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Treasure Trails is a members-only Distraction and Diversion in which players follow a series of clues leading towards buried treasure. A Treasure Trail is started by finding a sealed clue scroll, which may be dropped by various monsters, pickpocketed from H.A.M. Members and elven clan workers, received from a treasure chest decoration in an aquarium, purchased with thaler, obtained from the Prosper perk, or by training Archaeology, Divination, Fishing, Mining, Farming, or Woodcutting. The chances of receiving a clue scroll increase with the appropriate tier luck enhancer.

As of the clue scroll overhaul on 26 February 2018, players can collect as many as 25 sealed clue scrolls of each type of difficulty, subject to a soft cap. Originally, players could only have one clue scroll at a time (and reward caskets) which was later changed to one of all difficulties, and now in its current state. This soft cap can be partially bypassed, such as guaranteed or item holding services. Once the player hits the soft cap however, players cannot obtain any more clue scrolls, outside of guaranteed sources.

Only one of each type of sealed clue scroll can be open at a time. Attempting to open a sealed clue scroll if a player already owns an open one will result in the following text in the chat window: You already have an active easy/medium/hard/elite treasure trail. You'll need to either complete or destroy that before starting another.

Most unique rewards can be placed in the treasure chest in the costume room of a player-owned house. After completing a Treasure Trail, a message comes up in the chat box indicating how many Treasure Trails have been completed of that difficulty: " Congratulations! You have now completed [amount] [difficulty] treasure trails." The next line tells how many Treasure Trail points have been obtained: " You earn [amount] treasure trails points. You now have [amount] points."

South-west of the Grand exchange's southern gate, a treasure trail expert named Zaida has set up the Treasure Trails Reward Shop with her pack yak, Nigel. Besides offering assistance and information to fellow treasure seekers, she maintains a Treasure Trail information board. There is also a stack of Treasure Trail collection log books behind her for players to use.

Difficulty[edit | edit source]

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The "level" of a clue scroll relates to its difficulty. There are five levels of clue scrolls: easy, medium, hard, elite, and master. An Easy clue is a low difficulty treasure trail with a low reward yield. A Medium clue scroll is a medium difficulty treasure trail with a more substantial reward yield. A Hard clue scroll is a hazardous treasure trail which can be very rewarding. An Elite clue scroll is a very dangerous clue scroll (both to receive and to complete). Master clue scrolls have the greatest difficulties in obtaining and completing but are more rewarding than elites and are generally considered to be significantly easier.

As monster drops, clue scrolls are always considered "tertiary" (bonus drop); luck can affect the chances of one rolling. When received, a loot beam will always appear and a game message will tell the player of the drop. As skilling drops, clue scrolls can be obtained at random and a game message will inform the player whenever they obtain one.

If the player cannot complete the clue, then it is recommended to exchange it for another with the Globetrotter backpack (if available), or destroy it. Some clues (notably emote clues) may also be skipped with a Skipping ticket, although this may not be cost-effective. Zaida can also exchange the clue scroll for a lower difficulty if needed, though she will not convert any easy clue scrolls as they are the lowest tier.

From skilling, the level of the clue scroll is determined by the level requirement of the skilling action and the skill. Similar to when killing monsters, master clues may rarely be obtained in place of an elite clue.

