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Description: Big Game Hunter
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This article is about the Hunter activity. For the Fremennik achievement, see Big Game Hunter (achievement).

Big Game Hunter is a Hunter activity on Anachronia, with requirements starting at level 75 Hunter and level 55 Slayer. It is a non-combat, single-player activity where players hunt dinosaurs with boss-like mechanics.

Big Game Hunting 101

Provided that a grace of the elves is being worn, Seren spirits can appear during the activity.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Directions to all the Big Game Hunter dinosaurs
Quick Reference: Locations & Bait

There are nine different species of dinosaur to hunt on Anachronia, shown in the table below. Each species is found in a separate "arena", which is a fairly open space in the overworld. Arenas are spread out around Anachronia, as shown on the map. Dinosaurs exist as non-interactive NPCs in the overworld arenas and can only be interacted within encounters. Players must have certain level requirements in Hunter and Slayer for each dinosaur, both of which can be boosted. The levels must be boosted to the requirement of the hunted species to start an encounter and to bait the pressure plate. However, the minimum levels for Big Game Hunter (75 Hunter Hunter and 55 Slayer Slayer) must be maintained to build and arm scorpions.

Each dinosaur species can be caught 5 to 6 times, after which the player is unable to hunt the same species for an hour.

Each dinosaur also requires a specific bait to be lured and caught. Experience values in the table below are based on the experience gained after completing the hunt when skinning the corresponding dead dinosaur. Keep in mind that when facing multiple dinosaurs in one encounter, the experience rates are higher.

It is the most profitable hunting method in the game, providing boss-drop like reward chests.

  • All dinosaurs have a 1/101 chance to drop the Dragon mattock, currently worth 20,026,254.
  • Tier 3 dinosaurs also have a 1/1000 chance to drop pieces of the Terrasaur maul.
Tier Dinosaur Hunter Level Slayer Level Bait Bait cost Hunter XP Slayer XP Chance to drop
1 Arcane apoterrasaur icon.png Arcane apoterrasaur 75 55 Raw shark.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw sharkRaw shark 1,063 6,000 800
1 Scimitops icon.png Scimitops 75 55 Raw sailfish.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw sailfishRaw sailfish 5,416 6,000 800
1 Bagrada rex icon.png Bagrada rex 75 55 Raw manta ray.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw manta rayRaw manta ray 1,634 6,000 800
2 Spicati apoterrasaur icon.png Spicati apoterrasaur 80 60 Raw bagrada rex meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw bagrada rex meatRaw bagrada rex meat 41,493 12,000 2,050
2 Asciatops icon.png Asciatops 85 65 Raw arcane apoterrasaur meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw arcane apoterrasaur meatRaw arcane apoterrasaur meat 9,420 12,000 2,050
2 Corbicula rex icon.png Corbicula rex 90 70 Raw scimitops meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw scimitops meatRaw scimitops meat 104,848 12,000 2,050
3 Oculi apoterrasaur icon.png Oculi apoterrasaur 94 74 Raw asciatops meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw asciatops meatRaw asciatops meat 203,317 21,000 3,800 Tribal fin.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tribal finTribal fin
3 Malletops icon.png Malletops 95 75 Raw corbicula rex meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw corbicula rex meatRaw corbicula rex meat 331,602 21,000 3,800 Volcanic fragments.png: RS3 Inventory image of Volcanic fragmentsVolcanic fragments
3 Pavosaurus rex icon.png Pavosaurus rex 96 76 Raw spicati apoterrasaur meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw spicati apoterrasaur meatRaw spicati apoterrasaur meat 286,414 21,000 3,800 Superior long bone.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior long boneSuperior long bone

Rewards[edit | edit source]

All dinosaurs are guaranteed to give some dinosaur bones, hides, and scales, and their respective raw meat; all dinosaur types also have separate secondary drop tables. Hides will commonly be damaged.

Along with these 100% drops, a secondary table roll is always guaranteed from each dinosaur. Most of this table is generally consistent across all dinosaurs, with a few drops unique to that dinosaur's tier - for example, tier 1 dinosaurs can drop ciku seeds, tier 2 dinosaurs have guarana seeds, while tier 3 dinosaurs have drops like raw rocktails and uncut dragonstones.

