This article is about the clue scroll itself. For a list of monsters that can drop this clue scroll, see Clue scroll (hard)/Drop list.
Clue scroll (hard)
Clue scroll
Release date 5 May 2004 (Update)
Members only? Yes
Quest item? No
Tradeable? No
Equipable? No
Stackable? No
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Low Alch 0 coins
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Weight 0 kg

A set of instructions to be followed.
A clue!
A place of the world map, but where?
Perhaps someone at the observatory can teach me to navigate?
Fairy Ring:
A clue suggested by (Player's Name)!

Clue scroll detail

clue scroll (hard) is a valuable random drop from a large variety of high-levelled monsters. A hard clue scroll can be 4-6 steps long. Clue scrolls are the start of a treasure trail - a treasure hunt that sends players hunting all around RuneScape.

At the end of the trail, players receive a reward of items randomly selected from a specific list, possibly including very rare and very valuable items. Hard clue scrolls are usually long and complex, and can give the player puzzle boxes to solve. They can also involve trips to the Wilderness, and fights with a Zamorak wizard, a Saradomin wizard, or the Double Agent. They can offer many valuable rewards in return, including Rune, Third-age and Gilded weapons and armour.

These clue scrolls are much harder than easy and medium clue scrolls, due to the risk of being attacked, as well as requiring more quests to be at least partially completed. For this reason many players prefer to complete the easy or medium ones.

If you have dropped the prior clue scroll while having done some of the steps on that, the next clue scroll you recieve will NOT have retained the steps of the dropped clue.

It should be noted, that if a player dies in the Wilderness with a clue scroll in over 20 wilderness it WILL DISAPPEAR whether it's a PvP death or not, unless it is an item kept on death, or if that player has a clue box. Players will find that the clue scroll will be gone upon returning to their loot otherwise. However, when dying in the Wilderness with a clue box, provided the player returns quick enough, will be able to loot their dropped clue scroll. In lower wilderness however (lvl 20 or lower) in PvP death, the unprotected clue will stay on the ground for up to 1 hour. The same goes for reward caskets. If you die in lower wilderness due to a monster you will always keep the clue whether protected or not. 

Completion of hard clues will give a casket (hard), containing the final reward for the trail.

A hard clue scroll can be given to Watson along with an easy, medium and elite clue scrolls in order to receive a master clue scroll

Types of cluesEdit

Please note that it is possible to receive the same clue more than once.


Skill requirementsEdit

Certain clues will require items that need a certain skill requirement in order to wear, wield or access. The table below shows the highest skill requirement, in order to complete every hard clue. Quest skill requirements are not noted in this table.

Skill level Details
Prayer-icon 60 Required to wield stoles and croziers.
Ranged-icon 50 Required to wear blue dragonhide armour.
Magic-icon 40 Required to wear the mystic hat and wield the mystic fire staff.
Attack-icon 40 Required to wield various rune weapons and the mystic fire staff.
Strength-icon 20 Required to wield rune halberd.
Defence-icon 40 Required to wield rune equipment and blue dragonhide body.
Fishing-icon 68 Required to access the Fishing Guild (can be boosted from 63 with an admiral pie).
Agility-icon 56 Required to get through the dense forest in Tirannwn (Can be boosted from 51 with a summer pie).

Quest requirementsEdit

Some clues require access to areas which may require quests. Some only require to start the quest in order to access the area.

Quest Details
Priest in Peril Gives access to Canifis.
Plague City (started) Gives access to West Ardougne
Regicide Gives access to Tirannwn. Highly recommended to complete the quest, as travelling becomes easier with using a charter ship to Port Tyras.
Icthlarin's Little Helper (started) Gives access to Sophanem.
Legends' Quest (started) Gives access to the Kharazi Jungle.
Mountain Daughter (optional) Gives access to Mountain Camp, without the need of a rope everytime.
Watchtower (started) Gives access to Gu'Tanoth.
The Grand Tree Gives access to the Ship Yard.
Shilo Village Gives access to Shilo Village.
Nature Spirit (started) Gives access to the Nature Grotto.
Troll Stronghold Gives access to Trollheim.
Fairytale II - Cure a Queen Gives access to Fairy rings, which is required for some clues. Also useful for getting around Gielinor easier. Completion is required for fairy queen cipher clue (GBJSZ RVFFO).
Elemental Workshop I Grants ability to equip an elemental shield.
Dragon Slayer (started) Gives access to Crandor
Zogre Flesh Eaters (started) Gives access to Jiggig.
Cabin Fever Gives access to Mos Le'Harmless
In Aid of the Myreque (started) Gives access to Burgh de Rott
Holy Grail Gives access to the Fisher Realm
Bone Voyage Gives access to Fossil Island
Recipe For Disaster(Evil Dave subquest - started) Access to Evil Dave west of Edgeville bank.

