Drops

"Loot" redirects here. For the friends chat feature, see LootShare.
Remains (drops) of an iron dragon.

Drops, also known as Loot, are the items that monsters leave behind for the player that killed them when they die, or when they are defeated. These items may then be picked up by players. Drops often include bones, coins, or other items. Most monsters have "100%-chance drops", which is an item or items that are always dropped by that monster upon defeat or death. 100%-chance drops are most commonly bones or demonic ashes. Certain monsters may have more than one type of 100%-chance drops, however; a common example of this are metal dragons, who drop dragon bones as well as metal salvage corresponding to their composite metal.

Typically, the player who attacks the monster first will see the drop before other players, and the attacked NPC is marked with an asterisk (*) to denote such "ownership". This does not apply to specific monsters, however, such as bosses.

Large monsters (those that take up more than one square) will always drop their drops in the south-westernmost square. This also applies to any Ranged ammunition that falls to the ground when ranging those monsters.

Drops will remain on the ground for 200 game ticks (2 minutes or 120 seconds), after which they will disappear. Drops are invisible to other players for the first 100 game ticks (1 minute or 60 seconds), after which time, anyone will be able to see (and take) the item if it is tradeable.

Drops tables

When a monster dies, it will roll most of its drops tables to see if a player should obtain an item, and then which item they should obtain.

100% drop

These are the items that a monster is guaranteed to drop when it dies. Items on this table are usually remains such as bones and ashes, but there is no strict limitation to what can appear on this drop table. While all items on this table have a drop chance of "Always", not every item with an "Always" drop chance is a 100% drop; i.e., some items, such as the First dragonkin journal, are guaranteed as a drop on the first kill, but are not obtainable afterwards. This distinction keeps one-off items from being classed here; such items are usually tertiary drops.

Charms

Charms are dropped by a large selection of monsters. Charms are dropped alongside the other drops.

Main drop

Generally most monsters possess a drop table when they die, which in turn rolls a drop in the main drop table. Bosses are generally guaranteed to have one roll on the main drop table, especially chest-style bosses such as Araxxi. A few select monsters are capable of rolling multiple main drops at once.

Secondary drop

Secondary drops are another separate table also rolled alongside a main drop if the monster possesses one. This table is different from the main drop table and generally contains less rewarding items, and unless specified, cannot roll unique items. Examples of monsters with secondary drop tables include the elite dungeon bosses and Solak.

Tertiary drops

Tertiary drops are a separate table that is rolled for alongside the main drop. Unlike the main drop, multiple tertiary drops can be obtained in a single kill; however, similarly classed items cannot be obtained at the same time; e.g., if a spirit sapphire is obtained as a tertiary drop, it is impossible to also obtain a spirit ruby, but this roll will have no effect on obtaining a clue scroll.

Rare drop table

The rare drop table is an extra table of drops that can be rolled if a drop slot indicating it is rolled on the main drop. As such, the rare drop table drop will count as the main drop. The items available on the rare drop table are the same across every monster.

Universal drops

Universal drops are a class of items that can be obtained by nearly every monster. Usually, this drops table only includes the Key token; however, promotional items can be added during Treasure Hunter promotions. Drops on this table usually follow a time release mechanic; e.g. if a key token was obtained as a drop, it will not be possible to obtain another key token for several minutes. This time gate is universal as well, being closed by, for example, skilling and obtaining a key token. Drops on this table may or may not be added directly to a player's inventory/bank.

Drop rate

All items have a chance of being dropped that is expressible as a number, their drop rate. Drop rates are not necessarily a guarantee; an item with a drop rate of "1 in 5" does not equate to "This item will be dropped after 5 kills." While each kill does nothing to increase the drop rate itself, it is trivial to state that more kills gives rise to more chance overall.

Binomial model

Given a known value of ${\displaystyle {\frac {1}{x}}}$, the chance of receiving such an item ${\displaystyle k}$ times in ${\displaystyle n}$ kills can be calculated using binomial distribution.

The probability of receiving an item ${\displaystyle k}$ times in ${\displaystyle n}$ kills with a drop rate of ${\displaystyle {\frac {1}{x}}=p}$ follows:

${\displaystyle {\binom {n}{k}}p^{k}(1-p)^{n-k}}$   where    ${\displaystyle {\binom {n}{k}}={\frac {n!}{k!(n-k)!}}}$

For finding the probability of obtaining an item at least once, rather than a specified number of times, we can drop the binomial coefficient and simplify the equation to:

${\displaystyle 1-(1-p)^{n}}$

Where ${\displaystyle (1-p)^{n}}$ is calculating the probability of not receiving the item, and we use that to calculate the inverse.

For example, it is known that the drop rate of the abyssal whip is ${\displaystyle {\frac {1}{1024}}\approx 0.000977}$. If we want to know the probability of receiving at least one abyssal whip in a task of 234 demons, we would plug into the equation:

{\displaystyle {\begin{aligned}&1-(1-0.000977)^{234}\\=&\ 1-0.999023^{234}\\\approx &\ 1-0.795543\\\approx &\ 0.204457\end{aligned}}}

Giving us the answer, we have approximately a 20.45% chance of receiving an abyssal whip during this task. See Drop Rate Calculator for the drop rate calculator.

