Skilling backpack

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Skilling backpack can no longer be obtained in RuneScape after an update but still exists in-game for those who had done so.
Skilling backpack is a Treasure Hunter promotion and may not currently be active.
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The skilling backpack is an item that could be earned in several forms as a reward from the July 2016 Boat to the Arc event of the Port Sarim Invasion. This item could then be obtained by claiming it from the reward chest located next to Seasinger Umi. It is also rewarded automatically during the August 2018 Return of the Pack event on Treasure Hunter (if not previously obtained) or (if already owned) will be upgraded to a new version with additional benefits, including all those of the highest tier from the Boat to the Arc event. Currently, the backback is given for free to all new players with 5 charges.

Originally, the backpack could be upgraded based on personal and community progress within the Boat to the Arc event. Both personal progress and the community progress must have reached the threshold to receive the reward, with the latter having reached 100%. This meant that the backpack's variant was dictated by personal progress. It came with charges based on the threshold the player had achieved and could not be recharged.

During the Return of the Pack promotion in August 2018, opening Treasure Hunter automatically awarded this item, replacing any previous versions obtained from the Port Sarim invasion. Any remaining charges were carried over, and the updated version gave the highest-tiered benefits, regardless of the player's original variant (which was based on personal progress in the Boat to the Arc event).

The experience boost is seen as a buff 'Skilling Backpack XP Boost'. Experience bonus is calculated off the base experience and stacks additively with both effects from advanced pulse cores. If the player unequips the backpack after receiving the buff, the buff persists but doesn't give bonus experience until the backpack is reequipped. The buff timer continues to count down while the player is logged out.

Currently, it is not possible to obtain additional charges for the skilling backpack.

Combat stats[edit | edit source]

Item variants[edit | edit source]

Originally, the skilling backpack had multiple variants, based on the player's personal progress during the Port Sarim Invasion "Boat to the Arc" event. After the Return of the Pack Treasure Hunter promotion, it is the highest-tiered of the following variants:

Threshold Reward
10% The skilling backpack (5 charges) gives a 10-minute 1% XP boost and skilling rewards.
30% The skilling backpack now comes with 15 charges.
50% The skilling backpack now gives a 3% XP boost for 10 minutes. Cosmetic override version.
70% The skilling backpack now comes with 25 charges.
90% The skilling backpack now gives a 5% XP boost for 10 minutes and comes with 50 charges.

Possible rewards[edit | edit source]

Port Sarim Invasion version[edit | edit source]

Return of the Pack version[edit | edit source]

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Rewards are now categorised into Consumables, Proteans, and Skilling Helpers. Players may choose to receive rewards from any one of these categories, or rewards from all categories (default) by right-clicking and choosing the "Attune" option on the backpack.

Consumables[edit | edit source]

Proteans[edit | edit source]

Skilling Helpers[edit | edit source]

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!
  • update 15 August 2022 (Update):
    • The Skilling Backpack and Mask of the Troll are no longer received when opening Treasure Hunter for the first time.
  • patch 17 October 2016 (Update):
    • The Skilling backpack buff no longer disappears when logging out.

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • Version 5 of the backpack gives a 3% experience boost instead of 5%.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • When attempting to keepsake the backpack, a message will appear saying a replica will be keepsaked instead, rather than the item itself. If confirmed, the player will save a replica version of the backpack as a cosmetic override and keep the actual backpack in the inventory.