The Wilderness, sometimes referred to as Wildy or Wild, is a large and dangerous wasteland that makes up nearly the entirety of north-eastern Gielinor directly north of the kingdoms of Asgarnia and Misthalin.
Upon dying in the Wilderness, be it to player or monster, the victim will keep up to three (3) items unless the Protect Item prayer is active, which will allow him/her to keep one more item, thus four (4) items are kept. However, if the player is skulled, which is done by attacking someone who did not attack you, or entering the Abyss, they will lose all items unless Protect Item is activated allowing only one (1) item to be kept upon death. If a player is attacked by a target and fights back, they will not be skulled. Any untradeable items (such as Void armour, Fire capes or Fighter torso) will be converted into coins above level 20 Wilderness, and therefore cannot be reclaimed.
The Wilderness ranges from level 1 up to level 56. See this section for more details.
The Wilderness was introduced into the game on 13 August 2001. It is famous for being the only place where players can engage in Player-versus-Player (PvP) Combat to gain all items that the defeated dropped. A ditch was added on 18 April 2007 to prevent players from wandering into the Wilderness and getting killed, lured or tricked into going into the Wilderness with popular luring techniques such as Tree Luring prior to the Wilderness changes. After clicking the ditch, players are presented with a screen that asks whether they really want to enter the Wilderness. Players who click 'yes' will then jump over the ditch.
Teleports will not work above level 20, except for a select few, such as the amulet of glory, ring of life and those listed below, which may be used by members up to level 30. However, the Teleport Block spell will prevent using any means of teleportation for five minutes.
Items that allow member teleportation to up to level 30 WildernessEdit
- Amulet of glory
- Amulet of eternal glory
- Combat bracelet
- Ring of wealth
- Pharaoh's sceptre
- Grand seed pod
- Ring of Life
- Slayer ring
- Royal Seed Pod
Negatives of the WildernessEdit
- By other players - Known as player killing, the level of players that can attack you increases as you go deeper into the Wilderness, so a person can be killed by a player whose Combat level is much higher than their own.
- By high-level monsters and bosses - Some of the chief Wilderness attractions are some of the most likely places to die. Powerful monsters such as green and lava dragons can be dangerous, and the Chaos Elemental makes the surrounding area extremely dangerous due to its large wander and attack range.
- By 'regular' monsters - Almost all monsters in the Wilderness attack players on sight even if they are passive elsewhere. These creatures attack everyone. For example, level 100+ players will still be attacked by giant rats.
Positives of the WildernessEdit
The Wilderness DiaryEdit
The Wilderness Diary can be completed by doing a set of tasks related to the Wilderness. Completing a tier gives a Wilderness sword and variety of useful rewards and benefits. For example, completion of all tasks grants noted dragon bone drops within the Wilderness and free access to the Resource Area.
Curse of ZarosEdit
Bounty Hunter is a player killing-based minigame and can only be played on the Bounty Hunter world 18. Players are assigned a target to kill to earn and upgrade mysterious emblems, which can be cashed in for points to buy rewards at the Bounty Hunter Store. Players are matched based on Combat level, and emblems are always risked.
A variety of unique, powerful bosses, such as the Chaos Elemental, are found within the Wilderness. These monsters are usually very tough and resilient, and are quite dangerous to reach to, due to the constant threat of player-killers. However, these bosses often have rare items drops that are generally highly valued amongst players, such as the Dragon pickaxe, and as such, are frequently fought.
The Demonic Ruins is one of the only areas in which free-to-play players can find greater demons. The ruins also have a unique aspect, in which your prayer will slowly regenerate as long as you are standing within the vicinity of the ruins.
Access to the AbyssEdit
Players can use the Abyss via Wilderness to access the various altars throughout RuneScape to craft runes; the Zamorak Mage that teleports players to the Abyss lurks around level 5 Wilderness, just north of Edgeville. Many players will risk being killed to craft runes here as it is the fastest way available to train Runecrafting for profit; normally, only runes above cosmic are crafted here as any rune below this is not considered worth the risk, and/or it takes less time to reach the appropriate altar by other means.
