Treasure Trails Guide
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Treasure trails are one of things in RuneScape that will give you hours of fun. You don't have the slightest idea what kind of treasure you'll get, or when you'll get it. If you like adventures, be sure to do some treasure trails. Treasure trails are members only, but some of the rewards can be used by both F2P'ers and P2P'ers.
To begin a treasure trail, you'll need a clue scroll. Clue scrolls are dropped by certain kinds of monsters when you kill them. Below is a list of the monsters that drop clue scrolls. They've been divided into three categories. Refer to the reward section below for more information about the different categories. The higher the category, the better the potential reward if you complete the trail.
|1||2||Man||All over Runescape.|
|2||Woman||All over Runescape.|
|2||Goblin||North-west of Lumbridge, in the forest.|
|2||Mugger||Varrock and the Ice Cave.|
|5||Goblin||Goblin Village north of Falador.|
|7||Farmer||Farms in Lumbridge, Draynor, Falador & Ardougne|
|8||Barbarian Woman||Barbarian Village|
|9||Al-Kharid Warrior||Al-Kharid Palace|
|10||Thug||Edgeville dungeon, and in lvls 9-10, centre of the wilderness|
|15||Rogue||Wilderness level 51-55.|
|16||Thief||Small alleys in Varrock.|
|<20||Fremmenik citizens and warriors||Rellekka|
|<20||H.A.M. Members||H.A.M. Headquarters, West of Lumbridge General Store. Clues can be obtained by pickpocketing H.A.M. men (level 20 thieving required) and H.A.M women (level 15 thieving required)|
|23||Banshees (Slayer npc)||Slayer Tower|
|24||Man/Woman||This is the human form of werewolf which can be found in Canifis (Morytania).|
|2||<21||Guard||In all major cities, at entrances etc, and there's some in the Varrock Castle.|
|32||Tribesman||These can be found all over the Karamja Jungle.|
|37||Cockatrice (Slayer)||Slayer Dungeon, Rellekka.|
|43||Pyrefiend (Slayer)||Slayer Dungeon, Rellekka.|
|<48||Black Guard||Keldagrim (Dwarven City)|
|53||Jogre||These are hard to find. If you have done the Jungle Potion quest, you should know it though. You can find them in a dungeon east of Tai Bwo Wannai in the Karamja dungeon.|
|62||Paladin||All over Ardougne.|
|57||Ice Warrior||There are many of these in the Ice caves south of Rimmington, but also some in the high-level west part of the wilderness. Also some in the Ice Maze on White Wolf mountain.|
|72||Vampire||Vampires are found East of Canifis (in Morytania).|
|74||Dagannoth||Dagannoths are found underneath the lighthouse, North of the Barbarian Agility camp.|
|3||79||Green Dragon||These can be found South of the lava maze in the wilderness (wilderness map) as well as in level 13-14 wilderness on the Western side.|
|92||Greater Demon||There are a couple of these in the dungeon on the holy island of Entrana, in the Lava Maze dungeon in level 45 wilderness, and in the Karamja Members dungeon.|
|108||Elf Warrior||Elf camp in Isafdar.|
|111||Blue Dragon||There is one of these under the Hero's Guild, in the members dungeon, as well as the Ogre enclave.|
|122||Hell Hound||These can be found in the members dungeon, in the dungeon east of Ardougne (read the lever combination in our Family Crest quest guide), and in level 50-53 wilderness just south of the Axe hut.|
|156||Red Dragon||Lava lake in level 38-41 wilderness, also deep in the Karamja members' dungeon.|
|227||Black Dragon||These are located in the members dungeon, entrance south of Taverly, go all the way in (map), and in the wilderness lava maze dungeon (map).|
|131, 189, 246||Bronze, Iron and Steel Dragons||These are located in Brimhaven dungeon, you will have to traverse through many dangers to get to the dragons towards the end in their big cavern.|
|Various Slayer monsters, including:
Turoths, Jellies, Aberrant Specters, Gargoyles, Nechryael, Abyssal Demons, etc.
|These are located in the Slayer Tower north of Canifis and the Slayer Dungeon near Rellekka. Check our Slayer guide for more info.|
There are also a couple of other ways you can get clue scrolls. These ways can sometimes be more fun, because when you DO get a clue scroll, it's always a nice surprise. Pickpocketing H.A.M. Members will sometimes get you a level 1 clue, and if you're brave enough to venture into the Zogre Cavern West of Gu'Tanoth, it's possible to get a key from one of the monsters that inhabit these dim caves. Use the key on the coffins in the area, and if you're lucky, you just might find....a clue scroll!
