Bond

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For other bonds, see Bond (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Bonde family or bind.
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A bond is an in-game item that allows a player to pay for selected account-related and out-of-game benefits such as membership, RuneCoins and Treasure hunter keys with in-game resources. Bonds bought with real money start off as tradeable.

Tradeable bonds may be traded to other players and sold on the Grand Exchange. However, when the transaction is complete, the bond will become untradeable. A bond is always bound to a player when it has not been redeemed or traded to another player. It is always kept on death, even when inside the Wilderness. Both tradeable and untradeable versions may be stored in a player's currency pouch, up to a total of 500. Players can only put an offer for one bond per Grand Exchange slot.

Uses[edit source]

When purchased using real life currency, bonds are tradeable. Once traded to another player for an in-game sum of money or items, they become untradeable. Bonds can be made tradeable again for a payment of 10% of their Grand Exchange value (10% currently being 2,885,360 coins).

Right click options for the untradeable bond in inventory are: Redeem, Convert, Deposit, Use, Drop, Examine. Redeem allows you to spend the bond. Convert allows you to make the bond tradeable again (for a fee). Deposit places the bond (or bonds) in your bond pouch.

Redeeming[edit source]

At any time, whether tradeable or untradeable, bonds can be redeemed for one of the following:

  • Membership:
    • 14 days for 1 bond
    • 29 days for 2 bonds (1 day extra compared to 2 bonds redeemed separately)
    • 45 days for 3 bonds (3 days extra compared to 3 bonds redeemed separately)
  • RuneMetrics Pro packages:
    • 1 month for 1 bond
    • 6 months for 5 bonds (1 month extra compared to 5 bonds redeemed separately)
    • 12 months for 10 bonds (2 months extra compared to 10 bonds redeemed separately)
  • 15 Treasure Hunter keys
  • 195 RuneCoins
  • 1 character name change (if redeemed on a members server)
  • Mahjarrat aura for 3 bonds
  • 1 trader summoning stone

If the player has both tradeable and untradeable bonds, the latter will be used first.

Other uses[edit source]

Bonds can be:

  • Traded with other players
  • Sold for in-game money
  • Used to rent or buy up to five additional preset slots from the Gear interface (3 bonds each - note, you can alternatively buy 585 RuneCoins with 3 bonds, use 480 to buy the slot, and have 105 left over)
  • Used to buy RuneFest tickets (when tickets are eligible to be purchased during the year)
  • Used to buy Premier Club membership (when eligible to be purchased during the year)
  • Used to buy Summer Special membership (when eligible to be purchased during the year)
  • Used to buy Top Trumps
  • Used to change your character name more than once a month
  • Used to rent or buy the Wealth evaluator (3 bonds to buy—note, you can alternatively buy 585 RuneCoins with 3 bonds, use 480 to buy the slot, and have 105 left over)
  • Used to buy a Block N Load Steam key[1]
  • Used to unlock all of the rewards from the Treasure map (Summer Beach Party) during the Summer Beach Party

Charitable donations[edit source]

Jagex donated approximately $4.70 per bond put into the Well of Goodwill. A selection of charities have benefited from the donations.

Costs[edit source]

Real-life currencies[edit source]

Currency Bonds Price per
million coins
1 3 5 10
GBP £3.99 £11.99 £19.99 £39.99 £0.14
USD $6.99 $20.99 $34.99 $69.99 $0.24
CAD $7.39 $22.19 $36.99 $73.99 $0.26
EUR €5.69 €17.09 €28.49 €56.99 €0.2
AUD $7.99 $23.99 $39.99 $79.99 $0.28
BRL R$13.99 R$41.99 R$69.99 R$139.99 R$0.48
MXN $68.99 $206.99 $344.99 $689.99 $2.39
MYR MYR19.99 MYR59.99 MYR99.99 MYR199.99 MYR0.69
DKK KR30.99 KR92.99 KR154.99 KR309.99 KR1.07
NOK KR43.99 KR131.99 KR219.99 KR439.99 KR1.52
JPY 800円 2400円 4000円 8000円 円27.73
CHF CHF6.49 CHF19.49 CHF32.49 CHF64.99 CHF0.22

In-game money[edit source]

