Wishing well fruit

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Wishing well fruit was removed after an update.
The contents of this page no longer exist in RuneScape, and this article is kept for historical purposes.
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The wishing well fruit was produced after depositing a certain amount of coins to a wishing well bush plant when it was fully grown. Opening it would yield items that could surpass the value of the amount of coins deposited, although there was a chance that they wouldn't. On 8 April 2019 the fruit was made unobtainable, and all existing fruit were refunded.

In order to open the fruit, 9 free inventory spaces were needed. The fruit could not be banked. After opening the fruit, the player would receive the message "You open the fruit and receive bounteous goods." When opening a wishing well fruit, you also had a chance of receiving a Crystal triskelion fragment. When you did, the chat box read: "In addition, you receive a part of a crystal key." Estimation based on a data sample of 503 harvests has shown this chance to be around 0.6%.

On average, harvesting wishing well bushes resulted in a loss. See the value analysis section for details.

Issues and removal[edit | edit source]

Initial issues

The value of the reward generated by the fruit was calculated out of the amount paid to harvest the fruit (which scaled to total level of the harvester, with the reward scaling between 25% and 300% of the calculated price). The quantity of the awarded items was based on the Grand Exchange value of the item. This led to an unsustainable negative feedback loop on the price for several of the possible rewards. The primary victim of this were seeds, as the other items had enough other uses that wishing well fruit alone were not enough to damage the price.

From release, this began happening to the other Harvest Heaven seeds that the well gave - barberry seed, prickly pear seed, fly trap seed, and sunchoke seed were possible rewards. Due to the low usage of these seeds, wishing well fruit gave too many of them, causing the price of them to drop. As wishing well fruit quantities were awarded based on GE value, wells gave more of the seeds, which made the price drop even more, and so on. The seeds rapidly crashed from their introductory prices to 1 coin each, so wishing wells regularly awarded hundreds of thousands of them.

To combat this, shortly after release the value of the awarded seeds were reduced to 1. On 27 April 2015 the quantities of the seeds awarded were capped at 100 per fruit.

Later issues

This issue happened once again later, this time to calquat tree seeds. The seeds began declining in earnest in mid-2016 and eventually reached below 10 coins each in February 2019. These seeds were not recognised as a problem as early as previous seeds, meaning that the value of the seed was left as-is, allowing players to sell the seed to general stores for 104 coins each - an easy massive profit when hundreds of thousands of seeds could be obtained from the fruit for under a million coins.

The response to this was to disable the ability to open wishing well fruit on 7 March 2019.

Removal

Wishing well seeds, bushes, and fruit were removed from the game on 8 April 2019.

Due to the way in which the mechanics of the Wishing Well worked, it rapidly devalued the materials in which it was producing which had a negative feedback loop on the price of the items. The more items you got from the fruit, the cheaper they become which meant that you would get more of them. This was unsustainable and caused economy issues like being able to sell items from the fruit for more than the value assigned from the fruit. The market was flooded with those items and it caused a lot of critical design and balancing issues. Removing the Wishing Well seeds, which only held a value of 1gp, and the crop itself was the best solution to this - we may revisit mechanics like this in the future but that isn't a promise.
8 April 2019 patch notes

Upon login following the update:

  • Existing wishing well seeds were replaced with 1 coin each (the GE value at the time).
  • Existing bushes were removed from patches and 220 Farming experience awarded. The login message stated incorrectly that 2,200 experience would be awarded, and referenced incorrect patch locations.
  • Existing fruit were fully refunded the amount paid for them.

As of the removal, most of the affected seeds had barely recovered to 7-10 coins each despite the earlier countermeasures.

Historical value[edit | edit source]

Calculator[edit | edit source]

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Wishing well fruit calculator
Calculator failed to load.
Result
Cost: 0 coins.
Reward: 0 coins.

Analysis[edit | edit source]

A fully grown wishing well bush

The total value of the items received from opening a wishing well fruit is based on the amount of coins paid to harvest the fruit. The value is expressed as a percentage of this input, where a percentage of 100% implies breaking even. The Jagex wiki lists that the value returned will be random between 25% and 300%. The remainder of this section is based on the data of 503 wishing well bush harvests, and does not take into account the cost of obtaining the seeds.

