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Kandarin Area Graphical Update - This Week In RuneScape

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The Gielinor glow-up continues! How pretty is Kandarin right now?

Graphical Area Update - Kandarin
Hey, was that mountain always there?

Gielinor’s largest kingdom gets a graphical overhaul today, including dramatic lighting and extensive terraforming! The team has added a formidable mountain range to the skyline and laid down a carpet of lush and lovely grass throughout. Kandarin never looked so good – check out some of the comparisons below...

Avatar License & Forum Sunsetting
Important news updates

We recently announced some updates related to our Avatar License and the Official Forums. When you've got a moment, please check out the linked blog posts for further information.

Treasure Hunter Calendar
What's up next?

Starts January 16th | Ends January 17th | Mysteria

Mysteria constantly rotates multiple versions of Treasure Hunter over the course of two days. Jump in to see what's on the cards!

Starts January 18th | Ends January 22nd | Vault of Riches

The Vault of Riches is set to open once more... That means a chance to get a hold of the incredible spiffy Emerald, Ruby, Diamond and Gold outfits!

Patch Notes
Fixes and Improvements in this Week's Game Update

Graphical Update

  • To continue our work in refreshing older areas of the game to the visual standard we all want to see, we have made changes to Kandarin.


  • Fixed an issue with keepsaked items not functioning correctly.

Vorkath & Zemouregal

  • Removed a safe spot from Zemouregal's bone spikes attack during the Battle of Forinthry.
  • The new Sirenic and Dracolich set effects now work in PvP.
  • The contents of a Deathwarden Nexus are now visible after death.
  • A typo in the Dracolich armour tooltip has been removed.
  • Zemouregal's voice lines during the Battle of Forinthry have been trimmed down. He will now shout at you less!
  • Slightly tweaked the timing of Vorkath's hovering breath attack so that the animation lines up with the damage hit better.
  • Fixed a crash when both the player and Zemouregal die at the same time.
  • Fixed an issue where Vorkath was no longer treated as the correct priority by the Death Skulls ability after a Skeleton Shielder had been killed.
  • Undead dragon, Dracolich, and Elite Dracolich armour pieces now have unique weights.


  • The Ancient Awakening cutscene progresses without interruption while the player is wearing the Ring of Death.
  • Laniakea's special task can now be cancelled using Slayer points, just like all the other special tasks.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Deathwarden armor set tier 50 and 60 to stretch while the rock climbing animation is played.
  • Stretching does not occur when equipping the Skull Lantern with the 20th Anniversary Cape override.
  • The stretching of the Augmented Skull Lantern doesn't occur on any obstacle on the Prifddinas Agility Course.
  • The Christmas Warsuit is now displayed correctly.
  • Removed multiple force walk tiles from the Grand Exchange.
  • Attuning the boss portal to a certain boss now matches the voiceline.
  • A Clockwork Syringe quest now points towards the players current Player Owned House instead of Pollnivneach Player Owned House
  • The starting location of the Gower quest now leads to Andrew Gower.
  • Fixed an issue where players were unable to rest while the Running Scared override was applied.
  • The clickbox is now aligned to the model of Tolna's human form during the quest A Soul's Bane (in the Rift).
  • The blocking has been removed in the fence gaps south of Evil Dave's house.
  • The Cake Hat keepsake stays in the Keepsakes interface after logging out of the game.
  • A black background screen has been added to block the view until everything has loaded up in your Player Owned House.
  • All instances of letter style interfaces can now be closed using the X in the top right hand corner.
  • Highlighted items will now set and unset correctly on the Toolbelt.
  • Blocking has been added to the rocks northwest of Senntisten's entrance, preventing you from walking through terrain textures.
  • The XP from the Troll Invasion Reward Book is now correctly based on the progress made.
  • Fixed an issue that stopped Abyssal Lords, Abyssal Savages and Abyssal Beasts from dropping items from the Wilderness shared drop table.
  • Using Sunshine and Death's Swiftness with the Planted Feet perk active will now last 37.8 seconds, to match Greater Sunshine and Greater Death's Swiftness respectively.
    • Greater Sunshine and Greater Death's Swiftness have had their tooltip amended to more accurately display how long the abilities are active.
  • Summoned reinforcements within GWD2 should no longer be able to enter a state where they can attack the player if the player uses the AoE attack of a Summoning familiar.
  • The Bladed Dive ability can be used with non-weapon off-hand items and non-weapon main-hand items after unlocking it from the Shattered Worlds Reward Shop.
  • Skull Sceptre can be crafted if the player has another Skull Sceptre keepsaked.
  • Reward Caskets will no longer drop items on the ground if opened in short succession (spam clicking).
  • The inventory space required to open the Treasure Trail Reward Caskets was increased by one (10 inventory spaces are now required to open the Reward Casket).
  • The buffs from Golden Cape Hunt now expire as intended.
  • The Blink boss no longer disappears after raising the pillar at the very last moment.
  • The Teralith, Tempest and Primeval Sets, including all Achto variants, have had their tooltips updated to better reflect how many pieces are required to unlock the Defensive ability's Cooldown reset chance. This is a visual change only, and does not reflect a mechanical change.
  • Reverting the Crystal Hatchet to the Dragon Hatchet will show a confirmation message and won't use 4,000 Harmonic dust.
  • Fixed an issue with the Wilderness Sword Teleport cooldown. Players now should be able to use the teleport to Wilderness Flash Events without waiting 45 minutes for the cooldown to be over if the teleport action was blocked.
  • Laniakeas neck has been fixed, and there are no longer holes in the texture while in the Chat interface.
  • The fountain in the east of Falador has been added back.
  • Fixed lighting and shadows in Varrock and Fort Forinthry
  • Script errors during the heist sequence during the Heartstealer quest have been fixed.

