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"Graves" redirects here. For the Black Knight, see Lieutenant Graves.
For what happens when a player dies, see Death (mechanic).
Reclaiming items from one's own gravestone.

Gravestones are generated when a player dies through any means except in the wilderness and safe activities (whereby no items are lost, hence rendering a gravestone useless) and exits Death's office without reclaiming them. Players must also have dropped at least one item upon death in order to receive a gravestone. All of the player's items are kept safe under the gravestone until it collapses. This can occur either due to the gravestone timer expiring or demolition by the player.

Some items cannot be recovered from a gravestone, such as those listed here. If a gravestone collapses fully before a player retrieves their items, the items can be recovered from Death in Death's office for a fee based on the items' values within 24 hours of gameplay.

Without repairs or blessing, a gravestone will collapse after a certain period of time, depending on the type of gravestone purchased. One minute before collapse a gravestone will become broken, and 30 seconds prior to collapse it will become a collapsing gravestone. Although a gravestone will remain intact if the player logs out or loses connection, the timer will continue to count down and the gravestone will collapse at its regular time.

Gravestones can last from 1 minute and 45 seconds to 3 minutes, depending on the type purchased. The time remaining before the collapse of a player's gravestone will be displayed on their screen if they have a gravestone active. Once a type of gravestone has been selected and/or purchased, the player will continue to use that type of gravestone until they choose to change it.

The active gravestone can be chosen independently from the gravestone visible in the world. The active gravestone is represented by a red background, while the visible gravestone is represented by a yellow background.

A player's gravestone is only present in one world. This means that if the game crashes or your internet is down while you try to return to your gravestone, you must return to the world you died in to retrieve your items. If you die in one world and go into another, upon entry you will be asked if you want to go back to the world you died in. However, if the grave collapses the player can reclaim their items from Death regardless of the world they died on.

If you die in a King Black Dragon Instance then your gravestone will spawn in the regular Encounter, not the Instance. A King Black Dragon will probably be active so antifire protection should be used to avoid a second death.

Multiple deaths[edit | edit source]

If one dies a second time before the items from their previous grave are retrieved, assuming one was carrying more than the protected amount of items, the rules are as follows:

  • The first gravestone disappears and the items Death had are now replaced with those of the most recent death.
  • The timer of the first grave disappears and is replaced with the new grave's timer plus the five minutes in Death's Office until leaving the office.
  • The arrow pointing to your grave will only point to the most recent grave as the previous has been destroyed.
    • If a player has an active gravestone, and then dies in the Wilderness, either from a player or monster, the gravestone will remain active regardless and items can still be reclaimed at Death's Office before and after the grave collapses.

Options[edit | edit source]

The interface of the memorial plaque, the default gravestone.

Gravestones have a number of options when right clicked. These options are Read, Repair, and Bless.

  • Read: Reveals the name of the player who died and, in some cases, how long ago. If a player reads their own gravestone, there will be a different message, stating "It looks like it'll survive another X minutes. Isn't there something a bit odd about reading your own gravestone?". If when reading a gravestone the message "The inscription is too unclear to read." is displayed, the player who owns the gravestone has already retrieved their items and no items will appear when the gravestone collapses. This message is also displayed if the player has logged out.
  • Repair: Allows a player to extend the longevity of the gravestone only once by two minutes. This option is available only after the gravestone has deteriorated.
  • Bless: Allows a player with level 70 Prayer to extend the longevity of the gravestone to a maximum amount of five minutes. Players cannot bless their own gravestones; attempting this will yield the message "The gods don't seem to approve of people attempting to bless their own gravestones." Blessing is the highest level Prayer ability for free players. If a player dies and then logs out after their death, that player's gravestone cannot be blessed unless they log back in.

Types of gravestones[edit | edit source]

Players can choose a number of different gravestones for use by their character. In addition to having different appearances, some will also last longer before collapsing and provide discounts to reclaiming items from Death. Any change or upgrade that the player purchases will be permanent unless otherwise changed by the player themselves. Players do not have to re-upgrade once they die, nor will their gravestone revert back if their membership expires.

Available to all players[edit | edit source]

These gravestones can be purchased by donating to Father Aereck in the Lumbridge church. Completion of The Restless Ghost is required in order to purchase gravestones.

Image Gravestone name Cost Duration Claim reduction Text
Memorial plaque.png
Memorial plaque Default (free to switch to) 1:45 minutes 0% In memory of Player name,
who died here.
Grave Flag.png
Flag 50 coins 2 minutes 1% In memory of Player name,
who died here.
Stone basic.png
Small gravestone 500 coins 2 minutes 1% In loving memory of our dear friend Player name, who died in this place X minutes ago.
Grave Ornate.png
Ornate gravestone 5,000 coins 2:15 minutes 2% In loving memory of our dear friend Player name, who died in this place X minutes ago.

Available to members[edit | edit source]

The following gravestones can be purchased by members who have completed the The Giant Dwarf, as well as any of the specific prerequisites listed next to each gravestone type. The gravestones can be bought from Blasidar the sculptor in East Keldagrim. Once purchased, the gravestone style selected by the player will appear even in free-to-play worlds, and will remain even after their membership expires.

