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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.

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 2,844,611 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:

  • 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
  • Dwarven instinct aura for 2 bonds
  • Desert pantheon aura for 2 bonds
  • 1 trader summoning stone
  • Time-limited event currency:
    • 5,000 currency for 1 bond
    • 10,000 currency for 2 bonds (same rate as 2 bonds redeemed separately)
    • 20,000 currency for 3 bonds (5,000 extra compared to 3 bonds redeemed separately)

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

Other uses[edit | 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 | 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
1 3 5 10
GBP £3.99 £11.99 £19.99 £39.99 £0.14
USD $6.99 $20.99 $34.99 $69.99 $0.25
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$0.49
MXN $76.99 $230.99 $384.99 $769.99 $2.43
MYR RM19.99 RM59.99 RM99.99 RM199.99 RM0.7
DKK KR35.49 KR106.49 KR177.49 KR354.99 KR1.09
NOK KR43.99 KR131.99 KR219.99 KR439.99 KR1.55
SEK KR44.99 KR134.99 KR224.99 KR449.99 KR1.58
JPY 800円 2400円 4000円 8000円 円28.12
CHF CHF6.49 CHF19.49 CHF32.49 CHF64.99 CHF0.23
PLN 16.99zł 50.99zł 84.99zł 169.99zł zł0.6
SGD S$8.49 S$25.49 S$42.49 S$84.99 S$0.3
NZD $7.99 $23.99 $39.99 $79.99 $0.28
ZAR R90.11 R270.78 R451.46 R903.14 R3.17

In-game money[edit | edit source]

Unit Price
1 day of membership (1 bond; 14 days total) 2,031,865
1 day of membership (2 bonds; 29 days total) 1,961,801
1 day of membership (3 bonds; 45 days total) 1,896,408
1 day of RuneMetrics Pro (1 bond for 1 month Package total assuming 30 days) 948,204
1 day of RuneMetrics Pro (5 bonds for 6 months Package total assuming 182 days) 781,487
1 day of RuneMetrics Pro (10 bonds for 12 months Package total assuming 365 days) 779,346
1 day of bronze/silver/gold membership 1,869,149
1 day of summer special membership 1,580,340
1 Treasure Hunter key (15 total) 1,896,408
1 Treasure Hunter Daily Key (1 extra daily key, for 28 days) 1,015,933
1 RuneCoin (195 total) 145,878

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 29,504,195
Canada Varies, see below $7.39 Varies, see below
Europe Varies €5.69 Varies
Australia $19.84[4] $7.99 70,634,656
Brazil R$4.75[5] R$13.99 9,658,258
Mexico $19.17[6][note 1] $68.99 7,903,210
Malaysia RM5.29[7] RM17.99 8,364,643
Japan ¥901[8] ¥800 32,037,435
  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 29,586,810
Under 18 £4.55 1.14 32,438,551
18 to 20 £6.45 1.62 45,984,319
21 to 24 £8.20 2.06 58,460,685
25 and over £8.72 2.19 62,167,948

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 16,262,906
16 €3.35 0.66 18,721,902
17 €3.83 0.75 21,404,443
18 €4.85 0.95 27,104,843
19 €5.82 1.14 32,525,812
20 €7.76 1.52 43,367,749
21+ €9.70 1.91 54,209,686

Canada: Cost of 1 bond: $7.39

Province/Territory Min. wage[11] Bonds/h GP/h
Alberta $15.00 2.03 57,739,067
British Columbia $14.60 1.98 56,199,359
Manitoba $11.65 1.58 44,844,009
New Brunswick $11.70 1.58 45,036,472
Newfoundland & Labrador $11.65 1.58 44,844,009
Northwest Territories $13.46 1.82 51,811,190
Nova Scotia $12.55 1.7 48,308,353
Nunavut $16.00 2.17 61,588,338
Ontario $14.00 1.89 53,889,796
Prince Edward Island $12.85 1.74 49,463,134
Québec $13.10 1.77 50,425,452
Saskatchewan $11.32 1.53 43,573,749
Yukon $13.71 1.86 52,773,507

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 did reduce the amount of other real world trading that occurred on illegitimate 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]

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 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 3 September 2020.)
  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. 8. Federal Government Gazette. 10 January 2020.
  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. ^ Minimum Wage by Province. Retail Council of Canada. (Archived from the original on 17 July 2020.)
  12. ^ Mod Pips. "Bonds – One Week In." 2 October 2013. RuneScape News.