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Hey, I'm Connor. I'm 16 and I help out Das Wanderer with development of RuneHints!
Hope eveyone enjoys the event, unfortunately I can't attend as I'll be on holiday :(
A brand new planet, raids, big cats and elite slayer creatures await!
With Tuska soundly beaten by the might of the Godless, her limp body hurtles towards the planet...but what will happen? One thing's for sure: the portal on her back will open, and heroes like you will take one giant leap for mankind...and visit the mysterious planet Mazcab.
As for Tuska herself, you'll still be able to play the island-hopping event content to earn rewards, so make sure you pop back if you fancy some more action.
Raids and the Goebie Homeworld
Step through Tuska's portal, you'll get to meet the goebies, a strange race of frog-like creatures who call Mazcab their home - who have a serious airut problem. Tuska gorged on their planet many years before, and a taskforce of warriors remained to act as cruel overlords.
The planet itself is packed full of new, exciting content for all types of players. We'll have plenty of news and videos about that in the near future, so I'll just give you a quick rundown now:
First up are raids. These epic adventures offer a new take on high-level boss fights, for groups of up to 10 players. Each raid boss has very different gameplay, with plenty of teamwork required even to reach each fight. There'll be two bosses with this first release, with plenty of plans for more in the future, growing in difficulty and rewards.
There are raid feats a series of absurdly hard combat challenges for the truly dedicated warrior.
There's also a new safe PvP activity, where you'll move vital supplies between goebie camps.
There's plenty of exploration, too. Mazcab is far more than a home for boss fighters there's a whole world to discover! Find lore fragments, complete mini-quests and get lost in the Dungeoneering-style forest that changes faster than a speeding kebbit.
Rewards include new tier 90 tank armour with set effects in all combat styles, five new abilities tradeable until they're claimed - new titles, pets and fast travel options, just to name a few.
Fast Lodestone Teleports
Another great suggestion coming to the game from RuneLabs this month is the idea of using vis wax to charge quick teleports, allowing you to use lodestones in super quick time.
Thanks to F D C for this cracking idea. It just goes to show that RuneLabs can be used to suggest almost anything!
This month, we want you to ask a story question that we'll answer in a medium-sized quest. Want to know what happened to King Vallance? Ever wondered why H.A.M. always wear pink? Head to RuneLabs now!
Big Cats WWF
Big fan of cats? Well, throughout July we will be working with the World Wildlife Fund to raise awareness of endangered and vulnerable big cats like jaguars and tigers.
For the first 2 weeks you'll be able to take part in a special Big Cats edition of The Drop, accessible from the conservationist near the Burthorpe lodestone. You'll be able to adopt adorable cub companions, and unlock some feline-themed titles, as well as XP lamps. You'll also be able to donate bonds directly to the conservationist, especially if you want to look after unique lion and snow leopard cubs.
Jagex will be passing all proceeds from your Bond donations directly to the WWF to help with their amazing work, so dig deep and make a difference.
Elite Slayer Creatures
Ever wished there was something spicing up your slayer tasks? That's what elite slayer creatures are for! Certain enemies will have a chance of spawning bigger, meaner, richer versions of themselves, worth more slayer XP and more loot!
Take the challenge and be rewarded, ignore it and everybody else can have a go after three minutes! Look out for the tell-tale ring of death orbiting creatures such as the powerful Dark Beast of Pain, and rise to the challenge.
In Other News
We're adding a new slot to the Grand Exchange for all players, and an extra one for members.
We're adding some muscle to the beach, too, with Strength-training options, new beachy pets - like the amazing flapping fish, which is a personal favourite - and a beach ball version of the old cheese rolling event.
Finally, there'll be some fantastic new barbarian, shaman and mage-themed outfits, new slayer masks and a bunch of cool cosmetics related to V!
Have fun, and W00ters out.
Podcast - Hero's Spoilers
Mod Wilson gives Mod Sky a spoiler-laden run-down of the latest quest: Hero's Welcome. If you've yet to complete the quest, you may wish to do so before you listen!
Q&A Recap: Invention Special
Just in case you didn't catch Tuesday's Developer Q&A Special on Invention and Elite Skills, here's a video recap. Enjoy!
What is a Behind the Scenes article?
Behind the Scenes is a sneak peek at the planned game updates that we hope to launch in the coming month.
This, however, is only a plan - not a promise - that a particular update will be released in a particular way or at a particular time. To get you the highest quality updates as quickly as possible, we usually keep on tweaking and testing right up until the moment before release, so sometimes things change or take a bit longer than expected. We aren't afraid to change our plan if necessary, as we will never launch an update before it is ready.
A legendary Fremennik hero-turned-god comes home in style in Hero's Welcome: RuneScape's latest quest!
Head over to Lumbridge Crater, too, and join in the Summer Beach Party.
|How to Start Hero's Welcome|
|Head to Rellekka and speak to the people arguing by the pier.|
|You must be a RuneScape member|
|Lunar Diplomacy||Tai Bwo Wannai Trio|
|60 Divination||67 Mining|
|62 Slayer||67 Smithing|
|All of Otto Godblessed's barbarian training complete|
|A combat level of at least 100 is recommended|
In Hero's Welcome, you'll meet the mighty V well known to those of you who've finished While Guthix Sleeps - as he returns to his people.
You'll embark on a series of dangerous raids on Dragonkin lairs, and uncover some of their darkest secrets. Be ready for combat, as there'll be plenty of fierce foes to fight, but you'll need brains as well as brawn to succeed.
