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This article is about the commonly found human NPC. For other types, see Guard (disambiguation).

There are many guards in RuneScape, usually in populated, major cities, such as Falador, Varrock, and Ardougne. Guards patrol the area of just south of the Wilderness wall at Edgeville. There are also guards at the mansion in the quest Rat Catchers.

Weapons, armour and weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Level 9[edit | edit source]

Level 9 guards can be found in Burthorpe and Catherby markets, guarding the stalls. They attack with melee and are weak to air spells.

Level 18[edit | edit source]

Falador[edit | edit source]

The guards in Falador are level 18, and can fight with either ranged or melee, depending on their wielded weapon. The guards with melee weapons are weak to water spells or fire spells, and the one with ranged weapons are weak to stab attacks.

The melee guards wear a bronze chainbody, bronze helm, bronze square shield, leather chaps, and leather boots as armour, and either a bronze longsword or a bronze battleaxe as their weapon. The rangers wear similar armour to the melee guards, but substitute a leather body in place of the bronze chainbody, and are armed with either a bronze crossbow or a bow similar in appearance to Kayle's chargebow.

East Ardougne[edit | edit source]

Ardougne guard chathead.png

The guards of Ardougne wield a steel mace, iron chainbody, and a helmet that looks like a spiny helm without spikes. They also wear red trousers, and blue shirts under chainmail. They are weak to fire spells.

Varrock[edit | edit source]

Market guard (Varrock) chathead.png

Guards in Varrock wear a golden/yellow version of the Renegade Knights' uniform. They are level 25, they attack with melee and they are weak to air spells. Until late 2007, Varrock guards were identical to Falador guards.

Edgeville[edit | edit source]

Guards in Edgeville wear some sort of leather armour that bears a resemblance to that of the Lumbridge Guardsmen, except that Lumbridge guards wear blue uniforms, and Edgeville guards wear green uniforms. Edgeville guards are level 35 and attackable, and are good for training at a lower level as players can heal at Edgeville bank. The Edgeville guards are weak to water spells.

Thieving[edit | edit source]

Except for in Taverley and Catherby, guards can be pickpocketed at with level 40 Thieving, giving 46.5 experience and 30-34 Coins. You can get up to 60 coins per pickpocket after finishing the Lost Her Marbles caper. If unsuccessful, the player will be hit for twenty life points and stunned for five seconds. If someone kills the guard just as you are pickpocketing you will get the message "Too late; they are dead" and you will receive neither experience nor loot.

Respawn[edit | edit source]

Most guards respawn approximately 50–55 seconds after their bodies disappear on the ground. This is a relatively long time for people who are power training their combat skills; it is advised that players seeking to raise those skills quickly by killing guards find an area with at least four guards, so as to always be able to fight at least one. Some areas good for this are the lobby of Varrock Palace which spawns 6 guards, and the northern entrance to Falador which spawns 5 guards, although are often populated by other players.

Drops[edit | edit source]

100% drop[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Bones.png: Guard drops Bones with rarity Always in quantity 1BonesF2P icon.png1Always2020
Key (Treasure Trails).png: Guard drops Key (Treasure Trails) with rarity Always in quantity 1Key (Treasure Trails) (m)P2P icon.png1Always[1]Not soldNot alchemisable

Charms[edit | edit source]

