Protean bar

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Protean bars can be won on Treasure Hunter, and could be claimed via the 2016 Christmas Advent Calendar. Protean bars may also be a possible reward from the 2018 Hallowe'en event. 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 about five minutes to use. At 750 bars per hour the experience is greater than some methods. The bars are stackable, subverting the need for banking. If you attempt to boost your level from one range to the next (e.g., 9 to 10) you do not get the option to make the higher level protean smithing item.

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 barBase XP per hour
90Elder Rune530397,500

Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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Protean chestN/A Reward40UnknownP2P icon.png
Sparkling four-leaf clover necklaceN/A Reward500CommonP2P icon.png
Sparkling three-leaf clover necklaceN/A Reward500CommonP2P icon.png
Sparkling two-leaf clover necklaceN/A Reward500CommonP2P icon.png
Umbral chestN/A Reward1,000UnknownP2P icon.png

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.