Beginners Guide of OSRS for New Players

Seize the opportunity to venture into a world full of magic, mayhem, and treasure! Whether you’ve been persuaded by a friend to immerse yourself in Old School Runescape (OSRS), or you’ve chosen to dip your toes into this exciting world on your own, this guide will serve as your reliable companion throughout your initial journey. It will familiarize you with the enchanting realm of Gielinor and set you on the right path to achieving your first milestones, such as levels, money, quests, and much more!

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Bridging the Gap Between Free and Premium Play

Understandably, most novices commence their OSRS journey via the Free-to-Play version. Therefore, this guide is tailored to be 100% F2P-friendly, ensuring it can assist every newcomer. To facilitate a more relatable experience, we have even created a new F2P account, aptly named “Begin Guide”, accompanying you through this immersive journey.

While the guide is fundamentally intended for absolute beginners, it is designed to be navigable and flexible. If you’ve had some experience with OSRS, you might discover valuable nuggets of knowledge throughout the guide; simply navigate to sections that suit your needs!

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Unveiling the Mysteries of Old School Runescape

Old School Runescape, or OSRS as it’s fondly abbreviated, is a Massive Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG). It’s a comprehensive realm where you can dive into numerous adventures: quests, skills, mini-games, monster hunting, player battling, and exploration. There’s also a thriving in-game economy to navigate! OSRS presents a captivating medieval fantasy world filled with endless hours of grinding, questing, monster combat, and opportunities to forge new friendships.

Although OSRS is primarily Free-to-Play, there is a members version teeming with additional content, which becomes available once you’ve exhausted the main game’s offerings. Rest assured, OSRS can be enjoyed entirely for free, devoid of microtransactions, hence preventing pay-to-win scenarios!

Account Creation, Login, and Security: Setting the Foundations Righ

How to set up an OSRS account

Kickstart your OSRS journey by creating an account. Visit the official website,, and select the ‘new user, sign up now’ option on the landing page. You’ll need an email address for the sign-up process.

Choosing the ideal client for OSRS

Contrary to the original Runescape, which was a browser game, OSRS requires a dedicated client for gameplay. This client can be obtained from the official website. If you’re planning to play on a mobile device, you can download the game from your respective app store.

 The Enhanced Client: Runelite

We’d like to introduce you to Runelite, a third-party client that’s a crowd favorite among OSRS players. Endowed with features like HD graphics and an extensive library of plugins, Runelite can significantly enhance your gaming experience.

Runelite can be downloaded from its official website,

 Account Security: Fortifying Your Digital Fort

As immersive as Old School Runescape can be, it’s essential to remember the cyber threats that lurk in the shadows. OSRS, unfortunately, has been plagued by issues concerning scammers and hackers. However, fear not, as we’re here to guide you through best practices to ensure your account’s security remains impregnable.

Golden Rules for Cybersecurity in OSRS

  • NEVER share your account email or password.
  • ALWAYS utilize an authenticator.
  • NEVER log into any website using your OSRS details.
  • ALWAYS employ a bank PIN.
  • NEVER trust in-game characters who offer money or gear without a reason.
  • NEVER click on links within your email.
  • The Key to Safe Logins

A formidable password, unpredictable and complex, is the first step to keeping your account secure. Changing this password monthly and abstaining from sharing it are pivotal practices. Alongside a strong password, an account authenticator is crucial. An authenticator is a security protocol that necessitates access to your smartphone for account logins, creating a formidable barrier against hacking attempts. Both your password and authenticator can be updated via the official website.

For an extra layer of defense, consider using the Jagex Launcher to log into OSRS. This client, similar to the steam or epic games launcher, stores your account details securely and streamlines your OSRS login process.

Beware of Scams: Your Guide to Safe In-Game Interactions

The realm of Gielinor is rife with opportunities to meet allies, but also potential scammers. These nefarious individuals are constantly on the lookout for ways to deceive you, including tricking you into trading valuable items, disclosing account details, installing harmful software, or luring you into dangerous zones.

For instance, beware of the infamous ‘Money doublers’. These characters will claim to double your money if you trade with them. Initially, they will double smaller amounts, but once you trade them a sizable amount, they’ll take off with your wealth.

Free-to-Play vs. Members: Choosing Your Path in OSRS

Old School Runescape is a free-to-play game, with a multitude of content locked behind a membership program. The membership costs $12.49 per month, $9.99 for six months, or $6.66 for an annual subscription.

