Wilderness Warbands

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A warband of Armadylean bandits
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Wilderness Warbands is a dangerous members Distraction & Diversion, composed of heavily defended storage camps guarded by the followers of the different Gods, though they fight more for glory and not for the gods themselves. These camps are founded to gain an advantage for the followers of a particular God once their God returns. They will set up camp in the Wilderness every 7 hours, one time at each of the three locations. Quercus, an ancient seer Ent, will send out adventurers to fight in the camps to balance the followers of the different Gods in Guthix's name. Quercus can be found just outside the Grand Exchange agility shortcut. Warbands events are synchronised on each world.

The activity was released on 25 March 2013 and was first mentioned in Jagex's special Behind the Scenes post.[1]

Wilderness Warbands give large amounts of experience in Farming, Construction, Herblore, Mining, or Smithing. While no combat is necessary and you do not need any items to loot, it is still recommended to have a high combat level before attempting a warband as any player can attack you if your inventory contains any warband supplies.

Looting a warband camp (or attempting to for ironmen players) is part of the elite wilderness task set.

This repeatable content has a hard reset.
The next period's content will become available immediately, regardless of whether a player has logged out.

Timing[edit | edit source]

The next Warband begins in:


(Doesn't seem right? Click here.)

As a new camp is set up every 7 hours, the time at which these camps takes place is repeated every week. You can find the times (UTC/Game Time) a camp is set up given the day of the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
02:00 UTC 06:00 UTC 03:00 UTC 00:00 UTC 04:00 UTC 01:00 UTC 05:00 UTC
09:00 UTC 13:00 UTC 10:00 UTC 07:00 UTC 11:00 UTC 08:00 UTC 12:00 UTC
16:00 UTC 20:00 UTC 17:00 UTC 14:00 UTC 18:00 UTC 15:00 UTC 19:00 UTC
23:00 UTC N/A N/A 21:00 UTC N/A 22:00 UTC N/A

Locations[edit | edit source]

Location Wilderness level Travel Map
South of the Dark Warriors' Fortress (Call out is 'DWF') 10 Wilderness Warbands (Dark Warriors' Fortress) location.png
South of the Red Dragon Isle

(Call out is 'RDI')

31 Wilderness Warbands (Red Dragon Isle) location.png
East of the Lava Maze

(Call out is 'ELM')

41 Wilderness Warbands (Lava Maze) location.png

Quick Guide[edit | edit source]

  1. A warband has appeared when you see the message "A warbands camp has been sighted..." in your chat log.
  2. Bank all your items and equipment. (highly recommended, this is a dangerous activity and PKers will often attempt to kill you)
  3. Travel to the location where the active warband is. See above for travel tips and locations.
  4. Clear the camp (Option 1 - Recommended)
    1. Without getting spotted, click on the summoning beam and "Disrupt beam". This will award Prayer XP dependent on your level.
    2. Without getting spotted, click on the summoning beam again to "Summon reinforcements". If successful, an opposing faction will teleport in and fight the warband camp and you will be awarded Summoning XP dependent on your level.
    3. Wait for the opposing faction to kill all the guards, or help in the fight if you are equipped. The reinforcements will not be hostile towards you.
  5. Clear the camp (Option 2)
    1. Kill the general that is leading the warband camp. It is recommended to kill the other fighters before, as the general can use a powerful attack that will hit for very high damage.
  6. Collect up to 25 resources from whichever tents you want. Only 3 skill tents will be available at each warband camp.
  7. Make your way back to the wilderness wall and speak with Quercus, the giant Ent located north of the Grand Exchange tunnel shortcut, northwest of the Grand Exchange. There is a green achievement icon on the minimap at his location.
  8. Right-click Quercus and select Rewards, and choose either XP or GP.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Interrupting the magical beam before summoning reinforcements.

Players will be notified via a server-wide notice when a Wilderness camp appears. To find a camp after missing the notice, you can talk to Quercus in Edgeville, near the Grand Exchange shortcut. Quercus will also inform you when the next camp is if there is not one currently occurring. A wilderness sword 4 may be used to teleport directly to a Warband camp once per day while it is in your inventory. The teleport to active warband option is not available with the sword equipped.

