The Strongylodon macrobotrys vine or more commonly known as the wild jade vine is a repeatable Farming and Slayer event that was introduced with Back to my Roots. It is grown by planting a jade vine seed next to Horacio's jade vine patch in front of Handelmort Mansion in East Ardougne. This patch is affected by the Supreme growth potion (leafy) from the Farmers' Market. If the player does not keep the vine pruned, it becomes a wild jade vine.
The jade vine must be left alone after growing 5 branches. To do this, one must check its health and then wait for about 3 hours more. After that, it turns wild and becomes a level 43 wild jade vine, which players can kill for 2,500 Slayer experience and 650 Woodcutting experience (you gain experience per hit that you deal, 0.1 experience per 1 LP of damage dealt), in addition to the combat experience. It can be repeated about every 19 hours, as that is the time it takes to grow into a mature jade and become a "wild" jade vine.
Alternatively, if players don't want to battle a wild jade vine, they can ask Horacio to dig up the plant just after checking its health. Horacio takes five coconuts and five watermelons as payment to kill the wild vine.
According to Horacio, wild jade vines were a fairly common sight, but were believed to have been hunted to extinction.
The vine must be damaged with either a hatchet or through melee combat when the player has a hatchet on their tool belt. Dreadnips can also harm the vine. Protection prayers are only partially effective against the vine, because it uses all three combat styles, and can deal up to 936 damage. The vine attack may also inflict a poison that deals around 70 life points a hit, so a dose of super antipoison potion, poison purge aura or an anti-poison totem can be used to defend against it. The vine may also snare the player in its tendrils, stunning them for a few seconds. It is possible to break free from this by using Freedom.
Players can leave via the gate once the battle has begun. However, the vine will still be attacking them (via magic) and may bind them with tendrils as they run. Hence, a one-click teleport can be useful for making an emergency escape, although other teleports can work.
- ^ Placed directly in the player character's inventory after cutting the vine.
A player cutting a jade vine stalk
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- patch 17 May 2021 (Update):
- Players wearing the Master Farmer outfit will now receive a discount from Horatio when asking him to guard their vines.
- ninja 8 February 2016 (Update):
- Jade Vine (Back to my Roots) had its lifepoints and max hit increased.
- ninja 20 July 2015 (Update):
- Farmed wild jade vines can now be killed with non-hatchet melee attacks using scaling damage based on the tier of hatchet on the tool belt. Wielded hatchets continue to deal additional damage. Ranged and Magic attacks will continue to fail against this NPC.
- patch 1 September 2014 (Update):
- The Jade Vine is killable once more.
- patch 11 June 2013 (Update):
- The Jade Vine will no longer drop bones instead of turning into stump if you are using Dreadnips while fighting it.
- patch 14 January 2013 (Update):
- Bork and the Jade Vine now award combat XP.
- patch 3 May 2011 (Update):
- It is now possible to cure a jade vine plant using the Cure Plant and Remote Farming spells.
- patch 11 January 2010 (Update):
- You'll no longer be repeatedly animated when digging up the Jade Vine.
- Horacio refers to the strange plant random event during the quest: "If you let this species get wild by leaving it unpruned, it will attack anything. Some closely related species that can pop up pretty much anywhere has a large purple fruit, you've probably seen it."
- Growing and killing your own wild jade vine after Back to my Roots is needed to complete the hard Ardougne Tasks.