All dinosaurs have a 1/101 chance of dropping a dragon mattock, with an equal drop rate across all tiers. The dragon mattock drop can also be multiplied; 2 or even 3 mattocks may be obtained from one dinosaur within a multi-dinosaur encounter.

The tier 3 dinosaurs have unique drops of their own: the superior long bone, tribal fin, and volcanic fragments from the pavosaurus rex, oculi apoterrasaur and malletops, respectively. These three components are required to create the terrasaur maul, a tier 80 two-handed melee weapon effective against ranged opponents.

While hunting, a player may receive compacted hides, a reinforced dinosaur pelt, or a dinosaur rib bone, resources used in upgrades of the Anachronia base camp.

In addition to the drops listed above, all of the Big Game Hunter dinosaurs have a 1/50 chance of dropping one of the following totem pieces:

In encounters with multiple dinosaurs that are successfully cleared, additional experience and loot is obtained from the next dinosaur skinned in line from that encounter. For example, in a double encounter, the second dinosaur will yield double experience and loot compared to the first dinosaur. As such, in triple encounters, experience and loot is tripled respectively.

The multiplier applies differently to the unique drops of tier 3 dinosaurs. They are not multiplied; instead, the drop rate is drastically increased, making them more common in double and triple encounters.

The rewards from all dinosaurs can be doubled with the effects of Hazelmere's signet ring.

There are several coloured texts for drops received: blue for secondary commons, green for 100%, orange for unchecked dinosaurs and terrasaur maul pieces, and purple for special drops, such as a dragon mattock or totem pieces.

Terrasaur Maul pieces[edit | edit source]

Terrasaur maul pieces can only be obtained from the following tier-3 dinosaurs from the Big Game Hunter activity:

If players do not wish to buy tier-2 bait required to hunt the above tier-3 dinosaurs, then they must follow the given path to obtain the bait:

Tier 1 dinosaur (bait) Tier 2 dinosaur (bait) Tier 3 dinosaur (bait) Possible maul piece
Arcane apoterrasaur icon.png Arcane apoterrasaur
( Raw shark.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw sharkRaw shark )
Asciatops icon.png Asciatops
( Raw arcane apoterrasaur meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw arcane apoterrasaur meatRaw arcane apoterrasaur meat )
Oculi apoterrasaur icon.png Oculi apoterrasaur
( Raw asciatops meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw asciatops meatRaw asciatops meat )
Tribal fin.png: RS3 Inventory image of Tribal finTribal fin
Scimitops icon.png Scimitops
( Raw sailfish.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw sailfishRaw sailfish )
Corbicula rex icon.png Corbicula rex
( Raw scimitops meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw scimitops meatRaw scimitops meat )
Malletops icon.png Malletops
( Raw corbicula rex meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw corbicula rex meatRaw corbicula rex meat )
Volcanic fragments.png: RS3 Inventory image of Volcanic fragmentsVolcanic fragments
Bagrada rex icon.png Bagrada rex
( Raw manta ray.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw manta rayRaw manta ray )
Spicati apoterrasaur icon.png Spicati apoterrasaur
( Raw bagrada rex meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw bagrada rex meatRaw bagrada rex meat )
Pavosaurus rex icon.png Pavosaurus rex
( Raw spicati apoterrasaur meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw spicati apoterrasaur meatRaw spicati apoterrasaur meat )
Superior long bone.png: RS3 Inventory image of Superior long boneSuperior long bone

Achievements[edit | edit source]