Arriving at the camp[edit | edit source]

Players must then head to the camp and avoid any attention by the sentries posted around the camp. Most of the camp's followers always face towards the centre of the camp and are incapable of noticing the player: You must pay attention to the pair of followers sparring with each other, as one of them can spot you if you come too close to the camp's outer edge.

Interrupting the beam[edit | edit source]

Players can then interrupt the god's magic beam in the middle of the camp by finding a spot outside the camp, but close enough to the beam in a direct line of sight. The draining/siphoning is similar to the Runespan and a progress bar will show when the interruption is complete.

Summoning reinforcements[edit | edit source]

After successful interruption, players can then use the magic beam in the middle of the camp to summon reinforcement NPCs. Stay in a spot outside the camp, but close enough to the beam in a direct line of sight. The draining/siphoning is similar to the Runespan and a progress bar will show when the summoning is complete.

Succeeding in the sabotage will teleport in allied NPCs to attack the enemy warband, and grants five additional minutes to kill the warband and loot the tents before the camp collapses. Failing to stealthily sabotage the beam results in the whole camp turning hostile without any reinforcements to distract them from attacking players, and only five minutes to clear the camp and loot the tents. Sometimes, high level players may want to intentionally fail to sabotage the beam so they can save time by not having to interrupt the beam/summon reinforcements and also dissuade possible enemy clans from coming to that camp, as an enemy clan would not have enough time to come to that camp before it collapses.

Clearing the camp[edit | edit source]

Players must kill all enemies, including the general, before looting. Players can intervene in the fight if they choose to, or let the NPC reinforcements clear the camp. Players should be careful when fighting the warbands, as they use abilities, and the general can execute powerful ultimate abilities, including a variant of Meteor Strike. Those abilities are preceded by a warning from the general, so it is possible to run behind one of the tents to hide from that attack (and also give any fellow players/allied NPCs some time to attack the general without taking any damage, as the general will stand still for several seconds before choosing a new target).

The warlords have extremely high defence if the minions are not cleared beforehand, so it is highly recommended to kill them before focusing on the warlord.

If reinforcement is brought in but enemies killed all of them and none of players has participated in the fight, the surviving enemies will teleport away, leaving the camp vacant which players can still loot it.

Looting[edit | edit source]

Saradominists have arrived to kill the Bandosians.

Participating in looting will skull you, and holding the looting supplies in your inventory will prevent you from teleporting. Players can be attacked while they have loot in their inventory without any combat level restrictions. You can be attacked while looting.

Even after the general dies, any remaining enemy followers will need to be killed before you can loot the tents. The warband camp has five tents, but only three out of the five tents will be filled with supplies, corresponding to a random mix of three of the five skills: Farming, Construction, Herblore, Mining, and Smithing. Players will want to collect as many supplies as possible in order to earn the most rewards.

You can directly loot a total of 25 supplies per camp from tents before you have to go to Quercus to turn them in. There are only 1,000 pieces of loot in the camp, meaning that up to 40 players can take maximum loot.

You can loot from up to 3 camps and obtain up to 75 supplies every day, resetting at midnight UTC. The 3 camps looted must be on different worlds. Even if you are killed and lose supplies, your attempt will still count as one of the three. However you can return to the same camp to try again without penalty. This generally means that you can loot a maximum of 75 items per day, but only if you manage to get the maximum of 25 from every camp. However, hopping worlds or relogging counts as another try for looting if the player has already made a previous attempt during the event.

Supplies can also be looted from other players by killing them and taking the dropped supplies. The 25 supply limit per camp does not apply to supplies picked up from player drops, but does apply to the daily 75 supply maximum. Once you've hit the daily limit, attempting to pick up more supplies from the ground by player killing will result in the message "You have already looted all you can for today." The same limits apply for supplies dropped due to your own death; that is, picking up the same 25 supplies due to being killed, after obtaining 75 for the day will be given the message.

While looting supplies from the tents, players may randomly receive a wand of treachery. Looting a Wand of treachery will not count towards the 25 supply limit. If a wand of treachery has been looted, the game will announce to everybody in the vicinity that a wand has been found, and the player who has looted it will glow for 20 seconds, as well as have their Prayer points reduced to zero. Only one wand can be found per camp, though no looter is guaranteed to get it. If the player holding the wand is killed, the wand will be dropped for others to acquire. The next subsequent player to acquire the wand will not glow or have their Prayer points reduced to zero.

