This Week In RuneScape: Presents From The Sledge

This Week In RuneScape: Presents From The Sledge

Alright folks, this is it – the final newspost of the year. Read on for a roundup of everything that’s been going on in December, plus news of those all-important Winter Sales, the Golden Gnome Awards and more!

Presents From The Sledge
Help save Christmas – and snag some gifts of your own!

Santa has enlisted the help of Postie Pete and Parcel Pete to wrap gifts for the children of Gielinor. But it’s all gone wrong... they’ve wrapped the presents in the wrong paper!

Now they need your help to make sure the gifts end up in the right hands. Find wrapping paper scattered throughout the world while skilling or through Treasure Hunter. Lend a hand and you’ll earn some presents of your own as a reward!

Gifts include past Christmas Cracker event rewards, and if you’re really lucky, the Gold Present. That’s a guaranteed jackpot quality prize – either 50million GP, or the smashing Green Santa Hat!

You’ll find the event in the Grand Exchange, to the north east. Get the full details here.

Frank's Free Deaths
Three more weeks of free death rotations

Have you been enjoying Frank’s Free Deaths? If you haven’t tried it yet, this is your chance to tackle various bosses throughout December with zero death costs – and in doing so, help us plan a new approach to the death system going forward!

Here’s the list of bosses that you can tackle without fear over the next three weeks:

Week 2: December 13th – 19th*

  • God Wars Dungeon: Graardor, Kree'arra, K'ril and Zilyana
  • Heart of Gielinor (GWD2): Gregorovic, Helwyr, Twin Furies and Vindicta
  • Nex
  • Telos

Week 3: December 20th – 26th*

  • Dagannoth Kings
  • Kalphite King
  • Kalphite Queen
  • King Black Dragon
  • Queen Black Dragon
  • Rex Matriarchs
  • Solak

Week 4: December 27th – Jan 2nd*

  • Elite Dungeons
    • Dragonkin Laboratory
    • Temple of Aminishi
    • The Shadow Reef
  • The Magister
  • Raksha

*Each week begins at 00:01 Game Time on Monday and ends at 23:59 on Sunday.

To learn more about Frank’s Free Deaths, check out our Developer Diary.

Golden Party Hat Hunt
There's only a few weeks left to earn yours!

If you’re hoping to get your hands on the elusive Golden Party Hat this season, it’s time to get your head in the game – you’ve only got a few weeks left! To acquire this legendary headgear you’ll need to complete various tasks in exchange for Golden Party Hat shards.

Remember, you need to earn eight shards by January 3rd to craft your hat.

While you can't acquire shards after January 3rd, you have until January 17th to put the eight shards together before they dissolve for good.

For a refresher on the Golden Party Hat Hunt, check out our blog.

Wintumber Aurora Yak Track
Earn cosmetics, bonus XP and even a Golden Party Hat shard!

The current Yak Track runs until January 9th. and this time it’s hosted by the Queen of Snow herself. Expect all sorts of brrrilliant treats for completing her tasks, including some spectacular Northern Lights-themed cosmetics!

For every five tasks completed during the event, you’ll earn 2% global bonus XP (up to a max of 20%). Plus, there’s a Golden Party Hat shard at Task 15 of the free track!

Upgrade to Premier Pass for two Bonds, or get one free with your Premier Club Membership.

Prime Gaming December
Get your Umbral Siren outfit and more...

Time to grab your Prime Gaming goodies for December! This month you get:

  • Umbral Siren outfit
  • 7 days of Membership
  • Currency Pack

Get yours from December 14th at!

Upcoming Livestreams
News and fun, live from the J-Mod team

Friday December 17th | 17:00 Game Time | Golden Gnome Awards 2021

We're ending the year with a bang by celebrating our incredible community at the 11th annual Golden Gnome Awards!

See you on Twitch!

Patch Notes
Fixes and improvements in this week's game update

Secret Santa

  • Stacks of gifted items in Secret Santa may now be split up between multiple recipients.
  • Items gifted by Ironmen in the Secret Santa event will now be given to other players. Irons still cannot claim a Secret Santa gift, however.

Advent Calendar

  • Fixed an error that would occur when the player used an XP Lamp without logging out after the Advent Calendar event began.
  • The tutorial and Advent Calendar UIs no longer clash when relogging without having closed the initial tutorial message.
  • The Double Dragon Chests promotion will now reset correctly when it runs at the weekend.
  • The progression track now resets as expected.

Daily Challenges: Bonus Weekly Rewards

  • Fixed an issue which allowed Iroman accounts to receive Combat Dummies from the Daily Challenge system.