The Latest Goings-on from our Community

Community Showcase

u/1to99Artscape has some interesting ideas for that 4th conjure slot!
Now that all the gods are banished they can get back to whats important... which is go karting, obviously. @SprigganSir


Trying to get back into the swing of things in 2024? @InitYeah has some great tips for getting started.
@CrunchieRS has been making a ton of progress – and has condensed it all into one super informative video!

Scapers' Screenshots

Dacia is the lizard queen!
Party is in a bit of a festive mood.
AWeeRedpanda having a wee winter moment

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:

Soul Wars

  • Hosted by: Jen & Pinky Swear
  • Date/Time: Monday January 15th, 21:00 Game Time
  • World: 45
  • Location: Soul Wars Lobby
  • FC: Pvplatform

Penguin Tour

  • Hosted by: Miss Misty
  • Date/Time: Wednesday January 17th, 20:00 Game Time
  • World: 60
  • Location: Edgeville Bank
  • FC: Miss Mist

Special buried treasure

  • Hosted by: Aarie & Redwigon
  • Date/Time: Saturday January 20th, 18:00 Game Time
  • World: 117
  • Location: Varrock Grand Exchange
  • FC: Mod Events

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

Fast SC's 15th Anniversary Celebration!

Fast SC is turning 15 years old this month, so they have put together 15 fabulous events across the next 15 days! Fast SC is the World 99 Non-Combat Stealing Creation Friends Chat, ‘Where friends are gathered as much as clay.’ They focus on non-combat Stealing Creation, safely collecting and depositing clay.

Here's a sample of their upcoming events!

  • Monday, January 15th at 17:30 GMT - Claymunity SC: Help us kick off the birthday celebration with a learner-friendly version of non-combat SC games! Note: Another learner-friendly SC event will be held on Saturday, January 27th at 22:00 GTM. Come dressed in your favorite red and blue override.
  • Sunday, January 21st @ 21:00 GMT - Combat SC: Have an itch for some PvP and traditional SC gameplay? Join us for our Combat ScCtournament and shoot your shot at a split of a 1.5 billion GP pot among your teammates!

Join the Fast SC community in the Discord: and check out the Event Calendar for a full list of 15th birthday fun!

- The RuneScape Team

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