Distractions and Diversions

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Distractions and Diversions, sometimes abbreviated as D&Ds, is a classification of game features initially released on 2 September 2008.

D&Ds are a subclassification of minigames. However, unlike minigames, many D&Ds move around the world to various locations, have a limit on how often they can be played, and only occur at particular times of day.

Distractions and Diversions aim to divert the original intentions of the player in order to provide an interesting distraction from their everyday routines. D&Ds come in many different shapes and sizes; covering Combat, Gathering, Artisan, and Support skills, D&Ds are a wide variety of different options available to suit the players choice.

Players who finish the requirements of 24 selected Distractions and Diversions can unlock the title the Distracted. Progress towards this title can be tracked by clicking on the title in the Titles interface.

The five D&Ds accessible to free players are Agoroth, Evil Tree, Giant Oyster, Goblin raids, and Shooting Star.

D&D of the week[edit | edit source]

A counterpart to the Minigame Spotlight system, D&Ds will award players a key token once a week for participating. Key tokens can be used to give the player an additional key on Treasure Hunter. Resetting the D&D of the week, such as by using a weekly reset token, will not make the player eligible for another Treasure Hunter key. However, resetting Troll Invasion with a monthly reset token does.

Featured D&D
Shooting Star

For the week of 25 January–31 January.

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Ways to play[edit | edit source]

Most Distractions and Diversions are only available to be played a specific number of times over a given period. Typically, D&Ds will fall into one of three categories: daily, weekly, and monthly. However, some are only available for play after receiving specific items. A few D&Ds can be played without limits but only occur periodically in-game, and are not always available for play.

Players may obtain D&D tokens from Treasure Hunter, allowing them to reset their participation limits on a number of D&Ds. Tokens come in several different types: unique D&D resets, daily resets, weekly resets, and monthly resets.

Frequency[edit | edit source]

The table below lists all D&Ds by category, when and how often they can be played, and any requirements to do so.
Category Name Timing Frequency Additional Requirements
Daily Anima Islands N/A No limit N/A
Daily Big Chinchompa Half past every hour Twice daily N/A
Daily Bork N/A Once daily The Hunt for Surok (miniquest)
Daily Demon Flashmobs Every hour No limit None, but high levelled combat stats and combat equipment are highly recommend
Daily Evil Tree Every 2 hours Twice daily Varies by Evil Tree
Daily Fish Flingers Every 20 minutes No limit An entry ticket is required to enter a game of Fish Flingers
Daily Goebie Supply Runs Every 12 hours Once daily when capped None, but players should equip for safe PvP survival
Daily Goblin Raids Every 30 minutes No limit N/A
Daily Guthixian Caches Every hour No limit Will only earn experience for the first 200 points earned each day
Daily Phoenix Lair N/A Once daily In Pyre Need; 51 Slayer
Daily The Pit N/A No limit Attract the attention of a Talent scout
Daily Rune Goldberg Machine N/A Once daily 50 Runecrafting
Daily Runesphere About every 2 hours 30 min[n 1] No limit Reward from the Pure energy for turning in Rune dust is capped to 1,000 dust per day
Daily Shooting Star Every 2 hours No limit Varies by star size to mine. Reward from the Star sprite for turning in Stardust is capped to one turn-in per day regardless of quantity
Daily Sinkholes Half past every hour Twice daily An empty inventory; 5 players must be present to start
Daily Travelling merchant in Deep Sea Fishing N/A No limit 68 Fishing to access Deep Sea Fishing hub, the stock is daily limited
Daily Wilderness Flash Events Every hour No limit None, but a high combat level is recommended for some events
Daily Wilderness Warbands Every 7 hours Thrice daily None, but players should equip armour and weapons for Wilderness survival
Weekly Agoroth N/A Once weekly (F2P);

Twice weekly (P2P)

