Lumbridge Crater

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The Lumbridge Crater is located immediately west of Lumbridge. It was the site of the Battle of Lumbridge, where Zamorak returned to Gielinor and clashed with Saradomin over the power of Guthix, contained in the cave system that lies below Lumbridge and Lumbridge Swamp.

The crater, full of divine energy.

Creation[edit | edit source]

The portal that appeared before the creation of the crater.

A few weeks before Zamorak's arrival, a portal appeared in the woods between Lumbridge and Draynor Village, just south of an abandoned and derelict house. Various bystanders gathered to gawk at the portal as it grew in size.

When Zamorak stepped through the portal, he immediately noticed a glowing crack in the ground. From this crack radiated power, remnants of godly energy left by the death of Guthix. He started blasting the ground with magic, sending the civilians fleeing in terror and attracting the attention of Saradomin, who had returned to Gielinor earlier and in a more subtle fashion.

The two gods sent opposing beams of divine magical power at each other, which collided in mid-air. This occurred directly over a well of Guthix's power, the ground above which caved in as the gods battled over it. The energy involved in the contest soon overloaded and created a blastwave that tore up the ground, destroying trees, buildings and even the back wall of Lumbridge Castle.

Events[edit | edit source]

Battle of Lumbridge[edit | edit source]

Main article: Battle of Lumbridge
The maelstrom formed at the centre of the crater

Saradomin and Zamorak stood at opposite ends of the crater, continuously battling with divine magic. Their followers set up camp around their feet, and encouraged adventurers to join their cause, to fight in the Battle of Lumbridge.

The power underneath the crater was released, and could be collected in the form of divine tears by those faithful to either of the gods, using the Mining, Woodcutting and Fishing skills. Adventurers also could choose to strike at the warriors of the opposing god, who dropped tears, pieces of sacred metal and parts of divine weapons to make weapon overrides.

Lumbridge Rebuildathon[edit | edit source]

As the end of the Battle of Lumbridge came with Saradomin as the victor, constructs from the battle were left behind and buildings were in ruins. Players helped Foreman George and his team rebuild the town of Lumbridge; players gathered resources from camps left behind, and rubble from the back wall of Lumbridge Castle. These were used to rebuild the buildings devastated in the battle. Towards the completion of the buildings, a memorial fountain was built just outside Hank's shop, in recognition of all the efforts made to restore Lumbridge.

2013 Thanksgiving event[edit | edit source]

During the event, angry turkeys were found on the northern side of Lumbridge crater, west of Lumbridge. The angry turkeys dropped raw turkeys and raw turkey drumsticks, and also offered rare chances for the cornucopia and the Give Thanks emote.

2013 Christmas event[edit | edit source]

Main article: 2013 Christmas event

Angered by his loss in the Battle of Lumbridge, Zamorak sent a demon "San'tar Klaws" to kidnap Santa Claus and ruin Christmas. Players could gain 'naughty' or 'nice' points on Santa's list by partaking in numerous activities around the snow-covered crater. When 750 of either points were collected, San'tar Klaws would free Santa from his cage.

Cabbage Facepunch Bonanza[edit | edit source]

The former Saradomin camp subsided, and ruins from an old building underground were exposed. A battle ensued between gods Marimbo and Brassica Prime, based either side of the ruin, and Holstein, representative of the Godless, also arrived. Players could join any one of these three factions, and contribute by competing in the Cabbage Facepunch Bonanza minigame underground, involving monkeys and cabbages.

2014 Christmas event[edit | edit source]

Main article: 2014 Christmas event

Players could take part in a choice of four different activities, including helping Santa Claus deliver presents to NPCs for festive paper to build a giant cracker, hunting tinsel snakes, helping take down a snowman boss called Snowverload, and going snowboarding. In addition to this, a number of bosses wore festive Santa hats.

2015 Summer Beach Party[edit | edit source]

During June 2015 the crater turned into a beach, organised by Battle of Lumbridge survivor Reyna. Before the party started, players needed to help her by bringing buckets of sand to the crater. The party itself features Distractions and Diversions portals, and activities (such as coconut shy, barbecuing, and sandcastle building), which grant experience. Clawdia also features as a boss that spawns every hour.

