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Operate was significantly altered after an update.
This article is retained to provide information on past elements of RuneScape.

Operate is an action used on items. The operate function is only usable on an item that is equipped.

Operate usually only works on items that are either enchanted, non-tradeable or quest-related like the following:

Enchanted items Non-tradeable items Quest-related Special items
Combat bracelet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Combat braceletCombat bracelet Explorer's ring Reindeer hat.png: RS3 Inventory image of Reindeer hatReindeer hat Cape of accomplishment
Amulet of glory.png: RS3 Inventory image of Amulet of gloryAmulet of glory Ava's accumulator.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ava's accumulatorAva's accumulator Chocatrice cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chocatrice capeChocatrice cape Skull sceptre.png: RS3 Inventory image of Skull sceptreSkull sceptre
Games necklace.png: RS3 Inventory image of Games necklaceGames necklace Karamja gloves Broomstick.png: RS3 Inventory image of BroomstickBroomstick Chocatrice cape.png: RS3 Inventory image of Chocatrice capeChocatrice cape
Ring of duelling.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ring of duellingRing of duelling Falador shield

Existence[edit | edit source]

The action 'Operate' still exists on some items, but some have been changed from rub or operate to something more specific. Take, for example, an Amulet of glory. When right clicking the amulet, while being equipped, it lists the destinations instead of the usual "operate". It would also be possible to right-click any other worn equipment, such as a platebody, you would receive the message: "You can't operate that."

Also, if you wear something with way to operate(for an example, golden hammer), then switch something for it's spot and right click and select something you could have done with previously worn item, there appears text: "There is no way to operate that item."

Operating[edit | edit source]

In certain quests and occasions, you may have to operate a machine or sceneric tool. E.g. in 2008's Easter event when you had to operate the incubator.