Bond

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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.

Products[edit | 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 7,617,906 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(s) in your currency pouch.

Redeeming[edit | edit source]

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

Merchandise Description Bond.png: RS3 Inventory image of BondBond cost
Large Bank Booster.png: RS3 Inventory image of Large Bank Booster Large Bank Booster The Large Bank Booster provides an additional 250 bank slots. 7
Premier Membership.png: RS3 Inventory image of Premier Membership Premier Membership Provides 12-months of membership with additional rewards. 20
Membership.png: RS3 Inventory image of Membership 14 days of membership Adds 14 days of membership to players account. 1
Membership.png: RS3 Inventory image of Membership 29 days of membership Adds 29 days of membership to players account. 2
Membership.png: RS3 Inventory image of Membership 45 days of membership Adds 45 days of membership to players account. 3
Membership.png: RS3 Inventory image of Membership 14 Days Membership Passcode After purchasing, a membership code will be delivered to the players RuneScape inbox; this can be redeemed on any account to gain 14 days of membership. 1
Treasure Hunter.png: RS3 Inventory image of Treasure Hunter 15 Treasure Hunter keys Gives 15 keys to use for Treasure Hunter. 1
RuneCoin.png: RS3 Inventory image of RuneCoin 195 RuneCoins Adds 195 RuneCoins to the players account. 1
RuneCoin.png: RS3 Inventory image of RuneCoin 585 RuneCoins Adds 585 RuneCoins to the players account. 3
RuneCoin.png: RS3 Inventory image of RuneCoin 1950 RuneCoins Adds 1950 RuneCoins to the players account. 10
Dwarven instinct aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dwarven instinct aura Dwarven instinct aura Unlocks the Dwarven instinct aura. 2
Desert pantheon aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Desert pantheon aura Desert pantheon aura Unlocks the Desert pantheon aura. 2
Mahjarrat aura.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mahjarrat aura Mahjarrat aura Unlocks the Mahjarrat aura. 3
Character name.png: RS3 Inventory image of Character name Display name change Allows the player to change their display name, once per use. 1
Trader summoning stone.png: RS3 Inventory image of Trader summoning stone Portable Trader Gives a Trader summoning stone which can be used to spawn the Portable trader. 1
RuneMetrics.png: RS3 Inventory image of RuneMetrics 1 month of RuneMetrics Pro Upgrade to RuneMetrics Pro to start an ultra-detailed log of your XP, Wealth and Combat activity. 1
RuneMetrics.png: RS3 Inventory image of RuneMetrics 6 months of RuneMetrics Pro Upgrade to RuneMetrics Pro to start an ultra-detailed log of your XP, Wealth and Combat activity. 5
RuneMetrics.png: RS3 Inventory image of RuneMetrics 12 months of RuneMetrics Pro Upgrade to RuneMetrics Pro to start an ultra-detailed log of your XP, Wealth and Combat activity. 10

Furthermore, the following time-limited options are available whenever a corresponding event is active:

Merchandise Description Bond.png: RS3 Inventory image of BondBond cost Availability
Premier Pass.png: RS3 Inventory image of Premier PassPremier Pass Unlocks the Premier prize track for the active Yak Track event. 2 During Yak Track
Yak Track task skip.png: RS3 Inventory image of Yak Track task skipTask Skip Tokens x 4 Provides 4 Yak Track task skip tokens. 1 During Yak Track
Yak Track task skip.png: RS3 Inventory image of Yak Track task skipTask Skip Tokens x 10 Provides 10 Yak Track task skip tokens. 2 During Yak Track
5,000 time-limited event currency 1 During time-limited events.
10,000 time-limited event currency 2 During time-limited events.
20,000 time-limited event currency 3 During time-limited events.
Meditation bundle Cloak of Meditation, Banner of Meditation, Stone of Meditation, 10 advanced pulse cores, 5 cinder cores, 5 medium portable skilling packs, 5 large protean packs 1 During the Mental Health Awareness Week (2021)
Skilling bundle 10 Pulse Cores, 10 Cinder Cores, 3 Medium Protean Packs, 5 Portable Packs, 5 Combat Dummies, 2 Large Skilling Dummy Crates, 1 Box of Clues, 1 Aura Refresh, and 1 Life Refresh. 1 6 September to 25 September 2021
Large skilling bundle 30 Pulse Cores, 30 Cinder Cores, 3 Large Protean Packs, 15 Portable Packs, 15 Combat Dummies, 6 Large Skilling Dummy Crates, 3 Box of Clues, 5 Aura Refresh, 5 Life Refresh, 5 Slayer VIP Coupons, 5 Daily Resets, 2 Weekly Resets, 1 Monthly Reset, 1 Deathtouched Dart, and 5 Overloads. 3 6 September to 25 September 2021
Well-being Bundle Stone of Meditation, 15 advanced pulse cores, 15 cinder cores, 5 medium protean packs, 10 protean powerups, 10 combat training dummies, 3 large skill training dummy crates, and Deathtouched dart. 1 4 October to 31 October 2021
DXP Care Package 15 advanced pulse cores, 15 cinder cores, 5 medium protean packs, 12 protean powerups, 5 medium portable skilling packs, 5 combat training dummies, 4 large skill training dummy crates, Large dwarven toolbox, and 3 aura refreshes. Maximum of five packages may be purchased. 1 8 November 2021 to 30 November 2021
Aura Bundle Purchase the Mahjarrat, Desert Pantheon and Dwarven Intinct auras. 2 Bonds cheaper than buying individually!