A Shadow over Ashdale
Weekly Balthazar Beauregard's Big Top Bonanza N/A Once weekly N/A
Weekly Familiarisation Every 2 hours Once weekly N/A
Weekly Herby Werby N/A Once weekly N/A
Weekly Jadinko hunting N/A Once weekly 81 Hunter
Weekly Meg N/A Once weekly
Weekly Memory of Nomad N/A Once weekly Nomad's Elegy
Weekly Penguin Hide and Seek N/A Once weekly N/A
Weekly Rush of Blood N/A Once weekly Plague's End; 85 Slayer
Weekly Skeletal Horror N/A Once weekly Rag and Bone Man Wish List
Weekly Tears of Guthix N/A Once weekly Tears of Guthix; At least one quest point or 100,000 total experience must have been gained since last collecting tears
Weekly Wisps of the Grove N/A Once weekly N/A
Monthly Effigy Incubator N/A Once monthly Desperate Measures; Level 85 in either Invention, Crafting, Runecrafting, or Smithing
Monthly Giant Oyster N/A Once monthly Beneath Cursed Tides
Monthly God Statues N/A Once monthly N/A
Monthly Premier Vault N/A Once monthly Premier Membership
Monthly Troll Invasion N/A Once monthly N/A
Item Champion's Challenge N/A Once weekly 33 quest points; Obtaining a Champion's scroll[n 2]
Item Court Cases N/A One time only per case King's Ransom; Obtaining a Court summons[n 3]
Item Treasure Trails N/A No limit Obtaining a Sealed clue scroll[n 4]
  1. ^ Practical number might be 2 hours 31 minutes and 51.5 seconds. No in-game tracking exists for this D&D, possibly due to the odd timer in between spawns
  2. ^ Only needed for access to new champions
  3. ^ Possible only if the player has not completed all court summons
  4. ^ Only one Clue Scroll of a given tier can be active at a time

List of all D&Ds[edit | edit source]

Many different distractions and diversions are available covering a wide variety of skills and activities.

Anima Islands[edit | edit source]

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After the fall of Tuska, Wizard Chambers can raise the floating islands from the bottom of the sea to allow players to siphon Anima Mundi to earn both experience in numerous skills and Reward Currency which can be used to purchase Warpriest of Tuska armour, various abilites, cosmetic and teleport overrides, emotes, and experience lamps.

Agoroth[edit | edit source]

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Accessible to both free players and members after completion of the quest A Shadow over Ashdale, Agoroth can be fought in the Ashdale Caves by accessing the Dead Man's chest once a week for non-members, and twice a week for members. Defeating Agoroth awards players with a black pearl, awarding bonus experience in a skill of their choice.

Balthazar Beauregard's Big Top Bonanza[edit | edit source]

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At Balthazar Beauregard's big Top Bonanza, players may test their skills and perform tricks in Agility, Ranged, Magic, Firemaking, and Thieving. Win the adornment of the audience to earning maximum points; perform feats as they shout requests out. Each event within the circus can be performed once each week. Circus barkers can be found in major cities informing players where the circus currently is.

Big Chinchompa[edit | edit source]

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At the Big Chinchompa hunting grounds, players can catch soporith moths; feeding them to the Plutonial chinchompa in the centre of the area in an attempt to put the chinchompa to sleep. The D&D lasts either 20 minutes or until the chinchompa falls unconscious, whichever comes first. Players earns competence points which can either be spent on various Hunter-related items, Hunter experience or on access to private hunting grounds.

Champion's Challenge[edit | edit source]

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While fighting creatures of one of 13 races, players may receive a Champion's scroll as a drop, challenging them to a formal duel by the race's Champion. Champion's scrolls are extremely rare drops, making it quite difficult to duel all the Champions. Once a scroll is obtained, giving it to Larxus in the basement of the Champions' Guild will permanently unlock access to that champion. Champions may be re-fought weekly for additional rewards.

Court Cases[edit | edit source]

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Court Cases are unlocked after the completion of the King's Ransom quest. The players first case can be obtained from the Seers' Village Courthouse immediately after King's Ransom, but each case thereafter requires a court summons. During a court case, the player may read case notes, interview witnesses, and inspect crime scenes prior to trial. Once a trial commences, the player should make compelling arguments and interview witnesses to win the Jury's favour. Successfully completing a case awards a combat XP lamp, mystery boxes, and further rewards depending on the case.

Deep Sea Fishing[edit | edit source]

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A collection of events happens in the centre of the Deep Sea Fishing Hub. When a random event appears, there will be a public chat announcement and the skybox will change to a nighttime setting. It includes the whirlpool, the travelling merchant, Arkaneo, as well as deep-sea encounters, sea monsters, a giant jellyfish and a whale.