No charmGold charm.pngGreen charm.pngCrimson charm.pngBlue charm.png
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Main drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Potato seed.png: Guard drops Potato seed with rarity Common in quantity 4-6Potato seedF2P icon.png4–6Common[2]192-28816-24
Onion seed.png: Guard drops Onion seed with rarity Common in quantity 4Onion seedF2P icon.png4Common[2]7624
Cabbage seed.png: Guard drops Cabbage seed with rarity Uncommon in quantity 4Cabbage seed (m)P2P icon.png4Uncommon17260
Tomato seed.png: Guard drops Tomato seed with rarity Uncommon in quantity 3-4Tomato seed (m)P2P icon.png3–4Uncommon126-1686-8
Sweetcorn seed.png: Guard drops Sweetcorn seed with rarity Rare in quantity 3Sweetcorn seed (m)P2P icon.png3Rare23112
Strawberry seed.png: Guard drops Strawberry seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-4Strawberry seed (m)P2P icon.png1–4Rare337-1,34810-40
Watermelon seed.png: Guard drops Watermelon seed with rarity Rare in quantity 2-4Watermelon seed (m)P2P icon.png2–4Rare3,966-7,93266-132
Air rune.png: Guard drops Air rune with rarity Common in quantity 6Air runeF2P icon.png6Common23418
Earth rune.png: Guard drops Earth rune with rarity Common in quantity 3-6Earth runeF2P icon.png3–6Common54-1089-18
Fire rune.png: Guard drops Fire rune with rarity Common in quantity 2Fire runeF2P icon.png2Common1646
Body talisman.png: Guard drops Body talisman with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Body talismanF2P icon.png1Uncommon4062
Law talisman.png: Guard drops Law talisman with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Law talisman (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon8802
Blood rune.png: Guard drops Blood rune with rarity Rare in quantity 1-4Blood rune (m)P2P icon.png1–4Rare693-2,772110-440
Nature rune.png: Guard drops Nature rune with rarity Rare in quantity 1Nature runeF2P icon.png1Rare41674
Chaos rune.png: Guard drops Chaos rune with rarity Rare in quantity 1-2Chaos runeF2P icon.png1–2Rare101-20228-56
Tiny spiky iron salvage.png: Guard drops Tiny spiky iron salvage with rarity Common in quantity 1Tiny spiky iron salvageF2P icon.png1Common9565
Medium blunt steel salvage.png: Guard drops Medium blunt steel salvage with rarity Rare in quantity 1Medium blunt steel salvageF2P icon.png1Rare1,322720
Iron arrow.png: Guard drops Iron arrow with rarity Common in quantity 1,2Iron arrowF2P icon.png1; 2Common9-1812-24
Iron bolts.png: Guard drops Iron bolts with rarity Common in quantity 2-18Iron boltsF2P icon.png2–18Common80-7202-18
Bronze arrow.png: Guard drops Bronze arrow with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1,2,5Bronze arrowF2P icon.png1; 2; 5Uncommon21-1054-20
Steel arrow.png: Guard drops Steel arrow with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1,5,10,11Steel arrowF2P icon.png1; 5; 10; 11Uncommon12-13227-297
Grimy guam.png: Guard drops Grimy guam with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy guamF2P icon.png1Rare36318
Huge plated iron salvage.png: Guard drops Huge plated iron salvage with rarity Rare in quantity 1Huge plated iron salvageF2P icon.png1Rare811325
Coal stone spirit.png: Guard drops Coal stone spirit with rarity Rare in quantity 1Coal stone spiritF2P icon.png1Rare22Not alchemisable
Prayer potion (4).png: Guard drops Prayer potion (4) with rarity Rare in quantity 1Prayer potion (4)F2P icon.png1Rare2,770114
Ranging potion (1).png: Guard drops Ranging potion (1) with rarity Rare in quantity 1Ranging potion (1)F2P icon.png1Rare761168
Coins_25.png: Guard drops Coins with rarity Common in quantity 1, 2, 3, 4, 12, 25CoinsF2P icon.png1; 2; 3; 4; 12; 25Common1-251-25
Grapes.png: Guard drops Grapes with rarity Common in quantity 3GrapesF2P icon.png3Common9,0120
Hammer.png: Guard drops Hammer with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1HammerF2P icon.png1Uncommon2177
Wheat.png: Guard drops Wheat with rarity Rare in quantity 1, 4WheatF2P icon.png1; 4Rare48-1921-4
Iron stone spirit.png: Guard drops Iron stone spirit with rarity Rare in quantity 1Iron stone spiritF2P icon.png1Rare30Not alchemisable

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Sealed clue scroll (medium).png: Guard drops Sealed clue scroll (medium) with rarity Rare in quantity 1Sealed clue scroll (medium) (m)P2P icon.png1RareNot soldNot alchemisable
Spirit sapphire.png: Guard drops Spirit sapphire with rarity 5/2000 in quantity 1Spirit sapphire (m)P2P icon.png15/2000Not soldNot alchemisable
Spirit emerald.png: Guard drops Spirit emerald with rarity 3/2000 in quantity 1Spirit emerald (m)P2P icon.png13/2000Not soldNot alchemisable
Spirit ruby.png: Guard drops Spirit ruby with rarity 2/2000 in quantity 1Spirit ruby (m)P2P icon.png12/2000Not soldNot alchemisable
Starved ancient effigy.png: Guard drops Starved ancient effigy with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Starved ancient effigy (m)P2P icon.png1Very rareNot soldNot alchemisable
  1. ^ Only with the relevant clue in the inventory.
  2. ^ a b These two seeds are the only seeds available to free-to-play players.

Universal drops[edit | edit source]

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These items are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Key token.png: Guard drops Key token with rarity Rare in quantity 1Key tokenF2P icon.png1RareNot soldNot alchemisable
Mimic kill token.png: Guard drops Mimic kill token with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Mimic kill token (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare9,934Not alchemisable

Update history[edit | edit source]

The update history project is a work-in-progress - not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • patch 1 February 2016 (Update):
    • The guards near the Varrock lodestone have finally put away their Christmas decorations.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

A RuneScape Classic guard.
  • When worldwide PKing was allowed in RuneScape Classic, guards used to stay in key cities and break up PKers by attacking the aggressor.
  • In the Garden of Tranquility quest, the player overhears a guard telling one of his colleagues that the life expectancy of a guard is 30 seconds (they are then killed by PKMaster0036).
  • When fighting guards at the Varrock east gate, if the workman walks by while you're killing a guard, the guard yells "I'M BEING SLAUGHTERED!" The workman will then comment "Nothing new here". When all the Varrock guards at eastern gate are dead, when the workman walks by, he will say "Oh, they're all dead."
  • Every time you pickpocket a guard in Varrock, a count is added to the signpost in front of the palace entrance.
  • Before the EoC update, it was possible to completely imitate the appearance of Falador guards. This was done by setting the character's top to the colour of Cowhide Brown, and their bottoms to Coal Black, then equipping their respective armour and weapon. If done correctly, the only noticeable difference would only be the red stripe on the helmet. This is possible again since the rework of Falador.
  • An update that changed the appearance of Leather chaps meant that it is no longer possible to completely imitate Falador guards.
  • Prior to the Port Sarim graphical rework on 11 July 2016, a variant of guards were found in the Port Sarim Jail. Following this update the guards were changed to Port Sarim guards. Before this, the guards were level 18 and wore hard leather bodies and steel helms. They were weak to water spells. There was an unattackable guard on the roof of the jail, and some of the guards had chatheads.