Duelling

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Two players duelling in Lumbridge.
For the enchanted ring, see Ring of duelling.
Not to be confused with Duel Arena.

Duelling is a feature re-released on 1 June 2016, allowing players to fight each other almost anywhere in RuneScape. No experience is earned from killing another player, nor are any items dropped upon death.

When the duel starts, both players are healed to full health, adrenaline is drained to zero, and any existing buffs and debuffs are removed. After the duel ends, both players' life points are returned to what they were before the duel started, and buffs or debuffs received during the duel are removed.

Rules[edit | edit source]

Players may challenge each other to a duel via a right-click option. Duel requests can be accepted by sending another request to the challenger or by clicking the request. The option to duel can be turned off through game settings or the trade filter.

The duel cannot be initiated if:

  • The option to duel is turned off
    • This option may be found in Settings > Gameplay > Combat & Action bar > Attack Options > "Hide duel option on players" must be unchecked.
  • The player is busy (e.g. has certain interfaces open)
  • The player is in combat
  • The player is already in a duel
  • The player is in a PvP area
  • A disallowed action is performed

The duel ends if:

  • Either player reaches 0 life points
  • A monster that is neither player's familiar is attacked or attacks one of the players
  • Either player moves into a PvP area
  • The space between players is more than 32 tiles
  • A disallowed action is performed
  • A player starts a game of Gnome Ball

Disallowed actions[edit | edit source]

The disallowed actions in duelling are:

Achievements[edit | edit source]

No Fighting in the Warforge! (RuneScore.png 10) – Start a duel in the Crucible area within the Warforge.

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 14 April 2020 (Update):
    • Dueling a player that is using a Blood Reaver familiar will no longer continuously loop the duel setup and heal the user's lifepoints.
  • patch 11 March 2019 (Update):
    • Non-combat items now correctly prevent player duels.
  • patch 19 June 2017 (Update):
    • Defeating your opponent in a duel will no longer leave them as a target that you're unable attack.
  • ninja 17 October 2016 (Update):
    • It is now possible to view your opponent's backpack and worn items in the Duel challenge interface.
  • patch 15 August 2016 (Update):
    • Standing in the bank with the Fortitude prayer active now heals during a duel for the correct amount.
  • patch 6 June 2016 (Update):
    • Special attack energy is now restored to its previous amount when a duel ends.
    • Adrenaline is now drained at the end of a duel.
    • Corrected a typo when attempting to duel a player who doesn't want to receive duel requests.
    • Added some more safety checks to when a player dies in a Duel to ensure that they die a safe death.
    • Players can no longer duel inside an instanced area.
    • Players can no longer duel near the Vorago or Rise of the Six areas.
  • patch 1 September 2014 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to toggle between Legacy and EoC mode within a duel.
  • patch 10 September 2013 (Update):
    • It is now possible to start a duel with scrimshaws equipped before the fight begins.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In the very early days of RuneScape duelling was commonly used to get free teleports to Lumbridge by losing. Duelling outside PvP areas was unavailable for a long time before being re-enabled in 2016. This newer variant does not cause respawning in a different location.