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The heron is a skilling pet that can be obtained while training Fishing. The chances of getting it are dependent on the player's Fishing level, and the time it takes to gather a resource.

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 fishing, the pet is prioritised over the resource gathered. For example, if there is one last inventory space while fishing, and the player already has a pet following them, the pet will appear in the inventory instead, while the fish will drop to the ground. When this occurs, the message in the chatbox will instead state You feel something weird sneaking into your backpack.

On death, if a player loses their pet (as a follower or in your inventory) it will wander around for 30 seconds before disappearing completely.

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

Drop rate

Shown below are the base chances of receiving a heron[1].

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 Fishing level. The only exceptions are the Fishing Trawler and minnows, which are always a flat 1/5,000[2] and 1/977,778[3] respectively, regardless of level.

The fastest method on average to receive the heron is through 2-tick fishing, specifically tuna and swordfish. If not using tick manipulation, karambwans are the fastest alternative.

Fish Base chance
Shrimp/Anchovies 435,165
Karambwanji 443,697
Big net fishing 382,609
Trout/salmon 461,808
Pike 305,792
Rainbow fish 137,739
Tuna/Swordfish 128,885
Lobsters 116,129
Monkfish 138,583
Karambwans 170,874
Leaping trout 426,954
Leaping salmon
Leaping sturgeon
Sharks 82,243
Infernal eels 160,000[4]
Anglerfish 78,649
Minnow 977,778
Dark crabs 149,434
Sacred eels 99,000
Fishing Trawler minigame 5,000


  • Heron: Hop inside my mouth if you want to live!
  • Player: I'm not falling for that... I'm not a fish! I've got more foresight than that.


  • The dialogue between the heron and the player is likely a nod to a similar quote in the Disney Pixar film Finding Nemo.


  1. Jagex. Mod John C's Twitter account. 11 January 2016. Mod John C: "Skill Pet Drop Rates part 2 - Heron! [1]"
  2. Jagex. Mod John C's Twitter account. 11 January 2016. Mod John C: "Your level doesn't help with Trawler, it is the one exception."
  3. MM Rework/Torag's Hammers/Shackle - OSRS Q&A - 6 July, 2017
  4. Jagex. Mod Roq's Twitter account. 22 June 2017. Mod Roq: "Infernal skilling drop rates: Heron = 1/160000 - (fishing level*25) Rocky = 1/176743 - (thieving level*25)"

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