The short answer to the question “Does RuneScape Ban Bots?” is yes. However, it is not as simple as it may seem. Not all bots are banned because a lot of people are using bots in RuneScape on a regular basis but have never been caught. Not only that, but botters have been using bots as long as people have been playing the game.
When it comes to the developers of RuneScape trying to get rid of bots, they have been trying to do that ever since they first found out about this. The current state of bot detection in RuneScape has come a long way, and it was not like this in the beginning. Let’s dive deep into the bot detection system that RuneScape has today and how they came to this point. x
RuneScape Banning Bots – From The Beginning to Botany Bay
RuneScape developers have been implementing ways to ban bots for a while now. At first, the bots were quite simple and not as sophisticated as the ones that we see today. All that Jagex, the developers of RuneScape, had to do was implement an encryption protocol for all communications with RuneScape servers. With the launch of this new strategy by Jagex, the RuneScape community started to think that botting in RuneScape is coming to an end. Oh boy, they were soo wrong.
After some advancements, people started to develop bots that could scan 3D objects and images in the game. However, with regular graphics updates, these bots became useless. Even after this, people kept on working to improve bots. Bots started to become more and more advanced. All of this led to the famous “Bot Nuke Day”, which launched on the 25th of October, 2011. Almost 1.5 million bots were banned only a few days after the update.
However, the story does not end here. Mod Jacmob was a bot developer who managed to create a working bot just two weeks after the Bot Nuke Day. Well, if you can’t beat them, join them, which is exactly what Jagex did. Mod Jacmob was hired at Jagex and he is the one who helped Jagex create the system for banning bots used to this day. This system is called Botwatch which came with the BOTANY BAY update.
Current State Of Bot Bans In RuneScape
At the current state of RuneScape, bots do get banned. While there have been rumors that this also bans innocent players, most of those reports are not credible. One thing is for sure, if you are botting in RuneScape, the developers will use everything they have at their disposal to make sure that you get banned. However, tons of players use bots on RuneScape regularly and are not yet caught. This is probably because of the techniques they use to avoid the bot detection system in place for RuneScape.
If a bot is caught in RuneScape, there are different animations that play for the in-game character that marks the end, or the banning of the bot. In the first animation, the in-game character gasps for breath and then starts to choke. After that, the character falls over and then dies. In another animation, a bright light starts to appear in the stomach of the character. As this light appears, the character starts to cry with the crying emote. The light starts to grow and eventually the character explodes, which also marks the end of the bot. It is not just the character that gets banned because of using bots. The IP address of the player may also get banned. So, players that get their accounts banned may not be able to play RuneScape ever.
At the end of the day, while RuneScape developers definitely do not want people to use bots and have tools that detect and ban them, there are tons of people that still use bots. However, the bots that don’t get detected and banned are highly sophisticated and are developed by really smart people. So, if you think that you will use some random bot and not get banned, you are very wrong. The BotWatch system will detect you and you will get banned from RuneScape.