Rat Pits

By: JD Morgan
Special Thanks to: Mole, Neo Avatars, Tabt

After completing the Rat Catchers quest, you will have access to an Activity - The Rat Pits. Each of the rat pits is for different growths of cats - eg: lazy cats. The rules may vary but the general idea is that two players duel and gamble with their cats, and the cat that catches the most rats wins. The number of rats killed is set though. If your cat either dies or runs away from the fight your opponent will win.

Warning: Your cat may die during this Activity. If it does, you will need to buy a new cat from Gertrude.

Essential Info


  • Skills: None.
  • Quests: None.
  • Items: None.

Getting There

There are 4 different rat pits across RuneScape. Each pit is for a different growth stage of your cat: kitten, grown cat, overgrown cat and wily.

Kitten Rat Pit

Location: East Ardougne
NPC: Jimmy the Dazzler

Jimmy Dazzler

To get to the Activity you must go to the house in the northwestern area of East Ardougne. Talk to Jimmy Dazzler to start the Activity.

Entrance to the minigame

Grown Cat Rat Pit

Location: Varrock
NPC: Hooknosed Jack

Hooknosed Jack

Grown cat rat pit in Varrock - To get to the Varrock Rat Pit, go near the start point of the Family Crest quest. Next to a manhole will be Hooknosed Jack. Talk to him to start.

Entrance to the minigame

Overgrown Cat Rat Pit

Location: Keldagrim
NPC: Smokin' Joe

Smokin' Joe

To start the overgrown cat rat pit Activity you must talk to Smokin' Joe, who can be found in the basement of the Laughing Miner pub.

Entrance to the minigame

Wily Cat Rat Pit

Location: Port Sarim
NPC: Felkrash


Wily cat rat pit in Port Sarim - To stat the Wily Cat rat pit Activity you must talk to Felkrash in Port Sarim. He can be found slight northeast of the Port Sarim fishing shop.

Entrance to the minigame

Playing the Activity

Before you can actually play, you need to challenge another player. Right click the player and choose the challenge option. Wait until they accept and a screen like this will appear:

Cat versus cat!

Use the plus (+)and minus (-) to place a bet that your cat will win. The minimum amount per round is 100gp. Each player must bet the same as their opponent. A confirmation screen will be shown, so you can confirm your bet. If you accept (which you have to do in order to play the Activity) your cat will run into the pit and start attacking rats. A certain amount must be caught in order to win the Activity.

The amount of rat's that must be caught are:

Kitten - 5 rats
Grown Cat - 7 rats
Overgrown Cat - 9 rats
Wily Cat - 11 rats


There are tactics you and your cat can use in the pits. If you are wearing your amulet of Catspeak the following option list will appear when your cat enters:

Cat options

Choose a tactic and your cat will catch rats using that tactic. The tactics and what they do are:

  • Just take care of yourself - this is a very cautious approach, if you choose this your cat may run away from the fight!
  • Stay in for as long as you can - This is a cautious approach, again, if you choose this your cat may run away from the fight.
  • No guts, no glory - This is an offensive approach, if you choose this your cat may die during the game.
  • Go berserk! - This is a very offensive approach, again, your cat may die when using this tactic.

Choosing either of the cautious options is recommended for new players in the rat pits, whereas the offensive options should be used for more experienced rat pits players.

Note: Each game has a time limit of 2 minutes.



If you win you will obviously be rewarded. You can win by either catching the required amount of rats faster than your opponent, or if your opponents cat runs away/dies. You will get your money back as well as the money your opponent betted.


Obviously there has to be a loser. If you lose, you will lose that money that you bet before the game started. The ways you can lose are if your cat runs away/dies or if your opponents cat gets the required amount of rats first.


There will not be a winner every game, as sometimes you may draw. Each game has a time limit of 2 minutes, so if neither cat has caught the required amount of rats, and they are both still in the game when the time is up then the game will be declared a draw, and each player will get their money back.

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Published on: July 06, 2006 12:00 AM UTC by Salmoneus
Updated on: July 12, 2011 10:36 PM UTC by Salmoneus