There are many useful item respawns in the Wilderness. Planks can be found in the Wilderness, which are required for the Dragon Slayer quest, and are the only way non-members can obtain planks. They are found scattered throughout the Graveyard of Shadows, at level 22 Wilderness. The area is a multi-combat zone and is filled with aggressive level 18 and 24 zombies, and as such, low level players may want to bring some food and/or armour for safety.
The Lava Maze, located around level 43 Wilderness, contains several item spawns. They are: iron full helm, gold necklace, staff of earth, steel platebody, along with coins. Bring food, as it contains aggressive black knights, king scorpions, hill giants and lesser demons.
Collecting various itemsEdit
There are also many respawns for bones in the Chaos Temple and the Bone Yard. Additionally, members can collect white berries (a valuable Herblore ingredient) at Lava Dragon Isle by walking or running back and forth from the Edgeville bank to Lava Dragon Isle and picking up the berries, banking them, and later selling them. White berries currently sell for about 1,271 coins each.
The Resource Area, located very deep within the Wilderness, provides wide assortment of resources, such as various amounts of ores, magic trees, yew trees, and two Runite Golems, which can be killed and then mined for rune ore. Also, there are static fishing spots that, if you have dark fishing bait and a lobster pot, you can fish dark crabs.
Runite ore, which requires 85 Mining, is found in the Wilderness and is the only area where free players may mine it. Members can also mine here, although there are much safer locations such as the Heroes' Guild and Mourner Tunnels, which have some runite rocks. The Wilderness Rejuvination update added several runite rocks at the Frozen Waste Plateau, making the Wilderness have the most runite rocks in-game.
There are also other mines that can be visited as there is usually no one around. The Skeleton Mine is a mine containing a large amount of coal rocks, although skeletons wander around the mine. The Bandit Camp Mine contains a relatively large amount of iron, coal, mithril and adamantite rocks.
Some fishing spots located south of the Fountain of Rune are where you can fish dark crabs if you have dark fishing bait and a lobster pot. Dark fishing bait can be obtained by either killing zombies from the Ruins, Graveyard of Shadows, and The Forgotten Cemetery in Deep Wilderness or by killing the stronger Wilderness bosses. Dark crabs can be fished with 85 Fishing and cooked with 90 Cooking and heal 22 Hitpoints each, making it one of the best foods for players to use.
There's also a new hunting area in the Wilderness for hunting black chinchompas (requires 73 Hunter), which the added bonus that you can place one extra trap above your maximum amount, thus making hunting quicker, more profitable due to the extra trap, but also equally as dangerous as the location is a popular player-killing spot. Here, vigilance is constant.
There are ents roaming around, which if killed you can cut for noted logs. The higher the Woodcutting level and axe you use, the better chance you have of getting high level logs such as magic logs and yew logs.
The Wilderness ents give double the amount of logs compared to the ents in the Woodcutting Guild, making it very profitable if you have a high Woodcutting level.
At 84 Thieving, players can loot the rogues' chests. There are three chests that are at the base of Rogues' Castle. The chest contains some decent rewards ranging from 1,000 minimum in value to approximately 40,000 gold, including various noted fish, runes, ores, and noted cut dragonstones. However, when a player loots from a chest, rogues within range will begin to attack you, making this a dangerous but profitable method of money making.
Players can obtain clue scrolls from monsters. Hard, elite and master clue scrolls, will often potentially require players to traverse through the Wilderness, to acquire their next clue or the reward casket. Be aware that one can still be attacked by other players while fighting off any of the wizards that may attack when in the process of digging for a clue or a reward casket. It is recommended to only bring what you need, to prevent the loss of the clue scroll. A Clue box can be brought along to protect the clue scroll in case of death within the Wilderness.
Players can also utilize the Ring of wealth (i) to double the chance of clue scroll drops in the Wilderness.
Players have an Agility training course in the deep Wilderness. It is one of the fastest Agility training areas, though also the most dangerous, as you can be attacked at any time due to its location in the Wilderness.
The Wilderness has monsters that can be interesting to kill for their drops or their experience (e.g. greater demons). Examples are noted below.
