Protean bar

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Protean bar is a Treasure Hunter reward.
If the associated promotion is not currently active, it may not be obtainable.
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Protean bars can be won on Treasure Hunter, and could be claimed as a reward from various seasonal events such as the Christmas Advent Calendar and various promotions such as the Yak Track. They can be used on an anvil to do Protean smithing, which gives experience but no items. They were previously available to members only, but became available to free players on 24 April 2015.

60 protean bars can be used at once in the Make-X interface. Each bar takes 8 ticks (4.8 seconds) to be smithed, which means that 60 bars take 4 minutes and 48 seconds to use. Using a protean powerup reduces this to 7 ticks (4.2 seconds) per bar. Having the Rapid perk active on an augmented crystal hammer or a hammer-tron will speed up the rate the bars are used, thus increasing XP/hr.

The bars are stackable, subverting the need for banking. You cannot boost your level to make higher-level protean smithing items.

Protean bars, as with all protean items, can be converted at a 3:2 ratio into other protean items. Players are unable to use these bars within the Construction skill; only protean planks may be used. Protean Bars do not yield respect within Artisans' Workshop.

Experience[edit | edit source]

The Make X interface while using Protean bars for smithing
LevelMetalXP per barXP per hour[T 1]
90Elder rune530.0451,560.0
  1. ^ Assumes a rate of 852 bars smithed per hour

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Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 11 March 2019 (Update):
    • Working with Protean Bars now correctly plays smithing audio.
  • patch 7 January 2019 (Update):
    • Protean bars ignore the new smithing mechanics. They give slightly higher XP at high level (to make up for the loss of portable forges) but slightly lower XP at low level.