Rift guardian

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The rift guardian is a members-only skilling pet that can be obtained while training Runecraft. The chances of getting it are dependent on the player's Runecraft level, the rune the player is crafting, and the number of essence used.

When a player receives the pet, it will automatically try to appear as their follower. At the same time, a red message in the chatbox will state You have a funny feeling like you're being followed.

When Blood and Soul Runecrafting, the pet is given after the dense essence fragments are removed and the runes are given back [1]. This means if there is not already some of the runes to be crafted in the inventory, and the rest of the inventory is full, and a pet is already following the player, the Rift Guardian will NOT be given.

On death, if a player loses their pet (as a follower or in your inventory) it will wander around for 30 seconds, but is lost instantly.

Players can pay a one-time fee of 500,000 coins to Probita in East Ardougne to have this pet insured. If the pet is lost while insured, it can be reclaimed for 1,000,000 coins.

Colours[edit | edit source]

The colour of the pet received is dependent on the altar at which the player's runes were crafted. Players can change its colour by crafting a rune at the desired runecrafting altar while it is following the player. Thus, various colours will require different Runecraft levels.

When runecrafting at the Ourania Altar it will turn into a random colour, but not necessarily one of the runes the player has crafted. The wrath rune colour pattern, however, can only be obtained from runecrafting at the wrath altar.

Should players wish to keep their rift guardian the same colour, they may do so via the right-click "Locking" option while it is following the player.

Altar Image Altar Image Altar Image
Air rune.pngAir altar Rift guardian pet (air).png Mind rune.pngMind altar Rift guardian pet (mind).png Water rune.pngWater altar Rift guardian pet (water).png
Earth rune.pngEarth altar Rift guardian pet (earth).png Fire rune.pngFire altar Rift guardian pet (fire).png Body rune.pngBody altar Rift guardian pet (body).png
Cosmic rune.pngCosmic altar Rift guardian pet (cosmic).png Chaos rune.pngChaos altar Rift guardian pet (chaos).png Astral rune.pngAstral altar Rift guardian pet (astral).png
Nature rune.pngNature altar Rift guardian pet (nature).png Law rune.pngLaw altar Rift guardian pet (law).png Death rune.pngDeath altar Rift guardian pet (death).png
Blood rune.pngBlood altar Rift guardian pet (blood).png Soul rune.pngSoul altar Rift guardian pet (soul).png Wrath rune.pngWrath altar Rift guardian pet (wrath).png

Drop rates[edit | edit source]

Shown below are the base chances of receiving a rift guardian[2]. The pet chance is rolled per essence crafted, not per rune crafted.

A player's actual chances of receiving it is 1 in B - (Lvl * 25), where B is the base chance and Lvl is the player's Runecraft level.

The fastest method on average (excluding the use of runners) to receive the rift guardian is by crafting mind runes, using the Mind Altar Teleport. However, lava runes are recommended, as they are only slightly slower for receiving the pet, but they are significantly better for experience.

Rune Base chance
Blood runes 804,984
Soul runes 782,999
Ourania Altar 1,487,213[3]
Everything else 1,795,758

Through a simulation, the following pet chances were calculated:

Method Lvl Begin Lvl End Runes Crafted Pet Chance
Lava runes (fire altar) 23 77 139,933 7.50%
Blood runes 77 90 158,475 17.91%
Soul runes 90 99 253,524 27.73%
Lava runes (fire altar) 23 99 1,240,776 49.93%
Mind runes (8 runes per essence) 89 99 1,489,480 56.42%

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 24 December 2020. Mod Ash: "It's after the fragments are removed, and also after the new blood runes are given. In your situation, the runes would stack with the ones you already had, so you'd have a free space for the pet to arrive."
  2. Jagex. Mod Kieren's Twitter account. 26 September 2016. (Archived from the original on 26 May 2020.) Mod Kieren: "Runecrafting pet rates! Retweet! Fairly straight forward one :). [1]"
  3. Jagex. Mod Kieren's Twitter account. 27 September 2016. (Archived from the original on 26 May 2020.) Mod Kieren: "Just for awareness, having set out all the skillpet rates yesterday, the rate for ZMI will be 1,487,213 per essence for RC skillpet."