Demon Flash Mobs[edit | edit source]

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A demon mob spawns every hour, consisting of a demon boss and several of its minions. All minions must be killed before the boss can be damaged; taking too long to dispatch the minions will allow the boss to become more powerful. The demon boss is extremely powerful and not to be underestimated. This D&D is designed for groups, but solo play can be achieved at near max levels. Once the demon boss is defeated, it will drop loot, with a chance to receive demon slayer armour.

Effigy Incubator[edit | edit source]

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Gather materials and an empty effigy casings to craft your own effigy. Repeat the process as many times as you can while the Incubator's fired up.

Evil Tree[edit | edit source]

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Accessible to both free players and members, Evil Trees can be attempted twice a day, awarding potential experience in Farming, Woodcutting, and Firemaking. Waves of evil trees appear every two hours; to check if an evil tree is currently growing a Spirit tree can be asked. Players near an evil tree may see roots attack at them and they will exclaim "What was that?"; giving a sign that an evil tree is nearby. When an evil tree is felled and petrifies, players may speak with the nearby leprechaun to receive various rewards including noted logs, coins, and tree seeds. Players are also given a buff which will help them while chopping trees for up to 30 minutes.

Familiarisation[edit | edit source]

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Familiarisation tasks the player with travelling to the Spirit Plane to gather resources. Players summoned transform into random familiars, hunting for raw shards. Once complete, return to Pikkenmix or Pikkupstix to claim a reward, either a charm drop enhancer or a box of summoning ingredients.

Fish Flingers[edit | edit source]

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Fish Flingers is a fishing competition located in Isla Anglerine. Players participate against each other, selecting bait, hook, and weight combinations to best catch six different types of fish. No requirements or items are needed to compete. Players can start by talking to Fishermen located at various fishing spots around RuneScape. Rewards include raw fish, Fishing experience, an experience boosting outfit, and a Tackle box to hold fish and fishing supplies.

Giant Oyster[edit | edit source]

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Accessible to both free players and members, the Giant Oyster is a monthly Distraction and Diversion requiring only completion of Beneath Cursed Tides. Travel to Tutorial Island, obtain delicious seaweed and sea cucumbers, and feed these to a giant oyster. The following month, players can loot the oyster to receive a reward from the clue scroll rewards table. Fishing and Farming experience are also awarded while gathering the seaweed and cucumber. Note that free players cannot feed or claim rewards from the oyster.

Goblin raids[edit | edit source]

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Available to both free players and Members, Goblin raids occurs every 30 minutes. Goblin Raiders lead by Hollowtoof will randomly plunder a farm or copper mine in the kingdoms of Misthalin and Asgarnia. Goblin raiders will drop their pillaged loot when killed. Hollowtoof attacks anyone nearby once his mob has been lost, awarding a piece of raider equipment when defeated. After the raid has collapsed, a Black Guard squad led by Commander Yodri arrives, awarding additional skilling supplies when approached by defenders.

Goebie Supply Runs[edit | edit source]

The next supply run begins in:


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Goebie supply runs is a safe D&D on Mazcab where players attempt to bring supplies from Kanatah to Otot. Supply runs occur every 12 hours (approximately 00:05 and 12:05 game time). 20 minutes afterwards, the supply run ends turning off PvP and disappearing any carried supplies. The adventurer may deliver up to 10 goebie supplies daily.

God Statues[edit | edit source]

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Each month, players may sculpt a statue of their choosing at a site in Taverley, Gu'Tanoth, Lumbridge, Canifis, and Prifddinas. Choices consist of either Juna, Graardor, Zilyana, K'ril Tsutsaroth, or Queen Glarial. Players are rewarded Construction experience from building each statue, and depending on whether the locals approve of the nearby statue, players can also receive either Prayer or Slayer experience rewards.

Guthixian Cache[edit | edit source]

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Guthixian Caches are a Divination-themed Distraction and Diversion emerging every hour. Players can enter an Energy Rift found at most wisp colonies to collect memories of Guthix. There are no skill requirements to participate. Players are awarded scaling Divination experience based on how many memories they managed to collect, up to 100 points per game. A total limit of 200 points can be redeemed each day.

