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An instance is a special area, typically a quest area, that generates a new copy of the location for each player or group that enters the area. Players cannot see other players in instanced areas unless it is a group instanced area - in which case the group cannot see any other groups.

Instanced areas can take place in entirely new areas that cannot be accessed without the instance or in areas that are normally not instanced. Most non-quest boss instances will require the player to pay a specific sum of money or have an item in their inventory to access the instance.

Examples of instanced areas include:

Boss instances[edit | edit source]

Creating an instance with the King Black Dragon

Most bosses have an instance option (sometimes called "custom session" or "custom encounter"), which may have a setup or entrance cost (coins or an item). Instances also share the requirements of the boss, and "hard mode" instances often have an additional requirement. The cost varies per instance and are shown below.

Most boss instances can be rejoined easily - simply use the "rejoin" option in the instance creation interface to re-enter the instance. If there is no one in the instance, the remaining duration of an instance can be extended by an hour by using the hourglass found in the HUD, costing the same as making a new instance (only available for God Wars Dungeon and The Heart bosses). Exiting to the lobby or logging out in an instance will automatically remove you from the instance, placing you either at the entrance to the instance or the grave location, boss dependant.

Most bosses also have a practice mode available, which is toggleable from the instance creation interface. This mode makes all deaths inside the instance safe (including Hardcore Ironmen) - all items retained and no grave spawned - but the boss gives no experience, drops and the kill does not count toward Slayer or Soul Reaper tasks, nor is it added to the counter found in the Hero interface. Gear degrades as normal and consumed food, potions, ammo, runes and any other items are not refunded when leaving. Augmented items will still gain experience.

When beginning a practice session where possible, players do not have to pay to start the instance. The only exception is Barrows: Rise of the Six, where a barrows totem is still required.

When the instance time runs out, a message says, "This arena has now expired and no further bosses will spawn." If the player is in the middle of a fight, the boss will not respawn after it is killed. If players wish to renew the instance, simply pay coins or kill count through the HUD on screen. Note that not all bosses possess an instance renewal feature.

An onscreen timer will appear when the boss spawns and will stop upon its death, tracking the player's fastest time killing it. The timer, and consequently their fastest time, will not appear if the maximum number of players allowed in an instance exceeds a certain amount:[1] The timer will also lose track of the kill time if it takes too long. Personal bests can be reset in the Beasts tab.

Note that for Telos, the timer does not appear in encounters of 99% or lower enrage.

  1. ^ Purchasing the Instance cost Soul Reaper perk reduces the coin cost of an instance by 25%.
  2. ^ Each kill requires one key. The instance does not need to be left to respawn the boss.
  3. ^ Each attempt requires one totem; only the instance creator needs to provide the totem.

Instance shard worlds[edit | edit source]

Main article: Instance shard world

Instance shard worlds are special worlds (or servers) that have been sharded off from the rest of the servers. They cannot be accessed via the world select screen. Currently, only the TzHaar Fight Pit, Flash Powder Factory, Crucible, Burthorpe Games Room, Big Chinchompa, Cabbage Facepunch Bonanza and all Clan Citadels are located on instance shard worlds.

