User:Battleben/Follower objects

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In RuneScape, every follower has a unique inventory item tied to them, a follower object. For some reason, Jagex's code requires any NPC that occupies the "follower" slot to have an associated item, even for followers that never enter your inventory under normal circumstances. I assume this is because it was based on the 2004 cat code, but you do wonder why it was never rewritten, especially with Summoning.

Note that this only counts for NPCs that take up the "follower" slot. In many pieces of content, such as Temple Trekking, Jagex got around the follower object limitation by just having the NPCs follow you around normally, allowing you to also have standard followers out at the same time.

There have been plenty of glitches that have allowed players to pick up follower objects they shouldn't be able to, usually by taking the follower to an area that forces picking up followers. I think in the cases where players actually obtained them, they were somehow able to spawn the relevant NPC from them, either by dying with them or by dropping them.

This page is pretty much just here because I find it vaguely interesting, I was bored, and I like having data tidy.

Pets[edit | edit source]

Pet objects are usually obtainable. Even interface pets generally have their object (or a clone of it) visible in the Menegarie. But some of them have (multiple) "mtx pet" items associated with them instead. These generally use the icon of a terrier puppy, but pets that may be placed in the Mengarie have the same icon they use there instead.

One oddity is that Ex-ex-parrot in a magic cage is denoted as a follower object (with the same NPC associated with it as the regular Ex-ex-parrot object), even though nothing can be summoned from it until the parrot is removed. This is presumably to prevent Ex-ex-parrots from being smuggled into Familiar free zones by putting them in cages.

Familiars[edit | edit source]

Familiars are always tied to their relevant pouch. This does make them somewhat interesting, as they're the only consumable follower object.

Non-item followers[edit | edit source]

Every follower that you can't pick up normally is also given an item. This mainly consists of characters that tag alongside you in quests, but there are some others too.

Item NPC
Icon Name ID Weight Examine Name ID Image Location
10511.png Zanaris choir 10511 8kg The choir of Zanaris, obviously. Zanaris choir 3312 Zanaris choir.png Zanaris
11792.png Grubfoot 11792 0.1kg Follower Grubfoot 6481 Grubfoot.png Land of the Goblins
14668.png Captain undak 14668 0.1kg Follower Captain Undak 426 Captain Undak.png The Chosen Commander
13757.png Hartwin 13757 0.1kg Follower object. Hartwin 8139 Hartwin.png Defender of Varrock
14503.png Silif 14503 0.1kg Works for Crux Eqal as a spy. Silif 8433 Silif.png While Guthix Sleeps
14504.png Silif 14504 0.1kg The Crux Eqal spy disguised in elite Black Knight armour. Silif 8434 Silif (disguised).png While Guthix Sleeps
14738.png Jhallan object 14738 7.5kg A dummy Jhallan object Jhallan 7448 Jhallan.png Tale of the Muspah
15340.png Arianwyn 15340 0.1kg Follower Arianwyn 8966 Arianwyn disguised.png Within the Light
15244.png Commander veldaban 15244 0.1kg Follower Commander Veldaban 8759 Commander Veldaban.png Forgiveness of a Chaos Dwarf
20092.png Veldaban 20092 0.1kg Follower Veldaban 13333 Veldaban armed.png King of the Dwarves
29528.png Veldaban 29528 0.1kg (Should never be visible to player.) King Veldaban 18256 King Veldaban (armoured).png Birthright of the Dwarves
29529.png Veldaban (part 4) 29529 0.1kg (Should never be visible to player.) King Veldaban 18257 Missing Birthright of the Dwarves
18815.png Junk 18815 32kg Utterly useless. Wise Old Man 11575 Wise Old Man.png Love Story
18816.png Junk 18816 32kg Utterly useless. Wise Old Man 11583 Wise Old Man (Saradomin staff).png Love Story
20261.png Golrana 20261 0.1kg Golrie's mum. The apple fell far from that tree! Golrana 6545 Golrana.png Prisoner of Glouphrie
20262.png Golrana 20262 0.1kg Golrie's mum. The apple fell far from that tree! Golrana 6546 Missing Prisoner of Glouphrie
20263.png Bolrie 20263 0.1kg Golrana's father. Bolrie 6553 Bolrie prisoner.png Prisoner of Glouphrie
24906.png Avatar1 24906 0 null Clan avatar 15747 Clan avatar pet.png Clan citadel
24907.png Avatar2 24907 0 null Clan avatar 15747 Clan avatar pet.png Clan citadel
24908.png Avatar3 24908 0 null Clan avatar 15747 Clan avatar pet.png Clan citadel
23640.png Jal'yt-ga'al-kot 23640 0.1kg Follower Ga'al-Xox 15138 Ga'al Xox.png The Elder Kiln
23641.png Jal'yt-ga'al-kot 23641 0.1kg Follower Ga'al-Xox 15139 Missing The Elder Kiln
23642.png Jal'yt-ga'al-kot 23642 0.1kg Follower Ga'al-Xox 15140 Ga'al-Xox.png The Elder Kiln
25126.png Ozan 25126 0.1kg You're not supposed to have me! Your username and details have been recorded and reported. Please send in a report telling us how you got hold of this NPC. Ozan 15862 Ozan.png Stolen Hearts
28911.png Sir Owen 28911 0.1kg You're not supposed to have me! Your username and details have been recorded and reported. Please send in a report telling us how you got hold of this NPC. (The Death of Chivalry) Sir Owen 18028 Sir owen.png The Death of Chivalry
33531.png Golem 33531 0.1kg You're not supposed to have me! Your username and details have been recorded and reported. Please send in a report telling us how you got hold of this NPC. Kipple 20392 Kipple.png Heart of Stone

Zanik stuff[edit | edit source]

Missing some details on Zaniks variants, will finish later.

  • 8887 Zanik ??? Follower obj - DTTD1
  • 8888 Zanik (ham) ??? Follower obj - DTTD2
  • 8889 Zanik (showdown) ??? Follower obj - DTTD3
  • 11062 Zanik (slice) 3721 Follower obj - Another Slice of Humans Against Monsters
  • 11793 Zanik 6395 Follower - LOTG
  • 14669 Zanik 3207 Follower - TCC1
  • 14770 Zanik 3362 Follower - TCC2

Other[edit | edit source]

Fitting in the category of neither pets nor familiars, but with an associated item that's actually obtainable, we have the following:

Fluffy and Charlie's object would presumably be the Squirrel ears... but they are not actually followers, they just follow you around and pretend to be. Like real followers they have checks that prevent you from summoning pets and familiars while they're active. But unlike real followers, they're allowed in follower free areas, and do not follow you when teleporting and stuff.

Karamthulhu was formerly denoted as a follower object, with a prototype Karamthulhu overlord being tied to it. As such, dying with it infamously caused a Karamthulhu to spawn and walk around for a bit before disappearing. This was in the game since Rum Deal's release, but was only discovered and patched shortly before Summoning was released, at which point Karamthulhu overlords became summonable normally.