Image Gravestone name Cost Duration Claim reduction Prerequisite Text
Font of Life (gravestone).png
Font of Life 50,000 coins 2:30 minutes 3% The Giant Dwarf In your travels, pause awhile to remember Player name,
who passed away at this spot.
Grave Stele.png
Stele 50,000 coins 2:30 minutes 3% The Giant Dwarf In your travels, pause awhile to remember Player name,
who passed away at this spot.
Symbol of Saradomin.png
Symbol of Saradomin 50,000 coins 2:30 minutes 3% The Giant Dwarf Player name,
an enlightened servant of Saradomin,
perished in this place.
Symbol of Zamorak.png
Symbol of Zamorak 50,000 coins 2:30 minutes 3% The Giant Dwarf Player name,
a most bloodthirsty follower of Zamorak,
perished in this place.
Symbol of Guthix.png
Symbol of Guthix 50,000 coins 2:30 minutes 3% The Giant Dwarf Player name,
who walked with the Balance of Guthix,
perished in this place.
Symbol of Bandos.png
Symbol of Bandos 50,000 coins 2:30 minutes 3% Land of the Goblins Player name,
a vicious warrior dedicated to Bandos,
perished in this place.
Symbol of Armadyl.png
Symbol of Armadyl 50,000 coins 2:30 minutes 3% Temple of Ikov Player name,
a follower of the Law of Armadyl,
perished in this place.
Ancient Symbol.png
Ancient Symbol 50,000 coins 2:30 minutes 3% Desert Treasure Player name,
servant of the Unknown Power,
perished in this place.
Angel of Death.png
Angel of Death 500,000 coins 2:45 minutes 4% The Giant Dwarf Ye frail mortals who gaze upon this sight, forget not
the fate of Player name, once mighty, now
surrendered to the inescapable grasp of destiny.
Requiescat in pace.
Dwarf Grave detail.png
Royal dwarven gravestone 500,000 coins 3 minutes 5% King of the Dwarves Here lies Player name, friend of dwarves. Great in life, glorious in death. His/Her name lives on in song and story.

Hallowe'en[edit | edit source]

These gravestones were available from the 2015 Hallowe'en event for 5,000 Noumenon Favour.

Image Gravestone name Cost Duration Claim reduction
Amascut gravestone detail.png
Amascut gravestone (No charge) 1:45 minutes 0%
Icthlarin gravestone detail.png
Icthlarin gravestone (No charge) 1:45 minutes 0%

Even though members gravestones are not available through purchase on free worlds, they still appear on death when in free worlds.

Signs of respite (I, II, III) may be used to increase your gravestone timer by 12, 21 or 30 seconds, respectively. These are made with limestone and divine energy. Simply wield them and they will activate.

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!
  • patch 14 November 2016 (Update):
    • Reclaiming stackable items from a gravestone will now add to other existing stacks in the backpack.
  • ninja 4 July 2016 (Update):
    • All types of chinchompa are now reclaimable from a gravestone or from Death in his office.
  • patch 27 June 2016 (Update):
    • Items which degrade on death now correctly state this in their tooltips in the gravestone interface.
  • ninja 5 January 2015 (Update):
    • Keris will now appear in players' gravestones when they die.
  • patch 13 October 2014 (Update):
    • An issue where player's grave could sometimes end up under the east slope to Prifddinas has been fixed.
  • ninja 10 March 2014 (Update):
    • Ava's devices will now be found within players' gravestones after death.
  • patch 21 January 2014 (Update):
    • Signs of respite now consistently add the correct amount of minutes to the gravestone timer.
  • hotfix 22 October 2013 (Update):
    • Corrected the behaviour of items being dropped when gravestones despawn.
    • Fixed a disconnection issue that occurred when players try to take a stackable item from a gravestone with a full inventory.
  • patch 14 January 2013 (Update):
    • If you die to the Queen Black Dragon, your gravestone will now only appear outside the summoning portal, within Grotworm Lair.
  • patch 20 November 2012 (Update):
    • It is no longer possible to equip a 2-handed sword and a shield using the "Equip all" function of a gravestone.
  • patch 13 November 2012 (Update):
    • Gravestones will now be moved out of Botany Bay.
  • patch 6 September 2011 (Update):
    • The ‘purchase gravestone’ interface now states the time that each grave can last.
  • patch 9 November 2010 (Update):
    • Elf leaf traps now place a player's gravestone outside of the trap.
  • patch 4 October 2011 (Update):
    • There is now an icon on the world map to show where a gravestone store is.
  • patch 2 September 2009 (Update):
    • A graphic has been added to the timer that displays how long your gravestone will last.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • If a player is killed by another player but crosses into the strip of safe zone north of the Wilderness Wall as they die, they will get a gravestone as normal.
  • "Requiescat in pace" is Latin for "may they rest in peace."
  • Jagex Moderators no longer receive a gravestone upon death. [1]
  • Prior to the death rework, gravestones would last for 3 to 15 minutes, depending on the gravestone owned. Blessing a gravestone would increase the timer to 60 minutes.
  • Father Aereck donates the funds raised from selling his gravestones to the Varrockian Guards' Widows & Orphans Fund.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. Mod Kalaya's Twitter account. 13 November 2014. (Archived from the original on 16 November 2014.) Mod Kalaya: "We don't get a grave :)"