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The HiScores on the RuneScape website

The HiScores is a website feature in which players are ranked by their experience in skills. The HiScores are updated with a player's stats each time they log out or leave to the lobby, with the exception that a player's hiscores do not update if they are automatically logged out of the game due to a system update.

The HiScores include a free-to-view Application Programming Interface (API) which can be used to track players, their clans and seasonal activities.

Ironman Mode players and Hardcore Ironmen both have their own separate HiScores where applicable, but they both also appear on the regular Hiscores. Hardcore Ironmen also appear on the normal Ironman HiScores.

Skills[edit | edit source]

Conditions[edit | edit source]

For players to appear on the HiScores:

  • They must have a minimum skill level of 15 in the skill (2,411 experience points).
    • A minimum of 11,848 experience points is required to appear in the "Overall - All Time" table as of December 2020.
    • At least 1,000 experience points within the relevant time frame is required to appear in a weekly or monthly hiscore table.
  • The account must not be banned or locked. Such accounts are removed from the HiScores but will reappear on the HiScores again after regaining access.
  • Jagex Moderator accounts (on which they can change stats and spawn items) do not appear on the HiScores. With a few exceptions, such usernames begin with the word "Mod" and cannot be created by normal players. However, the personal accounts of Jagex moderators do appear on the HiScores as they are just regular accounts with no special permissions.
  • In order for a free-to-play account to appear in the HiScores, it must have logged in at least once since the update on 31 March 2014 which granted free players access to the HiScores again.
  • Players who have been inactive for a long time may be removed from the HiScores.

Minimum levels[edit | edit source]

In order to appear in the HiScores, a player must have achieved level 15 in a skill, unless more than two million players are already ranked. In that case, a player must have enough experience in the skill such that they are in the top two million players. The following table shows the current minimum levels for each skill to be ranked on the HiScores.

Skill Minimum level Minimum rank Skill Minimum level Minimum rank
Skills 39 1,980,031 Attack 15 1,422,153
Defence 15 1,428,722 Strength 15 1,404,996
Constitution 15 1,674,210 Ranged 15 1,158,448
Prayer 15 1,250,472 Magic 15 1,266,409
Cooking 15 1,291,654 Woodcutting 15 1,376,049
Fletching 15 947,020 Fishing 15 1,181,618
Firemaking 15 1,266,403 Crafting 15 1,127,568
Smithing 15 1,263,321 Mining 15 1,391,318
Herblore 15 812,102 Agility 15 915,179
Thieving 15 888,377 Slayer 15 853,655
Farming 120 25 Runecrafting 15 961,203
Hunter 15 746,904 Construction 15 775,232
Summoning 15 693,530 Dungeoneering 15 870,658
Divination 15 632,650 Invention 15 351,448
Archaeology 15 525,479

Clans[edit | edit source]

Clan HiScores

Clan HiScores were introduced in an update on 12 April 2011. It contains information about all clans registered at the Clan Camp.

It includes:

  • The total skill levels of all clan members
  • The total amount of XP gained in each skill by all clan members since joining the clan
  • The total level of all clan members
  • The total amount of XP gained by all clan members since joining the clan
  • The total combat level of all clan members
  • The total amount of players that clan members killed in the wilderness since joining the clan
  • The total amount of times clan members died since joining the clan
  • The number of players in the clan
  • The number of Rated Clan Wars points the clan has in both free and members rated Clan Wars
  • The kill/death ratio of the clan

Players are able to sort them by any category.

Seasonal[edit | edit source]

Seasonal HiScores were released along with RuneScape 3. They take place over allotted periods of time, and can involve various types of content, including boss kills, deaths, and amount of coins donated. Current Seasonal HiScores can be viewed through the Community Tab of the Control Panel, and both previous and past hiscores can be viewed on the RuneScape website.

Winners are rewarded with the Crown of Supremacy, which becomes the Crown of Legends when the Seasonal Hiscore ends. Along with the crown, players also unlock an emote and a new title corresponding to the competition that they won.

Activities[edit | edit source]

Minimum scores[edit | edit source]

Minigames set the minimum "level" needed to be ranked differently, according to the scoring system. See the table below.

