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This article is about the Runecrafting area. For other uses, see Abyss (disambiguation).

The Abyss is a "glue" plane that sits between realms and holds them together. Inside of this dimension is Hostilius, a Chthonian demon that was defeated by Zamorak and the Avernic during the demonic rebellion and was subsequently banished and imprisoned here. It is within his body, in this region of the abyss that, with exception of the Astral and Ourania Runecrafting Altars, provides access to all the existing Runecrafting altars without the need for a talisman. Hostilius' internal body consists of two rings; a dangerous outer ring in a multiway combat zone and a safe inner ring with rifts leading to the Runecrafting altars. In appearance, it seems to be oddly organic, with eyes, boils, and strange-looking tendrils.

In addition to the abyssal monsters inhabiting it, using this method is also dangerous because players who enter will have their Prayer points drained to 0.

Perhaps the most dangerous aspect is the fact that players have to travel through part of the low-level Wilderness to reach the Mage of Zamorak, who teleports the player inside.

Players who enter runecrafting altars through the Abyss receive 250% experience when crafting runes. The buff lasts for one minute from when you craft runes at the altar. The bonus experience can be raised to 350% by wearing a demonic skull, which can be bought from the mage of Zamorak for 550,000 coins. The skull is not without risk: when you wear it, a demon's head will appear over you, and players of any combat level will be able to attack you in the Wilderness. Should you die to another player, it will be dropped as 500,000 coins for the killer to loot. There is no requirement to have talismans, tiaras or talisman staffs while in the abyss.

Location[edit | edit source]

The location of the Mage of Zamorak

To enter the Abyss located north of Edgeville, the player needs to complete the Enter the Abyss miniquest. Once players have completed the Abyss miniquest, they can use the 'Teleport' option on the Mage of Zamorak north of Edgeville in level 4 to 6 Wilderness to enter the Abyss.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

  • For convenience, players can choose to configure the left click option of the Zamorak mage to be teleport by going through the configure option by right clicking the mage.
  • To avoid being stunned by player killers, players should use anticipate once they cross the wilderness border.
  • Once in the Wilderness, players should run until they reach the Zamorak Mage.
    • Surge and barge (on the wandering skeletons nearby) are good abilities to use in order to reach the Zamorak mage faster.

Warning[edit | edit source]

  • Players will be able to attack you upon entering the wilderness.
  • Upon entering the Abyss, you are skulled, which means you will lose all your items when you die, even though the Abyss itself is a non-Wilderness area. Do not bring any items you are not willing to lose. However, since it is not itself in the Wilderness, if you lose items you will still go the Death's office where you may reclaim your items for a fee and if you leave you will get a gravestone inside the Abyss as normal. Wearing a Forinthry bracelet when entering the Abyss will use a charge and prevent you from being skulled.

Other notes[edit | edit source]

  • Inside the Abyss, a player is not in the Wilderness any more, and cannot be attacked by other players. However, if a player attacks immediately before a player enters the Abyss, the attack can hit after the player has been teleported inside, due to lag. If you are teleblocked by a player before entering, using the 'Teleport' option on the Zamorak Mage will not work.
  • Combat experience received in the Abyss is only half that received outside of the Abyss, although it is still very common to see players training Magic and Ranged.

Navigation[edit | edit source]

The interior of the area is roughly circular, with an 'inner' and 'outer' ring. After the player is teleported into the outer ring, they will have to find a way through to the inner ring where the rifts leading to the Runecrafting altars are located. If the Nexus Mod relic power has been activated, the player will be teleported to the centre of the Abyss instead of the outer ring.

Outer ring[edit | edit source]

The outer ring contains a large number of Abyssal monsters:

These monsters can hit over 275 (with the exception of the leeches, which hit a maximum of 208), although they often miss if the player has a decent defence level (65+) and wears adequate armour such as Dragonhide, or armour from the 'strategy' section. However, the abyssal monsters should still not be underestimated as, due to their large numbers, a player may take several hits per second. Failed or not, no damage is taken from these monsters during an attempt to pass through to the inner ring. Minimising time between attempts can increase the chances of survival.

Access to the inner ring is gained by utilising different skills to bypass several obstacles:

Upon entering, the player always appears near the mining obstacle or the agility obstacle. With a sufficient mining or agility level, this can be used to one's advantage to train more efficiently. An alternative to the agility obstacle is to proceed past the agility obstacle and pass via the thieving obstacle. Yet another alternative to the mining obstacle is to proceed past the mining obstacle and pass via the woodcutting obstacle.

These obstacles have randomly generated locations upon a player's arrival in the Abyss and can be in different locations for different players at the same time. Passing them gives 25 xp in the required skill. The player will always pass the obstacle if they meet the hard level requirement of 30 in that skill.

