20th Anniversary celebrations

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The 20th Anniversary celebrations were a year long series of events marking 20 years of RuneScape. Celebrations first began on 4 January 2021 with balloon drops, the Grand Party, and the reactivation of the RS Anniversary cake. Throughout the course of the year the event introduced the four-part special quest series Once Upon a Time, released initially as miniquests. The end of the year had the release of a new partyhat with the Golden Party Hat hunt, allowing players the opportunity to obtain shards to craft a tradeable Golden party hat.

Balloon drop[edit | edit source]

Balloons about to drop

Every 30 minutes purple, silver, and yellow balloons dropped near all lodestones, except in Prifddinas. The following message occurred two minutes before the balloon drop in the player's chatbox: Party Pete is going to drop balloons near all of the lodestones (except Prifddinas), in two minutes, as part of the 20th Anniversary celebrations. After this message a confetti effect was seen around the affected lodestones until the balloons dropped.

Players could burst up to 50 balloons with each burst balloon rewarding the player with an item. All unburst balloons disappeared after one minute of being on the ground.

Heralds could be seen promoting the balloon drops.

Unlike most of the celebrations, the balloon drops started from 4 January 00:00 GMT, whereas the Grand Party was added with the game update later in the day. The balloon drops and heralds only remained for the 4 January 2021.

Drops[edit | edit source]

Anniversary cake[edit | edit source]

RS Anniversary cake detail.png

The RS Anniversary cake was once again useable over the duration of the event. Attempting to eat it after the event displays the message The Anniversary cake may only be used for one week from January 4th until January 11th..

Grand Party[edit | edit source]

The Grand Party was also introduced on the day of the 20th Anniversary celebrations.

Once Upon a Time in Gielinor[edit | edit source]

Once Upon a Time in Gielinor is a quest with four subquests released as part of RuneScape's 20th Anniversary celebrations.

Golden Partyhat Hunt[edit | edit source]

The Grand Exchange during the Golden Partyhat Hunt.
Wise Old Man, the host of the hunt.
The interface for the Golden Partyhat Hunt.

During the Golden Partyhat Hunt from 22 November 2021 to 3 January 2022 players had the opportunity to obtain golden partyhat shards by completing various tasks. There were eleven different tasks, each awarding a single shard, and players could combine eight shards into a golden partyhat by talking to the Wise Old Man standing at the entrance to the Grand Exchange in Varrock. Since not all tasks needed to be completed to obtain enough shards for the hat, players could pick and choose how to collect the shards.

Most tasks were available between the above dates with a few exceptions. The Yak Track task did not become available until the Yak Track's release on 29 November 2021, and the Premier Club task remained available for two weeks beyond the event's end until 16 January 2022. Combining the shards was possible until 17 January 2022.

During the event the Grand Exchange in Varrock received a wintery redecoration, and the area's music changed into Holiday Parade. Additionally the Event tab in the Community interface displayed information about the event and tracked the completion status of each task.

Obtaining shards[edit | edit source]

Task Description
Host Talk to the Wise Old Man outside the Grand Exchange in Varrock for a free golden partyhat shard.
Quest Complete all four parts of the Once Upon a Time quest for a golden partyhat shard.
Combat Train any of the following combat skills for a chance to receive a golden partyhat shard:

Attack, Strength, Ranged, Magic, Constitution, Defence, Prayer and Summoning.
Gathering Train any of the following gathering skills for a chance to receive a golden partyhat shard:

Fishing, Mining, Woodcutting, Farming, Hunter, Divination and Archaeology.
Artisan Train any of the following artisan skills for a chance to receive a golden partyhat shard:

Herblore, Crafting, Fletching, Smithing, Cooking, Firemaking, Construction and Runecrafting.
Support Train any of the following support skills for a chance to receive a golden partyhat shard:

Agility, Thieving, completing Slayer tasks and completing Dungeoneering floors.
Clue Complete clue scrolls for a chance to receive a golden partyhat shard. Only clues completed during the event will count towards this.[a 1]
Boss Defeat bosses to earn Marks of War for a chance to receive a golden partyhat shard.
Gold There's a shady salesman hiding in the Grand Exchange who is selling a golden partyhat shard.[a 2]
Yak Track Complete Tier 15 of the free track on the Wintumber Aurora Yak Track to receive a golden partyhat shard

The Yak Track will be active between 29th November 2021 and 9th January 2022.
Premier Club Become a Premier Club 2021[sic] member for a free golden partyhat shard. This shard will be available until January 16th 2022.[a 3]
  1. ^ Despite the description mentioning clues, the whole trail needs to be completed for a chance to obtain a shard.
  2. ^ Costs 30 million coins.
  3. ^ Despite the description, Premier Club 2022 is required.

Notes for obtaining[edit source]

  • Only members can obtain shards and assemble the golden partyhat.
  • Levelling skills isn't necessarily required to obtain the shards from the corresponding tasks.
  • Each task rewards only one shard.
  • Ironman players are able to create their own hat - however, they are not able to trade it.
  • While there is an element of randomness to collecting the shards, they also have in-built "bad luck" protection. As the player continues to train skills, kill bosses, or complete clue scrolls, the likelihood of receiving a shard grows exponentially. The "bad luck" protection is bound to each task separately, meaning the chance of getting a shard from one task can be higher than another, depending on how many times a roll for a particular shard has been failed.[1]
  • Using protean items works for the Gathering and Artisan tasks.
  • The shard from Treasure Trails has a chance to be awarded upon completion of a trail (when a casket is received). A higher clue difficulty has a higher chance of awarding a shard.
  • If a shard is obtained when the player's inventory is full, it will be placed in the bank.
  • It is not possible to obtain shards from using herbicide, seedicide, deployable herb burner[2],and elite training dummies.
  • Training at a Clan Citadel does count for respective skills.
  • Burning bones can grant a shard from the Artisan task, but not Combat.[3]
  • You can receive the support shard from Prifddinas Serenity posts.
  • You can receive non-support skilling shards from skilling in Daemonheim.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • hidden 4 January 2021:
    • Added to game.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ The Runescape Team. "Golden Party Hat Hunt." 22 November 2021. RuneScape News. Taken from the FAQ section of the news update.
  2. ^ Jagex. Mod Yeab's Twitter account. 16 December 2021. (Archived from the original on 16 April 2022.) Mod Yeab: "The Deployable Her Burner does not give: A chance at a Golden Party hat Shard, Christmas paper, Yak track skill, and kill progress, However, it does roll for both firemaking and herblore skill pets. Thanks, mod yeab"
  3. ^ Jagex. Mod Sponge's Twitter account. 24 November 2021. (Archived from the original on 26 November 2021.) Mod Sponge: "Hi! You can receive an Artisan shard from burning bones, but you would not have a chance of receiving the Combat/Prayer shard. Thanks! - Mod Pixel"