The free-to-play version offers substantial content for initial weeks/months of gameplay. We recommend starting with the F2P version to familiarize yourself with the game. Once you have completed all the F2P quests, the Dragon Slayer, and achieved 40+ combat skills, it’s worthwhile to consider obtaining a membership. A membership will grant access to a plethora of new quests, expansive areas to explore, mini-games, bosses, new skills, gear, lucrative money-making methods, and much more.

If you’ve found the F2P version extensive, the members version will astound you with its myriad offerings! Nonetheless, begin your journey with the free-to-play version to grasp the fundamentals of OSRS. This beginner’s guide is tailored specifically for free-to-play users, as this is the ideal starting point in the game.

Mastering OSRS Fundamentals: Skills, Combat, and Quests

The expansive, open-world nature of Old School Runescape (OSRS) might initially seem overwhelming to the uninitiated. Nevertheless, gaining an understanding of the game’s fundamental pillars – skills, combat, and quests – will provide the necessary bearings to navigate through OSRS confidently.

Skills: The Artisan’s Pride

Your first encounter with OSRS on Tutorial Island introduces you to ‘skilling’, the game’s bread and butter. Activities such as chopping down trees, fishing, and cooking serve as the elementary introduction to this concept.

Each skill ranges from Level 1 to 99, advancing through the accrual of experience points gained by performing actions associated with a specific skill. For example, catching a shrimp at Level 1 fishing earns you 10 experience points. With 90 experience points required to progress to Level 2, you’ll need to catch 9 shrimps to level up.

OSRS boasts 23 skills in total, which reduces to 17 when combat skills such as attack, strength, defence, hitpoints, ranged, and magic are excluded.

Skills play a pivotal role in game progression, with numerous quests necessitating specific skill requirements. Furthermore, skills can be a source of income and self-sufficiency. For instance, catching and cooking your own food facilitates your combat training without needing to purchase supplies.

Combat: The Warrior’s Path

A significant element of OSRS’s identity lies in its combat mechanics. Combat enables player versus monster confrontations, epic boss battles, and thrilling player vs player encounters. There are six key combat skills: Attack, Strength, Defence, Hitpoints, Ranged, and Magic.

Attack and Strength primarily influence melee combat, while Ranged and Magic enable you to engage in combat from a distance. A detailed analysis of each combat skill will significantly enhance your understanding of OSRS’s combat dynamics.

Quests: The Adventurer’s Journey

While OSRS offers an open-world experience, a compelling storyline underscores its immersive gameplay. Advancing in this narrative requires undertaking quests, which yield rewards such as access to new areas, equipment, bosses, experience, and more.

OSRS currently presents 155 quests – 22 free-to-play and 133 exclusively for members.

You can find available quests in the quest menu of your interface, which details the quest’s starting location and requirements. The order of quest completion is entirely up to you, although certain quests are contingent on the completion of others, as well as specific skill and combat prerequisites.

Venturing Into OSRS: An Inceptive Guide

Tutorial Island: Stepping Into Gielinor

The initiation of your OSRS journey begins on Tutorial Island. This phase, while not overly time-consuming, is critical to acquaint you with the game mechanics before stepping into the expansive world of Gielinor.

Tip: At the start of Tutorial Island, ensure to select the menu option ‘I’m new here!’ while interacting with the Gielinor Guide. This choice grants you access to a starter kit and adventure paths upon your arrival in the main world.

Post completion of the tutorial, you’re allowed to select an account type before progressing to the main world. If you’re a first-timer, registering a normal account is recommended.

Lumbridge: Embarking on the Adventure

Tutorial Island culminates with you being teleported to Lumbridge, marking your entry into the main world.

At this juncture, the reins of the game are in your hands! You could opt to advance the storyline by embarking on quests or refine some skills to earn your first Gold Pieces (GP). The path you choose is completely personal. Most players dive headlong into the world, eventually finding their way around.

Nevertheless, if you’re in search of more guidance, this OSRS Beginners Guide is here to provide direction.

Commence with Chapter 0 of our guide. If a step-by-step walkthrough doesn’t pique your interest, you can leap directly to our Beginner Tips section.

Tips For Beginners In OSRS

Follow the Adventurers Path

As a complete newbie to the game, the Adventurers Path is the best way to get started with OSRS. Not only will this provide structure to your OSRS experience, but the Adventurers Path also comes with helpful rewards to help you progress even faster!

To start the Adventurers Path, speak with Jon The Adventurer in Lumbridge.