Logging out or disconnecting while inside the Wilderness will immediately remove all warbands supplies. Additionally, looting, then hopping to loot once more counts as another instance of Warbands against the daily three.

Once supplies are looted, players are tele-blocked and must walk/run back to Quercus to exchange them for rewards.

Leaving the Wilderness[edit | edit source]

The most common method of leaving the Wilderness is to simply run south from the Warband camps. As teleportation cannot be used, running to level 20 Wilderness and attempting to teleport out (or level 30 Wilderness with Amulet of Glory or Wilderness Sword) will not work. Additionally, the Wilderness Obelisks cannot be used. However, if running due south is not feasible, perhaps due to attacking players, there are alternate routes for leaving the Wilderness.

Remember that the only method to leave the Wilderness while in combat is through the Wilderness wall.

  • Temporary safe zones: These are safe zones in the Wilderness and can be used to escape attackers, but are not practical for leaving the Wilderness as the only non-teleportation method out is to re-enter the Wilderness. However, Warband supplies are converted to the untradable variant within these zones. Thus, they can be used to hop worlds or to logout without losing Warband supplies.
    • Corporeal Beast Lair: found in level 33 Wilderness, east of the Lava Maze camp, and west of the Red Dragon Isle camp.
    • Death Plateau Beacon: found in level 13 Wilderness, west of the Dark Warriors Fortress camp. Prior to initial use, the ladder must first be repaired with 2 planks and 4 nails. This only has to be completed once. Players can only start the process of climbing the ladder when out of combat, but as the ladder is still in the Wilderness, and the climbing animation takes some time, players can still be attacked when climbing the ladder. Getting attacked after already climbing the ladder will not interrupt the process.
    • Dragonkin Laboratory: found in level 45 Wilderness, on the eastern coast of the Wilderness, northeast of the Red Dragon Isle camp. Players can only pass the guard, if they are out of combat. This area also contains a bank.
    • The Pit, from the Wilderness Agility Course: The Talent Scout will teleport players out of the Wilderness when holding Warband supplies. However, this requires completing several laps of the course, using a D&D Token (daily) or requires wearing an Agility skillcape. This is not recommended as it requires 99 Agility and bringing a skillcape to be reliable, cannot be used in combat, and is next to a permanent exit from the Wilderness at Ghorrock.
  • Alternate Wilderness exits: These allow the player to leave the Wilderness and return to Quercus without re-entering the Wilderness. These routes are only recommended when escaping attackers or when no more looting is desired, as they take more time than simply running south from the camps, so it is unlikely that multiple camps can be looted if using one of these routes.
    • Daemonheim: The Wilderness entrance to Daemonheim is found in level 12 Wilderness on the easternmost side, so it is fairly close when running due south from the Red Dragon Isle camp. Supplies can be returned to Quercus without returning to the Wilderness by taking the boat to Taverley or Al Kharid, and running to Edgeville from Taverley, or taking the canoe from Lumbridge.
    • Ghorrock: The Wilderness entrance to Ghorrock is found in the Ice Plateau in level 50 Wilderness, in the far northwest corner, after The Temple at Senntisten, and with a heat globe on the pedastal. Players can only start the process of squeezing past the ice block when out of combat, but as the ice block is still in the Wilderness, and the animation takes some time, players can still be attacked when squeezing past the ice block. Getting attacked after the animation has started will not interrupt the process. There are several ways to return to Quercus from Ghorrock without returning to the Wilderness:
    • Chaos Tunnels: Any of the numerous rifts leading to the Chaos Tunnels can be used. Chaos Tunnels transporters are not blocked by holding Warband supplies. However, as all of the Chaos Tunnels entrances are in low-level Wilderness, it's generally easier to simply run south rather than navigate the Chaos Tunnels.

Enemies[edit | edit source]

Various enemies may be encountered while looting camps. Two of each type of follower is in a camp, and each camp has one general. Attacking them will cause the player to automatically switch to multi-combat (if in single-combat).

Note: All followers are level 120.

(Players of all levels can attack you while participating in this activity.)

