Box trap

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This article is about the Hunter tool. For Divination item which gives Hunter experience, see Divine box trap.
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Box traps are items used in the Hunter skill. Similar to bird snaring, box trapping involves laying a box and waiting for animals to be trapped. Players unlock box trapping at level 27 Hunter.

After a player sets up a box trap, they will automatically walk one square west to stand next to the trap. However, one may counter this by moving an item in the inventory while setting up the trap or by clicking when or right before the box springs open on the spot the player wishes to stand.

Box traps can be bought from Aleck for 38 coins in the Hunter shop in Yanille, west of the Pet Shop.

Up to five box traps may be taken from Nyriki's crate or the Ruined boat for free.

Laying traps[edit | edit source]

A player box trapping.

  • After a certain amount of time, a box trap will collapse, requiring the player to pick it back up or lay it again.
    • The box trap that you laid has collapsed.
  • Sometimes, the box trap may be triggered, but the animal is not trapped.
    • This trap has been triggered by something.
  • If the trap is successful, the box trap becomes a Shaking box.
    • It looks like there is something caught inside.
  • Experience is only gained after the player retrieves the trapped animal, NOT after it gets trapped in the box.
  • It takes an average of 1.63 seconds to lay a box trap.

In addition, if a player leaves a shaking box alone for a while, it will collapse. The captured creature will be lost if this happens.

  • If a player has an extra box trap with them, when they click to pick up the trap rapidly click on your extra trap and it will be set up faster.
  • When setting multiple traps, since the animation takes a while and the character moves, right-clicking will avoid a lot of hunter-clicking annoyances. For example, while re-setting traps, right-click on the next one you want to fix and keep the cursor on "Dismantle Box Trap" or "Check Shaking Box" - then when the animation finishes and your character moves you can simply click on the choice. This avoids having to find the trap with the cursor, and avoids clicking on other things that might be on top of the trap—your familiar , a butterfly , or your prey, or other unwanted actions.
  • Also right-clicking on a fallen trap yields the choice "Lay Box Trap" which has the character set the trap right on the space it was.
  • Note that just because the animal walks under the trap, doesn't mean it has been caught. It must go through the animation of entering the trap first.

Multiple traps[edit | edit source]

Multiple box traps in a row.

Box-trapping can be done using multiple traps at once, beginning with 2 traps at a time with level 1 hunter and maxing out at 5 box traps at a time with level 80 Hunter or 6 with the Volcanic trapper outfit.[1]

Level Box traps
1 2
30 3
60 4
80 5

It is recommended that players bring multiple box traps with them (perhaps 10-15) while hunting. This is because it is easily possible that they may neglect a trap they set up and another player may steal their box trap.

Baiting or Smoking[edit | edit source]

Box traps can be baited or smoked, both of which increases the rates of success for catching animals. The bait disappears after each successful trap. Many hunters find this to be too much effort or inconvenience, for the small increase in capture rate.

Smoking a trap requires level 39 Hunter. To smoke a trap, you use a Lit torch with the already set up trap.

Animals[edit | edit source]

Certain trapped animals appear in the inventory. Left-clicking the animal will release the trapped animal. Trapped chinchompas are stackable, and can be used as a multi-target ranged weapon.

With the release of the Summoning skill, more animals were made available for box-trapping. Note that only the baby versions of the animals can be caught using box traps.

