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Dead and Buried Launch & Soul Dye Update - This Week In RuneScape

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Expand your range at Fort Forinthry, swot up on Necromancy lore details and share your feedback with us!

New Quest: Dead and Buried
Some things are better left alone...

Commanding Fort Forthinry is all very satisfying, but some persistent irritations are starting to grind your gears.

Your ‘unwelcome guests’ have stuck around for far too long. Plus, there’s the issue of that mysterious and foreboding door which is a little too close to your fortifications for comfort.

It's time to find out just what the hell is going on around here! But before you can do that, you’ll have to kit out your guards with some additional range to keep the undead hordes at bay...

Introducing the Ranger's Workroom! This is a new expansion to the existing Guardhouse, focused on Fletching and preparing your guards with everything they need to hold off the nasties - from a (reasonably) safe distance!

Read all about the new quest and its rewards in our recent blog. To start the Quest, make sure you've completed the Quest 'Unwelcome Guests', then speak to the Raptor at your Fort to get started.

Necromancy Insights: Story
What's going on in Um?

Our latest Insights blog is all about the story of Necromancy - how you, Death and Rasial factor into all of this.

Dive deep into the mysteries of the First Necromancer, the terrible power within his grasp, and how it’s all down to you, his apprentice, to stop him!

Looking ahead to later this week, the next Insights release will focus on the City of Um itself, giving you all a deep view into the locations of this benighted place of limbo.

We’ll be spilling details about the ghostly inhabitants, the docks, the Well of Souls - and even the local boozer! Look out for the video and blog coming this Thursday.

Understanding RuneScape
Tell us how you feel!

We’re always keen to hear your feedback, and regular surveys help us to gauge how the community is feeling and where we should be headed next.

To this end, we’ve put together a survey all about what RuneScape means to our players! Follow this link to share your thoughts.

This survey will be available from today, July 17th until Sunday 23rd 11:59pm BST, so be sure to get your responses in before the deadline!

We’re also giving away £20 shopping vouchers to 20 participants who complete the survey in full. Vouchers can be spent at a selection of online retailers. The winners will be randomly selected from all participants and announced in an upcoming edition of This Week in RuneScape. Good luck!

Soul Dye Updated
New Look Based On Feedback

We've shown you our rework concepts for the Soul Dye item, and with today's update these changes will be live!

This new approach combines your favourite bits of the concepts we shared with a new animated texture, which has also been tuned to be slower and more readable.

Thank you for your assistance in this process and we hope you enjoy the new look!

Prime Gaming Drop
Forinthry Umbral Robes and 5 Knowledge bombs!

This drop brings you the stylish Forinthry Umbral Robes, plus 5 Knowledge bombs!

Prime Members, grab your goodies from July 18th. Find out more at https://RS.Game/PrimeGaming!

Livestream Calendar
Upcoming Livestreams

Wednesday July 19th | 16:00 Game Time | Skill and Chill

Join Mod Doom and Mod Spear as they kick back and grind some levels!

Watch the show live at Twitch.TV/RuneScape.

Treasure Hunter Calendar
What's up next?

All events below reward bonus Last Wills for the ongoing Parcels From The Dead. The Parcels event has been extended until the 24th of July!

Starts July 18th | Ends July 24th | Dragon's Dozen

Fill the gems with 12 prizes and then open the chest to win a prize from your chosen selection! The Shadow Gem makes a return, and Dragon Chests have arrived which multiply your prizes x4!

Plus, this time around the Shadow Gem might contain the magnificent Soul Dye

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


  • When switching into legacy interface mode, its previously selected chat filter now persists.
  • Fixed an issue that priotitised saving single stackable low value items above high value items for HCIM players on death.
  • Players can now complete the Civil War III miniquest before completing the Twilight of the Gods quest.
  • Fixed an issue which prevented Abomination's second slam attack from inflicting damage, and the animation from appearing.

Woodcutter's Grove

  • Wood Box functionality has been added for Wood Spirits to improve Inventory management.
  • Items stored in a Wood Box will organise themselves based on level.
  • The 'My Fort Smells of Rich Mahogany' achievement now requires Maple Planks to fit better with other medium level area achievement requirements.
  • The Murder on the Border quest overview should now list the correct items required for completion, and correctly match the Blueprint requirements.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the 'I'm a Lumberjack and I'm Okay' achievement from being awarded properly.


  • The Quest Cape and I've Got a Little List (of Miniquests) achievements now list their requirements in release order rather than alphabetical order.
  • The markers used to enter and exit quest instances in the New Foundations, Murder on the Border and Unwelcome Guests quests have been updated to be more consistent.
  • Sorting the quest list by starting area now lists Twilight of the Gods under Varrock Outskirts and Unwelcome Guests under Wilderness, instead of Elsewhere.
  • The Unwelcome Guests quest can now be sorted in the quest list by combat difficulty.