The rewards from treasure trails can vary a lot. Of course, like with so much else, the harder the monster, the harder and longer the treasure trail will be. But, of course, the reward will be better, too! Below is a table of the different rewards for the different categories of clues. Note that these might not be 100% accurate, and that you will not always get all of the things (I've had a trail that gave me 3 bronze pick axes...ouch!).
The table shows only some of the special items you can obtain exclusively from trails. You can also get torn pages for God Prayer Books, and other normal items as well, such as pickaxes, weapons and runes. Remember, most of the special items can be only be used by members, meaning that they cannot be traded or sold on F2P worlds. Only the armours (normal, trimmed or God) can be used by both F2P'ers and P2P'ers.
An anagram is a word where the letters of the original word are rearranged to make a new word. If you get an anagram clue, it will say so on it. There aren't many anagrams in treasure trails, and they aren't hard to figure out. Here's the list:
|A Bas||Saba||Northwest of Burthorpe (north of the hero's guild) in an unmarked cave to the Northwest of the Slayer Master|
|Aha Jar||Jaraah||Dueling arena hospital|
|Are Col||Oracle||Ice Mountain North of Falador|
|Bail Trims||Brimstail||Gnome Stronghold, East of the bridge on the West side of the Stronghold. Enter the hollowed rock, which leads to his cave|
|Bar Bell Seek||Kebab Seller||Al-Kharid|
|Eek Zero Op||Zookeeper||Ardougne|
|El Ow||Lowe||Archery Store in Varrock|
|Goblin Kern||King Bolren||Middle of the Gnome Maze|
|Halt Us||Luthas||Karamja Banana Plantation|
|Icy fe||Fycie||In a cave in Ogre Country South of Gu'tanoth, a little to the Southwest of the Chompy Bird Hunting quest start|
|Me If||Femi||Next to the cart near the gate to Tree Gnome Stronghold|
|Ok Co||Cook||Lumbridge Castle|
|Peaty Pert||Party Pete||Seers' Village|
Challenges will not be in a clue scroll like all the other clues, they will be in challenge scrolls. When you get a challenge scroll you will need to figure out the answer, and return to whoever gave you the challenge, and give him/her the answer. Currently, there are only very few challenges, here's a list:
|19 to the power of 3||19*19*19||6859|
|What is 57x89+23?||57*89+23||5096|
|If x is 15 and y is 3, what is 3x + y?||3*15+3||48|
|I have 16 kebabs, I eat one
myself and share the rest
equally between 3 friends
how many do they have each?
|How many cannons does
Lumbridge Castle have?
|How many animals in Zoo?||Count them||40|
When you get a coordinates clue, it will say something like "04 degrees, 13 minutes North, 12 degrees, 45 minutes East". When you have this, examine it, and then head to the house North of the Observatory. You can find the Observatory Southwest of Ardougne, West of the Gnome Maze. Here you will find a professor, talk with him, and ask him to help you with treasure trails. He will tell you to get a watch and a sextant.
- To get the watch go to the Clocktower (located South of Ardougne). Speak with brother Kojo and ask him for the watch.
- To get the sextant go to the Khazard Docks (located Northeast of Yanille). Speak with Murphy and ask him for the sextant.
When you have these two items, go back to the professor again, and he will give you a long lesson in how to use the sextant. And he will also give you a chart. If you didn't read or didn't understand it, see below.
How to use the sextant to get locations:
Ok, when you have the sextant, click on it to 'look through' and get your location. However! Before it's able to tell you your position, you will need to click on the up and down arrows until you have the horizon in the middle of the eye piece. After that, use your right and left arrows to get the sun in the centre of the eye piece as well. When you have this, and your eye piece looks like the one to the right, click "Get location" under the sextant image (above your chat box).
How to use your location:
Now you know how to get your current location, but you still need to learn how to get to your desired location (the one on the clue scroll). First you want to find the right longitude (east-west). If your clue says something like 12 degrees, 56 minutes east, and you're at 6 degrees 12 minutes east, then you simply walk east until you hit 12 degrees. Once you do that, you can try to hit the minutes by going a little more east. Then you try to find the right latitude (South-North). Go North/South until you hit the right place. This can be tricky, and the first 5 times you'll have to think and try a lot to get it right.
