs - Level 1 wilderness under edgeville dungeon 1/64 drop rate

Medium clue scroll (level 2)Edit

Main article: Clue scroll (medium)

Medium clue scrolls are slightly more complex, featuring coordinate clues (No longer requires a Sextant, Watch and Chart to complete). Killing Pyrefiends is a fast way to obtain a level 2 clue.

A good, consistent source of medium clues can be done the following:

  • Killing guards - Guards can drop medium clues, have very low hitpoints and have a drop rate of 1/128 (universally), or 1/102 if completion of the Falador Medium diaries is completed (applying only to Falador guards).
  • Killing dagannoths - Dagannoths in the Lighthouse and Catacombs of Kourend are highly aggressive, easy to kill and there are plenty of them, requiring less attention than killing guards.
  • Looting eclectic implings - Eclectic implings have the highest medium clue scroll drop rate, at a rate of 1/25. While relatively expensive if buying the jars in bulk, players with 50+ Hunter can catch Eclectic implings at a fairly decent rate.

Hard clue scroll (level 3)Edit

Main article: Clue scroll (hard)

Hard clue scrolls are usually longer and harder, often involving clues with medium/high level quests to access the area the clue sends you. Coordinate clues will always summon a Zamorak wizard (inside the wilderness) or a Saradomin wizard (outside the wilderness) excluding one in the duel arena. Both wizards use magic, while the Saradomin wizard can use poisonous melee. Level 3 clue scrolls are usually more rewarding, since they include rune items, and the more expensive Treasure Trail rewards (such as Third age armour).

A good, consistent source of hard clues can be done the following:

  • General high level slayer - most monsters that the slayer masters (e.g Nieve/Steve, Duradel) assign usually drop hard clues.
  • Killing Hellhounds - Hellhounds have the highest hard clue drop rate, at a rate of 1/64. Killing Hellhounds in the Wilderness with a Ring of wealth (i) will double that to a drop rate of 1/32.
  • Killing Skotizo - Skotizo has a 100% drop rate for a hard clue scroll, although it requires a dark totem, which can be time consuming to obtain.

Elite clue scroll (level 4)Edit

Main article: Clue scroll (elite)

Elite clue scrolls requires numerous skills and quests, and are very hard and most exhausting clues. There is a possibility to encounter Bandosian Guard or Armadylian Guard during coordinate clues.

A good, consistent source of elite clues can be done the following:

  • Looting Barrows chests - 1/33 drop rate when all six brothers are killed.
  • Killing Skotizo - Skotizo has a 1/5 drop rate for an elite clue scroll, although it requires a dark totem, which can be time consuming to obtain.
  • Killing Zulrah - Zulrah has a 1/75 drop rate for an elite clue scroll, and depending on the players stats, can be killed faster than looting the Barrows chest.

Master clue scroll (level 5)Edit

Main article: Clue scroll (master)

Master clue scrolls are obtainable by trading one of each clue level (easy, medium, hard and elite) to Watson, who is found in the northern house with a loom, just west of the Hosidius House bank in Great Kourend.

They are also obtainable from completing clue scrolls themselves, with the following drop rates:

  • Easy: 1/50
  • Medium: 1/30
  • Hard: 1/15
  • Elite: 1/5

Master clues require even higher stats and more quest access, and will often involve high/hard to get gear to complete emote clues.

List of clue scroll dropping monstersEdit



  • It is possible, though extremely rare, for the player to receive the same clue multiple times in a row, regardless of occurrence.

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