Tortoise

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This article is about the Tortoises near the Tree Gnome Village. For other uses, see Tortoise (disambiguation).

The tortoise (Testudines Giganteus) are trained tortoises used by the gnomes in battle. They train in the pen north of the Tree Gnome Stronghold swamp. Trainer Nacklepen is in charge of their combat development.

Fighting[edit | edit source]

Tortoises are very good for training and making coins at the same time. A full inventory of tortoise shells can bring in about 126532 coins. Tortoises have very high life points and low attack, but good defence. They are weak to air spells. With a fair variety of drops, they are arguably better than yaks or rock crabs for training purposes, but since they are a lower level than the latter they are not commonly used. It is recommended for training only if you can hit high enough to effectively damage them, particularly if you choose to use ranged or melee. The best way to damage them is to use an air battlestaff or better in tandem with the best air spell you are capable of casting, as this provides a cost-free way of killing them with a decent damage rate. An alternative for higher levelled players is to use a Polypore staff with the Polypore Strike spell, due to its cheap cost per cast.

When fighting the tortoise with riders, the three gnomes take turns attacking the player. The mage uses a bluish spell, the archer shoots steel arrows, and the tortoise attacks with the driver holding the reins if the player is within their meleeing range. Protection prayers aren't very effective because the riders use all 3 combat styles; however, the tortoises hit hardest with melee, so that prayer will stop the most damage. When the mounted tortoise is slain, the riders will all attack the player that killed it simultaneously. This can prove somewhat dangerous for low levelled (under 80 combat) players, as these gnomes are fairly accurate for their level. If the player runs away, however, they become unaggressive, and eventually disappear when the tortoise respawns.

There are two mounted tortoises at the Battlefield of Khazard.

Location[edit | edit source]

With riders
Without riders

Drops[edit | edit source]

100% drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Big bones.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Big bones with rarity Always in quantity 1Big bonesF2P icon.png1Always1530
Bones.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Bones with rarity Always in quantity 3BonesF2P icon.png3Always[1]4860
  1. ^ From killing the three riders on the backs of the mounted tortoises.

Main drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Wergali seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Wergali seed with rarity Common in quantity 1Wergali seed[1] (m)P2P icon.png1Common1,06438
Cabbage seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Cabbage seed with rarity Common in quantity 4-29Cabbage seed (m)P2P icon.png4–29Common276-2,00160-435
Redberry seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Redberry seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1Redberry seed (m)P2P icon.png1Rare32
Potato seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Potato seed with rarity Rare in quantity 4Potato seedF2P icon.png4Rare29616
Onion seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Onion seed with rarity Rare in quantity 4Onion seedF2P icon.png4Rare10424
Tomato seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Tomato seed with rarity Rare in quantity 3Tomato seed (m)P2P icon.png3Rare1356
Watermelon seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Watermelon seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-2Watermelon seed (m)P2P icon.png1–2Rare1,240-2,48033-66
Marigold seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Marigold seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1Marigold seedF2P icon.png1Rare15750
Rosemary seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Rosemary seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-4Rosemary seed (m)P2P icon.png1–4Rare74-29658-232
Woad seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Woad seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1Woad seed (m)P2P icon.png1Rare726
Dwellberry seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Dwellberry seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1Dwellberry seed (m)P2P icon.png1Rare915
Asgarnian seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Asgarnian seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-3Asgarnian seed (m)P2P icon.png1–3Rare16-4836-108
Barley seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Barley seed with rarity Rare in quantity 2-4Barley seedF2P icon.png2–4Rare32-6444-88
Strawberry seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Strawberry seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-2Strawberry seed (m)P2P icon.png1–2Rare247-49410-20
Nasturtium seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Nasturtium seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-2Nasturtium seed (m)P2P icon.png1–2Rare60-1206-12
Yanillian seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Yanillian seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-2Yanillian seed (m)P2P icon.png1–2Rare41-82126-252
Hammerstone seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Hammerstone seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-2Hammerstone seedF2P icon.png1–2Rare9-1831-62
Sweetcorn seed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Sweetcorn seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-4Sweetcorn seed (m)P2P icon.png1–4Rare69-2764-16
Grimy guam.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Grimy guam with rarity Common in quantity 1Grimy guamF2P icon.png1Common34318
Grimy marrentill.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Grimy marrentill with rarity Common in quantity 1Grimy marrentill (m)P2P icon.png1Common2,9420
Grimy tarromin.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Grimy tarromin with rarity Common in quantity 1Grimy tarrominF2P icon.png1Common490
Grimy harralander.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Grimy harralander with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy harralander (m)P2P icon.png1Rare1080
Grimy ranarr.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Grimy ranarr with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy ranarr (m)P2P icon.png1Rare1,2170
Grimy irit.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Grimy irit with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy irit (m)P2P icon.png1Rare3,0760
Grimy avantoe.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Grimy avantoe with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy avantoe (m)P2P icon.png1Rare6800
Grimy kwuarm.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Grimy kwuarm with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy kwuarm (m)P2P icon.png1Rare5,9080
Grimy cadantine.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Grimy cadantine with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy cadantine (m)P2P icon.png1Rare1,7870
Grimy lantadyme.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Grimy lantadyme with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy lantadyme (m)P2P icon.png1Rare4,4820
Grimy dwarf weed.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Grimy dwarf weed with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy dwarf weed (m)P2P icon.png1Rare3,8260
Grimy wergali.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Grimy wergali with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy wergali (m)P2P icon.png1Rare1,8080
Swamp toad.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Swamp toad with rarity Common in quantity 1Swamp toad (m)P2P icon.png1Common3141
Pineapple.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Pineapple with rarity Common in quantity 1Pineapple (m)P2P icon.png1Common4011
Cabbage.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Cabbage with rarity Common in quantity 16-101 (noted)CabbageF2P icon.png16–101 (noted)Common14,512-91,6070
Worm batta.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Worm batta with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Worm batta (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon2420
Toad crunchies.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Toad crunchies with rarity Rare in quantity 1Toad crunchies (m)P2P icon.png1Rare7,3891
Blurberry Special.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Blurberry Special with rarity Rare in quantity 1Blurberry Special (m)P2P icon.png1Rare8,66718
Tangled toads' legs.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Tangled toads' legs with rarity Rare in quantity 1Tangled toads' legs (m)P2P icon.png1Rare6331
Law talisman.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Law talisman with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Law talisman (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon6562
Nature rune.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Nature rune with rarity Common in quantity 1-3Nature runeF2P icon.png1–3Common418-1,25474-222
Earth rune.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Earth rune with rarity Uncommon in quantity 10-14Earth runeF2P icon.png10–14Uncommon190-26630-42
Soul rune.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Soul rune with rarity Rare in quantity 5-11Soul rune (m)P2P icon.png5–11Rare2,390-5,258410-902
Steel arrow.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Steel arrow with rarity Common in quantity 12-23Steel arrowF2P icon.png12–23Common216-414324-621
Mithril arrow.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Mithril arrow with rarity Uncommon in quantity 6-13Mithril arrowF2P icon.png6–13Uncommon132-286270-585
Pink boots.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Pink boots with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Pink boots (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon[2]884120
Pink robe bottoms.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Pink robe bottoms with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Pink robe bottoms (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon[2]221108
Pink robe top.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Pink robe top with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Pink robe top (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon[2]360108
  1. ^ This is always dropped alongside an herb.
  2. ^ a b c These items are dropped at the Gnome Stronghold and Khazard Battlefield.