- Elder Chaos druids
- Green dragons
- Lava dragons
- Chaos Elemental
- King Black Dragon
- Crazed Archaeologist, Chaos Fanatic, and Scorpia
- Vet'ion, Venenatis, and Callisto
Pet hunters also come to the Wilderness to kill the bosses that can drop the pets. The Chaos Fanatic can drop the Pet chaos elemental and is safer to obtain due to residing in a single-way area, although the drop rate is much lower at a rate of 1/1000 compared to the Chaos Elemental itself, which has a drop rate of 1/300.
Players, especially those with low level accounts, can venture into the Wilderness with minimal risk with the sole purpose of looting. Looters pick up the remains of a drop after the killer finished taking the most expensive items, and some looters even tailgate player-killing clans.
Many players engage in player killing throughout the Wilderness to obtain valuables. When they kill a player, they will get all or nearly all of the items that the player was holding. Then, the player killer takes the dropped items and does whatever he or she may wish to do with them. This includes using the High Alchemy or Low Alchemy spells on them or selling them for money.
Another form of player killing for profit is bot slaying, where players can kill bots that attack green dragons for the bones and hides they have collected. This can be an easy and reliable way for players to gain profit and acquire kills. As mentioned earlier, many players visit the Wilderness to kill green dragons, as their hides and bones they always drop are very profitable.
Many players have items that are of very little value to merchants and skill specialists. The general store in the Bandit Camp buys items for close to High Alchemy prices because the "tax collectors do not visit his store." All Wilderness merchants are very high-level as a matter of personal safety.
Fountain of RuneEdit
The Fountain of Rune in Deep Wilderness allows you to freely cast spells and can be use to great effect to do High Alchemy without wasting any runes and make a nice profit, although being so far from any relative safety is extremely dangerous to do so. Also, players who completed Heroes' Quest can charge their amulets of glory here, and after Legends' Quest, other enchanted dragonstone jewellery can also be charged.
Some players want to collect team capes, so they go in the Wilderness just to enhance their collection. These handy capes can vary in colours and designs.
You can find these capes by searching for men with big bags on their backs. Their locations are in different places but are always near one place.
The Wilderness is a host of many powerful bosses, who are able to drop rare items that can't be obtained anywhere else.
|Callisto||470||255||Melee, Magic||South of Demonic Ruins|| It can hit through Prayer and knock players backwards.
|Chaos Elemental||305||250||Magic, Ranged, Melee||West of the Rogues' Castle|| It can hit up to 28 in all three combat styles.
|Chaos Fanatic||202||225||Magic||West of the Lava Maze|| Has a special attack that must be avoided in order to avoid damage.
|Crazy archaeologist||204||225||Melee, Ranged||Ruins south of The Forgotten Cemetery|| Has a multi-area special attack that must be avoided by running away.
|King Black Dragon||276||255||Melee, Dragonfire (long-ranged)||His lair is located deep in the Wilderness.||A particularly strong black dragon that is capable of various dragonfire attacks that can poison, stun and freeze.|
|Scorpia||225||200||Melee||Cavern beneath Scorpion Pit|| Has a powerful poison that can damage up to 20.
|Venenatis||464||255||Melee, Magic||East of the Bone Yard|| It is able to drain Prayer and perform a deadly special attack that can hit up to 50.
|Vet'ion||454||255||Melee, Magic||North of the Bone Yard|| It has a lightning bolt attack that can't be blocked by Prayer, and when it reaches half health, it will summon two level 120 skeleton hellhounds to aid it. When they are present, Vet'ion cannot be damaged.