To help you with finding the right location, we have made a useful feature. Open it here. This is a pop-up, so it might not open if you have a pop-up blocker active. This locator is not 100% accurate, but its pretty close, and it *should* give you an idea of where to go with your sextant for the right location. We have also compiled a list of known coordinates in text format, if you feel more comfortable using that.
When you're at the right location, and you've double checked it, dig with a spade on the spot. If there's already something there, pick it up and dig.
- Remember: When you have a coordinates clue to solve, you will need to have the sextant, watch, chart and clue in your inventory to dig up the casket containing your treasure/next clue. And don't forget to bring your spade with you; you can't dig anything up with your hands!
- Note 1: With certain level 3 clues outside of wilderness, a Saradomin Wizard will attack you when you begin to dig. If you have protect from magic on, it will attack with a poisoned dagger. If you have protect from melee on, it will attack with magic. Best idea is to wear full dragonhide and attack him with protect from melee on.
- Note 2: With certain level 3 clues, you will be asked to go to an area that is only accessible if you have completed or started a high-level quest. For example, you may get a clue that leads you to the Kharazi Jungle, South of Shilo Village. To enter the jungle, you will need to at least start the Legends quest. If your clue leads to the Canifis area in Morytania, you will need to have completed Priest in Peril and, depending on WHERE in Morytania the coordinates lead, you may also have to start Nature Spirit. There are other clues like this, so be aware that this CAN happen.
- In the wild: With coordinates in the wilderness you will always need to fight a level 74 Zamorak Wizard before you can get the casket containing your next clue/treasure.
Sometimes you might get a clue scroll, and when you open it to read it, all you see is a map. Your task is now to find out where that place is, and then, like the pirates always do, take the steps shown on your map, and dig where X marks the spot. To dig, you'll need your trusty spade. Here's a list of the different maps:
|Lumberyard, Northeast of Varrock|
Northeast of Falador, Southwest of Barbarian Village
|Varrock East Mine|
|Goblin village near the Observatory|
|West Ardougne, Northwest corner|
|Black Warriors Castle (wilderness)|
|Clocktower, South of the Ardougne Castle|
|Sir Galahad's house, West of Mcgrubors Wood|
|Hobgoblin area, on the island outcropping West of the Crafting Guild|
|Behind the anvil house in Yanille|
|West of the necromancer's tower|
|Building in west Rimmington|
|Wizards tower South of Draynor Village|
In treasure trails you will some times get a clue saying something like "Speak to ....". This is a little list of the different npc's (non-player-controlled) that you can find on treasure trails. You can click on the link after each NPC's name to see a pop-up of picture of them.
|Arhein [Pic]||At the ship in Catherby|
|Bartender [Pic]||Blue Moon Inn, Varrock|
|Bartender [Pic]||Rusty Anchor, Port Sarim|
|Black Heather [Pic]||Wilderness Bandit Camp|
|Donovan [Pic]||Second floor, Sinclair Mansion (Northwest of Camelot)|
|Doric [Pic]||At the house with anvils, Northwest of Falador, just|
to the East of the gate to Taverley
|Gaius [Pic]||Taverly, two-handed sword seller|
|General Bentnoze [Pic]||Goblin Village|
|Hajedy [Pic]||North Brimhaven, near the docks (ship to Ardougne)|
|Hans [Pic]||Lumbridge Castle|
|Hazelmere [Pic]||House on the green spiders island east of Yanille, second floor|
|Jeed [Pic]||Middle of Duel Arena, East of Al-Kharid|
|Kangai Mau [Pic]||Inside the Shrimp & Parrot Pub/Restaurant in Brimhaven|
|Kebab Seller [Pic]||Al-Kharid Kebab Store|
|King Bolren [Pic]||Centre of Tree Gnome Maze|
|Lowe [Pic]||Lowe's Archery Store, Varrock|
|Luthas [Pic]||Karamja Banana Plantation|
|Murphy [Pic]||Port Khazard|
|Monk [Pic]||Ardougne Clock Tower|
|Ned [Pic]||Draynor Village|
|Oracle [Pic]||Ice Mountain|
|Party Pete [Pic]||Party Hall, Seers' Village|
|Roavar [Pic]||Bar in Canifis|
|Referee [Pic]||Gnome-Ball course, Gnome Stronghold|
|Sir Kay [Pic]||Camelot Castle|
|Squire [Pic]||White Knights' Castle, Falador|
|Tanner [Pic]||Tanner in Al-Kharid, North of the furnace|
|Ulizius [Pic]||At the gate to Mort Myre Swamp in Morytania, Southwest of Canifis.|
|Zeke [Pic]||Al-Kharid, Scimitar shop|
|Zoo Keeper [Pic]||Ardougne Zoo|
Well, it's kind of hard to make a good guide for solving the puzzle boxes in treasure trails, since they always start randomly, but this might help you.
