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2001scape uses the Open Runescape Classic framework to replicate RuneScape Classic as it existed on 8 May 2001. This is only 124 days after the original public release date of RuneScape on 4 January 2001.

RuneScape evolved greatly between the date that 2001scape is based off of and Classic's final updates before RuneScape 2 was released. Players familiar with RuneScape Classic as it existed in its final state will want to note the following gameplay differences in 2001scape.


Complete map of RuneScape on 8 May 2001

The map of 2001scape is limited to the area shown on the right.

Notably, at this point in time Members areas had not been released, nor had the Wilderness. Only the Kingdom of Asgarnia, the Kingdom of Misthalin, and Al Kharid were present in the game.

Placeholder areas for Player owned houses are located on the map in both Falador and Varrock, but the feature was never fully released or functional for the entirety of RuneScape Classic's support, and the mostly inaccessible place holders for the player homes were eventually removed in an update of the game.

While Karamja Island exists, it would not become accessible to players for another month, on 11 June 2001.


There are 19 skills in 2001scape, of which only 14 are implemented and have a use.

Skills Unique to 2001scape


  • See also the main article via the official RuneScape Classic wiki: GoodMagic

GoodMagic Spells

Level Name Description Runes required XP Awarded
1 Chill bolt A strength 1 missile attack Water-Rune.png 2 Water-Runes, Air-Rune.png 1 Air-Rune 22 XP
2 Burst of strength (spell) Increases your strength (+5) Body-Rune.png 2 Body-Runes, Earth-Rune.png 1 Earth-Rune 24 XP
4 Camoflauge Increases your hiding Fire-Rune.png 1 Fire-Rune, Mind-Rune.png 1 Mind-Rune, Body-Rune.png 1 Body-Rune 52 XP
11 Rock skin (spell) Increases your defense (+10) Earth-Rune.png 3 Earth-Runes, Body-Rune.png 1 Body-Runes 42 XP
14 Wind bolt A strength 2 missile attack Air-Rune.png 3 Air-Runes, Fire-Rune.png 1 Fire-Rune 48 XP
  • Note: Numbers in parenthesis would not be shown, they are just a reference in the increase applied.


EvilMagic Spells

Level Name Description Runes required
1 Confuse Reduces your opponent's fighting skills Mind-Rune.png 2 Mind-Runes, Body-Rune.png 1 Body-Rune
1 Thick skin (spell) Increases your defense (+5) Earth-Rune.png 2 Earth-Runes, Body-Rune.png 2 Body-Runes
4 Shock bolt A strength 1 missile attack Fire-Rune.png 2 Fire-Runes, Air-Rune.png 1 Air-Rune
9 Elemental bolt A strength 2 missile attack Fire-Rune.png 1 Fire-Rune, Air-Rune.png 1 Air-Rune, Earth-Rune.png 1 Earth-Rune, Water-Rune.png 1 Water-Rune
12 Fear Causes some opponents to retreat Mind-Rune.png 3 Mind-Runes, Water-Rune.png 1 Water-Rune
  • Note: Numbers in parenthesis would not be shown, they are just a reference in the increase applied.


Players are able to raise their skill levels by burying bones, but there is no way to use the skill or activate any prayers.

Skills added after 2001scape

  • Thieving
    • Although this skill appears in the skills list, it is not trainable except by completing the Spy Quest. There is no way to use the skill.
  • Herblaw
    • Although this skill appears in the skills list, it is not trainable. There is no way to use the skill.
  • Tailoring
    • Although this skill appears in the skills list, it is not trainable. On 23 June 2001, after the date 2001scape is based off of, the skill was merged into Crafting. "Leather Crafting" was done instead of Tailoring.
  • Prayer
  • Magic
  • Fishing
  • Fletching
  • Agility

