Old School RuneScape Update Adds Shooting Stars

Old School RuneScape’s latest update is bringing back the Shooting Stars activity first released in 2008. Jump into Gielinor today and you’ll now find the cosmic rocks falling across the land, offering a new way to increase your Mining skill and earn exclusive rewards.

Shooting Stars will fall at a random spot every two hours on both free-to-play and premium worlds. It’s possible you’ll stumble upon them just by going about your daily tasks – but you can also use telescopes in your Player Owned House to determine a rough landing location and time. The better the telescope, the more accurate the reading.

For now, there are three types of telescopes:

  • Oak Telescope: Provides a general region and a 24-minute window
  • Teak Telescope: Provides a general region and a 9-minute window
  • Mahogany Telescope: Provides a general region and a 2-minute window

In free-to-play worlds, Stars will only offer Mining XP, as the Reward Shop is not available – although you can still collect Stardust. There’s also the possibility for Stars to land in premium areas on free-to-play maps, meaning you won’t have access to every Star that falls.

Shooting Stars are a lot more valuable on member worlds, as the Stardust you collect can be swapped for rare items and gear. These include the following:

  • Celestial Ring: Untradeable ring that gives a +4 Mining boost and is chargeable with Stardust
  • Star Fragment: Use on a piece of the Prospector Outfit to recolor it gold
  • Bag Full of Gems: Contains assorted gems
  • Soft Clay Pack: Contains 100 pieces of soft clay

If you’re interested in learning more about the new Shooting Stars, check out the official patch notes.

This week’s update also includes a rework to the Bolt Pouch, making it “much more user-friendly.” That means it now works similarly to the Rune Pouch, there’s a new slot for Extra Ammo, and you can simply left-click an item in the pouch to remove it.

RuneScape is in the middle of a year-long 20th-anniversary celebration, and recently announced a new artbook that will look back at its storied history. It’s been an incredible year for the game so far – despite a few login hiccups that have since been ironed out.

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Jon Bitner is an Associate Editor for TheGamer. His passion for gaming started with his first console (Sega Genesis) and he hasn’t stopped playing since. His favorite titles include The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Team Fortress 2, Rainbow Six Siege, Pokémon Sword & Shield, Old School Runescape, Skyrim, and Breath of the Wild. He can usually be found playing the latest RPG, FPS, or some obscure mobile game. Before working as Associate News Editor, Jon earned a Biology degree and worked in the Biotechnology sector — experiences that taught him how to put words together and make sentences. When not playing or writing about the gaming industry, he enjoys sleeping, eating, and staring at birds.

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