Even though it's no longer absolutely sweltering outside (at least where we are), this week's update is still guaranteed to give you that perfect excuse to stay indoors. If questioned, simply repeat this script:
"Sorry, can't make it to that (ten-hour hike/boring family BBQ/charity litter pick) we had planned! I'll be busy using my finely honed skills to craft RuneScape's most valuable gem, taking advantage of bonus Reaper Points, and browsing the Community Tab while I listen to the latest soundtrack release."
You're welcome! Now, let's get down to business...
Chisels at the ready, folks! This week's main update is the Alchemical Hydrix gem, a powerful material that will help you craft two game-changing new items. We've also got extra Reaper Points for all you slick slayers and some sick beats to skill to.
At last! For those of you out of the loop, this week's mystery update is the Alchemical Hydrix, a ludicrously high-tier gem available to only the finest inventors and crafters.
If the name sounds familiar, that's because the Alchemical Hydrix is an upgraded version of the regular hydrix, carefully refined under strict laboratory conditions.
To get your hands on one, you'll need 117 Invention, along with the following bits and pieces:
So, why is the Alchemical Hydrix so valuable? Why, because it's the key component in not one, but TWO enormously powerful pieces of jewellery.
First up, there's the Brooch of the Gods, which will solidify your skillingů skills. This bounteous little badge will automatically scavenge Invention components from non-combat skills, double the proc rate of portable skilling stations, and store your decorated skilling urns. If that wasn't enough, it also enhances the skilling advantages from Skilling Distractions all across Gielinor. Here's a small sample of the effects we've observed so far:
And that's just what we've found so far. The Brooch of the Gods is a must-have accessory for any serious skiller, but they're not easy to come by. You'll need 97 Crafting and the following components to create your own:
The second jewellery item is the Essence of Finality, which combines the powers of the Amulet of Souls and the Reaper Necklace to turn you into one unstoppable killing machine. It'll also allow you to consume any weapon to store that weapon's special attack within the gem, and then use it at will with a new ability found in the Constitution Ability Book.
You'll need to make sure that the attack style of the consumed weapon matches the one you're using, but apart from that, there are no restrictions - and of course, you can change the stored special attack by consuming a different weapon.
The Essence of Finality will add +56 to all combat styles and has a Prayer bonus of 7.
This kind of power comes with a hefty chunk of responsibility, however. As you hack and slash your way across Gielinor, the Essence of Finality will degrade, gradually becoming useless if it is not properly maintained. You're in luck, though, because it's easily recharged with faith, trust and a little Alchemical Hydrix dust.
You can obtain ten units of dust by grinding up an Alchemical Hydrix - and if you're feeling lazy, it's tradeable, so you can always grab some on the Grand Exchange.
Crafting an Essence of Finality is another tricky task. Alongside 99 Crafting, you'll need:
Oh, and one last thing - if you combine the ornament kits for the Amulet of Souls and the Reaper Necklace, you'll be left with a super stylish ornament kit for the Essence of Finality. Go on, give it a try!
Want to to hear more? Check out last week's livestream for a quick catch-up.
Bonus Reaper Points
Even the Horsemen of the Apocalypse are excited to see some Alchemical Hydrix action! From August 17th to August 31st, Death will be offering 50% more Reaper Points. It's a great opportunity to stock up on those incomplete hydrixes and start experimenting!
Loot Duels Promotion
Now for something entirely different. As you know, we've been switching up Treasure Hunter as of late. We've recently been keeping promotions around for longer, giving everyone the chance to have a go. We've also been refreshing the mechanics halfway through their run to provide an interesting new experience.
Our second Treasure Hunter promo this month is Loot Duels, where you get to pick and choose your favourite chests from promotions past. Check back next week to see what's changed!
Desperate Measures Soundtrack
It's time to rock like Thok and cha-cha like Charos with the Desperate Measures Soundtrack, available now on all major digital music retail and streaming platforms.
The album contains 11 tracks from RuneScape's newest quest, including 'Caged Guardian' and 'Dragonkind'. You can give it a listen now on Spotify.
Fix of the week
Our featured streamer this week is Ravlar, who'll be going live on Friday August 21st at 10:00 Game Time for some PvM and an epic Snakes and Ladders showdown against Maikeru. Maikeru actually won the last time, so expect some high-octane dice rolling revenge!
Check out the stream here.
RuneScape Art Community Discord
We'd like to use this section to highlight some of our favourite community spaces, starting with the RuneScape Art Community! Here you can rub shoulders with RuneScape and Old School's most celebrated artists, share your own creations, and commission some artwork for your own collection. Whether you're interested in art, writing, or even music, the RuneScape Art Community has a channel for you. Everyone's welcome, regardless of game preference or skill level - so head on over and say hi!
This week we're showcasing some of Elej's fantastic screenshots!
'Talk To The Hand'
We loved the atmosphere of these two screenshots so much, we couldn't just pick one!
If you know a place in-game that you'd like to show off, tweet your pictures to us with #RuneScapeScreenies and you might just appear in next week's Community tab!
We loved Aguarela's rendering of Thok's romantic endeavours - although we feel a little bit sorry for that poor ancient zygomite!
Go show her some love on Twitter, and check out her other amazing artwork while you're at it.
This week's Forum Spotlight is coming from inside the house, as Mod Kari asks you to share your Double XP LIVE Achievements! Did you finally get the Skill Cape you've been aiming for? Then let us know in the thread!
Pink Skirts Event
Princess Rae and theáPink Skirts are getting serious this weekend with a Town Square Q&A, to be held outside the Varrock West Bank on World 3 at 23:00 Game Time on Saturday, August 22nd.
Come along and ask your burning Pink Skirts questions! For more details, check out the website.
- The RuneScape Team