  1. Complete the Stronghold of Security to get your first cash stack

Did you know you can receive a free 10,000 Gold Pieces for completing the Stronghold of Security? This is by far the best way to start off playing OSRS as it is challenging to make this type of money right from the start! With this starter cash, you can buy your first armour set, better weapons, and upgrade some of your skilling gear.

We have a walk-through of the Stronghold of Security in our Beginners Guide above.

  1. Use the Home Teleport whenever possible

Inside your Magic Spellbook is a free teleport called the ‘Home Teleport’. This teleport takes you to Lumbridge Castle and can be used every 30 minutes. It is extremely helpful for getting back to Lumbridge quickly. It can also be used when doing skilling activities around Lumbridge (or quests) to cut down on walking time. Make sure to use it efficiently as you will have to wait 30 minutes to use it again!

  1. Purchase a Chronicle from Django in Draynor Village

Aside from the Lumbridge Teleport, another handy teleportation book is the Chronicle which you can purchase from Django in Draynor Village. This book will teleport you to Varrock. The Chronicle itself costs 350GP and each page costs 150GP.

It can act as a means of teleportation before you reach the required Magic level to teleport to Varrock.

  1. Level up your Magic early in the game

Magic is a helpful skill as it can be used to teleport around Gielinor. Here are some of the useful levels that unlock new location-specific teleports:

  • Lvl 25 Magic: Varrock Teleport
  • Lvl 31 Magic: Lumbridge Teleport
  • Lvl 37 Magic: Falador Teleport
  1. Always pick up and bury your bones

Prayer is one of the slowest skills you will train as a beginner in OSRS. But you do need to train it as prayer is a big part of the combat system and necessary to fight higher level monsters and to complete higher-level quests.

For this reason, you should start training prayer from the very beginning. Pick up every bone you come across and bury them, even those dropped by other players. Never leave them on the ground. Slowly you will train your prayer. And before you know it, you will be able to complete Dragon Slayer!

  1. Use Shift-click dropping to power level skills

Skills such as Cooking, Woodcutting and Mining can be trained a lot faster if you drop the items instead of banking them. But dropping items is tedious as you have to left-click each individual item. OSRS has a setting that allows you to drop anything easily by clicking on it while holding shift.

To turn on Shift Clicking, go to the Setting Interface (Wrench Icon), select ‘All Settings’, and in the ‘Controls’ sections turn on ‘Shift-Click to drop items’.

  1. Purchase quest items from the Grand Exchange

Because a lot of Quests require you to gather items during them, Quests can often be cut shorter by simply purchasing the items beforehand on the Grand Exchange. To find out what items you’ll need for Quests, you can check out each individual Quest on the OSRS Wiki.

OSRS Beginner F2P Money Making Methods

Here are some quick ways you can make money as a beginner in OSRS.

  1. Chop down Oak Trees for Money

Oak Trees are a great money maker. They can be chopped near the Grand Exchange and sold for profit. These trees go down really quickly and players can expect to make between 30 – 70K GP per hour using this method depending on your Woodcutting level. Additionally, you will gain experience in the Woodcutting skill.

  1. Mine Iron for Money

Iron can be mined in the Varrock Mine. Each iron ore is worth around 160GP. This method is a bit more click-intensive than Oak Trees but does make more money. Profits can go up to 90K per hour using this method.

TIP: Use a Chronicle to teleport directly to the mining spot. You can equip the Chronicle to quickly make your way back after banking.

  1. Killing Cows and Tanning the Cowhides

Cows are found in Lumbridge. These drop cowhides which can be sold for profit. Players can make even more profit if they tan the cowhides into leather. To do this, you will have to go from the Cow Pen to the Al Kharid tanning shop.

This is where you ask Ellis to tan your hides for you, he will do this for 1gp per hide so make sure to bring a cash stack! Once the hides are turned into leather, bank them in Al Kharid. Then go back to the cow pen and rinse and repeat!

This method can make up to 90K profit per hour.

P.S. If you haven’t completed Prince Ali Rescue you will have to pay 10GP each time you pass the gate to Al Kharid

Wrap Up

That concludes our OSRS Beginners Guide. Hopefully, it helped you get started with your new journey in OSRS! Once you have completed Dragon Slayer, it might be time to consider membership and unlock a vast amount of extra content: new quests, areas, gear, bosses, skills, and much much more!

Aside from this starter guide, OSRS Guide will also continue to help you further in the game as we have many Guides available for skills, quests, game modes, mini-games, and more!

Be sure to check out our Skilling Guides! Or use our navigation to continue exploring our site and find lots of useful information.

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