Possible RewardsEdit

As well as unique treasure trails rewards, players may also receive a variety of items such as rune armour and weapons, black d'hide armour, magic shortbows and longbows, law and nature runes, and food items such as noted sharks and lobster.

Image Name
Rune full helm (t) Rune platebody (t) Rune platelegs (t) Rune plateskirt (t) Rune kiteshield (t) Rune trimmed armour
Rune full helm (g) Rune platebody (g) Rune platelegs (g) Rune plateskirt (g) Rune kiteshield (g) Rune gold-trimmed armour
Guthix full helm Guthix platebody Guthix platelegs Guthix plateskirt Guthix kiteshield Guthix rune armour
Saradomin full helm Saradomin platebody Saradomin platelegs Saradomin plateskirt Saradomin kiteshield Saradomin rune armour
Zamorak full helm Zamorak platebody Zamorak platelegs Zamorak plateskirt Zamorak kiteshield Zamorak rune armour
Ancient full helm Ancient platebody Ancient platelegs Ancient plateskirt Ancient kiteshield Ancient rune armour
Bandos full helm Bandos platebody Bandos platelegs Bandos plateskirt Bandos kiteshield Bandos rune armour
Armadyl full helm Armadyl platebody Armadyl platelegs Armadyl plateskirt Armadyl kiteshield Armadyl rune armour
Gilded full helm Gilded platebody Gilded platelegs Gilded plateskirt Gilded kiteshield
Gilded med helm Gilded chainbody Gilded sq shield Gilded 2h sword Gilded spear Gilded hasta
Gilded armour
Rune helm (h1) Rune helm (h2) Rune helm (h3) Rune helm (h4) Rune helm (h5)
Rune shield (h1) Rune shield (h2) Rune shield (h3) Rune shield (h4) Rune shield (h5)
Rune heraldic armour (H1 to H5)
Blue d'hide body (t) Blue d'hide chaps (t) Blue d'hide trimmed armour
Blue d'hide body (g) Blue d'hide chaps (g) Blue d'hide gold-trimmed armour
Red d'hide body (t) Red d'hide chaps (t) Red d'hide trimmed armour
Red d'hide body (g) Red d'hide chaps (g) Red d'hide gold-trimmed armour
Enchanted hat Enchanted top Enchanted robe Enchanted robes
Robin hood hat Robin hood hat
Tan cavalier Dark cavalier Black cavalier White cavalier Red cavalier Navy cavalier Cavaliers
Pirate's hat Pirate's hat
3rd age full helmet 3rd age platebody 3rd age platelegs 3rd age kiteshield 3rd age melee armour
3rd age range coif 3rd age range top 3rd age range legs 3rd age vambraces 3rd age ranger armour
3rd age mage hat 3rd age robe top 3rd age robe 3rd age amulet 3rd age mage armour
Amulet of glory (t) Amulet of glory (t)
Guthix coif Guthix dragonhide Guthix chaps Guthix bracers Guthix blessed d'hide armour
Saradomin coif Saradomin d'hide Saradomin chaps Saradomin bracers Saradomin blessed d'hide armour
Zamorak coif Zamorak d'hide Zamorak chaps Zamorak bracers Zamorak blessed d'hide armour
Armadyl coif Armadyl d'hide Armadyl chaps Armadyl bracers Armadyl blessed d'hide armour
Ancient coif Ancient d'hide Ancient chaps Ancient bracers Ancient blessed d'hide armour
Bandos coif Bandos d'hide Bandos chaps Bandos bracers Bandos blessed d'hide armour
Saradomin d'hide boots Bandos d'hide boots Armadyl d'hide boots Guthix d'hide boots Zamorak d'hide boots Ancient d'hide boots Blessed boots
Guthix stole Guthix crozier Saradomin stole Saradomin crozier Zamorak stole Zamorak crozier Vestment stoles and croziers (Guthix, Saradomin, and Zamorak)
Green dragon mask Blue dragon mask Red dragon mask Black dragon mask Chromatic dragon masks
Pith helmet Pith helmet
Explorer backpack Explorer backpack
Rune cane Rune cane
Zombie head (Treasure Trails) Zombie head
Cyclops head Cyclops head
Nunchaku Nunchaku
Dragon boots ornament kit Dragon boots ornament kit


  • After the update of 18 June 2015 it is now possible to have one clue scroll of each tier at a time, while previously the player could not get any clue scroll at all until completing, dropping the current one, or by giving it to Watson in order to receive a new one of the same difficulty.