Sep 16 2021

OSRS Best RuneLite HD Settings Guide

OSRS Best RuneLite HD Settings Guide

Explaining and Optimising the settings of the Runelite 117 HD plugin


HD is finally here in Old School RuneScape! 117’s new plugin brings new life to the game, bringing it fully into 2021 with amazing graphics and lighting. In its current state, those without brand new RTX graphics cards may struggle to run it at optimal performance, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on HD.


Explanation of settings


Draw Distance


Very simply, expands how much of the game is drawn. I recommend turning this up as high as you can for the most immersive experience


draw distance on 90


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draw distance on 40


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Anti-aliasing


This smooths the edges of objects, producing a cleaner look with higher detail


anti-aliasing off


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anti-aliasing on


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UI scaling


This affects how your inventory and world map looks – This all comes down to personal preference.


Anisotropic filtering


This reduces jagged edges within textures, and adjusts textures for your viewing angle to improve the visual aesthetic of textures on the ground and on walls


Flashing effects


Within the HD plugin, certain areas have special lighting affects – such as Draynor manor and tempoross having lightning. If you don’t suffer from epilepsy and want the most immersive visuals, make sure this is on!

Saturation, contrast, brightness


These are the colour filters for the graphics. I recommend playing around with these settings until you get your preferred visuals, but personally I keep saturation and contrast at default and brightness on “darker”, to adjust for the extremely bright textures in the overworld


Level of detail


This setting will adjust how many extra textures, such as blades of grass and dirt piles, appear in game, and how far they are rendered from your character


Dynamic Lighting


This setting gives off lighting in game from certain light sources, such as fires, pets and teleport portals. This lighting is beautiful, and I highly recommend it. The different settings (25, 50, 100) will adjust how far out these lighting effects are rendered


dynamic lighting on full


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dynamic lighting on 25


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dynamic lighting off


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Projectile and NPC lights work in the same way, with projectiles lighting up your magic spells and crystal bow arrows, and NPC lights showing lighting off certain pets and NPC models

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Atmospheric lighting


This will give different lighting to different affects areas in the game. Although this plugin will make the game look beautiful, it can make it hard to see in certain areas


atmospheric lighting on


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atmospheric lighting off


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Shadows


Shadows are my personal favourite part of the plugin. They bring so much life and detail to the game, and I highly recommend you turn these on. Shadow resolution will affect how high detail these shadows are and turning on “expand show draw” and increasing the shadow distance will render shadows in all areas that are rendered in the draw distance. Lighting will always come from the southwest, with shadows pointing northeast


shadows on, 8192 resolution


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shadows on, 2048 resolution


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shadows off


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Fog


Fog depth will do as it says, adjust the depth of the fog on the border of your draw distance. I recommend keeping this at static and a depth of 5

Ground fog will also do as it says, giving the floor fog in certain areas. This looks amazing, but again can make certain areas difficult to see in


ground fog on


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ground fog off


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Textures


I recommended leaving the default sky on “Default (Blue”. The sky will adjust itself to match the environment you are in, which looks amazing

Ground and object textures are as they say, the improved textures on floors and walls. I also recommend leaving these on for a full HD experience


ground and object textures on


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ground and object textures off


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HD Tzhaar reskin will reskin the Tzhaar area to the yellow orange it was back in 2008. This plugin comes down to personal preference on how it looks


TzHaar reskin on


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TzHaar reskin off


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Optiming the settings for performance


For those of us without top-of-the-line PC builds, leaving the settings on absolute max will not be possible. Luckily, with how customisable the plugin in it is easy to optimise it for your PC or laptop. The most intensive settings are shadows, anti-aliasing and dynamic lights.

The minimum computer specs I recommend for this plugin are an i5 4460/Ryzen 1600 or above, 8gb of ram, GTX 1050/RX 470 and above. Whilst it is possible to use the plugin on lower power machines, stable 50fps won’t be achievable in most areas


For optimal performance


turn anti-aliasing off

turn shadow resolution to 2048

turn dynamic lights to some (50)

turn draw distance down, 70 is optimal for good performance and visuals

turn anisotropic filtering to 8

turn expand shadow draw off, and shadow distance to 40

turn level of detail to medium

turn water effects to some


These settings are the most intensive on your computer and decrease the performance the most. Turning these down will only mildly affect the visuals, whilst increasing performance massively, keeping your game at a stable 50fps with smooth gameplay.


Certain areas, such as priffdinas and the GE on a heavily populated world, will always be intensive on your computer due to how many shadows and dynamic lights are drawn, but with these optimisations you should still be able to run it even on lower end computers.

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