Wilderness Volcano

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Not to be confused with Wilderness North Volcano.
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The entrance to the crater.
Wilderness Volcano map

The Wilderness Volcano (formerly known as the Bounty Hunter crater[1]) is a large volcano situated in the centre of the Wilderness. According to Mandrith, the volcano was formed as a scar on the land of Gielinor, as it was the site where the very first murder took place. It is also possible that it was here Zamorak used the Stone of Jas to tear Forinthry apart. The site used to be a mountain-shaped volcano before the 2011 Wilderness graphical updates.

The volcano is now home to many monsters, consisting of ankou, skeletons, hellhounds, greater demons and lesser demons. The undead roam around the northern area of the volcano, while the demons roam the southern area - hellhounds in the middle, lesser demons to the south-west and greater demons to the south-east. The entire volcano is a multi-way combat area.

The volcano is most known for its colony of cursed wisps - anyone can harvest these wisps for cursed energy, which can be transmuted into any energy of the player's choosing provided they have the appropriate Divination level. However, carrying either the energy or memories will permanently Teleport Block the carrier, along with making them attackable to anyone in the Wilderness regardless of their combat level and single/multi-way combat areas.

The volcano is a rare scan location for a Clue scroll (elite). It is also a possible landing site for a shooting star, landing at the south east entrance.

The monolith at the centre of the crater
Skeletons can be found surrounding the centre, frozen in the positions that they died in.
Demonic and undead creatures gather around the ruins.

Getting there[edit | edit source]

  • The fastest way to access the volcano is using the Wilderness Volcano Lodestone.
  • Take a canoe to the wilderness pond then run south and use one of the northern entrances to the volcano.
  • Use the Earth altar teleport, Varrock Teleport spell or the Edgeville lodestone, running through the Wilderness and using the southeastern entrance of the volcano.

Regardless of the method of travel, players may be attacked by player killers at any time while in the Wilderness.

History[edit | edit source]

The volcano was originally used as the location of the Bounty Hunter minigame and as such was named Bounty Hunter Volcano. Mandrith, who was located near a now removed banker at the south eastern entrance, was the custodian of the volcano. He would provide information on the activity for new players, and would also discuss the history of the volcano.

The volcano was originally divided into three craters, each with its own entrance. The craters were designated for low, medium and high level players. All three entrances were located near Mandrith.

Outside the entrances also featured two large scoreboards, one featuring the high scores for Bounty Hunter, and the other for Bounty Hunter Rogues.

Closure[edit | edit source]

Eventually, with the release of Bounty Hunter Worlds, the volcano become redundant as the new Bounty Hunter was to take place over the entire wilderness. According to Mandrith, during this time, the volcano had erupted, which is why his tribe saw fit to close it for the time being. He claimed once things had settled down, they would rebuild the craters for a new purpose.

Reopening[edit | edit source]

A player fights a hellhound in the crater before the Wilderness update.

Eventually, the volcano opened again with the Changes to PvP and Bounty Worlds, and gravestones update on 16 June 2009.[1] The eruption would appear to have carved three new entrances into each edge of the volcano, and attracted several types of monsters. This also resulted in Mandrith leaving his post as custodian of the volcano, in favour of attending to the new Bounty Hunter Worlds in Edgeville bank.

The banker remained at the volcano entrance, and this combined with the Games necklace teleport to the volcano made it a reasonable location for slayer tasks involving the creatures inside, such as greater demons and hellhounds. However, with the return of the Wilderness and Free Trade, the banker was removed and the teleport location changed.

Graphical update[edit | edit source]

On 13 December 2011, the volcano was drastically updated along with the rest of the Wilderness. With this update came an enormous glowing monolith in the centre of the volcano, inscribed with ancient writing. The Sword of Edicts was used by Guthix to banish gods from Gielinor, as shown in The World Wakes. Blue glowing rocks anchored to the ground by chains are also featured here.

In terms of geography, the volcano itself has changed from three different craters to one, shifting from a composite volcano to more of a lava dome style. Because of this, the ground slopes downward toward the centre, meaning players are now free to walk through without having to click on an entryway as before.

Wilderness achievements[edit | edit source]

On 8 August 2016, the Wilderness achievements were released. The biggest addition to the volcano was the new Divination rift, and the addition of Cursed wisps. The "Repressed" achievement is an Easy achievement which involves depositing 50 memories into the Cursed rift.

Update history[edit | edit source]

The update history project is a work-in-progress – not all updates to this topic may be covered below. See here for how to help out!
  • patch 5 September 2016 (Update):
    • Teleporting to the Wilderness Volcano on a free world with the elite wilderness task set complete will no longer attempt to quick-teleport.
  • patch 4 January 2011 (Update):
    • The banker at the Wilderness Volcano no longer has a stretchy head.
  • patch 18 August 2009 (Update):
    • The Wilderness Volcano shouldn't have disappearing wall parts in certain detail modes.
  • patch 10 August 2009 (Update):
    • It was possible to climb an impossibly steep slope in the Wilderness Volcano.
  • patch 19 May 2009 (Update):
    • The necklace of minigames now matches the changes made to the 'Wilderness Volcano'.
  • patch 12 May 2009 (Update):
    • The former Bounty Hunter craters now tell players to head to Bounty Worlds.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Along with the Forinthry dungeon, this is one of only three places where free players can kill hellhounds.
  • Inside the Wilderness Volcano crater, there was previously a skeleton that would examine "Could this have been one of the ancient Dragonkin?". The same skeleton can now be found at the boneyard.
  • There is a skeleton near the north western entrance that, when examined, says "What a waste of Prayer xp!"
  • There was no music playing in the volcano when it was reopened. This was fixed in the Extended Agility courses update on 22 June 2009.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ a b Mod Mark. "Changes to PvP and Bounty Worlds, and gravestones." 16 June 2009. RuneScape News.