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A cutscene or cut scene is an animated sequence usually occurring during a quest in which a player has no control. They are often used to show the storyline of a certain quest. The player cannot talk publicly, move, or click on most things to perform action they can normally do, except for friends chat and examining objects or NPCs. Although in some cutscenes this is done automatically like when a player is knocked out a Life Splats will appear or the player will say something above their heads even without typing it. If there is any item that you would be normally able to talk to or search or etc, a glitch will happen in which it says you can do it in the video, and when you actually do this in some videos the video will end, and you will need to start the video over again.

Jagex has used many cutscenes or long cutscenes in some quests like The Giant Dwarf, however some quests have not used cutscenes at all. Some online polls created by Jagex ask if players enjoy long cutscenes or none at all.[1] The majority of players answered medium-short sized cutscenes meaning long cutscenes may become rare in quests.

Cutscenes also occur during some transportation modes such as ships or Eagle transport system. Interactive cutscenes also used to occur in the Gnomecopter Tours where the player could change their view, leave, talk and interact with some NPCs and scenery before the Gnomecopters were removed.

In cutscenes involving only other characters in a storyline, where the player is not present, the player is actually "teleported" to the area where the cutscene takes place, and the camera is focused on the characters in a way that the player is not shown. However, the player still appears on the mini map. A bug may occur when the player is poisoned and one of these cutscenes plays; the camera will not adjust to the other characters and will be focused on the player as if the game was being played normally. The player may use the chat feature, however they cannot move. Any attempt to do so will initiate the cutscene dialogue without the special camera angles.

From Desperate Times quest onwards a new type of cutscenes consiting of a number of artworks with voice over has been used in content related to Elder Gods quest series, including Anachronia introduction and Archaeology dig sites. This type of cutscene was originally used in the Ashdale Tutorial and has also been used in the Davendale Tutorial.

