Examine is a function available on Items, Non-player characters, Scenery, and Wall scenery. When something is right-clicked and the "examine" option is selected from the drop-down menu, a short description will appear in the chat box. For example, if goblin armour is examined, the examine text reads: "Armour Designed to fit Goblins."
Many examine functions simply describe the object in slightly more detail, however some descriptions may prove useful to the player in describing what purpose the object serves. One example is with some NPC traders such as Nurmof, whose description reads "He sells pickaxes" - meaning the player does not need to engage in conversation to know what purpose something serves when there are no other indicators. Examining signs above the entrances of some buildings may also tell the player the building's name and/or nature - especially useful in the case of pubs.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Between 28 February 2001 (Update) and 1 May 2001, it was possible to examine players who had changed their Options to be a "Non Player-Killer". According to Andrew Gower, the examine text for a player was "It's player". He remarked that "It wasn't very useful :-)".
- Sometimes, an examine option exists, even though no examine text is defined. When this happens, an empty line is output to the chat box.
- Book (Shield of Arrav) is the only item in RuneScape Classic without an examine text.
- largespear is the only scenery in RuneScape Classic without an examine text.
- Only 75.2% of wall scenery have an examine text defined.
- All non-player characters have an examine text, however, the text "human" seems to have been a default examine text. It used to describe Brother Jered, chemist (unused), Irena, tourist, and Shantay.