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 13 September 2021 (Update):
    • Players can now consistently leave the Arch-Glacor arena after defeating the boss in hard mode.
  • hotfix 9 August 2021 (Update):
    • The maximum number of players able to join an instance of Kerapac, the Bound is now capped correctly.
    • The Warp Time ability from the Kerapac boss fight will no longer re-trigger upon leaving the instance.
  • ninja 12 July 2021 (Update):
    • Added a boss instance timer.
      • The timer includes a button which opens the Boss Collection Log for the enemy you're currently facing.
      • The timer can be moved from its default position using Edit Layout mode.
      • To turn the timer on or off, navigate to the Information Windows settings menu, which can be found under Gameplay Settings.
      • Important note: With this update, you'll see that the timer will show 59 minutes and X seconds (depending when the instance started) instead of the full 60 minutes. This doesn't change the amount of time you have - this is just the first time that exact minutes and seconds remaining have been displayed visually.
    • Added new graphics for the boss kill timer.
    • Achieving a new best kill time will now show how you've improved compared to your previous best.
    • Phase number and enrage percentage are now displayed under the bosses' health bar for both Araxxor and Araxxi.
      • The now redundant enrage buff icon has been removed.
    • After each boss kill, players will receive a message stating their current kill count. Another message has been added for milestone kill counts.
    • The terminology used for the entrances to boss fights is now more consistent and will be labelled either 'instanced encounter' or 'uninstanced encounter'.
      • The term 'custom encounter' has been removed.
      • Messaging has been added to various places informing Ironmen that they may only enter an instanced encounter.
  • ninja 26 October 2020 (Update):
    • Entering a boss instance without a selectable Respawn Speed, such as Rise of the Six or the Queen Black Dragon, will no longer overwrite the Respawn Speed setting for other boss instances.
      • The Respawn speed will be remembered now for all relevant bosses.
  • patch 8 June 2020 (Update):
    • Fixed an issue where rejoining an instance after logging out would reset the spawn speed setting.
  • patch 26 May 2020 (Update):
    • 'Join' and 'Rejoin last instance' options have been added to the right-click/long-press menus on boss instance entrances.
    • 'Custom encounter' and 'Enter encounter' options have also been added to various bosses.
  • ninja 26 May 2020 (Update):
    • Boss instance improvements:
      • 'Join' and 'Rejoin last instance' options have been added to the right-click/long-press menus on boss instance entrances.
      • 'Custom encounter' and 'Enter encounter' options have also been added to various bosses.
      • Resolved an issue where players could rejoin a Nex: Angel of Death instance which had already ended and were forced to log out in order to leave.
  • patch 1 July 2019 (Update):.
    • Boss instance improvements:
      • Everyone in a boss instance is now messaged when there's 30/15/5 minutes to go before the instance ends.
      • There is now a Protection option on the Boss Instance interface that'll allow you to lock your Instance to 'Friends Chat Only'
        • This means players who join your instance will be prompted to join the Friends Chat you've specified, upon joining they will be forced into turning Lootshare on.
        • During this time, players who join your instance will not be able to turn Lootshare off or leave your friends chat and must leave your instance if they wish to change those.
        • If the player joining your instance is unable to join your Friends Chat they will be removed from the instance when they enter
    • Practice Mode improvements:
      • If you are in practice mode when you go to climb down and fight Telos it will prompt you with a dialogue box to enter any enrage you like, have fun trying out the 4k enrage!
      • The chat message which highlights the % Enrage Telos will start with now appears in red.
  • patch 1 April 2019 (Update):
    • Raids practice mode will now consistently provide 20 planks when challenging Yakamaru's mirage phase.
  • ninja 28 August 2018 (Update):
    • King Black Dragon boss instance timer no longer remains after teleporting out.
  • ninja 20 August 2018 (Update):
    • Creating/rejoining a Kalphite King instance no longer makes the player wait if they recently left.
  • ninja 31 July 2017 (Update):
    • A warning will now display when trying to create a new bossing instance when there is still time remaining on a similar instance.
  • patch 26 September 2016 (Update):
    • It is once again possible to reset a boss kill timer via the hourglass icon on the interface.
  • patch 11 April 2016 (Update):
    • Players can no longer extend their bossing instances for free by switching between regular and challenge mode
  • ninja 4 April 2016 (Update):
    • Players are no longer restricted from rejoining boss instances when the remaining time is below 10 minutes.
  • patch 21 March 2016 (Update):
    • Clicking the picture of a boss on the Instance Setup interface no longer takes the player to the wrong entry on the Beasts tab of the Adventures interface.
  • ninja 9 February 2015 (Update):
    • Boss timers will now always show by default.
  • patch 5 January 2015 (Update):
    • Buying another hour in a private bossing instance is now cheaper if the relevant Soul Reaper perk is unlocked.
  • ninja 11 August 2014 (Update):
    • Players can now select the respawn rate of instanced God Wars Dungeon bosses.

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