Friends Chat

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Friends chat icon
The friends chat menu
The interface when in the Lobby.

The Friends Chat feature allows any player to create their own chat channel and assign ranks to other players in their channel. Similarly to public chat, any messages sent in a chat channel are seen by all players in that channel, except if the sender is on any player's ignore list or vice versa.

Friends Chat is available to everyone with membership or free players with 150 total level or higher, and was released in the Clan Chat update on 6 August 2007. Players do not need to set up their own channel in order to use someone else's. Later, on 12 April 2011, another Clan Chat was released, with the former Clan Chat renamed to Friends Chat.

Players in a Friends Chat channel send messages in the same way as with public chat, except using a slash (/) at the beginning of every line. The slash does not appear when the message is displayed. As with private chat, the other players can be logged into any server. Selecting the Friends Chat option at the bottom of the screen eliminates the need of using a slash (/). A leading slash will not be removed if the Friends Chat channel is accessed through the Lobby.

Creating a channel[edit | edit source]

Clan chat settings.png
Any player can set up their own Friends Chat channel.

Any player can create their own channel, using the "Friends Chat settings" button in the Friends Chat interface:

The player will then be presented with an interface that allows them to set ranks for people on their Friends List and control who can enter, talk, and kick other players from the channel. They can also set a channel name of up to twelve characters, which will appear on the side of the chat box to indicate something said on that channel. Censorship still applies to the channel name, and Jagex has made it so the word "mod" cannot be included in the name either (e.g. "I Am A Mod" or even "Gamemode"). The words Staff, and Admin are included in this censor.

Players that have the rank required to kick others in the channel can only kick those with rank lower than theirs, for example, a general with kick power cannot kick other generals. They are free to kick those at captain rank or below, however, the channel owner may disapprove (and can lower their rank). Players kicked from a channel cannot re-enter for an hour; in addition, those on the channel owner's ignore list cannot enter a channel at any time.

If a channel reaches the player limit (500) and any ranked player tries to join, another player with a lower rank than the one entering will be kicked to make room. Otherwise, any other person will be told "This chat is currently full", and will have to wait until someone leaves to rejoin.

A Jagex Moderator can always join a chat, will always be able to chat on it, and can kick any player off the chat, including the owner, irrespective of any rank given by the owner of the Friends Chat.

Using a channel[edit | edit source]

Clan chat join.png
Friends Chat.png

To enter a Friends Chat channel, players simply click on the "Join/leave a Friends Chat channel" button in the Friends Chat interface. The name of the player hosting the channel must be entered in the message box. Once this is done, the player is able to send messages to other players in the channel by writing messages in the public chat box with a slash before them.

The Friends Chat interface shows the name and creator of the channel the player is currently chatting on. In addition, each player in the channel (up to 500) is shown on a list, along with their channel rank and current world.

Players not on the channel owner's friends list do not have a rank icon; players on the owner's friends list but not assigned any other rank have a friend icon; and each of the other ranks (except channel owner) are assigned by the owner to other players on their friends list.

If a player is kicked from the chat, the player will be able to rejoin after one hour. Alternatively, the chat is reset if it is emptied and those kicked can rejoin then.

The owner can limit the accessibility of the Friends Chat by adjusting the "Who can enter chat?" or the "Who can talk on chat?" options.

Friends chat Ranks
Icon Rank
Friend icon.gif
Recruit icon.gif
Corporal icon.gif
Sergeant icon.gif
Lieutenant icon.gif
Captain icon.png
General icon.gif
Channelowner icon.gif
Channel owner
Jagexmod icon.png
Jagex moderator

The interface also contains a button for players to enter or leave a channel. Jagex moderators have powers equivalent to a channel owner if they join a channel.

Players who are breaking rules in chat channels can be reported using the report abuse button as normal.

Join messages[edit | edit source]

When attempting to join a friend chat channel, the player may receive one of the following error messages and fail to join the channel. See the table below for information about the message and how to resolve it.