Celebration of Fire[edit | edit source]

Main article: Celebration of Fire

From 5 November 2015 to 9 November 2015, Guido Fawkes hosted a bonfire in the crater. Sera and Emmett performed their circus acts and Carlos the Chef could also be found there.

2016 Summer Beach Party[edit | edit source]

Reclamation by nature[edit | edit source]

The crater received a rework on 6 March 2017. The crater and the Lumbridge swamp were reclaimed by nature with the help of some druid's[1] anima magic, as flora and fauna took over the crater. This reintroduced several animals (notably rabbits), several trees, a pool in the centre, and a bank chest to the far east side of the crater.

2017 Spring Fayre[edit | edit source]

Main articles: Build-A-Fayre and Spring Fayre

On 18 April 2017, Menowin appeared in the crater, asking the players to aid him in building the Helter Skelter, the centrepiece of the soon-to-come Spring Fayre. During the week players could help Menowin using a set of 2 skills each day. On 24 April 2017 the build was completed and the Spring Fayre was opened. Functionally similar to previous events like the Summer Beach Party, players could engage in different activities with XP and item rewards.

Build A Beach[edit | edit source]

Main article: Build A Beach (event)

On 17 July 2017, Reyna reappeared next to the crater, asking to players to help her rebuild the beach from previous years. To do this she required players to hand in beach sand to her.

Players could also take 50 buckets of beach sand from the pile of sand next to her, which they then had to deliver to different parts of the crater whilst avoiding sandnados and quicksand.

2017 Summer Beach Party[edit | edit source]

From 31 July 2017 to 4 September 2017, the Summer Beach party returned to the Lumbridge Crater. Players could complete a treasure map every day to receive a free item. Players could also buy new cosmetic overrides, tokens, pets, and more, including items from previous years.

NovtumberFest[edit | edit source]

Main article: NovtumberFest

From 9 October 2017 to 6 November 2017, NovtumberFest was held in the Crater. Players could participate in many different activities, including a bar crawl, for experience. There were also several rewards, including a new title and tokens that unlocked pets and cosmetic overrides.

2018 Summer Beach Party[edit | edit source]

From 30 July 2018 to 28 August 2018, the Summer Beach Party returned. Players could again receive various kinds of skilling experience, complete the treasure map, and buy new and old tokens, pets, and more.

Summer Skill Off[edit | edit source]

Main article: Summer Skill Off

From 29 July 2019 to 5 August 2019, the Summer Skill Off was held in the Crater. Players could collect Skill Off tokens from gaining experience anywhere in Gielinor, and they could use these tokens to vote for skilling stations present in the Crater. Every day, the station with the least amount of tokens would be eliminated, while the winning stations would receive an increased experience boost. Players could still gain experience at eliminated stations, but they could no longer vote for them. Prizes included the Blightreaver and the Snack yak pet.

Wintumber Warmer[edit | edit source]

Main article: Wintumber Warmer

From 2 January 2020 to 6 January 2020, Victor hosted the Wintumber Warmer event in the Crater. The Wintumber Warmer is a celebration of the end of winter and the beginning of warm weather. Activities were hosted in the Crater that players could participate in for experience, and players could gain increased experience by skilling in the Crater at this time as well.

Winter Chill Off[edit | edit source]

Main article: Winter Chill Off

From 27 January 2020 to 2 February 2020, Mini Morn hosted the Winter Chill Off in the Crater. Similar to the Summer Skill Off, players could earn Chill Off tokens by gaining experience and use these tokens to cote for their favourite skilling stations, with the losing station being eliminated every day. Players could win the Blightreaver Staff and Mini Morn pet, as well as the rewards from the Summer Skill Off.

2020 Summer Beach Party[edit | edit source]

From 20 July 2020 to 10 August 2020, the Summer Beach Party returned. Players could again receive various kinds of skilling experience, and buy new and old tokens, pets, and more.

Grand Party[edit | edit source]

Main article: Grand Party

From 4 January 2021 to 1 February 2021, the Wise Old Man hosted the Grand Party in the Crater. The Grand Party was a celebration of RuneScape's history while providing certain skilling features and weekly events. It featured statues commemorating major updates of previous years, and weekly benefits to questing, combat, minigames, and gathering skills.

2021 The Beach[edit | edit source]

Main article: The Beach (2021)

From 12 July 2021 to 9 August 2021, the Summer Beach Party returned. Now just called 'The Beach,' players could once again partake in various skilling activities and buy new and old cosmetic tokens, pets, and more.

