War tortoise

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The war tortoise is a level 80 combat Summoning familiar that a player is able to summon at level 67 Summoning. The war tortoise has the capability of holding up to 18 items for a player, with a value up to 5 million coins. It is the fourth best general-use Beast of Burden and a common choice for mid- to high-level summoners who can't summon the Pack Yak or Pack mammoth yet.

War tortoise pouch[edit | edit source]


A war tortoise pouch is made by using a Summoning pouch on an obelisk with a spirit shard, a gold charm and a tortoise shell in the player's inventory. Using the pouch to summon a war tortoise costs 70 Summoning points. If players exchange their war tortoise pouches at Bogrog, they will receive a spirit shard per pouch. Players must also have level 72 Summoning to be able to exchange this pouch.

A perfect shell may not be used in place of a regular tortoise shell.

War Tortoise scroll (Testudo)[edit | edit source]


The War Tortoise scroll (Testudo) enables the use of the testudo special ability for a war tortoise. Using a war tortoise pouch on a Summoning obelisk creates ten War Tortoise scroll (Testudo)s.

Testudo[edit | edit source]

A player activating the scroll.

Testudo is a special move of the war tortoise, activated by a War Tortoise scroll (Testudo). When activated, it temporarily boosts Defence by 8 points. Each use of a War Tortoise scroll (Testudo) requires 20 special move points.

When used in conjunction with potions and more scrolls, this effect will NOT stack on top of what has already been boosted. Because of this, even players with a war tortoise following them will typically prefer a defence potion, super defence potion or saradomin brew for raising their defence.

Dialogue[edit | edit source]

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!
  • patch 23 September 2019 (Update):
    • Using Rover as an override for the War Tortoise will no longer cause the body of Rover to stretch and deform when summoned.
  • ninja 5 February 2018 (Update):
    • The maximum stack value on a Beast of Burden has been increased from 5m GP to 15m GP.
  • ninja 5 January 2015 (Update):
    • Graphically updated the War Tortoise familiar.
  • patch 10 August 2009 (Update):
    • Typo in war tortoise chat.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Testudo is the Latin word for "tortoise", and is a genus of tortoises found in North Africa, Western Asia, and Europe. It is also a battle formation used in Ancient Roman Warfare. Soldiers would use their shields to cover the front and top of the unit to increase defence against incoming arrows.
  • The examine text refers to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • War Tortoise may also be a reference to the Pokemon, Wartortle.