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Examine is a feature that allows players to inspect objects. Almost anything in RuneScape can be examined, whether it is an item, NPC, interactive scenery, non-interactive scenery, or another player. To examine an object, right-click it and click on "Examine". The examine option is usually the last option when right-clicking an object. If a monster's combat level is higher than the player, then the examine option is second to last, unless targeting options have been changed in Settings. A short description of the object will appear on the chatbox.

Examining items is often not very useful for anything other than interest. One particularly unhelpful example can be seen when examining opal bolt tips, which yields the message: "Opal bolt tips." If an item is tradeable on the Grand Exchange, its Grand Exchange price will be displayed in its examine. If it is used in any skills, the examine will sometimes state the skill(s) and level(s) needed to be used in parentheses.

Examining some items or scenery during quests can be valuable or even necessary. For example, examining the levers on the bottom level of the Abandoned Mine during Haunted Mine helps the player differentiate the levers.

When examining stacks of untradeable items (or coins) bigger than 100,000, the usual examine text is replaced by "[exact number of items] x [item name]" when examined in the bank or inventory. If it was dropped, the usual examine would appear below the amount. However, when examining stacks of tradeable items in the bank, it will only show the regular examine text.

Noted items will have the examine text, "Swap this note at any bank for the equivalent item." followed by its G.E. price, "[Number] x [item name].", and the price in a stack of 100,000 or higher. If dropped, the examine will say "[Number] x [item name]. GE guide price: [price] gp each," followed by "Swap this note at any bank for the equivalent item." regardless of stack size.

Upon examining a members object on a free-to-play world, the player will receive the message Login to a members server to use this object.

Examples of examines[edit | edit source]

Jagex often uses examine text to include cultural references or humour.

For example:

  • The Doomsayer: "Cheerful, helpful and optimistic, I'll bet."
  • The Examiner: "Upon examining the Examiner, you examine it is indeed an examiner!"
  • A sign in the Wilderness: "Stop examining signs! You're in the wilderness now!".
  • A skeleton in the Wilderness: "He died of natural causes, like a massive dragon, or something".
  • Skeletons in the Slayer Tower yield two different examines: The ones on the floor reads, "How do you make a skeleton laugh?" and the ones leaning against the wall read, "Tickle his funny bone."
  • Growing wheat: "Kids grow up fast these days".
  • Young impling: "A young impling. It's not fair!"
  • Draynor Skull: "I shouldn't joke; this is a grave matter."
  • Sin Seer: "She's honest about the things you aren't."
  • Camo equipment: "Examine what?"
  • Horseshoes: "These would make fine shoes for... um... unicorns."
  • Head Chef: "Despite his name, rarely actually cooks heads."
  • A mounted bull's head, "Looks like the bull lost."
  • Huge Mushroom: "These fat fungi take up so much room."
  • Strung rabbit foot: "Not so lucky for the rabbit."
  • A Rug: "The handkerchief of giants!"
  • Burnt bread: "Nice crispy bread. Possibly too crispy."
  • A hidden rock in Daemonheim: "I can't see a rock."
  • Gnome Ball Field Cheerleader: "Cheerleading is a Real Sport!"
  • Penance Runner statue: "This reminds me of my aunt."
  • Cow: "Converts grass to beef."

The examine text is initially decided upon by the developer who makes the object, though it is occasionally adjusted by editors.[1]

Player-made examine[edit | edit source]

Feature[edit | edit source]

Setting up a player-made examine interface.
Examining a player.
Examining a player who has privacy enabled.

The player made examine was a feature added on 17 November 2014. The player can create or modify their personal examine feature by clicking on View More Actions View More Actions.png in the chatbox, followed by My Examine Settings Player examine button.png. Or if using Legacy, right click the bottom-right corner of the "Report" button. Players can use a list of 23 statuses and can type up to 80 characters into a personal message for other players to read. The player examine can show any worn items, overrides, levels, combat stats, and the clan that player is in. Regardless of the profanity filter setting, text that would not be filtered with the setting off will still be censored for saved text. This text can be reported just like normal text.

Players can set a privacy flag to control information shown to others about worn equipment, the clan the player is in, skills, and achievements. If the privacy mode is on, all visible equipment will be treated as cosmetic items. Access to the player's examine can be set to anybody, friends only, or nobody.

Cosmetic overrides that the player does not own will have a glowing border around the slot the override is in. This is to show that the player can purchase the override from Solomon's General Store with RuneCoins and Loyalty Points where applicable. Owned cosmetic overrides will appear with a green border around the item slot. Purchasing an override in-game will give the player a short jingle.

On the day of release, certain characters and an excess of certain characters would cause players examining the personal message to disconnect from the game. The personal message feature was disabled for several hours before being able to use again. Some characters that cannot be used are alternate codes and commas.

