Desert heat is an effect found in the desert area of RuneScape. Desert heat does damage to a player while they are within a desert area that is further south than Shantay Pass. In order to counteract the effects of desert heat a player must carry a waterskin. Every time the player would be affected by desert heat, they will automatically take a drink from their waterskin, thereby preventing any damage from being dealt. Note that players are immune to Desert Heat while within the boundaries of towns.

Protective clothes and gearEdit


  • Waterskins - Waterskins allow a player to survive the desert's heat effect, and usually come in 4 doses of water. Each time a player drinks, a dose of water is used up.
  • Choc-ice - Players who go to Nardah can buy choc-ice from Rokuh. They also heal 6 hitpoints.


Three sets of clothes protect against desert heat, by extending the time between drinks of water by 30 seconds. These are:

Note that players do not have to wear the entire set for the protecting effect to happen. Each piece contributes to the protection. However, the full set provides the most protection.

Some players believe that the Robes of Elidinis provide the best protection from Desert heat. However, Robes of Elidinis actually provide no protection from desert heat.

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