Message Description How to resolve
The channel you tried to join does not exist. Either no player exists with the provided player name, or the player has not set up a friend chat channel. Make sure you have typed the player's name correctly. If the player has not set up a channel yet, they can do so using the "Creating a channel" guide above.
Error joining friends chat channel - please try again later! A bug prevented the player from joining the channel. As this is caused by a game error, there is little a player can do. Waiting a minute then trying to join can sometimes help, as can swapping to a different game world.
The channel you tried to join is currently full. The channel has reached its capacity of 500 users. Wait a minute before trying to join again. The player could also contact the channel owner or a member with the ability to kick, who can remove inactive players to create free space.
You are temporarily blocked from joining channels - please try again later! Occurs after trying to join a full channel multiple times. Try again after a few minutes.
You do not have a high enough rank to join this friends chat channel. The channel owner has restricted who can join their channel, and the player's rank is lower than the "Who can join" rank specified. Contact the channel owner and request access to the channel.
You are temporarily banned from this friends chat channel. The player was recently kicked from the channel and a temporary ban is still in place. Wait for the ban to expire - this usually takes 60 minutes from the time the player was kicked.
You are not allowed to join this user's friends chat channel. The player is on the channel owner's ignore list, and is therefore unable to join the channel. Contact a ranked member of the channel and request the ban be lifted. The channel owner will not see messages from the player as the player is on the owner's ignore list.

LootShare[edit | edit source]

LootShare is another feature that Jagex added to the Friends Chat in the LootShare update of the 16 October 2007.[1] When LootShare is active, all players within a 16-square radius of a fallen monster have a chance to get the drop. There is an additional message in the chat box that informs the clan who received the drop, and what the drop was. Furthermore, receiving substandard drops or none at all increases the chances that a player will get a more valuable drop the next time.

To activate LootShare, the owner of the clan must enable it through the Clan Setup menu, then each member of the clan must activate it as well. The minimum clan rank needed to engage in LootShare is "Friend . In addition, when LootShare is activated it requires 2 minutes to begin working.

LootShare is only available in certain worlds, noted by the world select screen. LootShare does not work for player-killing.

Glitches[edit | edit source]

  • A glitch occasionally causes players to appear multiple times in a Friends Chat channel.
  • When the Kick button was first added to the Friends Chat interface, a player could 'kick' themselves from their own channel by entering their previous display name. This glitch has been fixed, and players correctly receive the error message "You cannot kick or ban yourself." instead.
  • On 8 July 2009, when the interface was updated, players were temporarily able to add themselves to their ignore list. Consequently, anyone with their own name on their ignore list was rendered unable to enter their own Friends Chat for as long as the name remained on their ignore list. Furthermore, if players added themselves to their friends lists, they could give themselves a different rank in their own Friends Chat channels. This did not affect any in-clan functions, however, and the person retained the "owner" rank.
  • On the day of the "Fish Flinger" update, several worlds would not allow friends chat to function properly. In World 100 , for instance, you could type something to the clan, but nothing would show up on your screen. In 50% of the cases, some could see your text, some could not. Other people may entirely not be able to read or see chat. This has since been fixed.
  • Since 9 June 2010, there was a bug for some people with friends chat, giving users affected the message 'Error connecting to Chat Channel. Please try again later!' This issue appears not to affect everyone, but has affected several players. Jagex is currently looking into the issue. Please see this post by Mod AC for more information. This may be the same as the "error joining friends chat channel - please try again later!" error.
  • Since 22 July, there has been a glitch where few or no players show up on the friends chat interface. Jagex is currently fixing this problem.
  • If you are muted and attempt to kick someone from a Friends Chat, the automated message will not appear.
  • There has been a glitch where if your Friends Chat text was changed to another colour and if you enter a player-owned house (POH), then the text in the Friends Chat will turn default while the Home Sweet Home picture is displayed. This has not been fixed yet.
  • On 10 January 2011, about 2 minutes before the system update, a glitch caused every player to be 'kicked' from all chats, and everybody received the message "You leave the channel". There was no waiting time to get back into the Friends chats, and the cause of this glitch was unknown.
  • Since 10 January 2011, there has been a glitch where a player or players will be randomly banned from a Friends Chat for an hour for absolutely no reason. It is said to be a problem from when Jagex fixed the kicking bug that happened on the day that this bug was reported to start. This caused controversy as people in Friends Chats blamed each other.