Skilling action Requirements Yield
Hunting Arcane apoterrasaur 55 Slayer and 75 Hunter Sealed clue scroll (easy)
Chopping a crystal tree 94 Woodcutting Sealed clue scroll (hard) or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Chopping a magic tree 75 Woodcutting Sealed clue scroll (hard) or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Chopping a Maple Tree 45 Woodcutting Sealed clue scroll (easy)
Chopping a tree in Big Game Hunter 1 Woodcutting Sealed clue scroll (easy)
Chopping an acadia tree 47 Woodcutting Sealed clue scroll (easy) or sealed clue scroll (medium)
Chopping an elder tree 90 Woodcutting Sealed clue scroll (hard) or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Chopping an oak 15 Woodcutting Sealed clue scroll (medium)
Chopping an overgrown idol 81 Woodcutting Sealed clue scroll (medium), sealed clue scroll (hard), or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Chopping bamboo 90 Woodcutting Sealed clue scroll (hard) or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Excavating at any excavation hotspot or material cache 5 Archaeology See articles about the hotspot or cache for drop tables
Fishing at the swarm at 99 Fishing 99 Fishing Sealed clue scroll (hard) or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Fishing large crystal urchins 97 Fishing Sealed clue scroll (hard) or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Fishing magnetic minnows 68 Fishing Sealed clue scroll (medium)
Fishing raw blue blubber jellyfish 91 Fishing Sealed clue scroll (hard) or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Fishing raw cavefish 85 Fishing Sealed clue scroll (medium) or sealed clue scroll (hard)
Fishing raw desert soles, raw catfish, and raw beltfish 52 Fishing Sealed clue scroll (easy) or sealed clue scroll (medium)
Fishing raw green blubber jellyfish 68 Fishing Sealed clue scroll (easy)
Fishing raw sailfish 97 Fishing Sealed clue scroll (hard) or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Fishing raw sharks barehanded 96 Fishing and 76 Strength Sealed clue scroll (medium)
Fishing raw sharks with a harpoon 76 Fishing Sealed clue scroll (elite)
Fishing raw tropical trout at the Summer Beach Party None Sealed clue scroll (easy) or sealed clue scroll (medium)
Fishing raw wobbegong 96 Fishing Sealed clue scroll (hard) or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Harvesting a bright spring 20 Divination Sealed clue scroll (easy)
Harvesting a brilliant spring 80 Divination Sealed clue scroll (hard)
Harvesting a cursed spring None Sealed clue scroll (easy) or sealed clue scroll (medium)
Harvesting a flickering spring 10 Divination Sealed clue scroll (medium)
Harvesting a gleaming spring 50 Divination Sealed clue scroll (easy)
Harvesting a luminous spring 90 Divination Sealed clue scroll (hard) or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Harvesting a lustrous spring 70 Divination Sealed clue scroll (hard)
Harvesting a radiant spring 85 Divination Sealed clue scroll (hard)
Harvesting a vibrant spring 60 Divination Sealed clue scroll (easy)
Harvesting an elder spring 75 Divination Sealed clue scroll (easy), Sealed clue scroll (hard), or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Harvesting an incandescent spring 95 Divination Sealed clue scroll (hard) or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Harvesting ancestral energy 95 Divination Sealed clue scroll (hard) or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Harvesting brilliant memories 80 Divination Sealed clue scroll (elite)
Harvesting incandescent memories 95 Divination Sealed clue scroll (hard) or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Harvesting luminous memories 90 Divination Sealed clue scroll (elite)
Harvesting negative energy 90 Divination Sealed clue scroll (elite)
Harvesting positive energy 90 Divination Sealed clue scroll (elite)
Harvesting radiant memories 85 Divination Sealed clue scroll (hard)
Mining a banite rock 80 Mining Sealed clue scroll (hard)
Mining a light animica rock 90 Mining Sealed clue scroll (hard)
Mining a mineral deposit 50 Mining Sealed clue scroll (easy) or sealed clue scroll (medium)
Mining a phasmatite rock 70 Mining Sealed clue scroll (easy)
Mining a salty crabletine 90 Mining Sealed clue scroll (hard) or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Mining a Seren stone 89 Mining Sealed clue scroll (medium), sealed clue scroll (hard), or sealed clue scroll (elite)
Mining a tin rock 1 Mining Sealed clue scroll (medium)

Length[edit | edit source]

Clue scrolls can involve following maps, solving puzzles, finding coordinates, talking to various non-player characters, and fighting monsters.

  • Easy clues are between three and five clues long with few or no quest requirements.
  • Medium clues clues are between four and six clues long with some quest requirements.
  • Hard clues are between five and seven clues long with multiple enemies to defeat and some high-levelled quest requirements.
  • Elite clues are between five and seven clues long with multiple fights, puzzles in almost every step (if there is no fighting), and high-levelled quest requirements.
  • Master clues are between six and eight clues long with high-levelled quest and skill requirements.

If you have the Totem of Treasure activated the length to finish a clue is reduced by one step.

Trails that have more clues and require a longer period of time to complete do not necessarily guarantee the chances of a more valuable prize. The prize obtained is determined when the casket is obtained at the end of the trail and is not affected by the length of the clue trail.

Types of clues[edit | edit source]

There are 15 different types of clues that may be encountered during Treasure Trails. Click the buttons below for guides on solving them or keep reading for a short description of each type.

Anagrams[edit | edit source]

An anagram is a string of letters which have been purposefully scrambled. For example: od olpe is, unscrambled, poodle. Anagrams can appear in medium, hard, and master clues. The solution of an anagram is always the name of an NPC. When the player talks to the NPC in a hard trail, they will receive a challenge scroll or a puzzle box. Solve the puzzle box and talk to the NPC again or tell the NPC the answer to the challenge scroll to receive the next clue.

