Pulse core (historical)

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For the better type of pulse core, see Advanced pulse core.
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Pulse cores are items obtained from Treasure Hunter, and were also purchasable from Vic the trader during April 2015. They can also be obtained by combining two essence of wisdom from past Treasure Hunter promotions into one pulse core. After the update on 19 June 2015, existing pulse cores were replaced with advanced pulse cores with the message: "Your pulse cores have been upgraded to new and improved advanced pulse cores."

Combat stats[edit | edit source]

Effects[edit | edit source]

A player's pulse core explodes while fletching.

Each pulse core has 4,168–17,204 (depending on total level) bonus experience that is granted in whatever skill is being trained whilst it's equipped. Once the bonus experience charge has run out, the core will explode, granting a 2% experience bonus to all players in the vicinity for 10 minutes. An exploding pulse core might also randomly grant a skill level boost to a group of skills or restore some life or Prayer points for the surrounding players. The experience boost stacks with each exploded core, to a cap of 10% bonus experience. The holder doesn't benefit from these bonuses.

The amount of bonus experience given is only matched up to 1 pulse core, i.e. if the activity performed gives more experience than the charges on the current pulse core, a new pulse core will not be used to fill in the remaining bonus experience.

Bonus experience does not stack with pulse cores and will remain unused as long as a pulse core is wielded.

This boost shows up in the boosted stats section of the EoC interface as "Pulse Essence - x% XP Boost" where x is the current percentage boost. The boost lasts for 10 minutes, but subsequent explosions reset the 10 minute timer.

Accept Aid must be turned on or else it fails to work: "You were hit by a pulse core blast but receive no benefit as Accept Aid is currently turned off."

A blue ring of particles expands from the holder when the item explodes. This ring rapidly dissipates, and purple rings expand from those within the activation's area of effect. The purple ring is only visible to the affected player and the holder, whereas the blue ring is visible to all players in the area.

Temporary skill boosts[edit | edit source]

Pulse cores offer temporary boosts in skills aligned to an Expert cape of Accomplishment.

Category of boost Skills boosted
Artisan Cooking, Construction, Crafting, Firemaking, Fletching, Herblore, Runecrafting and Smithing.
Combatant Attack, Constitution, Defence, Magic, Prayer, Ranged, Strength and Summoning.
Gatherer Archaeology, Divination, Farming, Fishing, Hunter, Mining and Woodcutting.
Support Agility, Dungeoneering, Slayer and Thieving.

The Gatherer skills are boosted by 10 levels, except Farming and Hunter. All the skills in the other categories are boosted by 7 levels.

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 31 October 2016 (Update):
    • Depleting a pulse core by gaining more XP than it had available will now award the correct XP.
  • patch 2 November 2015 (Update):
    • The pulse core buff timer will now attempt to re-sync itself to prevent an incorrect time being shown.
  • patch 20 April 2015 (Update):
    • Players no longer gain benefits from pulse cores in the Duel Arena.
  • patch 13 April 2015 (Update):
    • A typo has been fixed in the Pulse Core buff tooltip.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Its appearance is likely based on the common cross section models of celestial bodies.