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Runescape 2007 Dev Blog Fossil Island

Will you help them finally reach Fossil Island?

Changelog (updated 18/04/2017)

There will be two tiers of wyvern. Those already listed at slayer level 66, and ancient wyverns at slayer level 82.

The ancient wyverns will be the only ones to drop the Ancient Wyvern Visage.

The Ancient Wyvern Shield melee attack stats are now all -10 and the magic attack lowered to 15. The shield has limited protection dragonfire attacks, as well as the immunity to the wyvern freeze attacks.

Granite boots have +8 ranged defence and will weigh more than rune or dragon boots

Unique granite drops will be rarer normal wyverns than Ancient ones.

Compost potion moved to level 21 herblore

XP rates the Volcanic mine have been slightly reduced and levels of engagement made clearer

XP rates for dual skilling methods have been clarified

Clarified hunted herb monster's mechanics.

Clarified hardwood growth and XP

Clarified birdhouse mechanics and XP

Discovering the Island

Curator Haig Halen needs your help to finish the construction of a barge fit to take the Varrock museum crew to an unexplored landmass to the east. There have been many attempts to reach the island, but none were successful.

This quest will have you venturing across Gielinor, aiding the Varrock museum and making the success of the voyage a possibility.

If you successfully help the Curator and his crew, you'll find yourself no others before you have ventured: Fossil Island.

Poll Question

Should Fossil Island and the Bone Voyage quest be added to Old School RuneScape?

The Fossils

As the name suggests, Fossil Island is littered with the remnants of species which once inhabited the island.

Obtaining and collecting these fossils will allow you to barter your way into various parts of the island, and contribute to a new expansion to the Varrock Museum.

With the discovery of Fossil Island, a paleontology floor has now been added to the Varrock Museum. Your help in collecting and inspecting fossils the island is needed to fill up this new area.

Many of the fossils you find around Fossil Island will be valuable to the Varrock Museum. As you send them to the museum you will be rewarded with a small amount of experience in Crafting or Construction, depending on the size of the fossil.

The experience rewards for contributing to the Varrock Museum scale based on your Crafting/Construction level and are one-off rewards for each individual fossil.

The Volcanic Mine

Beneath the surface of Fossil Island's volcano lies a volatile and brutal mine. Engulfed by flowing streams of lava, entering this mine is a true challenge. Maximise the minerals mined by your team and survive to reap the rewards.


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The Volcanic Mine is a group skilling activity which focuses on the Mining skill. Much like the Wintertodt, you'll be able to contribute to the success of the team by performing one of several activities:

Controlling the flow of lava.

Removing rocks the walls.

Solidifying the floors.

Mining and depositing minerals.

The primary reward for participating in the Volcanic Mine activity is Mining experience. As an activity which will require a high level of engagement, it will offer experience rates comparable to some of the best existing methods in game.

Mining Lvl Max Xp /hr

50 40k

85 75k

99 82k

In addition to experience you will receive small amounts of ores and fossils.

Tick manipulation methods will not be possible within the Volcanic Mine and you will be required to take part in the activity to get rewards. In fact, not paying attention could easily get you killed!

Poll Question

If Fossil Island is added to Old School, should it include the Volcanic Mine skilling activity?

The maximum experience rate when participating in the Volcanic Mine would be 82,000 Mining experience per hour at level 99.

Skilling on Fossil Island

Throughout Fossil Island you will find a number of opportunities to train up and put your skills to work in new and interesting ways. Just a few are detailed below.

Hardwood Farming

In certain areas on Fossil Island the environment is just right to support the growth of Teak and Mahogany trees.

Requiring level 35 and 55 Farming respectively, Teak and Mahogany trees can be grown within three, side-by-side tree patches. Hardwood trees take a lot longer than normal trees to grow, with teak taking an average of 4480 minutes and Mahogany 5120 minutes to grow granting 7290 and 15,720 Farming XP respectively.

Poll Question

If Fossil Island is added to Old School, should it include three Hardwood farming patches Teak and Mahogany trees can be grown? Teak trees would require level 35 Farming to grow, and Mahogany trees would require level 55 Farming to grow.

Tracking and Herblore

Throughout Fossil Island a shy, plant-like animal can be tracked similar to kebbits. If you are able to track this creature down, you can harvest herbs its back. The trick is in tracking it - this cou

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