Celtic knot[edit | edit source]

Celtic knot puzzles are only found in elite trails. This puzzle consists of three knots; one black, one gold, and one blue. On each knot is a number of various runes. The goal of this puzzle is to match the runes on each knot with the underlying one below. An online interactive celtic knot puzzle can be found here.

Challenge scrolls[edit | edit source]

Challenge scrolls are logical problems posed to the player by an NPC. Challenge scrolls appear in medium and hard clues. Challenge scrolls are 'step two' of a clue: first the player has to find the right NPC to speak to (when they get a cryptic or anagram clue) and then they have to solve the riddle to advance along their trail. So challenge scrolls don't count as a regular clue. To complete the scroll, view the question on the scroll and then speak to the NPC which gave it to provide the answer. When the correct answer is provided the challenge is complete, and the player will receive either the next clue or the reward.

Chest keys[edit | edit source]

Main article: Key (Treasure Trails)

Chest keys are 'step two' of a clue and found only in medium trails. Sometimes a clue will lead the player to a locked chest or drawer. A key will be needed to open it, which will be dropped by a specific, usually local, monster. A clue on the object the player has been lead to will tell which monster to kill. Chest key clues are found almost exclusively on easy and medium level trails. The key will disappear when used to open the chest or drawer.

Monsters that drop treasure trail keys drop them only when the player is in possession of that clue. Notably, these keys are enabled in the various monsters' drop tables as soon as the player acquires the related clue step. This allows players to actually obtain the key without needing to receive the second half of the clue from the locked object, effectively bypassing half of the clue step and saving some time.

Compass[edit | edit source]

Compass clues are only found in elite and master trails. The inventory is replaced with an arrow which points to the spot where the player need to dig. There are no clues which say where about the arrow will lead, so players will have to travel across Gielinor following the arrow. If the player is standing on top of where they need to dig, the arrow is replaced with an X. If the player is multi-tiered levels (e.g a dungeon) or on another plane, the arrow will spin uncontrollably.

In master trails, compass clues are only applied to the Eastern Lands.

Coordinates[edit | edit source]

A coordinate clue scroll

A coordinate clue is a clue scroll that contains a set of coordinates. Much like the real-world longitude & latitude geographic coordinate system, coordinates in RuneScape indicate a precise point somewhere on the surface where the next clue scroll, or potentially the treasure casket, is buried. Coordinate clues will only appear in Treasure Trails of medium difficulty or above. A clue wizard attack should be anticipated.

Cryptics[edit | edit source]

Cryptic clues are found in all difficulties, especially in higher level clues. These clues demand a fairly wide variety of tasks, including leading the player to speak with a NPC, searching a designated crate, or directing the player to dig in some fairly obscure location. Higher difficulty clues which direct the player to speak with an NPC will almost always result in a puzzle box, effectively making them two part clues. For lower difficulty cryptics, the player may be required to obtain a key from a nearby monster to proceed.

Emote clues[edit | edit source]

Emote clues involve equipping certain items in a particular location and performing an emote. They were first introduced to Treasure Trails in August 2008. These types of clues are found in all levels of clue scrolls, and most (but not all) items required for the emote clues can be obtained in shops; even so, using the Grand Exchange is the heavily preferred method. Once the emote has been performed, an NPC called Uri will appear and usually give the player a casket. Easy clues require doing an emote, medium clues require doing two, and hard clues require doing an emote and fighting the double agent.

For hard and master clues, doing the emote will not summon Uri but instead an aggressive doppleganger NPC known as the double agent, who must subsequently be killed in order to make Uri appear again. The double agent's strength varies depending on the difficulty of the clue and where the clue takes place. It uses only melee attacks and can easily be killed with any combat style, though magic is most effective. The player can change equipment to kill the agent, but they will have to change back into the original items from the clue in order to complete it.

Lockbox[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Map clues are an image of the location the player needs to search to advance along their trail. Maps are found across all levels of clue scroll. They are rough pictures of a very local area, normally about the size of the Lumbridge Castle. If the map leads to an X, the player needs to take a spade to the place indicated on the map with the X and dig there. If the map leads to a crate, it must simply be searched. Sometimes players may find a small pile of crates or a multitude of them. Search all of them until the next clue or the reward is found. Maps can include landmarks such as buildings, fish to indicate fishing spots, roads, rivers, bridges, and other things.