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Release date Content Title Summary Type Voice Rewatch
5 December 2022 Succession Adrasteia explains Bilrach's victory in the Zamorakian Civil War and asks the player character to figure out his new plans. Artwork Adrasteia
Bilrach begins his ritual to drain souls from across Gielinor, but the sabotaged ritual marker explodes, ending the ritual. Artwork Adrasteia
Adrasteia is crowned as Basilissa, delivers a speech to her people and sings A Song of Hope. This cutscene is divided in multiple parts as the quest alternates between Adrasteia and Moia's story. Cinematic Adrasteia Adrasteia
1 August 2022 Daughter of Chaos Adrasteia explains the start of the Zamorakian Civil War and commands the player character to stop Moia. Artwork Adrasteia N/A
4 July 2022 Zamorakian Undercity Zamorak explains his life story. Artwork Zamorak
6 June 2022 Twilight of the Gods The World Guardian cures Erasinus and Senecianus of Superimposed Personality Disorder. Cinematic N/A N/A
Bilrach appears at Saradomin's throne room, announcing Zamorak's invasion on Gielinor and commanding Saradomin to surrender in exchange of sparing his followers' lives. Artwork Bilrach N/A
The Guardians of Guthix transfer their knowledge of the Edicts of Guthix to the World Guardian. Cinematic N/A N/A
4 April 2022 Extinction Seren briefly recaps the Elder God Wars. Chatbox Seren N/A
TzKal-Zuk climbs out of the TzekHaar Front and begins sieging the Cathedral of Senntisten. Cinematic N/A N/A
Jas arrives at Freneskae to retrieve the Elder Gods' eggs. Artwork Jas N/A
Jas once again arrives at Freneskae to retrieve the Elder Gods' eggs. A leviathan from Erebus appears out of the Shadow Breach and attacks Jas. Kerapac uses the Staff of Armadyl and the Needle against Jas, distracting her and causing her to be overpowered by the leviathan, who drags her into Erebus. Kerapac is also dragged into Erebus and the Shadow Breach snaps shut. Artwork Seren N/A
Bik, Ful and Wen arrive at Iaia to touch the Elder Gods' eggs. The eggs hatch and the new generation of Elder Gods consumes Iaia's anima, sparing Seren and the World Guardian. Artwork Seren N/A
4 January 2022 Het's Oasis Icthlarin briefly explains the history of the Duel Arena, the earthquake that struck it and his search for the Eye of Het. Artwork Icthlarin
27 September 2021 Croesus Front Bik Gorvek speaks about history of Croesus and its return on behalf of Bik. Artwork Gorvek Bik's egg, Ful's egg, Wen's egg
31 August 2021 Glacor Front Wen Ariane recalls how glacors destroyed Leng and were brought to Senntisten by Wen. Artwork Ariane Bik's egg, Ful's egg, Wen's egg
26 July 2021 Nodon Front Jas Kerapac reminisces on his history, the curse, Nodon and his goals. Artwork Kerapac Bik's egg, Ful's egg, Wen's egg
Through the eyes of the Needle Jas command Kerapac to reclaim the eggs from Senntisten. Chatbox N/A N/A
21 June 2021 City of Senntisten Azzanadra explains what needs to be done with the eggs and that the defence can be mounted in uncovered part of Senntisten. Artwork Azzanadra N/A
24 May 2021 Battle of the Monolith Zarosian forces arrive at the monolith and begin their assault. Artwork Wahisietel N/A
31 May 2021 Zaros arrives at the monolith in order to enter Erebus through the Shadow Breach. He is confronted by Seren, who leaves unwilling to stand against her brother. Chatbox N/A N/A
Zaros opens the monolith and enters Erebus, allowing the Shadow Cacklers to pour into the world. Artwork Wahisietel N/A
7 June 2021 The TokHaar arrive at the monolith to fight the shadow invaders. Artwork Wahisietel N/A
14 June 2021 Char blows Frostenhorn at the monolith and gets sucked into Erebus. Chatbox N/A N/A
Azzanadra closes the monolith and ascends to godhood through the backlash of shadow anima. The TokHaar, seeing the corruption of their world, turn against the former allies. Artwork Wahisietel N/A
The Zarosians discuss the aftermath of the closing of the monolith and prepare to fight against the TokHaar. Chatbox N/A N/A
14 June 2021 The TokHaar retreat from the battle to prepar for the next conflict. Saradomin decides to protect the monolith with his forces and allows the Zarosians to leave in peace this time. Chatbox N/A N/A
The eggs of the Elder Gods, imperiled by the shadow anima from the monolith, are about to hatch. Artwork Wahisietel N/A
22 February 2021 Azzanadra's Quest Azzanadra expresses his disappointment with the council and explains that the real threat lies with the eggs of the Elder Gods. Artwork Azzanadra N/A
Ariane shares a vision of the Elder Gods hatching on Freneskae and destroying all life during the previous Great Revision. Artwork Ariane N/A
Sir Owen and Trindine locate Sir Vey Lance, leader of the Temple Knights, revealed to be a Zarosian demon, Veilinius, on a thousands year long undercover mission to orchestrate the heist on the Elder Crown. Chatbox N/A N/A
The Saradominist ceremony is interrputed when Zarosians try to steal Saradomin's crown. As they fail, Zaros appears and claims the artefact and takes most of the Temple Knights with him. Chatbox N/A N/A
14 December 2020 Violet is Blue Too A collection of colourful drawings by Violet. Artwork Letters from Violet
7 December 2020 Raksha, the Shadow Colossus (quest) Zaros explains the origins and nature of Raksha, the Shadow Colossus. Artwork Zaros N/A
19 October 2020 Orthen Dig Site Orthen Dig Site - Opening cutscene Artwork Mr Mordaut
Orthen Dig Site - Ending cutscene
27 July 2020 Desperate Measures The history of Kerapac's device and the resulting destruction of Orthen and enslaving of the dragonkin by Jas. Artwork Seren N/A
Kerapac, Charos and the others escape Kerapac's laboratory as the Elder God Ful appears in the Anachronia Volcano. N/A
30 March 2020 Kharid-et Dig Site Kharid-et Dig Site - Opening cutscene Artwork Guildmaster Tony Dr Nabanik
Kharid-et Dig Site - Ending cutscene
Infernal Source Dig Site Infernal Source Dig Site - Opening cutscene Movario
Infernal Source Dig Site - Ending cutscene
Everlight Dig Site Everlight Dig Site - Opening cutscene Vanescula Drakan
Everlight Dig Site - Ending cutscene
Stormguard Citadel Dig Site Stormguard Citadel Dig Site - Opening cutscene Gee'ka
Stormguard Citadel Dig Site - Ending cutscene
Warforge Dig Site Warforge Dig Site - Opening cutscene Zanik
Warforge Dig Site - Ending cutscene
30 March 2020 Qualifications Qualification - Intern Chatbox Certificate of Qualification
Qualification - Assistant
Qualification - Associate
Qualification - Professor
Qualification - Guildmaster
30 March 2020 Archaeology Tony's discovery Guildmaster Tony uses black stone on the Codex and he is sucked into it. Acting Guildmaster Reiniger
25 March 2020 Archaeology/Pre-release Raising the monolith Zaros raises the Codex.
2 September 2019 Burthorpe Burthorpe arrival cutscene An aerial overview of Burthorpe. Cinematic Major Mary Rancour
8 July 2019 Anachronia Anachronia arrival Artwork Mr Mordaut
13 May 2019 Desperate Times Seren explains the threat of the Elder Gods to the Council of Burthorpe. Artwork Seren N/A
Seren talks about Kerapac's betrayal and escape after he took control of the Needle. N/A
5 November 2018 2018 Halloween event War arrival Chatbox Crater
Famine arrival
Pestilence arrival
Lucien's Return
Lucien's Demise
21 November 2016 Children of Mah The Betrayal (part 1) Shard of Mah
The Betrayal (part 2)
The Confrontation
25 April 2016 River of Blood Siege of Paterdomus Forces of Varrock and Vanescula Drakan gather on both sides of the Paterdomus temple. Cinematic King Roald
7 March 2016 Tales of the God Wars (miniquest) Helwyr's memory. Helwyr and Cywir elves discuss their plans of returning home and hunting down Gregorovic. Chatbox Tome
Gregorovic's memory. Gregorovic, trying to escape from his sickness and the fear of death, strikes a deal with Sliske and receives his new body.
Twin Furies' memory. Twin Furies report to Zamorak that aa offspring of dragon riders might have survived and are order to hunt it down instead of avenging their sister.
Vidicta's memory. Gorvek hides and raises a surviving offspring of the dragon riders, Vindicta, who vows to avenge her kind, hunted down by the Twin Furies.
Final memory. The four generals confront each other in the Heart of Gielinor.
6 July 2015 Tuska Comes Tuska's defeat Cinematic Kara-Meir / Wizard Chambers
29 June 2015 Hero's Welcome The arrival of V. V arrives to a celebration near Rellekka. Cinematic Shrine to V
The death of V. Sakirth uses the Mirror to transfer V's energy into Tarshak, killing the god and mutating the fellow dragonkin.
23 February 2015 Dishonour among Thieves The Destruction of Forinthry Cornered by the alliance of Armadyl, Bandos and Saradomin, Zamorak uses the Stone of Jas to lay waste to Forinthry. Chatbox Communication device
Zamorak and Sliske arrive. Zamorak appears in Sliske's lair, trying to attack Nomad, who escapes. As Zamorak draws power from the Stone of Jas, Sliske appears and incapacitates the Zamorakians. Cinematic
2 June 2014 The Mighty Fall Graardor's defeat Zarador
Zanik's freedom / Zanik's death
22 April 2014 A Shadow over Ashdale First appearance of a crassian Dead man's chest
Emergence of Agoroth
Agoroth's death
24 March 2014 Fate of the Gods Zaros takes the divine simulacrum, Mah wakes and Zaros teleports the player and himself away. Cinematic Shard of Zaros
11 December 2013 The Bird and the Beast The Bird and the Beast - Opening cutscene Cinematic Goutbones
21 January 2014 The Bird and the Beast - Finale cutscene
15 October 2013 Missing, Presumed Death Sliske's Grand Entrance Statue of Death
Releasing the Dragonkin
The Great Escape
13 August 2013 The Death of Chivalry Saradomin's Arrival Skull of Remembrance
Deliberately Distressed Damsel
Player's Sacrifice / Sir Owen's Sacrifice
Knight of the Living Dead
Righteous Fury / Saradomin's Gift
22 July 2013 Battle of Lumbridge Battle of Lumbridge - Opening cutscene Cinematic Saradominist preacher
2 October 2013 Battle of Lumbridge - Finale cutscene
4 March 2013 The World Wakes Meeting Cres Guthixian High Druid
Zilyana confronting Cres
Sliske dealing his final blow
Saradomin's return
31 January 2012 Death Plateau Imperial Guard ambush N/A
31 January 2012 Druidic Ritual The power of Guthix N/A

