Spirit shards

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This article is about the item used in Summoning. For the item from the historical quest, see Spirit shards (Wolf Whistle).
For the variant encountered in Daemonheim, see Spirit shards (Dungeoneering).
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Spirit shards are bits of the large obelisk in the Spirit Plane, used in the Summoning skill along with charms to create pouches to summon familiars. Players can purchase spirit shards from Pikkupstix in Taverley for 25 coins each, and at the other Summoning shops (including the Pet shops). They can also be obtained by opening sedimentary and igneous geodes.

Swapping[edit | edit source]

An ogre, called Bogrog, has the ability to exchange shards for completed pouches. Bogrog is at the obelisk and Summoning shop near the entrance to the ogre city of Gu'Tanoth. He will swap out summoning pouches for 70% of the shards it took to make it, rounded up to the nearest whole shard. He will only return about 30% of the shards for summoning scrolls.

However, players need minimum Summoning levels, which begin at 21 and increases for higher summoning pouches. For example, a spirit terrorbird pouch requires level 52 Summoning and 12 spirit shards to make. Trading it to Bogrog requires level 58 Summoning, and yields 9 spirit shards in return.

Players with access to Prifddinas may prefer to use Lord Amlodd who initially will exchange pouches on the same terms as Bogrog. Upon completing the Hard Tirannwn tasks, Lord Amlodd will swap pouches for roughly 10% more shards.

Up to 30,000 pouches can be swapped at a time.

How many shards do you need to buy?[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Long before Summoning was released, in the time of RuneScape Classic, Jagex developed the Life rune, but never released it. It was meant for Summoning, as by then it was meant to be a part of the Magic skill. This was changed when Jagex believed that magic was getting more fleshed out with the other spellbooks, like ancients. As Summoning isn't part of magic, runes couldn't be used. So they had to think of something else: Spirit shards.

When Summoning was released, spirit shards were 50 coins each. This high price stirred a lot of criticism from players who felt they were too expensive. Players also complained that familiars were not very useful. Jagex initially countered that the price of shards and the number needed for each pouch type was carefully considered and meant to balance the true worth of the summoned familiar. However, Jagex made several changes to address these continuing concerns, possibly influenced by economic changes resulting from game modifications relating to Real-World Trading and Unbalanced Trade.

In the Summoning Changes update of 17 January 2008 (just two days after Summoning was released), they decreased the price of shards from 50 to 25 coins each.[1] In the Summoning 2 update of 31 March 2008, they made several changes to make the familiars themselves more cost-effective and useful.[2] Until September 2009, spirit shards were a "junk" item, that were rarely bought for 25 coins each. Players often sold spirit shards for 20 coins each or lower, plus junk, on the forums. It was also possible to buy pouches and swap to Bogrog to obtain shards cheaper than 25 coins each without junk. For example, a granite lobster pouch worth about 2700 coins on the Grand Exchange gave 117 shards (2925 coins at 25 each), which is under 23.1 coins per shard.

Originally, spirit shards could not be traded on the Grand Exchange, but in September 2008, Jagex allowed it to be traded on the Grand Exchange, with a median price of 25 coins, and a buy limit of 10,000 per four hours.

In September 2009, Jagex removed the infinite stock of spirit shards from the shops, instead giving them a personalized stock of 65,000. Many players complained that this was too low of a stock, especially combined with the "Buy-500" instead of "Buy-X". In response, Jagex created Spirit shards packs, effectively returning infinite stock of Spirit shards. An option to sell spirit shards to pet store owners (such as the one in Yanille) was also added. Due to the Free Trade/Wilderness Update on the 1st of February, pet shops no longer have a 50,000 shard maximum sell limit per transaction; you can now just enter the amount of spirit shards you'd like to sell.

Spirit shards may be used to replace money due to their guaranteed buy and sell price of 25 coins each. This is useful for players who have more wealth than the max cash limit of 2,147,483,647 coins, the maximum possible value of a 32-bit signed binary integer. It is also used by players who are trading for items that are worth more than the aforementioned value.

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Drop sources[edit | edit source]

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Store locations[edit | edit source]

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Disassembly[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 6 January 2020 (Update):
    • Players can no longer receive Spirit Shards when they already have a full stack in their inventory.
  • hidden 9th September 2008 (Update):
    • Spirit shards are made tradeable in the Grand Exchange.
  • patch 12 August 2008 (Update):
    • Bogrog now checks for the correct Summoning level when exchanging praying mantis pouches for shards.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Jagex. "Summoning Changes." 17 January 2008. RuneScape News.
  2. ^ Jagex. "Summoning 2." 31 March 2008. RuneScape News.