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Tortoise shell.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Tortoise shell with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1-3Tortoise shell (m)P2P icon.png1–3Uncommon[1]4,519-13,557600-1,800
Perfect shell.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Perfect shell with rarity Rare in quantity 1-3Perfect shell (m)P2P icon.png1–3Rare[1]600-1,800High Level Alchemy icon.png600-1,800
Long bone.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Long bone with rarity 1/400 in quantity 1Long bone (m)P2P icon.png11/4003High Level Alchemy icon.png3
Curved bone.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Curved bone with rarity 1/5000 in quantity 1Curved bone (m)P2P icon.png11/50004High Level Alchemy icon.png4
Teak logs.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Teak logs with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1,2,4Teak logsF2P icon.png1; 2; 4Uncommon88-35218-72
Mahogany logs.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Mahogany logs with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1,2,4Mahogany logsF2P icon.png1; 2; 4Uncommon352-1,40830-120
Humerus bone.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Humerus bone with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Humerus bone (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon[2]0High Level Alchemy icon.png0
  1. ^ a b Barlak in Dorgesh-Kaan will trade these items for gold and either Crafting or Construction XP. Tortoise shells are also used in Summoning to make war tortoises. These are commonly killed for money making because of the tortoise shell's expensive price.
  2. ^ Dropped only during Fur 'n' Seek wishlist.

Universal drops[edit | edit source]

Universal drops are dropped by nearly every monster outside of Daemonheim.
These items are dropped alongside main drops.
Item Members Quantity Rarity GE price High alch value
Key token.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Key token with rarity Rare in quantity 1Key tokenF2P icon.png1RareNot soldNot alchemisable
Mimic kill token.png: RS3 Tortoise drops Mimic kill token with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Mimic kill token (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare9,314Not alchemisable


Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 1 April 2009 (Update):
    • Tortoises will no longer block you when you’re walking causing you to get stuck.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The tortoise exhibit in the basement of the Varrock Museum is the one from before the Gnome Graphic Update.
  • Along with their graphical update, their movement speed was reduced, similar to that of real-life tortoises.
  • Prior to the Evolution of Combat, the Gnome Archer was always the first to strike when he falls off of the tortoise. Now, all three riders attack the player that killed the tortoise at once.
  • The Gnome riders named their tortoise "Dobbie".

See also[edit | edit source]