Clan Wars

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Clan Wars is a minigame available to both free players and members located in the Gamers' Grotto. It was released on 10 December 2007 as compensation for the controversial Wilderness and PKing changes. Clan Wars allows members of two opposing Friends Chat channels (formerly referred to as Clan Chat channels), consisting of up to 100 players each, to engage in player-versus-player combat against one another. There are many in-game clans who focus heavily on Clan Wars, but these clans often require their members to have high combat levels.

Each "clan war" is begun with conditions of victory and item safety set by the clan leaders prior to the start of battle. Depending on the settings chosen, it is possible to lose all items upon death during this minigame, but most wars are fought in a "safe" mode.

Alternatively, players can use the White or Red portals, which allow free-for-all combat.

Clan Wars received a major expansion on 9 September 2008 with the addition of new fighting options. These included "calling", a new messaging option, and new arenas/maps.

Portals[edit | edit source]

There are three portals in the Clan Wars Challenge Hall. The purple portal is located in the southern part of the hall while the white portal and red portal are located in the northern part of the hall.

Purple portal[edit | edit source]

The Clan Wars purple portal

This portal is the main portal, leading to arenas used for organised clan wars. For a discussion of techniques of fighting, see Strategies and Tips.

Friends Chats and clans[edit | edit source]

For engagement in the Purple portal, players who wish to be on the same team have to be in the same Friends Chat. Although the term clan is used frequently, it doesn't matter in which Clan players are. This happened because formerly Friends Chats were called clans and the current clans didn't exist.

Players who wish to fight with their clan against another clan might try a similar minigame, Rated Clan Wars, which is located in the Clan Camp.

Challenging and entering the portal[edit | edit source]

Some options regarding combat

After entering the Clan Wars Challenge Hall, a player ranked as a Captain or higher in a Friends Chat channel can right-click another player within the Challenge Hall, and in a different clan, and select "Challenge", sending out a request to that person (who must be ranked Captain or higher too).

Once the challenge has been accepted, and the conditions have been agreed upon, the challenging player and the accepting player will be teleported into the arena. All other players logged into the respective Friends Chat channels are notified of the initiation of hostilities in two minutes time. Players must click on the purple portal to enter the battle, where they will be presented with the terms of engagement and the option to either participate in the fight or watch from the sidelines.

There is a two minute countdown whenever a purple portal battle is started. The only two ways out of a dangerous purple portal fight are to either, leave the friends chat, or to run out via the portals on each end of the field. There is NO way to prevent players from exiting the purple portal at any time. Battle can not take place before the two minute timer has hit 0:00, and the wall has dropped. The portal is not dangerous until the two minute timer has elapsed. If someone who isn't a member of a Friends Chat (or is a member of a Friends Chat that isn't involved in a war) tries to step through a portal, they will be able to choose from three options:

  • To be teleported to the viewing area of one of their friends' clan wars
  • To be teleported into the viewing area of a random war
  • To simply stay outside the portal.

Terms of battle[edit | edit source]

Terms of battle include:

Engagement[edit | edit source]

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Waiting for battle...
As the battle starts, the music flows over into Clan Wars

Once the clan enters the arena, they are separated from their opponent by a barrier that spans the middle of the battlefield. After a two minute countdown the barrier slowly lowers and combat begins. Depending on options chosen, players may not be able to enter the battlefield after the start of the battle, or they may be able to enter or even re-enter the battlefield at any time (for example, after death). Players can leave the battlefield at any time via the two portals located on opposite directions.

Ending a clan war[edit | edit source]

If a player's clan wins, a scroll on the screen will display: "Your clan was victorious!"; if the player is not in the Clan Wars area, a message will show up in the chatbox saying: Your clan has triumphed in battle!. If a player's clan loses, the screen will say: "Your clan was defeated!". If the player is not in the Clan Wars area; the same message will be displayed in the chatbox. Ammunition for rangers is returned after the end of a battle, but runes are lost upon usage. To win a Clan War, a clan must get a certain amount of Kill Points or defeat everyone on the enemy team.

White portal[edit | edit source]

The white, safe portal

The free-for-all (safe) portal was added as part of the Clan Wars Update of 9 September 2008. Usually referred to as FFA, or White Portal, it is a safe, free-for-all combat arena is found when entering the portal. If a player dies within this arena they will not lose any of their items.

A strip of land on the south edge of the arena (including the exit portal) is designated as combat-free. Players may prepare here for a fight or recruit others into their clan. North of the area spans a single-way Combat zone. Heading further north is a multicombat area and large clans (often found wearing specific team capes) sometimes choose to assemble wars here. This is probably the most popular portal, as items are not lost on death.

