Items Kept on Death

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Items Kept on Death
Items Kept on Death

Items Kept on Death is a menu accessed from the Worn Equipment button on the Interface that shows which items players keep when they die. Generally, only the three most valuable items are kept. These three items are shown in this menu. A maximum of five items can be protected in total, despite it being possible to have multiple ways to protect extra items. This can be reached by using a combination of Protect Item prayer, a Portent of item protection or the Hoarding perk. However, if skulled then no items will be protected, or up to three if skulled with Protect Item active, Powder of item protection, and having recently eaten a fury shark. Furthermore there are some "safe" situations in which all items are protected. Hardcore Ironman players can also check how many lives they have left by clicking on the 'Death information' button in the lower right.

The values of items are based on Grand Exchange prices. Prices were previously based on the store or alchemy value of the items. However, since an update on 19 April 2011, the store or alchemy value of items is no longer used.

Since the update on 19 April 2011, many stackable items, such as coins, are always kept, including most basic items, such as low level armour, runes, seeds, food, and quest and untradeable items. Death mechanics were updated again on 26 May 2015.

Respawning[edit | edit source]

Upon death, players are taken to Death's Office and have the option to reclaim items from Death himself (or Frank during Missing, Presumed Death) for a coin fee, destroy the items, or attempt to retrieve items at their gravestone within a small period of time for free. If players die in the Wilderness, they do not respawn at Death's Office; the player just spawns east of the Edgeville lodestone, losing all but the three to five most valuable items, depending on active effects.

Upon dying in the Wilderness, be it to player or monster, players will lose all of their items, except their three most valuable items. A maximum of five items can be saved by using the protect items prayer and a portent/sign of item protection unless on a high risk server. However, players who are skulled will lose all items by default.

Interface[edit | edit source]

Death Cost Overview[edit | edit source]

The Death Cost Overview interface

Death Cost Overview provides a breakdown of how the players reclaim fee is calculated. It also explains how overflow storage works, how to protect additional items on death, and how death works in dangerous PvP areas.

Death Preview/Death Reclaim[edit | edit source]

The Death Reclaim interface

Death Preview shows which items are lost on death and what the final reclaim cost would be. Items cannot be reclaimed here, instead, if a player has died they can reclaim their items by bringing up the Death Reclaim interface by right-clicking "Reclaim items" on Death at Death's Office.

There are three categories for items:

  • Protected Items ― By default the players top three most expensive items are protected and not lost on death. This can be increased to a maximum of five by using item protection boosts.
  • Saved Items ― These items are not protected on death and compose the base reclaim cost, they are stored with Death.
  • Always-Kept Items ― These items are always kept on death and don't affect the reclaim cost.

Overflow Storage[edit | edit source]

The Overflow Storage interface

Overflow Storage contains items held if the player dies a second time without reclaiming their saved items. Reclaiming these items costs 10 times the normal reclaim cost and the items are sent to the players bank. A maximum of 50 items may be stored here, if additional items are added to the storage the cheapest items are permanently deleted and cannot be reclaimed.

Death Preview (Dangerous PvP)[edit | edit source]

The Death Preview (Dangerous PvP) interface

Death Preview (Dangerous PvP) shows which items are lost on death if the player dies in a dangerous PvP area. Dying in dangerous PvP will not send the player to Death's Office, instead they will respawn at the nearest spawn hub with only their protected items (if any). There are two categories for items in PvP:

  • Protected Items ― By default in dangerous PvP, no items are protected on death. Up to three items can be protected by using item protection boosts.
  • Lost Items ― These items will be dropped on the ground if the player dies.

Death behaviour[edit | edit source]

Every item follows one of several behaviours when a player dies with it.

Reclaimable[edit | edit source]

Reclaimable items are lost when dying in a dangerous area. A maximum of 5 items can be protected to be reclaimed for free. The rest of the items will require payment to retrieve. They may also be sacrificed to help offset the total reclaim cost.

Reclaim costs[edit | edit source]

Returning to Death's office near Draynor Village

Reclaiming items after dying from Death will present a nominal return fee depending on several factors. Values are split between saved value, total cost to save and sacrificed item value. Saved item value and sacrificed item value are generally small percentages of the total value of a given item which is reduced the more the item is worth. However some items have fixed items values like the Dragon Rider amulet and Asylum surgeon ring where they have no sacrifice value and cost the same to replace through Death or their original source.

Items worth up to 10,000 coins cost 15% to save and have a 60% sacrifice value. Items worth more than 10,000 coins have a decreasing percentage to save ending at 0.5% at an item worth upwards of 10,000,000 coins. All costs are rounded down. The minimum value reclaim can be is 1 coin. Sacrifice is always four times the cost of reclaim's final value.