Inner ring[edit | edit source]

The Dark Mage, deep in concentration.

There are no monsters in the inner ring of the Abyss. There are rifts leading to nearly every Runecrafting altar except the Astral altar and Ourania Runecrafting Altar, which makes the Abyss useful for crafting a lot of different types of runes very quickly. Talismans, tiaras or staves are not needed to access the altars via the rifts. The following restrictions still apply:

  • The Cosmic rift cannot be accessed until the Lost City quest has been completed.
  • No weapons or armour can be taken through to the rift to the Law altar, as it is located on Entrana. This includes pickaxes, hatchets, explorer's ring, and any familiars or scrolls.
  • The Death Altar requires the quest Mourning's End Part II to be completed.
  • The Blood Altar requires the quest Legacy of Seergaze to be completed.
  • The Soul Altar requires the altar to be discovered using a soul talisman after completing the quest 'Phite Club.

There is a dark mage standing at the centre of the inner ring (yellow spot on the minimap), maintaining the rift so the ZMI can use the Abyss to craft runes. He will repair players' Runecrafting pouches for free.

If the player has equipped a Wilderness sword 3 or higher, there is a small chance to be teleported into the inner ring, although much like the normal teleport, the location varies. If the Nexus Mod relic power has been activated, the player will be teleported next to the dark mage instead, regardless if the sword is wielded or not.

Pouches[edit | edit source]

Main article: Pouch (Runecrafting)

Pouches come in five sizes - small, medium, large, giant, and massive. The small pouch will be obtained from the Zamorak Mage upon completion of the Abyss mini-quest; players may retrieve the small pouch from him later on if they drop or lose it. All the pouches except for massive are dropped by the creatures in the Abyss and the alternate abyss as well. Since the release of the Runecrafting Guild, players can now also obtain some pouches from the Wizard Korvak. He can replace lost medium pouches for free and will repair any others for a fee; it is thus suggested that players instead visit the Dark Mage in the centre of the Abyss to repair your pouches. Korvak charges 9,000 coins & 12,000 coins for large and giant pouches respectively, and repairs medium pouches for free. He also sells large pouches for 25,000 coins & giant pouches for 50,000 coins. No matter where you choose to obtain your pouches, you may only get one of each size. The pouches are also untradeable. If you try to pick up another pouch, the message, "You do not need another <size> pouch." will appear. In addition, all pouches will automatically be destroyed upon death (they have a white outline in the 'Items kept on death' interface). This creates a risk, especially when under attack by a player in the Wilderness.

Type Level Required Capacity
Small pouch.png: RS3 Inventory image of Small pouchSmall pouch 1 3
Medium pouch.png: RS3 Inventory image of Medium pouchMedium pouch 25 6
Large pouch.png: RS3 Inventory image of Large pouchLarge pouch 50 9
Giant pouch.png: RS3 Inventory image of Giant pouchGiant pouch 75 12
Massive pouch.png: RS3 Inventory image of Massive pouchMassive pouch 90 18

Pouches degrade with each use; the biggest pouch will degrade first. If a giant pouch is being used, 11 trips may be completed with the Giant pouch at full capacity – it will degrade on the 12th trip. More precisely, the Giant pouch will degrade after 135 essence have passed through it. Clicking on the pouch when it is already full of essence does not degrade the pouch, contrary to what many people believe. Players with level 36 Archaeology can activate the Pouch Protector relic power at the mysterious monolith to prevent all pouches from degrading.

When a pouch degrades, the result is that the pouch will carry fewer essence than before. After the first degrading, the giant pouch will hold 9 essence instead of 12. If a degraded pouch continues to be used, the pouch will degrade further, further reducing the number of essence that can be held in it. Eventually the pouch will not be able to hold any essence and will degrade completely.

When a pouch degrades, it will darken in colour; the player will receive a message in their chatbox alerting them to the fact. Pouches can be repaired by speaking to the Dark Mage in the centre of the Abyss (or with the Lunar spell NPC Contact). He will repair pouches whether they have visibly degraded or not. It is possible to contact the Dark Mage every 11th trip to repair pouches so that the pouches may always be used at full capacity. However, it may be difficult to remember to keep track of which trip is the 11th trip, so it is common for players to just go to the Dark Mage after the Giant pouch has visibly degraded, crafting 3 fewer essence on that trip.

Pouches are also repaired even when they are stored in a bank, so they don't have to be carried in the inventory when talking to the Dark Mage. Alternatively, for players who have access to the Lunar spellbook you can repair your pouches by using the Contact NPC spell.

