Christmas cracker

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This article is about the 2001 Christmas event item. For other Christmas crackers, see Cracker.
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Christmas cracker can no longer be obtained in RuneScape after an update but still exists in-game for those who had done so.
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A Christmas cracker is a holiday item that was dropped during the 2001 Christmas event on 25 December 2001, the first RuneScape Christmas event, and is arguably the rarest and most expensive/valuable item in RuneScape. They are almost never sold on the Grand Exchange and are instead traded for coins and/or items because of their value being greater than the maximum amount of coins. Christmas crackers generate party hats, the first wearable discontinued rares, and have become incredibly limited in number due to the immense value of party hats.

Pulling[edit | edit source]

A player pulling open a Christmas cracker

Held within the cracker is a partyhat and one other item or a stack of items, such as some coins, runes, or rune armour. To open it, it must be used with another player.

Value[edit | edit source]

The immense value of crackers and partyhats on the street has posed a problem; the street price of a Christmas cracker can rise above the maximum gold stack (2,147,483,647 coins), meaning items like h'ween masks, Santa hats, and other partyhats must be traded to offset the gold limit. Crackers are often traded via spirit shards and coins as well.

An update now causes the player using the cracker on another player to receive a warning message, asking them if they are sure they wish to do so. However, players are still strongly advised to keep Christmas crackers in noted form to prevent the unlikely accident of pulling them.

Rarity[edit | edit source]

Few Christmas crackers remain due to the fact that many were pulled immediately after the drop. The vast majority of players opened them for the rune items that could be obtained from doing so. Note that at the time of the drop, Partyhats and Christmas Crackers were virtually worthless, while certain rune items such as the rune kiteshield were worth several hundred thousand. No one would've expected the Christmas Cracker to become worth billions a decade later.

Over time, many Christmas crackers have been lost as players with older accounts have quit, have been permanently banned, or have opened their Christmas crackers for fun. Their importance to the RuneScape economy (which was so crucial for years starting a few years after their release) has long diminished. Other discontinued items such as party hats, halloween masks, and santa hats are far more commonly traded.

Because their numbers are so low, many expect the Christmas cracker to become the first extinct RuneScape item.

Possible rewards[edit | edit source]

When pulled, the player who had the cracker and the player it was used on each have a 50/50 chance to receive a randomly coloured party hat, while the other player gets the other item. Mod Ash confirmed that when the free trade limit was removed, this was changed to the player with the cracker always gets the hat to prevent a possible method of real world trading. However, when free trade was redone, this was changed back to 50/50. Since then, it has been reverted again so that the player owning the cracker always gets both the hat and the extra item.

Partyhats[edit | edit source]

Other rewards[edit | edit source]

The chances below are estimates.

Price history[edit | edit source]

Christmas crackers hardly ever update in price in the Grand Exchange, due to their street price being higher than max cash.

Since the free trade updates on 1 February 2011, the item suddenly rose by 200 million coins. Jagex stated that this was due to a miscalculation in prices for items that do not get traded in Grand Exchange often. The miscalculation was fixed two days later and the prices of most items affected were manually lowered by Jagex.

Since late 2012, Christmas crackers have been stuck at the max cash value on the Grand Exchange, with the street price being higher, and this is unlikely to ever change unless the cap is removed.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 9 February 2011 (Update):
    • This item will now change in price by up to 5% per day, dependent on demand.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • During the transition from Runescape Classic to Runescape 2, the Christmas cracker was visually changed from red to white.
  • 5 noted Iron ore is now given as a secondary item from pulling a cracker. This is a change from the Runescape Classic era, when it would give an Iron ore certificate. However, this was also worth 5 Iron ore.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Jagex. Mod Ash's Twitter account. 12 October 2016. (Archived from the original on 15 May 2017.) Mod Ash: "Out of 128: 32 red, 28 yellow, 23 white, 20 green, 15 blue, 10 purple,"