Research

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The location of the research notes table where research is performed

Research is a part of Archaeology during which players can send research teams on expeditions and acquire materials, Archaeology experience, and sometimes artefacts.

The research tutorial is unlocked by reaching the assistant qualification; the tutorial is started by managing the research notes table in the Exam Centre at the Archaeology Campus. After the tutorial players are required to use chronotes to pay researchers for their work by using the research notes. In the case an expedition is terminated before completion, the chronotes that were paid to send the research team will be forfeit and no experience, artefacts, or materials will be gained to compensate for elapsed time.

General research[edit | edit source]

General Research interface

After speaking with a dig site's manager, players can begin general research expeditions to the dig site. These expeditions will return after a chosen length of time, with options of 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours, 8 hours, 12 hours, and 24 hours before any speed modifiers. The XP rewards and chronotes costs are scaled linearly based upon the selected time. The cost of general research increases with the player's Archaeology level and each site has a modifier related to the level required to start there.[1]

In addition to Archaeology experience, materials required to restore the damaged artefacts obtainable from the dig site are rewarded, and more rarely damaged artefacts from the dig site.

It is recommended to complete special research expeditions first if any are available, as these can be done only once and provide proportionally better rewards than general research expeditions.

The Archaeology experience/hour for general research is listed below (Experience and chronotes cost scale by 5% and 10% of Kharid-et's base xp/cost, for research in the Infernal Source / Everlight and Stormguard Citadel / Warforge / Orthen respectively). The Stormguard / Warforge / Orthen column is left blank below level 70 since none of the dig sites are available before that level.

At level 50 Archaeology Kharid-et Dig Site general research costs 250 chronotes per hour, and Infernal Source Dig Site and Everlight Dig Site cost 262 chronotes per hour.

At level 76 Archaeology Kharid-et Dig Site general research costs 380 chronotes per hour, Infernal Source Dig Site and Everlight Dig Site cost 399 chronotes per hour, and Stormguard Citadel Dig Site and Warforge Dig Site cost 418 chronotes per hour.

At level 92 Archaeology Kharid-et Dig Site general research costs 460 chronotes per hour, Infernal Source Dig Site and Everlight Dig Site cost 483 chronotes per hour, and Stormguard Citadel Dig Site, Warforge Dig Site, and Orthen Dig Site cost 506 chronotes per hour.

Special Research[edit | edit source]

Special Research interface

While exploring the various dig sites, players will find studies that can be researched by sending the research team. These often give experience as well as an artefact from that dig site.

Each special research expedition can only be completed once. Special research progress and information about them can found in the Archaeology journal.

All the special research expeditions have a base duration of 40 minutes, except the tutorial expedition Mysterious Monolith: Existence, which reads 30 minutes on the interface but actually completes instantly, Mysterious Monolith: Architecture and Mysterious Monolith: Symbology, which take 30 minutes, and Incomplete Portal Network I, which takes 20 minutes. The player's base level must meet the requirement in order to send an expedition; temporary boosts such as cups of soil tea do not work.

Completing all the special research in one of the following sections unlocks a corresponding achievement.

General (Special Research)[edit | edit source]

Sequence number Mission name Level Where to start Base cost (chronotes) Rewards
1 Mysterious Monolith: Existence 40 Reach Assistant qualification. Free
  • 1,000 Archaeology experience
  • Ability to harness more energy from the monolith (+100 energy)
2 Mysterious Monolith: Architecture 70 Reach Associate qualification. 175
  • 5,000 Archaeology experience
  • You can harness more energy from the Monolith (+150 energy)
3 Mysterious Monolith: Symbology 90 Reach Professor qualification. 225
  • 11,666 Archaeology experience
  • You can harness more energy from the Monolith (+100 energy)
4 Philosophy 99 Purchase the energised meteorite shard. 245 Ability to make the Mattock of Time and Space.
5 Writings of the Walls: Kharid-et 99 Study strange writing on the east side of the maximum security area of the prison block of Kharid-et. 245 18,750 Archaeology experience
6 Writings of the Walls: Infernal Source 99 Study strange writing on the western wall in the first room of the Dungeon of Disorder. 245 18,750 Archaeology experience
7 Writings of the Walls: Everlight 99 Study strange writing at the western end of an underground marble corridor, accessed by entering the door in the Acropolis of Everlight. 245 18,750 Archaeology experience
8 Writings of the Walls: Stormguard 99 Study strange writing on the eastern wall of the building in Research & Development North-west area of Stormguard Citadel. 245 18,750 Archaeology experience
9 Writings of the Walls: Warforge 99 Study strange writing in the elevated north-western corner of Thalmund's forge in Warforge. 245 18,750 Archaeology experience

