A 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.
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.
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.
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.
|70||Required to wield black salamander.|
|50||Required to equip granite shield.|
|65||Required to activate Chivalry.|
|70||Required to wear black dragonhide armour and black salamander.|
|60||Required to activate Chivalry and to equip a stole.|
|76||Required to fish a shark for Sherlock.|
|59||Required to runecraft double cosmic runes for Sherlock.|
|65||Required to mine lovakite ore to hand in a tier 2 Shayzien armour set for Sherlock.|
|66||Required to make a super defence potion for Sherlock.|
|60||Required to light yew logs for Sherlock.|
|60||Required to cut a yew tree for Sherlock.|
|63||Required to catch a red chinchompa for Sherlock.|
|72||Required to picklock King Lathas's chest for Sherlock.|
|63||Required to craft a green dragonhide body for Sherlock.|
|64||Required to smith a mithril 2h sword for Sherlock.|
|70||Required to create a yew longbow for Sherlock.|
|65||Required to kill a Dust devil for Sherlock.|
|60||Required to access the Seers' Village Agility Course.|
|Required to access Warriors' Guild.|
Some clues require access to areas or NPCs which may require quests. Some only require to start the quest in order to gain access.
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.
|Dragon ornament kits|
|Infinity colour kits|
|Fury ornament kit|
|Gilded boots/Gilded scimitar|
(along with other gilded equipment)
|Big pirate hat|
|Metal dragon masks|
|Lava dragon mask|
|Black d'hide trimmed armour|
|Black d'hide gold-trimmed armour|
|3rd age cloak/3rd age weapons|
(along with all other 3rd age items)
|Great Kourend house scarves|
|Ring of nature|
|Dark tuxedo outfit|
|Light tuxedo outfit|
- 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.