Riddles are primarily to test your Runescape knowledge. If you remember most of the stuff you have learnt through quests and other information, you shouldn't have a problem with these. However, since there are usually one or two things that might have slipped your mind, here's a list of the current riddles. They are in alphabetical order after the first letter in the riddle (example: "My name is..." is under M).
**Note: When you go to some locations with chests or drawers, you may find that the chest/drawers is/are locked. If this happens, you will get a message giving you a hint about what to do next. The message might say "Beware of dog" or "It's guard's life" or something similar when you try to open the chest/drawers. If you get a message like this, just look for it in the list that follows. Remember to have your clue scroll with you, or else you will not get the key the monster drops.
In treasure trails you will sometimes to asked to search some crates, boxes or chests all over Runescape. Here's a list of the different places you may be asked to go to.
Note: When you go to some locations with chests or drawers, you may find that the chest/drawers is/are locked. If this happens, you will get a message giving you a hint about what to do next. The message might say "Beware of dog" or "It's a guard's life" or something similar when you try to open the chest/drawers. If you get a message like this, just look for message in the list of Riddles above. Remember to have your clue scroll with you, or else you will not get the key the monster drops.
|Crate, Lumbridge Castle||Crate, Southern tower in the Lumbridge Castle. When you're standing outside and facing the Castle, it's inside the twoer on your left.|
|Boxes, Lumbridge||Boxes, house where all the goblins are, Northeast of Lumbridge.|
|Chest, Al-Kharid||Chest, second floor in Al-Kharid palace.|
|Crate, Al-Kharid||Crate, house with range in Northwest Al-Kharid. The house is directly East of the silk stall.|
|Crate, Yanille||Crate, ground floor of anvil house in Yanille.|
|Drawers, ground floor, Yanille||Drawers, house to the East of the pub in Yanille.|
|Crate, house with piano, Yanille||Crate, house to the North in Yanille.|
|Drawers, Varrock||Drawers, second floor of clothes shop in Varrock.|
|Drawers, Taverly||Drawers, Southernmost house, directly South of the fountain in Taverly.|
|Drawers, Rimmington||Drawers, upstairs in the house to the East (the house with the range).|
|Crate, Varrock||Crate, house South of the sword shop in Varrock.|
|Crate, Seers' Village||Crate, ground floor of the house to the North of the Altar in Seer's Village.|
|Crate, Varrock||Crate, Southeast of Varrock Castle.|
|Crate, Port Khazard||Crate, Crate, next to the cart on the East side of the General Store.|
|Crate, Horvik's Armoury||Crate, armour store in Varrock.|
|Drawers, Gertrude||Drawers, bedroom of Gertrude's house, just Southwest of Varrock West bank.|
|Crate, Barbarian||Crate, helmet shop in Barbarian Village.|
|Crate, Port Sarim||Crate, Port Sarim fishing shop|
|Boxes, Imperial Guard Camp in Burthorpe||Boxes, most Northwestern tent where the Imperial Guards are training in South Burthorpe|
|Drawers, Burthorpe||Drawers, house to the East of the blacksmith's house in Burthorpe.|
|Crate, Varrock Castle||Crate, in the kitchen of Varrock Palace.|
|Crate, Varrock||Crate, near cart to the East of Varrock Palace entrance.|
|Crate, Falador||Crate, house East of East bank in Falador.|
|Drawers, Falador||Drawers, upstairs in shield shop in Northern Falador.|
|Drawers, Falador||Drawers, chain mail shop in Southern Falador.|
|Drawers, East part of Falador||Drawers, upstairs in the first house East of the Mining Guild in Falador.|
|Drawers, Catherby||Drawers, archery store in Catherby.|
|Chest, Camelot||Chest, third floor in Camelot Castle's West tower.|
|Crate, East Ardougne||Crate, west of the spices stall in Ardougne.|
|Crate, Draynor Manor||Crate, top floor of Draynor Manor, near Professor Oddenstein from the Ernest the Chicken quest.|
|Crate, East Ardougne||Crate, general store in East Ardougne.|
|Crate, East Ardougne Guard House||Crate, inside the Guard House to the East of the most Eastern North gate in East Ardougne.|
|Crate, East Ardougne||Crate, Shed just to the North of the North bank.|
|Drawers, East Ardougne||Drawers, upstairs in the pub North of the Castle in East Ardougne.|
|Drawers, On the road to Hemenster||Drawers, upstairs in the 2nd house to the South across the street from the bank in Seers' Village.|
|Crate, Hemenster||Crate, house most to the North next to the fence in Hemenster.|
|Boxes, Taverly||Boxes, two-handed sword shop in the Northwest corner of Taverly.|
|Chest, Dwarven Mine||Chest, Southwest of the ladder in the cul-de-sac in the Dwarven Mine.|
|Chest, Port Sarim||Chest, upstairs in the food shop in Port Sarim.|
|Drawers, Draynor Village||Drawers, Northern-most house in Draynor Village.|
I'm on the right locations, but I cant find anything! How come?
