Hunter is a members'-only skill where players catch different animals and creatures in RuneScape. Although Hunter is a non-combat skill, players can still be damaged while hunting. Using hunting equipment bought from hunter stores, players can hunt specific creatures obtaining rewards such as spotted kebbit fur for spotted cape, chinchompa ammunition, black salamanders, and the fabled dragon impling jar.
Only two Hunter stores exist: Aleck's Hunter Emporium in Yanille, and Nardah Hunter Shop in Nardah. Using the Lunar Magic spell Hunter Kit (spell), players can obtain a hunter kit which contains various useful hunter items.
|1||Noose wand||4 coins||Tracking|
|1||Bird snare||6 coins||Bird snaring|
|15||Butterfly net||900 coins||Butterfly netting|
|15||Butterfly jar||1 coin||Butterfly netting|
|27||Box trap||38 coins||Box trapping|
|27||Rabbit snare||18 coins||Rabbit snaring|
|31||Teasing stick||60 coins||Pitfall trapping|
|39||Torch||4 coins||Smoking traps to remove player's scent - increases catch chance by 2%|
|71||Magic box||788 coins||Magic imp hunting|
Other useful items are as follows:
|1||Iron spit||Must be used to cook beast or bird meat, and can cook rabbit meat|
|5||Waterskin and Desert clothing||Protection in Kharidian Desert|
|23||Knife and logs (and/or axe to cut them)||Deadfall and pitfall trapping|
|27||Rope to fly eagles||Eagle transport system|
|29||Rope and small fishing net||Net trapping|
|29||Bait - 15 swamp tar, herb (Guam leaf, Marrentill, Tarromin, Harralander), pestle and mortar||Net trapping|
|39||Tinderbox to light the torch. Note that left clicking a lit torch results in extinguishing it.||To light the torch|
|43||500 coins for renting a falcon||Falconry|
|71||Bait - beads (Imp Catcher quest)||Magical imp boxes|
Crossbows and bolts
- 6 Kebbit bolts costs a kebbit spike (Prickly kebbit) and 20 coins
- 6 long kebbit bolts cost a long kebbit spike (Razor-backed kebbit) and 40 coins
Fancy Dress Shop
You receive many types of fur while hunting and all of these may be traded in at the fancy-dress shop in south-east Varrock for different types of hunter gear. The costume maker requires a few coins to make sets of hunter gear as well.
The kebbit, weasel and devil fur is used to make camouflage clothing. Kyatt, graahk and larupia hunter gear are an improved form of camouflage for the area(s) the clothing's fur came from. Wearing camouflage does not improve your chances of successfully capturing prey.
The shop can also make items which have other uses. Spotted and spottier capes reduce your weight when worn allowing you to run for longer, and the gloves of silence made from dark kebbit furs make pickpocketing easier.
Prices for the clothes range from 20 to 1000 coins. You need 2 furs per cape made, and 1 or 2 furs for every item of camouflage clothing made.
Other equipment include coloured feathers, spikes for vambraces and bolts, wieldable harpoons, ingredients for Hunter potions, creature ranged weapons, and butterflies which raise other players' combat bonuses.
Hunter areas are places where players can hunt. Most of the hunter areas, including the hunter shops, are close to fairy rings. The central ring in Zanaris is close to a bank which can be used to deposit rewards. Other methods of transportation are listed below.
|Area type||Prey level||Hunter guide||Knowledge Base name||Fairy ring|
|Training areas with multiple species||1||Jungle||Feldip Hunter area||AKS|
|1||Snow||Trollweiss and Rellekka Hunter area (polar)||DKS|
|3||Woodland||Piscatoris Hunter area||AKQ|
|5||Desert||Uzer Hunter area||DLQ|
|Hunting areas with a single species||29||Swamp||Swamp lizard area (east of Canifis)||CKS|
|41||Karamja||Horned graahk area (Karamja)||CKR|
|43||Woodland (Falconer)||Falconry area (3 types of kebbits)||AKQ|
|59||Altar||Red salamander area (near Zamorak monks, south-west of West Ardougne)||N/A|
Birds are hunted using a Bird snare.
Some types of kebbit can be tracked and caught with a Noose wand.
Herbiboar gives a base experience value of 1950, with additional XP being granted based on Hunter level (Roughly 29 exp per level past 80).