Creature Hunter level Summoning level Preferred bait Bait required? Location(s) Experience Main reward
Ferret (Hunter).png: RS3 Inventory image of Ferret (Hunter)Ferret 27 N/A Raw meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw meatRaw meat X mark.svg Piscatoris Hunter area 115.2 Ferret.png: RS3 Inventory image of FerretFerret
Baby gecko (Hunter).png: RS3 Inventory image of Baby gecko (Hunter)Gecko 27 10 N/A N/A Karamja 100 Gecko.png: RS3 Inventory image of GeckoGecko
Baby raccoon (Hunter).png: RS3 Inventory image of Baby raccoon (Hunter)Raccoon 27 80 N/A N/A East of Varrock, near the bright wisp Divination colony
West of Gunnarsgrun
West of Falador, north of the Witch's House
West of Port Sarim, near Armadyl's Tower
South of Seers' Village, near Ignatius Vulcan
100 Raccoon.png: RS3 Inventory image of RaccoonRaccoon
Baby monkey (Hunter).png: RS3 Inventory image of Baby monkey (Hunter)Monkey 27 95 Banana.png: RS3 Inventory image of BananaBanana Yes check.svg Karamja 100 Monkey (pet).png: RS3 Inventory image of Monkey (pet)Monkey
Cobalt skillchompa (Hunter).png: RS3 Inventory image of Cobalt skillchompa (Hunter)Cobalt skillchompa 27 N/A Spicy tomato.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spicy tomatoSpicy tomato X mark.svg North of the Grand Tree 121 Cobalt skillchompa.png: RS3 Inventory image of Cobalt skillchompaCobalt skillchompa
Viridian skillchompa (Hunter).png: RS3 Inventory image of Viridian skillchompa (Hunter)Viridian skillchompa 46 N/A Spicy tomato.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spicy tomatoSpicy tomato X mark.svg South of Port Phasmatys 176 Viridian skillchompa.png: RS3 Inventory image of Viridian skillchompaViridian skillchompa
Baby platypus (Hunter).png: RS3 Inventory image of Baby platypus (Hunter)Platypus 48 10 Smouldering lavender.png: RS3 Inventory image of Smouldering lavenderSmouldering lavender Yes check.svg (must be equipped) South of Oo'glog 205 Platypus.png: RS3 Inventory image of PlatypusPlatypus
Chinchompa (Hunter).png: RS3 Inventory image of Chinchompa (Hunter)Chinchompa 53 N/A Spicy tomato.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spicy tomatoSpicy tomato X mark.svg Piscatoris Hunter area 198.4 Chinchompa.png: RS3 Inventory image of ChinchompaChinchompa
Carnivorous chinchompa.png: RS3 Inventory image of Carnivorous chinchompaCarnivorous chinchompa 63 N/A Spicy minced meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spicy minced meatSpicy minced meat X mark.svg Feldip Hunter area
Carnivorous chinchompa portal
230.5 Red chinchompa.png: RS3 Inventory image of Red chinchompaRed chinchompa
Pawya icon.png Pawya 66 N/A Papaya fruit.png: RS3 Inventory image of Papaya fruitPapaya fruit Yes check.svg Isafdar
Pawya portal
Gorajo resource dungeon
Anachronia
400 Raw pawya meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw pawya meatRaw pawya meat
Azure skillchompa (Hunter).png: RS3 Inventory image of Azure skillchompa (Hunter)Azure skillchompa 68 N/A Spicy tomato.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spicy tomatoSpicy tomato X mark.svg North of the Rellekka Hunter area 199 Azure skillchompa.png: RS3 Inventory image of Azure skillchompaAzure skillchompa
Polar kebbit.png: RS3 Inventory image of Polar kebbitPolar kebbit 70 N/A N/A N/A Polar kebbit portal 300 Polar kebbit fur.png: RS3 Inventory image of Polar kebbit furPolar kebbit fur
Grenwall icon.png Grenwall 77 N/A Raw pawya meat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw pawya meatRaw pawya meat Yes check.svg (unless the Medium Tirannwn achievements have been completed) Isafdar
Grenwall portal
Gorajo resource dungeon
Anachronia
726 Grenwall spikes.png: RS3 Inventory image of Grenwall spikesGrenwall spikes
Crimson skillchompa (Hunter).png: RS3 Inventory image of Crimson skillchompa (Hunter)Crimson skillchompa 89 N/A Spicy tomato.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spicy tomatoSpicy tomato X mark.svg Desert Quarry Hunter area 309 Crimson skillchompa.png: RS3 Inventory image of Crimson skillchompaCrimson skillchompa
Crystal skillchompa (Hunter).png: RS3 Inventory image of Crystal skillchompa (Hunter)Crystal skillchompa 97 N/A Spicy tomato.png: RS3 Inventory image of Spicy tomatoSpicy tomato X mark.svg North of Tyras Camp 410 Crystal skillchompa.png: RS3 Inventory image of Crystal skillchompaCrystal skillchompa

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Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 12 August 2019 (Update):
    • If you currently have 5 box traps laid and your hunter level falls below 80, the traps will no longer disappear if you try to repair one.
  • patch 8 July 2019 (Update):
    • The player will now walk on top of a shaking trap before picking it up, making it easier to re-lay on the same spot without the need to walk there first.
    • Fallen over traps will now have a left-click option to lay rather than take.
  • patch 11 January 2016 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to place box traps within the Duel Arena arenas.
  • patch 2 November 2015 (Update):
    • Rebuilding failed box traps will no longer delete them if the player is in combat.
  • ninja 12 October 2015 (Update):
    • Added left-click 'reset' option to set the trap back up without having to pick it up.
  • patch 1 July 2014 (Update):
    • An animation issue with shaking box traps has been resolved.
  • ninja 14 April 2014 (Update):
    • Players will now get a token amount of Hunter XP when dismantling traps which have been tripped by creatures.
  • patch 2 September 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed graphical problems with the box trap animations.
  • patch 10 August 2009 (Update):
    • Hunter traps that use meat will now generally accept yak meat.
  • patch 21 April 2009 (Update):
    • The Hunter box trap has had its model updated.
  • patch 8 April 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue where players would glide toward box traps that have been placed on the ground.
  • patch 25 February 2009 (Update):
    • The Hunter box trap wasn't textured when dropped.