The unofficial world for safe free-for-all is World 3 (F2P).

Red portal[edit | edit source]

This is a dangerous activity that takes place in the Wilderness or another PvP area.
If you die, you will lose your items and will not be able to reclaim them from Death or your gravestone if you have opted into PvP.
The red, dangerous portal

The free-for-all (dangerous) was added as part of the Clan Wars update of 9 September 2008. A dangerous free-for-all combat arena is found upon entering the portal. If a player dies while in the arena, they will lose all items equipped and in their inventory, unless the Protect item prayer is in use. There are no gravestones in the dangerous arena, so items cannot be retrieved.

A strip of land on the south edge of the arena (including the exit portal) is designated as combat-free. Players may prepare here for a fight or recruit others into their clan. The Wise Old Man stood in the Challenge Hall about a week after the update, announcing that there would be no more gravestones in the Dangerous FFA arenas.

All items a person has on death now shows up as loot for the killer, just as it is in the Wilderness.

Teleporting out of this arena is blocked.

Arenas[edit | edit source]

Since the 9 September 2008 update, there are five Clan Wars arenas and a Free-for-all arena. Each arena offers a different type of landscape that gives different combat styles and different war strategies an advantage.

Arena Description Image Map
Clan Wars Classic This is the original map used since the release of Clan Wars, although some areas of it have become Singleway Combat zones. The entire map was previously multicombat. This map features a varied landscape of lava pools, rocks, dead trees, fortifications, and different elevations. Mages and rangers may use the fortifications to their advantage as meleers often get trapped behind the side walls while in pursuit. However, the dead forests may offer meleers limited protection from mages and rangers as they cannot attack through the trees. The multicombat area is located in the middle while the area near the portals are singleway. Clan Wars Classic.png
Plateau This map is a barren desert-like battlefield with almost no obstacles and is one of the smaller maps. It obviously favours meleers, who will not have to run around barriers to attack mages and rangers. The only obstacles come in the form of curved bones lying on the ground, and they cannot be shot over. This entire map is a multiway combat zone and is a popular place for large scale wars between big clans. Large clans with many low-level players may have an advantage here since they can overwhelm high-level players by piling. Barren Plateau.png
Forsaken Quarry A vast grey mine full of rocks can be found on this map. Two abandoned sheds located in the middle partially reduce the starting battlefront. Prior to the EOC, the middle of the arena was Multiway Combat, but near the portals, it was all Singleway Combat. This greatly reduced the chance of a clan getting knocked out if the clan retreats. This tactic was favoured by ranger and mage clans mainly because they could shoot at the opposing clan from the single zone while hiding behind rocks. Melee attackers had an especially hard time fighting back as they must constantly keep up the chase. Forsaken Quarry.png
Blasted Forest This map is full of dead trees and is also relatively small. Prior to the Evolution of Combat, the majority of the map was Singleway Combat, meaning that large clans cannot make use of their size. Often, the clan with the greater number of high levelled players would win, as piling could be used. However, everywhere is multi combat now because of the Evolution Of Combat. Blasted Forest.png
Turrets The largest clan wars arena, the turrets map is a grassy plain with stone turrets scattered throughout the map of the battlefield. Mages and rangers receive a large advantage in this map as meleers can be pinned by crossfire from two or even three turrets. If the meleer decides to attack the shooter in another turret, they would have to run a good distance before reaching the other target. All arrows fired are automatically collected and will be returned when either the player leaves the arena or the battle is over. As same with Plateau arena, the entire map is also a multicombat area. This arena is greatly favoured by players as it has a large selections of Safe spots. This map is also favoured by smaller groups of higher level players as they can use "ninja" tactics to break apart much larger lower levelled clans and completely decimate them.

The turret closest to the portal is often used as a Death Dot (dd) spot if clans are outnumbered. Upon enemies approaching, they would see only one white dot on the minimap, but is actually many players standing in the same spot.

