What is an OSRS Bot?

Runescape botting is one of the largest problems Jagex has faced in their 18 year history. With the release of Oldschool Runescape in February 2013, it was just a matter of time before the race of the botting sites began, to see who would become king of the OSRS botting market. Nearly 6 years in, many botting mammoths have been and gone, but the community remains very well alive and active, continuously on the quest to defeat Jagex’s never-ending battle to put them to rest. To first understand why there are so many botting companies, it is important to realize and understand the different types of bots these companies create, and how they interact with the game.

What are the types of Bots?

Screen-Scraping (Color) bots analyse the game by scanning your screen to identify in-game content based on everything OSRS’s game engine uses, such as colors, shapes, textures, patterns and relative structuring. Screen-Scraping bots have been used since Runescape Classic and are by far the most basic of all of the bots. Developers and script makers make completing tasks in the game a selecting a color and shape on an NPC to be able train for hours on end with no other human interaction. Screen-Scraping has always been quite unreliable and definitely not ideal in today’s regular botting standards, but new and very complex Screen-Scraping bots are being developed which may lead to the botting community once again out-smarting Jagex.

Injection bots are used to modify the actual game client, to give access to fields, methods and classes. Powerbot (previously known as RSBot), is an example of one of the most successful and longest running botting companies in the entire game’s history. Powerbot has always been at the front of the injection botting competition, and has remained extremely competitive with the changing botting ‘metas’ adapted over the years. Powerbot’s longevity and success in the botting community might make them seem like the the most safest choice, however that is far from the truth. Injection bots are extremely detectable as they are modifying the client code, something Jagex are easily able to detect in recent years.

Reflection bots are designed to read the game’s code, reflect the game’s code and then uses reflected code to evaluate values. The first reflection bots were introduced back in 2012 after the game-changing Bot Nuke in Runescape 2, to minimize the ban rates that were being experienced with injection bots. Most modern day botting software uses reflection, although it is still arguably just as detectable by Jagex as injection. With the new, advanced and complex Screen-Scraping bots being created, the popularity of reflection bots will more than likely plummet.

What are the current Major Botting Companies?

Powerbot is the world’s most popular OSRS bot, and Runescape bot since 2006. Heavily regarded by the community as the most ‘un-safe’ botting software, Powerbot currently uses the reflection method to emulate the game and run user-designed scripts. It’s community is the largest out of all the botting sites, and has a strong staff team that is constantly trying to improve the software, interaction and anti-ban of their client.

Powerbot is the world’s most popular OSRS bot, and Runescape bot since 2006. Heavily regarded by the community as the most ‘un-safe’ botting software, Powerbot currently uses the reflection method to emulate the game and run user-designed scripts. It’s community is the largest out of all the botting sites, and has a strong staff team that is constantly trying to improve the software, interaction and anti-ban of their client.

TRiBot is another bot that is quite known within the scene. Backed by years in the community, TRiBot has never been as negatively regarded as much as something more popular like Powerbot. TRiBot’s time-paid-auth scripts are highly regarded to being some of the most effective scripts to ensure your account won’t get banned. Although Jagex have become extremely aggressive and proficient at catching botting players in this current day, running paid scripts will most likely ensure your best chances at avoiding a macro ban.

DreamBot and RuneMate are the last two OSRS bots that will be covered. Whilst both bots were created after the previously mentioned softwares, DreamBot and RuneMate are still competitive choices in the botting community. DreamBot shares a lot of similarities with TriBot in regards to script repositories, functions, features, detectibability and paid options. RuneMate is a much newer bot than DreamBot, and has one of the most unique UI and GUI’s in the market. RuneMate’s script repository is unlike any other on the markets and has a very modern and sleek look to the design.

Summary

It is without a doubt, the golden botting ages in Runescape are over. The feeling of being able to run endless bots for 100+ hours a week with no bans back in early 2010 is practically nonexistent now, however, it is still possible to use bots to gain an advantage in OSRS without being banned. If you’re interested in botting, be prepared of the consequences that you may face, a harsh and swift permanent ban. If you’re willing to take the risk or try it out on a new account, remember to do your research, bot in moderation, and if you have money to spare, possibly paying for a premium script to drastically lower your chances of a ban.

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