If it's a coordinates clue, make sure you have the sextant, chart, watch and clue in your inventory, or else you will not find anything when digging. Keeping these items in the bank doesn't work. If you never received a sextant, watch and chart, go see the Professor in the house North of the Observatory. Refer to the Coordinates section at the beginning of this guide for more information.
If it's a normal clue, make sure you have your clue with you.
I've been killing this monster for ages, and I STILL haven't gotten a clue! Why?
First, check your inventory and bank. You will not get a clue scroll if you already have one in your bank/inventory, no matter how many monsters you kill.
Also, make sure the monster you're killing actually drops clues. Check the Basics section at the beginning of this guide for a list of monters that drop clues. Otherwise, you'll just have to be patient! Clue drops are purely random; you may get 3 in one day by killing the same monster, or you may not get any for 3 weeks!
What items are F2P?
All the trimmed and god armour is F2P. Non-members can buy these items from members and wear them like any other armour. The other special items that come from treasure trails (boots, hats, headbands etc.) are P2P only.
Can I have more than one clue at a time?
No you can't. You cannot get another clue before you've either dropped or completed your current one. Monsters will not drop clues if you have one in your bank/inventory already.
Does the ring of wealth help with clues?
We have confirmed this with Jagex, and the Ring of Wealth does not make the drop rate of clues from monsters any higher, and it does not help you on the reward you receive when doing a Treasure Trail. The Ring of Wealth only increases the chances you'll get a better/rarer drop from the monsters you're killing.
Can clue scrolls or the sextant, watch and chart be traded?
Do I keep my clue scroll if I die?
What do I do if I lose my sextant, watch or chart?
If you lose your sextant, go back and ask Murphy in Port Khazard for another one. If you lose your watch, go speak to Brother Kojo at the Clocktower, and if you need another chart, go speak to the Professor in the house North of the Observatory.
If I see someone drop a clue scroll, can I pick it up?
No. Clue scrolls are not tradeable, nor can they be picked up from the ground if someone dies or drops it. Only the person that received the scroll in the first place can solve the treasure trail the scroll belongs to.
I've tried speaking to the Professor over and over again about getting Treasure Trail help and the sextant, watch and chart, but all he talks about is his broken telescope and his planks. What's going on?
First, you must have a coordinates clue with you when you first speak to the Professor. If you don't, he won't talk about treasure trails at all. If you have the coordinates clue with you, try examining the clue before you speak to him. If this doesn't work, then you must have started the Observatory quest at some time and not finished it. You should therefore finish the quest, then talk to the Professor again. Remember - if you choose the wrong option when you speak to him, that is, if you click on anything other than the Treasure Trails option, you end up starting the Observatory quest if you haven't started it yet.
I know that members get trimmed armour from Treasure Trails, but I'm a non-member, and someone offered to trim my armour. How can I trim my armour myself?
You can't trim armour. Members can't trim armour. Nobody can trim armour. There is no such skill as armour trimming. Trimmed armour, whether plain or gold, can only be obtained by completing a Treasure Trail. You can, however, purchase trimmed armour from other players, even if you're not a member.
If anyone offers to trim your armour, or they tell you they're a member and armour trimming is a new member skill, don't believe it. It's a scam, and they will steal your armour. You should report the person by using the "Report Abuse" button at the bottom of your playing screen.