  • World map has implemented a new category under Activities - Boss encounters. The drop-down category includes:
    • Boss encounters
    • Elite dungeons
    • Raids

Elder God Wars Dungeon

  • Fixed an issue with the colour of the Extra Action buttons in Elder God Wars Dungeon.
  • The Scripture of Jas now stores damage after all combat calculations are performed. As a result, it will now correctly store damage from damage-over-time abilities, and account for damage modifications such as Vulnerability.
  • The chance of receiving a unique drop from Croesus has been increased slightly.
  • The chance of receiving a unique drop from the Arch-Glacor has been increased slightly.
  • The reward scaling for higher enrage and higher killstreaks has also been made more lucrative, whilst removing some value from the lower enrage and killstreak drops.
    • *To benefit from these changes to Arch-Glacor you will need to start a new killstreak.

Mobile Client

  • On the God Wars Reputation interface on mobile, users can now see the preview description for the Reputation unlocks.

Treasure Hunter

  • Treasure Hunter promotion rewards are only affected by the multiplier of the promotion in which they were won.
  • The Treasure Hunter rewards are no longer influenced by the previous promotion's multipliers.
  • When not selected, Invention no longer receives the same amount of XP as the selected skill.


  • Issue fixed where pressing the back button on the Shop tab of the Marketplace pushes the player into the game.
  • Removed the Sunbather's Hat neck shade to prevent clipping issues.

Other fixes

  • The 'Top Tip' on the Sinkholes minigame no longer overlaps other UI elements.
  • Players are now able to scroll the Golden Party Hat Hunt list using both the list and the scrollbar.
  • Fixed an issue where some players would receive a message about a new Menaphos City Quest before unlocking the ability to start them.
  • Prevented Frank from blocking player movement in Death's Office and War's Retreat.
  • The archaeologist NPC at the Acropolis has been removed from the game.
  • The Island of Kami-Shima now renders correctly inside the player-owned Ports Map interface.
  • Removed a duplicated message that occurred when attempting to equip an unwearable item.
  • Offhand Shadow Glaive was dealing less damage than expected when paired with a non-Glaive Mainhand. This has been corrected.
  • The Scavenging perk is now triggered on Prifddinas Elves.
  • Fixed an issue with the Sap Spirit curse, which was draining 8% of your opponent’s adrenaline, rather than the intended 10%.
  • Using a Deathtouched Dart on a Blood Nihil while it heals will no longer give XP at the end of the kill.
  • Updated the icon for the War's Retreat teleport.
  • The effect of Terrasaur maul will no longer boost abilities applied with greater barge if the player is not wielding the weapon.

Merch Updates
Last chance to grab the RS20 Deluxe Edition book!

The last copies of RuneScape: The First 20 Years Deluxe Edition go on sale today at the Merch Store, just in time to make your list for Santa! Tell him to move fast if you want to be sure of snagging this fancy-schmancy black and gold version.

The Deluxe Edition comes with foil treatments on the cover, gilded page edges, card slipcase, ribbon bookmark and a hard-backed folio containing two archive-quality art prints.

The Deluxe Edition is a RuneScape Merch Store exclusive and not available anywhere else!

The Standard Edition has its own beautiful hardback red cover and contains the same 224 full-colour pages as the Deluxe Edition. It’s available now from multiple online retailers and local bookstores in many countries around the world – or you can just download the digital version to your e-reader instantly!

Check out the Merch Store here or this newspost for more details on all editions.

The latest goings-on from our community

The Golden Gnome Awards

You nominated your favourites, now it's time to decide who wins! Head to vote for your top RuneScape creators – and creations – of the year.

Join us on Twitch, December 17th at 17:00 Game Time to celebrate this year's winners!

Pink Skirts

Each week the Pink Skirts put on a selection of fun activities that everyone can join. Here’s a few picks for the coming weeks:

When: Wednesday December 15th, 20:00 Game Time

What: Corporeal Beast

Who: Umami and the Norge Clan

Where: Corporeal Lair

World: 5

FC: Umami

When: Saturday December 25th, 13:00 Game Time

What: K'ril Tsutsaroth (Hard Mode)

Who: M e r c y and Dung Titan

Where: Zamorak Lobby

World: 35

FC: Dung Titan

When: Monday December 27th, 19:00 Game Time

What: Corporeal Beast

Who: Patrick K and Clackworthy

Where: Corporeal Beast Lair

World: 123

FC: Patrick K

When: Saturday January 1st, 23:00 Game Time

What: Town Square Q&A

Who: Princess Rae

Where: Varrock West Bank

World: 3

If that doesn't take your fancy, take a look at the full events schedule here. There’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy!

- The RuneScape Team

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