Game square

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With ground blending turned off, game squares of different colours are easily visible.

Game squares, also known as tiles, metres, steps, or paces are the basic unit of length that divide the RuneScape world. The game squares form a grid, dictating where objects may be. All objects' locations will be defined by a single square. All locations and sizes can only be integer numbers.

Every entity occupies at least 1 game square. Players and dropped items occupy 1 square. Larger monsters, such as Kalphite King and Vorago occupy multiple squares. For these larger monsters, their location is defined by the south-westernmost square they occupy. This is the location used by most calculations, such as where items drop or where Detonate will target.

Examples of gameplay use[edit | edit source]

  • There are three movement speeds for players, monsters, NPC's, and other entities in RuneScape:
    • Crawl - 1 square every 2 ticks
    • Walk - 1 square every 1 tick
    • Run - 2 squares every 1 tick
  • Surge ability moves a player 10 squares forward
  • Escape ability moves a player up to 7 squares backwards
  • Bladed Dive ability moves a player up to 10 squares in a chosen direction

Types of tiles[edit | edit source]

The placement of objects, such as these mushrooms, make game squares easily discernible.

There are many types of tiles, each serving a specific function.

  • Blank - Tiles that have unrestricted access for actions. These may be walked on, fires may be lit on them, etc.
  • Blockage - Constitutes most every obstacle that cannot be traversed over, through, etc. Graphics range from fences and rocks to large pillars and chasms.
    • Full blockage - These tiles completely block all movement and actions across the tile.
    • Wall tiles - These tiles block movement and action in a certain direction, but allow an entity to be on the tile itself. Examples include walls, some fences, and cliff edges.
    • Water or short wall - These tiles block movement for most entities, including being on the tile itself, but still allow action across. Flying entities, such as implings can still move on these tiles. Long range actions, such as ranging, can be performed across these tiles. Examples include bodies of water and short blockages, such as fences or dense wheat.
  • Force-walk - Tiles which force a player to walk in a specific direction when landed on.
  • Bank tiles - Tiles that surround bankers and other bank-access points. Objects, such as fires or cannons, cannot be placed here. When out of combat, these will also heal a player to full life points.

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 June 2020 (Update):
    • Removed a force walk tile from a tent in Al Kharid.
  • patch 12 June 2017 (Update):
    • A tile that was missing blocking in the Sophanem Slayer dungeon has been fixed.
    • Missing blocking has been added to the pillars and gates southeast of the Menaphos lodestone.
  • patch 10 August 2015 (Update):
    • Some force walk tiles have been removed from Seers' Village.
  • patch 26 May 2015 (Update):
    • Unnecessary force-walk tiles north of Cabbage Facepunch Bonanza have been removed.
  • patch 9 March 2015 (Update):
    • A force-walk tile at the Borehole entrance has been removed.
  • patch 2 March 2015 (Update):
    • Some force-walking tiles near Eagle's Peak have been removed.
  • ninja 9 February 2015 (Update):
    • Player and NPC targets will now always render on top of all other entities on the same tile.
  • patch 11 December 2012 (Update):
    • Removed a force-walk tile in the Tree Gnome Stronghold by the swamp.
    • Flattened some tiles near the Desert Strykewyrm area to stop drops from disappearing under the ground.
  • patch 4 December 2012 (Update):
    • Fire giants dying in the Chaos Tunnels will no longer drop their loot on an unreachable tile next to the lava pit.
  • patch 28 November 2012 (Update):
    • Removed a forcewalk tile in the Goblin Village.
  • patch 24 October 2012 (Update):
    • Removed a force-walk tile in the Kalphite Lair.
  • patch 6 October 2010 (Update):
    • Added wall edging to various underground map squares.
  • patch 17 November 2009 (Update):
    • Changed some mapping to prevent seeing into nearby squares.
    • You can no longer stand on the same square as Frodi.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Each game square is equivalent to one square metre. This was formerly stated in the tooltips of Surge and Escape before they were rewritten on 23 November 2020.