Hot zone

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This article is about certain areas in PvP or Bounty worlds that are considered dangerous. For a pre-defined space in a player-owned house, see Hotspot.
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Hot zone was significantly altered after an update.
This article is retained to provide information on past elements of RuneScape.
The icon that appears when players stray into "hot zones".

Hot zones are certain areas in RuneScape that are considered very dangerous on PvP worlds, as they are popular for players to come and kill each other. Many of these areas have monsters as well. A "flaming skull" icon will appear on the screen to notify players when they enter these areas.

Hot zones give players an advantage because there is a higher chance for killed opponents to drop better items in these areas, as opposed to killing players outside the hot zones. Hot zones are more dangerous, however, due to the larger number of players in these areas who will hunt almost any players who wander into the area for the improved drops they can get.

Also, hot zones give more earning potential (EP) than non-hot zones. In a hot zone, you can gain a maximum of 25% EP per half an hour, while a regular spot gives a maximum of only 15%.

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Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 20 October 2009 (Update):
    • You should no longer be sent to hot zones on PVP Worlds when you fail random events.