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This article is about the commonly found human NPC. For other types, see Guard (disambiguation).

Guards can be found in many areas in Gielinor, usually in major cities, such as Falador, Varrock, and Ardougne. Guards also patrol the area of just south of the Wilderness wall at Edgeville. There are also guards at the mansion in the quest Rat Catchers.

Although they are meant to uphold the law, their city/town budget prevents them from using better gear. This makes them prime targets for adventurers, who either pickpocket or kill them on a whim. The unnamed captain at Varrock Palace states that the average life expectancy for a guard is around 30 seconds.

Locations[edit | edit source]

Unattackable guards[edit | edit source]

Weapons, armour and weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Level 9[edit | edit source]

Level 9 guards can be found in Burthorpe and Catherby markets, guarding the stalls. They attack with melee and are weak to air spells.

Level 18[edit | edit source]

Falador[edit | edit source]

The guards in Falador are level 18, and can fight with either ranged or melee, depending on their wielded weapon. The guards with melee weapons are weak to water spells or fire spells, and the one with ranged weapons are weak to stab attacks.

The melee guards wear a bronze chainbody, bronze helm, bronze square shield, leather chaps, and leather boots as armour, and either a bronze longsword or a bronze battleaxe as their weapon. The rangers wear similar armour to the melee guards, but substitute a leather body in place of the bronze chainbody, and are armed with either a bronze crossbow or a bow similar in appearance to Kayle's chargebow.

East Ardougne[edit | edit source]

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The guards of Ardougne wield a steel mace, iron chainbody, and a helmet that looks like a spiny helm without spikes. They also wear red trousers, and blue shirts under chainmail. They are weak to fire spells.

Varrock[edit | edit source]

Market guard (Varrock) chathead.png

Guards in Varrock wear a golden/yellow version of the Renegade Knights' uniform. They are level 25, they attack with melee and they are weak to air spells. Until late 2007, Varrock guards were identical to Falador guards. They can be found in front of castle.

Edgeville[edit | edit source]

Guards in Edgeville wear some sort of green leather armour. They are level 35 and attackable, and are good for training at a lower level as players can heal at Edgeville bank. The Edgeville guards are weak to water spells.

Thieving[edit | edit source]

Except for in Taverley and Catherby, guards can be pickpocketed at with level 40 Thieving, giving 46.8 experience and 30-34 Coins. You can get up to 60 coins per pickpocket after finishing the Lost Her Marbles caper. If unsuccessful, the player will be hit for twenty life points and stunned for five seconds. If someone kills the guard just as you are pickpocketing you will get the message "Too late; they are dead" and you will receive neither experience nor loot.

Thieving level40 Thieving-icon.pngThieving XP46.8 XPStun time / damage4.8s / 20 lp
Double loot50 Thieving-icon.png
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Triple loot60 Thieving-icon.png
50 Agility-icon.png
Quadruple loot70 Thieving-icon.png
60 Agility-icon.png
  1. ^ 60 only after finishing the Lost Her Marbles caper.

Respawn[edit | edit source]

Most guards respawn approximately 50–55 seconds after their bodies disappear on the ground. This is a relatively long time for people who are power training their combat skills; it is advised that players seeking to raise those skills quickly by killing guards find an area with at least four guards, so as to always be able to fight at least one. Some areas good for this are the lobby of Varrock Palace which spawns 6 guards, and the northern entrance to Falador which spawns 5 guards, although are often populated by other players.

Drops[edit | edit source]

100% drop[edit | edit source]

Charms[edit | edit source]

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Main drops[edit | edit source]

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Only with the relevant clue in the inventory.
  2. ^ a b These two seeds are the only seeds available to free-to-play players.

Universal drops[edit | edit source]

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These items are dropped alongside main drops.

Dialogue[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 22 May 2017 (Update):
    • A guard on the hill north of Falador has had his chathead restored.
  • patch 7 March 2016 (Update):
    • Guards (Falador bow/crossbow variants) have had their combat stats rebalanced.
  • patch 14 January 2013 (Update):
    • The Falador archer guards now draw back their bows correctly.
  • update 30 January 2001 (Update):
    • The guards in Varrock city now attempt to stop people fighting. There are large number of guards at the bank, so assuming they haven't all been killed you can now withdraw your money more safely.
  • update 29 January 2001 (Update):
    • The number of guards was further increased.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

A RuneScape Classic guard.
  • When worldwide PKing was allowed in RuneScape Classic, guards used to stay in key cities and break up PKers by attacking the aggressor.
  • The average life expectancy of a guard is 30 seconds, as stated by the Varrock guard captain and Bob, a Faladian guard. During the quest Garden of Tranquillity, Bob and his partner Billy are swiftly killed by PKMaster0036 to emphasise their short lifespan.
  • When fighting guards at the Varrock east gate, if the workman walks by while you're killing a guard, the guard yells "I'M BEING SLAUGHTERED!" The workman will then comment "Nothing new here". When all the Varrock guards at eastern gate are dead, when the workman walks by, he will say "Oh, they're all dead."
  • Every time you pickpocket a guard in Varrock, a count is added to the signpost in front of the palace entrance. This count is daily and unique to each world; it is always at zero on free worlds as it is impossible to pickpocket guards on them.
  • Before the EoC update, it was possible to completely imitate the appearance of Falador guards. This was done by setting the character's top to the colour of Cowhide Brown, and their bottoms to Coal Black, then equipping their respective armour and weapon. If done correctly, the only noticeable difference would only be the red stripe on the helmet. This is possible again since the rework of Falador.
  • An update that changed the appearance of Leather chaps meant that it is no longer possible to completely imitate Falador guards.
  • Prior to the Port Sarim graphical rework on 11 July 2016, a variant of guards were found in the Port Sarim Jail. Following this update the guards were changed to Port Sarim guards. Before this, the guards were level 18 and wore hard leather bodies and steel helms. They were weak to water spells. There was an unattackable guard on the roof of the jail, and some of the guards had chatheads.
  • There is guard outside the Varrock Palace, attempting to arrest Ozan. If you talk to them, Ozan would frame you as his accomplice and flee. Afterwards, the guard becomes attackable. Once killed, he would not respawn.