Event history[edit | edit source]

Release date Removal date Event
12 July 2021 (Update) 9 August 2021 (Update) The Beach (2021)
4 January 2021 (Update) 1 February 2021 (Update) Grand Party
20 July 2020 (Update) 10 August 2020 (Update) Summer Beach Party (2020)
27 January 2020 (Update) 2 February 2020 Winter Chill Off
2 January 2020 (Update) 6 January 2020 Wintumber Warmer
29 July 2019 (Update) 5 August 2019 (Update) Summer Skill Off
15 April 2019 (Update) 29 April 2019 (Update) 2019 Easter event
30 July 2018 (Update) 28 August 2018 (Update) Summer Beach Party (2018)
26 March 2018 (Update) 30 April 2018 (Update) Spring Fayre (2018)
9 October 2017 (Update) 6 November 2017 (Update) NovtumberFest
31 July 2017 (Update) 4 September 2017 (Update) Summer Beach Party (2017)
17 July 2017 (Update) 31 July 2022 (Update) Build A Beach
24 April 2017 (Update) 5 June 2017 (Update) Spring Fayre (2017)
18 April 2017 (Update) 24 April 2017 (Update) Build-A-Fayre
9 February 2017 (Update) 1 March 2017 2017 Valentine's Day event
8 November 2016 (Update) 27 November 2022 (Update) Birth by Fire
3 November 2016 (Update) 7 November 2016 Celebration of Fire
15 August 2016 (Update) 12 September 2016 (Update) Summer Beach Party (2016)
5 November 2015 (Update) 9 November 2015 Celebration of Fire
29 June 2015 (Update) 31 August 2015 (Update) Summer Beach Party (2015)
1 December 2014 (Update) 5 January 2015 (Update) 2014 Christmas event
14 April 2014 (Update) 28 April 2014 (Update) Cabbage Facepunch Bonanza
17 December 2013 (Update) 7 January 2014 (Update) 2013 Christmas event
28 November 2013 (Update) 2 December 2013 2013 Thanksgiving event
30 October 2013 (Update) 13 November 2013 (Update) Lumbridge Rebuildathon
22 July 2013 (Update) 2 October 2013 (Update) Battle of Lumbridge

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 25 October 2021 (Update):
    • There's been a graphical fix for the Lumbrige Crater.
  • hidden 16 December 2019:
    • Wintumber Warmer has been added to Lumbridge Crater with activities unavailable until the event starts.
  • patch 12 June 2017 (Update):
    • Fishing icons at the pond next to Lumbridge Crater have been removed.
  • patch 13 March 2017 (Update):
    • Moved the rare tree map icons to match the new positions of yew trees near the Lumbridge crater.
    • Fixed a force walk tile in the updated Lumbridge crater.
  • patch 5 May 2015 (Update):
    • Prevented all pets from entering the Lumbridge crater.
  • patch 21 January 2014 (Update):
    • Blocking has been added to an area along the edge of the Lumbridge crater.
  • patch 13 November 2013 (Update):
    • The god allegiance tokens from the Battle of Lumbridge can now be reclaimed from the Saradominist preacher inside the Lumbridge crater.
  • patch 10 September 2013 (Update):
    • Mining or woodcutting in the Lumbridge crater with the Strongarm skill animations now gives a relevant message in chat.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The crater and the ground dotted with green crystals are possibly a reference to the game Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, where an asteroid impacted on Earth creating a giant crater and spreading green plant-like crystal shards all over the planet's surface.
  • Even though the maelstrom stopped after the Battle of Lumbridge, the examine text still read "A vast maelstrom of energy", but was later changed to "An empty crater".
  • This was supposed to be the first, lowest level, divination location, but due to overlapping release dates (i.e. the Battle of Lumbridge was not yet over when the Divination skill was released), the location got moved a little bit and was given its own little crater. Because there is little use for it, it was since temporarily used during some events, and this "will certainly not be the end of it".[2]
  • There is a single square located in the northeastern quadrant of the crater that causes the player to sink into the ground up to their knees. This is most likely a bug.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Month Ahead March 2017.*
  2. ^ Mod Osborne on the Runescape GameBlast 2014 Twitch Livestream, at around 12:36:30.