Ironman Guide


Welcome to the Ironman guide on this wiki. Currently the guide is still far from complete as it is under construction.

What is Ironman mode?

Ironman mode is a mode where you are completely self sufficient and cannot receive any help from other players on /v/scape. This includes restrictions such as;

  • No trading
  • Finite running energy anywhere on the map
  • No teleport other
  • No participation in drop parties
  • No staking (Duel Arena minigame is still available)
  • Cannot enter other players POHs

Ironman mode is challenging gamemode due to the restrictions it imposes. So it is recommended to think carefully about it before you create an ironman account!

How to make an Ironman

Before you leave Tutorial Island, speak to the wizard and ask about becoming an Iron Man. Set your status to Iron Man and then leave for the mainland and you will be an Ironman account.


You can complete all quests, including Shield of Arrav and the Heroes' Quest.

The trade restriction does not apply to the quest items you need to trade in these two quests; you simply need to right-click and "use" the item on another player to transfer it for the quests.


As an Ironman, your run energy is finite, meaning it will deplete as you run about. Skilling Agility will increase your energy regeneration rate, and grants access to some very useful shortcuts such as the Taverley Dungeon pipe shortcut.

You'll want to pick up the Boots of Lightness, so go to Catherby to purchase a candle, and to Ardougne to speak to Lucien in the pub near to the castle in East Ardougne to start Temple of Ikov.

With a knife and a lit candle, head towards the Ranging Guild and enter the temple to the south of it via a ladder. Head directly past the iron gates and down the staircase to find a room with the Boots of Lightness behind a cobweb. Slash the web and pick them up.

Otherwise follow the Agility guide as per usual.

There are three ways to train Prayer as Ironman:

  1. Pest Control
  2. Ecto funtus
  3. POH gilded altar

The best way to get Dragon bones for Prayer is Slaying blue dragons in the Taverly dungeon. Place your POH in Taverly for even shorter trips.

Follow the Prayer guide for more explanation.

Getting around /v/scape as an Ironman

Ironmen have limited run energy so it's highly recommended to start Temple of Ikov in order to get boots of lightness. These boots reduce your weight which in return lowers your run energy consumption rate and boost your run energy recovery rate.


As of April 20th 2018, Ironmen can either wear a Spotted cape (requires 40 hunter to wear / 43 hunter to make) or a Spottier cape (requires 66 hunter to wear / 69 hunter to make). The Spotted cape will reduce the player's weight by 2.2 kg, the Spottier cape will reduce the player's weight by 4.5 kg. Since ironmen have finite run energy, these capes are a useful tool to make run energy deplete less rapidly. The capes can be acquired by first catching either a Spotted kebbit or a Dashing kebbit, obtaining it's fur, and then bringing it to the Fancy Dress store in Varrock (not to be confused with Thessalia's store!) along with 500 coins. The hunter level required to catch the kebbits can be boosted using spicy stews (yellow spice).

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Agility is a very important aspect for Ironmen and should also be the first skill in which you reach lvl 70! By getting 70 agility you can easily access blue dragons in Taverly dungeon which can be completely safespotted, this is a great source of dragon bones for prayer as well as blue dragonhides for crafting. It also gives you the ability to use most shortcuts in the game, helps you in completing quests with high level agility requirements and makes you recover run energy faster.

You should always have a "Games necklace" and "Ring of Dueling" in your bank. They have low requirements to make and give you quick access to Pest control and Burthorpe as well as easy banking during skilling with Castle wars teleport.

It is also recommended to bring an axe with you in order to use canoe travel. Which provides easy access to Varrock, Barbarian Village and Edgeville.

Getting 50 construction is a must. A mounted glory gives unlimited teleports, while the portal chamber gives you access to teleports that you usually wouldn't be able to teleport to without changing spellbooks such as the Canafis teleport. It is encouraged to build multiple portal chambers covering all teleports, this way you can spare some inventory spaces with only house tabs (most of the times).