  • Some of the characters featured in the Dead and Buried quest have been graphically updated (we won't tell you which, to avoid spoilers)!


  • Fletching buffs for saving resources and auto-stringing unstrung bows now have additive percentage chance when multiple buffs with the same effect are active, instead of rolling for each buff separately and choosing the first one to proc (e.g. Crystal Knife and Wergali incense). This more accurately represents the desired outcome of stacking random chance buffs and provides an increased probability for the effect to proc.
  • Additional XP is now awarded when the Fletching Skillcape inspires you to craft extra ranged ammunition and headless arrows. The chat message now points out that 'an extra bundle' has been made instead of 'double', allowing for other buffs that provide additional bundles to proc at the same time.
  • Fixed an issue where the portable fletcher would award the additional XP and consume the resources for stringing two bows at once, but not give an extra strung bow.
  • Buffs for saving fletching resources no longer send the extra resources to the bank, instead they are not removed from the inventory. The fletched product will be sent to the bank if saving resources resulted in not having enough space to receive it.
  • Saving logs via a buff while fletching an unstrung bow or crossbow stock would previously not subtract an action from the MakeX queue, allowing extras to be fletched within the same queue. Although this can be a useful feature, it has been removed to remain consistent with the other instances where the buff to save fletching resources procs, and to prevent the seemingly-buggy behaviour of the MakeX interface which would not increment a craft in the progress bar and add more time onto the countdown clock. It was also a consideration that a player may not wish to use their saved logs on crafting another of the same item.
  • Fixed an issue where fletching unstrung crossbows and finished crossbow bolts, along with stringing crossbows, did not provide a chance to acquire the fletching skilling pet.
  • Corrupted magic logs now provide a chance to acquire the fletching skilling pet.
  • The portable fletcher no longer provides a chance to string two crossbows at once.
  • The portable fletcher now allows a chance to save resources when making unstrung crossbows, as well as producing two at once. If both effects proc, saving resources will only apply to one of the fletched items.
  • Better continuity across fletching skilling pet rolls: when a buff to fletch multiple items at once procs and/or the buff to automatically string a bow procs, the XP is awarded accordingly for all output items and the skilling pet roll is calculated using that XP value. Boosts applied directly to XP gain do not provide additional chance. Elder God Arrows were the only instance where the skilling pet roll was calculated using buffed XP; this has been amended to remain consistent with other fletched items, however additional XP and skilling pet chance is now provided if the 'extra ammo' buff procs.
  • Fixed an issue where the player-owned farm hen perk, Headless Chicken, would consume 1.5x feathers instead of 0.5x when fletching headless arrows and darts. The chat message has also been updated for better clarity of the effect when it procs.

The latest goings-on from our community

Community Showcase

Fresh out of the Stronghold of Security, u/TegaGensis is ready to take on the world in the cosiest way possible!
u/Quardri continues their Beach Boss idea - this time with Kerapac!
Admit it, the bronze bar did have a surprising allure to it. At least @RareCorgi agrees.


Ever felt the need to kill the Corporeal boss 6,000 times? @IronAraxxor has you covered.
With the lofty goal of hitting Completionist Cape before Necromancy, @JustBackgroundNoise had their work cut out for them...
@SilencedRS giving you the rundown on some quests you might want to sink you teeth into!

Scapers' Screenshots

Kleptomamma thinks the chances of Sailing being the next skill are sinking...
Casual Mune in the woods? AWeeRedPanda has all the luck!

Pink Skirts Player Events

Each week the Pink Skirts put on a selection of fun activities that everyone can join. Here are the main events this week:

Corporeal Beast

  • Hosted by: Patrick K and Clackworthy
  • Date/Time: Monday July 17th, 19:00 Game Time
  • World: 123
  • Location: Corporeal Beast Lair
  • FC: Patrick K

Nex - Angel Of Death

  • Hosted by: Pippyspot & Boss Guild
  • Date/Time: Friday July 21st, 20:00 Game Time
  • World: 88
  • Location: God Wars Dungeon - Ancient Prison
  • FC: Boss Guild

Town Square Q&A

  • Hosted by: Princess Rae
  • Date/Time: Saturday July 22nd, 22:00 Game Time
  • World: 3
  • Location: Varrock West Bank

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

Community Spotlight

Bazz Army 5.6B Milestone

Hitting 5.6B is a gigantic feat, but hitting it six times? Astronomical!

Join Bazz on W35, Thursday July 20th at 22:00 Gametime in Falador Park as he hits this milestone on not one, not two, but six total accounts! Oh and don't think he's stopping there either, with another six accounts hitting Max on their journey.

And if you want to know more about Bazz, check out this video by @IronAraxxor chatting with him about these amazing feats!

- The RuneScape Team

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