There is also a cutscene that can be re-viewed, the draynor bank robbery, at 50gp per watch, with the first time free. Also as of the 15 March 2011, a band called the Bard Roberts and the Stanky Penguins can play a musical cutscene summarising the events from pirate quest series, for free.

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Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 6 February 2023 (Update):
    • Fixed instances where the 'Remove Roofs' display setting would get overwritten when viewing certain Wanted! quest cutscenes.
    • Fixed inconsistent draw distances in cutscenes after adjusting graphics settings.
  • patch 5 July 2021 (Update):
    • Increased the size of text on 2D cutscenes. It will now also scale with screen size.
  • patch 17 May 2021 (Update):
    • The floating Treasure Hunter Keys UI element will no longer appear on top of cutscenes if it was not closed prior to the cutscene.
  • ninja 9 November 2015 (Update):
    • Players can now toggle the cutscene when travelling by ship via the Gameplay Settings.
  • patch 12 May 2014 (Update):
    • Animated the sails used in sailing cutscenes.
  • patch 10 September 2013 (Update):
    • A missing particle emitter from the opening game cutscene has been replaced.
    • Several issues with the opening Battle of Lumbridge cutscene have been fixed.
    • Copernicus Glyph will now only appear in one place during the Lumbridge God Statues building cutscene.
    • A camera issue during a cutscene in Quiet Before the Swarm has been fixed.
  • patch 20 August 2013 (Update):
    • Hovering the mouse cursor over monsters in cutscenes no longer displays their lifepoints.
  • patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
    • The chatbox can now be moved and resized in the God Statues D&D as well as in cutscenes, edit mode, world map and when transmogrified.
    • Several cutscenes now have names and examines hidden when played.
  • patch 22 July 2013 (Update):
    • An issue with the game not rendering fog after watching certain cutscenes has been fixed.
  • patch 28 March 2011 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to interact with a familiar during cutscenes.
  • patch 25 May 2010 (Update):
    • Fixed a render problem with a boat during a cutscene.
  • patch 9 November 2009 (Update):
    • Ensured poison is properly cured during a cutscene and the green glow on the status globe is turned off.
  • patch 17 September 2009 (Update):
    • Fixed some route-finding issues with Zanik during a cutscene.
  • patch 10 August 2009 (Update):
    • All your side menus could permanently vanish after you'd been watching cutscenes.

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