|Release date||1 April 2016 (Update)|
|End date||7 April 2016 (Update)|
|Reward||Cabbage cape, cruciferous codex|
|Preceded by||2015 April Fools|
|Succeeded by||2017 April Fools|
The Evolution of Cabbage was an April Fools Day event on the 1st of April 2016. Players who took part could gain up to level 120 in a skill called Cabbage Picking, gaining one level per cabbage picked. Every 10 levels gained the cabbages "evolve" and require tools to pick.
To complete the event, players needed the following items:
- Fishing rod
- Gloves (Graceful gloves work)
- At least 20 coins to buy Cabbage runes
- (optional) empty sacks to fill up with cabbages
Players will have to pick certain types of cabbages until they reach level 10, 20, 30, etc. up to level 120. Higher level cabbages will require additional items to pick. Every cabbage picked grants one level. Every ten cabbages picked, the cabbage evolves requiring a new tool to pick them.
|Cabbage||Type||Level required||Tool required||
|Robust||1||None||Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.|
|Prickly||10||Gloves||Oh! They're defending themselves somehow!|
|Red||20||Any slashing weapon (wield the axe you brought)||Don't make it angry. You wouldn't like it when it's angry.|
|Aquatic||30||Fishing rod||Also known by the name Poisson d'Avril.|
|Tree||40||Woodcutting axe||It is the least of seeds, but now it is grown and becometh a tree.|
|Frozen||50||Tinderbox||The cold clearly doesn't bother this cabbage.|
|Rock||60||Pickaxe||This brings a whole new meaning to cabbage picking.|
|Metal||70||Hammer||No one can destroy the cabbage. The cabbage will strike you down.|
|Crystalline||80||Chisel||Presumable its mass would be measured in carrots.|
|Magic||90||Cabbage runes (pay Kupus Varza 20 coins)||It's a kind of cabbage.|
|Sacred||100||Wield the Cruciferous codex obtained from Kupus||A particularly devout follower of Brassica Prime.|
|Synoptic||110||Everything you brought||N/A|
Congratulations - event complete! Once completed, the event will remain open to players, allowing them to use the previously aforementioned items to continue picking cabbage. Make sure to have all the items on you, unless you plan to pick only a particular cabbage type. It is recommended to bring several sacks in order to keep inventory space free while picking.
- This event was the first April Fools event to have their rewards unobtainable until the next years event; in previous events, April Fools rewards are typically made available after the event via Diango's Toy Store.
- The update post stated that the E.O.C. was released, an acronym for RuneScape 3's controversial combat update, Evolution of Combat, which drastically changed the way the combat system worked.
- The same update post stated that the new skill will not be as fast to level as other skills due to the growing usage of the term "EasyScape", which players use to mock RuneScape 3's faster progression compared to Old School RuneScape. Ironically, the new skill takes a minimum of ten minutes to achieve level 120.
- The examine texts of the various cabbages refer to popular culture:
- The robust cabbage refers to a quote by Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States.
- The prickly cabbage refers to the Simpsons episode Lisa's Rival, in which Homer Simpson is stung by bees when defending his sugar pile and exclaims "Ow, they're defending themselves somehow!"
- The red cabbage refers to the Incredible Hulk, where Bruce Banner would transform into the Hulk if he were to become angry enough.
- The aquatic cabbage refers to the Poisson d'Avril, which is French for "The April Fool".
- The tree cabbage refers to the Bible's Book of Matthew, Chapter 13, Verse 32, which states Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.
- The frozen cabbage refers to lyrics the song "Let It Go", which was played in the Disney animated film Frozen.
- The metal cabbage refers to the lyrics of the song "The Metal", which is performed by the band Tenacious D.
- The magic cabbage refers to the song lyrics and title of "A Kind of Magic" by the British rock band Queen.
- In Bosnian Kupus Varza's first name translates to 'cabbage' and his last name in Romanian translate to 'cabbage' also.
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