Familiarisation

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Familiarisation is a weekly Distraction and Diversion, based on the Summoning skill and was released on 16 February 2010. To start this Distraction and Diversion the player has to talk to Pikkupstix in Taverley, who can teach players the art of Summoning. Pikkupstix needs players to go to the spirit plane, the home of all Summoning creatures, and gather resources from it, from which the druids create spirit shards. The player has to find the one currently active small Summoning obelisk and mentally project themselves into the spirit plane. Pikkupstix will tell the player he has an apprentice, Pikkenmix, who knows which small Summoning obelisk is currently active. This method is currently broken, however you can still use the Lunar spell NPC Contact to speak to him and find the current location. The player has to find the small obelisk and enter the spirit plane with the help of Pikkenmix. There, assuming the shape of a Summoning familiar, they need to gather as many piles of raw shards as possible while avoiding certain other familiars. An obelisk will only remain active for 20 minutes after which it will become inactive. The active obelisk changes every two hours.

Participation in this Distraction and Diversion is limited to once per week, resetting weekly at Wednesday 00:00 UTC.

When seeing an active obelisk before speaking to Pikkupstix about it, players can skip that step and go ahead and talk to Pikkenmix and enter the spirit plane.

Familiarisation has no requirements, not even the Wolf Whistle quest which is an introduction to Summoning. However it would be of benefit to complete the quests Fishing Contest, Underground Pass, Heroes' Quest, Lost City, and partial completion of Lunar Diplomacy and Eadgar's Ruse. These quests grant access to a greater number of Summoning obelisks, any of which could become the next active obelisk.

Since the obelisk changes every 2 hours, and only stays active for 20 minutes, it is most likely that there is no obelisk active at the time. The best way to find out when an obelisk is active is to open the Adventures interface and select the Minigames tab, from here players can select D&Ds from the drop down menu and see in real time when the next obelisk event will be active.

Quick info: Pikkupstix in Taverly can be bugged for some, so in order for you to get the summoning obelisk location you can use the Contact NPC spell from the Lunar magic spellbook to contact Pikkupstix and get the location that way.

Travel to Taverley[edit | edit source]

Pikkenmix at an active obelisk

Pikkupstix is in the Summoning shop in Taverley. There are several ways to contact him:

  • Home Teleport to Taverley and run east.
  • Home Teleport to Falador and run west.
  • If the player's player-owned house is in Taverley, teleport to the house portal there, then proceed to run east.
  • If using Lunar Spells, the NPC Contact spell can be used to talk to Pikkupstix.
  • After the quest Love Story, a player can use a Chisel with a Teleport to house tablet to make a Taverley tablet
  • While there is an active Familiarisation obelisk, all small obelisks in Runescape will glitter and allow teleportation directly to Pikkupstix. This also means that for the 20 minutes the obelisk is active, a player can have easy access to a large obelisk for infusing pouches.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The spirit plane.

While playing the player will be summoned as a random familiar and will have to hunt around for raw shards. The game will end when either one of the following occurs:

  1. 60 raw shards were collected by the player.
  2. The player's mental focus reaches 0.

As soon as the spirit plane is entered, there will be two types of familiars opposed to the form that player was assigned that will instantly recognise them as an enemy within their plane of existence. The longer the player remains within the Spirit Plane, more types of familiars will start to see through the player's disguise and recognise them as an imposter. If one passes too close to any familiars that will recognise them (these are depicted at the top of the screen) they will drain some of the player's mental focus and their presence within the spirit plane will weaken.

The level of focus is tracked by the bar on the left-hand side of the screen. When this has completely worn down, the player will lose focus and their consciousness will return to their body on RuneScape, next to Pikkenmix, exactly where it was last parked, along with as many piles of raw shards as the player managed to collect. The current level of mental focus can also roughly be gauged by the colour draining from the player's form in the spirit plane. Mental projection like this takes a lot of effort, so the player will only be able to stay in the spirit plane for a maximum of twenty minutes from when it was first entered, and run energy will very rapidly drain. That is, unless the native familiars cause the player to lose focus or if all sixty piles of raw shards are found first.

The total number of raw shards is more than 60 and approximately 63.

Strategies[edit | edit source]

A map of playing area within the Spirit Plane.

Run energy decreases very quickly as a Familiar. An advantage can be gained by activating the Globetrotter boots or taking a dip in the salt-water spring in Oo'glog if the As a First Resort quest is completed. This will give unlimited run energy for a short while. In this case, the hunting familiars can be basically disregarded and run around continuously, gaining the shards; the player will collect their limit long before the focus runs out.