The return percentage is one of 7 possible percentages, albeit with a minor variation of up to ±2000 coins. These percentages, and the probability with which they are received, can be found in the following table:

25% 55% 80% 100% 110% 140% 300%
3.38% 16.3% 21.67% 32.01% 15.31% 7.36% 3.98%

This data allows us to calculate the expected return percentage on average over time, which is 98.23%.
On average, harvesting wishing well bushes will result in a loss.

Former drops[edit | edit source]

Concept art of the wishing well fruit

Bottom rewards[edit | edit source]

Cowhide.png: RS3 Inventory image of CowhideCowhide
Soft clay.png: RS3 Inventory image of Soft claySoft clay
Maple logs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Maple logsMaple logs
Feather.png: RS3 Inventory image of FeatherFeather
Big bones.png: RS3 Inventory image of Big bonesBig bones
Flax.png: RS3 Inventory image of FlaxFlax
Fire rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fire runeFire rune
Air rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Air runeAir rune
Water rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Water runeWater rune
Earth rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Earth runeEarth rune
Pure essence.png: RS3 Inventory image of Pure essencePure essence
Uncut sapphire.png: RS3 Inventory image of Uncut sapphireUncut sapphire
Uncut emerald.png: RS3 Inventory image of Uncut emeraldUncut emerald
Coal.png: RS3 Inventory image of CoalCoal
Iron ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Iron oreIron ore
Mithril ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril oreMithril ore
Raw salmon.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw salmonRaw salmon
Raw lobster.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw lobsterRaw lobster
Supercompost.png: RS3 Inventory image of SupercompostSupercompost

Medium rewards[edit | edit source]

Gold ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Gold oreGold ore
Steel bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Steel barSteel bar
Mithril bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Mithril barMithril bar
Adamant bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Adamant barAdamant bar
Nature rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Nature runeNature rune
Law rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Law runeLaw rune
Death rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Death runeDeath rune
Blood rune.png: RS3 Inventory image of Blood runeBlood rune
Uncut ruby.png: RS3 Inventory image of Uncut rubyUncut ruby
Uncut diamond.png: RS3 Inventory image of Uncut diamondUncut diamond
Rune arrow.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune arrowRune arrow
Runite bolts.png: RS3 Inventory image of Runite boltsRunite bolts
Raw swordfish.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw swordfishRaw swordfish
Raw monkfish.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw monkfishRaw monkfish
Raw shark.png: RS3 Inventory image of Raw sharkRaw shark
Molten glass.png: RS3 Inventory image of Molten glassMolten glass
Water talisman.png: RS3 Inventory image of Water talismanWater talisman
Maple seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Maple seedMaple seed
Water orb.png: RS3 Inventory image of Water orbWater orb
Wine of Zamorak.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wine of ZamorakWine of Zamorak
Oak plank.png: RS3 Inventory image of Oak plankOak plank
Teak plank.png: RS3 Inventory image of Teak plankTeak plank
Yew logs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Yew logsYew logs
Magic logs.png: RS3 Inventory image of Magic logsMagic logs
Sunchoke seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Sunchoke seedSunchoke seed
Barberry seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Barberry seedBarberry seed
Prickly pear seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Prickly pear seedPrickly pear seed
Fly trap seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Fly trap seedFly trap seed

High rewards[edit | edit source]

Dwarf weed seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dwarf weed seedDwarf weed seed
Lantadyme seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Lantadyme seedLantadyme seed
Yew seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Yew seedYew seed
Magic seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Magic seedMagic seed
Papaya tree seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Papaya tree seedPapaya tree seed
Palm tree seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Palm tree seedPalm tree seed
Calquat tree seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Calquat tree seedCalquat tree seed
Wishing well bush seed.png: RS3 Inventory image of Wishing well bush seedWishing well bush seed
Runite ore.png: RS3 Inventory image of Runite oreRunite ore
Rune bar.png: RS3 Inventory image of Rune barRune bar
Uncut dragonstone.png: RS3 Inventory image of Uncut dragonstoneUncut dragonstone
Dragon bones.png: RS3 Inventory image of Dragon bonesDragon bones

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 27 April 2015 (Update):
    • Wishing well fruits have been rebalanced to prevent players from receiving excessive amounts of low-priced seeds.