Getting law runes is not that easy when you've just started off as an Ironman. So it's recommended to do a few quests in order to make traveling easier.

  • Tree Gnome Village

Gives access to Spirit Tree travel

  • The Grand Tree

Further access Spirit Tree travel as well as the Gnome Glider

  • Ghosts Ahoy

Ectophial teleport

  • Plague City

Enables the Ardougne teleport (requires 51 magic)

  • Garden of Tranquillity

Ring of Charos (e) in order to reduce travel costs by ships.

  • Lost city

Access to Zanaris. As of now Fairy Rings have not been implemented yet. But they will eventually.

  • Enlightened Journey

Gives access to balloon travel. Useful for making planks for construction. Also a quick Entrana teleport.

Here's some remote locations, and the fastest way to get there:

  • Tree Gnome Stronghold

(after the Grand Tree): Ring of Dueling -> Duel Arena -> run west to the gnome glider -> teleport to the Grand Tree

  • Yanille

- Watchtower teleport -> Run north
- POH in Yanille

Upgrading your equipment

  • Mithril Axe

Woodcutting is important skill as it provides logs for Firemaking and Fletching. However nobody wants to cut Yews or Magic trees with a Bronze Axe.
Mithril axes are a 1/10 drop from Green Dragons. You should be able to kill one easily around 50+ combat level with an Anti-dragon shield, a good stab weapon (Wolves Bane, Adamant/Rune Sword/Longsword) and some good food. You can find Green Dragons north-west of Edgeville in around lvl 10 Wilderness. It is recommended to bring an instant teleport method, such as an Ectophial or a Dueling Ring for emergency teleports.

A safe method is to get 40 Slayer and kill Basilisks in the Fremennik Slayer Dungeon in Rellekka.

  • Rune Pickaxe

Once you have 32,000 gold, head to Nurmof in the Dwarven Mine north of Falador to purchase a Rune pickaxe.

  • Rune Axe

You should consider getting a Rune Axe when you start cutting maple/yew trees. Getting one is considerably harder because they are a 1/10 drop from Steel dragons. You can find these dragon in the Brimhaven dungeon in the big room south of the Black Demons. The easiest method in defeating Steel Dragons is by using melee prayer flicking. By standing in melee range they will opt to attack you more often with their melee attacks instead of their long range Dragonfire attacks. If you can time your flicking right they will only hit you with their Dragonfire attacks.

  • Dragon Axe

These are a drop from the three Dagannoth Kings. Good luck.

  • Rune crossbow

Acquiring a Rune Crossbow requires 69 Fletching and Runite Limbs which are also a 1/10 drop from Steel dragons. You should get a pair of Runite Limbs while you are farming for the Rune Axe drop.

  • Void Armor

It is highly recommended to play Pest Control until you have each piece of Void Armor (Mace is optional but not needed). Due to the high Crafting requirements for Blue, Red and Black Dragonhide, full Mystics before 66 magic and Barrows items due to rng.

  • Crystal bow

Arguably the best bow to train ranged with. Is a reward for the Roving Elves quest, and requires 70 ranged and 50 agility to use.
After the quest, you'll have the option to receive a 2/10 charged Crystal Bow (the other option being a crystal shield). A new crystal bow costs 900,000 coins, and holds 25,000 charges (as opposed to the 2,500 charges on realscape). The crystal bow will degrade by 1/10 every 2,500 charges, and it's stats will decrease as well. When the crystal bow reaches it's final charge, it will turn into a crystal seed. This seed can be restored to a bow for 900,000 coins by Ilfeen (the wandering elf from the quest). With every restoration she does, however, she will do it for 180,000 coins cheaper, meaning that the second restoration will cost you 720,000, the third one will cost you 540,000, and so on. The minimum recharge cost is fixed at 180,000 coins.
You cannot restore a crystal bow to it's full potential without using it up fully, so don't waste a trip trying to do so.

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