Stormguard.png: RS3 Inventory image of StormguardArmadylean culture research[edit | edit source]

Sequence number Mission name Level Where to start Base cost (chronotes) Rewards
1 Ikovian Tragedy 70 Study the Ikovian temple by clicking either the north or south archway of the Temple of Ikov. 233
2 Deer-ly Departed 81 Study the memorial megalith in the Stormguard Citadel - Keshik memorial excavation site. 266
3 The Aetherium Giant 98 Study the war golem arm in the middle of the south-western islands of Stormguard Citadel Dig Site. You'll need to be in flight, wearing the wingsuit v2 or higher to be able to reach this location. 326
4 Night and Day 95 Study the keshik coat of arms on the Nightguard Tower (north-western island). You'll need the wingsuit v2 or higher to be able to reach this location. 313
5 Howling Man 118 Study the theoretical blueprints in Howl's Floating Workshop. You'll need a Stormguard gerege in your tool belt to access this area. 393
6 Back to the Drawing Board 95 Study the drafting bench inside Howl's Floating Workshop. You'll need a Stormguard gerege in your tool belt to access this area. 313

Warforge.png: RS3 Inventory image of WarforgeBandosian culture research[edit | edit source]

Sequence number Mission name Level Where to start Base cost (chronotes) Rewards
1 Melting Point 83 Study the grille in the middle of the Crucible arena. 273
2 Too Many Bones 100 Study the animal skull in the south-western corner of the tunnels of the Warforge Dig Site. 333
3 Northside 97 Study the Big High War God shrine in the northern part of the tunnels of the Warforge Dig Site. 320
4 Dwarven Forge 97 Study the hallmark on the western wall in the small room inside Thalmund's Forge. 320
5 Big High War Chest 119 Study the weapons cache in the area behind Bandos's sanctum (reachable during You Have Chosen... mystery). 393
6 Power Behind the Throne 100 Study Bandos's throne once you descend the lift at the Warforge Dig Site. 333

Orthen.png: RS3 Inventory image of OrthenDragonkin culture research[edit | edit source]

Sequence number Mission name Level Where to start Base cost (chronotes) Rewards
1 Let Sleeping Kin Lie 70 Study the hibernation pods in the Nodon Hibernatorium after Desperate Measures. 268
2 Incomplete Portal Network I[OR 1] [OR 2] 90 Activate the Orthen teleportation device at the Crypt of Varanus. 58
3 Incomplete Portal Network II[OR 1] [OR 2] 90 Activate the Orthen teleportation device at the observation outpost using 20 ancient vis. 116
4 Incomplete Portal Network III[OR 1] 90 Activate the Orthen teleportation device at the Moksha Ritual Site using 20 orthenglass. 175
5 Breath of Fire 99 Study the funeral pyre in the center of the main area of the Crypt of Varanus. 375
6 Necropsy 101 Study the autopsy table inside the ruins of the observation outpost. 383
7 Mind Your Head 108 Study the Moksha device in the Moksha Ritual Site. 414
8 Xolo Dorado 120 Study the Xolo Temple Pyramid in Xolo City. 680

Everlight.png: RS3 Inventory image of EverlightSaradominist culture research[edit | edit source]