Where is one of:

  • The Grand Exchange price of the item, if it is available on the Grand Exchange
    • Some items use the price of one or more other items, commonly degraded items using the price of their tradeable, non-degraded counterparts
  • A custom death value which applies to death mechanics only (for example seasinger kiba)
  • The item's value

Sacrificing items can reduce the cost of reclaiming items and several gravestones can further reduce the cost to save by 1% and up to 5%. The visible gravestone will not affect the deduction provided by the base gravestone purchased. Any items that would generally have degraded upon death will not do so if reclaimed from Death or Frank. If players choose to instead to return to their gravestones, any items that would degrade upon death will do so. Some items have a custom sacrifice value, usually 0, which does not follow the above formula.

If players have been disconnected due to server side issues, they will be able to reclaim their items should they die at no cost.

Items that are never kept[edit | edit source]

Some items are never kept on death, and will immediately be lost. These items cannot be protected in any way, even if they are the only item the player is carrying.

Items that are always kept outside the Wilderness[edit | edit source]

Certain items are always kept when death happens outside the Wilderness. These items are free to reclaim, meaning they add no additional cost; however, reclaiming them still requires paying for any lost reclaimable items.

Items that are always kept[edit | edit source]

A handful of items are always kept, even when death happens inside the Wilderness. Like those always kept outside the Wilderness, these items add nothing to the reclaim cost.

Items that only exist in safe death areas[edit | edit source]

Some items can never be obtained in an area where dangerous deaths will happen. These items are always kept, as are any other items the player is holding, regardless of standard behaviour.

Items that drop on death[edit | edit source]

Some items such as minigame or crucial boss fight items will be dropped on death and immediately visible to other players.

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 16 January 2023 (Update):
    • Hardcore Ironman players will once again retain their protected items on death
  • patch 28 September 2020 (Update):
    • When player is wearing the 'Sign of item protection' the 'If you die in the Wilderness...' window now displays the correct number of protected items.
  • patch 24 July 2017 (Update):
    • Items listed as always kept on death - including in the Wilderness - no longer overlap each other on the 'Items Kept on Death' interface.
  • patch 22 May 2017 (Update):
    • The Items Kept on Death interface will now display the correct price if reclaiming the items from Death.
  • patch 17 October 2016 (Update):
    • The Items Kept on Death interface will now correctly display the right items being kept with large amounts of stackable items.
  • patch 15 August 2016 (Update):
    • Increased the deathkeep values for Wilderness swords from 2k to match the reclaim costs.
  • patch 8 June 2015 (Update):
    • An issue where there were no tool tips on the "items kept on death" UI if the mouse-over text option was disabled has been fixed.
  • patch 1 June 2015 (Update):
    • Items with a fixed reclaim value (such as the asylum surgeon's ring) now correctly use that value for determining risked wealth and determining default items to auto-protect.
  • update 26 May 2015 (Update):
    • Death Rework
      • Items are now stored by Death when you die for 24 hours.
        • Items are only stored for the first death in 24 hours. If you die before retrieving the items, they are lost.
      • Items are reclaimed for coins. This can be reduced by sacrificing items.
      • Items that would have degraded on death, won't do so if reclaimed from Death's storage, as the penalty is now reflected in the buy-back mechanic.
      • Items can be retrieved from your gravestone instead of Death by leaving Death's office.
      • Items you were holding when you died can no longer be picked up by other players.
  • patch 1 November 2014 (Update):
    • Several graphical issues with Items Kept On Death interface have been fixed.
  • ninja 23 June 2014 (Update):
    • The following items will now be kept on death automatically:
      • Bonecrusher
      • Charming Imp
      • Gem bag (plus the upgraded version)
      • Coal bag
      • Hair clip tokens
      • World event tokens
      • Ouroboros pouch
      • Constructors outfit
  • patch 11 June 2013 (Update):
    • The value of risked wealth on the items kept on death interface have been corrected.
  • patch 4 December 2012 (Update):
    • The Wilderness Manual and Items Kept on Death interface no longer state that you keep 3 items unless skulled.
  • update 19 April 2011 (Update):
    • Dying now (outside of the wilderness or another activity with its own death mechanic) presents a menu where the items kept on death are chosen by you. All other items are placed under your gravestone.
    • By default, the most three items (zero in the wilderness, or a number affected by the Protect Item prayer/curse).
      • The value of an item is now determined based on its Grand Exchange value, where possible, instead of on its store or alchemy price. Items not on the GE have their value chosen based on other measures.
    • New respawn points are available based on the player's completed quests.
    • Many items are now always protected outside of the wilderness.
      • This applies mostly to basic tools, coins, costumes, quest-specific items (but not including reward weapons!) and low-level equipment. (Note that a borrowed item is always prioritised over any other items.)
  • patch 9 November 2009 (Update):
    • The ‘Items Kept on Death’ interface will now give a bit of extra info about gravestones if applicable.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When on the Items Kept on Death screen, the effects of being poisoned are paused, same as with the ring of stone.
  • When dying with two or more objects of the same value, the priority of the item depends on its position in your inventory.
  • The carried wealth/risk counter will display a maximum of 2,147,483,647. If you are carrying more, it will show as "Unknown!"
  • During the Battle of Lumbridge, the Warpriest armour was automatically kept on death outside of the wilderness. After the 15 October 2013 update, the armour is no longer kept on death and behaves like all other items, appearing in the gravestone.