Free-for-all This is a combat arena which is accessed through the white portal, where players keep items on death, or the red portal, where players lose their items on death. This map consists of both Singleway and Multi-combat areas. Its terrain looks similar to that of the Wilderness. There are small houses in the middle in which Free-for-all clans may battle on the roofs. These are commonly referred to as the "towers". Clans usually camp at the towers and the ruins and wait to attack anyone who passes by. The ruins in the north of the field are replicas of the demonic ruins. Clan wars Free for All.png

Strategies and tips[edit | edit source]

The exit portal
  • Basic triangle tactics - A proven strategy is to make full use of the combat triangle, rangers take on mages, mages take on warriors, and warriors take on rangers. Once the barrier is about half way down, rangers and mages will be able to fire projectiles or spells at the other clan; this gives a big advantage as the melee players have to wait for the wall to be lowered.
  • Basic combat level tactics - This tactic is attacking players with lower combat levels to increase chances of winning. This may or may not be used with the Basic triangle tactics.
  • Binding - This is an often-used tactic in Clan Wars; many recruiters do not mind if the player who can use this tactic in their clan is lower than the clan's Combat level requirement. Players simply use binding and freezing spells such as Entangle and Ice Barrage on their opponents so they cannot move.
  • Calling - This is when a player says the name of the opponent so team mates know who to attack next. This is very handy as team mates may get confused on who is the right person to attack and may have to guess who's the right target. Calling is often used by players leading so team mates will know who to pile.
  • Communication – Talking in the player's Friends Chat channel whilst waiting for the wall to go down is very helpful for teamwork. Talking about who to attack or what strategy to use helps the team know what to do.
  • Death dot - This tactic makes use of the game's mini-map mechanics. Many players would stand in the same spot, which makes all of their mini-map dots clustered into one white dot. Thus, when the enemy clan attacks, they would be surprised by one white dot containing so many players.
  • Diversion/distraction - As a defensive manoeuvre, a player may try to get the attention of enemies, getting them to chase after them.
  • Food/BrewsFood and Saradomin Brews may or may not be allowed in Clan Wars. It is up to each individual whether they want to bring food/brews into Clan Wars though.
  • Hugging - When being attacked by someone, run around an object to try to get the attacker "stuck" for a moment to escape.
  • Hybriding - This tactic involves players switching different armours of the combat triangle to have a defensive advantage.
  • Piling – Piling is when multiple players attack one enemy. This tactic works very well if the team attacking uses two or more of the combat styles, as the victim will not be able to use protect prayers against all forms of attack.
  • Running/falling back – Clan Wars is about surviving for the longest. If needed, running can be a very good thing to do. If being piled (see above), running can shake some of the attackers off, and keep the runner alive longer.
  • Suicide bombing - If a player's Prayer is high enough, they can use Retribution or Wrath (Members only) and let themselves be killed to damage opponents. This works better if there are more opponents in the direct vicinity when the prayer goes into effect.
  • Tagging - In Single-way Combat areas, the player being attacked may switch off auto retaliate when in a losing fight so that one of his team-mates can attack the enemy player. This greatly increases the chance of winning the fight.

Team capes[edit | edit source]

There are many capes that can be worn to distinguish clans. When a wilderness team cape is worn, anyone who is wearing that cape will appear blue on the mini map. These capes can be bought from sellers scattered throughout the wilderness.

However, it is not necessary for clan members to wear team capes or add each other for easy friend and foe identification since the game will automatically identify all clan members as purple dots on the minimap.

Most members simply wear the custom capes they were given after the 12 April 2011 update. Clan mates appear as orange dots making them easily distinguishable; and with this method Clans can finally fight under their own colours.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Music unlocked[edit | edit source]

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Your clan is victorious!
The victory tune

  • Clan Wars – the track will not unlock while waiting inside the arena; wait for the actual fight.

Credits[edit | edit source]

Clan Wars
DeveloperMod Greg
Art & Graphics
GraphicsMod Damo, Daniel J
Quality Assurance
Quality assuranceJohn H, Dan G, Kevin D
AudioMod Bond
Clan Wars
DeveloperMod Ash
Art & Graphics
GraphicsMark C, Lluis A P, Mod Kavi
Quality Assurance
Quality assuranceDan G, Dan O'R
AudioMod Bond