Sequence number Mission name Level Where to start Base cost (chronotes) Rewards
1 Lions and Unicorns and Centaurs, Oh My! 42 Study the mound of earth northeast of the Scaffolding used to access the Everlight Dig Site. 140
2 Ode to a Midsummer Morning 51 Study the amphitheatre stage. 166
3 Stadio Ga Ga 69 Study the fallen stadium column at the Dominion Games stadium. 226
4 Home, Sweet Home 72 Study the partial statue of a woman just west of the statue of Hebe and just east of the oikos studio debris. 240
5 Ground of the Polis 92 Study the stone tablet on the north platform of the Acropolis. 306
6 Battle of Optimatoi 105 Study the icyene skeletons in the underwater cave beneath Everlight. 346
7 Like Clockwork 84 Study the lighthouse mechanism in the underwater cave beneath Everlight. Once inside, head into the room all the way at the northern end, then dive underwater. 280

Infernal Source.png: RS3 Inventory image of Infernal SourceZamorakian culture research[edit | edit source]

Sequence number Mission name Level Where to start Base cost (chronotes) Rewards
1 Starry Eyed 40 Study the Star Lodge sign in the northwest corner of the Star Lodge cellar (first level). 133
2 The Dark Underbelly 40 Study the sacrificial altar in the Dungeon of Disorder. 133
3 Abandon All Hope 40 Study the portal chamber you spawn by in Vestibule of Futility. 133
4 Deeper and Down 68 Study the hellhound marker on the southwest side near the byzroth remains in The Harrowing. 226
5 Who Dis? 68 Study the trapped demon by clicking the Dagon portal from Dagon Overlook to the hydra portal in the Infernal Source. 226
6 Hell Mouths 98 Study the hydra gate at the hydra portal, which is the gate where Dagon the Gatekeeper is standing in at the bottom of the Infernal Source. 326

Kharid-et.png: RS3 Inventory image of Kharid-etZarosian culture research[edit | edit source]

Sequence number Mission name Level Where to start Base cost (chronotes) Rewards
1 Demon Door 40 Study the outer wall debris just south-east of the entrance, next to the imperial steel cache. 133
2 Proving Grounds 40 Study the barracks rubble that form the doorway of the north-west building in the barracks. 133
3 Cell, a Door 47 Study one of the cell doors in the prison block. 153
4 Requiescat in Pace 86 Study the Orcus stained glass window in the chapel after passing the pontifex barrier. 286
5 Where There's Smoke... 100 Study the oven in the kitchens. 333
6 Shadow Play 107 Study the war table inside the praetorium. The praetorium is accessible at the Kharid-et Dig Site, either when the pylon is 100% charged or after powering all eight shadow anchors.

To gain access, interact with the the praetorium war table, provided that the player is wearing the ring of visibility, or has the gift from Sliske.

353
7 Lockdown 58 Study the central vault found during the first step of The Vault of Shadows mystery. 193
  1. ^ a b c This research is unlisted in the Archaeology journal.
  2. ^ a b This research technically requires level 70 to conduct. However, the Teleport Node On mystery, which is required to access it, cannot be started before level 90 as nothing in the Orthen Dig Site is accessible before.

Hireable researchers[edit | edit source]

Researchers can be hired and added (for a price) to expeditions. These researchers each offer speed and cost buffs to the expedition.

Players can only hire researchers that are a tier below their current qualification.

Intern(student)[edit | edit source]

Requirement: Have the assistant qualification.

Researcher Location Cost to recruit Speed buff Cost buff
Jimmy Tutorial N/A 0% 0%
Scarlet Tutorial N/A 1% 1%
Katarina North Varrock Dig Site Zarosian training dummy.png: RS3 Inventory image of Zarosian training dummyZarosian training dummy 1% 0%
Dorian East Varrock Dig Site Opulent wine goblet.png: RS3 Inventory image of Opulent wine gobletOpulent wine goblet 1% 0%
Eduardo West Varrock Dig Site Ceremonial unicorn ornament.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ceremonial unicorn ornamentCeremonial unicorn ornament 1% 0%

Assistant[edit | edit source]

Requirement: Have the associate qualification.

You must first show them a fully completed totem on Anachronia from your backpack. Totems placed on Anachronia will not work. Once the Associate qualification is obtained, these researchers will ask to join the research team when talked to with a totem.
Researcher Location Speed buff Cost buff
Alpheus Anachronia +2% +3%
Eliza Anachronia +2% +3%

Associate[edit | edit source]

Requirement: Have the professor qualification.

