Butterfly netting

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Catching a butterfly.

Butterfly netting requires 15 Hunter and a butterfly net and jar. Players may catch a butterfly by clicking on it; with a horizontal camera angle, players may click on the space below the butterfly; this may be easier as the butterflies are quite small. A butterfly can be netted by only one player, the one who started first. The butterfly may be released from the jar immediately, allowing you to hunt another.

They yield low experience, and are best combined with some form of trapping. Although players can't move while releasing a butterfly, they can perform other actions at the same time, such as laying a box trap. Butterflies have a more practical use than just gaining experience; they can be released on other players in multiple combat areas to enhance the Melee Combat Skills Attack, Strength, Defence, or Constitution.

Hunter Creature Jar Location XP Effect
15 Ruby harvest icon.png Ruby harvest Ruby harvest.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ruby harvest Ruby harvest Piscatoris Hunter area, Anachronia 24 Raises Attack
25 Sapphire glacialis icon.png Sapphire glacialis Sapphire glacialis.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sapphire glacialis Sapphire glacialis Rellekka Hunter area 34 Raises Defence
35 Snowy knight icon.png Snowy knight Snowy knight.png: RS3 Inventory image of Snowy knight Snowy knight Rellekka Hunter area 44 Restores life points
45 Black warlock icon.png Black warlock Black warlock.png: RS3 Inventory image of Black warlock Black warlock Feldip Hunter area, Anachronia 54 Raises Strength

Barehanded[edit | edit source]

With high Hunter and Agility levels, butterflies can be caught without a butterfly jar or butterfly net. While this rewards you with significantly higher Hunter experience, as well as some Agility experience, the butterfly is released immediately afterwards and cannot be kept for personal use. When catching butterflies barehanded there is also a small chance of obtaining a part of the Crystal triskelion.

With a ring of metamorphosis equipped, players have a chance to receive twice the amount of experience they normally would while catching butterflies barehanded.

Hunter Agility Creature Location Hunter XP Agility XP
80 75 Ruby harvest icon.png Ruby harvest Piscatoris Hunter area, Anachronia 276 50
85 80 Sapphire glacialis icon.png Sapphire glacialis Rellekka Hunter area 318 70
90 85 Snowy knight icon.png Snowy knight Rellekka Hunter area 355 100
95 90 Black warlock icon.png Black warlock Feldip Hunter area, Anachronia 475 125

Barehanded butterfly catching presents players a choice of power training their Hunter while gaining no profit. Catching Ruby Harvests with bare hands, a player can receive up to 72,000-85,000 Hunter experience and 12,000-15,000 Agility experience per hour depending on the player's Hunter level. Black Warlocks yield the highest experience rates among the butterflies, ranging between 95,000-120,000 experience per hour. Weight-reducing equipment is useful as chasing butterflies involves a lot of running around; additionally getting your weight at or below zero appears to speed up the actual catch.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 4 March 2013 (Update):
    • You will now try and catch a butterfly with your hands if you have your butterfly net sheathed.