Graphical updates[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!
  • patch 28 August 2018 (Update):
    • Players may now summon pets in the dangerous clan wars portal.
  • patch 23 April 2018 (Update):
    • Some restrictions have been added to the safe-zone in the red portal, at clan wars.
    • A cross option has been added to the barrier in the red portal, at clan wars.
  • patch 25 September 2017 (Update):
    • Players can now enter the Clan Wars area with a legendary pet (but still cannot enter any of the portals).
  • ninja 14 August 2017 (Update):.
    • Clan Wars now offers the option to toggle various accept aid options, seren spells, and has more viewing orbs in larger arenas.
  • ninja 17 July 2017 (Update):
    • The purple Clan Wars portal and staked duels have been added to the high-risk area entry bank PIN toggle.
  • patch 10 July 2017 (Update):
    • The Zaros Godsword special attack will no longer hit players in the safe zone in Clan Wars.
  • patch 18 April 2016 (Update):
    • Fixed a Clan wars height mapping issue which made players sink into the floor.
  • patch 14 September 2015 (Update):
    • Players may now freely summon pets inside the Clan Wars portals.
  • patch 4 August 2014 (Update):
    • A healing area effect has been added to the bank chest at Clan Wars.
  • patch 17 February 2014 (Update):
    • The 'set caller' option in Clan Wars will now correctly display an interface to enter a players' name.
  • patch 11 December 2013 (Update):
    • A spot near the lava in Clan Wars can no longer be walked into.
  • patch 19 November 2013 (Update):
    • Portents of life no longer work within Clan Wars.
    • The Clan Wars caller icon no longer remains on screen when leaving Clan Wars.
  • patch 4 June 2013 (Update):
    • The Clan Wars caller function now works as intended.
  • patch 11 December 2012 (Update):
    • Height mapping around the lava in Clan Wars has been corrected.
  • patch 9 October 2012 (Update):
    • Customisations are now removed inside Rated Clan Wars games.
  • patch 31 January 2012 (Update):
    • Players can no longer take lent items into dangerous Clan Wars matches.
    • The Hybrid armour damage boost in Castle Wars now works.
  • patch 11 January 2012 (Update):
    • A tile where players could hide in Clan Wars has been fixed.
  • patch 12 April 2011 (Update):
    • The vecna skull is now restricted using the ‘No Potions’ rule.
  • patch 4 January 2011 (Update):
    • An unnecessary warning message on the Clan Wars setup menu has been removed.
  • patch 11 January 2010 (Update):
    • Ensured that Prayer is fully restored in safe Clan Wars after curses have been used against you.
  • patch 17 November 2009 (Update):
    • Ensured all lava in the Clan Wars area is blocked off.
  • patch 9 November 2009 (Update):
    • Corrected some mapping around the Clan Wars arena.
    • Corrected a problem when using the Clan Wars viewing orbs, which were viewing the wrong locations.
  • patch 7 October 2009 (Update):
    • Re-textured the edge of the Clan Wars area.
  • patch 8 April 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue with Clan Wars where the caller would occasionally not display players’ names correctly.
  • patch 30 September 2008 (Update):
    • There are now NO gravestones in dangerous Clan Wars arenas.
  • patch 29 September 2008 (Update):
    • In dangerous Clan Wars fights, players may be able to collect some of their defeated opponents' items - food, potions, runes and other ammunition - assuming they can be used in the current battle (so you can't pick up food if the use of food has been disabled, for instance). Any such drops will affect both your and your victim's trade limit.
  • update 9 September 2008 (Update):
    • New Clan Wars options have been released:
      • Whether players are able to return to the fray after dying
      • How long the battle lasts
      • How many kills are required for a victory
      • What combat styles are permitted during the fight.
    • There is now an option to force end the battle if either team is reduced to five survivors.
    • There is now an option to make players lose all of their items on death.
    • There is now a selection of arenas featuring a variety of different landscapes.
      • Landscapes with obstacles that block Magic/Ranged attacks and landscapes with obstacles that don't.
      • Landscapes with no obstacles.
      • Some areas of the original Clan Wars arena have become single-way combat zones.
    • There are two new free-for-all arenas. There are no combat restrictions in those arenas.
    • Calladin will let players set a friend as their caller. When in a Clan Wars arena, chats received from the caller will be copied to the head-up display to make it easier to spot their messages during battle.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

The Demonic Ruins lookalike in the Free for all clan wars arena
  • On 14 October 2008, the Wise Old Man appeared in Clan Wars telling people that gravestones would not appear in free-for-all (dangerous).
  • On 15 June 2009, the Classic arena was changed such that only the middle section allowed for multicombat, whereas the arena was previously multicombat throughout.
  • On 22 October 2010, as part of the 2010 Halloween event, Jagex Moderators became 'zombies' at Clan Wars. See Zombie outbreak.
  • The ruined building in the North of the Clan Wars classic arena resembles the old appearance of the Demonic Ruins.
  • The Clan Wars classic arena previously appeared in the Wilderness on the world map, although it was not labelled as being Clan Wars.
  • After the Evolution of Combat was released, the white and red portal was entirely made Multiway combat. This was reverted after an unknown update.
  • If one side in a battle reaches/exceeds 65,536 kills, the number of kills simply states "You rock!" or "They rock!" depending on side.