Herby Werby[edit | edit source]

Herby Werby is a weekly activity that focuses on the Herblore and Firemaking skills. It takes place on Anachronia. Players aid the zygomites by saving healthy herbs from being burned and ensure that corrupt herbs get burned.

Memory of Nomad[edit | edit source]

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Memory of Nomad is a combat-themed weekly Distraction and Diversion available after completion of the Nomad's Elegy quest. Players may test their might against the memory of Nomad after the events of the quest at a greater difficultly. During the D&D, Nomad will have new mechanics, have a greater amount of life points, deal more damage, and does not have checkpoints. If victorious, players can claim their rewards from one of two bounty chests containing an assortment of high-value loot and combat supplies.

Premier Vault[edit | edit source]

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The Premier Vault is a monthly Distraction and Diversion exclusive for members that have a Premier Membership subscription. The activity, accessed through a portal in Varrock's Grand Exchange, provides players with the opportunity to win rewards by opening as many chests as they can within one minute.

Penguin Hide and Seek[edit | edit source]

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Disguised penguins can be found hiding throughout RuneScape. Players of any skill level may spy on the disguised penguins to obtain penguin points, redeemable for experience in any skill via Chuck or Larry at the Ardougne Zoo. After completion of the Hunt for Red Raktuber quest, players can also spy a Polar bear hiding in a well for an extra points. Furthermore, after completing Some Like it Cold, players can spy a penguin hiding in the Shadow Realm for additional penguin point. This penguin requires a ring of visibility to be seen.

Phoenix Lair[edit | edit source]

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The Phoenix is an Ancient, practically immortal creature capable of endlessly renewing herself under the correct conditions. The last Phoenix known to still exist is determined to live a very long life and asks whichever Adventurer has saved her to return regularly for battle so that she may repeat her death and rebirth cycle. Of course, the Phoenix must be sure that its opponent is worthy, and so its reborn guardians will do their very best to hinder anyone they come across. Players will have to complete In Pyre Need in order to do this. To kill the Phoenix, they will also need 51 Slayer. This is a daily activity.

Rune Goldberg Machine[edit | edit source]

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The Rune Goldberg Machine, invented by Wizard Goldberg, turns runes into vis wax, a substance with a variety of effects. Wizard Goldberg allows players to mix three different types of runes daily to create some wax. The machine is located in the Runecrafting Guild; as such, this requires players to have level 50 Runecrafting to access it.

Runesphere[edit | edit source]

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The runesphere is an object that appears in the Runespan that can be siphoned for runes, rune dust, and Runecrafting experience. Players can locate the sphere and siphon it through layers, collecting up to 1,000 rune dust a day to exchange with the ball of Pure energy left when all the layers of the runesphere have been siphoned off. The dust can be exchanged with the energy for 25 Runecrafting experience each, for a total possible of 25,000 Runecrafting experience.

Rush of Blood[edit | edit source]

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Rush of Blood is a weekly Slayer-themed combat D&D that can be played in Prifddinas, requiring at least level 85 Slayer and completion of Plague's End to take part. It is run by Morvran Iorwerth, a slayer master and former warband leader. Rush of Blood takes place in Morvran's Dungeon, where waves of different slayer-themed monsters, assembled from Morvran's assignment list, must be fought. Players have ten minutes to dispatch as many foes as possible. The activity can be played once a week for rewards and any number of times for practice.

Shooting Star[edit | edit source]

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Every 2 hours, a Shooting Star crashes somewhere on Gielinor. Players (both free players and members) can locate and mine the star, collecting up to 200 stardust a day to exchange with the Star Sprite found inside the fallen star. The dust can be exchanged for coins, cosmic runes, astral runes, and gold ore, along with a boost to their mining abilities for up to 15 minutes; a chance to mine an additional ore on successful mining attempts. Level 10 Mining is required to mine through the smallest Shooting Star, while level 90 Mining is required to mine through the biggest. Players may locate where the next Shooting Star will land via the telescope of a Player-owned house.

Sinkholes[edit | edit source]

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Sinkholes are a Dungeoneering-themed D&D where players can participate against other players, attempting to collect the most resources from a resource dungeon. Every hour on the half hour a sinkhole appears somewhere on Gielinor. Entering it, players are placed in a group of 5. Summoning familiar cards can be found and used to twist rewards around. Each card has a special effect that may swap, copy, or add to a players' reward. Rewards consist of Dungeoneering experience lamps, tokens, and cosmetic equipment. Talsar offers teleports to active and upcoming sinkholes three times daily.