Activity Minimum score
Duel tournament.png Duel Arena Tournaments 1800 rank
Bh icon.png Bounty Hunter 250 kills (of assigned targets)
Bh rogue.png Bounty Hunter Rogues 250 kills (other than your Bounty Hunter target)
Fist of Guthix icon highscores.png Fist of Guthix 500 rating
Mobilising Armies icon highscores.png Mobilising Armies 300 rank
Barbarian Assault Attackers hiscores.png Barbarian Assault attackers 500 Honour Points (in the Attacker role)
Barbarian Assault Defenders hiscores.png Barbarian Assault defenders 500 Honour Points (in the Defender role)
Barbarian Assault Collectors hiscores.png Barbarian Assault collectors 500 Honour Points (in the Collector role)
Barbarian Assault Healers hiscores.png Barbarian Assault healers 500 Honour Points (in the Healer role)
Castle Wars Games highscores.png Castle Wars 500 games played
Conquest hiscores.png Conquest 1,250 rating
Dominion tower highscores.png Dominion Tower 50,000 total Dominion Factor
Crucible icon hiscores.png The Crucible 500 kills
Gielinor Games icon hiscores.png GG: Athletics 100
Gielinor Games resources icon hiscores.png GG: Resource Race 250
Barbarian Assault Attackers hiscores.png WE2: Armadyl Lifetime Contribution 250
Barbarian Assault Attackers hiscores.png WE2: Bandos Lifetime Contribution 250
Barbarian Assault Attackers hiscores.png WE2: Armadyl PvP Kills 1
Barbarian Assault Attackers hiscores.png WE2: Bandos PvP Kills 1
Hunter icon highscores.png Heist Guard Level 1
Thieving icon highscores.png Heist Robber Level 1
Cabbage Facepunch Bonanza icon hiscores.png CFP: 5 Game Average 1
RuneScore.png RuneScore 500
Clue scrolls (easy) hiscores.png Clue scrolls (easy) 1
Clue scrolls (medium) hiscores.png Clue scrolls (medium) 1
Clue scrolls (hard) hiscores.png Clue scrolls (hard) 1
Clue scrolls (elite) hiscores.png Clue scrolls (elite) 1
Clue scrolls (master) hiscores.png Clue scrolls (master) 1

Former HiScores[edit | edit source]

The following hiscores have been removed, but had the given minimum scoring to be ranked while active.

Activity Minimum score needed to be ranked
Barbarian Assault Attackers hiscores.png WE1: Saradomin Team Contribution 250
Barbarian Assault Attackers hiscores.png WE1: Zamorak Team Contribution 250
Barbarian Assault Attackers hiscores.png AF15: Cow tipping 5,000
Barbarian Assault Attackers hiscores.png AF15: Rat kills after miniquest 5,000

Boss HiScores[edit | edit source]

Zamorak HiScores at release.

The release of the Zamorak, Lord of Chaos encounter on 4 July 2022 introduced the boss specific HiScores for the first time. The dedicated and visually distinct subpage tracks the highest enrages in each of the available group sizes, from solo attempts to the 5 player goups. The new HiScore system was developed with the help of external companies.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The original HiScores table was released on the 24th of November 2001. Prior to this, Andrew Gower would release a list of top players or update the server lists with the currently active top players.

The HiScores table was updated weekly with players' ranks overall, levels, experience, and change in rank. It recorded the top 2,000 players. The Hiscores have also had the number of recorded players gradually increase over the years; it was changed to a maximum of 500,000 on 24 May 2004, a maximum of 1,000,000 on 25 August 2005, and finally a maximum of 2,000,000 on 9 July 2008.

The HiScores have been reworked multiple times, including on 21 November 2003 (Update:Hiscores Reborn!), on 30 January 2006 (Update:New Look Hiscores), and on 22 November 2011 (Update:RuneScape Revolution).

It was announced on 15 November 2011 that from week commencing 21 November 2011, the hiscores would be no longer be available to free players, in order to remove dormant accounts from the hiscores and give new paying members a chance to get high on the scores. This caused a significant amount of controversy on the RuneScape Forums.

On 22 November 2011, the re-structure was implemented, making it a members'-only feature. When a term of membership elapsed, there was a 14 day grace period in which the account would remain on the hiscores. After this period, the account would not be shown on the hiscores until it was re-subscribed. This re-structure lowered the minimum requirement to be ranked in a free-to-play skill from 30 to 15.

After a Power to the Players poll decided that free-to-play players should once again have access, they were added in an update on 31 March 2014.

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 26 February 2018 (Update):.
    • Five new activity high scores have been added for lifetime clue scrolls completed of each tier. These can be accessed from the hiscores tab of the Community parent interface in-game, or from the hiscores page on the RuneScape website.
  • ninja 22 May 2017 (Update):
    • The Hiscores interface will now only open the Seasonal Hiscore tab if there is an active seasonal running, otherwise it will default to regular hiscores.
  • patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
    • Spam-clicking the social interface no longer causes the hiscores tab to break.
    • A typo on the hiscores interface has been fixed.
    • Further clarification has been added to the Dominion Tower tooltip on the seasonal hiscores.
  • patch 21 July 2009 (Update):
    • Added a few code changes so the Hiscores module can better handle Mobilising Armies ranks.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In 2006, before its release, an early picture of the Dragon pickaxe could be found at the top of the HiScores.
  • Hunter, Summoning, and Mobilising Armies were temporarily leaked to the HiScores before they were officially released.
  • On May 2012, S U O M I wrapped around the overall XP counter. Because of this happening, it can be assumed that Jagex uses 4 bytes to store the value of overall experience on the HiScores.
  • The first player to get 1,000,000,000 XP in a month was zpf during the month of February 2019.

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. Mod Allastar's Twitter account. 4 July 2022. (Archived from the original on 18 July 2022.) Mod Allastar: "And web update complete ready for @RuneScape players to take on Zamorak! One of the first systems on our new tech stack with help from @vercel and structured atomically with @storybookjs (and it's not finished yet) ;)"