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This article is about the clue scroll itself. For a list of monsters that can drop this clue scroll, see Clue scroll (elite)/Drop list.

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clue scroll (elite) is a valuable random drop from a large variety of high-levelled monsters. An elite clue scroll can be 5-7 steps long. Clue scrolls are the start of a treasure trail — a treasure hunt that sends players hunting all around RuneScape. At the end of the hunt, players receive a reward of items randomly selected from a specific list, possibly including very rare and very valuable items. Elite clue scrolls are usually very long and complex, and take significant effort to be completed.

Trips to the Wilderness may be required, whilst co-ordinate clues will require the player to fight an Armadylian guard or a Bandosian guard.

These clue scrolls are much harder than lesser difficulty clues and require more quests to be at least partially completed. For this reason many players prefer to complete easy, medium, or hard clues. The average reward for elite clues is currently only slightly higher than that of hard clues. After completing 200 elite clues, the player will be awarded a heavy casket.

It should be noted, that unless the clue scroll is an item kept on death or it is protected by a clue box, dying in over 20 Wilderness will cause the clue scroll to DISAPPEAR, whether it's a PvP death or not. That is, players will find that the clue scroll will be gone upon returning to their loot. In lower Wilderness however (lvl 20 or lower) in PvP death, the unprotected clue will stay on the ground for up to 1 hour. The same goes for reward caskets. If you die in lower Wilderness due to a monster you will always keep the clue whether protected or not.

An elite clue scroll can be given to Watson along with an easy, medium and hard clue scrolls in order to receive a master clue scroll.

Types of clues

Please note that it is possible to receive the same clue more than once.


As elite clues are the second highest tier clue scroll, there are many more requirements needed to complete every clue given.

Skill requirements

Certain clues will require items that need a certain skill requirement in order to wear, wield or access. The table below shows the highest skill requirement, in order to complete every elite clue. Quest skill requirements are not noted in this table. Sherlock may also give you skill challenges which require certain skill levels to complete. Temporary skill boosts can be used for non-combat skill challenges.

Skill level Details
Attack icon.png 70

Magic icon.png 70

Required to wield black salamander.
Strength icon.png 50 Required to equip granite shield.
Defence icon.png 65 Required to activate Chivalry.
Ranged icon.png 70 Required to wear black dragonhide armour and black salamander.
Prayer icon.png 60 Required to activate Chivalry and to equip a stole.
Fishing icon.png 76 Required to fish a shark for Sherlock.
Runecrafting icon.png 59 Required to runecraft double cosmic runes for Sherlock.
Mining icon.png 65 Required to mine lovakite ore to hand in a tier 2 Shayzien armour set for Sherlock.
Herblore icon.png 66 Required to make a super defence potion for Sherlock.
Firemaking icon.png 60 Required to light yew logs for Sherlock.
Woodcutting icon.png 60 Required to cut a yew tree for Sherlock.
Hunter icon.png 63 Required to catch a red chinchompa for Sherlock.
Thieving icon.png 72 Required to picklock King Lathas's chest for Sherlock.
Crafting icon.png 63 Required to craft a green dragonhide body for Sherlock.
Smithing icon.png 64 Required to smith a mithril 2h sword for Sherlock.
Fletching icon.png 70 Required to create a yew longbow for Sherlock.
Slayer icon.png 65 Required to kill a Dust devil for Sherlock.
Agility icon.png 60 Required to access the Seers' Village Agility Course.
130 Attack icon.png + Strength icon.png
99 Attack icon.png
99 Strength icon.png
Required to access Warriors' Guild.

Quest requirements

Some clues require access to areas or NPCs which may require quests. Some only require to start the quest in order to gain access.