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!
  • hidden 5 December 2022 (Update):
    • The Friends Chat icon has been updated in the mobile client.
  • patch 20 June 2022 (Update):
    • The Friends' Chat player limit has been increased from 100 to 500.
  • patch 22 February 2021 (Update):
    • Fixed the incorrect colouring of Clan Chat and Friends Chat, as well as other minor text re-ordering issues.
  • patch 10 February 2020 (Update):
    • Friend and clan chat announcements now correctly trigger upon elite task set completion.
  • patch 11 March 2019 (Update):
    • Added tooltips over players names in both the Friends Chat and Clan chat list which displays information about the world they're on.
  • patch 28 January 2019 (Update):
    • Friends Chat owners can now enable the option for lootshare to be enabled for players they do not have added to their friends list.
  • patch 18 June 2018 (Update):
    • The dialog box for joining a friendschat will now correctly close if the Favourites function is used instead.
  • patch 14 May 2018 (Update):
    • Non-member accounts with less than 150 total level are now unable to enter friends chats.
  • ninja 26 March 2018 (Update):
    • Friend chats can now be added to a Favourites Chats menu through the addition of a favourite chats button beside the chat settings button in the Friend Chat interface. Players can store up to 5 Favourite Chats within the menu.
  • patch 24 July 2017 (Update):
    • The Invite to Group option has been removed from Friends Chat options.
  • patch 11 August 2014 (Update):
    • Names within the Friends Chat Setup interface will no longer occasionally be displayed as their rank.
  • patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
    • The friends chat divider position no longer resets on logout.
  • patch 24 July 2013 (Update):
    • The rejoining Friends chat functionality works once again.
    • Setting the friends chat filter to "Friends only" now works as intended.
  • patch 10 May 2012 (Update):
    • The Friends Chat interface now states "Not Ranked" for players not ranked instead of "Not in Friends Chat".
  • patch 4 January 2012 (Update):
    • Some quick chat options have been modified to relate to Friends' Chat channels.
  • patch 23 August 2011 (Update):
    • The Friends-chat interface no longer has a tooltip that goes off of the bottom of the screen.
  • patch 9 August 2011 (Update):
    • The Friends, Friends chat and Clan chat interfaces now report players in RS Classic correctly.
  • patch 26 July 2011 (Update):
    • The ‘Friends Chat’ option now remembers settings across logins.
  • patch 12 July 2011 (Update):
    • The Friends Chat interface now has a ‘message’ option for players on your Friends list.
    • The word ‘hai’ no longer appears on the Friends Chat lobby screen if right-clicking.
  • patch 25 May 2011 (Update):
    • The colour of the ‘same world’ text on friends chat interface has been darkened.
  • patch 16 May 2011 (Update):
    • The Friends Chat interface has been graphically updated to match the Friends List interface.
    • Reorganised all buttons on the interface to the bottom.
  • update 12 April 2011 (Update):
    • A new Clan Chat has been introduced and the old Clan Chat has been renamed to 'Friends Chat'. The interface has been redesigned so the 'clan setup' and 'join chat/leave chat' buttons have been moved to the top-left corner of the interface, the 'kick/ban user' and the 'toggle-LootShare' buttons have been placed in the bottom-right corner of the interface, and the rank symbols have been made smaller.
  • hidden 4 April 2011 (Update):
    • The clan chat tab has been renamed to friends chat in the tooltip as well as the messages "Changes will take effect on your friends chat within the next 60 seconds" and "Now talking in friends chat channel [chat name]".
  • patch 1 March 2011 (Update):
    • Kicking another player from a Clan Chat will now display who kicked that player.
  • update 10 January 2011 (Update):
    • It is now possible to kick (and add a temporary ban to) players who are not currently in a Clan Chat channel. It is also now possible to 'top up' a temporary ban by re-kicking a banned player.
  • update 13 October 2009 (Update):
    • Players logging out of the game while still in a Friends Chat will immediately rejoin that chat when logging back in.
  • update 15 October 2008 (Update):
    • All players in the same chat channel are now displayed as purple dots on the minimap.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The friends chat was released as a direct result of the Clan Support Rally riot on 12 December 2006.[2]
  • Before 28 January 2019 you had to add a player before they could use lootshare regardless of whether or not you had a rank in their Friends Chat.

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. "LootShare." 16 October 2007. RuneScape News.
  2. ^ Jagex. Mod Moltare's Twitter account. 16 February 2021. (Archived from the original on 25 May 2021.) Mod Moltare: "And the riot led to the world-beating Clan system we enjoy today!"