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2009 Thanksgiving event: Misc



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The 2009 Thanksgiving event was released on 23 November 2009 for both members and non-members. The event was silently released, being added in-game and to the Knowledge Base[1] without being announced foremost via the homepage. The details of this quest can be explained through the official forums, yet the requirements or rewards were never fully revealed to the player at the time of release, contrary to most other Holiday quests.

This Holiday event is unique in the fact that it's revealed to players in 5 parts.

The monster examine information of a Turkey


Event Details

To start the event, talk to the Cook's Brother in the Lumbridge Castle kitchen. He explains that the cooks have been feeding special food to the turkeys to make them lean and more tasty, but this has made them stronger and more aggressive, and the turkeys have now formed an army to resist being roasted.

A player hitting max damage for the event against a turkey.

The Cook's Brother shall then, if the player wishes, teleport the player to a previously unused field north of Lumbridge, next to the Windmill. The Cook's Brother then hands the player the Fabled Gravy of Turkey Slaying (which he claims came from the "Gravy Boat of Saradomin"), which he was hoping to save for the supposed "turkey apocalypse," which is possibly occurring now.

Once inside the field, ten level 138 Turkeys will need to be killed. Due to the effects of the fabled gravy, players can hit up to 199 damage (without a Special Attack) on the turkeys and almost never take damage, regardless of stats or equipment. No experience is given for damaging the turkeys, unless you are using Magic.

Once the turkeys have been defeated, the player will be returned to Lumbridge Castle kitchen, where the Cook's Brother will thank them for saving Thanksgiving, and players who have not yet unlocked the Give Thanks emote will unlock it. If you have unlocked the emote already, you will only receive a message that reads, "Your heroic efforts in battle against the turkeys have made you feel at-one with your inner turkey. Congratulations!"
Player performing Give Thanks emote

The emote starts off with your player flapping his arms like a chicken then transforming into a turkey Your character then proceeds to dawdle around like a turkey in a dance like fashion.

At the end of this dance your character will perform a turkey spin and then a turkey pose. You will flash your back tail feather then proceed to blow up, making 5 or so feathers fly.

Your person will then fall out of the sky in a poof and land on his knee performing a chicken/turkey wing mockery.

You have finished your dance! Your character will act normal again! Unless you do the dance again. For more information on this emote please refer to the picture to your right.

Cryptic Clue Fest

Main article: Cryptic Clue Fest

There was also a Cryptic Clue Fest, a special clue-seeker event that was held around Thanksgiving weekend on both the forums and in-game. This event ran from 26 November 2009 until the next week. Every day, two new clues were released:

An NPC clue, telling which NPC players needed to talk to; the NPC clues were revealed by the NPCs that take part in the event (Lachtopher, for example).

An item clue, telling which items players needed to bring to the NPC; the item clues were released on the official RuneScape forums by Jagex Moderators.


For the Turkey Thanksgiving event:

  • The Give Thanks emote, if the player did not previously unlock it.

For the Cryptic Clue Fest:


  • The weapon a player chooses does not change his or her max hit on the turkeys. This is why throwing knives and darts are popular choices as weapons since they deal damage rapidly.
  • The effects of hitting extremely high amounts of damage during this event is similar to the effects when fighting Angry creatures during A Soul's Bane.
  • The Cook's Brother will shout phrases such as 'Mop up the gravy!' and 'What a poultry defence!' and 'That one will be a sandwich' each time the player kills one of the turkeys. Each phrase is tied to the number of turkeys killed so far, so if you start again, they will be in the same order.
  • Players cannot pick up the Raw turkey the turkeys drop. The Cook's brother states that he and the player can worry about it later, but after the event is over the Raw turkey is not there. The Raw turkey cannot even be picked up with Telekinetic Grab, attempts to do so results in the message: "I can't use Telekinetic Grab on this object." You can pick up the bones, though, and get prayer XP for burying them.
  • The Raw turkey has a different description in the 2009 Thanksgiving event ("A rather large raw turkey") than the raw turkey from the 2008 Thanksgiving event ("A raw turkey").
  • You cannot enter the turkey field after the event is over.
  • Dying while in the turkey pen will result in a normal death and your gravestone will appear outside the fence.
  • The Cook's brother displays similar misgivings about the turkeys as Larry does of penguins.
  • If you log out and still have more turkeys to kill, the next time you log in you will appear outside the fence and have to start over killing the turkeys. You must also start over if you leave the field during the fight or die while fighting a turkey.
  • The highest hit is 199 and cannot exceed this, unless you have Void Knight armour equipped. All players, regardless of their combat level or worn equipment, have the potential to hit 199.
  • If you try opening the pen you kill the turkeys in (north-west of Fred the Farmer's Farm) it won't open. instead it'll say "There is a note stuck to the gate. It reads: The Turkey Army has been vanquished! All hail (Player's name) for their valiant efforts!"
  • If you speak to the Cook's Brother after the event, he says "What a guy!". This is a reference to the popular TV series Red Dwarf.
  • The phrase the cook's brother used, "Will you help us? You're our only hope!" is a reference to Star Wars, where Princess Leia says to Obi-wan Kenobi, "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're our only hope.".
  • You cannot set up a cannon in the field; the ground is too soft. You also cannot set up cannons in grassy areas.
  • Void Knight armour allows the player to hit over 200 damage with the boost it gives.
  • A turkey's combat level is 138 with 1000 hitpoints.  Using the normal formula for a combat level gives you a combat level in the mid-200s.  However, NPC combat levels take into effect bonuses and minuses.  A turkey could have a Defence bonus of -445 with 1000 hitpoints and have 138 combat.

See also


  1. ^ Jagex. Thanksgiving 2009 Event Guide. RuneScape Game Guide. Retrieved 24 January 2010.

This article uses material from the "2009 Thanksgiving event" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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