Summarized places of interest and othersEdit
|Place||Wilderness Level||On the Map||Other Information|
|Bone Yard||27 - 30||North of the Chaos Temple and east of the Ruins||There are some big bones spawns here.|
|Demonic Ruins||45 - 48|
|Top right-hand corner||There are some greater demons here, and Prayer points are slowly recharged while within range.|
|Fountain of Rune||47 - 48|
|Top right-hand corner south of the Wilderness Volcano||Players can cast spells without runes here, although no experience is given. In addition, the amulet of glory, skills necklace, combat bracelet and ring of wealth can be used on the fountain to gain extra charges.|
|Mage of Zamorak||5 - 6||A bit north of Edgeville bank alongside the River Lum||Allows you to access the Abyss, one of the few places where you can craft all sorts of runes.|
|The Steel Mine||6 - 7||The mine closest to the southern river (the beginning of the surface stretch of the River Lum) by the Mage of Zamorak||Contains a little coal and iron ore.|
|The Dark Warriors' Fortress||13 - 16||South of the Bandit Camp||Spawns earth runes, water runes, air runes, fire runes, chaos runes, mind runes, and body rune.|
|The Hobgoblin Mine||29 - 35||The mine east of the Forgotten Cemetery||Contains 16 iron ore, 31 coal, 19 mithril ore, 8 adamantite ore. Contains more rocks in total than any free-to-play mining site.|
|The Wilderness Skeleton Mine||9||The mine south of the Dark Warriors' Fortress||34 coal rocks.|
|The Wilderness Rune Mine||45 - 46, 53-54||Slightly above the Lava Maze and Frozen Waste Plateau||One of the only places to mine runite ore and the only free-to-play location to do so. Extremely dangerous due to player-killers.|
|Chaos Temple||13||South-east of the Graveyard of Shadows, marked by the altar icon||Apart from a small hut west of the Lava Maze, this is the only altar in the Wilderness. Sometimes, it's considered the best place for training Prayer. Elder Chaos druids inhabit the area.|
|Chaos Temple (hut)||38||The altar in the small building just south of the Frozen Waste Plateau||This is the location of the other of two altars in the Wilderness (the other being the above location). This is a popular hot-spot for PKers to recharge their Prayer. The Chaos Fanatic wanders nearby.|
|Lava Dragon Isle||36 - 42||West of the Demonic Ruins, east of the Lava Maze||This is the only location where players can find lava dragons. They are the only monster to drop lava dragon bones. They were previously red dragons, but they have spent too long surrounded by lava and were transformed.|
|Resource Area||51 - 53||East of the Deserted Keep, west of the Scorpion Pit||Contains various Mining, Fishing and Woodcutting resources. These are one of the few fishing spots to contain dark crabs. Two Runite Golems can also be found here.|
|Rogues' Castle||51||East of the Mage Arena and Deserted Keep||Contains rogues, which can be pickpocketed, and chests, which can be looted.|
|Wilderness God Wars Dungeon||23-29|
|East of The Forgotten Cemetery||Monsters here drop ecumenical keys, and aviansies drop noted adamantite bars.|
|Wilderness Volcano||53-58 Wilderness||Northeast of the Rogues' Castle||Forge Odium and Malediction wards here. Some dark crab fishing spots are nearby.|
Wilderness area of Edgeville dungeonEdit
Although most of the Wilderness is an open area, the north part of Edgeville Dungeon is Wilderness too. It can be accessed by passing a gate. The Wilderness level in the northernmost part is 5.
Points of interestEdit
- Several chaos druids in the Wilderness section, well known for their high drop rate for herbs.
- There are six red spiders' eggs respawns in this dungeon, making it easier to collect them for potions.
- Several black demons live farther inside the dungeon, closer to a bank than most others.
- The Earth Obelisk is in the dungeon near Chronozon, and the Air Obelisk can be accessed through the dungeon as well, past the black demons.
- The dungeon is the only location to house earth warriors. You need 15 Agility to cross the monkey bars to get to them.
Any player within a particular level range of your Combat level can be attacked in the Wilderness. The range is calculated by taking your Combat level and adding or subtracting the current Wilderness level you are in.
For example, in level 1 Wilderness, a player who is level 100 can attack players who are level 99, level 101 or the same level. If a player is level 100 is in level 24 Wilderness, they can attack players between level 76 and level 124 Combat.
The first two steps (squares) of the wilderness are "safe" zones, in which other players are unable to attack you, thus making the Wilderness ditch not necessarily a strict reminder of where the wilderness starts.