Bird house trapping
Requiring completion of Bone Voyage, bird house traps are done by using bird houses on certain spots on Fossil Island. The first is found west of the ancient shroom in the Mushroom Forest, and directly north of the magic mushtree. The second is found by the entrance to the Tar Swamp, while the third and fourth are found in the Verdant Valley south of the Museum Camp. These are easily accessible by using the Magic Mushtrees.
Bird traps are made by using the appropriate logs on a piece of clockwork while having a hammer and chisel. Once the bird house trap has been set, players will need to fill it with 10 hop seeds in order to lure the birds in, or only 5 seeds if using wildblood seeds. A single bird takes, on average, 5 minutes to capture.
After placing the hop seeds as bait, the bird house trap will passively capture birds, up to a maximum of 10. To claim the Hunter experience, head back to the bird house trap to empty and dismantle it. Players will receive 5-6 feathers and one raw bird meat per bird caught, as well as a chance of receiving bird's nests. The bird house will be lost in the process, with the clockwork being returned, requiring a new one to be set up. In other words, you will need only four total clockworks to set all your bird houses indefinitely, after which you will only need to supply logs and hop seeds.
The maximum amount of bird's nests obtainable from a bird house is ten, with the chance of successfully receiving one being dependent on the tier of bird house. You can only receive one seeded nest per house.
The tier of seed you use does NOT affect amount of nests received.
|Type||Crafting lv||Crafting exp||Hunter lv||Hunter exp|
|Chance of nest||Expected nests per run (4 houses)|
|37||Prickly kebbit||240||Northern Woodland|
|60||Maniacal monkey||1,000||Kruk's Dungeon|
Box trapping is done with a Box trap.
|27||Ferret||115||Woodland, after Eagles' Peak|
Butterflies are caught with a Butterfly net.
|59||Red salamander||272||Lava (Near Battlefield)|
|67||Black salamander||319.5||Lava (Wilderness)|
Implings are small creatures that can be hunted within Puro-Puro as well as spawning at random points around the world. Catching an Impling requires the use of a Butterfly net or Magic butterfly net and Impling jar. Alternatively Implings can be caught barehanded - without the use of a net or impling jar - but require you to be 10 levels above the normal requirement.
Magic box trapping
- Hunter potions require level 53 Herblore to make using avantoe and kebbit teeth dust (from Sabre-toothed kebbits) for 120 Herblore experience; they temporarily raise the player's Hunter level by 3.
- Yellow spicy stews can alter your level by up to +5, but also to -5.
- Operating the Hunter cape will temporarily boost the hunter's level to 100.
Quests rewarding Hunter experience
|Hunter req.||Other requirements|
|Natural history quiz|
|Monkey Madness II||15,000||60||69 , 70 , 55 , 55|
Upon completing any of the following quests, players may choose to allocate experience to Hunter. These rewards usually come in the form of items, such as lamps or books, and are independent of any experience rewards directly received for completing the quest.
|Skills available||Skill requirements|
|Client of Kourend||500 twice||Any||-|
|Fairytale II - Cure a Queen||2,500||Any skill above 30||49 , 57|
|A Tail of Two Cats||2,500 twice||Any skill above 30||-|
|The Great Brain Robbery||5,000||Any skill above 30||16 , 30 , 50|
|King's Ransom||5,000||Any skill above 50||65|
|Darkness of Hallowvale||2,000 three times||Any skill above 30||5 , 20 , 22 , 32 , 33 , 40|
|Curse of the Empty Lord|
|10,000||Any skill above 50||Some players will need 31|
|One Small Favour||10,000 twice||Any skill above 30||36 , 25 , 18 , 30|
|Recipe for Disaster|
(The final battle)
|20,000||Any skill above 50||175 , 48 , 50 , 53 , 53 , 25 , 59 , 40 , 50 , 40 , 40 , 10 , 10 , 36|
- ↑ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 30 November 2016. Mod Ash: "[Any chance I could get some numbers for how much [smoking traps] helps if you have a second?] 2%. Take it or leave it - most people leave it."
- ↑ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 24 February 2015. Mod Ash: "[Does any hunter gear work?] Nope."
- ↑ Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 17 July 2018. Mod Ash: "[Do the seeds you place in birdhouses have an effect on the amount of nests you get?] No."