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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 (hard)/Drop list.

Clue scroll detail.png

clue scroll (hard) is a valuable random drop from a large variety of high-levelled monsters. A hard clue scroll can be 4-6 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 trail, players receive a reward of items randomly selected from a specific list, possibly including very rare and very valuable items. Hard clue scrolls are usually long and complex, and can give the player puzzle boxes to solve. They can also involve trips to the Wilderness, and fights with a Zamorak wizard, a Saradomin wizard, or the Double agent. They can offer many valuable rewards in return, including Rune3rd age and Gilded weapons and armour.

These clue scrolls are much harder than easy and medium clue scrolls, due to the risk of being attacked, as well as requiring more quests to be at least partially completed. For this reason many players prefer to complete the easy or medium ones.

If you have dropped the prior clue scroll while having done some of the steps on that, the next clue scroll you receive will NOT have retained the steps of the dropped clue.

It should be noted, that if a player dies in the Wilderness with a clue scroll in over 20 Wilderness it WILL DISAPPEAR whether it's a PvP death or not, unless it is an item kept on death, or if that player has a clue box. Players will find that the clue scroll will be gone upon returning to their loot otherwise. However, when dying in the Wilderness with a clue box, provided the player returns quick enough, will be able to loot their dropped clue scroll. In lower Wilderness however (level 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.

Completion of hard clues will give a casket (hard), containing the final reward for the trail. After completing 300 hard clues the player will unlock the Uri Transform emote.

A hard clue scroll can be given to Watson along with an easy, medium and elite 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.


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 hard clue. Quest skill requirements are not noted in this table.

Skill level Details
Prayer icon.png 60 Required to wield stoles and croziers.
Ranged icon.png 50 Required to wear blue dragonhide armour.
Magic icon.png 40 Required to wear the mystic hat and wield the mystic fire staff.
Attack icon.png 40 Required to wield various rune weapons and the mystic fire staff.
Strength icon.png 20 Required to wield rune halberd.
Defence icon.png 40 Required to wield rune equipment and blue dragonhide body.
Fishing icon.png 68 Required to access the Fishing Guild (can be boosted from 63 with an admiral pie).
Agility icon.png 56 Required to get through the dense forest in Tirannwn (can be boosted from 51 with a summer pie).

Quest requirements

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

Quest Details
Priest in Peril Gives access to Canifis.
Plague City (started) Gives access to West Ardougne.
Regicide Gives access to Tirannwn. Highly recommended to complete the quest, as travelling becomes easier with using a charter ship to Port Tyras.
Icthlarin's Little Helper (started) Gives access to Sophanem.
Legends' Quest (started) Gives access to the Kharazi Jungle.
Mountain Daughter (optional) Gives access to Mountain Camp, without the need of a rope everytime.
Watchtower (started) Gives access to Gu'Tanoth.
The Grand Tree Gives access to the Ship Yard.
Shilo Village Gives access to Shilo Village.
Nature Spirit (started) Gives access to the Nature Grotto.
Troll Stronghold Gives access to Trollheim.
Fairytale II - Cure a Queen Gives access to fairy rings, which is required for some clues. Also useful for getting around Gielinor easier. Completion is required for Fairy Queen cipher clue (GBJSZ RVFFO).
Elemental Workshop I Grants ability to equip an elemental shield.
Dragon Slayer (started) Gives access to Crandor.
Zogre Flesh Eaters (started) Gives access to Jiggig.
Cabin Fever Gives access to Mos Le'Harmless.
In Aid of the Myreque (started) Gives access to Burgh de Rott.
Holy Grail Gives access to the Fisher Realm.
Bone Voyage Gives access to Fossil Island.
Recipe for Disaster (Evil Dave subquest - started) Access to Evil Dave west of Edgeville bank.
The Fremennik Isles (Started) Gives access to Neitiznot and able to speak to Mawnis Burowgar

Additional requirement(s):

Possible rewards

As well as unique Treasure Trails rewards, players may also receive a variety of items such as rune armour and weapons, black d'hide armour, magic shortbows and longbows, law and nature runes, and food items such as noted sharks and lobster.

