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 172088 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: Tortoise drops Big bones with rarity Always in quantity 1Big bonesF2P icon.png1Always1940
Bones.png: Tortoise drops Bones with rarity Always in quantity 3BonesF2P icon.png3Always[1]6060
  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: Tortoise drops Wergali seed with rarity Common in quantity 1Wergali seed[1] (m)P2P icon.png1Common87338
Cabbage seed.png: Tortoise drops Cabbage seed with rarity Common in quantity 4-29Cabbage seed (m)P2P icon.png4–29Common172-1,24760-435
Redberry seed.png: Tortoise drops Redberry seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1Redberry seed (m)P2P icon.png1Rare42
Potato seed.png: Tortoise drops Potato seed with rarity Rare in quantity 4Potato seedF2P icon.png4Rare19216
Onion seed.png: Tortoise drops Onion seed with rarity Rare in quantity 4Onion seedF2P icon.png4Rare7624
Tomato seed.png: Tortoise drops Tomato seed with rarity Rare in quantity 3Tomato seed (m)P2P icon.png3Rare1266
Watermelon seed.png: Tortoise drops Watermelon seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-2Watermelon seed (m)P2P icon.png1–2Rare1,983-3,96633-66
Marigold seed.png: Tortoise drops Marigold seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1Marigold seedF2P icon.png1Rare18350
Rosemary seed.png: Tortoise drops Rosemary seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-4Rosemary seed (m)P2P icon.png1–4Rare43-17258-232
Woad seed.png: Tortoise drops Woad seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1Woad seed (m)P2P icon.png1Rare496
Dwellberry seed.png: Tortoise drops Dwellberry seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1Dwellberry seed (m)P2P icon.png1Rare615
Asgarnian seed.png: Tortoise drops Asgarnian seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-3Asgarnian seed (m)P2P icon.png1–3Rare12-3636-108
Barley seed.png: Tortoise drops Barley seed with rarity Rare in quantity 2-4Barley seedF2P icon.png2–4Rare18-3644-88
Strawberry seed.png: Tortoise drops Strawberry seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-2Strawberry seed (m)P2P icon.png1–2Rare337-67410-20
Nasturtium seed.png: Tortoise drops Nasturtium seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-2Nasturtium seed (m)P2P icon.png1–2Rare35-706-12
Yanillian seed.png: Tortoise drops Yanillian seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-2Yanillian seed (m)P2P icon.png1–2Rare35-70126-252
Hammerstone seed.png: Tortoise drops Hammerstone seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-2Hammerstone seedF2P icon.png1–2Rare5-1031-62
Sweetcorn seed.png: Tortoise drops Sweetcorn seed with rarity Rare in quantity 1-4Sweetcorn seed (m)P2P icon.png1–4Rare77-3084-16
Grimy guam.png: Tortoise drops Grimy guam with rarity Common in quantity 1Grimy guamF2P icon.png1Common36318
Grimy marrentill.png: Tortoise drops Grimy marrentill with rarity Common in quantity 1Grimy marrentill (m)P2P icon.png1Common4420
Grimy tarromin.png: Tortoise drops Grimy tarromin with rarity Common in quantity 1Grimy tarrominF2P icon.png1Common400
Grimy harralander.png: Tortoise drops Grimy harralander with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy harralander (m)P2P icon.png1Rare1430
Grimy ranarr.png: Tortoise drops Grimy ranarr with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy ranarr (m)P2P icon.png1Rare1,6960
Grimy irit.png: Tortoise drops Grimy irit with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy irit (m)P2P icon.png1Rare3,6340
Grimy avantoe.png: Tortoise drops Grimy avantoe with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy avantoe (m)P2P icon.png1Rare8460
Grimy kwuarm.png: Tortoise drops Grimy kwuarm with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy kwuarm (m)P2P icon.png1Rare4,9360
Grimy cadantine.png: Tortoise drops Grimy cadantine with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy cadantine (m)P2P icon.png1Rare2,4990
