RuneScape Tetracompass Guide: What They Do & How To Grow Them

Jagex added a new Archeology skill to RuneScape last year. Archeology is a knowledge-oriented collecting skill that details the history of the gods, ancient societies, and Gielinor's past. In addition to archeology, Jagex also introduced a new artifact into RuneScape called the Tetracompass.

There are several reasons why a player may want to grow Tetracompasses. From the charm of earning valuable rewards to consistently gaining experience, completing a Tetracompass offers an alternative method of training archeology. This is a great way to stop grinding, as archeology is one of RuneScape's slowest skills.

What is a Tetracompass?

The Tetracompass is an archaeological artifact that can be made from four separate elements and 30 materials of each color: malachite green, cadmium red, cobalt blue, armadillo yellow, and tyrian violet. After these materials have been combined, the Tetracompass can then be charged into the Mysterious Monolith.

A charged tetracompass can be used in RuneScape to track down the location of an ancient chest. This is done through a short mini-game similar to the scan steps found in elite clue reels. Similar to the scanning steps, the ALT1 puzzle solving application can be used to perform this task. Alternatively, triangulation is a viable method of finding where the arrow is pointing.

When opened, the old chest will yield a variety of rewards. Each box contains hundreds of useful materials, a handful of skill upgrades, and at least one complete tome. Volumes are very useful because they provide experience points that match your Archeology level. It is also possible to receive multiple volumes in one box.

The lucky ones can even get one of five valuable rare items. In order from least to most precious, these are Onyx Dust, the gods' sides, the hydrix screw tips, the dragon hoe, and the dark key. Although extremely rare (1/10000), players with the shaded key can receive Tony's guild master hoe. It is a heroic item and the best in slot machines with a current retail price of over 4 billion OSRS gold.

How to grow them?

Each Tetracompass has four separate parts. These parts can be found by excavating an archaeological site or cache of materials from level 12 onwards. The probability of getting a piece is 1/1500 for a successful dig. A successful excavation is indicated by the receipt of material or artifact. Wearing an item of level 3 or better luck, such as the Ring of Fortune, will slightly increase the chance of a Tetracompass item.

However, this is not an effective way to grow Tetracompass pieces in RuneScape. Instead, players must complete specific collections. Collections are an integral part of archaeology. Different NPCs ask for it and the collection can be completed to earn different rewards.

The best collections for breeding Tetrakompass parts are given by the goblin generals Bentzone and Wartface. They can be found in the Goblin Village north of Falador. The two collections best suited for growing Tetracompass items are Red Rum Relics I and Green Gobbo Goodies I.

What makes these collections so great is the fact that Red Rum Relics I only requires four artifacts, while Green Gobbo Goodies I requires five. In addition, all artifacts from the Collection can only be collected in two different hotspots. For the Red Rum Relics I Collection, the two hotspots are the rubble of Crucible stands and the Yu-biask pet pen. To find the Green Gobbo Goodies I collection, dig up the remains of a goblin gladiator and the remains of a goblin academic. All four hotspots are located on the Warforge Dig Site.

Quality-of-life items such as Grace of the Elves and Auto Screener are recommended. Together they make the Archeology course less intensive. Auto Screener requires a Level 67 Invention, while Grace of the Elves can be purchased from the Grand Exchange.

The profit of a Tetracompass varies with luck, but a typical coffin is usually worth between 1.5 million and 4 million GP. Tetracompass farming is also one of the best ways in RuneScape to get masterful clue scrolls. They can be completed for even more valuable rewards, such as the Blood Dye, which is worth around 6 billion gold.