Unit Price
1 day of membership (1 bond; 14 days total) 2,060,972
1 day of membership (2 bonds; 29 days total) 1,989,904
1 day of membership (3 bonds; 45 days total) 1,923,574
1 day of RuneMetrics Pro (1 bond for 1 month Package total assuming 30 days) 961,787
1 day of RuneMetrics Pro (5 bonds for 6 months Package total assuming 182 days) 792,681
1 day of RuneMetrics Pro (10 bonds for 12 months Package total assuming 365 days) 790,510
1 day of bronze/silver/gold membership 1,895,925
1 day of summer special membership 1,602,978
1 Treasure Hunter key (15 total) 1,923,574
1 Treasure Hunter Daily Key (1 extra daily key, for 28 days) 1,030,486
1 RuneCoin (195 total) 147,967

History[edit source]

On 4 June 2018, along with membership, the price of a bond increased[2], as well as the number of keys and RuneCoins awarded when redeemed. Prior to this, bonds could be redeemed for 15 keys or 195 RuneCoins, and cost:

Currency Price (each)
GBP £3.59
USD $5.99
CAD $6.19
EUR €5.09
AUD $6.99
BRL R$11.99
MXN $68.99

Cost analysis[edit source]

Assuming minimum wage in each country, for each of the currencies listed:

Country Min wage Single Bond price GP/h
UK Varies, see below £3.99 Varies, see below
USA $7.25[3] $6.99 29,926,841
Canada Varies, see below $7.39 Varies, see below
Europe Varies €5.69 Varies
Australia $18.29[4] $7.99 66,049,111
Brazil R$4.54[5] R$13.99 9,363,499
Mexico $102.68[6] $68.99 42,943,730
Malaysia MYR4.42[7] MYR17.99 7,089,100
Japan 823円[8] 800円 29,683,144

UK: Cost of 1 bond: £3.99

"Tier" Min wage[9] Bonds/h GP/h
Apprentice £3.70 0.93 26,756,473
Under 18 £4.20 1.05 30,372,213
18 to 20 £5.90 1.48 42,665,728
21 to 24 £7.38 1.85 53,368,318
25 and Up £7.83 1.96 56,622,484

The Netherlands: Cost of 1 bond: €5.09, assuming working 40 hours per week.

"Tier" Min wage[10] Bonds/h GP/h
15 years old €2.84 0.56 16,099,063
16 years old €3.26 0.64 18,479,910
17 years old €3.73 0.73 21,144,192
18 years old €4.72 0.93 26,756,189
19 years old €5.67 1.11 32,141,439
20 years old €7.55 1.48 42,798,566
21 years and older €9.44 1.85 53,512,379

Canada: Cost of 1 bond: $7.39

Province Min wage[11] Bonds/h GP/h
Alberta $15.00 2.03 58,566,176
British Columbia $12.65 1.71 49,390,808
Manitoba $11.35 1.54 44,315,073
New Brunswick $11.50 1.56 43,924,632
Newfoundland & Labrador $11.40 1.54 43,534,191
Northwest Territories $13.46 1.82 52,553,382
Nova Scotia $11.55 1.56 42,948,529
Nunavut $13.00 1.76 50,757,353
Ontario $14.00 1.89 54,661,764
Prince Edward Island $12.25 1.66 45,095,955
Québec $12.00 1.62 46,852,941
Saskatchewan $11.06 1.5 43,182,794
Yukon $11.71 1.58 44,939,779

Controversy[edit source]

A section of the RuneScape community found the introduction of bonds hypocritical and destructive to the integrity of the game, claiming that it was real world trading in the form of gold selling. This is due to the fact that the bonds can be bought with real-life money and sold for in-game gold.

Jagex has said that despite the controversies, bonds did reduce the amount of other real world trading that occurred on non-legitimate sites; within a week of the introduction of bonds, according to Jagex the amount of other real-world trading dropped by 61%, and the amount of coins that was transferred by other real world trading was down by 81%.[12]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Misc[edit | edit source]

Managing Bonds[edit | edit source]

Confirmation[edit | edit source]

Redeemed[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • patch 10 June 2019 (Update):.
    • PC terminology has been removed from the bonds interface.
  • ninja 24 August 2015 (Update):
    • New players with a trade limit can now trade Bonds freely.
  • patch 18 August 2014 (Update):
    • The bonds pouch now correctly opens if you do not have your inventory visible in Legacy mode.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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