Grimy lantadyme.png: Tortoise drops Grimy lantadyme with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy lantadyme (m)P2P icon.png1Rare3,6680
Grimy dwarf weed.png: Tortoise drops Grimy dwarf weed with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy dwarf weed (m)P2P icon.png1Rare3,8600
Grimy wergali.png: Tortoise drops Grimy wergali with rarity Rare in quantity 1Grimy wergali (m)P2P icon.png1Rare2,0340
Swamp toad.png: Tortoise drops Swamp toad with rarity Common in quantity 1Swamp toad (m)P2P icon.png1Common6991
Pineapple.png: Tortoise drops Pineapple with rarity Common in quantity 1Pineapple (m)P2P icon.png1Common4751
Cabbage.png: Tortoise drops Cabbage with rarity Common in quantity 16-101 (noted)CabbageF2P icon.png16–101 (noted)Common12,400-78,2750
Worm batta.png: Tortoise drops Worm batta with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Worm batta (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon2420
Toad crunchies.png: Tortoise drops Toad crunchies with rarity Rare in quantity 1Toad crunchies (m)P2P icon.png1Rare7,0431
Blurberry Special.png: Tortoise drops Blurberry Special with rarity Rare in quantity 1Blurberry Special (m)P2P icon.png1Rare8,62518
Tangled toads' legs.png: Tortoise drops Tangled toads' legs with rarity Rare in quantity 1Tangled toads' legs (m)P2P icon.png1Rare6731
Law talisman.png: Tortoise drops Law talisman with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Law talisman (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon8802
Nature rune.png: Tortoise drops Nature rune with rarity Common in quantity 1-3Nature runeF2P icon.png1–3Common416-1,24874-222
Earth rune.png: Tortoise drops Earth rune with rarity Uncommon in quantity 10-14Earth runeF2P icon.png10–14Uncommon180-25230-42
Soul rune.png: Tortoise drops Soul rune with rarity Rare in quantity 5-11Soul rune (m)P2P icon.png5–11Rare3,215-7,073410-902
Steel arrow.png: Tortoise drops Steel arrow with rarity Common in quantity 12-23Steel arrowF2P icon.png12–23Common144-276324-621
Mithril arrow.png: Tortoise drops Mithril arrow with rarity Uncommon in quantity 6-13Mithril arrowF2P icon.png6–13Uncommon126-273270-585
Pink boots.png: Tortoise drops Pink boots with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Pink boots (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon[2]933120
Pink robe bottoms.png: Tortoise drops Pink robe bottoms with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Pink robe bottoms (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon[2]230108
Pink robe top.png: 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: Tortoise drops Tortoise shell with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1-3Tortoise shell (m)P2P icon.png1–3Uncommon[1]6,146-18,438600-1,800
Perfect shell.png: 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
Curved bone.png: Tortoise drops Curved bone with rarity Rare in quantity 1Curved bone (m)P2P icon.png1Rare[1]4High Level Alchemy icon.png4
Long bone.png: Tortoise drops Long bone with rarity Rare in quantity 1Long bone (m)P2P icon.png1Rare[1]3High Level Alchemy icon.png3
Teak logs.png: Tortoise drops Teak logs with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1,2,4Teak logsF2P icon.png1; 2; 4Uncommon78-31218-72
Mahogany logs.png: Tortoise drops Mahogany logs with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1,2,4Mahogany logsF2P icon.png1; 2; 4Uncommon324-1,29630-120
Humerus bone.png: Tortoise drops Humerus bone with rarity Uncommon in quantity 1Humerus bone (m)P2P icon.png1Uncommon[2]0High Level Alchemy icon.png0
  1. ^ a b c d 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: Tortoise drops Key token with rarity Rare in quantity 1Key tokenF2P icon.png1RareNot soldNot alchemisable
Mimic kill token.png: Tortoise drops Mimic kill token with rarity Very rare in quantity 1Mimic kill token (m)P2P icon.png1Very rare9,934Not alchemisable


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]