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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.

The giant tortoises are not originally native to gnome lands. They were discovered by gnome explorers in an unspecified location during the reign of King Healthorg in the Fourth Age. The king then authorised a breeding pair be brought back and the gnomes have bred them since.[1] One of the gnome explorers, the famous Admiral Bake, presented the king with a newborn tortoise named Mibbiwocket, which became the king's personal mount and is still alive to this day.[2]

Locations[edit | edit source]

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 759,920 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.

Drops[edit | edit source]

100% drops[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ From killing the three riders on the backs of the mounted tortoises.

Main drop[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ This is always dropped alongside a herb.
  2. ^ a b c These items are dropped at the Gnome Stronghold and Khazard Battlefield.

Tertiary drops[edit | edit source]

  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 and skilling action outside of Daemonheim.
These items are dropped alongside main drops.

Achievement[edit | edit source]

  • La Petite Mort (RuneScore.png 0) – Obtained a collection of unique drops from Slayer monsters located within Kandarin.

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!
  • ninja 25 April 2016 (Update):
    • Improved respawn rates for Battle tortoises.
  • 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".

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Trainer Nacklepen, RuneScape. "We breed them. The originals were found by gnome explorers back in King Healthorg the Great's rule. On their discovery King Healthorg authorised a small party to go there and transport a breeding pair back here. He kept one for himself to ride into battle."
  2. ^ Natural Historian, "Varrock Museum displays", RuneScape. "The oldest tortoise every recorded was Mibbiwocket, who was presented to King Healthorg the Great, by the famous explorer Admiral Bake, shortly after its birth. Mibbiwocket is still in care of the gnomish royal family."