Dancing rope

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A dancing rope is a type of rare item that allows the holder to train the Athletics skill anywhere. See the Rope page for other types of rope.


The following procedure is used to start a climbing practice session.

  1. Hold the dancing rope in your hands (your other hand must be free)
  2. HUM <SONG>
    • Humming a more difficult song will make the climb more difficult
    • The full list of songs, in order of difficulty, can be found using HUM HELP
    • It is also possible to use a worn instrument, such as zills, and the PLAY command instead of HUM.


The table below approximates the Athletics training range for each song. This table is not precise since ranges will overlap. In general, you will want to hum the most difficult song and still be able to climb the rope. Using playing zills as a baseline for the chart below.

Athletics Required Song
0-? scales
?-45 waltz
45-? lullaby
90-? lament
109-? hymn
169-? polka
220-? reel
220-? elegy
299-? tarantella
319-? bolero
349?-680+? nocturne
?<680<? requiem
?<680<? fantasia
?<680<? rondo
?<680<? aria
?<680<? sonata
?<680<? concerto

Available Song types (from easiest to hardest): scales (ruff), arpeggios (rudiments), ditty, folk, ballad, waltz, lullaby, march, jig, lament, wedding, hymn, rumba, polka, battle, reel, elegy, serenade, minuet, psalm, dirge, gavotte, tango, tarantella, bolero, nocturne, requiem, fantasia, rondo, aria, sonata, and concerto.


Dancing ropes are classified into tiers based on their limitations.

  • Limited by having a number of charges
With this tier, the rope will only work a certain number of times. It could be set to self-destruct when it runs out of charges, or to just be no longer dance-y. This is the 'lowest' tier of dancing rope. Not many (if any) of these types of ropes have been released.
  • Limited by minutes of use per day
With this tier, the rope has X number of minutes it can be used per day. It's written so that a person could decide to use all of their minutes up in just one use if they really want to, or they could test the rope out for a few seconds, but still have most of their total time to split between the remaining uses per day. There is no forced cooldown between uses for this tier until all of the minutes of use for the day are used up. This is the type that the shimmering faeweave ropes from the Quest for Kanton's Dagger are set up to be, and they start with four minutes of use per day. These ropes are compatible with potency crystals to increase the minutes of use per day.
  • Unlimited
This tier says what it does and does what it says: there are no restrictions on how often they can be used, or for how long that use can last. This tier includes auction-level dancing ropes such as the elaborately knotted climbing rope woven with platinum threading and the dark climbing rope woven with strangely glowing threads from the Supply Wagon of the Return to Ulf'Hara Keep microtransaction event.

Dancing Ropes

Braided Imperial weave climbing rope reinforced with steelsilkDroughtman's Challenge 430/End loot
Droughtman's Challenge 433/End loot
Braided jadeleaf cloth rope fit with damite hardwareHouse of the Revenant Fang 429/Shadowy Safehouse50
Braided morah vine fiber ropeDroughtman's Challenge 430/End loot
Droughtman's Challenge 433/End loot
Dark climbing rope woven with strangely glowing threadsReturn to the Keep 423/Supply Wagon5
Elaborately knotted climbing rope woven with platinum threadingGuildfest 416/Auction
Shimmering faeweave ropeQuest for Kanton's Dagger5
Simple climbing rope of plaited heartstring laceDrathrok's Duskruin 426/Drathrok's Assemblage5
Steelsilk climbing rope braided with silver threadsHollow Eve Festival 410/Auction5
Twisted cornhusk ropeSleeping Dragon Corn Maze 428/End loot5

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