Tears of Guthix[edit | edit source]

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Tears of Guthix is a weekly D&D players may use to gain experience in their lowest levelled skill. Juna guards access to the tears of Guthix deep within the caves under the Lumbridge Swamp, only allowing players entrance after completion of the Tears of Guthix quest and after gaining at least 100,000 experience or having gained one quest point since their previous visit. Once granted access, players attempt to fill their bowl with the tears which flow from the cave walls.

Treasure Trails[edit | edit source]

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Treasure Trails is a D&D where players who found a Clue scroll follow a series of cryptic clues in search of buried treasure. Clue scrolls can be found randomly dropped by various monsters, found pickpocketing H.A.M. Members and Elven clan workers, by opening a Treasure chest decoration, or purchased with Thaler. Five levels of clue scrolls exist, ranging from easy to master; each offer greater values of rewards upon completion. Rewards are randomly picked when opening a clue scroll's casket. Players may re-roll their rewards if they are unsatisfactory, but they must complete three of the same difficulty of clues before able to do so again.

Troll Invasion[edit | edit source]

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Troll Invasion is a D&D in which players attempt to defend Burthorpe from a troll assault, either via combat or using non-combat skills. For combat, waves of trolls will approach from Death Plateau, getting progressively more difficult. In the regular version, there are 20 waves; in the hard version, there are 7. If defending with non-combat skills, the trolls must be held off for ten minutes before they will depart. To do so, the gatehouse must be maintained for the soldiers assault, ballistas must be tended to, oil vats refilled, and barricades repaired. A reward book is awarded upon success or failure, granting experience in any skill, scaling to how successful the player was at defending Burthorpe.

The Pit[edit | edit source]

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The Pit is a D&D in which players perform in various minigames relating to Agility in order to gain agility experience. Completing laps on agility courses, players may attract the attention of the Talent scout and be chosen to participate in a challenge run by Snotgut and Scrambles. Completing the challenge successfully for the first time earns the player a gorilla mask. Each participation in The Pit is rewarded by agility experience, the amount dependent on the agility course being ran, the challenge received, and whether the challenge was completed successfully or not. The Talent scouts' attention can only be caught once an hour.

Wilderness Flash Events[edit | edit source]

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Wilderness Flash Events consist of thirteen different events in the Wilderness that make use of various skills. Players can earn experience, along with a sack of wild rewards or a sack of very wild rewards, which contains useful items. Each event has two targets: one personal target, and one collective event target. Both must be met within a five-minute time limit for participants to receive the full reward from the event. Failing to achieve the personal target results in no rewards. Completing four events is one of the requirements of Civil War II (miniquest).

Wilderness Warbands[edit | edit source]

The next Warband begins in:


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Wilderness Warbands is a dangerous D&D, composed of heavily defended storage camps guarded by the followers of the different Gods. Camps are set up in the Wilderness every 7 hours. Quercus will task adventurers to fight at the camps, awarding experience for their efforts. Players must head to the camp and avoid detection from the sentries posted around the camp. Failing to sabotage the beam results in the whole camp turning hostile without reinforcements to aid attacking players and reducing the time to clear the camp and loot the tents to five minutes. After clearing the camps of followers, players can loot the tents. Participating in looting will skull the player, and holding the looted supplies prevents teleportation out of the Wilderness. 25 supplies can be directly looted per camp before having to turn them in to Quercus; however, more can be acquired from killed players.

Wisps of the Grove[edit | edit source]

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The main objective is to explore The Lost Grove and track down up to 5 different coloured wisps that match the magical mushrooms found near the Fairy Teelee and then return the wisps essence to her.

Additional Activities[edit | edit source]

This article covers only those activities that are specifically classified as D&Ds by Jagex. However, there are other activities that due to their similarity are mostly referred to as D&Ds by players. These activities include:

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 30 March 2015 (Update):
    • Weekly resetting D&Ds will now reset closer to 00:00 UTC on Wednesdays, instead of up to an hour later.

Trivia[edit | edit source]