Prevail and you'll earn hearty helpings of XP, better yields when runecrafting, and access to new areas containing bane ore and adamant dragons. There's also a repeatable boss fight, which can drop new throwing weapons and a tradeable level 75 cape.
Summer Beach Party
The Summer Beach Party is in full swing, making Lumbridge Crater the place to be until the end of August!
Head to the beach party and take a look around. It's the ideal place to relax with your friends, take part in your favourite D&Ds via the portal hub, and enjoy some sun-soaked activities plus pick up some unique rewards.
- Fight Clawdia: At 45 past every hour, killer crustacean Clawdia will spawn at the crater in the middle of the beach party. Her damage scales to your life points, so everyone can dive in and help drive her back.
- Build sandcastles: Follow the clues given to you by the nearby visitors and build the right castles for Construction XP.
- Fish at the rock pools: Cast a line, kick back and get some Fishing XP while you're at it. Drop off the fish at the barbecues for extra XP.
- Bust out the barbecue: Hit the barbecue stands and earn Cooking XP.
- Pick coconuts: Gather coconuts from the palm trees for Farming XP, then deposit them at the coconut shy for extra XP.
- Try the coconut shy: Test your skill at the coconut shy and earn Ranged XP.
More activities are coming over the next few weeks. Keep an eye on the news!
Every 15 minutes one of the XP-giving activities will be spotlighted, and it will yield +10% XP. Note that Ironman players earn 50% less XP for participating in beach activities.
You can keep earning XP until your temperature gauge fills up completely, although this can be reset up to three times a day by consuming ice creams.
First up, there are a number of handy items that you can earn by fighting Clawdia and participating in other beach activities:
- Ice cream: This tradeable item resets a full temperature gauge to 0. You can use up to three per day.
- Anti-sun potion: Also tradeable, this item gives a +5% boost to any XP earned on the beach that includes beach activities and any other training done there. The effect lasts for 24 hours (real time, not time spent logged in).
- Cocktails: These come in four fruity flavours, each boosting XP gain in a different group of skills combat, artisan, gathering and support. By drinking more of the same type, you can stack the XP boost up to 10%. The effect lasts for 30 minutes of logged-in time.
You can get these items from fighting Clawdia, from participating in the various beach activities, and by handing in a beach party ticket from the recent Summer Raffle.
There's also a rare chance to get a tradeable token that can be redeemed for one of several new beach items. These include cosmetic weapons and headgear, emotes and more:
- Bunting whip
- Stick of rock
- Throwing starfish
- Bucket head
- Clawdia hat
- Dragon ring
- Buried in Sand resting animation
- Surfboard emote
- Beach ball
- Throwing disc
There'll be new additions to the available items over the coming weeks we'll let you know in the news.
Note that the tokens will automatically become untradeable at the end of this year.
These items can also be purchased from the vendors around the beach for RuneCoins, as can challenge gems, dwarven challenge barrels, party packs and masterwork music boxes.
Finally, there's a bunch of secret rewards available for fulfilling certain conditions on the beach. Have fun discovering them!
Seasonal Hiscore Reruns
There'll be one-off reruns of old Seasonal Hiscores, held weekly from 1st July. Here's when you can compete to unlock some of RuneScape's most sought-after titles:
- 1st July: Clue scrolls |
the Puzzle Hunter
- 8th July: Red imp kills |
Slayer of Imps
- 15th July: Life points healed | Piggy
- 22nd July: Stealing Creation reward points |
Master of Clay
- 29th July: Slayer Tower kills |
, Scion of Viggora
- 5th August: Chronicle Fragments offered |
- 12th August: Fun weapon damage to K'ril |
- 19th August: Dominion Tower: Endurance mode |
Ruler of the Tower
- 26th August: Wilderness PvP kills |
Scourge of the Wild
- 2nd September: Herbs grown |
- 9th September: Solo complexity 6 dungeons |
- 16th September: Solo Zilyana kills |
- 7th October: Deaths | The Late
- 14th October: Undead kills | Undertaker
Live Streams this Week
Each week we stream developer Q&As, in-game events and more. Watch our streams and find a full streaming schedule over on our Twitch channel.
Check our YouTube channel, too, for recap videos of streams you may have missed including last week's Raids teaser!
Developer Q&A - Invention Special | 16:00 UTC, Tuesday 30th June
Mods Osborne, Stu, Kelpie, James and Pi will be on the sofa this week to answer all your questions about our new elite skill: Invention! You can find out more about it in Mod Timbo's Dev Blog.
Beach Party Happy Hour | 20:00 UTC, Tuesday 30th June
Summer is here, and it's time to bust out the beachwear! The Lumbridge Crater Beach is hitting Happy Hour with Mods JD and Jon, and you'll be getting XP buffs and increased drop rates for the whole hour on all the stalls!
Join us for flip-flops, frolics, sun and sand, and get a tasty XP boost in the bargain!
Make good on those mead hall boasts in the new quest, then kick back and relax on the beach. Summer's well and truly here, so have fun and give us your feedback over on the forums.
The RuneScape Team
In Other News
- Visit the Summer Beach Party this weekend to find Sam and his Fourth of July shop and balloon drops.
- You can now click '+' in the Bank interface to purchase bank boosters, and 'Buy' in the Wardrobe interface to purchase cosmetics.
Read the patch notes for other updates released today.