Distribution

There are two basic types of monsters: taggable and untaggable. Taggable monsters will give their drops to the first player who attacked it. Most untaggable monsters will give their drops to the player who dealt the most damage. Some monsters, such as Vorago, have unique mechanics that distribute the drops with a more complex algorithm, yet others, such as Araxxi and the Raids bosses, are looted with a coffer system, giving drops to all players who participated independently. For Ironman and Hardcore ironman mode, players must deal the most damage on the monster to receive the drop, even if they tagged it first.

Loot interface

The loot tab is a way to quickly pickup a stack of items in one go. Items that are dropped by the player, or appears for the player will appear in this interface. Certain items however, such as Pet droppings can also appear on the interface despite not being dropped by the player. The most valuable items based on Grand Exchange price will appear at the top of the interface followed by lesser valued items. Untradeables follow their own assigned value that can be found using the Wealth evaluator.

Area loot

The loot tab for quick pickups.
Options for customised pickups

This picks up all items around the player in a 7x7 grid (a three-tile radius around the player), having the Lorehound pet active with 125 reward points spent in the Pet track increases this to 9x9 (four-tile radius). Since this has the chance of exceeding the space for the loot tab, players wishing to pick up drops in areas filled with junk should either customise what to pickup or disable area looting/loot tab. You can also open Area Loot from the Loot section of RuneMetrics without needing to click on items on the floor, or simply assign it to a key under your keybinds.

Area loot can be toggled on or off in Settings under Gameplay > Item Drops.

Cursed energy does not appear in the area loot interface as an anti-luring measure.

Disabled areas

There are certain areas where the loot tab will not open even if enabled. The following areas have the loot interface disabled:

Keyboard shortcuts

While the loot interface is active:

• ESC: dismiss loot interface
• Spacebar: Loot All
• Shift + Spacebar: Loot custom

Loot beams

Main article: Loot beam

Since an update on 19 November 2013, valuable and various other rare drops will be highlighted by a beam of light when they're dropped. These beams will only shine for a short amount of time, however. If multiple items drop with each other to set off a loot beam, the displayed loot beam size will correspond to the highest-valued item within the dropped item stack.

Drops with a Grand Exchange value (total value of given drops, not counting 100%-chance drops) of 1,000–1,000,000 coins or more may be given a loot beam. A player may select the minimum Grand Exchange value of an item at which a loot beam is deployed, within the aforementioned threshold, by going into the Settings under Gameplay under Loot Settings. If the player does not select a minimum value, it will default to 500,000 until changed.

Update history

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• patch 19 April 2021 (Update):
• Area loot keybinds are no longer active while the chatbox is in active focus.
• patch 29 March 2021 (Update):
• The Area Loot Interface now:
• No longer closes while walking around.
• Periodically updates while walking around and when an NPC drops loot.
• Closes itself after moving more than 10 tiles since it last updated.
• Auto-retaliate is no longer disabled while the Area Loot Interface is open.
• ninja 26 October 2020 (Update):
• An option has been added to the Item Drops - > Loot System menu which will allow players to collect loot via the Loot Inventory when only a single item is on the floor (This feature was previously available on mobile devices but not the PC client).
• The naming and descriptions of the Looting options have been adjusted for clarity following the above changes.
• patch 18 August 2020 (Update):
• Added a new setting which enabled the Multiple Items Drop interface to appear for single item drops on mobile.
• To enable, navigate to the 'Loot System' menu found within the 'Item Drops' menu and check 'Always Use Loot Inventory'.
• patch 2 March 2020 (Update):
• The loot all button is now highlighted the first time the player picks up multiple items with area loot.
• A brief tutorial for the loot window and the backpack now appears when first picking up an item, if guidance system hints are enabled.
• patch 12 August 2019 (Update):
• Untradeable items will now show their item value when inside loot interfaces.
• patch 4 March 2019 (Update):
• Improved the interactions with loot drops from monsters
• The stack value pop-up when a monster drops an item will now show a list (max. 8) of objects that dropped on mobile.
• On PC the stack value remains and is now colour coded.
• The stack value pop-up is uses a more easily legible font.
• Improved the drop log font so it is more legible on a mobile device.
• The RuneMetrics Drop Log has a button to open the AoE looting interface.
• patch 4 December 2017 (Update):
• Hundreds of monsters that drop main-hand weapons now have an equal chance to drop their off-hand equivalent.
• ninja 16 January 2017 (Update):
• The ability to drag objects in the Loot interface has been removed, as it's not possible to reorder this inventory.
• patch 19 September 2016 (Update):
• Lil' Tuzzy is no longer lost when disconnecting whilst the loot interface is open.
• patch 4 April 2016 (Update):
• The following keybinds have been added for the loot interface:
• Space to "loot all".
• Shift & space to "loot custom".
• Esc to close interface.
• ninja 20 July 2015 (Update):
• The Loot inventory now displays the total Grand Exchange and High Alchemy values of objects contained within.
• patch 18 May 2015 (Update):
• The "right-click to open loot window" setting now works correctly.
• Players can no longer pick up the chocolate bar in Zanaris using the Improved Looting system.
• patch 7 September 2010 (Update):
• Loot could not be picked up if dropped by trolls on a certain map tile.
• update 11 May 2015 (Update):
• Area loot (improved looting) is added to the game.