Skills Differences between 2001scape & late era RSC

  • Attack exists, but you do not require it in order to wield higher level weaponry.
  • Defense exists, but you do not require it in order to wield higher level armour.
  • Ranged exists, but there is only one type of arrow and only the standard Longbow and Shortbow. Crossbows and Bolts existed, but Oyster pearl bolts did not.
  • Cooking does not have the Fishing skill to accompany it. Players can only cook Meat, Bread, Cakes, and Pies. It is also possible to ferment Wine and obtain Half full wine jugs.
  • Although Good/Evil Magic spells exist, they only go up to level 14 between the two. There are no teleportation spells.
  • There is no leather working in Crafting. There is no Silver and no Dragonstones. The crafting store in Al Kharid does not exist, but you can visit the one in Rimmington instead.
  • Woodcutting exists, but you can only cut normal trees, as those are the only ones that exist. You cannot directly click on a tree to cut it, you must use the axe in your inventory with the tree. Trees give scaling Experience Points based on your current Woodcutting level.
  • Mining exists, but you cannot see ores in rocks, and there is only one pickaxe. You must prospect a rock to see if there is ore in it, and what type of ore it is. You must use the pickaxe from your inventory on the rock; you cannot directly click on the rock to mine it.
  • Smithing is nearly the same, except that you cannot make Runite items.

Skills which remained the same as late era RSC


Main article: Classes


After registering an account, the character creation screen will be shown, and players are prompted to choose a Class. Each available selection gives the player a different boost at the beginning of their journey by giving them combinations of items and levels in varying stats. While your chosen class cannot be changed, the benefits given can be gained at any time via normal gameplay. At no point in game is the choice of class referenced in any way, after creation.

Available Classes

Class Attribute Bonus Hits Weapon Items
Adventurer 2 Attack, 2 Strength, 2 Defense,
2 Ranged, 2 GoodMagic, 2 Prayer
11 Hits bronze Axe tinderbox, jug, pot
Warrior 3 Attack, 3 Strength, 3 Defense 12 Hits Bronze Short Sword Wooden Shield
Wizard 7 GoodMagic 10 Hits staff blue wizardshat
Necromancer 7 EvilMagic 10 Hits staff black wizardshat
Ranger 6 Ranged 12 Hits Shortbow 10 arrows


Banking in 2001scape is limited compared to later iterations of the game. Players are unable to store any items in a bank other than coins. There is no graphical interface and storage is completed by talking to a Banker NPC and proceeding through dialogue options.

It is currently permissible for players on the Open RSC hosted version of 2001scape to use extra accounts in order to store items, although abusing extra accounts to gain surplus quest rewards is prohibited. During the official duration of RuneScape Classic, having multiple accounts was an offence which could result in the player being banned or otherwise punished in some fashion.

Player versus Player Combat

Unless players change their type to a "Non Player-Killer" they may engage in combat with each other anywhere outside of Lumbridge and away from Guards. Dueling was not yet implemented, and the Wilderness did not yet exist.


There is no Fatigue system in 2001scape. Fatigue was added on 13 November 2002, after the date that 2001scape is based on.


There are only 15 out of Classic's 50 quests available in 2001scape. There was no quest list at the time, and they were only sometimes named in the update post. The names of the quests would have been in the message given to the player in-game when they complete them, but most of these are lost.

It was common for players to use their own names for the quests. Some of these were found in a Tip.it poll, at sg.hu, and at ngrunescape.

# Contemporary quest names Later official name Release date
1 Cook's assistant Cook's assistant 4 January 2001
2 Demonslayer quest
Kill Delrith quest
Demon slayer 4 January 2001
3 Ghost quest The restless ghost 4 January 2001
4 Romeo and Juliet Romeo & Juliet 4 January 2001
5 Woolgathering quest Sheep Shearer 4 January 2001
6 Shield quest Shield of Arrav 4 January 2001
7 Find Ernest
Machine Quest
The machine fixing quest
Ernest the chicken 21 January 2001
8 Vampire Slayer Vampire slayer 28 January 2001
9 Impcatcher quest
Wizard Mizgog's Beads
Imp catcher 16 February 2001
10 Rescue the Prince Ali Prince Ali rescue 28 February 2001
11 Doric's Quest Doric's quest 6 April 2001
12 Spy quest Black knight's fortress 6 April 2001
13 Witch's Potion quest Witch's potion 6 April 2001
14 Sword quest
Squire Quest
The knight's sword 6 April 2001
15 Goblin quest
Goblin armor Quest
Goblin diplomacy 8 May 2001

Clients available

There are currently three recommended clients for playing 2001scape:

  1. mudclient 38
  2. RSCĂ— aka RSC Times
    • This is a custom client with 3rd party features, based off of mudclient 38. It is currently pre-bundled through the Open RSC Launcher.
  3. Web client based off of mudclient 38

See also