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Runescape Hunting Guide: Pitfall Trapping

by: Michele McDonough ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Pitfall trapping is a Runescape hunting method that involves a bit more work than the others. In this guide, we’ll cover how to set up pitfall traps and where to find beasts that can be trapped in this manner.

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    Pitfall Trapping

    When you reach Hunter Level 31, you'll be able to start pitfall trapping in Runescape. Here's a list of supplies that you'll need when using this hunting method.

    • Teasing stick – Teasing sticks can be bought at the hunter shops in Yanille and Nardah. You'll need one of these to taunt the animal you plan to trap.
    • Knife – A knife is used to cut the logs when building a pitfall trap.
    • Logs – A pitfall trap is made up of logs cut with a knife. You can take some logs with you before you set out to the hunting area, but it's generally better to just take a hatchet and cut down trees from the local area when logs are needed.
    • Hatchet – Any hatchet will do since you only need basic logs to use when setting up pitfall traps.
    • Food (optional, but recommended) – Unlike most other hunting methods, the animals that you're trying to pitfall trap will attack once you've used a teasing stick on them. So, it's a good idea to take a little bit of food along in case you run into a jam.

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    How to Set a Pitfall Trap

    Once you get to the pitfall trapping hunting area, make sure that you have a teasing stick in your inventory and look for a depression in the ground where you can build a pitfall trap. If you right-click on the area you should see the Trap Pit option like in the screenshot below. (Click any image for a larger view.)

    Depression Where You Can Build a Pitfall Trap  

    With a knife and logs in your inventory, click on the depression to construct the pitfall trap.

    Sample Pitfall Trap  

    With the teasing stick in your inventory (note that the teasing stick can not be equipped), right-click on the beast you want to trap and select the Tease option.

    Tease the Beast  

    Once the animal starts to attack you, get it to chase you to the pitfall trap. Click on the trap to jump over it. The creature will try to jump over it also. If the animal falls in the trap while trying to jump over it, you can go back and retrieve the loot from the pit.

    Animal Trapped in Pit  

    If the creature manages to jump over the trap (which will happen a lot, especially at lower levels), you’ll have to lead it to a new pitfall trap to jump over. The beasts are smart enough not to try to jump over the same trap twice in a row.

    One tactic that you can use is to construct two pitfall traps close to one another. This way, if the creature manages to jump over one, you can lure it to the second one. If it still manages to clear the second one, you can return to the first one, effectively running back and forth between the two traps.

    It’s important to note that, unlike in other hunting methods, creatures that can be pitfall trapped will attack you once you’ve poked at them with the teasing stick. You may want to carry some food with you to use for healing so you don’t have to wait around as much.

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    Where and What to Pitfall Trap

    Spined Larupia – The Spined Larupia is found in the Jungle Hunting Area south of Feldip Hills. To trap this animal, you'll need a Hunterl Level of 31 or higher. The Spined Larupia will drop big bones and either tatty or normal larupia fur. The tatty larupia fur can be taken to the Fancy Dress Shop in Varrock (along with 100 gp for each piece) to make the larupia top and legs portion of the Larupia Hunting Gear. However, to make the larupia hat, you'll need normal larupia fur and 500 gp. Larupia Hunting Gear will improve all of your hunting success rates when used in the Jungle and Woodland Hunting Areas.

    Normal larupia fur is also used to create spirit larupia pouches with the Summoning skill so you can often get a pretty decent price for this item at the Grand Exchange in Varrock.

    Location of Spined Larupia in Runscape   Spined Larupia  

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    Horned Graahk – This animal can be found in Karamja near Cairn Isle. If you head out in this direction, you may want to carry an anti-poison potion or two, just to be on the safe side, since there are a few nearby inhabitants that are aggressive and can inflict poison damage. A Hunter Level of 41 is needed to trap the Horned Graahk, and the beast drops big bones as well as either tatty or normal graahk fur. Like larupia fur, this can be taken to the Fancy Dress Shop in Varrock to create Graahk Hunter Gear, which improves hunting success rates in the desert.

    In addition, regular graahk fur is used in the creation of spirit graahk pouches, so it fetches quite a nice price at the Grand Exchange. At the time of this writing, normal graahk fur is selling for over 4,400 gp each on the Exchange.

    Location of Horned Graahk   Horned Graahk  

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    Sabre-toothed Kyatt – When you reach Hunter Level 55, you can start trapping the Sabre-toothed Kyatt. This animal can be found in the Snow Hunting Area north of Relleka. Similar to the other animals that can be pit trapped, the Sabre-toothed Kyatt drops big bones and tatty or regular kyatt fur. This fur can be traded in, along with the proper amount of gold, at the Fancy Dress Shop in Varrock to make Kyatt Hunter Gear, which improves hunting rates in the polar region.

    Normal kyatt fur is one of the ingredients used to make spirit kyatt pouches, so you can often sell this item for 5000 gp or more at the Grand Exchange in Varrock.

    Location of Sabre-Toothed Kyatt in Runescape   Sabre-toothed Kyatt