Puzzle boxes[edit | edit source]

When speaking to an NPC in a hard or elite trail, the player may receive a puzzle box. Puzzle boxes are 'step two' of a clue: first the player has to find the right NPC to speak to (when they get a cryptic or anagram clue) and then they have to solve the puzzle to advance along their trail.

Puzzle boxes contain a scrambled image that players must work to unscramble by clicking on tiles to move them to an empty space. Once the puzzle box is completed, players will need to talk to the NPC who gave the puzzle to receive the next clue or the reward.

Scans[edit | edit source]

Scan clues are found on elite and master clues. This clue scroll scans an area of a specified amount of squares (or steps). The clue indicate a place and the range of the scan. As the player scans the area, a small ping appears under the player, which increases in frequency the closer the player is to the correct spot. When in range, a flashing arrow will appear both on the game screen and mini-map.

There is a slight chance for combat while completing scans with Guthix wizards appearing on elite trails and either a Cabbagemancer, Bandosian wild mage, or Armadylean shaman on master trails.

In master trails, some scan clues may direct players to The Arc.

Simple clues[edit | edit source]

Simple clues are exactly what it says on the tin. These clues tell precisely what to do; either the player has to talk to someone or search a specified location.

They only appear in easy and medium clues.

Skilling clues[edit | edit source]

Players will be asked to complete a random task, which usually requires performing a high level activity. They only appear on master clues.

Tower[edit | edit source]

Players must complete "towers". Refer to the page for more details. They only appear on master clues.

Rewards[edit | edit source]

An example of a Treasure Trails reward

Players receive various rewards when they complete a clue. The rewards are randomly picked, and usually three or more different rewards are given in return. Players automatically receive the rewards when they talk to someone (e.g. by completing a puzzle box). Otherwise, they will get a casket instead, which contains their rewards. In elite and master trails, players may need to solve a puzzle before the casket can be claimed.

Caskets can be stacked and do not count towards the soft cap on scrolls. This means a player can hold as many caskets of any tier they wish.

Players may reroll their rewards if they are unsatisfactory, but they must complete three of the same difficulty of clues to reroll their rewards, and they can only hold up to three rerolls at a time, though owning four pieces of the globetrotter outfit can allow players to store five of these rerolls instead. Using the appropriate tier of a luck enhancer gives a +1% chance for rarer clue-specific loot, and they'll usually trigger an in-game message in the chat box if such an item is rolled. Free chest rerolls can be obtained from clues, albeit rarely.

Treasure Trails are the primary source for fortunate components given the numerous unique items from Treasure Trails, following the release of Invention, primarily used for the creation of alchemical onyx and alchemical hydrixes. The items can be sold for a hefty price on the Grand Exchange or disassembled for the player's own use.

Treasure Trail rewards also feature a "bad luck mitigation" mechanic.[1] The running tally is unique for each tier of clue, so completing any Hard Treasure Trails without a very rare item increases the chance of getting one from another Hard but does not affect Elites.

From any level[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ The maximum amount of holy biscuits that can be stored by a player is 200. If the maximum is stored, purple sweets will be rewarded instead.

From easy clue scrolls[edit | edit source]

The items listed below are the rewards that are possible from easy Treasure Trails. Two to four items are awarded from each Reward casket (easy) opened.

From medium clue scrolls[edit | edit source]

The items listed below are the rewards that are possible from medium Treasure Trails. Three to five items are awarded from each Reward casket (medium) opened.

From hard clue scrolls[edit | edit source]

The items listed below are the rewards that are possible from hard Treasure Trails. Four to six items are awarded from each Reward casket (hard) opened.

  1. ^ Can only have one at a time. Cannot be obtained after completing all court cases.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l 1/1,536 chance to receive something from this group.
  3. ^ a b c d e 1/676 chance to get any piece of Gilded armour.
  4. ^ a b c Received at the same time.
  5. ^ If you already have 5 effigies stored, 2,500 Coins are rewarded instead.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l 1/3,380 chance to get any piece of Third age armour.

From elite clue scrolls[edit | edit source]

The items listed below are the rewards that are possible from elite Treasure Trails. Four to six items are awarded from each Reward casket (elite) opened.

Note: All rarities listed below assume you have tier 4 luck.