Offensive and inappropriate player examines can be reported by clicking the red flag icon in top left of the player examine interface and selecting "Offensive examine information" category under "Respect".

A hidden update was added into the game enabling right-click compare a player on the Friends List who is online and on the same world. This eliminates the need to be near the player to examine them and can be done anywhere so long as they are on the same world.

History[edit | edit source]

Player spoofs, such as the ones seen while riding Gnomecopters, have the 'examine' option. Their examine text usually contains a joke or reference of some kind. However, they are just non-interactive NPCs and are not players. It is possible for a player to examine themselves in a certain part of the quest The Branches of Darkmeyer through the eyes of vampyres but with players' own consciousness, stating that this feels like "an out-of-body experience".

In the very early days, before the pop-up right-click menu, non-PK players did have an "examine" option that would say, "it's (player's name)".

Many players would like to be able to define their own examine text that others can read, and have posted this opinion on the RuneScape Forums. The idea was confirmed as being in development by Mod Jack in late 2014, and a forum post was created to let players suggest ideas on how to implement the system.

Mod Craddock said of the proposal: "It's quite a nice idea but it could be quite difficult for us to stop players from writing horribly insulting examines. Can you think of any solution to this?" Players responded by saying that examine text should be subject to the chat filter, and inappropriate text should be reportable under the Rule 1 - Offensive Language. They have even suggested that all player-made examine text should be checked manually by Jagex before "going live", and offenders should have their right to provide their examine text revoked.

Gallery[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!
  • ninja 13 September 2021 (Update):
    • Players can now select whether to have stack value show the Grand Exchange price or the High alchemy Price. They can also disable the display altogether.
      • This can be done under Settings > Item Drops > Item Stack Information.
      • This means Ironmen will no longer have to see High Alchemy prices.
      • This affects how much Gold is added to Runemetrics drops based on the chosen setting, and will adjust accordingly when the setting is changed.
  • patch 1 March 2021 (Update):
    • Info boxes should now consistently appear above the Examine target with no offset.
  • patch 3 August 2020 (Update):
    • The Upgrade button no longer obscures the 'Examine Player' window for free-to-play players in legacy interface mode.
  • patch 6 July 2020 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue where inspecting another player with specific achievements would cause them to disconnect.
  • patch 9 September 2019 (Update):
    • Corrected the colour of the "Cosmetic Appearance" tooltip text when examining another player's overridden equipment.
  • patch 20 May 2019 (Update):.
    • Examining other players now correctly highlights their boosted/nerfed skill levels, rather than highlighted those of yours that are currently affected.
    • Items that are non-alchemisable will no longer display a high alch price when being examined.
  • patch 23 April 2019 (Update):
    • Some useful icons have been added to the examine info box on relevant items. Icons were added for Grand Exchange and/or Alchemy prices for relevant items.
  • patch 11 September 2017 (Update):
    • Inspecting a player's favourite achievement now works correctly.
  • patch 4 September 2017 (Update):
    • The Skill Level display on the Player Inspect interface has been reverted to display the icons in a 3x9 layout.
  • hotfix 30 August 2017 (Update):
    • Applied a further fix to players being disconnected when inspecting others.
  • hotfix 29 August 2017 (Update):
    • A fix was applied to prevent disconnects when examining another player with a certain achievement setup.
  • ninja 12 September 2016 (Update):
    • The player examine privacy settings now also include a "friends only" option.
  • patch 2 November 2015 (Update):
    • The following characters may now be used in player examine messages: ö ä ü Ö Ä Ü ß Á é í ó ú à ç ã õ ê ô â è û É Ê È œ Ç Ô å Å
  • ninja 16 March 2015 (Update):
    • Players can now examine any stack of items on the ground to see the amount in the stack.
  • ninja 9 March 2015 (Update):
    • The Skills tab - including Player Examine - now shows quest points alongside total and combat levels.
  • ninja 2 February 2015 (Update):
    • Examining a stack of coins on the ground will now display how many there are in the stack.
  • patch 24 November 2014 (Update):
    • Players will no longer have their keybinds locked if they close the Examine interface without entering a personal message.
    • Certain item packs are now correctly shown in the Player Examine interface.
  • ninja 2 June 2014 (Update):
    • Items that can be placed on the Grand Exchange will now include their guide price in their examine text.
  • patch 25 May 2010 (Update):
    • Corrected the examine info for bound celestial gloves.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It is possible for a free-to-play player to "examine" members features on the edge of the free game world. For instance, in Taverley, it is possible to examine the Obelisk of Water in Catherby. However, no examine text would be shown.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. RSDev's Twitter account. 1 July 2009. (Archived from the original on 24 December 2019.) RSDev: "Examine information will be put there by the developer making the object and occasionally tweaked by our Editors"