Month Ahead - March
March is here! The first flowers of the season are starting to force their way up from the soil, we’re no longer having to scrape ice off our cars in the morning and the supermarket shelves are filling up with Easter eggs. It also means it’s the perfect time for a spring clean in Gielinor. Feather dusters at the ready!
In much the same way as the Mining & Smithing Rework was a rethink of how those skills worked in RuneScape, this month our attentions turn to Firemaking. Until now there’s not really been a huge incentive to train the skill – and that’s something we want to change.
In fact, March is a whole month about fixing things. Bounty Hunter is being retired and its rewards redistributed throughout the game. Plus, we’ve revisited the fiddly transmog system, and changed the over-competed abyssal demons and dark beasts systems with a new slayer dungeon.
On top of that we have the arrival of our SGS Competition winner items and, as you may have already seen, a nice little Elite Dungeon surprise.
Firemaking and Incense Burners
We’ve been aware for a long time that Firemaking wasn’t quite where it needed to be in RuneScape, with no real reason to train it. Luckily our Incense Burner and Firemaking Week is designed to kickstart a new era of combustible fun.
Central to the Firemaking rethink are the new Incense Burners - 18 new potion-like incense sticks that are made with Firemaking. They combine the use of various logs, herbs and impious, accursed or infernal ashes.
When burnt, incense burners last for 30 minutes and provide a variety of effects that benefit skilling and combat. The strength of the effect, or ‘potency’, varies:
Here’s the full list of effects:
|Guam||Provides a 10% chance per rank of getting an additional log when cutting normal trees.|
|Tarromin||Automatically bank ashes when burning logs.|
|Marrentil||Reduces the damage received from poison by 12.5% per level of potency.|
|Harralander||While resting, you restore more run energy than you normally would. The higher the potency, the greater the effect.|
|Ranarr||Reduces the rate at which your Prayer points are depleted. The higher the potency, the better the effect.|
|Toadflax||Reduces the chance of failing an agility obstacle by 12.5% per level of potency.|
|Spirit||Restores the special attack energy of your familiar. The higher the potency, the better the effect.|
|Irit||Reduces the damage received from poison by 25% per level of potency.|
|Wergali||Gives a 0.5% chance to automatically string bows and automatically attach feathers to arrow shafts when fletching logs per level of potency. Provides XP and doesn't require secondary items.|
|Avantoe||Gives a 5% chance of automatically adding bait per level of potency when placing a hunter trap. Doesn't require the bait in inventory.|
|Kwuarm||Add 2.5% damage to weapon poison effects per level of potency (can avoid stacking with nature being gloves).|
|Bloodweed||Provides a 2.5% chance per level of potency to gain an additional log when cutting bloodwood trees.|
|Snapdragon||Stats are restored back to their correct level much quicker. The higher the potency, the quicker they are restored.|
|Cadantine||Reduced chance of depleting a resource when you gather from it. The higher the potency, the better the chance.|
|Lantadyme||Increases the duration of potions you drink. The higher the potency, the longer the effect. Excludes stat-boosting potions.|
|Dwarf||Chance to bank items gathered or dropped from monsters. The higher the potency, the higher the chance to bank.|
|Torstol||Increased XP whilst training. The higher the potency, the greater the percentage XP earned.|
|Fellstalk||Increases the chance for an elite monster to spawn (if the monster has an elite version). The higher the potency, the higher the chance.|
As well as the Incense Burners, we are also introducing changes to how fire spirits work:
The changes to Firemaking will arrive in game on March 18th.
Bounty Hunter Reward Redistribution
We can safely say that we had the very best intentions with Bounty Hunter, but sadly over time it stopped being fun or viable. As a result, Bounty Hunter will close this month. However, the good news is that all the content that used to be locked away behind it will be redistributed throughout the game on March 11th!
The biggest change comes in the form of a new slayer master, Mandrith. With Bounty Hunter now gone, he was looking for a new job, and we felt he’d earned this promotion! Mandrith will now hand out Wilderness tasks and slayer challenges. Rewards, including bounty emblems, can then be claimed from his new shop in Edgeville Bank. Players will need to be level 85 slayer to engage with Mandrith.
Other things to note:
In addition, assorted Bounty Hunter items will now be available via alternative means:
Attention slayers! March 25th sees the introduction of a new slayer resource dungeon that’s filled with abyssal demons and dark beasts, which - as you all know - are two of the most competitive slayer mobs. This will give players additional options. The dungeon will be available to those with level 100 Dungeoneering.
Another big feature is the introduction of three new Raid practice modes for The Liberation of Mazcab. These will allow players to repeatedly fight Beastmaster Durzag or either of Yakamaru’s main phases. Note that as it’s a practice mode: no killcounts or loot will be awarded for successful runs.
Also incoming are some bug fixes for Nex: Angel of Death:
There are also some other more general tweaks across all of PvM:
We have heard your indication that you’d prefer a modification to the current transmogrification location. We therefore serve notification and commend our developers’ dedication to their vocation. Indeed, let us add to this communication some further qualification, which we hope will provide further demystification and education.
Right, enough of that. With over 40 transmogs in the game, we’re aware they take up a lot of bank space, and all-too-often you don’t have the one you want to hand. As a result, we’ve made the following changes:
There’s a brand new Treasure Hunter promo on the way this month that offers both a new type of lamp and some brand new cosmetics.
What’s so special about these lamps? As the name might suggest, Phoenix Lamps have a chance of being saved upon use, meaning they live to be used once again! Like smouldering lamps, if a skill is chosen that has bonus experience, up to the same amount of bonus experience is converted into normal experience as well.
A new winged backpack, a fetching glowing aura and a winged chest pet will be up for grabs.
SGS Player Contest
At long last the winning SGS carnival competition submissions are coming to life! From March 4th players will be able to pick up the winning Wyvern Cape and the runners up duo of the Fairy Drake and Night Fairy Drake from Solomon’s General Store.
Many congrats to Claire (Best Pud Pud) and Nadia (Dalia) – both will of course get their winning creations for free!
As we’ve said before, some elements of the original designs were so ambitious they proved a bit of a stretch for our tech, but we hope to revisit them in the future when the situation has changed.
Elite Dungeon Quest
As many of you will have already seen, alongside the final Elite Dungeon, Shadow Reef, we also released a surprise new quest that ties the storyline of all three Elite Dungeons together. We hope you enjoyed discovering it!
For those who haven’t yet tried it, the story is set after the events of Sliske’s Endgame. It starts with players investigating a cult and ends in a confrontation with the mighty Ambassador!
Throughout the quest you’ll encounter old friends and new allies, and engage in puzzles and exploration, learning more about the Ambassador’s storyline and connections to the other characters on the way.
To get started simply speak to Bryll outside Daemonheim. Players require 12 Agility and 34 Woodcutting to play the quest, and of course you will need to be able to complete the Elite Dungeons to progress. If you’ve already completed the Elite Dungeons (even if only in story mode), you are given the option to skip those parts of the quest.
Rewards include 10% damage reduction on all three of the Elite Dungeons (stacking with story mode damage reduction) as well as lamps, a pet and some cosmetic overrides.
Until next time, chums.
The RuneScape Team