Don't run about randomly, try to develop an effective pattern, such as circling the outskirts and collecting all shards in sight, then finish with the centre area. This will help ensure none are missed, and get forced to randomly run around looking. Also remember that there is more than enough time to get the maximum number of shards (60), so take the time and avoid all opponents shown at the top of the screen (more important to those without infinite run energy).

Although Surefooted aura and Greater surefooted aura gives unlimited run energy, it does not apply to familiarisation.

Obelisk locations[edit | edit source]

Oppositions[edit | edit source]

What the player is up against

In the Spirit Realm, the mental energy will be drained by other spirits, depending on the player's form in the Spirit Realm.

More spirits will try to drain the player's energy as time goes by in the Spirit Realm. A message appears with a warning of this and a picture of the spirit appears at the top of the screen. A maximum of six types of spirits would hunt the player.

These are the spirits that will always hunt the player, from the beginning of the game.

The player's form Opposing creature #1 Opposing creature #2
Thorny snail Barker toad Desert wyrm
Compost mound Geyser titan War tortoise
Giant chinchompa Hydra Karamthulhu overlord
Void spinner Obsidian golem Vampyre bat
Evil turnip Compost mound Thorny snail
Spirit coraxatrice Spirit kyatt Spirit larupia
Spirit larupia Spirit wolf Void ravager
Stranger plant Pack yak Ravenous locust
Adamant minotaur Forge regent Lava titan
Giant ent Beaver Fire titan
Ice titan Pyrelord Spirit tz-kih
Pack yak Albino rat Spirit cobra

Rewards[edit | edit source]

Once the time in the spirit plane is completed, then the player has the chance to gear up for their triple charm reward by going back to Pikkupstix or Pikkenmix.

If ingredients are chosen, then a box of summoning ingredients of items that can be used to infuse pouches is received. What items are received, and in what quantity, is based upon how many piles of raw shards the player managed to collect from the Spirit Plane. As of 6 March 2017, the Shaman's outfit parts can be obtained from the box of summoning ingredients - this is also available to ironmen.

If triple charms are chosen, then a charm drop enhancer is received. It is not possible to obtain more than one charm drop enhancer at once. If the player already owns one and attempts to claim another, then the first one can be used after which the player can return to Pikkupstix to claim the next one.

When the charm drop enhancer is used, for a maximum of forty minutes of in-game time, any charm drops that the player receives (including obsidian charms and abyssal charms, but not talon beast charms or elder charms) will be tripled. Each shard collected is worth 40 seconds, and the total time is rounded to the nearest minute. A warning is shown at 5 minutes and at 1 minute before the time runs out. Charms received from killing Bork or Ork legions will not be tripled, nor will the charm reward from a mystery box.

Only a maximum of thirty piles of raw shards from a previous trip can be kept. Therefore if a substantial amount of shards (60 or close to that amount) is already collected, then it is more efficient to collect the reward, rather than spending time on this again.

Maximising charms[edit | edit source]

Players who choose triple charms should begin killing monsters with high frequency charm drops, such as waterfiends. Before using the charm drop enhancer, make sure preparations were made with necessary items such as armour, teleports, food and potions, charming imp or legendary pet if one is owned, and if possible be at the monster location so that minimal time is spent banking or gearing up.

For more information see the charm gathering and obtaining charms sections.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Music[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 7 May 2019 (Update):
    • The rewards for the Familiarisation Distraction & Diversion have been reverted to give the summoning ingredients they did before the Mining and Smithing rework.
  • patch 14 January 2019 (Update):
    • The Mining and Smithing Rework is released, replacing metal bars and metal equipment in the box of summoning ingredients with stone spirits and salvage, respectively.
  • ninja 5 February 2018 (Update):
    • Familiarisation now resets on Wednesdays instead of every seven days.
  • ninja 11 January 2016 (Update):
    • The remaining time for the familiarisation triple-charm reward now appears on the player buff bar.
  • ninja 19 January 2015 (Update):
    • The following changes have been made to the Familiarisation D&D:
      • All worlds now start Familiarisation at the same time.
      • The D&D tracker now accurately shows the starting time of Familiarisation.
      • All summoning obelisks that allow entry to Familiarisation will now sparkle when the D&D begins, and will also offer a teleport to Pikkupstix.
  • patch 3 March 2010 (Update):
    • Ensured that some of the map locations in the Familiarisation area aren't blocked by shards.