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The rift guardian is a skilling pet that can be obtained while training runecrafting. The chances of getting it are dependent on the player's Runecrafting level, and the rune the player is crafting. In addition, the chance of getting it is also based on the number of essence used.

When a player receives the pet a message in the chatbox appears (You have a funny feeling like you're being followed.) and it will automatically try to appear as their follower.

On death, if a player loses their pet (as a follower or in your inventory) it will wander around for 30 seconds before disappearing completely.

Players can pay a one-time fee of 500,000 coins to Probita in East Ardougne to have this pet insured. If the pet is lost while insured, it can be reclaimed for 1,000,000 coins.


The colour of the pet received is dependent on the altar the player's runes were crafted. Player's can change its colour by crafting a rune at the desired runecrafting altar while it is following the player. Thus, various colours will require different runecrafting levels.

When runecrafting at the Ourania Altar it will turn into a random colour, but not necessarily one of the runes the player has crafted.

Altar Image Altar Image Altar Image
Air rune Air altar Rift guardian pet (air) Mind rune Mind altar Rift guardian pet (mind) Water rune Water altar Rift guardian pet (water)
Earth rune Earth altar Rift guardian pet (earth) Fire rune Fire altar Rift guardian pet (fire) Body rune Body altar Rift guardian pet (body)
Cosmic rune Cosmic altar Rift guardian pet (cosmic) Chaos rune Chaos altar Rift guardian pet (chaos) Astral rune Astral altar Rift guardian pet (astral)
Nature rune Nature altar Rift guardian pet (nature) Law rune Law altar Rift guardian pet (law) Death rune Death altar Rift guardian pet (death)
Blood rune Blood altar Rift guardian pet (blood) Soul rune Soul altar Rift guardian pet (soul)

Drop ratesEdit

Shown below are the base chances of receiving a rift guardian. The pet chance is rolled per essence crafted.

A player's actual chances of receiving it is 1 in X - (Y * 25), where X is the base chance and Y is the player's Runecrafting level.

Rune Base chance
Blood runes 804,984
Soul runes 782,999
Ourania Altar 1,487,213
Everything else 1,795,758


Dialogue 1Edit

  • Player: Can you see your own rift?
  • Rift guardian: No. From time to time I feel it shift and change inside me though. It is an odd feeling.

Dialogue 2Edit

  • Player: Where would you like me to take you today Rifty?
  • Rift guardian: Please do not call me that... we are a species of honour <player name>.
  • Player: Sorry.

Dialogue 3Edit

  • Player: Hey! What's that!
  • You quickly poke your hand through the rift guardian's rift.
  • Rift guardian: Huh, what?! Where?
  • Player: Not the best guardian it seems.

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