  1. ^ Can only have one at a time. Cannot be obtained after completing all court cases.
  2. ^ a b You will roll for the Robin Hood tights or tunic.
  3. ^ If you fail to roll for a Blood Dye, you'll roll this item or coins.
  4. ^ If you already have 5 effigies stored, 2,500 Coins are rewarded instead.
  5. ^ If you fail to roll for an effigy, you'll roll this item.
  6. ^ a b c d e f 1/4490 chance to get any dragon mask.
  7. ^ If you fail to roll for a Third Age dye, you'll roll for this item.
  8. ^ If you fail to roll for a Sack of effigies, you'll roll for this item.
  9. ^ a b c If you fail to roll for a Backstab cape, you'll roll for this item.
  10. ^ a b c Triskelion fragments are dropped in order.
  11. ^ If you fail to roll for a Blood Dye, you'll roll for this item or a dragon cane.
  12. ^ If you fail to roll for a Shadow dye, you'll roll for this item.
  13. ^ If you fail to roll for a Ice dye, you'll roll for this item.
  14. ^ a b c If you fail to roll for a Third Age item, you'll roll for this item.
  15. ^ a b c d e 1/7426 chance to get any piece of Third age druidic.
  16. ^ If you fail to roll for a Barrows dye, you'll roll for this item.

From master clue scrolls[edit | edit source]

The items listed below are the rewards that are possible from master Treasure Trails. Four to six items are awarded from each Reward casket (master) opened.

Note: All rarities listed below assume you have tier 4 luck.

  1. ^ a b When rolling these slots: 1/2 chance for either a Robin Hood upgrade or a Mystic Staff upgrade token.
  2. ^ a b c When rolling these slots: 1/3 chance for each of the round glasses.
  3. ^ a b c When rolling these slots: 1/3 chance for each of the stylish glasses.
  4. ^ a b c When rolling these slots: 1/3 chance for each of the half-moon spectacles.
  5. ^ a b When rolling these slots: 1/180 chance to get Orlando Smith's hat and 179/180 chance to get an elemental battlestaff.
  6. ^ a b c d When rolling these slots: 1/28 chance to get a shadow dye, followed by a 1/19 chance to get an ice dye, followed by a 1/14 chance to get a Barrows dye, with a master re-roll token received if all rolls fail.
  7. ^ a b c d e f When rolling these slots: 1/85 chance to get a Third Age dye, followed by a 1/60 chance to get an effigy cape, followed by a 1/30 chance to get a backstab cape, with a crystal triskellion fragment received if all rolls fail.
  8. ^ a b c d e f Triskelion fragments are dropped in order.
  9. ^ a b When rolling these slots: 1/90 chance to get a blood dye, with coins received if the roll fails.
  10. ^ a b c d When rolling these slots: 1/5 chance to get a starved ancient effigy, with a crystal triskellion fragment received if the roll fails.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n When rolling these slots: 6/300 overall chance to get any Second-Age piece, with a 1/300 chance to get Second-Age melee armour, a 1/300 chance to get Second-Age magic armour, a 1/300 chance to get Second-Age ranged armour, a 1/300 chance to get a Second-Age sword, a 1/300 chance to get a Second-Age staff, and a 1/300 chance to get a Second-Age bow. If armour is rolled, there is an equal 1/3 chance of getting helm, body, or legs. If the Second-Age roll fails, there is a 195/300 chance to get a master re-roll token. If all other rolls fail, coins are received.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 13 July 2020 (Update):
    • You will no longer automatically open a reward casket after digging it up during an Elite Treasure Trail in the Lumbridge Swamp.
  • patch 20 January 2020 (Update):
    • Clues will now automatically go into the Charos' clue carrier if the players inventory is full.
    • Clue Scroll NPC's will now remind you that you also need the original clue when handing in a puzzle.
  • patch 18 November 2019 (Update):
    • Anagram and Riddle clue scrolls now provide a message when the players inventory is full and will not drop the puzzle box on the floor.
  • patch 4 November 2019 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue with Araxxor puzzle toggle op.
  • patch 14 October 2019 (Update):
    • Corrected the master clue scroll anagram solution for Brother Tranquillity to QUIT THY BRINE RAT ROLL.
  • patch 7 October 2019 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue where users were unable to scan with a clue scroll in the Lumbridge swamp caves.
    • Various spellings of "Tranquility" throughout RuneScape have been changed to "Tranquillity". Notably this includes the character of Brother Tranquillity. The solution to an anagram for a clue scroll to find him has been changed from REBIRTH QUAINTLY ROT to REBIRTH NOT RITUALLY.