Weakness Armadylean Bandosian Saradominist Zamorakian

Arrow weakness icon.png Arrows

Shaman Wild mage Thaumaturge Occultist
Fire weakness icon.png Fire spells Myrmidon Reaver Enforcer Blackguard
Slash weakness icon.png Slash Skirmisher Hunter Scout Bandit
Zero weakness icon.png Nothing Archon Warlord Sergeant Demon lord

Rewards[edit | edit source]

A ravaged warband camp...

Note: If you enter the lobby or try to hop worlds then your supplies are automatically destroyed.

Warbands grant experience in a number of skills during participation and additional rewards such as coins or experience are earned by trading in loot from the camp. Possible rewards include:

When handing in supplies to Quercus, the experience earned is determined by the formula:

where s is the number of supplies handed in and where x is your skill's level.

The Prayer and Summoning experience for the beam is the same as Master jack of trades aura, which means:

where x is the level of Prayer/Summoning.

Slayer experience from killing the camp leader is half of the Master jack of trades aura. This gives a formula of:

The supplies can also be handed in to Quercus for 4,000 coins each, totaling up to 300,000 coins per day if the maximum of 75 supplies are collected.

Templates used
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Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

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  • patch 19 February 2018 (Update):
    • Players are no longer able to teleport to Zanaris through fairy rings when carrying Warband supplies.
  • patch 8 June 2015 (Update):
    • The Wilderness Warbands herblore supplies object is no longer too small in the inventory.
  • patch 27 April 2015 (Update):
    • The Mage of Zamorak in the Wilderness will no longer allow players to be teleported while carrying warband supplies.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Assuming players hand in 25 Skill supplies from each warband, it would take a player participation in 148 warbands (a minimum of 50 days) to go from level 1 to level 99 in a skill. It would take a player participation in 1685 warbands (a minimum of 562 days) to go from level 1 to 200 million experience in a skill. For both of the calculations, it's been assumed that players go to all 3 camps every day, which spawn every 7 hours, and manage loot and escape with 25 supplies for every camp.
  • When reinforcements come in to fight a warband, they start off by attacking a follower who is weak to their combat style. For example, a Saradominist thaumaturge (magic user) will first attack a Bandosian reaver (melee user).
    • Each follower is weak to a specific attack style that another follower uses. The mages are weak to arrows, which are used by the rangers; the rangers are weak to slash weapons, which the warriors use; and the warriors are weak to fire spells, which the mages use.
    • When a general uses his magic attack on a player, ALL players within range will be hit.
    • Prior to a hidden update, warband followers did not use abilities when fighting each other, only when fighting players. This has since been fixed, and they now use abilities against each other.
  • Warbands are one of few Distraction and Diversions that cannot be reset using a D&D token.
  • Warbands were "tweaked" on 11 June 2013. The tweaks were:
    • Synchronized worlds, as before players could hop from world to world to gain massive amounts of XP (and possibly profit) per warband. Each one now occurs every 7 hours.
    • Attempting to log into another world while in the wilderness causes all of the looted supplies to disappear from your inventory.
    • There are only 1000 lootable supplies per camp. This is equal to 40 players with full loot, since 25 is the maximum amount of supplies per person per camp. 
    • Quercus will now exchange the supplies for XP on their respective skill, or turn them into 4000 coins per supply.
  • Whenever a player entering the camp has been spotted by a Warband NPC, an exclamation mark can be seen over their heads. This is most likely a reference to the Metal Gear Solid game series.
  • Strangely, while melee users for each faction of warbands have different weapons, range and magic users all use the same bow and staff respectively.
  • If dropped supplies are left unclaimed after you or another player dies, it is possible to recover them if you can get to the spot where they / you died quickly enough. Picking up supplies from a dead player does not skull you (though obviously attacking a player will), and a small number of supplies may be saved if you manage to die without a skull. However, any supplies picked up from the ground will still count against the 75 daily supply cap.
  • Several teleportation methods can still be used when holding Warband supplies:
  • Fairy rings were originally usable while holding warband supplies, this feature was removed with the introduction of the Portable fairy ring.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Mod Mark. "Behind the Scenes: Special Edition." 16 November 2012. RuneScape News.