Quest Details
Another Slice of H.A.M. Gives access to Ambassador Alvijar.
Cabin Fever Gives access to Mos Le'Harmless and its nearby cave.
Darkness of Hallowvale (started) Gives access to Meiyerditch.
Death to the Dorgeshuun Gives access to Dorgesh-Kaan.
Desert Treasure (partial completion) Gives access to the Shadow Dungeon.
Elemental Workshop II Required to wield the mind shield.
Heroes' Quest Gives access to the Heroes' Guild and required to wield dragon battleaxe.
Horror from the Deep Required to equip a filled God book.
In Aid of the Myreque Gives Access to Burgh de Rott.
Jungle Potion Gives access to the Hardwood Grove.
Legends' Quest Gives access to the Kharazi Jungle, Legends' Guild and cape of legends.
Lunar Diplomacy Gives access to Lunar Isle and Pirates' Cove.
Mourning's Ends Part I (started) Gives access to Lletya and Mourner gear.
Monkey Madness I Gives access to Crash Island and Ape Atoll.
Plague City (partial completion) Gives access to West Ardougne.
Priest in Peril Gives access to Canifis.
Underground Pass Gives access to Tirannwn.
Recipe for Disaster Required to wear Barrows gloves.
Regicide (started) Gives access to Tirannwn. Highly recommended to complete the quest, as travelling becomes easier with using a charter ship to Port Tyras.
Shilo Village Gives access to Shilo Village.
Spirits of the Elid Gives access to the crack west of Nardah.
Swan Song Gives access to the Piscatoris Fishing Colony.
The Fremennik Isles Gives access to Neitiznot and Jatizso; required to wear helm of neitiznot.
The Great Brain Robbery (partial completion) Gives access to Harmony Island.
The Slug Menace Required to wear proselyte hauberk.
Troll Romance (partial completion) Gives access to Trollweiss Mountain.
Troll Stronghold (partial completion) Gives access to Trollheim.

Possible rewards

As well as unique Treasure Trails rewards, players may also receive a variety of items such as rune armour and weapons, super restores, Saradomin brews, extended antifires, ranging potions, battlestaves, construction planks, dragonstone jewellery, onyx bolt tips, high level tree seeds, crystal keys (and its loop and tooth components), death, blood, law and soul runes, and food items such as noted tuna potatoes and summer pies.

Image Name
Dragon full helm ornament kit.png Dragon chainbody ornament kit.png Dragon legs+skirt ornament kit.png Dragon sq shield ornament kit.png Dragon scimitar ornament kit.png Dragon ornament kits
Light infinity colour kit.png Dark infinity colour kit.png Infinity colour kits
Fury ornament kit.png Fury ornament kit
Musketeer hat.png Musketeer tabard.png Musketeer pants.png Musketeer outfit
Dragon cane.png Dragon cane
Briefcase.png Briefcase
Sagacious spectacles.png Sagacious spectacles
Gilded boots.png Gilded scimitar.png Gilded boots/Gilded scimitar
(along with other gilded equipment)
Top hat.png Top hat
Monocle.png Monocle
Big pirate hat.png Big pirate hat
Deerstalker.png Deerstalker
Bronze dragon mask.png Iron dragon mask.png Steel dragon mask.png Mithril dragon mask.png Metal dragon masks
Lava dragon mask.png Lava dragon mask
Black d'hide body (t).png Black d'hide chaps (t).png Black d'hide trimmed armour
Black d'hide body (g).png Black d'hide chaps (g).png Black d'hide gold-trimmed armour
Rangers' tunic.png Rangers' tunic
3rd age cloak.png 3rd age wand.png 3rd age bow.png 3rd age longsword.png 3rd age cloak/3rd age weapons
(along with all other 3rd age items)
Afro.png Afro
Katana.png Katana
Royal crown.png Royal gown top.png Royal gown bottom.png Royal sceptre.png Royal set
Arceuus house scarf.png Hosidius house scarf.png Lovakengj house scarf.png Piscarilius house scarf.png Shayzien house scarf.png Great Kourend house scarves
Blacksmith's helm.png Blacksmith's helm
Bucket helm.png Bucket helm
Ranger gloves.png Ranger gloves
Holy wraps.png Holy wraps
Ring of nature.png Ring of nature
Dark bow tie.png Dark tuxedo jacket.png Dark trousers.png Dark tuxedo cuffs.png Dark tuxedo shoes.png Dark tuxedo outfit
Light bow tie.png Light tuxedo jacket.png Light trousers.png Light tuxedo cuffs.png Light tuxedo shoes.png Light tuxedo outfit
Heavy casket.png Heavy casket


  • After the update of 18 June 2015 it is now possible to have one clue scroll of each tier at a time, while previously the player could not get any clue scroll at all until completing or dropping the current one.
  • Upon release, elite treasure trails were 9-12 steps long. Due to complaints about the substantial jump in the number of steps required to complete a Treasure Trail, it was changed to 5-7 steps in an update on 13 July 2017.