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.
Clue scroll detail

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 70

Magic icon 70

Required to wield black salamander.
Strength icon 50 Required to equip granite shield.
Defence icon 65 Required to activate Chivalry.
Ranged icon 70 Required to wear black dragonhide armour and black salamander.
Prayer icon 60 Required to activate Chivalry and to equip a stole.
Fishing icon 76 Required to fish a shark for Sherlock.
Runecrafting icon 59 Required to runecraft double cosmic runes for Sherlock.
Mining icon 65 Required to mine lovakite ore to hand in a tier 2 Shayzien armour set for Sherlock.
Herblore icon 66 Required to make a super defence potion for Sherlock.
Firemaking icon 60 Required to light yew logs for Sherlock.
Woodcutting icon 60 Required to cut a yew tree for Sherlock.
Hunter icon 63 Required to catch a red chinchompa for Sherlock.
Thieving icon 72 Required to picklock King Lathas's chest for Sherlock.
Crafting icon 63 Required to craft a green dragonhide body for Sherlock.
Smithing icon 64 Required to smith a mithril 2h sword for Sherlock.
Fletching icon 70 Required to create a yew longbow for Sherlock.
Slayer icon 65 Required to kill a Dust devil for Sherlock.
Agility icon 60 Required to access the Seers' Village Agility Course.
130 Attack icon + Strength icon
99 Attack icon
99 Strength icon
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 Dragon chainbody ornament kit Dragon legs+skirt ornament kit Dragon sq shield ornament kit Dragon scimitar ornament kit Dragon ornament kits
Light infinity colour kit Dark infinity colour kit Infinity colour kits
Fury ornament kit Fury ornament kit
Musketeer hat Musketeer tabard Musketeer pants Musketeer outfit
Dragon cane Dragon cane
Briefcase Briefcase
Sagacious spectacles Sagacious spectacles
Gilded boots Gilded scimitar Gilded boots/Gilded scimitar
(along with other gilded equipment)
Top hat Top hat
Monocle Monocle
Big pirate hat Big pirate hat
Deerstalker Deerstalker
Bronze dragon mask Iron dragon mask Steel dragon mask Mithril dragon mask Metal dragon masks
Lava dragon mask Lava dragon mask
Black d'hide body (t) Black d'hide chaps (t) Black d'hide trimmed armour
Black d'hide body (g) Black d'hide chaps (g) Black d'hide gold-trimmed armour
Rangers' tunic Rangers' tunic
3rd age cloak 3rd age wand 3rd age bow 3rd age longsword 3rd age cloak/3rd age weapons
(along with all other 3rd age items)
Afro Afro
Katana Katana
Royal crown Royal gown top Royal gown bottom Royal sceptre Royal set
Arceuus house scarf Hosidius house scarf Lovakengj house scarf Piscarilius house scarf Shayzien house scarf Great Kourend house scarves
Blacksmith's helm Blacksmith's helm
Bucket helm Bucket helm
Ranger gloves Ranger gloves
Holy wraps Holy wraps
Ring of nature Ring of nature
Dark bow tie Dark tuxedo jacket Dark trousers Dark tuxedo cuffs Dark tuxedo shoes Dark tuxedo outfit
Light bow tie Light tuxedo jacket Light trousers Light tuxedo cuffs Light tuxedo shoes Light tuxedo outfit
Heavy casket 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.

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