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Christmas Season Update - This Week In RuneScape

Written by developer on . Posted in RuneScape News

Christmas is upon us, with a new quest, festive events, weekly buffs and more! We've also got a very special limited edition plushie for pre-order…

The Christmas Village & The Black Party Hat
Step into a world of festive wonder - and a seasonal quest!

Break out the eggnog and start dressing the tree, because Christmas is coming to Gielinor! In the Land of Snow, Santa needs help building up Christmas Spirit. Hop in today to explore the beautiful Christmas Village, help the snow imps festively decorate the cities of Varrock, Lumbridge and Falador in our new seasonal quest, and collect Christmas Spirit to exchange for old and new items from the seasonal store!

Also make sure you collect and deliver your letters to Santa each week to earn Nice Points and be in with a chance of winning the Black Party Hat!

Read our in-depth blog for everything you need to know about our Christmas update here!

...And there's more!

Beyond the village, we'll have additional seasonal events going on too - including a Wrapping Paper event, the Advent Calendar, weekly buffs and more. See the full list here.

Omen Plushie!
Glow-in-the-dark and very limited edition - nab yours now!

Omen the Necromancy pet is swooping by - in plush form! He's available to order today from our partners Makeship, but be quick. Orders close on December 13th!

He's 16 cm high, super soft and best of all - he glows in the dark!

This cuddly pal is strictly Limited Edition - it's going to be a one-off production run once pre-orders close - so get yours now before he flaps back to the City of Um!

Orders are due to ship in March 2024. For more details and to order your glowy pal, visit the Makeship store.

Black Friday and Xmas Merch!
A host of new goodies and seasonal deals on the merch store!

Need some gift inspiration? The Merch store has Black Friday deals and new lines ready for the holidays!

Here are some of the highlights right now:

Orders over £50/$64/€58 get a free Black Matt Max Cape Keyring - it glows in the dark!

Holiday Bundles and popular lines are back in stock present ideas for the 'Scaper in your life - or a cheeky Christmas treat for yourself?

New and best selling Angels Scapes lines check out the Christmas DDS and Baby Santa Mole pins, plus the ever popular Party Hat keyrings and more!

Make sure Santa’s got his order in well before last shipping dates - check them out on the merch store page.

For the full range visit the store now!

Treasure Hunter Calendar
What's up next?

Starts November 27th | Ends December 3rd | Loot Rooms

Wrap up warm before you head into the Loot Rooms! The Snowy Chest will award players who open it with bigger drops of wrapping paper!

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

Vorkath, Battle of Forinthry

  • Changed the buy limit for Vorkath's Spikes from 10 to 100.
  • Grouping system is now functioning as intended. Players should now have no issue grouping up as long as they've completed Story Mode.
  • Fixed an issue preventing the Salve Amulet from working on the horde phase minibosses during the Battle of Forinthry boss fight.
  • When re-joining Battle of Forinthry, the player is less likely to be spawned on poison pools.
  • Made a small tweak to Vorkath's Zonal Ice Breath attack - it's now possible to dodge damage by stepping into a previously targetted area at the right moment.
  • The Zonal Ice Breath will no longer damage familiars if you escape the attack yourself.
  • Vorkath hard mode loot has been improved.
    • You will need to open all of your existing hard mode loot containers before you can start a new encounter and access the new drop table. Story and normal mode drop tables have not been adjusted.
      • The chance of receiving some lesser valued loot has been reduced (such as banite stone spirits).
      • The chance of receiving some more desirable loot has been increased (such as black stone hearts).
      • The chance of receiving armour upgrade materials has been increased.
      • The chance of receiving a codex has been increased.
      • The number of rolls per loot container has been increased from 6 to 8.


  • Fixed an issue that caused the Vorkath Hunt Event interface to display incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing the 'Death Skulls' ability to revert to previous behavior when choosing between some targets that are immune.
  • T90 Dracolich now requires a needle and thread to craft.
  • Augmented Dracolich Armour no longer uses a degrade to dust system.
  • Players should now be able to load into boss phase without issue, regardless of solo or group size.
  • Abilities that require Necromancy Runes or Ectoplasm are now available when equipping the Nexus from your Bank.
  • Zemouregal's Death Skulls ability should now find its target correctly.


  • Spencer the Imp's UI that showcases previous and upcoming winter updates has been refreshed to a more modern style, with the title of 'Festive Releases'.
  • Text on the signposts is now larger, bolder and easier to read.
  • We've unwrapped and removed the Blue Present that was hiding under the snow near Spencer.
  • Portable Stations can once again be placed inside Fort Forinthry's Workshop.

The latest goings-on from our community

Community Showcase

Zemouregal is looking fierce in this amazing piece by Quardri!
Another beautiful piece by @Suizzy - what could be more peaceful than woodcutting by a stream?
Ever thought about how cool it would look to drift on a dragon? @Legend_Arts knows what we all want to see.


Need the rundown on the Christmas event kicking off today? @ProtoxxGaming has you covered!

Scapers' Screenshots

Taresu might need to break out the fire runes to clear up the fort...
Wings bringing their pet boulder out for a walk. Gotta give them their exercise...

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:

Kree'Arra Hardmode

  • Hosted by: M e r c y & Helpscape
  • Date/Time: Thursday November 30th, 17:00 Game Time
  • World: 35
  • Location: Armadyl Lobby
  • FC: Helpscape

Nex - Angel Of Death

  • Hosted by: Pippyspot & Boss Guild
  • Date/Time: Friday December 1st, 20.00 Game Time
  • World: 88
  • Location: God Wars Dungeon - Ancient Prison
  • FC: Boss Events

Nex - Angel Of Death

  • Hosted by: Spotleewolf & Nexaodmass
  • Date/Time: Friday December 1st, 23.00 Game Time
  • World: 92
  • Location: God Wars Dungeon - Ancient Prison
  • FC: Nexaodmass

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!

- The RuneScape Team

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