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RuneScape has been around for a long time. Originally released back in 2001, it has seen plenty of new skills added across its lengthy history. In a new post on the official RuneScape website, developer Jagex Studios confirmed when RuneScape’s next skill will be coming. Come March 30, players will be able to dig up the secrets hidden within Archaeology.

Archaeology was first announced at RuneFest 2019 for a supposed January 2020 release. However, it was delayed to apply some much-needed polish. Given RuneScape’s lack of major content updates in recent years, it’s exciting to see a whole new skill coming as soon as next month.

RuneScape’s new Archaeology skill

Archaeology has been described as one of RuneScape’s “most powerful,” skills. The concept involves players exploring dig sites to find artifacts and relics. Similar to other newer skills (such as Dungeoneering and Invention), Archaeology will have a 120 level cap rather than the traditional 99.

The new skill will also tie into several other skills by allowing players to discover ancient training methods. For example, Ancient Summoning will let you tame age-old demonic slayer creatures. Equally, Ancient Invention will open the possibility to discover long lost technology and construct new complex devices to help you on your journey.

However, the biggest selling point of Archaeology is the extremely strong relics that can be turned into perks. Some of these provide the ability to refund adrenaline, increase your overall health, and cast teleport spells for free. The relics will act as permanent bonuses that help make RuneScape’s many tasks more convenient and efficient.

Whilst Archaeology is primarily a members-only skill, free-to-play players will be able to train and benefit from it up until level 20. This is an improvement as other members’ skills get capped at level 5 instead. According to Jagex, this level 20 cap should provide around two hours of play.

Kurt Perry
Kurt is a passionate games critic who has a particular love for JRPGs, racing games, and platformers. Once a dedicated console gamer, Kurt moved across to PC three years ago and hasn't looked back since.

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