Runescape Beginners’ Guide to Quests and Skilling

Quests and Skilling

Runescape is a fantasy massive multiplayer online roleplaying game, and is known as the largest free MMORPG and the most updated game according to the Guinness World Records. Though considered as the ‘elder’ of the modern MMORPGs of today, Runescape is still one of the best. Find out more in this beginner’s guide to quests, skilling, and the in-game features available to you when you buy Runescape gold.

Quests and Skilling


After creating your account and logging into the game for the first time, you’ll be spawned in Ashdale, where all new players begin their journey. You don’t have to worry about monsters, bosses, dungeons, quests, and farming RS gold for now, as Ashdale is a guided tutorial where various NPCs and tutors will walk you through a series of tasks. These tasks introduce you to each area of the game, giving you specific, as well as optional, things to do. Familiarize yourself with the controls of the game before you start the tutorial. The controls and actions pages describe how to interact within Runescape and with the characters and other players in it.

As you are guided through the tutorial, you will see two types of notifications: the first is a task interface that appears at the top left-hand corner of your screen which tells you what you are supposed to be doing at the current section of the tutorial, the second is the information interface that will provide hints as to what you should be doing. After completing the tutorial, you’ll find yourself in Taverley where you are free to make your own way in the world. The world and mini maps will guide you and help you navigate around.


There are different levels of quests in Runescape. These are: Novice, Intermediate, Experienced, Master, and Grandmaster. To find the starting location of possible quests, just look for the Quest Start symbol, visible on your mini map. As you are just starting out, there are a selection of quests you can do in and around the Burthorpe or Taverley area, such as the following quests:

  • Let Them Eat Pie, trigged by speaking to Nails Newton outside the Pick and Lute tavern in Taverley.
  • Wolf Whistle, triggered by speaking to Pikkupstix in Taverley.
  • Druidic Ritual, triggered by speaking to Kagemeex at the stone circle north of Taverley.
  • Death Plateau, triggered by speaking to Denulth in Burthorpe.

Once you have completed a quest or two, look through your quest journal as it indicates for more things to do. There are about a hundred quests in Runescape, so order them by difficulty, your progress, or whether they are free or members’ quests. You can do this by using the drop down menu at the top of the quest list. You may also remove any quests you cannot start by checking the ‘Filter’ option. To show you where the quests begin, right click any quest in the list and select ‘Show on the world map’. This will load the world map and center it on the quest start, so you can easily navigate your way through the map and complete your quest without getting lost. You may also right click on a quest to set it as an objective. Completing quests grant you Runescape gold as well.


Quite similar to other MMORPGs, skills are the abilities of your characters which may be improved when you practice them. Performing actions using skills rewards the player with experience. Once enough experience is gained, your level in the skill will increase. The higher your levels are, the more activities become available for that skill. Upon your first arrival in Runescape, you will find that you need to obtain various items before you can actually start training your skills. Many of the items you need, however, are already provided for free by the various skill tutors found around Lumbridge, Burthorpe, and Taverley. There is a limit to the number of times you can receive these free items in a short period, but they are useful for replacing the odd fishing rod or pickaxe that has been lost. Remember that while skills can be accessed by players, some can only be trained to Level 5. Players wishing to continue levelling those skills will have to subscribe.


The currency in the game is commonly referred to as ‘coins’ or ‘rsgold’. Gold can be earned through accomplishing quests, farming, and selling items among players. Additionally, for players who do not have enough time to spare for farming, they may also opt for cheap Runescape gold available online.

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