Package availble[sic] until the 4th of December 2022

5 21 November 2022 to 4 December 2022
Callista Pet Bundle Purchase the legendary pet Callista and 2x growth surge.

Package availble[sic] until the 4th of December 2022

6 21 November 2022 to 4 December 2022
TzTot-Ak Pet Bundle Purchase the legendary pet TzTot-Ak and 2x growth surge.

Package availble[sic] until the 4th of December 2022

6 21 November 2022 to 4 December 2022
Cosmetic Bundle Purchase 2x keepsake keys, 1x chameleon extract and 1x prismatic dye.

Package availble[sic] until the 4th of December 2022

1 21 November 2022 to 4 December 2022

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

Other uses[edit | edit source]

Bonds can be:

Charitable donations[edit | 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 | edit source]

Real-life currencies[edit | edit source]

Currency Bonds Price per
million coins
(single bond)
1 3 5 10
GBP £4.99 £14.99 £24.99 £49.99 £0.07
USD $7.99 $23.99 $39.99 $79.99 $0.1
CAD $8.99 $26.99 $44.99 $89.99 $0.12
EUR €6.99 €20.99 €34.99 €69.99 €0.09
AUD $9.99 $29.99 $49.99 $99.99 $0.15
BRL R$16.99 R$50.99 R$84.99 R$169.99 R$0.22
MXN $92.99 $278.99 $464.99 $929.99 $1.22
MYR RM19.99 RM59.99 RM99.99 RM199.99 RM0.26
DKK 42.99 kr. 128.99 kr. 214.99 kr. 429.99 kr. 0.56 kr.
NOK 43.99 kr 131.99 kr 219.99 kr 439.99 kr 0.58 kr
SEK 44.99 kr 134.99 kr 224.99 kr 449.99 kr 0.59 kr
JPY ¥800 ¥2400 ¥4000 ¥8000 ¥10.5
CHF CHF6.49 CHF19.49 CHF32.49 CHF64.99 CHF0.09
PLN 44.99zł 139.99zł 229.99zł 449.99zł 0.59zł
SGD S$8.49 S$25.49 S$42.49 S$84.99 S$0.11
NZD $7.99 $23.99 $39.99 $79.99 $0.1
ZAR R90.11 R270.78 R451.46 R903.14 R1.18
COP $24,307 $72,921 $121,535 $243,070 $319.08

In-game money[edit | edit source]

Unit Price
1 day of membership (1 bond; 14 days total) 5,441,361
1 day of membership (2 bonds; 29 days total) 5,253,728
1 day of membership (3 bonds; 45 days total) 5,078,604
1 day of Premier Membership (20 bonds; 12 months) 4,171,909
1 day of RuneMetrics Pro (1 bond for 1 month Package total assuming 30 days) 2,539,302
1 day of RuneMetrics Pro (5 bonds for 6 months Package total assuming 182 days) 2,092,831
1 day of RuneMetrics Pro (10 bonds for 12 months Package total assuming 365 days) 2,087,097
1 day of summer special membership 4,232,170
1 Treasure Hunter key (15 total) 5,078,604
1 Treasure Hunter Daily Key (1 extra daily key, for 28 days) 2,720,681
1 RuneCoin (195 total) 390,662

History[edit | 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$13.99
MXN $68.99

Cost analysis[edit | 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 79,012,611
Canada Varies, see below $7.39 Varies, see below
Europe Varies €5.69 Varies
Australia $21.38[4] $7.99 189,160,509
Brazil R$4.75[5] R$13.99 25,864,940
Mexico $19.17[6][note 1] $68.99 21,164,897
Malaysia RM5.29[7] RM17.99 22,400,622
Japan ¥901[8] ¥800 85,796,661
New Zealand $21.20 $9.99 161,661,259
  1. ^ Based on a minimum wage of $123.22 per day and a 45-hour work week

UK: Cost of 1 bond: £3.99

"Tier" Min. wage[9] Bonds/h GP/h
Apprentice £4.15 1.04 79,233,855
Under 18 £4.55 1.14 86,870,853
18 to 20 £6.45 1.62 123,146,594
21 to 24 £8.20 2.06 156,558,460
25 and over £8.72 2.19 166,486,558

