RuneScape Graphics Settings

This article will help you find and understand RuneScape's graphics settings.

Change graphics settings
To find the graphics settings tab either:

  • Choose the "Option" tab on the lobby menu,
    or
  • 1. Login and connect to a world
    2. Press "Esc" and choose "Settings"
    3. Select the "Graphics" tab

You will see this screen:

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This interface allows you to manage the graphics quality of:

  • game models
  • game environment 
  • light effects
  • gameplay effects

You can also enable or disable some in game effects such as fog and character shadows.

 

Overall graphics settings
Across the top of the graphics settings tab, there are several buttons that will change your overall graphical settings:

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GRAPHIC DETAIL

 
MIN

Minimum settings for exceptionally low end devices 

LOW

Minimum levels of detail

MID

Medium levels of detail

HIGH

High levels of detail

CUSTOM

Manually adjust the level of detail from your selected level 

 

In the right hand column of the graphics tab, there are three screen sizing options for you to choose from:

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SCREEN SIZE

 
RESIZEABLE

Allows you to resize the game screen by resizing your client window. If you make the window smaller or larger, the game will expand or contract with it.

FIXED

Your game screen will remain the same size, regardless of how large your screen resolution is.

FULL SCREEN

Your entire monitor size in the resolution you pick from the drop down box (set this to match your monitor's resolution for the best results). You won't be able to interact with any of the other applications that your computer may be running.

 

Custom Graphics Settings
If you want to get a bit more adventurous with your graphics settings, then the "Custom" button is what you're looking for!

You can also use the 'Advanced' settings tab on any of the above detail settings to turn on additional features.

There are two Display Modes to pick from, OpenGL and DirectX. These display modes change which technology is used to render your graphics and will slightly change the games appearance. 

The table below shows all the graphical options that are available in the "advanced" section.

Option Choice Description 

Brightness

0 - 100% Increase or decrease the brightness of the game to match your screen. 

Remove Roofs

Never 
Always 
Selectively 
All
Never - Never removes roofs.
Always - Always removes roofs regardless of location or camera.
Selectively - Only removes roofs between the camera and the player.
All - Removes all roofs depending on the location of the camera and the player.

Draw Distance

Low - Ultra This will affect the the maximum distance objects will render from the camera. The lower, the closer.

VSync

Adaptive
Off 
On 
Half 
Quarter
VSync controls the game's frame rate by synchronising it with your monitor's refresh rate. This can improve your game play experience by reducing screen tearing, but may also affect your FPS.
 
Adaptive - Enables VSync when the FPS is greater than your refresh rate.
Off - Always disables VSync.
On - Always enables VSync
Half - Synchronises frame rate to half the monitor's refresh rate.
Quarter - Synchronises frame rate to a quarter the monitor's refresh rate.

Shadow Quality

Low - Ultra Higher settings will improve the fidelity of shadows being cast in the game

Anti-Aliasing

Off 
FXAA 
MSAA 
FXAA + MSAA
Anti-Aliasing will smooth out a jagged/pixelated image. May affect performance.
 
Off - Disable all anti-aliasing
FXAA - Lower quality aliasing, but could improve performance.
MSAA - Higher quality.
FXAA+MSAA - Combines both techniques.

Anti-aliasing Quality

Low to Ultra Higher settings will improve the fidelity of anti-aliasing and visual quality - but could lower your frame rate.

Water

Low to Ultra Controls how realistic water looks including ripple effects and reflections.

Lighting Detail

Low to Ultra This will affect the level of light in the game. Particularly things like sources of light and specular highlights on smooth, shiny or reflective surfaces.

Ambient Occlusion

Off 
SSAO 
HBAO

Higher settings will improve the degree of lighting/shading of smaller and more complex objects.

Bloom

Low to High Higher settings will improve the quality of lighting/glowing effects.

Textures

Off 
Compressed 
Uncompressed

Higher settings will improve the quality of textures in the game.

Anisotropic Filtering

Off - x16 Higher settings will improve the appearance of certain textures when viewed from extreme angles and distances.

Volumetric Lighting

Off - Ultra Higher settings will improve additional lighting effects like sunbeams and glowing. 

Background FPS

 5 - 300 Set the maximum FPS when the game is the an unfocused window.

Flickering

On
Off

Turn on or off flickering in certain effects - particularly flames.

Shadows

On 
Off
Turn on or off the ability to cast shadows. This includes the player character, non-player characters and scenery.

Custom Cursors

On 
Off
Use the game's custom mouse cursor
or use your operating system's default cursor.

Loading Screens

On  
Off
Turn on or off loading screens between content in-game. This may affect your performance.

Ground Decoration

On 
Off
Affects small ground details like stones and long grass.

Terrain Blending

On 
Off
Affects the quality of blending between different ground/terrain textures.

 

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