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 May 2021 (Update):
    • Players will no longer be able to transmogrify while playing the Heist minigame or while actively hunting during the Big Game Hunter activity, sitting on the Completionist Throne, or taking part in PvP duels.
  • patch 18 August 2020 (Update):
    • Players will no longer be able to keep building Big Game Hunter hotspots after dropping the required item from their Inventory.
  • patch 3 August 2020 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to walk through agility obstacles inside a Big Game Hunter encounter.
  • patch 15 June 2020 (Update):
    • The messaging for damage dealt from each poison in Big Game Hunter now appears regardless of whether or not you skipped the cutscene.
      • The amount of damage dealt by each poison is now explained in the message, and each poison has a different text colour.
  • patch 11 November 2019 (Update):
    • You'll no longer be awarded compacted hides when skinning dinosaurs in Big Game Hunter if your base camp storehouse has maxed its hide capacity.
  • patch 4 November 2019 (Update):
    • Added text detailing damage done in Big Game Hunter.
    • Implemented a Fletch-3 option in Big Game Hunter to create spears more efficiently.
    • When you only have 1 spear and click on a trap, the make-X screen will no longer appear.
    • Bladed dive can now be used on frogs and it will instantly start to gather poison from them.
    • There is now a confirmation message that will inform you of the logs/vines/spears you will lose after you skinned the dinosaur and leave.
  • patch 7 October 2019 (Update):
    • Hunter urns now work with Big Game Hunter.
  • patch 23 September 2019 (Update):
    • An issue that was causing multi-spawn encounters in big game hunter to get stuck if the kill was "failed" has been fixed.
    • The colour of the ring in big game hunter that denotes how close you are to being caught now changes more evenly if you have the extension bonus from a Hunter Lodge of tier 2 or above.
    • Noted damaged hides from Big Game Hunter can now be placed in beast of burden inventories.
  • patch 9 September 2019 (Update):
    • Big Game Hunter - Multi-spawn encounters will no longer spawn if the previous kill on that dinosaur was not successful.
  • patch 2 September 2019 (Update):
    • Logging out in an active Big Game Hunter encounter will now decrease the creatures remaining in the instance.
  • patch 5 August 2019 (Update):
    • You can now start a Big Game Hunter encounter with bait in your beast of burden.
    • A missing ground texture has been re-added in one of the Big Game Hunter instances.
    • Selected music will now continue to play after skinning a Big Game Hunter creature.
    • Big Game Hunter - The amount of traps being destroyed is now consistent when choosing to skip or watch the cutscene in multi-spawn encounters.
  • patch 22 July 2019 (Update):
    • Strange rocks can now be obtained when skinning a creature.
    • Some stones have been removed from around the scorpion traps.
    • The aggression circle now better syncs with the dinosaurs position after it has eaten Jadinkos.
    • Jadinkos will no longer spawn on the lowest tier encounters. (Arcane apoterrasaur, Scimitops, and the Bagrada Rex.)
    • Once one Jadinko has been eaten the rest will now disappear.
    • The chance of Jadinkos spawning in an encounter has been halved.
    • One of the hard paths has been removed from the Arcane apoterrasaur (lowest level creature).
    • The delay for when you can move when joining a Big Game Encounter has been reduced slightly.
    • Fixed an issue where magic notepaper wouldn't work on some bait items.
    • A bank pin is now required to access your bait box on Anachronia.
    • You can now note damaged dinosaur hides.
    • Got to Go Around It has been added as an achievement to Anachronia.
    • In and Out, Nice and Slow has been added as an achievement to Anachronia.
    • If you've purchased the Bait Box upgrade you will now find a bait box in the base camp which also accepts noted bait for Big Game Hunter.
    • A message will now appear in filtered chat to state when the dinosaur for the current encounter has gone into hiding.
    • Messaging when skinning a creature inside Big Game Hunter has been tweaked slightly.
  • patch 15 July 2019 (Update):
    • Multiple hunter marks can now be obtained from double and triple encounters in Big Game Hunter.
    • The order at which items drop from Big Game Hunter has been adjusted.
    • The Malletops now correctly requires level 95 hunter to bait the central pad in Big Game Hunter.
    • A hunter icon has been added inside Big Game Hunter encounters to show where the bait pad is.
    • Bonecrusher now works with Big Game Hunter.
    • Fixed an issue that would teleport the player inside a wall if leaving a Big Game Hunter encounter whilst being caught.
    • Failing an encounter in Big Game Hunter will no longer reduce the amount of dinosaurs you can hunt in the area. Leaving, teleporting out of area, or killing a dinosaur will still make progress towards the encounter going on cooldown.
    • Trapper fragments can now be obtained via Big Game Hunter.
    • A "never ask me again" option has been added to the bait pad in Big Game Hunter if less than 3 traps are built.
    • Jadinkos can now spawn in Big Game Hunter.

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