Image Name
Rune full helm (t).png Rune platebody (t).png Rune platelegs (t).png Rune plateskirt (t).png Rune kiteshield (t).png Rune trimmed armour
Rune full helm (g).png Rune platebody (g).png Rune platelegs (g).png Rune plateskirt (g).png Rune kiteshield (g).png Rune gold-trimmed armour
Guthix full helm.png Guthix platebody.png Guthix platelegs.png Guthix plateskirt.png Guthix kiteshield.png Guthix rune armour
Saradomin full helm.png Saradomin platebody.png Saradomin platelegs.png Saradomin plateskirt.png Saradomin kiteshield.png Saradomin rune armour
Zamorak full helm.png Zamorak platebody.png Zamorak platelegs.png Zamorak plateskirt.png Zamorak kiteshield.png Zamorak rune armour
Ancient full helm.png Ancient platebody.png Ancient platelegs.png Ancient plateskirt.png Ancient kiteshield.png Ancient rune armour
Bandos full helm.png Bandos platebody.png Bandos platelegs.png Bandos plateskirt.png Bandos kiteshield.png Bandos rune armour
Armadyl full helm.png Armadyl platebody.png Armadyl platelegs.png Armadyl plateskirt.png Armadyl kiteshield.png Armadyl rune armour
Gilded full helm.png Gilded platebody.png Gilded platelegs.png Gilded plateskirt.png Gilded kiteshield.png
Gilded med helm.png Gilded chainbody.png Gilded sq shield.png Gilded 2h sword.png Gilded spear.png Gilded hasta.png
Gilded armour
Rune helm (h1).png Rune helm (h2).png Rune helm (h3).png Rune helm (h4).png Rune helm (h5).png
Rune shield (h1).png Rune shield (h2).png Rune shield (h3).png Rune shield (h4).png Rune shield (h5).png
Rune heraldic armour (H1 to H5)
Blue d'hide body (t).png Blue d'hide chaps (t).png Blue d'hide trimmed armour
Blue d'hide body (g).png Blue d'hide chaps (g).png Blue d'hide gold-trimmed armour
Red d'hide body (t).png Red d'hide chaps (t).png Red d'hide trimmed armour
Red d'hide body (g).png Red d'hide chaps (g).png Red d'hide gold-trimmed armour
Enchanted hat.png Enchanted top.png Enchanted robe.png Enchanted robes
Robin hood hat.png Robin hood hat
Tan cavalier.png Dark cavalier.png Black cavalier.png White cavalier.png Red cavalier.png Navy cavalier.png Cavaliers
Pirate's hat.png Pirate's hat
3rd age full helmet.png 3rd age platebody.png 3rd age platelegs.png 3rd age kiteshield.png 3rd age melee equipment
3rd age range coif.png 3rd age range top.png 3rd age range legs.png 3rd age vambraces.png 3rd age range equipment
3rd age mage hat.png 3rd age robe top.png 3rd age robe.png 3rd age amulet.png 3rd age mage equipment
Amulet of glory (t).png Amulet of glory (t)
Guthix coif.png Guthix dragonhide.png Guthix chaps.png Guthix bracers.png Guthix blessed d'hide armour
Saradomin coif.png Saradomin d'hide.png Saradomin chaps.png Saradomin bracers.png Saradomin blessed d'hide armour
Zamorak coif.png Zamorak d'hide.png Zamorak chaps.png Zamorak bracers.png Zamorak blessed d'hide armour
Armadyl coif.png Armadyl d'hide.png Armadyl chaps.png Armadyl bracers.png Armadyl blessed d'hide armour
Ancient coif.png Ancient d'hide.png Ancient chaps.png Ancient bracers.png Ancient blessed d'hide armour
Bandos coif.png Bandos d'hide.png Bandos chaps.png Bandos bracers.png Bandos blessed d'hide armour
Saradomin d'hide boots.png Bandos d'hide boots.png Armadyl d'hide boots.png Guthix d'hide boots.png Zamorak d'hide boots.png Ancient d'hide boots.png Blessed boots
Guthix stole.png Guthix crozier.png Saradomin stole.png Saradomin crozier.png Zamorak stole.png Zamorak crozier.png Vestment stoles and croziers (Guthix, Saradomin, and Zamorak)
Green dragon mask.png Blue dragon mask.png Red dragon mask.png Black dragon mask.png Chromatic dragon masks
Pith helmet.png Pith helmet
Explorer backpack.png Explorer backpack
Rune cane.png Rune cane
Zombie head (Treasure Trails).png Zombie head
Cyclops head.png Cyclops head
Nunchaku.png Nunchaku
Dragon boots ornament kit.png Dragon boots ornament kit


  • 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 their current one.