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

Age (years) Min. wage[10] Bonds/h GP/h
15 €2.91 0.57 43,552,269
16 €3.35 0.66 50,137,492
17 €3.83 0.75 57,321,372
18 €4.85 0.95 72,587,116
19 €5.82 1.14 87,104,539
20 €7.76 1.52 116,139,385
21+ €9.70 1.91 145,174,232

Canada: Cost of 1 bond: $8.99

Province/Territory Min. wage[11] Bonds/h GP/h
Alberta $15.00 1.67 127,106,322
British Columbia $15.65 1.74 132,614,263
Manitoba $12.35 1.5 114,395,690
New Brunswick $13.75 1.53 116,514,129
Newfoundland & Labrador $13.20 1.52 116,090,441
Northwest Territories $15.20 1.69 128,801,073
Nova Scotia $13.35 1.51 115,243,065
Nunavut $16.00 1.78 135,580,077
Ontario $15.50 1.72 131,343,199
Prince Edward Island $13.70 1.52 116,090,441
Québec $14.25 1.59 120,751,006
Saskatchewan $13.00 1.45 110,158,812
Yukon $15.70 1.75 133,037,950

Controversy[edit | 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 reduced the amount of other real world trading that occurred on non-Jagex 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]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

Managing bonds[edit | edit source]

Confirmation[edit | edit source]

Redeemed[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!
  • update 20 September 2022 (Update):
    • Players can now redeem bonds for a fresh start worlds membership passcode which provides 14 days of membership on a fresh start worlds account.
  • patch 13 June 2022 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue causing the 'removed coins from money pouch' message to be displayed twice when converting Bonds.
  • patch 1 March 2021 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue that was preventing the correct total number of Bonds owned by the user to be displayed.
  • patch 26 October 2020 (Update):
    • Text that appears when converting Bonds to RuneCoins has been updated.
  • hotfix 30 March 2020 (Update):
    • iOS users are now able to see and interact with Bonds.
  • patch 25 November 2019 (Update):
    • The View T&Cs option on the Redeem Bonds menu will now correctly navigate the player to the Jagex Terms and Conditions webpage.
  • patch 10 June 2019 (Update):
    • PC terminology has been removed from the bonds interface.
  • patch 12 June 2017 (Update):
    • An issue regarding Ironmen converting untradeable bonds, causing loss of money (as they cannot trade tradeable Bonds), has been fixed.
  • 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.
  • patch 14 July 2014 (Update):
    • The close button on the bonds popup interface now works correctly.
  • patch 23 June 2014 (Update):
    • Your bank pin is now checked when redeeming bonds.
  • patch 24 February 2014 (Update):
    • A reference to Treasure Hunter keys has been corrected in a bond’s description.
  • patch 13 January 2014 (Update):
    • The description of Bonds on the Grand Exchange now fits correctly on the interface.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Despite being tradeable, bonds cannot be placed in the party chest at the Party Room, stored in the treasure chest from Carnillean Rising, or in a Beast of Burden; they may also not be staked at the Duel Arena or in Conquest, nor can they be disassembled or fed to a baby troll.
  • When redeeming bonds for RuneFest, the room number displayed in the example is "#237". This is a reference to Stanley Kubrick's film The Shining.
    • Redeeming bonds for RuneFest on an account without a verified email gives: You must have a validated email address to purchase RuneFest packages.
  • Alongside not stacking in a bank, there is also no placeholder for a bond within the bank.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. "Bonds for Block N Load Steam key." RuneScape Customer Support.
  2. ^ Jagex. "Price Increase, Bonds." RuneScape Customer Support.
  3. ^ Minimum Wage. U.S. Department of Labor. (Archived from the original on 3 September 2020.)
  4. ^ Minimuim wages. Fair Work Ombudsman. (Archived from the original on 23 January 2023.)
  5. ^ LEI Nº 14.013, DE 10 DE JUNHO DE 2020 (Portuguese). National Press. 12 June 2020. (Archived from the original on 3 September 2020.)
  6. ^ BOLETÍN Número 219/2019 [Bulletin Number 219/2019] (Spanish). Government of Mexico. 17 December 2019. (Archived from the original on 3 September 2020.)
  7. ^ Minimum Wages Order 2020 pp. 11. Malaysian Plastics Manufacturers Association. 10 January 2020. (Archived from the original on 21 January 2023.)
  8. ^ 令和元年度 地域別最低賃金 答申状況 [State of Minimum Wage Report by Region] (Japanese). Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. 9 August 2019. (Archived from the original on 3 September 2020.)
  9. ^ National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates. GOV.UK. (Archived from the original on 3 September 2020.)
  10. ^ Amount of the hourly minimum wage. Government of the Netherlands. (Archived from the original on 3 September 2020.)
  11. ^ Canada Minimum Wage. GovDocs.
  12. ^ Mod Pips. "Bonds – One Week In." 2 October 2013. RuneScape News.