An exception to this is the Massive pouch, which after every 42 uses will crumble into dust. It is also possible to own more than one, but only one may be filled at a time and there is no way of repairing it.

Any pouch that gets dropped may be picked up by the player who dropped it (within three minutes), however, all the essence that was contained within the dropped pouch will be gone.

Using the Abyss as a method of transportation[edit | edit source]

Because the altars are located throughout the world, it is possible to use the Abyss as a method of teleportation. Some useful (and free) teleports include:

To use a teleport, simply enter the Abyss, find and enter the altar, then leave via the portal. No tiaras or talismans are necessary when entering the portals to go to the various altars via the Abyss.

Combat training[edit | edit source]

Main article: Abyss/Combat training

Training Melee, magic, and ranged combat skills in the Abyss is one of the higher experience/hour away from keyboard (AFK) training methods in Runescape granting 500,000-600,000 combat experience/hour.

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • Bring lightweight equipment and a one-click teleport.
  • Completing the Wilderness achievements is helpful. The Wilderness sword 3 or above give a chance of the Mage of Zamorak teleporting the player to the centre of the Abyss.
  • Additionally, the Wilderness sword 1 or above provides unlimited teleports to Edgeville, and this teleport is the default option when placing the sword on the Action bar.
  • Slayer master cape provides unlimited teleports to Mandrith (Edgeville ruins), and this teleport is the default option when placing the cape on the Action bar (9 Slot).

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 4 October 2021 (Update):
    • Interacting with any of the skill check barriers to the inner circle of the Abyss will now play a shorter animation.
    • Players can no longer fail obstacles in the Abyss. Instead, there's now a hard level 30 requirement in the respective skills to cross the obstacles.
      • Adjusted some outdated messaging regarding the obstacles.
  • patch 23 September 2019 (Update):
    • The abyss bonus now correctly refreshes when re-entering an altar with it active.

patch 15 August 2016 (Update):

    • Moved a piece of scenery to prevent you getting blocked occasionally when teleporting directly to the centre of the abyss.
  • ninja 28 September 2015 (Update):
    • Runecrafting altar rifts in the Abyss had their click areas increased.
  • ninja 20 July 2015 (Update):
    • Entering an altar through the Abyss will now provide 2.5x Runecrafting experience.
    • The Mage of Zamorak found in the Varrock Chaos Temple and north of Edgeville is now selling a mysterious object that may prove enlightening when Runecrafting using the Abyss:
      • Entering an altar through the Abyss with the item equipped will now provide 3.5x Runecrafting experience. A head icon will show that the player is currently wielding the item.
      • Players killed wearing the item will drop 500k upon death to another player.
  • patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
    • The camera transition is now much smoother when passing through into the middle of the Abyss.
  • patch 9 November 2009 (Update):
    • The Death Altar portal in the Abyss is now a little more informative if you don't have the requirements.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When the Abyss was released, it was possible to attack other players inside the Abyss by using Ancient Magicks multi-target spells on a monster near the player, you could also select an attacking spell from the spell list and manually use it on a player. Because of the relative obscurity of the recently-released Abyss, many people explored the Abyss with expensive armour, and were a target for the bug abusers. The glitch was later fixed; however, the people who profited from it were not banned.
  • After the update on 10 December 2007, Abyss runecrafting was made much safer due to the fact that there were no player killers around and revenants only occasionally wandered close to the Zamorak Mage. However, the player killers returned with the Wilderness and Free Trade update on 1 February 2011.
  • It is possible to see the Abyssal Area at the far north of the Abyss. You don't even need an Orb of Oculus.
  • According to the game's background, whenever a person is teleported with magic, they are in the Abyss for a split second. Hence the Lost & Found office random event. Accordingly, as the Mage of Zamorak during the miniquest with the same name theorises, The Abyss is a dimension in which the dimensional barriers may be weakening. If this is indeed the case, then many more teleportation methods would be failing, not simply the initial spell that caused the Zamorakians to discover the Abyss as well as allowing all of the abyssal creatures into the same area. As most teleports are quite accurate, this has caused controversy pertaining to the storyline of this miniquest.
    • It is worth noting, however, that the Mage of Zamorak claims that Zamorak has devoted some of his energy to stabilising the Abyss, and that the Dark Mage at the Abyss' centre was placed there by the ZMI to stabilise the Abyss as well. It is possible that, as a result, there is now less risk of teleportation spell failure.
    • Also worth noting is the fact that, at the time of the miniquest's release, many teleportation spells were failing; that was what the random event was about.
  • On 6 June 2009 with the new update of the Hunt for Red Raktuber the thieving obstacle did an emote even if you failed to pass.