Researcher Location Speed buff Cost buff
Drew (Automatically unlocked after getting Professor qualification) +4% +6%
Helen (Automatically unlocked after getting Professor qualification) +4% +6%
Easty (Automatically unlocked after getting Professor qualification) +4% +6%

Professor[edit | edit source]

Requirement: Have the guildmaster qualification.

Researcher Location Cost to recruit Additional requirement Speed buff Cost buff Additional perk
Simon Templeton Automatically unlocked after getting Guildmaster qualification N/A N/A +6% +9% N/A
Anna Jones North-east of Varrock, sitting on a bench N/A Quest What Lies Below +6% +9% N/A
Asgarnia Smith Near the Rug merchant in the Bedabin Camp Ourg megahitter.png: RS3 Inventory image of Ourg megahitterOurg megahitter Quest Desert Treasure +6% +9% Increases the amount of materials found
Elissa Giovanni East Varrock Dig Site Golem instruction.png: RS3 Inventory image of Golem instructionGolem instruction Quest The Golem +6% +9% Increases the chance of discovering artefacts

Consultant[edit | edit source]

Requirement: Complete all mysteries at their dig site.

Researcher Site Minimum level Speed buff Cost buff Additional perk
Dr Nabanik Kharid-et 107 +8% +12% Guarantees the discovery of an artefact (2+ hours only)
Vanescula Drakan Everlight 105 +12% +12% Significantly increases research speed
Movario Infernal Source 68 +8% +12% Greatly increases the amount of materials found
Gee'ka Stormguard Citadel 95 +6% +12% 10% increase to Archaeology XP
Zanik Warforge 110 +8% +0% Happily works free of charge
Mr. Mordaut Orthen 120 +8% +12% Gives a chance to obtain a tetracompass piece (research time/24).

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • patch 2 November 2020 (Update):
    • The journal entry 'mind your head' and certain lore page entries have been updated to fix minor typos.
  • update 19 October 2020 (Update):
    • Orthen Dig Site released, adding new special research.
  • patch 26 May 2020 (Update):
    • Removed the 'Check findings' option from the Archaeology research table as the 'Manage research notes' option rendered it redundant.
  • patch 27 April 2020 (Update):
    • Dig site imagery has been updated on the World Map tool-tips as well as their respective Archaeology Research.
    • The text of the special research on the Big High War Chest has been changed to refer to Bandos's tribe as the "Kal-i-kra" instead of the "Kal-i-kran".
  • patch 14 April 2020 (Update):
    • Players are now properly informed when they add a researcher to their research team.
  • patch 6 April 2020 (Update):
    • The chance of receiving an artefact from research has been increased.
    • Dr Nabanik's 'Third-age Expert' researcher perk has been modified to guarantee an artefact after researching 2 hours or more, down from 8 hours or more.
    • Fixed an issue where some research was not being unlocked.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The "Requiescat in Pace" research is Latin for "rest in peace" (commonly abbreviated, R.I.P.), in keeping with the Latin theme of Kharid-et.
  • The "Where There's Smoke" research is a reference to the English idiom "Where there's smoke, there's fire".
  • The "Abandon All Hope" research is a quote from Dante's Inferno, where the gate to hell bears the inscription "Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate" (Abandon all hope, ye who enter here).
  • The "Who Dis?" research may be a reference to the "New phone, who dis?" meme.
  • The "Lions and Unicorns and Centaurs, Oh My!" research is a reference to Dorothy's line in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, "Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!"
  • The "Ode to a Midsummer Morning" research may be a reference to Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • The "Stadio Ga Ga" research is a reference to the Queen song Radio Ga Ga.
  • The "Like Clockwork" research is a reference to the English idiom.
  • The "Deer-ly Departed" research is a pun on the phrase "dearly departed", a respectful way of referring to those who have passed away.
  • The "Back to the Drawing Board" research is a reference to the English idiom.
  • The "The Aetherium Giant" research may be a reference to the 1999 film The Iron Giant.
  • The "The Howling Man" research shares its name with an episode of the 1960s television series The Twilight Zone.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod Timbo. [1]. Reddit. 04 04 2020. (Archived from the original on 04 04 2020.) Mod Timbo: "The cost of General Research increases with your level and each site has a modifier related to the level required to start there."